Hey guys, so this is my pc build, or should i say rebuild.
Today i did a case swap on my PC that i built about three months ago. I had a bare bones case, that wasnt very appealing, and also i noticed my CPU was running hot.. Very very hot. So i decided to do a case swap, and put an all in one water cooler in it.
There is a good amount of detailed pictures i will upload to show the process of this swap and how well everything went together in this case.
1st things first, i pulled all the old components out of my old case, and i noticed immediately how dusty my case was on the inside, and all the parts along with it. Probably due to a lack of positive air pressure in the case, with having only one case fan in the old rig.. Plus a very suspect dust filter on it as well.
Next i cleaned all the dust off the old parts to get them ready for the new case. Then i found out the issue of my really hot temps, as you can see in my pictures the old stock CPU cooler wasnt fully making contact with the chip, which kinda makes sense now.. but luckily the CPU has held up, and the only temps that got extreme were during specific games that i didnt play as much.. Getting 90 degrees playing fallout 4 in ultra, about 75-80 degrees in ARMA 3, then 65-70 in less demanding games such as CS GO and COD 4.
After cleaning up the CPU and installing the Mobo to the case, then i started adding all the watercooling parts, such as the backplate, and the actual cooler.
Once the cooler was on the CPU, i started to route everything around the area where i would be installing the radiator and fans.
After the rad was in i hooked up both fans to be in a pull scenario. During installation of the fans i noticed i had to remove the blue cable management cover in the case so i could access the screws for both of the fans. Once fans were installed i put this piece back on.
After all of the water cooling parts were installed. I then added the PSU and the Hard drive. Nothing crazy here just the same as most cases, although i really dig the hidden area for the PSU.
Finally i started routing all cables, and doing what i could to hide and clean them up, as best as i could.. I am not one for Cable Management, i like the look of it when done right, but i honestly just dont have the patience to do so. So i did what i could, and it turned out good enough.
Then i threw my graphics card in, and wired that up as well.. And that was pretty much that besides the few LED strips.
I took it to my desk to fire it up, and after a really slow boot and crash, i noticed one of my sticks of RAM wasnt pushed in fully, giving me a little heart attack, i click the sucker back in and tried again.
Everything powered on great, all fans turning, water pump is on, cooler lights up, and i was good to go.
Checked CPU temps and im running a cool 22 degrees Celsius :)
Future Upgrades? PSU for sure...
Time to do some Overclocking !!! Thanks for the read !