NOVEMBER 15, 2008
After months and months of collecting parts, letting them collect dust, and a couple of RMAs later - I have a working computer. This is my second MM build ... the first was a journey (some might say a nightmare) into the world of liquid cooling. This will be an abbreviated worklog, but I did want to share my progress, and posting pics of the project motivates me to keep going to to the next step. Also an opportunity to pick up advice.
Corsair 1000W PSU
E8600 (QX9650 will go in after I'm sure everything is working)
2 x 2 GB G-Skill 1600MHz RAM
changing by the minute ...
Mountain Mods CYO, Horizontal MB tray with Duality Front in Black Anodized Al
Casualties to date (there are sure to be more):
Striker II Extreme Motherboard
2 x 2GB of G-Skill DDR3 RAM (bought it so long ago I couldn't find it when I finally started building :shrug
Rampage Extreme Motherboard - 1st one had issues, 2nd one seems fine
2 x 8800 GTX video cards - using in other systems, replaced with 4870x2
A few early photos:
I said it worked ... didn't say it was pretty :
4870X2 with Danger Den Water Block:
Swiftech GTZ Water Block - a delight to install :up:
I use 3DMark06 to see if everything seems to run okay...
Temps look okay on this temporary loop (CPU and GPU on 1 PA120.3):
And, before you get all excited, let me make a few disclaimers:
1) Yes, the tubing is much too long -- this is my setup for leak testing outside the box, which I just set up to make sure everything worked in the case.
2) The drive bays are sticking out of the case ... kind of a nice look, don't ya think?
3) Wire Management - a tangled mess at the moment. Also, sleeving to be done.
4) Silver Screws on the front fan grills - will be replaced with black
This is the current ugliness:
My husband's comment ... "So, are you through with this sh-t now?"
My answer: "Well, no - I have to redo the loops and the wiring."
His response: "Why press your luck?"
NOVEMBER 16, 2008
Rube Goldberg came to play today:
DECEMBER 7, 2008
Quite a bit of progress this weekend, although still lots to do:
1) Redid the GPU loop:
2) And the CPU loop ... AND the NB loop ...
3) Don't worry ... that tubing with no clamp is just temporary ... awaiting arrival of a few more parts.
4) Some Bitspower sparkle:
Here are a few shots looking down on the board ...
I need to take a vaccum cleaner to this thing:
Love my Danger Den GPU water block:
More to come ... still have to do some sleeving and start my cable management.