Subtle i7 Build

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May 23rd 2009
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Key Features:
Intel CPU NVIDIA Graphics Water-cooled
System Specs:
  • Lian Li PC-V1110, ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, Corsair TX-850 850W, i7 920 D0, XFX GTX275, Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB, OCZ Vertex SSD 60GB, Western Digital Green 500GB WD5000AACS, Swiftech Apogee GTZ, Swiftech MCP655-B, Swiftech MCR220-QP
Performed Mods:
Removed bottom drive cages, mounted radiator with custom bracket, installed radiator exhaust in side panel, moded drive cage to fit inside 5.25" bays, general cable management.
The aim was to complete a watercooled build but still leaving the impression that the case was not heavily modded.
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17 Comments on Subtle i7 Build

#2
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
5/10. I love water cooling for i7s but you just have excessive tubing to keep it "neat" and in doing that it seems cluttered.
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#3
tzitzibp
Binge
5/10. I love water cooling for i7s but you just have excessive tubing to keep it "neat" and in doing that it seems cluttered.
Still, he did an excellent job keeping it tidy!
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#4
Dia01
tzitzibp
Still, he did an excellent job keeping it tidy!
Having a res increases the amount of tubes, not sure how else I could have made it neater as the placement of the res was the best I could come up with?
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tzitzibp
Dia01
Having a res increases the amount of tubes, not sure how else I could have made it neater as the placement of the res was the best I could come up with?
The best you could do is to place the res right before the pump.....
Now, if you think is going to get crouded in there, then just leave it as it is....
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Dia01
tzitzibp
The best you could do is to place the res right before the pump.....
Now, if you think is going to get crouded in there, then just leave it as it is....
That does make sense though I think it will get too crowded plus maintenance is easy the way it is. I could have left the res out and place a 'T' piece for a fill port and cap it through the middle tray I suppose. I think I may just leave as is on 2nd thought. Thanks for the input :)
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#7
tzitzibp
Dia01
That does make sense though I think it will get too crowded plus maintenance is easy the way it is. I could have left the res out and place a 'T' piece for a fill port and cap it through the middle tray I suppose. I think I may just leave as is on 2nd thought. Thanks for the input :)
...until you decide to redo the whole thing... ;)

btw have you checked my rig? http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/2097.html
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#8
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
I'm not trying to get into a flame with anyone I'm thinking if you could have had the outlets of the rad closer to the psu side, and the pump and res could be joined and mounted on the 2nd level using a rigid short length of tubing. With an mcp355 most people use the aftermarket tops to join the micro res to the inlet with a dual threaded 1/2" ID connector fitting.
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#9
tzitzibp
Binge
I'm not trying to get into a flame with anyone I'm thinking if you could have had the outlets of the rad closer to the psu side, and the pump and res could be joined and mounted on the 2nd level using a rigid short length of tubing. With an mcp355 most people use the aftermarket tops to join the micro res to the inlet with a dual threaded 1/2" ID connector fitting.
....and you are absolutely correct! truly!
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Dia01
Binge
I'm not trying to get into a flame with anyone I'm thinking if you could have had the outlets of the rad closer to the psu side, and the pump and res could be joined and mounted on the 2nd level using a rigid short length of tubing. With an mcp355 most people use the aftermarket tops to join the micro res to the inlet with a dual threaded 1/2" ID connector fitting.
There's no argument, criticsm is constructive, you are correct ;)
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#11
-1nf1n1ty-
7/10

theres not really any noticeable mods but I dont love your rig for what it is with out the mods so I will probably bump that up to a 8/10 I like it good job
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#13
Dia01
pentastar111
I like it. 8/10
Thanks :)
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#14
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Looks good.

Ive a few rants though. Change the weak Swiftech MCR220 using that for an i7 is poor choice. Change the plastic clamps or use compression fittings. Use an ek res, swiftech res are fugly imo. Tubings are quite long for just cooling one component.

Otherwise, its cool system, and a sweet case to boot. 7/10
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Dia01
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Looks good.

Ive a few rants though. Change the weak Swiftech MCR220 using that for an i7 is poor choice. Change the plastic clamps or use compression fittings. Use an ek res, swiftech res are fugly imo. Tubings are quite long for just cooling one component.

Otherwise, its cool system, and a sweet case to boot. 7/10
Appreciate the input. Firstly, there is not too much choice where I live for decent rad's but actually I have been looking as I am aware that the MCR220 isn't the best performing but will do for the moment. I am planning on tidying up the res placement also, still figuring the best options. I have been looking at the the Feser RX240 Radiator-Double, not sure if any good but it should definatley have more cooling capacity.
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#17
steelkane
Very clean build with nice hardware,, I'm sure you'll do other mods later,, still a solid build.
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