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Old 25-06-13, 05:41 PM
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The Monolith - Switch 810 Watercooled Build

I call it The Monolith simply because it is big, black, and well.. monolithic.

I originally built this PC 2 years ago, but since last October there has been many many upgrades (with many more yet to come), and the only remaining original parts are the motherboard, CPU, HDD, and the optical drive. I'm at uni so I spend most of my student loan on this thing hehe.

In around 6 weeks I'm upgrading several more things, including: Watercooling my 2nd GPU (I bought them at different times), adding a second radiator, going push/pull on both radiators, new pump, new reservoir, a flow indicator, Corsair individually braided cables, and making some aluminium panels. I want the XSPC Raystorm CPU block too but it's hardly essential (not that any of the rest of the hardware is either lol).

Rig Spec:
NZXT Switch 810 Black
Corsair AX850
Asus P8P67 Pro
Intel i5 2500k
16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
Zotac GTX580 1.5GB
Gainward GTX580 1.5GB
Asus Xonar D2
Corsair SP2500
128GB Vertex IV SSD
1TB Hitachi HDD
Samsung Blu-ray rewriter
Asus VE228HR 21.5" Monitor
Generic Microsoft Keyboard & Crappy Dell Mouse

Water cooling components:
EK-DCP 2.2 Pump/Res combo
EK-Supreme LTX CPU block
Aquagrafx GTX580 block
Phobya G-Changer 360mm 60mm thick
3x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition (Soon to be 10!)
EK 3/8"-1/2" Compression fittings (The angled fittings are just non-branded fittings)

Here is my desk area (I have the worst mouse/keyboard money can buy pretty much; I'm going to be getting a Corsair M65, and likely the K95, I just don't know when. I tend to prioritise the PC components over the peripherals):


The black panels on the bottom and right hand side are just makeshift panels made from an A4 file folder, and these will be replaced with aluminium panels coated in carbon fibre Di-Noc, I also plan to make a panel to cover the side of the optical bays. The HDD is in a Hot Swap bay in an optical bay.



The cables which could really do with some work lol :/ Plus Jeremy Kyle in the background haha


The upgrades I'm looking forward to putting in oh so much...

The extra fans I need for push/pull


My new pump, the trusty ol' MCP655 Vario (I'm getting the alphacool acrylic pump top for this)


My reservoir, I absolutely love this thing and have done since I first laid eyes on them It was well worth the HUGE hole in the pocket
Cathode off:


and on:


Here is the flow indicator I'm getting, whenever they get released


The second rad I'm getting is the Phobya G-Changer 240mm to match the 360mm in the roof.

Stay tuned for the updates, and feel free to leave any suggestions/criticisms you may have

Thanks for reading,
Jamie!

Edit 25/6/13: I've seen that the flow indicators have already been out for a week on SpecialTech, I don't know how I never saw that, so I've just ordered the indicator and pump top

UPDATE 9/8/13: I've had my delivery of supplies now, and I've got everything I need to finish this bad boy for the time being All of the hardware is the same, only the water cooling, cables, and panels have changed.

Water cooling components:
Swiftech MCP655 Vario w/ Alphacool pump top
FrozenQ Fusion 250mm reservoir - Flourescent blue helices
Phobya G-Changer 360mm x 60mm
Phobya G-Changer 240mm x 60mm
EK LTX CPU block
2x Aquagrafx GTX580 block
Primochill Vortex Flow Indicator
EK compression fittings 3/8" - 1/2"
Masterkleer tubing

Like a kid at Christmas:


I love the smell of new rad


The Corsair braided cable kit


I've made a few custom aluminium panels, covered with carbon fibre vinyl, here's the corner/box section I made to cover the side and back of my optical bays:


The naked GTX580


With the lovely new block on it


I had some spare carbon vinyl so I thought I'd stick some on my SLI bridge


The case pretty much gutted out


Starting to come together


Shamelessly took 'inspiration' from Tom with the SSD mounting, but let's be fair it's a fantastic place to stow them away


