Description

I have been wanting to try a custom water loop forever but could never justify the $300+ price tag just to learn something new.

So... I traded my old Razer Anasasi keyboard and a crappy gaming mouse (valued both items at $30) for a

Swiftech d5 pump in good condition
Swiftech GTZ CPU block scratched copper base, repaired leaks with silicon
XSPC 360 huge radiator all banged up with a ton of silicon repairs
2 Bay reservoir. leaked so bad, went right in the trash
Thermaltake Big Water System minus the block and fan that works perfect.
Bunch of hoses, clamp and barbs.

At first I was a little dissapointed becasue I thought the parts were all junk (they are) but turns out that nothing leaks and despite the extreme ugliness both the custom loop and the Thermaltake sytem are both functional. I had to use a DIY resevoir and settled on a Mason Jar filled with moonshine (jk: water, I drank the moonshine).

I found this motherboard on Craigslist with G3258 for $100 which was perfect for my learning build.
Bought the RAM and SSD with reward points and rebate gift cards so those were free.
Bought the 2 fans as I had one extra one in inventory.

PSU is my eBay purchase used for testing parts.

The case came from my old HTPC build that gpt fried by the electric company a few years ago. I had salvaged every other part from it.

I built up the basic systen with stock fan to run some tests and get temps for comparison. Sadly, this turned out to be the worst OC chip. I could not get past 4.1Ghz regardless of voltage, ram speed etc. My last chip got up to 4.9 with the EVO 212 cooler and would have gone higher if not for temps.

So after much fiddling, I hooked everything up and hit the switch! Yeah!! It worked and nothing fried :) Temps are awesome and never went over 62 maxed out on big voltage. I did notice that the temps were all the same with just the radiator and no fans at all. Fans did not get me 1 degree cooler. It was a cool day (60F) and the radiator is out of the case. Temps are as listed but I dumped 30+C. Pretty cool for a ghetto $30 set up.
I have a 4790k for $250 coming this week, here is hoping for a better run at the silicon lottery.

Test are using Prime 95 Max Heat run

All stock settings: 3.2Ghz, 1.12V
Stock fan: 61C
Water: 43C

OC to 4.0 Ghhz, 1.29V
Stock Fan: 85+C
Water: 58C

OC to 4.1 Ghz, 1.32V
Stock fan: 90+C
Water: 60C

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats actually very acceptable temps!!! +1 for the ghetto loop!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

For the voltage on that chip, I was very impressed.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah me to!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got to say that this is the weirdest build I've ever seen.+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

he he

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The Jar reservoir is awesome

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a pain to get the loop started because the tubes are coming out the top and fighting gravity.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for experimenting

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

looks like this CPU was a bad clocker so that is why it was sold so cheap.

but amazing you get CPU+mobo combo for so low price.

that MSI boards are one of the best looking

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This is really gonna inspire me to do some hoodalized loop experiments. I'm impressed.

  • 44 months ago
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I plan on making a test board and mounting all the parts on it rather than using a case.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Ghetto...

No arguments. VERY cool to look at.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the best builds are the ones that people try to rig something new with. +1 mate, I would give another for the Christmas tree if I could. Almost Christmas in July. :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

that tree is really starting to cramp my style. It's been up for 1.5 years.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great first time :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant! you got my +1!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Well, I would recommend that you get this on if you want it to be reliable https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-kit-s120 Future build: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/4XmFTH

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I will just be using this as a test bench for overclocking submissions. I will upgrade each piece as I get the $$ starting with the water block as that is what will leak directly onto the board if it sprouts a leak. I like that giant radiator. Gives me the option of bumping up the voltage a lot more to squeeze out that last Ghz :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, if u go on their website, you can get a quad cooler for about $70

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Just being nice.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed, none of these parts are going into a permanent home as they all have leaks that have been repaired. I'll either keep it for OC submissions to HWBOT or sell to the next guy who wants to play.

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