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Kombatant May 17, 2011 07:08 AM

Got me a NZXT Phantom case and a Thermaltake Frio cooler lately and installed them. The lower part is still a mess, but I like what I am seeing so far; my old trusty PhenomII 940 is able to do 3.7GHz now :)


...and yes I know my system looks like **** compare to most of yours :p

caveman-jim May 17, 2011 02:41 PM

thats probably the worst placed usb header row I've ever seen :lol:

nice case and cooler, looks boss :cool::up:

nycdarkness May 17, 2011 08:01 PM

Why is there such a dramatic slant on the gpu

sittal May 17, 2011 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by nycdarkness (Post 1336586532)
Why is there such a dramatic slant on the gpu

i notice it too

shadow001 May 17, 2011 09:25 PM

At a guess, i'd say the weight of the cooler and coupled with temperature variations as the card is powered on and off every day, will make it happen eventually...It doesn't help that it's installed in a tower case either.

moshpit May 17, 2011 10:02 PM

I've also see such situations happen from a slightly misaligned motherboard sitting oddly in relation to the slots in the back, causing cards to flex at an odd angle like that. Seen it a few times in fact. It's only takes 1mm of misalignment and may not affect all cards even.

aviphysics May 17, 2011 10:20 PM

I think it looks worse then it is cause the CPU cooler is not on quite straight.

My guess is the power cords to the GPU are pulling down on it a little.

CurrentlyPissed May 19, 2011 10:36 PM

No love for the Laptop :(

Dungeoncrawler May 20, 2011 03:37 AM

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Originally Posted by CurrentlyPissed (Post 1336589198)
No love for the Laptop :(

Nice lappy :).

moshpit May 20, 2011 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by CurrentlyPissed (Post 1336589198)
No love for the Laptop :(

I liked it. A lot. Got side tracked by other discussions though. It's very nice!

nycdarkness May 20, 2011 11:23 AM

Gonna be some new pics up tonight. HEHE. ALOT of boxes coming from newegg today =P. While some of it wont be utilized till I finish moving next week.

The biggest change being 6 monitors are coming today :D

Ristogod May 20, 2011 11:35 AM

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Originally Posted by shadow001 (Post 1336585395)
And a couple of pictures of them installed in the system to finalise:





Did a quick run with 3D mark without overclocking yet just to set a baseline and the temperatures under load don't exceed 45*C for the GPU's, but i'll run more games and benchmarks to see the temperatures, but at first view it seems i got plenty of room to play and it's quiet as a mouse.....

I'm amazed at how much radiator surface you were able to install internally and rear externally on that case. Very good job. Very nice looking and well thought out. I'm curious as to what your plans are to maximize the potential of that machine.

moshpit May 20, 2011 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Ristogod (Post 1336589612)
I'm curious as to what your plans are to maximize the potential of that machine.

He'll be running a LOT of 3Dmark (and avoiding PCMark like the plague :p ). And occasionally encoding something. Oh yeah, and playing a few games. That's about it. :nuts:

aviphysics May 20, 2011 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by moshpit (Post 1336589616)
He'll be running a LOT of 3Dmark (and avoiding PCMark like the plague :p ). And occasionally encoding something. Oh yeah, and playing a few games. That's about it. :nuts:

and making other Ragers jeolous.

moshpit May 20, 2011 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by aviphysics (Post 1336589621)
and making other Ragers jeolous.

I'd be jealous, if it was a single socket 990X on phase change. As it is, nope. Not jealous at all. I like his GPU setup. And his wiring job IS top notch. I'll also give creds for an excellent job with the H20, but those are all things well within easy attainable range.

The CPU situation though, I'm more amused by then jealous of.

shadow001 May 20, 2011 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Ristogod (Post 1336589612)
I'm amazed at how much radiator surface you were able to install internally and rear externally on that case. Very good job. Very nice looking and well thought out. I'm curious as to what your plans are to maximize the potential of that machine.


At a guess, i'm thinking you're suggesting i use it as a folding machine every now and then at least as well?..... It can crank out some serious performance in that too :lol: :)

moshpit May 20, 2011 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by shadow001 (Post 1336589627)
At a guess, i'm thinking you're suggesting i use it as a folding machine every now and then at least as well?.....:lol: :)

How about like ALLLLL the time! I can only imagine your total PPD on many-iterations of the CPU client VM'd off while running the GPU client natively. Have you tried this? What is the PPD of that beast in that scenario? Screenshots are worth major :drool: points! :D

Edit: And going back to aviphysics' earlier statement, okay, I'll give on this one, THIS is a scenario to be jealous of the whole machine on. If shadow doesn't become our forum's TOP single machine PPD producer, he will need to be smacked upside the head until he gives in and starts FOLDING! Cavey, sick him! :D :lol: :p

shadow001 May 20, 2011 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by moshpit (Post 1336589630)
How about like ALLLLL the time! I can only imagine your total PPD on many-iterations of the CPU client VM'd off while running the GPU client natively. Have you tried this? What is the PPD of that beast in that scenario? Screenshots are worth major :drool: points! :D


It'll be something interesting to find out eventually, but i still need to flash the bios on the video cards to allow higher voltage limits as i seem to be hitting a wall at 940Mhz GPU speeds with only 1.138 millivolts to play with, so i've created my own Bios using a couple of utilities out there, where the GPU voltage can go to 1.250 millivolts, and will flash the cards this weekend...:evil:

moshpit May 20, 2011 11:57 AM

You should run 11 instances of the VM'd CPU client at very minimum. Leave a tiny bit of CPU resources for running GPU client as well, if that's even doable or not...

