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Thread: Vintage Lian Li budget upgrade

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    Vintage Lian Li budget upgrade

    The objective of this revamp is to improve the responsiveness of this Web surfing rig at minimum cost. Hence, most of the parts will be recycled from the current build except for the CPU, mobo and RAM. To handle the new thermal load, I will be upgrading the current 2 x 120mm rad to 3 x 120mm + 1 x 120mm.

    Here's a quick rundown of the key hardware;

    - Athlon II X3 440
    - Asus M4A88TD-M
    - OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB DDR3-1600
    - Asus 8800GTS 320MB
    - Corsair HX620
    - Lian Li PC70USB

    Watercooling parts;

    - Swiftech Apogee GT
    - Swiftech MCW30
    - Swiftech MCW60 R2
    - Swiftech MCR120
    - Swiftech MCR320
    - Swiftech MCP350
    - Yate Loon D12SL-12
    - XSPC bay reservoir
    - Tygon R3603 3/8" ID
    - Fluid XP+ Eco-Earth
    - Misc metal fittings

    Phil
    Last edited by Philwong; 07-10-2010 at 09:58 PM.

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    A walk down the memory lane.



    200X (I can't even remember!): The original case



    2005: My first WC setup based on the widely condemned (LOL) Thermaltake Big Water MK1


    2007: Major revamp to fit all watercooling parts inside the case.



    2009 to current: Upgraded to Swiftech gears.

    Phil
    Last edited by Philwong; 07-10-2010 at 10:24 PM.

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    Parts collected.





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    Last edited by Philwong; 07-10-2010 at 10:20 PM.

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    Modding done so far


    Painted the rad red.

    Phil
    Last edited by Philwong; 07-10-2010 at 10:21 PM.

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    Sweet paintjob Phil!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandr0s View Post
    Sweet paintjob Phil!
    Thanks man.

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    Phil's in the house!
    \Project\ Triple Surround Fury
    Case:
    Mountain Mods Ascension (modded)
    CPU: i7 920 @ 4GHz + EK Supreme HF (plate #1)
    GPU: GTX 670 3-Way SLI + XSPC Razor GTX670 water blocks
    Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Extreme + EK FB R3E water block
    RAM: 3x 2GB Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback DDR3 @ 6-8-6-24 1T
    SSD: Crucial M4 256GB, 0309 firmware
    PSU: 2x Corsair HX1000s on separate circuits
    LCD: 3x ASUS VW266H 26" Nvidia Surround @ 6030 x 1200
    OS: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
    Games: AoE II: HD, BF4, MKKE, MW2 via FourDeltaOne (Domination all day!)

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    Old school,love it .

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    Very sweet mod, but who water cools a web surfing machine other than a member of XS? hehe
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    Shoot, playa, I'd water cool my celly if I could.
    \Project\ Triple Surround Fury
    Case:
    Mountain Mods Ascension (modded)
    CPU: i7 920 @ 4GHz + EK Supreme HF (plate #1)
    GPU: GTX 670 3-Way SLI + XSPC Razor GTX670 water blocks
    Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Extreme + EK FB R3E water block
    RAM: 3x 2GB Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback DDR3 @ 6-8-6-24 1T
    SSD: Crucial M4 256GB, 0309 firmware
    PSU: 2x Corsair HX1000s on separate circuits
    LCD: 3x ASUS VW266H 26" Nvidia Surround @ 6030 x 1200
    OS: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
    Games: AoE II: HD, BF4, MKKE, MW2 via FourDeltaOne (Domination all day!)

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    Nice, always liked those cases. Small but simple. only problem is the 80mm fans.
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    Thanks folks.

    For me, watercooling is for striking a balance between overclocking and noise so I'll get the extra performance with minimal associated drawbacks.


    All 80mm fans have been replaced with larger fans after some moddings such as this thermal controlled 100mm Scythe KAZE JYU SLIM.

    The OCZ DDR3 is en route from States as we speak. Managed to bag it for US$89.99, thanks to my family there.

    Phil

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    Need some ideas, folks.



    I'm toying the idea of airbrushing GNR's Uzi Suicide label on the window of the side panel, but my wife would probably skin me alive since she's using this rig.


    So I though a more subtle smiley face might work instead.. but but but.....

    Any suggestions?

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    a naked lady would do fine

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    Uzi Suicide's a killer album. Definitely go for that. How big is it gonna be?

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    Just paint that uzi pink!

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    How about this one?

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    Your wife is mecha parody anime fan? (if this logo is from Gurren Lagann)
    But really, imho for her box some fantasy or romantical theme might fit better. Some elf / unicorn or some flower ornament painted on sidewall corner, no?
    I doubt in some macho themes fitting better.
    Last edited by Church; 07-12-2010 at 10:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by churchy View Post
    Your wife is mecha parody anime fan? (if this logo is from Gurren Lagann)
    Nah... neither am I, but it looks pretty cool. Much better than Mr. Smiley.

    I had problem looking for a high-res Uzi Suicide label to make my stencil, too.

    Err??? Final Fantasy??

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    The Mortal Kombat dragon.
    \Project\ Triple Surround Fury
    Case:
    Mountain Mods Ascension (modded)
    CPU: i7 920 @ 4GHz + EK Supreme HF (plate #1)
    GPU: GTX 670 3-Way SLI + XSPC Razor GTX670 water blocks
    Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Extreme + EK FB R3E water block
    RAM: 3x 2GB Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback DDR3 @ 6-8-6-24 1T
    SSD: Crucial M4 256GB, 0309 firmware
    PSU: 2x Corsair HX1000s on separate circuits
    LCD: 3x ASUS VW266H 26" Nvidia Surround @ 6030 x 1200
    OS: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
    Games: AoE II: HD, BF4, MKKE, MW2 via FourDeltaOne (Domination all day!)

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    I have the exact same case in black. It's been collecting dust in my closet for probably 2 years. I'm contemplating taking the dremel to it but it's in such perfect condition and still has all the pieces I don't know if I should

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    Well, do you plan on using it, or do you just have the itch to cut it up?
    \Project\ Triple Surround Fury
    Case:
    Mountain Mods Ascension (modded)
    CPU: i7 920 @ 4GHz + EK Supreme HF (plate #1)
    GPU: GTX 670 3-Way SLI + XSPC Razor GTX670 water blocks
    Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Extreme + EK FB R3E water block
    RAM: 3x 2GB Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback DDR3 @ 6-8-6-24 1T
    SSD: Crucial M4 256GB, 0309 firmware
    PSU: 2x Corsair HX1000s on separate circuits
    LCD: 3x ASUS VW266H 26" Nvidia Surround @ 6030 x 1200
    OS: Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium
    Games: AoE II: HD, BF4, MKKE, MW2 via FourDeltaOne (Domination all day!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennox View Post
    I have the exact same case in black. It's been collecting dust in my closet for probably 2 years. I'm contemplating taking the dremel to it but it's in such perfect condition and still has all the pieces I don't know if I should
    Do it man, this beauty have lots of potential.

    Just imagine I'm going to jam 4 x 120mm rad into it!

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanSmooth View Post
    The Mortal Kombat dragon.
    Txs. This one will be easy to airbrush.

    Phil

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    how about this?
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