Project: Blue Steel (Worklog) - Update: 10/12/2010 Finished!

Discussion in 'Extreme and Water Cooling' started by Dr Inkduff, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Dr Inkduff

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    Hi all.

    So I am soon to start on my water-cooling build, Blue Steel.

    My parts just turned up, but I'm out of town so I won't be able to start yet.
    Soon I will go back home and get some pics and upload but then I have to go away again so I won't be able to start the build til I get back. This will be about a week into December.

    In the mean time, specs:
    Case: Antec 1200
    CPU: Core i7 920 D0 stepping (currently 3GHz, will aim for just over 4GHz)Made it to 4GHz!
    Mobo: Asus P6T
    GPU: GTX 480
    PPU: GTX 260

    I will be cooling the CPU and the GPU using the following parts:
    Swiftech apogee XT CPU block
    EK-FC480 GTX Acetal+Nickel GPU block
    Laing D5 variable pump
    XSPC RX360 radiator
    XSPC dual bay acrylic res for Laing D5
    Scythe Kaze Master Pro fan controller
    Scythe S-FLEX fans
    Bitspower silver G1/4 fittings (some straight, some angled)
    Tygon 3603 tubing
    Bitspower Blue Cold Cathode lights 20cm x2
    Lamptron Sound Sensitive module.

    This will be my first ever water build.
    Let me know what u think. Can't wait to get some pics for ya's.

    Nick
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  2. Kaine[zof]

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    Blue steel, you say?
     
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    YES if this turns out to be this IT WILL BE EPIC
     
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    Oh have you already got the graphics card? you should get a GTX580 just for kicks :thumbup::p
     
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    The name "Blue Steel" is because my friend insisted that it would be funny. Haha. I was hoping someone would pick up on it.

    And yeah. Already have the graphics card, the whole system is the same as I have had for a little while, the only change will be the water cooling and clock speeds :D

    As for the GTX 580, my goal is to overclock my 480 to the point that it outperforms a stock 580. Just for kicks :) I'm fairly close already on air but it's getting really hot with 100% fan.

    Nick
     
  7. Creekin

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    OMG Kaine, that is soooo obviously "Le Tigre"

    THIS is "Blue Steel"
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    see
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    :D
     
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    Does anybody know if my goal has been achieved already and documented? Ie, a GTX 480 overclocked to outperform a stock GTX 580?

    I'm just going off heaven benchmark results I have seen from reviews as my target which I'm calling the "stock GTX 580 performance" since I don't have 3Dmark or anything (it's not free, right?)

    Nick
     
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    So, all my parts have arrived, took a quick photo of all of them before heading to bed.

    How do I upload pics to this forum exactly?

    Nick
     
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    Photobucket or use the http://www.overclockers.com.au/pix/

    Up to use, just add the image url
     
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    Hey guys, sorry I haven't been updating, I have been on holidays and couldnt find a good way to upload the pics until now.

    Put everything together last night, but I have been assembling parts for days (eg putting the GPU block on).

    One thing I would like to point out is that the fan controller I got sucks. One of the connections on it is very loose and unusable (I'm sure it will break off if I use it). Lucky I only have 5 fans...

    Also, I found it fairly easy to bleed, only took around half hour, and I must say, after reading about the pump I thought it would be loud but after the air got out of it I can't hear a thing!

    I even got around to installing my Blue Cathodes last night with the sound sensitive module (which will only be used on rare occasions to impress people, but still, it's cool!)

    If you can work out where my radiator is, it's sitting on the bench behind my monitors, you can see tubing running out the back of the case. I couldn't find anywhere to mount it.

    I have to say, I'm really happy with the results, everything is unbelievably colder AND quieter at the same time, not something I'm used to :p
    I have got my core i7 920 up to 4GHz easily, I might push it further, but 4 will do for now.

    Also, I overvolted my GTX 480 and got up to 870MHz Core clock and 2025MHz memory clock (1740 Shader clock) and its completely stable. This is at 1138mV if anybody was wondering.

    Sadly, I didn't achieve my goal of overclocking it to the point where it outperforms a GTX 580 on the heaven benchmark, but its close, and I'm guessing on other benchmarks / games mine would beat the 580 (the 580 seems to do DX11 faster than the 480, but there isn't much difference between the two on DX9/10 AFAIK).

    One problem I came across is that my compression fittings would not fit on the top side of the GPU. The fitting was too wide, so it would hit on the PCB before screwing into the block, therefore I had to grind off a part of the fitting to give it enough room to screw in. (See pictures 4&6)

    So, without further adieu, some pictures! (Sorry for the size of them, I might have to try to resize them, also, they were only taken on my phone so they aren't the best quality).

    CPU block with fittings
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    CPU block installed on the CPU/mobo
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    GPU block on gfx card
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    Modded Compression fitting
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    Waterblocks in, ready for tubing
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    One more tube to cut
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    Completed tubing
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    Computer running first time with new cooling
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    The tube-cutting tool I used to get straight cuts, the funnel for filling, and the little bits of wasted tubing
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    Cathode lights are in
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    Side case back on
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    Seriously man... resize those pics! :eek:

    On a side note, well done. Looks like it would be a good system :thumbup:

    Regards, Rob
     
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    OK, just changed them to links rather than embedding the photos for the mean time.

    Re-sized the final pic though, just cos i reckon it looks nice :p Ha.

    EDIT: Also just realized you can see a reflection of my epic desktop background in that last pic. Haha... 5 points to whoever can guess what it is.

    Nick
     
  14. Creekin

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    dude! seriously,

    looks good but PLEASE resize before you upload..... :rolleyes:

    an unrealistic car, that wouldn't go 5km on a normal road without bottoming out and that no sane person could ever afford? :D
     
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    Looking good mate, like the last pic.

    Im going to take a guess, Ferrari F430 ? Or a Lambo?
     
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    Lamborghini :)
     
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    Where is my five points :D
     

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