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post #1 of 247 (permalink) Old 05-01-2014, 05:58 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello,

Introduction:

I'm looking to replace my old 2009 Bloomfield/AMD 5850/Antec p193 with a quieter and smaller rig. My idea is to use EVGA Hadron Hydro case to build something that will be powerful and really eye candy. I was inspired by many other OCN members and builds across internet. Since I'm going water cooling and full size GPU into a really small case it will be crowed already so I'm thinking that less color is more. My approach is to have a black/white/anthracite theme with not too no unnecessary details.

My main challenge is the lack of working space. I live is a tiny apartment and I have to store things on a shelf every time i'm done modding (components back into their packaging, etc.). This is a big waste of time.

I've been changing my plans along the way. I've been editing the log to reflect the changes.

Components:

  • CPU i7-4770k
  • Mobo ASUS Z97I-PLUS
  • RAM G.SKILL Ripjawz X series 2*8Gb
  • SSD Samsung 840 Pro 500Gb
  • HDD Seagate 4tb Barracuda ST4000DM000
  • GPU GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked
  • Case Hardon Hydro mITX
  • Sleeving Black Paracord

Cooling parts:

  • Cooling kit Hardon Hydro kit (I kept only the fittings and the Rad, the pump and res have been discarded)
  • XSPC Acrylic Tank Reservoir for Laing DDC
  • Swiftech MCP35X Pump for PC Liquid Cooling Systems
  • GPU waterblock EK-FC780 GTX - Nickel (Original CSQ)
  • Coolant Ice Dragon Cooling Nanofluid White Color

Summary of the log:

  1. Case arrived with Mobo and few other things
  2. Review of the Hydro cooling kit from EVGA
  3. Polishing GPU water link and main GPU Waterblock
  4. Testing GPU waterblock for leaks
  5. Mocking GPU connection and early waterloop
  6. Terminals and connectors from Lutro0
  7. HDD rack removal and planning for modular PSU
  8. converting the PSU to modular Part 1 and Part 2
  9. Sleeving with Teleios
  10. Switching from Teleios to Paracord (more flexible for that build)
  11. Making a cable comb out of a dry cleaning hanger with Final result
  12. HDD custom enclosure
  13. LED holes in the GPU waterblock and waterblock assembly
  14. Custom GPU wiring
  15. Bare die delidding CPU
  16. Case fan moding and GPU LED wiring
  17. Early lightning test
  18. Acrylic tubing
  19. Final results !



Final Pictures:
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During daylight
















With low light










My former case vs my new one.




Video Presentation:
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This thing turned out better than i expected. Feel free to ask questions about that build. I really enjoyed doing it and i'll be glad to help.
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Quick update on the components.

Not very interesting discussion about SSD speed and GPU pricing.
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1) SSD:


I found out that Samsung 840 EVO 500GB is nearly equivalent to the Samsung 840 PRO 512GB is term of performance. It was highlighted by few people out there such as in this PCMag article (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455429,00.asp).

Newegg has the initial Pro 256gb at $190 ($0.74 per Gb) vs the proposal Evo 500gb at $260 ($0.52 per Gb). It think that would be the sweet spot for my heavy use of Lightroom. Warranty is 3years ... so I don't care about TLC being more fragile than MLC.

I looked up into the Samsung website and find the datasheets (see below) that confirms all that.

EVO 840 datasheet (link)
Sequential Read: Max. 540 MB/s
Sequential Write: Max. 520 MB/s (250GB/500GB/750GB/1TB)
4KB Random Read (QD1): Max. 10,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write(QD1): Max. 33,000 IOPS
4KB Random Read(QD32): Max. 98,000 IOPS (500GB/750GB/1TB)
4KB Random Write(QD32): Max. 90,000 IOPS (500GB/750GB/1TB)

Pro 840 datasheet (link)
Sequential Read: Max. 540 MB/s (256GB/512GB)
Sequential Write: Max. 520 MB/s (256GB/512GB)
4KB Random Read (QD1): Max. 9,900 IOPS (256GB/512GB)
4KB Random Write(QD1): Max. 31,000 IOPS (128GB/256GB/512GB)
4KB Random Read(QD32): Max.100,000 IOPS(256GB/512GB)
4KB Random Write(QD32): Max. 90,000 IOPS (128GB/256GB/512GB)

2) GPU:


I'm planning to switch my proposal EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclocked ACX (02G-P4-2774-KR) for the EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Superclocked ACX (03G-P4-2784-KR).
Newegg is $369 vs $509 for nearly 25% more power. Considering that Maxwell won't enter mass production until a lot later this year it makes a more powerful card a little more valuable in regard of its future depreciation. I decided to switch after looking at my budget back in 2009 when I bought a HIS 5870 for $470 and it last me 5years. It's still a solid card for a lot of applications. I'm looking to replicate the power/pricing ratio decision pattern.
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Just placed a few orders:

CPU i1-4770k @ $305 ($30 coupon plus $15 discount)
GPU Evga GTX 780 03G-P4-2784-KR @ $494 ($30 coupon plus $15 discount plus $20 rebate)
Seagate 4tb Barracuda ST4000DM000 @ $125 ($15 discount)
Hadron Hydro case plus hydro kit @ $315
GPU Water block EK-FC780 GTX Ti - Nickel (Original CSQ) with two 3/8 x 1/2 Compression Fittings and White coolant @ $185
RAM 16gb G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-2133C9D-16GXH @ $190
ASUS Z97I-PLUS @ $159

Still monitoring SSD since a bunch of coupon just got released.
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Not just yet. But it will on the desktop soon I hope ! I'll post some pictures along the Way.
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Few parts came in last night. LaserShip lost a package (Hydro Kit + RAM) from NewEgg. It's going to take a little time to have replacement on the claim I just placed. Nevertheless I was able to take away one RAM module from my actual RIG (was 3*2Go) so I could at least test it out while I'm waiting for replacement.

This week end I'm going to do a full assembly in Air mode before the water part gets in. I'll post some temperature results.

Here are a few early pics.

Family picture !


Nice Mobo (ASUS Z97I-PLUS), full of features and very good looking


CPU assembly is very easy outside of the case


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Just found the Samsung EVO 840 in 500GB for $249 at Fry's (MZ-7TE500BW). Sweet, I've been waiting for this !
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Just received the replacement from Newegg after the delivery company lost the first package.

This Hadron Hydro kit comes really well packaged



Good looking radiator


All the parts


Fittings for everything (even a spare GPU waterblock if needed)


Good looking CPU waterblock


This kit looks easy to setup and the parts are well finished, so far no complains.

Also came in the package the 2*8Gb RAM from Gskill (RAM G.SKILL Ripjawz X series 2*8Gb)

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