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    PC desk - Project MegaDeblow **COMPLETE**




    Hi everyone,

    My name is Rob, I'm 38 and new to forum posting in general so i hope i can make a good job of this,
    my first ever build/Log attempt.

    I will begin with how it all started and end with where I'm at now.
    One of my friends pointed out that the Matrix 7970's were on sale so i put my order in, after fitting them i found i had a problem with heat.
    The cards get really hot very fast without the correct space and airflow.
    only way i could run them stock without a problem was to leave the side off my case, a UFO mountain mods case

    The bottom card has about 1" space to breath so I started looking at new cases on the web and YouTube and
    stumbled upon a water cooled desk i had seen and forgot about some months ago.
    As i had lots of wood, glass and plastic spear lying around the place that the wife was not very happy about
    i thought i would try build a desk mod myself.

    I had some ideas that i put to paper, but most of the ideas were changed over time as i encountered problems,
    I will add some pictures of the design on the forum, Not the best artwork i admit, so i hope they make some sense

    I must also say that for most of the build i used my GS3 phone to take the pictures for reference,
    as half my project was in the shed and the other half was in the house,
    and as i have a broken leg it was very hard to move around with the parts to check they were correct.

    After i had done about 60% of the build my friend suggested i ask for sponsorship,
    as there was a possibility of getting sponsorship i started to take more professional pictures,
    so I'm sorry for the low quality and lack of build photos taken at the start.

    I will add as much info as possible, if i miss anything please just ask and i will do my best to answer asap.

    Reason for build -
    - More desktop space (get shut of the MASSIVE UFO case)
    - Create better airflow
    - Make more space for water cooling parts
    - Have something different & something to do in my spare time



    My Build Items Are -

    CPU - i5 2500k @4.6
    MB - Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3
    RAM - Avexir Core Extreme Green Series 8GB DDR3 2133MHz
    GPU - Asus Matrix 7970 platinum - Crossfire
    HD's - 2X Seagate Barracuda = 6TB, OCZ Vertex 3 =120gb, OCZ Agility 3 =64gb, WD Green =2TB
    PSU - CoolerMaster v1000
    EK supreme CPU block 1155 Socket
    XSPC 1/2 ID 3/4 OD Tubing UV Green
    Phobya Balancer 450 Reservoir
    Mayhems Fine 99.999% Silver Kill Coil
    Primochill Tube Reservoir Calming Coil Green UV
    NZXT Fan Controller
    Akasa fan Controller
    12x CoolerMaster Sickleflow Fans
    5X Enermax Cluster Fans - (removed from build)
    Corsair AirFlow Fans
    Sharkoon Quad Cathode Kit
    LED Strips x Lots
    EK-fc970 Matrix Full Cover water blocks
    EK-CoolStream RAD XTX (360)
    EK-D5 Vario X-TOP High-Performance pump
    1 or 2 fan Controllers

    Thanks for looking,

    Rob




    A BIG thank you to EK Water Blocks and Cooler Master/CM-Storm for their support.

    ================================================== =====================
    UPDATE - 26/04/2014

    Now the build is finally complete i need to thank some people,

    Firstly and most importantly are my fellow PC modders & forum users, without your comments and contribution of ideas the build would never have been as successful as it has.

    Next my wife and friends for all the help given, my wife has helped carry,shop,make tea & snacks & provide some pain relief when needed

    My Friends Ian & Carl have also helped with the heavy lifting & Ian helped provide me with the glass needed for the desk (Big thanks)

    And finally my sponsors Lep @ EK water blocks for providing the Watercooling blocks and support throughout the build.

    Chris @ Cooler Master (CM Storm) UK, I was already using CM Power Supply & fans, but Chris updated them for the latest and best
    along with my CM storm gaming set
    but best of all hes been great to talk with over the last 3 months & even got me in to the gadget show for a great day out



    facebook link - still needed updating but will be done soon. nice place to just look at the photos.
    [SPOILER]https://www.facebook.com/megadeblow[/SPOILER]

    Im still working in the Vids for my youtube, will upload in the next week hopefully
    https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaDeblow

    Slideshow Build Log
    [SPOILER]http://youtu.be/j_Fx8yTb8FM[/SPOILER]

    FINAL RESULT - YouTube Vid
    [SPOILER]http://youtu.be/YG97Na9Zs34[/SPOILER]



    Big thank you to everyone, and i hope i get the chance to do something bigger in the future and share it with you all


    Rob (Deblow)
    Last edited by deblow; 05-05-2014 at 02:39 PM. Reason: new info

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    The reason i went for L shape glass is that i wanted to be able to cover the glass 100% with ease when needed in order to block light and protect.



