Description

This my 3-year-old rig that just recently I decided to give it some mods and upgrading.

This update was all about cooling. Temperatures where I live can get up to 45ºC in the summer which gets my room quite stuffy, the main reason why I chose to go with water cooling instead of air cooling.

There is a couple of things left to be done. On the mod side probably a better cable management and overall stealthiness of some components. On the hardware part, I've been waiting for some time now to the NZXT's X61 become available in brazilian stores, as well I hope to get a Samsung SSD and a Cooler Master QuickFire keyboard until the end of the year.

Update #1: Spent the day making a ghetto PSU cover and cover for the cables beside the H90's radiator. It's made of cardboard painted with acrylic black and a matte coate. It turned out better than expected, IMHO.

And some explanation on the Part List:

The Corsair H90 is not cooling the CPU, but the GPU mounted on a NZXT G10 with Arctic Cooling MX-4 replacing the factory pre-applied thermal compound.

At the back there is a NZXT Grid+ controlling all of my case fans (2 x AF140L, 1 x AF120L, and the H90's fan) which is the main reason to why I've been waiting for the X61 instead of going with the Corsair H110. I'd rather have everything relying on the same software (CAM).

The sleeved cables were my first attempt at it, and I'm quite satisfied with the result. I used Paracord 550 and the heathshrinkless technique.

And at last, the illumination is achived by a usual 12v RGB led stripe that I've modded to feed from the PSU with molex connectors.

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 6 points

|On the mod side probably a better cable management

How can you improve on perfection? Why would you want to? They're beautiful!

+1 :3

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Own! Thank you, kind sir/madame! You haven't seen the back of my case though. :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

No-one is gonna look at the back of your case. They're mesmerised by your cable management sorcery at the front. :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh stop it you!

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

I spheekz duh twoof. Deel wis et.

._.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Seriously, thank you for the compliments.

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

ahem

I have a blue computer with a blue window.

blue is the color, of my motherboard.

xD

Looks very pretty. good job!

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

And himself and the system around is also blue.

'Cause he ain't gotta no games to play to.

:D

Yeah, I definitly should stick with building PCs.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha its all good!

Where did you get those cable combs anyways? Someone had suggested I get some for mine so I'm figuring out what peoples opinions on them

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Those are not cable combs! I laced them using sewing line!

I followed this tutorial, perhaps you can also give it a try. In my opinion, lacing gives much more a clean look to the hole system than cable combs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIr9u-sr99g

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing! But about the sleeving, did you buy a AIO kit or something like that? The multicolour blend into each other nicely and I'm thinking of trying that was a future build. Also did you follow any tutorials online? Was the Grid+ hard to set up. How did you attach the w/b to the card? I assume you used the red mod. Sorry about the barrage of questions, I would just like to try to recreate perfection. :P

+1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No, I did not buy an AIO kit or something like that! I bought each part separated, from sleeving to the tool kit. The thing is that I didn't plant to sleeve any extension. The 8pin and the 2x6pin are my OCZ's own PSU cables, only the 24pin which had HUGE capactiors on it that I choosed to buy a extesion and sleeve it. About the sleeving color, all I can say that it was a "lucky guess". I had several plans of different color schemes, but in the end I guess I choosed the right one! :D I followed lutro0's tutorials https://www.youtube.com/user/lutro0/videos and did all my color schemes here http://choosemypc.net/sleeving/. This last link in particular can come quite in hand when choosing your colors.

The hardest part in setting up the Grid+ was finding a good place to stick it on Mid ATX Tower. It comes with two pieces of 3M velcro tape that made it quite easy. Find a good spot, connect you fans, install CAM and you are good to go.

Now, what does "w/b" stands for? And "red mod"? I'm sorry if those are dumb questions but I have no clue what you are talking about! :P Maybe if you enlight me I can answer you further!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Another question with regards to the sleeving; how much did it cost approximately?

I'd love to do some nice sleeves for my PSU cables but am entirely new to that realm. Is it possible to simply buy sleeved extensions and use that for the same effect? I'm not sure which is more cost efficient either.

Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, Justin! I really can't say a thing about price. I bought all of it here in Brazil, paying in Reais (national currency) and I feel that exchange rates may not be fair. What I can say to you is that, you can look sleeved extensions in icemodz and mainframe customs to have an idea. There is proprably other websites that also custom sleeve cables for you but these are the one I know. You'd probably get more help at some forum. Maybe LinusTechTips, Overclockers.net or PPP own forum!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply! Just to get the last few questions out of the way, I was abbreviating waterblock with w/b. The Red Mod is a common way to attach AIO liquid coolers to a video card (here's the link if you want to look at it 'http://www.overclock.net/t/1203636/official-amd-ati-gpu-mod-club-aka-the-red-mod'). Sorry about not making myself clear enough, it was a hard day at work that day and I was tired :P. Again, great work on the build. It looks great.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no need to be sorry! :P

But well, I did not use the "red mod"! The NZXT G10 sole purpose is to give AIO water blocks a proper attachment on GPUs.

