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Blue Lagoon

by Lavins

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Date Published

June 30, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.4GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

This is a PC I built for a customer and he wanted something quiet but powerful. It's mainly going to be used for gaming but still wanted to have the full benefits of silence and cool, while being small enough to move around.

Everything in this PC is bolted down or secured. Even the SSDs are screwed in to prevent them from being dislodged.

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PcNoobLord 34 points 11 months ago

._.

You have left me speechless. +1

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 7 points 11 months ago

Haha! Thank you but keep talking, it's good for you!

JaneGoodall 1 Build 5 points 11 months ago

It's a very beautiful build and it will perform very well.

However, a similar build with a 780 Ti goes up to 420 W in Unigine. Even though real life scenarios might use a little less than 420 W, that power supply simply will not cut it in a few years after it's lost some output.

I would have bought a 550 W as the YouTube video recommends, especially if someone were paying me to build it for them.

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ianzchurchill 3 points 10 months ago

"I'm so sorry to have to say this" Then you smile at the end. Lol, you are cheeky.

I like the build but honestly the power supply does seem like the only "flaw" of the system. A Seasonic G-550 F3 550W would've done the job with some headroom and for less money than that power supply. (Directly comparable with 5 year warranty as well).

But it's not my build, nor my choice.

Btw your statement of real world usage can't be taken seriously. There are too many variables, power is not constant you know, and if you don't know.. Well...

Lavins submitter 8 Builds -4 points 10 months ago

K

JaneGoodall 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Whoa calm down dude.

"You're welcome" for giving pointers, I guess.

zlogs 1 Build -1 points 11 months ago

You're "especially if someone were paying me to build it for them" came across as cocky. 450 watts is more than enough for a 770, especially when a titan can run with a 500 watt power supply (as seen in the EVGA hydron). People on Pcpartpicker just overestimate how much power you really need.

ianzchurchill 2 points 10 months ago

It's better to be safe. While you could be fine, the voltage regulation, rail ripple suppression, and voltage stability could become limiting factors as the unit gets used more and more. Especially if the unit is susceptible to degradation over time. It's not too likely to happen, but it could. Then having more power would be essential.

JaneGoodall 1 Build -1 points 11 months ago

Imagine he put a 400 W PSU in it. That's a likely output of a 450 W PSU after a few years. It isn't worth it even if it drops that low only a few times in a hundred.

My whole premise is that it will be fine initially but it won't be after its output has degraded a little bit. Especially since the owner might want to overclock it someday even though he told Lavins that he wouldn't.

Plus the 780 in this build takes marginally more Watts than a 770.

Mitsy 1 Build 7 points 11 months ago

What was the reason with going with an older CPU? Just curious :)

Edit: Also nice to see something other than black & red... I wanted to do something blue myself but most of the parts i was looking into were all red!

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

He already had the 3770k laying around and wanted to downsize to a smaller form factor so he can lug this around. :)

WohlgamuthEnt 1 point 11 months ago

My thoughts? Heat generation. But I could be wrong in that regard

LeOrange 1 point 11 months ago

Heat generation prolly isn't an issue since it's liquid cooled. Maybe it was to keep costs down as much as possible. I'm also wondering why the Ivy Bridge route over Haswell/Haswell Refresh.

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 7 points 11 months ago

Client didn't feel like selling off his 3770k just to upgrade over to HasLEL and lose out on about $80. I don't blame him.

Apach3 2 Builds 9 points 11 months ago

"HasLEL"

that made my day! :D

LeOrange 2 points 11 months ago

Ah ok, thank you :) The build looks great!

pegotico 1 Build 5 points 11 months ago

the 450w PSU is on the edge of things, why not invest $10 more and get the RM550

Lavins submitter 8 Builds -4 points 11 months ago

It's more than adequate actually. Thank you for your concern. It was just a PSU I had laying around and wanted to do custom cable sleeving for it. :)

MCUH 1 Build 4 points 11 months ago

You can't be serious... Minimum required IMHO is about 500W for this build but you seem to know better. Please explain?