I put the fillport out the back here instead of through the top which is where I wanted it but the tubing just wouldn't allow it, so I put the res cathode switch in the top instead



The finished loop reading for filling


I had to make many compromises to get it to look as neat as this, for example I had to betray one of my most fundamental beliefs that I've been brought up on since I was a nipper, and put the front radiator in upside down, and no, putting it horizontal is not okay either I'm still happy with how it looks but it's a bloody PITA to bleed that thing. I really like the straight and neat look of the SLI fitting between the GPUs and the flow indicator and GPU though

Filling, bleeding, and leak testing...


And finally, a few pictures of the end result







I'm so happy with how it's turned out now, there's just one or two things I can still think of to do:
The PSU top still has a plain black cardboard panel on it, so I'd like to carbon fibre that, and I would like to make a panel to cover the 4 w\c tubing holes to the left of the GPUs which are a bit of an eyesore, and also maybe wrap the bottom of the pump, and the end caps of the res in vinyl. The USB 3 cable was impossible to heatshrink so unfortunately I've had to use electrical tape, so if I can find a braided USB3 header extender that'd be great. One more thing that I couldn't really get around was getting the pump in in such a way that it would be neat, and also allow me to access the speed control, so I've just got it stuck on 2 at the moment, and the temps are good, and the whole rig is silent as anything, but when I next fiddle with the loop I might try setting 3. I've also got my old NZXT braided LED cable to put back in but I've got no adhesive hooks at the moment so I'll do it soon, but it's hardly that important

Thanks for looking guys, feel free to leave any suggestions/criticisms/questions etc..


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Old 11-07-13, 08:15 AM
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Nice build log so far bud I have a question for you,the cpu waterblock is mounted sideways will that have any affect on cooling the cpu ?
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Old 11-07-13, 09:39 AM
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i love you desktop background mate
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Old 11-07-13, 12:45 PM
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i love you desktop background mate
Haha TBBT fan by any chance?
mind you schodingers cat is mentioned several times, since i have heard it mentioned lol

And i love the virus themed res. tempted to put my rig under water just for that res
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Old 14-07-13, 09:02 AM
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that reservoir <3 keep up the good work!
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Cooling: EK-XRES 100 D5 Vario | Alphacool NexXxos 360 Monsta + 240 30mm | EK-Supremacy EVO | 2x EK-FC970 GTX WF3 | 2x EK-FC970 GTX WF3 Backplate| EK-ACF Fittings | PrimoChill PrimoFlex tube| EK-Ekoolant | Scythe Gentle Typhoon + Alpenfohn ​Wing​ Boost
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Great work!
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Old 18-07-13, 11:18 AM
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Haha TBBT fan by any chance?
mind you schodingers cat is mentioned several times, since i have heard it mentioned lol

And i love the virus themed res. tempted to put my rig under water just for that res

yeah man i like TBBT haha an generally into science too have been since i was a kid
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Old 18-07-13, 12:24 PM
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yeah man i like TBBT haha an generally into science too have been since i was a kid
Same here im getting a t-shirt with that on it makes me chuckle every time i see it. and im into physics as much as i am into computing but i see them more of a hobby, i do mechanical engineering as a job or will do if i can sort out some issues ive had
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Nice build log so far bud I have a question for you,the cpu waterblock is mounted sideways will that have any affect on cooling the cpu ?
Mine isn't mounted sideways (well the text is the correct way up so I assume it's the right way up) and even if it wasn't it wouldn't make a difference mate

I'm a tard and I can't figure out how you quote multiple things in one post lol, so..

@Tripp: Thanks man

@symi: I know right, I've loved these since I discovered them and dreamed of one ever since

@AverageNinja: About 2 weeks now and I'll have the rest of the stuff (getting paid and birthday money too )

Can't wait to get the rest of my plans under way, so exciting.. till next time
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Old 09-08-13, 05:49 PM
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New update 9/8/13 guys, check it out!
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