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This is the first build I've ever done so I think I've done alright considering. Possibily slightly overambitious seeing as that were the case and it ended up being quite difficult but ultimately satisfying.

A few snags along the way such as the waterblock and backplate I had ordered for the graphics card not being compatible. Apparently this card received an update and is no longer reference. Also the HDD was bricked on arrival so I'm currently making do with a 250GB external USB drive for temporary storage purposes.

Processor runs at a stable 4.7GHz with anything else crashing the computer. Light OC on the GPU as well, but enough to improve Unigine Heaven frame rates by ~5. less than I would have liked due to lack of waterblock.

CPU on 100% load through torture testing in Prime95 gives temperatures of ~80 degrees C, with the potential to spike to a point that crashes the system. I doubt 100% load will be achieved through general use though.

Not listed are of course the water loop, my keyboard (CM Storm Quickfire Pro w/Cherry Reds), my old Razer Diamondback mouse which I've had for years, an external optical drive and the headphones I use for home use which are a pair orf Sennheiser HD558s

Excuse the awful photos. After all this I can't really afford a new camera. Also excuse the lack thereof, as it's a little late for me to be stomping about taking photos and these are all I have.

Not paying for full 3DMark so performance preset only.

Comments

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

If your load temps on that CPU are over 80C with a custom loop then you have one of three things. 1) Bad rad fans 2) A terrible water block 3) The most likely one, a mounting error. You would be surprised how common this is. Just re-mount the block. Your temps really should not be that high. But anyways nice 3DMark11 scores. Mine is P6803

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Not even at maximum load?

The fans are the ones that came with the loop (cheaper to buy a preselected set of components) so probably not the best. I'll have a look at remounting the block when I have time. I have a feeling I may have put on too little thermal grease anyway. I even considered delidding the CPU and replacing the internal thermal interface but felt that was way too risky considering my lack of experience.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

That is too risky, just try resetting the heatsink first. However I think your clocks might be unstable because these CPU's should be stable up until around 90C, so 80C shouldn't cause it to crash. But see if reseating the heatsink actually causes stability first. If that lowers temps but it still crashes then look at some overclocking guides on the internet to see if you can see what causes your system to crash because I don't think it is heat. I can't help you very much with the overclocking process though because I'm and AMD person, and AMD CPUs overclock totally different than Intel.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

If you'd like some new fans, check out them famous Noctua NF-F12s. They're not cheap, but they can seriously cool a rad.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably going to get some Corsair SP120s when I have some cash spare again. I'll have way too much of their stuff after that.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The NF-F12's are far better than the SP120's for rads and heatsinks.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did the water cooling set you back?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Not including the bits I had to RMA that were meant for the graphics card, about £225

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the i7 and 16GB of RAM? Is this just gaming?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Gaming (general and emulation), home theater and software development.

Partly just because I could as well.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't argue with that, I would get blue RAM just because I like blue.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

but that would throw off OP's awesome color scheme :P

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I was referring to his "Partly because I could as well" since I would color code to just because I could, despite the price

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, my bad. didn't pick up on that

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

can you put the link for the watercooling

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Bought the coolant separately to fit my colour scheme.

Oops, forgot the link. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC-173-EK&groupid=962&catid=1532

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that 360 Rad is made traditional in/out are on opposite ends. So now I'm wondering what the heck you got going on there. How long is your loop to the 360 Radiator? Why does the pic show it going almost center?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

What you can see in the center is the tubing connected to the VRM heatsink. This motherboard has native north bridge watercooling support. The tube is directly in front of the one leading from the radiator to the reservoir.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

what keyboard and mouse are you using???

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Keyboard is a CM Storm Quickfire Pro with cherry red keys The mouse is a Razer Diamondback that I've had for years. probably gonna replace it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

First build and you custom water cool it!? Damn dude you got confidence! Awesome build!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Confident as I may have been to begin with, I was ******** myself the entire time I was putting it together. Especially when I couldn't get the o ring in place on the waterblock after switching the jetplate.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL. I was just really nervous when installing my CPU. The rest was a breeze.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

In total, ~£2000 Motherboard is good. Plenty of handy software with it as well.

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