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I can be serious. If you take this system, plug the power into a Kill-A-Watt (A device that reads total system wattage at the wall) and load up Unigine... you'll see that it will bounce between 360w and 380w. That's with every setting maxed out.

To top it off, the Steam Box with a Titan installed runs on a 450W Gold PSU.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Steam+Machine+Teardown/20473

I guess it also helps to mention that I am a custom PSU sleever, so I pay attention to anything related to PSUs in general. :)

MCUH 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

I think it’s great that you’ve got the initiative to measure the wattage and identify in real terms what amount of wattage the system is using and I actually support this approach and thanks for explaining your views as it’s very helpful.

However, why is it that many reputable online recommendations suggest a minimum of 500W PSU with mid-range cards?

For example, here is Guru3D's power supply recommendation: •GeForce GTX 780 - On your average system the card requires you to have a 550 Watt power supply unit.

I recently purchased the MSI AMD Radeon r9 270x Hawk and the average requirement for my system was a 500W PSU and I only have an I5 4590. The following information is from the Geforce website:

Thermal and Power Specs:

Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 95 C

Graphics Card Power (W) 250 W

Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 600 W

Supplementary Power Connectors One 8-pin and one 6-pin

Cheers

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Those are all just generous suggestions so as to not starve the typical user. It's much easier to give people more headroom than to deal with the backlash later on. In actually, that overabundance is unnecessary but provides peace of mind. Reviewer websites also have that responsibility to their readers.

The only reason I went with this PSU is because I had it laying around and wanted to give it to the client. Other than that, I would've selected a 550W PSU just to give him additional headroom for overclocking. He stated that he wasn't going to overclock much and therefore will not be needing the additional voltage from the GPU.

CarterBond 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

Nice looking build. Where did you get the cables? If not, did you make them?

Retroman 1 point 11 months ago

they appear to be individually sleeved so my guess is that he made them

DodecPCs 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

You can buy individually sleeved cables.

Retroman 1 point 11 months ago

i know you can but they are usually 1 solid color and his are multi colored sleeving, and most the premade sleeved cables are actually just extension cables which wouldnt fit in this mini itx build and corsair doesn't sell that color premade sleeving for that power supply so it's a safe assumption he made it.

DodecPCs 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Good point.

Retroman 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you and you as well :)

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I made the cables myself actually. I even have a website if you're interested in purchasing and I'm currently running a discount from now until the end of July!

http://www.hexagonpc.com/

CarterBond 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Ok. I was unaware that you made them. I will check it out.

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Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you!

kozarman 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Wow, nicely done!

OblivionXBA 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Professional job. Well done! +1

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 0 points 11 months ago

Thank you sir!

ITneto 2 points 11 months ago

It's always good to see a toothpaste color scheme! Yummy! +1

LordOfSin 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Damn daddy likes

alex591 2 points 11 months ago

Great bulid! +1

mrsimplycrazy 2 points 11 months ago

That...that is beautiful...

Some0ne 2 points 11 months ago

+1 for the custom cooling

fnapoli 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

This is a stunning build. I wish I had the cash/time/patience/skill/skill/skill to watercool something, let alone something this tiny!

If there's any way to revitalize some year or two old parts...this is the way to do it!

Eggman772 2 points 11 months ago

Wow very nice build especially the custom loop +1

candy 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Wow. Just wow. Amazing build

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you! :)

candy 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Did you cut the cables to appropriate lengths to avoid having to worry about messy cables?

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yes indeed I did! Every cable, including the fan cables, were cut to length so as to not add to a huge mess of long cables. The result is this clean base with nothing but the pump touching the floor. :)

DragonFireXY 2 points 11 months ago

Best build on the site ever! It's beautiful!

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Aw, haha thanks!

DDawg426 2 points 11 months ago

This is really cool! I had no clue the 250D was spacious enough to fit all these watercooling components...

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

This may not exactly be the greatest "bang for your buck" per se (w/o the liquid cooling it would've probably only ran your customer $450 less), but I guess it could be due to the liquid cooling and beautiful work you had done. Actually, for $450 that's a pretty solid-looking liquid loop. I stand corrected; I guess it really is a pretty solid "bang for your buck".

