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Old November 21, 2015, 04:33 AM
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Red face Red Team OverKill HTPC

Hey guys, figured I'd post some pics of a rig I have finally finished.

So this is a Red Team build and will be used as an OverKill HTPC for my bedroom. Movies surfing and some light gaming will be all it does.
Think I'm going to install Windows 10 on it for shits and giggles. Will be hooked into 46" Sony Bravia TV

Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Asrock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
FX 6100 6 cores AM3+ @ 3.5GHz
2 - AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5870's in Crossfire
ADATA SP900 M.2 2280 256GB
AMD/OCZ Radeon R7 SSD-240G
Western Digital 2TB Green HD
BitFenix Fury 750W 80+Gold
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz

HeatKiller 3.0 CPU LC block
2 HeatKiller GPU-X 58x0 blocks
Darkside Triple LP360 Extra Slim Radiator
Darkside Multi-port Dual 120mm High Performance Radiator PXM240
Darkside Laing DDC 3.25 18W Pump w/ TACH
14 EK HD Adapters 12/16mm - Nickel fittings
2m EK-HD Tube 12/16mm
EK-DDC Heatsink Housing - Black
Bitspower G¼" Silver Shining Rotary 90° fittings
G¼" Silver Shining Aqua-Pipe I
Bitspower DDC TOP Acrylic Version
DDC TOP Upgrade Kit 100
Bitspower Z-CAP II With G¼" x 3 (Clear Acrylic Version)
3 Scythe Fast Kaze Maru-2 140mm 1700rpm
5 Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-45 120mm 2150rpm on rads in pull

Darkside Dimmable Rigid Red LED's 3 - 20cm
Black Darkside Sleeve
Black Darkside Heatshrink
Pins and Cable Connectors

While this was a pretty straight forward build I still did a bit of modding.
In order to get a thick 240 rad in the bottom of the case I had to shorten the PSU cover by 150mm.
I also shortened and repainted the original GPU back plates to work with my HeatKiller water blocks.
Painted my flat black rads to black making a better match to the case.
Custom sleeved all wires including Front Panel Audio, USB2 and USB3. No cable left un-sleeved. PSU came pre-sleeved with black para-cord.
Using 16mm hard tube for the first time I scraped about a metres worth, figuring out how to do nice bends and nice make double bends. Let me also say if you thought getting the soft tube on a barb was hard, that aint shit compared to the effort required to make some of the connections in this build. I found making sure the O-rings and the tube are both good and wet before attempting to put tube in fitting.
I had to grind a small groove down the side of 3 of my fittings to be able to get them on the blocks. 1 for CPU block and 2 for GPU parallel setup. This required me match marking each fitting to each blocks port. With test mount to figure out where to grind.
Made a ¼" thick spacer to use between my fans and rad, on the lower rad in pull. I was getting an annoying whistling noise when I had the fans at full speed. The whistling noise was much worse on my top rad and was the main reason I changed that to a push setup rather than make a ½" thick spacer for it to be silent in pull setup.
The spacer also allowed me to easily fit my drain setup on the lower port of my rad. This is the absolute lowest point of the loop and works great for draining/filling.
Made a couple small covers out of a piece of brass shim stock. A cover for crossfire bridge and one for my M.2 Adata drive on motherboard. Painted black on the out side, a few coats of Plasti dip on the component side.

I'm running all my cooling from a G-Vans 30 Watt/Channel controller. Yes I wish it was a Lamptron but it's not and it does work well. A left over from old build.
Pump on channel 1.
Top Rad fans on channel 2.
Lower Rad fans on channel 3.
My Darkside Red Rigid LED's on channel 4.

Case fans are being run from motherboard headers.

Some night shots

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Old November 21, 2015, 12:56 PM
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Wow! Very nicely built mang! :)

The cable management behind the motherboard is some of the best I've seen too. I'm too lazy to refine mine like that lol, maybe it's due to my Thermaltake PSU's plastic coated cables being a pain to fold...

I've always wanted to dabble in custom liquid cooling loops but money has always been an issue for me... but wow, when they're done so neatly like that... what kind of temps does it get and what kind of db level does the sound get to? I'd be nice to build a quiet PC again someday so I can see why you went with liquid cooling for the entire build for a HTPC in your bedroom.

Btw, how is CrossFire support? Does it still work ok on games without official CrossFire support? I don't personally know anyone with a CF build right meow.
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Old November 21, 2015, 01:10 PM
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The crossfire setup is more for show than actual gaming need. It works great on the limited games I've tried so far. But nothing really just some puzzle games and Age of Empires being biggest game I've tried. Movies look great.
Running low 30's @ idle and mid to high 50's when gaming AOE.

This in in my bedroom so noise wise the machine is as close to silent as you can get. Running my GT's on rads @1300 rpm lots of room left to crank them up to 2150rpm. Running a DDC 3.2 18watt pump @ 10 volts 4200rpm silent.
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