For more pictures and some extra thoughts on the water cooling components go to: http://imgur.com/a/Z0qR3
This build was created for gaming. The name Axolotl (pronounced "a-show-low-ht") comes from the Aztec language "Nahuatl" (pronounced "na-what"); Axolotl means Water Monster and I encourage you to do an online image search of the word "axolotl".
This build is my first build ever (thx pcpartpicker.com!) and it was put together throughout the year 2013. I first had a hyper 212 Evo and a Saphire 7970 (that I had purchased when it went on sale). I returned the 7970 because of a coil whine and after patiently waiting for the release of the r9 290 I finally was able to get my hands on one (before the crazy prize jump).
I modded the Corsair 500r Case. I painted the PCI Slot covers white, and I removed the honeycomb side window and replaced it with plexi glass). I was surprised and happy that this case was able to accommodate all of the water cooling components I used, and it has great cable management. I recommend this case to any first time builder as you have the flexibility in removing the hard drive cages and the aforementioned.
CPU: The chip has a 4.4 ghz 24/7 OC and is stable.
Temperature Results: Using the Noctua Fan's Low-Noise Adapters (1200 RPM), and with an ambient temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, the temperatures after 1 hour of being idle was 30 degrees Celsius for the CPU (@ 4.4ghz) and 31 degrees Celsius for the r9 290. Under load (Prime 95 for 1 hour), the CPU temperature was 54 degrees Celsius. The GPU under load (using MSI GPU Burner/Kombustor) would average between 55 and 57 degrees Celsius but never went over 57 degrees Celsius. While playing high-res games (maxed out), the CPU and GPU stay at around 54-55 degrees Celsius.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$169.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||MSI Z77A-G45 ATX LGA1155||$70.00||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$52.00||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" SSD||$125.00||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB||$399.00||(Purchased)|
|Case||Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower||$90.00||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V||$96.00||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer||$49.00||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)||$80.00||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||QNIX Perfect Pixel QX2710 Matte 27.0"||$375.00||(Purchased)|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Asus PCE-AC66 802.11b/g/n/ac PCI-Express x1||$93.99||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm||$23.00||(Purchased)|
|Noctua NF-F12 PWM 55.0 CFM 120mm||$24.99||(Purchased)|
|Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Case Accessory||NZXT Hue LED Controller||$25.00||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master CM Storm QuickFire TK||$80.00||(Purchased)|
|Custom||Bitfenix Alchemy Multi-Sleeved 24-pin ATX Extension Cable, White||$12.99||(Purchased)|
|500 GB WD My Passport External Storage||$40.00||(Purchased)|
|Water cooling components: EK Res 140 / black ice gts 240 rad / swiftech pump / ek copper cpu block/ ek nickel/acetal gpu block / primochill advanced LRT tube/ 16 EK, bitspower, XSPC compression/rotary fittings / 2 3mm white LED lights||$672.00||(Purchased)|
|32mm Radiator Screws (8) purchased from a generic hardware store||$2.00||(Purchased)|
|Date Built||Jan. 1, 2014|