Combobulated is the keyword (is that even a word?)
At any rate, this is a system I pulled together from bits and pieces and a CPU which was sent to me from Hong Kong. The CPU is a E8400, socket 775.
Motherboard? Asus Maximus Extreme, see: http://k0nsl.org/bag/hardware/Asus_Maximus_Extreme/
Cooling? It’s passively cooled by a Thermochill PA120.3.
Temperatures? It idles at about 45 °C so heat is not much of an issue. If it becomes one I’ll just slap on a fan or three ;-)
OS? Jewbuntu ;-/
I’m still not entirely sure what purpose the system will serve nor am I fully decided on what type of OS to run. Only time will tell.
Overclocking? At the moment it’s running at 4960MhZ (9 ratio @
440 FSB): so out of the box I’ve gained almost two gigahertz from it. It’s currently undergoing stress testing at this speed. The only worries I have is with the northbridge heat. It’s a bit toasty
Sorry about the crappy video: I’m not very good at filming, or even putting together a clip. I rush it and it comes out as a confabulated mess. Plus, Sony is not really helping out much in lieu of the horrendous focus-problem they have with their cameras. Blergh.
CPU: Intel E8400
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Extreme (X38), never used.
Memory: Kingston Hyperx 16 GiB
PSU: OCZ 600W
GPU: AMD 280X
HDD: Seagate 1TB (only one for now)
Pump: Laing DDCv1
Waterblock: Swiftech Storm
Radiator: Thermochill PA120.3
Reservoir: EK Dual Bay
…alas, a whole system which only cost me about $18 bucks, excluding the costs for the already available hardware. Oh, and don’t fret: Ah’ll put the stuff in a case, very soon. This is only for testing purposes
This is my Swiftech Storm water block that Swiftech sent to me in early 2005, if I’m not mistaken. It was a sample. First revision. Today I decided to clean it up, but it hardly needed any cleaning at all. The only thing it could possibly need is polishing, but I have no such items at hand. So I merely gave it a brush-up.
Enjoy the photographs. A few of the photographs actually turned out half-decent.
I decided to tear up my Cuplex Kryos XT and clean it up. What’s in there is not copper oxide, but rather, it’s gunk from my Mayhems Aurora Coolant (“Nebula Blue”). I scrubbed it with a toothbrush and applied whatever chemicals I had available at the time, and the result was a much cleaner base. However, cleaning those micro channels is a pain. So I decided to soak it in ketchup over-night, then clean it some more.
I’ve added a bunch of photographs below. The quality is poor because of a number of factors.
I completed one flow test after cleaning it and the result can be seen below.
After that was done, I put the base back into the ketchup. I’ll let it sit there over-night and see how it looks tomorrow…
I decided to re-mount my water block for the CPU today because I suspected my temperatures were higher than what they ought to be with such a good water block (see photographs of it here) and yes, the water block must have been mounted somewhat poorly. I cleaned both the CPU and water block from the old Gelid paste and then re-applied a thin / even layer onto the CPU.
I re-boot and fix the voltage for the CPU at 1,194V and the frequency at 4140.32 MHz. I can obviously go much higher (as seen here) but this frequency is OK for everyday usage, at least for what I’m doing
So after all that has been fixed and confirmed to work I ran some stress / stability tests and monitored the temperatures in the process. I began with AIDA64 System Stability Test (stressed CPU & GPU at absolute maximum) and the results can be seen in this screenshot:
(Click on the screenshot for higher resolution).
The fans on the radiator and all other case fans were set to be inaudible – so they ran at VERY low RPM, yet this test and even LinX yielded very good temperatures. If this stays like the results presented above I might not need to add a second radiator (even though I wish to add another one for the heck of it)
As for testing this completely I’ll leave it on for 24/h and see the results tomorrow, but I bet the temperature for the CPU won’t exceed 55 °C.
I’ve almost finalized the watercooling build now although the cable management is still left, and I’m going to empty the loop once more to shorten the tubing on one place. I also had to use old tubing I had laying around since olden times because the one I bought wasn’t really to my liking — not only that, it seemed to be a bit of a risk to use together with the fittings I have.
One more thing: the pump will be mounted someplace else too, but I’m not sure exactly where yet. Too bad I’ve got so many HDDs otherwise that location might have been one option…
This build is all-right for my purposes but the radiator is on the small side, I should’ve used my Thermochill 120.3 radiator instead but this case could never fit such a big one. So I might do some re-arrangement in the future: crafting a radbox to house everything would’ve been the ideal thing to do.
I’m sorry if the photographs aren’t very professional, but I’m not a photographer in that respect
I irreversibly made the decision to include my AMD HD 6870 into the loop. I hated the noise it made all the time with that horrible stock cooler. I mounted my Swiftech MCW55 (which I got from Swiftech — for free — in 2004!) onto it and it made excellent contact. I am actually running the system now and it’s so much quieter! The block almost cut my temperatures in half.
I’ll try to post pictures of the entire system by tomorrow.
I’ll at least post the MCW55 & AMD 6870 pictures right away !
I decided to test mount my Aqua Computer Cuplex Kyros XT today because it was many years ago I touched watercooling now so I merely wanted to make sure I did nothing wrong when the real mounting on my ASRock Z77 Extreme4 comes along sometime tomorrow.
I tried it on a Asus P8B75-MLE board and it was easy as peas to mount, so I’ll have absolutely no problems when I do it tomorrow. Oh, I will have one problem tomorrow because my EK Dual Reservoir won’t fit in my Corsair C70, I have to cut out some metal pieces to make it fit properly. Unfortunately.
Here follows some photographs I took just a couple of minutes ago when I tested the block on the P8B75-MLE