Ristogod May 20, 2011 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by shadow001 (Post 1336589627)
At a guess, i'm thinking you're suggesting i use it as a folding machine

Nope. Was just wondering what you plan on using it for. My first thought was a lot of media encoding and gaming.

I tried folding myself, but I kept getting GPU crashes before. I think I've handled that issue now, but just haven't gotten back into folding.

shadow001 May 20, 2011 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Ristogod (Post 1336589740)
Nope. Was just wondering what you plan on using it for. My first thought was a lot of media encoding and gaming.

I tried folding myself, but I kept getting GPU crashes before. I think I've handled that issue now, but just haven't gotten back into folding.



Anything and everything really and do it well.....There's enough CPU ~ GPU power to last for years and 24 GB of ram onboard....I built it for the long term really.


Once there's systems out there twice as fast as this thing can by in all applications, not just certain ones some people focus on( ;) ), and assuming this system actually has any difficulty with any piece of software out by then...I'll consider my options once we reach that point.

Dungeoncrawler May 20, 2011 06:15 PM

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And here they come....First one:

What is the difficulty level with removing the stock fans and mounting the waterblock's for the gpu's? I've never done one before.

edit - :eek: look at all that space between those cards :p

Mangler May 20, 2011 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Dungeoncrawler (Post 1336589983)
What is the difficulty level with removing the stock fans and mounting the waterblock's for the gpu's? I've never done one before.

edit - :eek: look at all that space between those cards :p

The difficulty level is pretty low, you just need a good phillips-head screwdriver, or you might strip some of those tiny screws on the backside of the card.

And all the new fullcover blocks have stand offs, so you cannot over-tighten them so that risk is pretty much gone now too.

Dungeoncrawler May 20, 2011 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Mangler (Post 1336589986)
The difficulty level is pretty low, you just need a good phillips-head screwdriver, or you might strip some of those tiny screws on the backside of the card.

And all the new fullcover blocks have stand offs, so you cannot over-tighten them so that risk is pretty much gone now too.

Kewl; I see evga has the 580 hydro for $149.99 with free ground shipping. I would die to have my cards in a single-slot config. Btw, is he running all three cards off that one rad?

Mangler May 20, 2011 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Dungeoncrawler (Post 1336589994)
Kewl; I see evga has the 580 hydro for $149.99 with free ground shipping. I would die to have my cards in a single-slot config. Btw, is he running all three cards off that one rad?

No, he's running them on the two 240mm radiators, but since they're stacked they are probably not performing better than one single 360mm radiator would.

shadow001 May 20, 2011 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Dungeoncrawler (Post 1336589983)
What is the difficulty level with removing the stock fans and mounting the waterblock's for the gpu's? I've never done one before.

edit - :eek: look at all that space between those cards :p


Actually they're not just philips head screws but also torx head screws as well and there's 9 screws for the top cover alone(philips head), then there's 4 larger philips head screws for the heat sink of the GPU itself, and then there about 12~13 more screws located in the back of the PCB itself(these are the torx head screws), and these also use locktight so they're pretty hard to come off and all of them located in the back of the PCB....


Once that is done, you have to disconnect the fan header and apply the supplied thermal pads, wich you have to cut to the proper size, to 7 locations on the board and apply thermal paste to the GPU itself, then comes the block install using the supplied screws in the kit and plastic washers(to avoid shorts).....


Repeat as necessary for now many cards you'll install, and yes, it took a few hours to do all 3 cards, install the connecting pipes in parallel and i had to lay the tower on it's side since all 3 cards will get installed at the same time and it was nearly impossible with the case upright....The comes the filling with distilled water and checking for leaks and bleeding the air out, so it is a fairly time consuming process....


The flip side is that apart from the noise reduction, the cards ran up to 925Mhz at 1.138 volts and full load temperatures never exceed 65*C with the fans at 100% speed.....The stock cooler makes the cards easily hit 85~90*C at full load at lower voltages and running at stock speeds(772~800mhz depending on brand), so water cooling is a lot of work but the cooling performance is in another league too and i recovered 3 PCI-e slots in the process...:D

Dungeoncrawler May 20, 2011 08:01 PM

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and i recovered 3 PCI-e slots in the process...:D
That's what I'm talkin-bout :up:

shadow001 May 20, 2011 08:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Mangler (Post 1336590030)
No, he's running them on the two 240mm radiators, but since they're stacked they are probably not performing better than one single 360mm radiator would.


It's mostly maximizing the room i have available in the case, and there was no way to get anything larger than that, but it does work nicely though wich is the important part.



For absolute cooling performance then nothing would beat a mountain mods extended ascension:




Or:


http://www.dangerden.com/store/image...?1305939555669


You can stuff pretty much any configuration you can dream of in either case along with 5~6 large radiators, but be prepared to pay 600~700$ of either case depending on tthe options you want....

Roadhog May 20, 2011 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Mangler (Post 1336590030)
No, he's running them on the two 240mm radiators, but since they're stacked they are probably not performing better than one single 360mm radiator would.

lol, i've already told him those radiators aren't enough. Which they aren't if you are hitting 65c+ load on water. lol I'd love to see his temps running furmark for a while.

moshpit May 20, 2011 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Roadhog_ (Post 1336590078)
lol, i've already told him those radiators aren't enough. Which they aren't if you are hitting 65c+ load on water. lol I'd love to see his temps running furmark for a while.

I agree with the furmark part, he shoulda hit a bit more stability testing, but what's wrong with 65C full load? It's not GREAT for water, but it's hella better then stock air cooling.


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