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Post by luongo27 on 8/6/2014, 2:02 pm

My pc I have been working on for the last little bit, the water cooling is new.

I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out, don't think it's too bad for my first go at water cooling. Anyway I thought I would share.

New Parts

*MIPS Iceforce HF cpu block
*Alphacool NexXxos ST30 280mm radiator.
*Primochill 3/8 white tubing.
*EK Water Blocks 2.2 pump & res combo.
*Thermochill 3/8 compression fittings.
*Two 140mm Yate Loon fans.
*EK lime green coolant.

Here's photos I took along the way:


All the kit ready to go.

Mips Iceforce CPU block.

Radiator and fans mounted to case bracket.

Which then drops in easily from above Smile

CPU block mounted.

Some leak testing, don't worry there was more paper towel, just not when i took the photos.

More leak testing.

Finished shot, with my reflection as a bonus.

Another finished shot.



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Post by LethalHoudini on 8/6/2014, 2:04 pm

Very nice mate






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Post by s0ul harv3st on 8/12/2014, 8:24 pm

x2 - sweet install.


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Post by luongo27 on 10/24/2014, 2:49 pm

Couldn't help myself, saw a open box MSI R9 290 on offer and had to get it Smile.

Here's a few pics:







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Post by luongo27 on 8/4/2015, 6:49 pm

Been adding a few more upgrades such as new memory, water block for the graphics card and a new power supply. This is mainly due to the graphics card getting too hot at 90 degrees C.
As a result of the graphics card water block the highest temps I've had so far have been around the 55 degrees C so a lot cooler than before. Had fun doing it, although tearing a graphics card apart is a little nerve-racking.
Here are some Photos:
New Memory
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Original Graphics card:
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Putting thermal pads on
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Water block to replace air cooler
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All plumbed in, time to add the coolant
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Fluid circulating through the block Smile
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All done
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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/5/2015, 8:03 am

What is your build setup? im in the process of building an AMD FX6300 with an GTX 960 gpu and 8 gigs of ram so i can run triple monitors
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Post by luongo27 on 8/5/2015, 8:38 am

I have an Athlon 860K and a R9 290, I also use 8GB of ram running at 2400mhz. The processor is a little on the under powered side but it overclocks pretty well and will run most games no problem. Any really heavy CPU games such as company of heroes 2 and Rome 2 it struggles with but it's a small percentage.



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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/5/2015, 10:48 am

Im trying to get into Project cars, iRacing, Assetto Corsa on tye PC and wanna do a triple monitor setup with a full racing rig but not 100% knowledged on the gpu for triple monitors. Ive researched which ones work best and can support it but when you only have 2 of the same type of dvi/displayport/hdmi and not using a splitter because i thought that would only replicate the image on the 3rd monitor instead of wxtending it
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Post by THE DOCTORZ on 8/5/2015, 9:29 pm

Very nice luongo
Fourzatwenty here is what I'm running.
Motherboard: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K Cooler: Corsair H80i Liquid CPU Cooler Memory: G-Skill Rip Jaws 1600MHz 8GB
Power Supply: Silverstone 1000W Silver Video Card: 2 NVIDIA EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti 3GB SLI
Extra Sound Card: ASUS XONAR Storage Drive HDD | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Monitors: 3 Did 3 27in monitors at first but switched to 3 24in 144hz monitors. Ran both size fine just preferred smaller ones. Runs all the sims fine on ultra that's all I use it for.
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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/5/2015, 10:00 pm

THE DOCTORZ wrote:Very nice luongo
Fourzatwenty here is what I'm running.
Motherboard: ASUS Z87-A LGA 1150 Intel Z87 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Processor: Intel Core i7-4790K  Cooler: Corsair H80i Liquid CPU Cooler Memory: G-Skill Rip Jaws 1600MHz 8GB
Power Supply: Silverstone 1000W Silver Video Card: 2 NVIDIA EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti 3GB SLI
Extra Sound Card: ASUS XONAR Storage Drive HDD | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB Monitors: 3 Did 3 27in monitors at first but switched to 3 24in 144hz monitors. Ran both size fine just preferred smaller ones. Runs all the sims fine on ultra that's all I use it for.
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Fanatec clubsport V2
Fanatec CSR
Thrustmaster tx
Pedals
Fanatec Clubsport V2
Fanatec elites
Thrustmaster t3pa




