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Edit: Desk came in, and it took a little bit to build. So I've added the pictures now. The laptop on the desk and all the other random stuff like the crochet hooks are the wife's... I'm not opening that can of worms by moving any of that.

Like I said my only real gripe is that I cannot cable manage the bottom area properly with this case. I also know that the backside cable management is terribad.. I'm working on a solution.

Thanks for looking!

The pictures also contain some of the building/cleaning process. Once I get my new desk (delivered on the 26th of January) I'll take it's completely setup pictures, hopefully by then I can find an answer to the cluster of cables that run to the bottom of the motherboard. The pictures where it looks on but has paper towels are fill/leak/purge testing(no leaks first time go!).

This is a quality of life upgrade from Mk1.5 (http://pcpartpicker.com/b/LXYrxr) brought about by a failed Graphics Card so I won't go over the stuff that hasn't changed. Apparently while I was deployed a good lightning storm(maybe? it's the story my wife tells me at the very least) decided to break only one component in my computer. The kind folks over at ASUS honored an RMA and replaced the card. So I had to break the water loop anyway... might as well do some QoL adjustments.

I ended up building this again over 2 stages. First stage I disassembled and started building up. I got the motherboard and cpu fitted up, then promptly realized that the 2 90 degrees between the CPU and motherboard blocks were not going to line up. Also that I had purchased the wrong bridge for the GPUs. Also, I didn't have enough of the right thermal pads for the GPU's. So 2 business day shipping later everything else went together. The longest process was cleaning the GPU that wasn't RMA'd. I removed ALL the old thermal paste very painstakingly.

Changes! The biggest change is going from a 800D to a 450D. It manages just barely to fit in there without any major issue. The drive cage limits the amount of sata ports you can get to. The rear fan almost limits the riser card that the Maximus V Extreme utilizes to host the mSata and wireless cards. the 1200i covers the first wire routing grommet almost completely. The Motherboard is large enough that it makes the wire routing grommets almost useless... making it easier to just come from the open space to the right. All in all the only gripe I have that makes me a bit salty is the fact that I cannot wire the bottom part of the motherboard (USB and other leads) up the way I want to and hide all the cables properly. I pulled out the corsair fans that came with it and filled it to the brim with Apache black fans. The fourth Harddrive I have doesn't fit... I'm going to have to order a 4 drive cage from Corsair which existed a few weeks back when I looked but has since vanished. I'm not too concerned with it though as the 4th drive doesn't get much use and I have a harddrive toaster on my desk.

The next biggest change is the addition of the ATX breakaway cable for the cooling tower. The tower can now force a computer shutdown in catastrophic events such as a pump failure or 0% water level. I can also use the IR remote to turn on and off the computer from IR range (can put computer out of sitting reach such as on top of a hutch).

Next up, I decided to buy a better solution for connecting the GPU's to the water loop. The setup I made before was reallllllly rigged up and didn't look as appealing as a serial bridge. So that's now a thing.

The rest of the changes are really minor... I pulled out the EK spinbay reservoir... it was a bit redundant and was only truly used to see the spinner spinning... but I've tinkered with Aida64's sensorpanel and have it displaying an actual reading of the flow at all times on the secondary monitor. So it became a deprecated piece of junk. I changed out the USB 3.0 riser for a USB 2.0 and eSata header(the 3.0 was causing issues with the water tower and UPS that was plugged into it which doesn't occur on usb 2.0). I blinged up the case a little with two 12 inch cold cathode lights. Changed the fittings by adding in 90 degree adapters making the runs a lot shorter and neater across the board.

On a separate note... the ASUS Matrix HD7970 platinum that ASUS sent back to me came back really beat up. There were sand/dust lines all up under the shielding and all over the thermal pads. You can also see some bent fins and what looks like a snapped heat pipe fixture?

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

HOLY BEDSHEETS!! I JUST WET MYSELF!!

And it isn't yellow...

Edit: Is this what Viagra does?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You know... the viagra comment is very fitting since these components are almost 2 years old. I feel you didn't mean it intentionally or had a more perverted intention with it. You made me laugh though.

I almost wet myself when I thought I was leaking in the purge test.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing job friend! This build is like the little robin at my ball. A fine specimen by day, but shows her true face by night! I am getting tingly thinking about it!

But I am a little confused about your hardware choices. Why ivy bridge core? And you could have gotten better gpus with that cash.

+1!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This was a rebuild of an old build. The original build is under my saved lists as MK1.5. You'll see that the parts are about 2 years old at this point. I just came back from Deployment in Afghanistan and found that my primary card had **** itself. So I had to rebuild the water loop anyway. Decided to give it some love.

If I was to take the money that I put into this build and build it today... yes I would have picked a 4790 and so on. Might have even debated on going for a 6 or 8 core build.