Here is a mounting tutorial that I believe explains better how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VBE1UE5I-A

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah, thanks for clearing that up.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Pure beauty. + 1 Billion for cable management.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, sir! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

When I started reading, i thought it said " I'm a 3 year old" lol

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

My brother has that same desk except with a design on it :P

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Im really liking this build. 10/10 cable management and for LED lighting. Great job!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool sleeving! Clean build overall.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on the sleeving and overall really clean build! I was surprised to see that the stock Intel cooler actually didn't look like crap so that's a plus and also that one stick of RAM was bugging me, any reason as to why you chose one stick as oppose to two sticks in dual channel? Again really great work!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliments! No specific reason for one stick of RAM at all. :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet looking build! I never thought you could be cooling a gpu like that, but why not? +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Your build looks really nice. What I like the most is your led lighting. It provides very even soft light that makes everything look good. I am using an NZXT led lighting kit which is uneven, blotchy and harsh. Could you provide more detailed info on the led strip you are using? Like where you got it, and the model name.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

That's the very reason why I bought this one instead of NZXT or even BitFenix leds.

This is the LED stripe I use.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5M-RGB-300-150-3528-5050-SMD-LED-Strip-lights-24-44key-Remote-5A-2A-Power-Supply-/121537336759?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item1c4c3095b7

I dindn't bought it at eBay though, I got mine from a hardware store downtown Rio de Janeiro. Besiedes the awesome lighting these, leds in most cases, turn on in RGB colors too.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I also wanted to know how you modded the led strip to be powered by the psu. Could provide some information on you did that?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I followed this tutorial: http://adrenaline.uol.com.br/forum/gabinetes-e-case-mod/518203-diy-instalando-fita-led-rgb-no-computador.html

It is in portuguese, but full with images. And also, you can always use google translator.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

i dig the multicolor sleeving..and the whole thing for that matter. nice.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Best music NA 90's.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

does your video card get any coil whine? i have a powercolor r9 280 non-x and its pretty much the same as your card. thanks in advance!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

When I had my PSU cables not sleeved it didn't at all. But when I sleeved them, after days researching I opted for removing the little capacitors those 6pin had at the GPU-end. If I say that it still doesn't have I'd be lying, but it is such unoteworthy that I don't complain at all.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

gj on the sleeves

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Why liquid cool the gpu and have a stock cooler on the cpu?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

When I first water cooled I just had money for one of them, and the GPU were in a more critical situation (100ºC+ on BF4). So, I made a choice. CPU cooling will come, eventually.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

k

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it....

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a beautiful build! Well done!

One question: How's the noise levels of the case? I'm very interested in the 450D but am considering the R5 instead if the Corsair case is too noisey.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

It's soundless! Seriously! Before the 450D I had an Aerocool Sixth Element which took my sleep away several times. :s But this one... My HDD is louder than the hole case together.

And thank you for your kind words! :D

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

That's encouraging to hear. I'll likely pick this case up over the Fractal R5. I just love the aesthetics of the 450D. If only it had just a bit more nboise dampening features like the R5, it would make it a much easier decision.

Thanks for your help and you're very welcome for the kind words. Your build is one of the best aesthetically I have seen, so you're certainly deserving of some recognition! =)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, man, thanks for the compliments! And the 450D done half the job my rig good-looking! Cheers!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

You should change choosed in the beginning with chose

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Done. Thanks. :P

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

That stock Intel heatsink looks soooooooooo out of place

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks a bit washed out in all the blue, but it does look nice.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe this is due to the lighting and camera. IRL is much more black.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't think so mate. Ive seen alot of builds with blue lighting and it just takes away from all the other colours IMO. Anyway, if you like the lighting thats all that matters ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build.. but since I'm new to the water cooling thing, do you mind giving me the names of some guides on gpu water cooling so that I can look them on the internet? Thanks!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

In this case I didn't follow any specific guides, the manual that comes with the G10 was pretty accurate.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Mmmhm.. thanks but I can't see the G10 on your part list. does it work with the 970?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My bad. I'll update the part list. You can check the compatibility of the G10 here: http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/138-kraken-g10-gpu-bracket.html There is a mechanism powered by PC Part Picker that does the hardwork. :P

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Did somebody run into the corner of your desk?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a little brother who keeps running around the house. Almost every edge on the house that is about his height has one of those.

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice system. Would look better if you added liquid to your CPU too.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan to! Eventually... Thanks! :D

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course I won't mind! Actually, I'm flattered!

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you even read the description?

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. hahaha :P

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the OP, but that's where the back-plate comes in; it gives the GPU PCB structural integrity it clearly lacks.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I do have some slight sagging but for some reason the two 6pin connectors are enough to - apparently - hold it in place.

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