Xsesive? Maybe. Worth it? Hell yes!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, kiddies of all ages, shapes, sizes and species I present for your viewing pleasure a little something I put together from the inspiration, insight, and intelligence I gathered through the forums.
Case: NZXT Phantom
Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth x58
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 4.2 ghz
RAM: Patriot Sector 7 1600mhz 6gb
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 480 @ 850mhz
For quiet and efficient cooling for these smoking hot chips I went with a mix and match bunch of liquid cooling equipment. The 480, NorthBridge, and Vreg are all cooled with the help of Koolance water blocks. Extremely happy with these products with high quality, great looks and superb cooling you cant go wrong with these. I also used the XSPC RASA 750 RS360 water cooling kit and added a Black Ice 120mm radiator on the back. I stripped down the case, painted it and made it my own. Plumbed everything with BitsPower compression fittings and some 3/8"ID 1/2"OD clear tubing, then quenched it with some Feser One. Stuff it full of hard drives and away we go!
I got lights on switches!
Air is pushed around by nine Cooler Master Sickle Flow 120mm Fans with Green LED's
Of course you have to keep the cables tidy.
Makes for a nice clean look.
And there it is, thats what I have for you fine people today.
Not bad? What do you guys think? I sure had fun building it.
guess it's hard to impress around here....
Hey man, I'm going with the green/black theme currently so I kind of know how it will look now! Thank's for posting this, was it a smooth build? Would you recommend any shops or brands?
Thanks for the reply! I was getting worried there for a bit...
Smooth? questionable. Took a long time. I went a little overboard on the work and I suck at painting. Took forever to get it figured out, still don't have the paint the way I want it, but it turned out very nice.
What are you working with? Hardware, overclocking, stuff like that. Looking for anything special? I used multiple brands of products in this build, but the thing that sticks out the most for me are the BitsPower fittings. Their quality is top notch.
Looks damn good to me :D
Soooo.... Trying to win a contest. Maybe get a couple votes if you guys are willing to help. would appreciate it :D
Is the top radiator a 360mm x 120mm, just only enough space for 2 fans?
Gotta give you props on the wire management. CLEAN. Nice rig.
Added: Ah, I see the a third fan on the bottom. I don't imagine it is very successful in pushing much air. Do you get heat blowback into the case airspace from that?
I have not had any troubles with the top 360 radiator actually. I added the top two fans.... well mostly for looks. They did not drop the temps by more than a degree or two. The inside of the case stays pretty cool, but with the hot components it can really warm my room up quite quickly(works great in the winter :) The case is not really made for the 360, but it works. I'm pleased with it.
The additional radiator in the back was probably a very good idea.
yeah, i was going to go with a 240, but I didn't want to hamper my HDD capacity as I use a few of them in this rig, so I stuck the 120 on the rear and it worked out nicely. The 480 was so hot before and now it gets as hot under load as it used to at idle.
This one is pretty much complete for now, unless I get a better processor for it. Next one in the works is going to be a sandy bridge build and start with one 580.
Good Job, keep the pictures coming!
*Promoted to front page*
Thank you sir.
Any in-progress shots sitting in your photo vault?
Short question: is this set up as your home-built server/storage rig?
Many many pictures I have of this build. I stripped it down to the bits of the case, painted and then put it all back together.
I really liked building this computer. I used it for my main rig for a long time, but I just upgraded to Sandy Bridge so this one has been moved to the front room for storage/htpc use. Probably going to sell it soon though before it's not worth much.
Always impressed with WC systems. even better is the SUPER GREEN lol.
Thank you good sir
Nice, but not what I would call excessive.
This is excessive.
5Ghz 2600K w/ SLI 680's. Water cooling to come later.
Anyone can spend a bunch of money and put a system together.
Try to make something original.
That's pretty funny since you made none of that. Your whole machine is store bought parts. No more original than mine. Stop fooling yourself. Buying stuff and painting it is not being original. Until you start doing some fab work and really build something, it's not more of a collection of expensive parts than my rig is.
Except for the case that I painted, modified, made new window for, new fan grill, custom lighting with UV LED's that I soldered together and made custom mounts for, and a custom water cooling loop with hours of cable management. I guess you have a point.
Painted, sure. I have my cables sleeved, I know about that. Not really that hard. Couple hours and heat gun and you are good to go. Aside from cutting tube, water cooling is all store bought parts. Nothing really modded there aside from some of the mounting.
So that leaves us with cutting a hole and paint. Well, the hole is original, granted. The paint I guess I can give ya, but it's not like it's been airbrushed or anything.
I never said it was not a nice rig. In fact I said it was nice, but not what I would call excessive. Compliment with a caveat I guess. You come at me about being original, but it's really not. It's a collection of parts. Aside from cutting a hole, you have done zero fab work. Maybe it's my car guy side coming out, but original means one off. Custom fabricated parts made from raw material or from blending parts to make a new one. By that, you made a"custom" side panel. You can call the box custom, but not original. Not really.
Sorry, I cant afford that level of originality.
And I apologize that I took offense to you coming into my thread and stating that I called it something that it is not. No, it might not be excessive to you, but for my first rig I think I did quite well. I also apologize that I am not impressed with your rig, it takes a little more effort to impress me.
Good luck with your water cooling and the rest of your build. I look forward to you impressing me. You have grand vision so I expect to see something that makes my builds pale in comparison. Let me know when it is done.
It's always satisfying to do any kind of mod to your case and have it turn out great.
So don't be hating on other peoples stuff bro it's really a nice rig.
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