Hello everyone, this is my first post on this forum and certainly not my last . This will be the work log for my first ever liquid cooled computer, I cant wait to get it together. As of right now I only have the mobo, cpu and ram for the new build, the rest will be made up of my old machine. Bought a few new parts to hold me over until I buy the rest of it, my old pc was getting a little annoying trying to play newer games. Here's what I have picked out for the new pc...
- CPU - Intel E8500 C2D
- Mobo - ASUS Rampage Formula
- RAM - OCZ Reaper PC2-6400 4x2GB
- GPU - HIS Radeon HD 4870 1GB
- PS - Corsair HX1000W
- HDD - WD Caviar SE16 640GB x2
- Case - Antec P180 Black
- Fans - Scythe S-FLEX 120MM
- CPU - Swiftech APOGEE GTZ
- GPU - Swiftech MCW60-R2
- Chipset - Swiftech MCW30
- Pump - Swiftech MCP655 12V
- Res - Ek Multioption Res 250 REV.2
- Rad - Swiftech MCR320 Quiet Power
- Tubing - Tygon R-3603 1/2IN ID 3/4IN OD
- Fluid - Swiftech Hydrx Water Additive
I left out a few small unimportant items but that's the plan, there may be a few changes along the way as to different cooling parts etc. suggestions are welcome . I planned on starting this whole thing around X-mas time when NCIX has their boxing day sale but I got a little impatient with my current machine. So what I ordered will be paired up with my 7800gt, 2x250gb WD HDD and Antec PS going into my P180.
Now on my current machine I have an AMD64 3000+ cooled by a Thermaltake Big Typhoon, so what I decided to do was lap both the processor and HS because it's an older system and I didn't really care if I ruined it lol. The Big Typhoon will be transferring over to the E8500 (If I still have the mounting bracket ) and I'll find something to cool the AMD which will eventually be my Media Center PC.
Here's a few pics of the lapping process...
The Big Typhoon all cleaned up
The original base
The grid all drawn out
Showing how uneven the base is
Not lookin too bad now
Nothing up my sleeve... and Presto!
The golden kitty says it all lol actually didn't turn out too bad.
Now the processor (Didn't get as many pics srry)
All cleaned up, just started the lapping
Down to the copper ftw!
Heeeerrreess the kitty
Not too bad, could be better
Together at last!
The HS is upside down on the table, the kitty is next to it... Love the reflection
I used a glass cutting board at first for my lapping surface, turned out it wasn't perfectly flat tho and it kinda ruined my corners (take a close look). I switched to a piece of glass out of a picture frame (the gf wasn't too happy lol) and proceeded to fix the damage. Started with 400 girt, then 600 up to 1500, and finished it off with a bit of polish. Didn't turn out too bad for my first time ever attempting it and I'm pretty pleased. The CPU idles at about 30C which is a few degrees lower than before Any questions, comments or suggestions are welcome.
More to come soon...