Videocard: EVGA GTX 780 3GB
Processor: intel i7 2700k @ 4.7GHz
Mainboard: MSI Z77A-GD65
Memory: Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz
Soundcard: ASUS Xonar D2X PCI-E 7.1
PSU: Corsair AX860
My pc update -
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Recently i have upgraded some of my pc hardware and case, so i decided to share it with guru3d community. In advance, i apologize for not the best picture quality, iphone 3gs is not really known for superb camera...
So my old pc with gainward GTX 570 and Cooler Master CM-690 II Advanced Case with windowed side panel.
I bought EVGA gtx 680 a month + ago and CM-690 (mid-tower) case was not the best option for this because of my water cooling reservoir being in quite a bad spot (it was just like quarter of an inch away with my GTX570, and 680 being a longer card gave me a problem). so i had to move it down in order to fit my VGA, which brought reservoir to the level of my pump (not really good, i know).
So last week i bought a new case: ThermalTake Chaser MK-I Black Full Tower.
Had to redo my water cooling look anyway, so i decided to buy new blue UV-reactive tubing for it (had a clear one that came with EK H2O HF 240 water cooling kit). And finally managed to get my cables in decent order (plus CM-690 didn't have rubber grommets so you can see your wires right though the openings, which is not ideal). Can't really see it in the picture, but it looked quite bad.
So with the new case in my inventory, i took my old one apart and moved everything. the only problem i had is not having any holes on the hard drive cage for mounting my reservoir (as i really do like that position). But nothing a cordless drill and a HSS drill-bit couldn't fix. So with that problem out of the way i managed to fit my water cooling quite easily without having to worry about my VGA being in the way.
(leak testing, witl only my pump connected to the PSU. You can't c whole bunch of wires hanging out of the back. Oh, and this time i didn't do a 24 hr leak test, just checked it for about 5-6 hrs. As i do work as a plumber, i was quite confident (others would say cocky) with my work)
I removed my 220mm fan from the top in order to fir the radiator, and moved it onto the side panel (i thought about not using it, but as it has a Fan LED button at the front, i decided to keep it) to give some more intake onto the motherboard and GPU. All i needed was few 3-to-3 pin fan extension, which i had plenty of due to having bought quite a few fans recently. I put all other fans on my Zalman ZM-MPC 3 fan controller, so i could keep Their RPM quite low.
So with all of that done, i've put all the rest of the stuff back in i finally have my new (old-new) pc ready.
And with the side panel on:
That's one sexy looking case.
the end result is not only better looking case, but also lower temps inside. Thermaltake case gave me ~4-5C drop (as i have 4 temperature sensors connected to the zalman fan controller). Plus i received EVGA's high flow bracket which got mounted on my 680 to cut another 1-2 degrees off the GPU.
Next upgrades i have for the future (not that far future tbh) will start with a new modular power supply (probably corsair AX 850 or 1200 watt) with custom braided cables and new cpu (as i don't really like the temps for ivy bridge, it will probably be 2700k, plus then i don't have to change my motherboard) as i am spending more and more time with video encoding and music making. Then i want a water cooling block for the 680. Last but not least - another, short LED strip at the top of the case (blue ofc ) as the side panel 200mm fan is covering my bottom LED a bit and it's not giving the lighting i want.
Hope you enjoyed my little tour. I might put put some more updates in the future if people will be interested.
Last edited by Weecka; 04-29-2012 at 11:35.