Well this all started a month or so back. I had a friend give me a call and wanted me to goto the show at the local auditorium. You know those events you hear on the radio""SALE SALE SALE, JVC 1000 watt sub woofers just 5 dollars FIVE DOLLARS"
etc, etc. Basically a orgy of liquidation goods. I never went to one so I said what the hell. I am not going to even go into the spectacle.
So I am walking around having a good chuckle when I look on one table and there are these three boxes there. The top one had a sticker that said "Thermochill PA 120.3"
"You got to be kidding me", so I ask the guy if I can have a look. Bottom two boxes say the same. I pull the first one out and it is brand new.
I ask the guy what there for (Playing dumb), he says "No idea". He says 15$ each. I asked him how much of a deal for all three. 30$. Sold. 500 dollars worth of rads for 30 bucks.
So I get home and call me mom and tell her sorry, I forgot to not judge a book by it's cover. I'm thinking they prob have leaks or something. But three for 30$ what the hell.
Leak tested them for 30 mins each no probs. Guess I won the WC lottery.
Ordered an Ascension case. Was told it would take four months for the case to get finished (THere was a line for one offs)
Got the case, so here we go.
Evga 750i FTW
Enermax | EGX1000EWL 1000W
4 Gigs Corsair Dominator (PC2 8500)
Soundblaster XF-I Gamerz
EK 780i NB Block
EK 780i SB Block
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
Western Digital Raptor X 150 GB WD1500AHFD
(2) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD502lJ 500GB (RAID0)
(3) MCP355 Laing Pump
(3) XSPC Top and Reservoir
(2) EK 9800 GTX's Full Cover Blocks.
(2) EVGA 512-P3 Nvidia 9800GTX
(2) SUNBEAM RHK-EX-BA Fan Controller
(11) YATE LOON 120mm Case Fan - D12SH-124B
(2) YATE LOON 120mm Case Fan - D12SH-12
(9) Scythe "ULTRA KAZE" 120mm (Med)
(30 feet) PrimoFlex Pro LRT 1/2" ID 3/4"
I am going to install the thrid TC rad even though I am not using it yet. Would like to get a third loop for NB / SB / mosfets. However being an AMD fan, easier said then done. I am going to wait for a new board to come out. Then will work on getting the blocks. Or I may have to give into the dark side and go back to Intel.
Loop will be: first rad on the CPU, second rad on the two GPU, loop three NB/SB.
Picked up a aircraft style rocker switch from Radio Shack. Going to hook up my UV cold cathode lights. I actually picked up two and was going to hook up the LED's to one. But thinking about all the extra wiring :eek: decided I will save that for a rainy day (Or when I lose my mind).
I like the LED fans. However I did not want my living room to glow like a rave party. The RAD's are on a push pull. All the fans on the outside of the case are black and the inner fans are LED's. I think it will look good, my room won't glow (as much), and more importantly functional.
Case frame was easy to assemble. Then I started on the wiring / sleeving. I quickly blew threw 15 feet of sleeving and 40 feet of wiring. Almost out, had to order more.
I went threw another 50 feet of sleeving. 80 feet in total. So I am waiting on another 50 feet. So here is where I am at:
After all that... I hated the UV green sleeving. Order another 50 feet of black.
So I had to do something aside from striping/ soldering / sleeving wires. Friend called and I told him I was wet sanding my cpu. he asked me to call me doctor and ask if Paxal was right for me.
That's after 1400 grit I think. My OCD was manageable that day. I didn't go for the mirror shine.
I changed the blocks and sinks from this to EK full cover blocks. Just to keep things a bit more clean.
Got more sleeving in the mail. First I re sleeved my PSU (Again) the right way. Took her apart.
After that I wanted it all over. :yepp:
I had some sleeving left over (Shocking) so I sleeved the Sata cables as well.. Why not, everything else was sleeved. I even did the USB and firewire
New boards and blocks:
Funny how such a big case leaves you little options for mounting things, but it all came together surprisingly well.
I completely tore down the project this time and flushed out the rads many times. Getting that UV dye out is a B*#&$!
Some pics of the wire managment:
All buttoned up.
And for the blingy part of the program:
Just a bit of overkill for BF2, but it runs Crysis REALLY well.
3DMARK06 SCORE: 21185http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm06=7995201
New overclocks run on Prime95 stable:
E8500 Processor clock 4512 MHz | FSB 475 MHz | Multiplier 9 | Volt 1.4
9800's: 869 / 1250