This is a real beauty. Great job with custom water cooling AND keeping prices reasonable. I love seeing these amazing builds be done at under $4,000. It's possible for "normal" people to custom water cool their machines :)
I like this build -- coming from your featured build today -- and your use of the H440. I love that sideways mounted res, and I think I might be one of the first to do it in the H440 with mine. I bet that combo res/pump made your loop a lot easier than mine, too.
Ain't the bends from the cpu to side rad to the GPU a bizzness? That's the hardest part for me. Anyway +1 on ya and ya blue build.
Hey, I think your build is awesome. Yay all crazy things combining into an H440 in different ways. I love my H440 and setup inside it, but I also love all other builds that use the case in creative ways. Rwoody and ewan have hit the mark
Woow this thing is crazy. I have a pretty unique H440 setup myself, but nothing compared to the sheer number of case mods you've done. Looks great, and serves as an awesome advertisement for NZXT -- if you intended to do that anyway. Have you sent this build to them? Looks like they'd enjoy it.
Love white and gold builds! Are you going to try and paint your GTX 970 red to either white or gold? That'd basically complete the look. It's not too hard doing that, either.
The more full res the usually less air in the system, as air bubbles should deposit in the res while going through your loop. Right now I have just an air bubble that moves around at the top, which shows the pump is on (it'd be hard to tell otherwise). Plus I think it looks better, too.
That's the only thing that's working on my processor. It will work on moderately overclocked systems. I can go 4.8/4.9 with my processor (I got a goooood chip) but temps get up in the 90s of celsius. At 4.6/4.7 it's a pretty stable 50s. The GPU only has that quick little 120 rad that works great.
Short answer: yes.
Also, when you're using my method, you might actually just be able to rotate yours on the face (rock it forward) without any spilling. I'd thread the tube through the extra PCIE slots. When removing the tube, make sure to have a thick wad of paper towels around it for any water inside the tube (unless it's clear and you can see it, mine is black.)
Hey! I think I invented placing the res sideways like that in the H440. That bend from the GPU to res is a real killer to get perfect. Luckily my wife got it right.
I don't know if this will help you or not, but I have used a long piece of standard tubing with a standard compression fitting to screw into the res. At the end of the tubing, I put a small funnel and fill it little by little. I'll link an example. It also helps if you lift the computer up so the res is a little more up and down, then lower it and let water go down then repeat.
Here's a link to Gatsby's filling process: http://i.imgur.com/QdxNekk.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/MCQPodb.jpg
Check out my build if you have any questions about res or radiator questions!
Love the build and the blue! +1
Wow this is pretty awesome. Copper tubes were on my want list, but I felt they'd be too hard the first time I built mine.
Really great. Nice bends, nice case, nice theme/colors. I've struggled with how to upgrade my computer's hard drive space while maintaining my theme, but when I eventually move to PCI or M.2 when I feel like dropping a big amount more.
Great job with the H440!
Dog. It's a dogue. Dawg.
Thanks for suggesting my build, Ksongs. I'd like to think Gatsby fits in just fine here
Sweet! I see it. Pretty cool place to be!
Are you talking about the orange-ish box? That's the Plextor hard drive.
Yus. Yus it is.
Great job with the build. Your fans shouldn't be loud! I don't use the port for anything but SP quiets in my H440 and they're not audible. A solution may be to wire them to your computer's motherboard instead of using resistors. That way the board can control the fan speed. I've found that the back fan hub is not 100 percent reliable, and you can actually unplug things when you put the side of the case back on (unplugged my pump!!!!).
Anyway, really nice. Upvotes for you.
Edit: For better internal photos, use a flash with softbox. Look at my photos for an example of what that looks like.
Err... You have a DVD drive but the NZXT H440 isn't really meant to have one of those installed... So you have to pry off your front plate, then take off the fan cover, then put the DVD in and then reverse the whole process? I've never had a problem installing windows via thumb drive in any of my computers (did it to 4 different ones with different operating systems).
Maybe your thumb drive went bad? Seems like you're doing an awful lot of work for something that should've been easy to do.
Anyway, +1 for having nice parts and an H440.
Get better pictures!
+1 for dog in build pictures (did the same for mine) and +1 (not really an extra upvote but would if could) for NZXT convert.
Great job! Go sell those apple things and come home to the reallllll computers.
Good build and an over-the-top explanation of your components! Would've liked to see a different, higher quality power supply in this build but other than that it's great -- theme, graphics, cable management, etc.
+1 from me
Edit: Looks like that might be one of the few seasonic quality power supplies. Sorry!
Man, you have the capability to play all kinds of racing sims on that setup. Do you play anything else? If yes, how do you have that setup? Might be cool to add a picture of your standard setup.
+1 on the computer. Really executed the lighting and the cable management better than most!
Edit: congrats on graduating! I'm sure your computer is a well-deserved gift for your hard work.
Do you find Ubuntu easy enough to develop and play games with? I've got a thumb drive ubuntu installed (use UEFI to boot and then use ram to store the actual workings) for "top secret" stuff. I've found that even browsing and watching videos can slow it down, but it may just be the way I have it installed. Also VPN is hard to configure for me, for some strange reason.
Anyway, cool PC and way powerful. Good luck! +1
Looks nice. Did you notice a weird smell with your light kits? I've got a kit on mine and it throws off this weird odor. Didn't know if that was normal.
anyway good job on your pcpartpicker browsing machine +1
Who cares if the H440 is used in a bunch of builds? You made it your own, and you did a great job!
