While digging through some old backups I found a work log of a computer I built some time in 2005. At the time I was running overclocking.ie and was pretty much obsessed with overclocking, benching and modding pcs. I still have all the old pictures which I took and luckily the file names are still the same. I thought it might be cool to see it reproduced and that maybe you guys would like to see it, so here it is! This is an exact copy of the original I’m only changing the urls to the images.
I’ve finally started work on my new machine. I’m still waiting on most of the hardware to arrive and by the looks of it I’ll be waiting a while because ATI still haven’t got up off their arses… So I went ahead and bought the case and one watercooling loop just so I could get things planned out.
A few quick pics of the case:
I’ve been weighing up my options over the last couple of days and I’ve decided where I want to install the 120mm rads. One upfront drawing fresh air in and through the rad and a second mounted on the rear of the case where the 120mm fan is now.
I’ve only got one complete loop at the moment so I’m going to install the front rad first. Only problem with this was the 4th 5 1/4″ bay which was hanging right in the way of the rad… Which was where the fun begins,
I originally thought that all that held the bay in place was four rivets at the front which I drilled out see below
But it turns out there’s a few small brackets which the bay is suspended from. The only way to slide the bay out would have been too remove all the bays and the bottom bay would have just slid out but that would have been far too much effort so I took the easy way out, DREMEL TIME /cue music
No work log is complete with out the obligatory action shot, so prepare yourselves
Okay not many sparks but surprisingly dremeling whilst trying to take a picture with no flash isn’t as easy as you might think.
Once all six brackets were dremeled the bay came away easily.
Plenty of room for the fan and rad.
This case seems to have been made to fit this rad. I thought I would have to drill new holes for the screws but it fits perfectly in the original holes ^_^
Last thing on the list for the moment was installing the pump/res in one of the 5 1/4″ bays.
Over all this went far too smoothly and everything installed without a hitch. I’m expecting something to explode the next time I try to mod it.
I’m placing an order with Frozencpu.com this weekend so hopefully I’ll have the second loop, powersupply and ram soon. Then the long wait for the X1800XT’s :/
Update : 29/10/05
I’ve had some complaints from some very important people that my action shot didn’t contain enough “action” so I hired a professional photographer (PPC) and we got down to some hardcore action. Then we took a few pics of me removing the grill from the front of the P180.
The finished product,
Just a quick update. I’m waiting for the last few bits to arrive and hopefully I’ll be able to put the whole machine together this weekend, but a special piece of equipment has finally arrived and I thought I’d take a few pictures
Rear of the card:
The card with the heatsink removed:
Just arrived from OCUK and I have to say it looks impressive. Mind you I’ve seen the 512mb GTX reviews and even though they look good I’m happy with this card for the moment. I’ve been waiting on it for a year for christ sake !
Hopefully more updates this weekend
Yet another quick update, just received these, 74gig WD Raptor, AMD64 4000+ “San Diego” DFI RDX200 CF and another swiftech watercooling loop.
And another pic of teh coer,
Not sure if this was a good week for San Diego’s but once the rest of the gear arrives next week I’m sure we’ll find out
After much messing I finally got my order from the US minus the ram which is what they had apparently been waiting on to ship the order :/ So I ordered the same OCZ ram from http://www.shop4memory.com and two thumbs up to them, it was shipped with in a few hours and should be here tomorrow. So unfortunately no benching tonight, I could have swapped some ram around but I want to get the whole thing together before I start.
Anyway pics of the goods,
The motherboard installed,
The PSU installed,
And finally the whole thing wired up,
More updates tomorrow when the ram arrives and hopefully bench results
Stock cooling first then H2O fun later.
I got everything installed in the case with out major hassle and set about doing a few benchmarks to see with she’s capable of
First 3Dmark 05 run with everything at stock:
And I’ve just started to find my max CPU clock so far I’ve gotten these results:
It’s only a 400 mhz overclock but it’s not bad for a couple of hours work, I’ve still got a few more tweaks to do before I start on the ram and then after I’ve maxed things out at stock it’s off to H2O land for some water sports fun
Quick update: I’ve gotten the two water cooling loops installed and all is well. Ran my first bench and I’ve FINALLY beaten the 10k mark, more details and pics to come tomorrow but for the moment, my best 3Dmark05 score to date
Right, apologies for the delay but I’ve finally managed to finish this work log. My excuses for the delay are playing games on the new machine and finally dipping my toes the whole Linux thing. Over all I’m very very happy with the new set up, it’s stupidly powerful and has helped beat a few records here and there (mostly personal) but most of all it’s not too noisy
Top of the X1800XT with DD Maze 4 installed
Bottom of the aforementioned
Dual pumps and res’s
Slightly isometric view
With side on
Where it all happens
First things first, no I’m not telling you where I live :p
Other than that I’ve had great fun on this project and I wholeheartedly recommend anyone to start a project log no matter how mundane you might think your project is, we want to see your hardware
Any questions or comments post away
Forgot to add this,
That’s the linux box I’ve been messing with. If there ever was a testimony to overclocking doing no harm this would be it. I bought this machine 5 years ago and it spent the majority of it’s life overclocked
P.S incase anyone is wondering, that’s an airconditioned badge from the back of a Xedos 6 Mazda