Description

Decided to replace a 7 year old gaming rig and got carried away. Office work, casual gaming, wanting minimal upgrade requirements for a couple years at least. Maybe some streaming and youtube video editing. Haven't run the overclocking yet, but so far does everything needed without raising a sweat.

Burn in testing, CPU cooked itself along with stock cooler at 97-100C. GPU's under load had decent air coolers that would howl but kept them at a balmy 73C.

Deviation from listed version, Clear fan shroud on single radiator required the top radiator to be rotated for barb fittings to be placed forward, blocking the installation of the LED controller in the upper bay, and instead moving to lower drive bay, preventing installation of the DVD drive. Add insult to injury, the shroud is pretty much invisible from window anyways. Leave shroud out, and leave top double rad barbs facing to back of machine...whether you want a DVD drive or not.

Case was a tight fit for the various water cooling parts, particularly res & pump. Was able to adjust the stock case parts with almost no modifications...not even a drilled hole.

Made use of quick release connector for hose running through back of the case to allow for easy(ish) ability to drain the system, but otherwise the longest hose run is out of sight, out of mind.

LED lighting on a straight splitter not practical without a 3.3v 2-pin F-F wire...not shown in this build. Planned to replace 8 way splitter with this: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10300/ele-633/ModSmart_20_Station_LED_Board_-_Base_-_Purple_LEDSTAT-20-P.html which should allow use of the COSMOS SE fan LED on/off switch, which was freed up with the fans were replaced with corsairs.

Would totally replace the AF120 & 140's with SP versions if they came in purple, given the blocking grills on both sides of each mount.

Even so, no overclocking, under stress, fans at lowest (40%) setting, and Pump on lowest (1) setting as well, nothing seems to go above 45c. Hard over stress testing pushed CPU up to about 72C, and GPU's to 66C on the most extreme runs.

Full collection of the build in progress is listed here: http://imgur.com/a/mopmR#0

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Comments

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

LOL. All the cables at the side of the case.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

heh, true...it's a tight fit, but it all gets in under the cover eventually. Good thing the COSMOS SE has that bulge in the lid for extra cable management room though...it was needed.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

ALL THIS AND NOT A DEVIL's CANYON CPU!!!!!!!! DAFUQ

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Good work! The view into that box from the clear side panel is a work of art. The view from the other side.....not as artsy, lol. But hey, those cables gotta go somewhere! Love CM cases. You've done well.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Holy crap dood, are we gonna be at war with each other over who's rig is purplier??? >:P

On a side note: Awesome cooling setup! That case looks pretty neat! I hope the $190 mobo is worth it. You did a really decent job on the build and the price overall. cookie for you! (I poisoned it. I will have the purpliest rig....)

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

well I have good news for you Corsair is releasing SP120 and SP140led fans and I think they might come out this month (july) http://www.corsair.com/en-us/blog/2014/june/spled_announcement

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes!!! Buying as soon as they come out. They would be perfect for my H105 and my 2 front 140mm fans

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a freaking SWEET build but those 2gb 770s... ARGH. +1 for amazing watercooling

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you thought about the phanteks enthoo pro? I heard it was pretty good with water cooling.

Awesome build btw and all those cables lol

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh, that's probably the first time I've ever sen someone route tubing behind the motherboard tray.

+1, nice build:)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

excellent, great build, have fun :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

damn nice build! +2 if i could

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