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post #1 of 178 (permalink) Old 01-02-2015, 05:22 PM - Thread Starter
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Previous version of this build is available HERE


The main purpose of this upgrade is to do several things:
  • Get rid of the god awful prodigy case (upgrading to a Caselabs S5)
  • Add a GPU for better video processing and leave the CPU for simultaneous streaming
  • Add more drive capacity and RAID configuration for protection against drive failure
  • Add additional RAM
  • Apply better aesthetics


Components Redux on 03/12/2015
CPU: Intel i7-5820k
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming G4
MB: EVGA x99 Micro
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2800MHz
PSU: SilverStone ATX12V/EPS12V 750W ST75F-P
Storage:
  • Kingston SSDNow 60GB SSD
  • 8x Toshiba 3TB 7200RPM HDD
Case: CaseLabs S5 w/ S5 Pedestal
OS: Fedora
PCI:
  • HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL
Cooling: TBD
  • EK Supremacy EVO Nickel CSQ
  • EK FC970 GTX TF5
  • XSPC AX360 - white
  • XSPC AX240 - white
  • Bitspower fittings - white
  • Parvum F1.0 Fans
  • Mayhems Pastel Aurora Custom Mix



Table of Contents
01/02/2015 - New Mobo Initial Gallery
01/02/2015 - RAID Card Initial Gallery
01/02/2015 - Mayhems Pastel Aurora Custom Mix Experiment
01/02/2015 - GPU Block Polishing
01/05/2015 - WiFi Card
01/28/2015 - CaseLabs S5 Gallery
01/28/2015 - Radiator Unboxing Gallery
02/07/2015 - Fans, Fittings, Sleeving, and CPU Block
02/12/2015 - Polished CPU Block
03/12/2015 - Turning Point: Decided to upgrade to an x99 board, Intel 5820k, GTX 970 GPU, DDR4 RAM
03/18/2015 - New Hardware Gallery (EVGA x99 Micro, RAM, MSI GTX 970)
03/21/2015 - Installed CPU Block, GPU Block, HDD, Pumps, and more!
03/22/2015 - Reservoir Mounts Painted and Reservoirs Mounted
03/28/2015 - Fitting Gallery
03/28/2015 - Added the Drain Valve
03/28/2015 - Res Structure and First Tube Run
05/22/2015 - Backplate Design
05/23/2015 - Case Lighting and Pedestal Tubing
07/20/2015 - Tubing Finished
09/09/2015 - Custom Compartment Cover and Custom GPU Backplate
12/06/2015 - Final Picture Gallery
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First up in the new components is the new motherboard. Being a mATX versus a mITX, it has more room for PCI components, as well as more RAM slots.
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This particular board has enough PCI slots so I can throw in the WiFi card, the RAID card, and the GPU with no issues thumb.gif
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Picked up this little RAID card. It has 2 mini SAS ports, which will split out to 8 SATA ports. I will probably be running RAID 5 arrays on the HDDs so I have some protection against drive failure. Being an HTPC, writing is not as common as reading, so the performance impact of slower writes is not a concern. I will get the benefit of better read speeds as well, which will of course help as well



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Started experimenting with the fluid a little bit. I am taking Mayhems Pastel and Mayhems Aurora Booster and making a custom mix of what I am calling Pastel Aurora. I also dyed the fluid a bit to match the mobo headers thumb.gif








And a video for kicks. Quality kinda sucks cause it was on a phone
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Since I am going to be using a flashy fluid, I am going to go with CSQ blocks from EK and polish them to glass clarity following
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