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    Hi Everyone,

    Recently I completely renovated my PC and I thought I'd share it with all of you and get some feedback. Any comments are greatly appreciated.

    So lets start with my old system specs/pictures

    AMD X2 4800+
    ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe
    2GB GSkill DDR2 800 (Going to buy another 2GB since im keeping this PC as my secondary)
    BFG 7950 GT OC 512MB
    TT Purepower 500W PSU
    TT Bigwater Kit

    Side View of PC with old components



    Top/Front View



    I began by stripping my TT Armor case and putting all the old components in a new and smaller Cooler Master Elite Case and tossed the TT Bigwater kit in favor of a Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler.




    Alright are you ready? Heres a side view with the new components installed.



    Side view w/o flash




    Front/Side view with cover on



    Front View



    Top View



    My Desk Setup (Note pic was taken before fan controller was installed)



    And....FINALLY....a 4.2GHZ OC which was achieved with the help of Deton's Thread =D




    The Specs of the new PC are:

    Intel i7 920 @ 4.2GHZ
    ASUS P6X58D Premium
    6GB OCZ Gold DDR3 1600
    XFX HD 5850 Black Edition
    XFX 850W PSU
    Cooling: Apogee XT, MCR220 (Mounted in Front Bays), Hardware Labs SR1 (Rear Mounted), MCP655-B, MCRES Micro R2, Feaser coolant, DD Fillport.
    Samsung T240HD to replace my old 22"

    So what do you guys think? What should I add to it? Maybe a GPU Block? Leave it as it is? Im going to add a Thermal Sensor soon I just don't know where to install it. Discuss =)
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    That's a great upgrade! Going from the best architecture of one era to the best architecture of another! That is a BALLIN computer you've got there!

    It looks great! Now, for a GPU block, I'm not exactly a WC specialist, that'd be Deton. He'll have to fill you in on that, he's our chief of staff in the WC department.

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    That's a major renos!

    Well, I'm in the middle of doing review of 5870 blocks and hopefully we will have a round up review soon but if you want me to tell you which block is kiss-ass performance and value performance or good performance or look; in through catagories then I can do that.

    Aztek, where are you located? This is also depend the block availability in where you live too.

    HD58xx cards run pretty cool even with mild overclock, stock cooler have no problem cooling it. Unless you really plan on do extreme overclock it with voltage tweak then watercooled is neccessary. I believe your card (xfx) bios is not support voltage tweaking unless you flash its bios from other brand.

    You were talking about add thermal sensor; I'm assuming temps sensor for the coolant.
    Well, P6X58D doesn't have extra thermal sensor head therefore you can't use the modo to do the reading. So you have to use aftermarket thermal sensor control unit or fan control with build-in sensor reader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    That's a major renos!

    Well, I'm in the middle of doing review of 5870 blocks and hopefully we will have a round up review soon but if you want me to tell you which block is kiss-ass performance and value performance or good performance or look; in through catagories then I can do that.

    Aztek, where are you located? This is also depend the block availability in where you live too.

    HD58xx cards run pretty cool even with mild overclock, stock cooler have no problem cooling it. Unless you really plan on do extreme overclock it with voltage tweak then watercooled is neccessary. I believe your card (xfx) bios is not support voltage tweaking unless you flash its bios from other brand.

    You were talking about add thermal sensor; I'm assuming temps sensor for the coolant.
    Well, P6X58D doesn't have extra thermal sensor head therefore you can't use the modo to do the reading. So you have to use aftermarket thermal sensor control unit or fan control with build-in sensor reader.
    I'm located In Los Angeles. I May just leave the card as it is, I was just considering adding a water block since I have two radiators in my loop. Will adding a GPU block change my CPU temps much? How difficult would it be to overclock such a card after flashing the bios? The last time I flashed a graphics card was to get a Radeon 9500 pro to run like a 9700 so its been a while :$.

    Also, by thermal sensor I meant that I purchased(just haven't installed it yet) a probe to give me a rough estimation of my CPU, HDD, and case temps. Given that I'd be able to find out if somethings running hotter than it should (i.e if my pump fails or something else). This one here is what I purchased: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/54...tl=g34c137s490

    Decent probe? Should I buy something different? What's your thoughts on this?

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    How much better with watercooling?
    MUCH better!

    Let say I can overclock my card to 983Mhz and the core temps only 29c compare to 84c for stock cooler. And with watercooled I can get it over 1Ghz and core temp is still under 33c. This is depend on the block you use too.

    Ok let make it short; over all temps are under 50c instead of 80c or over.

    That thermal sensor will be fine, you can use 5.25 bay or install it at side window.

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    Cool...do you think my CPU temps will go up if I add a GPU block to the loop or should I add another radiator? What's your thoughts on this??

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    With your MCR220 and SR1 are good enough to cool i7 and a vid card. Your pump is capable to handle multiple blocks and rads.

    example loop config:
    SR1 -> CPU -> MCR220 -> GPU -> RES -> MCP655B -> SR1

    with this setup it won't effect the CPU temps, however one SR1 will be ok but it's depend on what temps you are comfortable with.

    BTW, you were asking about OC the video card, there are OC voltage utility for these card such as Afterburned (MSI) or SmartDoctor (Asus). Just you may find a guide how to flash 5850 bios to make it works with voltage tweaking utility.

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    I was thinking more like:

    MCR220 -> CPU -> SR1 -> GPU -> RES -> MCP655B -> MCR220

    Since I already have my loop setup that way...don't know if that would be the most efficient but I figure most of the hot air would leave the case before hitting that MCR220. Also, I'd just simply have to cut the line that goes from the SR1 to the RES so there wouldn't be much modding. What do you think?

    Hows that review/guide on GPU blocks comming along?
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    The reason I suggested SR1 after GPU so your CPU will have better temp.
    Overclocked i7 generates about 300w of heat and MCR220 is capable to dissipate up to 300w of heat with high fan speeds.

    I guest you have to do what best suite to your setup.

    GPU block reviews won't be published in few weeks through. What block you do you have in mind?

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    EK-FC5850 or EK-FC5850-Nickel or Swiftech Komodo HD5800 ......I don't know much about water blocks =(.... Although i'm leaning towards the EK-FC5850-Nickel.

    I was also thinking about shelling out another 130 for two MCR220-QP-STACK Rads which would be mounted where my 5.25 bays are(and where my MCR220 currently is mounted) and I was going to mount the MCR220 at the bottom of my case where the single 120mm fan is located. This might be an overkill though.
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    At the moment I don't have EK block yet but most full cover block performance are pretty close to each other. The most different in core temps are within 5°c. Komodo or EK are both good blocks but can't tell you which is better because I'm still waiting for the EK block.


    If you're only cool the CPU and a 5850 then you don't need an extra rad, two current one are enough. Save the money or you will be dissapointed and also it's over kill what you try to to.

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    Late to the show on this one, but nicely done! A huge improvement, you should be very proud of that work.

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