Fantastic, I give it Dan Outta Dan.

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Haha, I like this. :)

infinitemerald 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Wait, you're the guy that made Seven Sexy Tree! :O

Looks like Skemble has some competition ;D

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yes that was me! :)

geogeodude 2 points 11 months ago

That's the cutest thing I've ever seen. Probably will be. Until it kills me and my computer.

Newbie1998 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Do people actually buy 3 of your cables for $200 was interested in buying but damn I can get every cord in a system sleeved for $80 :/ anyways sick as build

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

It's actually 4 cables. As for the $80 thing, they're not the same as my kit. For one, the sleeving is single thread and thus, it's not of the highest quality. On top of that, the heatshrink is terribly mismatched giving this uneven appearance. My kit is hand made using the highest quality paracord and is made for the client's needs. I can even do custom length to prevent excess cable clutter. There are many advantages to buying a custom set over a mass produced one.

Thanks!

wubley 2 points 10 months ago

Man, this is the first time I've seen someone on this site get gunned down for having a power supply that "might not be sufficient for the job", even though it works just fine. Great work Lavins! With this and Seven Sexy Tee under your belt, I hope to see much more PC artwork from you!

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Aw, hey thanks! Yeah man, some people are just misinformed and are stuck in their ways is all. No big deal for me as I know it'll work with no issues.

I do quite a bit of builds actually so if you like my work, check out the rest over here! http://lavins.imgur.com/

wubley 1 point 9 months ago

I'll be sure to check those out! And I actually have a couple of questions for you. For starters are those Monsoon fittings you used? And secondly, do you do custom sleeving orders for people?

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yes, they are Monsoon fittings!

Yes, I do custom sleeving as a service. You can check out my website: http://www.hexagonpc.com/shop/

This page will show you exactly what cables you're getting and how much. Don't hesitate to send me a message through here or my email if you'd like a set!

SneakyBastardSword 1 point 11 months ago

while i usually don't like that light blue color scheme, this is beatiful. +1

Fluther 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

How much did you charge you customer? where do you work from?

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I can't really go into details about what I charged the customers as it was a private deal. However, for everyone else, I can provide invoices and line items of labor and additional work requested.

I work out of my home but have been doing this for over 10 years now.

purplepenguin 1 point 11 months ago

Why go with the DCUII version of the card if you're not going to use the cooler? Is it cheaper than reference or do they just use better chips for those ones?

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Client already had it and decided to go with water cooling 7 months after his purchase.

vikingXcore 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I freaking love this build! Love your work on the cables, i might have to hit you up for a custom sleeved set on my computer (going for purple and gunmetal/grey). This is an amazing little monster and you definitely catered to the customer.

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hey thanks for the compliments! It was quite a bit of custom work done but it came out better than I expected!

I look forward to hearing from you! I'm ready to do cables any time, just hit me up. :) Contact me at lavinsleeving@gmail.com or PM me here.

Thanks again :D

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Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yes, it sure does! You can see them on the ASUS IMPACT boards as well. :)

chrismillar1847 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

possibly the sexiest build i have ever seen +1

MonkeyKing1969 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Wow, just awesome.

Domtheis100 1 point 9 months ago

Are the cables extensions or are they custom made?

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

They are both. I made super short bare cables, then created these specialized, cut to length and arched, extensions. Every cable in this build is fully sleeved.

ZeusOne 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Both your builds just left me speechless. So f*cking beautiful. Thank you for showing us your builds! If there was a way to sub to users here, you'd be the only one haha.

+1

iamwildbear 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

69/10 would bang >:3

Burney21 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

wow... +1

Meithen 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

One of my favorite builds on the site, very nice.

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks! That means a lot. :)

kane35467kane 1 point 5 months ago

Hello Lavis Firstly i would like to say how much How much i love your build. It looks very sexy with all of the black and blue colour scheme. But i got some questions 1) Whats coolant did you use? 2) Can i use normal water block for cpu? 3) How long can my with of my radiator be?

Thanks :D

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

1.)I used EK UV reactant coolant.

2.) If you used a block for the CPU, then you'd need to find a new pump.