+1 from a fellow H440 owner ;)
Great name and cool color scheme! Also, strangely, my nickname is Derbear. Very weird to see someone with that screen name and it's not me :P +1!
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It's in the parts list. :)
Heat guns are cheap and very effective. I didn't want to wait forever with hair dryer.
It's not so bad. This was my first attempt ever, too. Basically get a flat board and attach something to bend the tubes around. I used little knobs (like on a dresser) and drew lines for 45/90/180 degrees on the flat board. Make sure you have the silicone tube inserted in, heat up, bend to desired line. All of the bends in mine were 90 degrees. Some had two 90s right next to each other (from back rad to gpu, gpu to res) and those were extremely difficult as the tube could shatter if it cooled off before I made the second bend. My wife actually did those two for me (she's much more patient).
So as long as you research it a lot and plan it out and then have extra tubes to waste (figuring out the bends requires some wasted pipe) you'll be awesome.
Good luck, don't be afraid! Embrace it. They make your computer unique -- you ever seen an H440 water cooled build laid out like Gatsby? Nope. You haven't :)
The original build was finished last August I believe. So the 980 wasn't out, but it was about to be. Thanks for the comment. The price point is much better minus the peripherals. Check it out on my other build :)
I think she was born with it. Dang good looks. Would like more pics, but hey I can live without because the few you have were excellent.
I think my build has transcended my abilities. So probably. ;)
I cannot tell if I would rather leave the side grates off or keep them on. The build looks absolutely spectacular. Really great job keeping your theme together with quality parts. +1
Love the build name and user name. Good description and decent pics. Cool deal +1 thug cat fo lyf. Po out a 40 for my gone cat homie.
White h440! Love it. Welcome to the club +1
That is a very strange unique bend coming from rad to cpu block. I can't tell if it's awesome or just misses the mark.
Really like your scheme and the build is great otherwise. +1 from me
Nothing should happen. It's still a hard drive. I doubt they'll be bad turning off and on. The reason why most people don't use them is their speed. NAS drives are not fast by really any measure. Just solid, reliable.
I have no experience with running a system on a Raid 0 setup... I had to reformat just to set up Raid 0 with two samsung ssd drives. Anyway. It's fast... But maybe you should keep EVO the system drive and then do a game drive for the Raid 0? That's how I do it. The raid 0 is my scratch disk.
If you load windows on it, you've got two times more of a chance for something to go wrong, taking out everything. So just keep that in mind.
I use Deskstar NAS in my ASUSTORTE202 NAS. They've been wonderful. I would imagine the hard drive would be fine, just maybe slower than normal. NAS is all about staying on all the time. If a drive can do that, it's fine in your computer.
Ophelia. Dunno. First thing that came to me. +1 :)
I practically demand you paint your SSD that's in your front tray. It's possible! I did it with mine. Well my fiancee did it, but still.
I notused your build and give it a plus one.
Ahhh see what I did there?
I really love the gold and black, but also the cabling "fabric" used to wrap the tubes. Really, really great.
Coming from someone who has done a gold, white and black theme I can say you nailed it with this. +1 allll dayyyy.
Better to have low heat throughout the life of a processor than not. So... probably because he wants it to have low heat and live a long life.
I don't understand. Upgrade the old computer? I mean you're going to find DDR1 sticks or Dell proprietary sticks and not be able to upgrade without costing an arm and a leg because of the "vintage" and "rare" qualities of BETTER old parts.
I guess I don't get why you don't run a CRT monitor with an emulator on a new computer. It'd FEEL like an old computer with the monitor, but actually work and not cost you so much money.
You can do rivatuner or hardware monitor. I use hardware monitor because it'll record the highest temps and keep them there and also show what they are currently. I have two screens so I can just put it up on one while I play with the other.
Sounds like it's going to normal temps. You can make sure your pump is running by feeling the unit. Should have a hum-feel to it.
It's pretty easy to blow a budget. One fitting could cost $10 bucks. Oh, I need 10 of those to work. Crap. Adds up every little thing. Blocks are in the hundreds for good, high quality ones. Then radiators which can be just as expensive. Oh a pump and a res? That'll be $250 for a combo. It's very easy to spend $1k, trust me. I know.
Does your all-in-one actually work? Barring that, I'd so those are pretty normal temps for Prime95. It's a myth that you need to run that program for a day to make sure your cooling is up to par.
Basically I use it to see how hot and how long my system can stay under boiling temps (I have a custom loop) and then shut it off as soon as it gets in the 90s.
A better test, to see if you really do have problems, is playing a game you enjoy for multiple hours and seeing what the temps are. You're very unlikely to use full 100% of everything like the Prime95.
Some purists, though, may say it's safer to pass a day worth of Prime95, but it's your computer and your baby.
I feel like pictures and an actually built pc would do you better. This is just a list of parts, it's not even in its final formmmmmm
Agreeeed. Windows 8.1 takes some getting used to and "finding the right buttons" but once you get the hang of it, I've found you really start liking it.
Webroot is awesome. I have it on Gatsby. If you are an Ally bank account member you get Webroot FO FREE.
So that's a benefit. My laptop runs Avast and it is super annoying as far as notifications. AVG can also get aggravating about constantly getting the upgraded version.
Do you have the old games/floppy disks? Do you really want to deal with all of the problems that come from running old games on new parts? Why isn't emulation an option?
It's possible, I'd guess. Just be a really, really big pain in the butt.