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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 02:56 AM - Thread Starter
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This isn't so much of a worklog because I didn't take many pictures during the "build process", mostly just after pics, but it might help someone trying to squeeze as many things inside a NZXT Vulcan as they can biggrin.gif

Now to the actual log. I started this build as a sort of budget gaming computer, slowly adding pieces as I went along. Somewhere in there I forgot what "budget" meant, lmao. So now I have everything in there except the kitchen sink.

Computer Parts List:

Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z [$165]
Intel i5-2500K (4.5GHz) [$215]
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x4GB DDR3-1600 [$95]
AMD Radeon HD 5970 (stock for now, gonna OC for benches) [$300]
AOC 2436vw [$310]
OCZ Vertex 3 60GB (RAID 0) - x2 [$210]
WD VelociRaptor 300GB (RMA from original build, huzzah 5 year warranty) [$0]
Asus Xonar Essence STX [$140]
Beyerdynamic DT770 250 Ohm Headphones [$190]
NZXT Vulcan [$70]
NZXT Fan Controller [$25]
NZXT LED Strip [$20]
Rosewill HIVE 750W [$70]
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Battlefield 3 Edition [$130]
Razer Diamondback 3G [$0]
6" SATA Cables (don't remember brand) - x3 [$10]
MDPC Sleeving [$70]
Sleeving Tools [$40]

TOTAL: ~$2000 shipped

Cooling Parts List:

EK Supreme HF Acetal [$70]
EK FC-5970 Nickel + Acetal [$70] (Microcenter brand new, winning!)
XSPC 450 Pump/res [$50]
XSPC EX240 [$50]
Black Ice GTX Xtreme M92 [$60]
Black Ice GTX Xtreme 120 [$60]
Noctua NF-P12 - x2 [$40]
Scythe Kama Flow 2 92MM - 1700RPM (reduced to 1000 with Noctua ULNA) [$15]
NZXT 120MM Orange LED (included with case) - x2 [$0]
NZXT 200MM Side Fan (actually 190MM, only works with NZXT cases) [$20]
Primochill Primoflex 1/2" ID - Black - 10ft [$25]
Bitspower 1/2" ID Fittings - Matte Black - x8 [$30]
Bitspower 1/2" ID Right Angle Fittings - Matte Black - x4 [$50] (Seriously?)
Primochill 3/4" OD Clamps - 10 Orange + 2 Black [$15]

TOTAL: ~$575 shipped (that would've gotten me about halfway done with Koolance, rofl)
TOTAL TOTAL: ~$2600 shipped eek.gif

Pictures (in order of me taking them):

My first sleeve (too much work, lol)

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The sleeve in before the budget went entirely out the window.

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Once I got the SATA power cable sleeved and crammed all those 6" SATA cables in there.

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With the side panel on.

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Molex's PSU-side 6-pin sleeved (badly, lmao).

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Molex sleeved (not as badly, lol).

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Removed Pictures to updated better quality, see 2nd page
Looks much nicer.
Original plan (the MOSFET I ordered was wrong :shakes: not that it would've fit in there anyways, rofl).
Updated plan (almost what I have now, minus MOSFET)
Finished (I'm going to borrow a friend's DSLR to get better quality pictures)
Someone complained about my 24-pin and 8-pin so I had to sleeve them (was going to, just takes soooooooo long, lol).

ALMOST FORGOT!!!

Temps:

CPU Idle: 40C
CPU Prime95: 60C

GPU Idle: 36C
GPU Furmark: 40C

That just about sums it up. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc. feel free to post them smile.gif Thanks for looking!

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thumb.gif Rad on top looks good smile.gif

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thumb.gif Rad on top looks good smile.gif

The other way I've seen it done is with cutting the top so that the ports can go directly into the case near the drive bays, but I didn't want to cut my case up and thought this looked niftier anyways.

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I keep seeing that sleeving and it looks great but I definitely can't get myself to do it for the same reasons you stated haha..

What is your room ambient temps those seem high for water? (depending on your room\case ambient)


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I keep seeing that sleeving and it looks great but I definitely can't get myself to do it for the same reasons you stated haha..
What is your room ambient temps those seem high for water? (depending on your room\case ambient)

Don't let me deter you, its certainly rewarding when its all done. Especially compared to how much it costs to have someone else do it... I might be getting a small sample of the new FTWPC sleeving for a review to compare to the MDPC and some other brands. If its comparable I would definitely choose them in the future simply because of shipping times. The MDPC took about 2 or 3 weeks to get here from Germany while the FTWPC would get here in about 3 days. Nils is a very nice and very communicative person (Eric at FTWPC is too biggrin.gif ) and I would definitely recommend MDPC at the moment (especially compared to OKGear, that stuff is absolute trash), but we'll see when I get the FTWPC to review.

My ambient is about 76*F or 25C. The temps aren't too bad in my opinion (especially the graphics, lol) but I'm not obsessed with keeping my temps at ambient or anything.

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I'm going to be re-doing all the pictures now that I'm borrowing a friend's D60 biggrin.gif Here's a start with the setup, I'll do the insides once I find a nice place to shoot them (aiming for MDPC quality rolleyes.gif )

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Very nice job working around with that case, but why didn't you pick a more water cooling friendly case ?



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Very nice job working around with that case, but why didn't you pick a more water cooling friendly case ?

Thank you smile.gif

I didn't originally intend to do water cooling (that's part of the name) biggrin.gif But even if I did, I still would've gone with this one because its compact, light(ish), and I love the styling thumb.gif

Not that this case isn't "friendly," its just mATX isn't the best form factor for internal liquid setups.

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I must say, very nice work squeezing so much power and liquids into such a small case. thumb.gif

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