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L3p D3sk - Upgrade summer 2013!

Discussion in 'Build Logs' started by L3p, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    Click HERE for the post with final photos



    I've been using this desk for the last 3 years non stop as my workstation.
    I never had the time to clean or refresh the loop, replace any hardware or even reinstall windows.
    And ... had some hardware 'leftovers' from previous casemods. Also bought some parts so I can run another 3 years hopefully :)

    So .. why not spend my summer vacation on it, and .. why not create a little thread about it.


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    There were a few things I wanted to get done.

    - Replace the main hardware.
    - Replace most of the blocks.
    - Replace the 2.5 year old liquid.
    - Replace the 6x2TB raid5 storage.
    - Replace headset.
    - Replace the OS ssd
    - Remove the Sata300 raid card.
    - Remove a lot of the old UV leds.
    - Remove the separate sound card.
    - Clean the loop
    - Create a new, cool looking loop.
    - Try to get the system running again with a nice 24/7 OC
    - Undust the desk inside

    The old specs can be found here
    These will be the new specs:

    Intel Core i7 2600K (lapped)
    Asus Maximus Formula V
    Asus GTX690
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB Quad Channel 2133Mhz
    Samsung EVO 250GB (OS)
    Corsair Force GT 180GB (Games)
    2 x Seagate Barracuda 4TB (Storage)
    Sennheiser PC161
    Razer DeathStalker Ultimate
    Razer Goliathus
    Razer Taipan

    Blocks
    EK-Supremacy – Nickel CSQ
    EK-MOSFET ASUS M5G – Acetal + Nickel CSQ
    EK-FC690 GTX – Nickel CSQ
    EK-FC690 GTX Backplate – Black CSQ
    EK-RAM Dominator X4 – Nickel CSQ
    Fully Bitspower Crystal linked.


    Have fun :)
     
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  2. Cerberus

    Cerberus Webmaster Staff Member Administrator

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    cant wait :) so going to ship you over to build my cross desk for me :p
     
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  3. xrtoombs

    xrtoombs Well-Known Member Cross Backer

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    that would be awesome. we get the benefit of your experience and you get to travel
     
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  4. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    Ohhhh man ... that sounds like my coolest dream ever :D
     
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  5. Daniel503

    Daniel503 Well-Known Member Cross Backer

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    Let me know if the extremely old liquid did any damage to the loop especially the green dye. Mine was ruined after several months of use but I didn't mix in my own dyes nor did I even know about mayhem. I really hope none was done! That would boost my confidence in buying from them. I have been worried about it and was thinking about just doing colored tubes instead
     
  6. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    Well .. in my opinion almost every tubing gets affected after so many years, tubing even colors when using clear liquid cause of normal sunlight.
    I have some Tygon clear tubing in the back of D3sk and it was almost just as green as the liquid was. (Feser Acid Green)

    However ... if you would use acrylic pipes ... you wouldn't have any problems at all, no matter how long you use the same liquid in your loop.
     
  7. Daniel503

    Daniel503 Well-Known Member Cross Backer

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    In my old loop I had fesser red in there after two years I drained it because my CPU was heating up considerably. I found a thick build up of red dye in the CPU WB. It had clogged a large portion forcing the liquid through without hitting most of the block. Very resilient stuff might I add. I ended up going back to stock fans because of lack of funds. My CPU WB and I found out after tearing it apart my radiator was clogged horribly as well. Could not find a cleaning solution that was effective.


    But it is good to know you didn't have the same problem I may try the mayhem solutions this time
     
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  8. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    So here a first update.

    I didn't have much time lately cause I was eating from my nose the last several months.
    Here you can see it all started already 3 months ago while finishing an other build.
    Every now and then I spent some time on it when parts came available.

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    After I finished a build I cleaned up all fittings with distilled water so I could re-use them for this upgrade and the next project.

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    This was last month, the idea I had in mind starts to take shape.
    The used GTX680 will be for a future project.

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    Since I still had blocks for a GTX690 from a previous project my best option to upgrade was to find a second hand gtx690.
    So I did :)
    It's an ASUS one with EVGA backplate .. still wanted to use the EK one.

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    So why not try to sand and polish it :)

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    After 4 hours of sanding on the anodized aluminum I gave up ...-bp-

    So .. I asked my neighbour if he had a sanding tool.
    It took me like 15 minutes.. :))((

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    So after an hour of sanding with P1000-2000

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    And a 5 minute car polish

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    Mirror mirror
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    The result:

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    On to the next update :)
     
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  9. redstriker

    redstriker Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Moar pics!!!
     
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  10. Wally

    Wally Well-Known Member Dopamine Backer

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    PORN! No other word for it!
     
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  11. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    Thanks guys, more pics on the way :)
    Replies are highly appreciated so I don't have too much pics on one page -nb-
     
  12. Mikhail

    Mikhail Community Manager Administrator

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    Well man...what else can I say that this is superb. All those shiny parts...really awesome. I love the routing you did....hope I can achieve the same effect of aweseness when I get my own desk ! ^^
     
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  13. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    Next set of pics.
    Sorry for some being bad quality, were taken with my phone in the rush :)


    Unpowering it for the first time in 30 months.
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    And the glass panel off.
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    First thing to do, disconnect the underground 1080 radiator and refresh most of the coolant.
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    This is how I'm refreshing most of the liquid of the underground radiator.
    I just blow on the just filled up reservoir with brand new coolant.
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    And finally drain the rest.
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    Almost goes automatically.
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    Starting to become a mess already :)
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    Just need to blow out the last drops.
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    -fa-
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    Swapping some parts.
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    Cross desks cablemanagement is SOOOO much better to do lol. This is a nightmare.
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    Still need the ugly raidcards to be able to transfer all data. New board on the d3sk mainboard tray.
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    Exploring his new territory for the first time.
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  14. Davetheshrew

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    Great thread man, pulling up a seat :) 30 months man, still looks clean :)
     
  15. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    Well I have to admit I did undust it a few times on the front inside :)
     
  16. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    Small update :)

    It was quite a job to get all the cables in order under the mainboard tray.
    Glad we found a nice solution for this on the Cross desk :)

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    Also thought it was missing something in the loop on the top right.

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    So used another Q-block for the looks.

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    Means I have something later on for you guys :D

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    Loop filled!

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  17. Mikhail

    Mikhail Community Manager Administrator

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    Am I the ONLY one that has like a huge smile on his face seeing these updates? :D
     
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  18. Wally

    Wally Well-Known Member Dopamine Backer

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    I would be surprised if you are one in a thousand. :p I too also have to find my jaw!
     
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  19. xrtoombs

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    i also have a huge...smile yes a smile is what i have :T
     
  20. L3p

    L3p Peter Brands Dopamine Backer Cross Backer

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    You guys can't imagine how boring it is for me after sitting behind it for 3 years -prob-
     

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