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Old January 24, 2014, 08:29 AM
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i7-4770 and Dual R9 290X with Liquid Cooling in a Corsair 750D Build Log



First off, I would like to thank in advance for any and all feedback and support.

In this build, I will attempt to tame a hot running Haswell CPU and 2 fire breathing AMD Radeon R9 290X GPUs in Crossfire with a custom liquid cooling loop. This will be my first attempt at setting up one. I sure do hope this goes well!

I intend to use it as a workstation and for 4K gaming eventually (looking at getting the Dell 24" UP2414Q 4K monitor). I also want to achieve cool and quiet operation.

The Main Components

  • Intel Core i7-4770
    • I chose this processor because I need hardware virtualization support, and, as a developer, I may want to try out the transactional memory instructions.
  • MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
  • 16 GB Kingston HyperX Black DDR3 1600 MHz RAM (KHX16C10B1BK2/16X)
  • 2 x AMD Radeon R9 290X Reference video cards
  • ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card
  • Intel PCIe NIC (EXPI9031CTBLK)
  • 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD (MZ-7PD256BW)
  • 1 TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 (0S03563)
  • Seasonic X Series 850W PSU (SS-850KM3)
  • Corsair Obsidian 750D

Liquid Cooling Components

  • EK Supremacy CPU Block - Clean Acetal
  • EK Radeon R9 290X GPU Blocks with backplates
  • EK FC Terminal Dual Parallel 3-Slot
  • Swiftech MCP655 PWM pump
  • Koolance pump top with 60 x 120 mm reservoir
  • Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper Triple 120mm radiator
  • Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 Full Copper Dual 120mm radiator
  • Phobya G1/4" Thread 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD compression fittings
  • Tygon A-60-G Norprene 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD (AFL00027)

Build Status
  • 2014-01-24: Picked up main components.
  • 2014-01-25: Picked up most of the liquid cooling parts.
  • 2014-01-26: Ordered remaining liquid cooling parts, fans and connectors.
  • 2014-01-26: Assembled and tested the main components.
  • 2014-01-27: Ordered fasteners.
  • 2014-01-29: Remaining liquid cooling parts arrive
  • 2014-01-30: Fasteners, fans and connectors arrive.

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Old January 24, 2014, 07:46 PM
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I plan to drive to FrozenCPU tomorrow, in order to pick up most of the liquid cooling parts. I also look forward to ordering the remaining liquid cooling parts along with the fans, connectors and fasteners.

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Old January 24, 2014, 08:01 PM
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Build your toys up.

Build your system check that everything is working on air.

Use the motherboard box ( board on the cardboard top)

If somethings dodgy out of the box you want to find it now not when its under water.

Edit: 4770 not 4770K ??
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Old January 24, 2014, 08:04 PM
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Build your toys up.

Build your system check that everything is working on air.

Use the motherboard box ( board on the cardboard top)

If somethings dodgy out of the box you want to find it now not when its under water.
That was my plan for Sunday. I have a big brown cardboard box sitting on my desktop right now that I got from work today.
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Old January 24, 2014, 08:06 PM
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Old January 25, 2014, 06:02 PM
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Default UPDATE: Liquid Cooling Parts Part 1


More liquid cooling parts to come...
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Old January 26, 2014, 09:23 AM
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Edit: 4770 not 4770K ??
Yes, a 4770.

I would like to use the VT-d extension for my Linux VM but it is not a requirement. I also want to try writing software that uses the hardware transactional memory instructions. The 4770K does not have that extension or instruction set.

I did not plan to overclock this system anyway but I may try to undervolt the CPU for cooler and quieter operation.

Why does Intel always cripple their highest mid-range overclockable processor (asking rhetorically)?

I would pay an additional $20 or $30, maybe even $50, more than a 4770K for a processor that all of the features enabled and is overclockable.

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I was not aware of Intel's Games

OK check :)
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Great component selection. Keep us posted as everything unfolds. Should be a beauty!
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Great component selection. Keep us posted as everything unfolds. Should be a beauty!
Thank you.

It is currently sitting on a big brown cardboard box on my desk now. So far, everything works and it is installing Windows 8.1 right now. I will post some photos of it tonight.
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