Jokes aside, I thought it would be fun to put this up there where everyone can see it, because this should actually be really fun, and if everything turns out it should look pretty sweet.
For anyone curious about the name, "Bahamut's Lagoon" refers to the general theme behind my build. The water cooling loop is going to be red with blue accents, then the cabling will be two tone grey. I decided on this because Bahamut is traditionally portrayed as grey with red accents throughout the Final Fantasy series. I'm also replacing my original HAF X side panel with the side panel from the HAF 932 AMD Edition. The larger window should allow for a very nice view of my cases interior while the dragon design on the acrylic will tie in with the rest of my build.
Since I'm going to be doing a lot of the building in between shifts at work I figure the easiest way to do this is going to be a daily log, I'll start with the date then tell you guys what kind of progress I made that day, maybe even throw pictures in if I have time. I do expect this build will take a while though (possibly as much as a month) because I live in Canada. That basically means apart from having to do this around work, I have to wait a ridiculously long time for the parts to arrive here. To keep it easy to read I'll just continously edit my log into the main post so you don't have to sort though the comments to find it.
That all being said, I hope you enjoy reading about me losing my do-it-yourself-ginity, as much as I enjoy losing it, roflmao.
January 1st, 2012
Today I arrived home after a week long visit with my family on my father's side. The plane ride was fairly long, and I'm pretty much asleep already. But when I get home I find one massive box, accompanied by three smaller boxes, and obviously I just have to open them before I hit the hay. Inside the biggest box was my case, the CoolerMaster HAF X. When I ordered this thing I obviously underestimated it's massive porportions because it's up to my thigh, I mean holy ****, lol. In the smaller boxes there is my; Sabertooth X79 motherboard, Silverstone ST1200-G power supply, Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB SATA III hard drive, two OCZ Vertex 3 60GB SSD's, one OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS Edition 120GB SSD, eight sticks of RipjawsZ 4GB 1866 DDR3 9-10-9-28, some software, my wireless adapter, and my anti-static equipment. Now some of you might have noticed already, but something is missing. Something that is vital to the operation of my machine. (Wow, this really isn't a good start is it? Lol) My Intel 3930K CPU isn't anywhere to be found. So I look up the UPS tracking number and oh joy, it's still in Edmonton, AB (that's about 600km away for those of you who don't know) despite me having ordered it a week and a half ago. So I guess this is as far as I'm getting tonight.
- Sabertooth X79
- OCZ 60GB SSD's on top, OCZ 120 GB SSD on bottom
January 2nd, 2012
My CPU still isn't here, and according to UPS tracking it still hasn't left Edmonton, not sure what the hold up is but I decided I won't let this time go to waste. I did some measuring around my case and ordered in a new side panel to replace the original HAF X side panel. Also, I've finally figured out how I'm going to set up my water cooling loop, so that's a relief.
- The two white boxes are my Alphacool UT45 radiators, a 360mm one across the top and a 120mm one down the back.The four yellow boxes are all Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1,850 RPM fans. Three of them will be mounted under the bezel on top of the case, pulling air through the 360mm UT45 radiator and exhausting it through the top. The last one will be mounted to the back, pulling air through the 120mm UT45 and exhausting it out the back. The gray box is a Phobya G-Changer 140mm which I'm going to mount to the back of the hard drive cages, the teal box next to it is a Noise Blocker Black Silent Pro 1,700 RPM. Here I was only allowed to place a single 140mm radiator because if I had gone with a 240mm radiator it would have gotten in the way of my graphics cards. Finally, that blue box is an XSPC dual bay reservoir housing a topless Alphacool VPP655 capable of 1,500 L/h (the Swiftech MCP655-B does 1,200 L/h for comparison).
Apart from the radiator/fan set up, I'm still planning on going with the Koolance CPU-370 BPU block, and the Koolance Sabertooth X79 Full Board block. I'm going to be using 1/2" ID tubing with a 3/4" OD, and I'll be using compresion fittings for the connections. Where the tubing connects to radiators, or the reservoir I'll be using black painted fittings, where it attaches to the water blocks I'll be using nickel finished fittings (black fittings go with black radiators, nickel fittings go with nickel water blocks, I figure it should look pretty nice and clean). Then when Koolance comes out with a water block for the HD 7970 I'll be adding that into the mix.
January 3rd, 2012
Fun day of work, I got my trailer stuck in the ditch. Herp! Other than that nothing to report.
January 4th, 2012
Omg, omg, omg. It's here! It's here! Lol
I just came in my pants, haha, jk.
Edited by NikoDG, 03 January 2012 - 11:16 PM.