3.) The maximum thickness I found is 60mm. Otherwise, I would've gotten the 85mm thick radiator. But at that thickness, it covers up the hole for your cables.

kane35467kane 1 point 5 months ago

Follow up to my question how did you tie your pump/res Thanks :D

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The radiator has an end tank in which I used to fill the entire loop.

kane35467kane 1 point 5 months ago

One more question what cpu block did you use???

jonasbensimon 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

GREAT build !! i want to buy cables like yours what exactly am i looking for? thansks! do i need 1 of each? i have the same gpu as you, i dont need the ones that connect straight into PSU just the ones into MOBO and GPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050002031%2040002820%20600020179&IsNodeId=1&SubCategory=2820&Manufactory=2031&SpeTabStoreType=1

jnanof 8 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Gorgeous

cookie_yoda_365 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Wow, props to you for fitting a full custom watercooling loop in a mini ITX case.

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It's quite easy to do! Anyone can do it with enough patience... and money lol

cookie_yoda_365 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

XD yeah, I've heard they're really expensive.

ThugginMcMuffin 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

how in the absolute living hell did you manage to fit a custom loop in that tiny *** case? are you a wizard??

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I'm a Wizard, Harry.

Hussein.H 1 point 1 month ago

my favourite tiny computer ever.

polarbehr 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

just stumbled across this work of art

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stunning

Ropota 1 point 27 days ago

That is just BEAUTIFUL. I'm crying and I dont know why.

Markill-UK 1 Build 1 point 24 days ago

Impressive! ........most impressive! :)

spongebob123 0 points 11 months ago

why not go with corsair hx power supplies? it matches the color scheme. +1 for water cooling in mini itx.

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

HX isn't fully modular and he wanted fully modular for the custom cable sleeving. :)

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Lavins submitter 8 Builds 0 points 11 months ago

It's quite fine actually. Max usage is around 360-380 watts so it's pretty good to go.

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manirelli staff 3 Builds 7 points 11 months ago

Nothing wrong with a quality 450w for a single gpu setup. Here is one of the steamboxes for reference: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Steam+Machine+Teardown/20473

They do a titan on 450w.

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Where do you get that misinformation from? This is more than capable.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Steam+Machine+Teardown/20473

Titan running on a 450W.

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lanahar 7 points 11 months ago

You need to relax. Here is an article fom Overclock3D where they demystify the thought that PSU needs to be very high to run gaming systems - Even - with a GTX 780 TI

Read their article: http://www.overclock3d.net/articles/power_supply/how_many_watts_do_you_actually_need/1

Watch their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajiN9aVOv4A

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Dat white knight. <3

JaneGoodall 1 Build 0 points 11 months ago

My point was that even if 450W is adequate now, it might not be after the PSU degrades. On a $2400 build, skimping $10 on the PSU only has to blow the build only 2 or 3% of the time to not be worth it (a blown PSU won't ruin all the components, otherwise it would be under 1%).

But I just ordered a Kill A Watt so I could do my own tests! Maybe I've been spending too much on my PSU's. :)

Lavins submitter 8 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

I have no reason to doubt the longevity of a Corsair unit. They have been doing PSUs for many many years and they seem to have gotten it right so far. Not to mention, they warranty out their units for 5+ years. Even if this thing blows, which it will not and is well within its operating range for this build, it can easily be RMAd and a brand new unit will take its place.

As for the Dell thing, there's absolutely nothing that ties Dell to the issues your father had.

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Lavins submitter 8 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

When I referenced Corsair, I was speaking from the perspective that they have been in this segment long enough to nail down great OEMs. The manufacturer of this PSU up to the 650W and the 1000w is Chanel Well. They are a well respected and reputable company when it comes to developing Power Supplies.

"...a lot of people would never buy a computer from you again if they had to RMA the power supply." That's not how this business works. If there's a problem, I will resolve it and that's seriously not even relevant to this specific build. I'm not going to recommend a 450W to everyone... unless the build path required it.

That second part is also anecdotal and not even a valid concern. It is simply for peace of mind. I have proven that even a Titan can run on 450W, why continue to press this NON-issue?

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