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    Why put the thread in here if it's a gigabyte mobo? And why go for custom WC if you're using cheaper, older components? I would prefer a closed loop CPU cooler and stock GPU cooling in exchange for better parts than those.
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    Laptop (Model)Lenovo Thinkpad T410
    MotherboardASUS Crosshair V Formula - Z
    ProcessorAMD FX 9590
    Memory (part number)BLE2KIT8G3D1869DE1TX0 (8-8-8-24, 1866 MHz)
    Graphics Card #1ASUS R9 390 STRIX (OC, GAMING)
    Storage #1SG Constellation 6 TB (6x1 TB) RAID 0
    Storage #2SG Constellation 2 TB (2x2 TB) RAID 1
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-D15
    CaseCaseLabs STH-10
    Power SupplyCorsair AX1500i
    Keyboard Microsoft Sidewinder X4
    Mouse Microsoft Sidewinder X5
    Headset Logitech G930
    Mouse Pad Perixx 900x440x3 mm + Steelseries 320x270x3 mm + ALLSOP hard pad
    Headset/Speakers Logitech G930/Altec Lansing 5.1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antronman View Post
    Why put the thread in here if it's a gigabyte mobo?
    Because it looks like it's a ballin' setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by Antronman View Post
    And why go for custom WC if you're using cheaper, older components?I would prefer a closed loop CPU cooler and stock GPU cooling in exchange for better parts than those.
    "First ever build attempt." I don't know about you, but my first WC setup cost me a total of ~$140 and it was put together from old parts. The last thing I wanted was to spend $3000+ on super awesome parts just to make some mistakes.

    I believe deblow is looking for more objective input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Zchivago View Post
    Because it looks like it's a ballin' setup.



    "First ever build attempt." I don't know about you, but my first WC setup cost me a total of ~$140 and it was put together from old parts. The last thing I wanted was to spend $3000+ on super awesome parts just to make some mistakes.

    I believe deblow is looking for more objective input.

    Dr. Z
    Setting up a custom loop is always more difficult than setting up a build with aftermarket cooling.
    And as I recall, your less than 140USD watercooling setup was made with parts found in the garbage, garage and numerous other places and wasn't actually made from retail WC parts. A full loop is rather expensive, and easy enough to mess up.
    His parts are old, somewhat outdated parts. I would rather have a 4670k, and some R9 280xs instead of HD 7970s with an H105 for cooling than old parts with a badass custom loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antronman View Post
    Why put the thread in here if it's a gigabyte mobo? And why go for custom WC if you're using cheaper, older components? I would prefer a closed loop CPU cooler and stock GPU cooling in exchange for better parts than those.
    Thanks for the questions,
    I posted here because i have a build that i wanted to show on the forum, as i have 2x Asus Matrix 7970 platinum's i thought it would be nice.

    I cant see any mention on the forum that i must have a Asus MB to post here, sorry if i missed it and i will no longer post here if that's the case.

    I'm very happy with all my parts, the cards, MB, RAM, one SSD along with the water cooling parts have all be bought new in the last 8 weeks
    and ordered on a very very tight budget

    The PC parts i have play all the games i like at the maximum settings running at 1440p, im very happy so why would i want to spend extra money i don't have on parts i don't need,

    what i do need is very good cooling so i can push the hardware i do have to the MAX

    I hope that helped answer your questions

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    There is no rule. Just wondering
    Sorry if I seemed a bit of a bully.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Antronman View Post
    There is no rule. Just wondering
    Sorry if I seemed a bit of a bully.
    No worries, but please give me a bit more time to show my vision,

    I'm always open to new ideas from people who enjoy the same things as myself and im sure there will be a better way to do what im doing,
    after this is done and if i still have the time i would love to do another build bettering what i will be doing in this build.

    Not too sure what your going to say about me using bits of old wardrobes to make my desk lol

    BTW, im not posting on Gigabyte forum so that must be a +

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    You're using bits of old wardrobes? Wow. I would actually recommend just buying a nice wood desk. I have had an Ikea one for years now, and it has a ton of drawers and shelves. I could probably use it as a computer desk quite easily. It even has nice holes cut into the shelved portions for power cables. Almost like it was meant to house a computer.
    Say hi to the next generation.

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    Yes, im using parts of my broken Ikea wardrobes, a 6 or 7yo desk top and shelf's from a UK store called Argos and glass made for me by a company i use to work for a couple of years ago.

    at the start it wont look that great, but it will get better i promises

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