Damn doc that us badass, that SLi helps for sure and those 780ti's are monsters, i was trying to budget run an R9 270x or 280 on an FX AMD processor and a 970 chipset mobo. nothing crazy but something that wont crap on me after a couple months or be stutter-city
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Post by luongo27 on 8/6/2015, 8:45 am

That a pretty nice system you have there doctors, two 780 ti's should be enough power for a while Smile. Fourza thats a very similar build to mine performance wise with that cpu being slightly better but the graphics a little worse. I ran a 270 before my 290 and it was pretty good. If you can still get a 280 3gb thats the sweet spot in my mind, before there all gone.
I'm kind of waiting for the AMD ZEN cpus next year before i upgrade my cpu/motherboard. Although Gigabyte have released a black/green Z97 board which is tempting.



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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/7/2015, 4:37 pm

Found this at Microcenter R9 280x 3gb, openbox for 199 seems pretty good?
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Post by luongo27 on 8/7/2015, 5:16 pm

That vapour X card is a pretty highly rated version of the card. I'm not too familiar with US pricing but when i had a look the other day the cheapest new 280 was $180, so the 280X for 199 is a pretty good deal. Really like the look of this one as well.



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Post by THE DOCTORZ on 8/7/2015, 10:15 pm

Thanks guys. I don't know a whole lot about building a PC so I'm not going to pretend like i do. I had a buddy build mine for me and he got the GPUs super cheap. Luongo sounds like he knows his stuff. I can tell you from my experience with my system it seems over powered for just running racing sims. I run all the sims old stuff to new stuff nothing else. Iracing doesn't need 1/4 of my build to be good. Project cars in the rain with 32 car field probably puts the most stress on it but you can still enjoy a good triple screen set up with a much cheaper build. Also you may want to consider a projector. Projector is the way to go but it requires a lot of room. I have a buddy in Germany with a sick projector build that is way better than triples but you need a good size dedicated room for it to work correctly.

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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/8/2015, 2:52 pm

my only issue with a projector is that if you wanna sit close ebough i would thebk your head or chair or something would cause a shadow and cover up part of the picture. But i guess depends on the projector placement. But i think i decided to go one large sibgle screen since triple screening seems to take a lot more out of the GPU and cant run hugher FPS on them without a badass computer.
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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/8/2015, 2:54 pm

I wish RR would do some computer racing leagues... I only see old posts and threads for assetto corsa and stuff
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Post by luongo27 on 8/27/2015, 1:39 pm

Decided to take a photo of the whole setup, including the big Lego car. You will have to let me know when you've got your pc all set up fourza.



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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/28/2015, 11:48 am

HOLY CRAP THAT IS AWESOME, is the lego car a kit or did you make it? And im waiting to get an FX8320 now instead of the 6300 but after some research and see that 6 cores process better with newer games and run better FPS than most. But after i get my cpu/motherboard bundle, ill be able to put it together. Went 8 gigs of Crucial ram and a 500w evga PS. But my best thing im going to get is a GTX 960 G1 with 3 Display Port sockets so i can do triple screening. i wanted to do that R9 280x that you suggested but that open box sold and new they are close to 300+ and the gtx960 is only 220 new. as far as a cooler i think im going to just stick to a CoolerMaster Hyper Evo but wanna water cool it, cant decide.
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Post by Fourzatwenty on 8/31/2015, 2:09 am

Ok luongo heres my list for my build, tell me what ya think, still not 100% on the video card but ill see what ya think

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Post by luongo27 on 8/31/2015, 11:57 am

Looks like a decent setup up to me, using quality parts. I have one of those cooler master sickle flow fans and they move lot of air but are pretty loud when doing so. Might want to turn them down in the bios especially since you have a fairly open case. As for graphics card a r9 280, r9 285 or GTX 960 would all do a good job at 1080p.



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Post by Fourzatwenty on 9/1/2015, 12:41 pm

and I forgot im going to stick to a single screen for now since I can run higher FPS on one screen and once I get a whole rig setup to drive on with a full racing chair and all is when ill do the triple screen for some more immersion.
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