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
OC to 4.0 Ghhz, 1.29V
Stock Fan: 85+C
OC to 4.1 Ghz, 1.32V
Stock fan: 90+C