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Personal Rig Project: Cosmos Sv2

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Table of contents:

1: Introduction(scroll down further on this post)
2: Experimenting with Plasti Dip
3: Plasti Dip overkill and failed plans
4: Shiny Spoiler
5: Much Work Bad Internet
6: An early b-day present to myself...lots of work.
7: Good news, bad news, more bad news, good news.
8: It's... Just... So... Beautiful...

8.5: Water cooling parts list

9: The pump top

10: Parts glorious glorious parts oh and I cut my case some more

11: More cutting and stuff
12: Even more cutting but not my case


Hi:
Hi I'm NotSoEpicMods you can also call me Josh. Long time ago back in 2008 I made one of my largest(literally) most expensive PC purchases and that was the $300 Cooler Master Cosmos S case. To this day I still see it as one of the most beautiful off the shelf cases out there hence the build/project. While I still see it as an amazing case it does lack in a lot of areas that modern cases strive in and almost make it easy to build a nice looking average pc in(no offence but it's true with all the cable management stuff built into higher end cases). Where this case really falls short in is: Low amount of cable management, restrictive meshes, unpainted interior, no side window, I'm sure there's more.
So here I am today 6 years later trying to make the Cosmos S relevant again, or at least make my system look better, hoping that CM will come out with a Cosmos S v2 or a Cosmos T or something.




This build is not sponsored by anyone so I have no due dates for anything however I have set personal goals but some upgrades may be a long way off due to budgeting.



Here's some of the earliest pictures I could find of what the system used to look like in chronological order.(warning some of these may make you cringe)

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The Current Setup:
Currently this is my main rig and what it houses isn't amazing and only contains these parts:
-CM Cosmos S
-Phenom II x6 1090T @ 4Ghz
-Corsair H100 push pull
-Asus Sabertooth 990FX
-16GB Patriot Memory
-XFX R7950 DD @ 1Ghz core, 1.35Ghz memory
-D-Link Wireless pci-e card
-AVerMedia TV pci card
-TP-Link Gigabit LAN pci-e card
-1x DVD RW, 1x Blu-Ray reader/DVD RW
-1x 300GB WD Caviar Black (main OS drive), 1x 1.5TB WD Caviar Green(game capture storage/scratch disk), 2x 2TB WD Red drives(main storage in raid 1 for redundancy)
-Corsair HX850
-Various fans

http://valid.x86.fr/hvspzq


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What has been done before the log:
-cut out the restrictive plastic supports from the top cover(can be seen in above pictures)
-removed internal optical drives and changed to external usb drive
-had plexiglass side panel insert made(story on this below)
- replaced some of the fans with cougar fans

So like I said I am terrible at doing in progress shots of doing stuff because I get so deeply focused on doing the build itself. So I am trying to catch this bad habit early and start doing it now rather than when it's all done(which isn't really a build log and would be more of a showcase).
It wasn't much I did to it but unfortunately I don't have before, during and after pics.
So the top cover plastic supports I was talking about are the ones that can be seen in this link below from overclock3d. It's hard to make out but you can see the light gray lines running underneath the modders mesh and in my picture above of the top cover you can see that those gray lines are missing.
mBKtbQ7.jpgSource: http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/articles/2008/02/23144541647l.jpg

Here's mine: MDrzyXIl.jpg
Full res: http://i.imgur.com/MDrzyXI.jpg

Those cougar fans:ny69O5sl.jpg
Full res: http://i.imgur.com/ny69O5s.jpg


My most recent endeavor has been to replace the mesh of my side panel with a glass insert. Well not being able to find a place that does custom flat sheet glass that was in my area I decided to settle with plexiglass (eww I know). So I took my side panel and headed down to my hardware store and bought a piece of plexi. Since I just needed a simple square piece cut I asked them if they would cut it and they said sure but the guy who knows how to operate their fancy saw wasn't in yet. So they said if you leave the side panel and your number with us we can cut a piece of plexi to fit and call me when it's done so I said sure since the cuts were free. As some of you who may have owned a Cosmos S in the past there are stand offs on the inside of the side panel to screw a plastic insert that held a 200mm fan and the modders mesh.
Well when they put the plexi panel in(which wasn't even cut square) they decided to use the screws also even though there are clips that hold the plexi. So what happened is that the screws pushed against the aluminum of the side panel and caused a raised bump to show on the exterior of the side panel *facepalm*.
I talked with the manager to replace my side panel since they damaged it and they refused to since they can't order via their in store system or something. So I asked to at least get a full sheet of plexi for free so I can do it properly myself, which I got.
It's been about a week and I still haven't replaced that badly cut piece of plexi since it is serving its purpose and won't be seen once the case is closed. I added extra washers onto the screws so they no longer press against the aluminum.
The problem is that I still had those horrid bumps visible on the beautiful brushed aluminum. I found some matt black screws and cut the heads off with a hacksaw and contoured them with a dremel.
It turned out not too bad.
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The screw heads are just held on with some very very thin "permanent" scotch double sided tape. Also the Cosmos S logo that was on the mesh was just too nice to not have on the side panel. Getting the logo off was a breeze since you can soak it in alcohol and just push on it through the mesh.

For the logo I used some reusable scotch double sided strips so that I could more easily relocate the badge somewhere if I needed.

All in all it turned out alright considering the mess ups. The screw heads match the raised badge and don't look as out of place.
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Well that's all I got done for now I get off work early Wednesday so we'll see what I can do then.

Edit fo my bad spelling.


Check out my profile for more links! Personal rig build log: Project: Cosmos Sv2 Spare pc build log: Project: HD4890 Revival, Specs:

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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.
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Posted · Original PosterOP

So got a bit of an update. After work I stopped by my local Canada Computers and picked up a new 24-pin extension. As some of you may know the Cosmos S has a touch sensitive power button which mine surprisingly(knock on wood) still works perfectly. However as you can see in my previous pics that the 24-pin extension looks horrid. Well here's what I picked up:

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So I'll be splicing in the case power connector into this extension tomorrow.
 
Also since I work with cars for my job I have easy access to Plasti Dip which is amazing. So I pulled my D-Link PCI wireless card to test out painting the back of it because I don't really care if I kill it since I rarely use it. Plasti Dip says to let it dry for 4 hours before use so I'm gonna let it dry overnight.
 
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So I'll be painting this card tonight and if the Plasti Dip doesn't kill it somehow which it shouldn't I'll be doing the same to my other green backed cards.


Check out my profile for more links! Personal rig build log: Project: Cosmos Sv2 Spare pc build log: Project: HD4890 Revival, Specs:

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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.
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Posted · Original PosterOP

Wow, should try and get a mother board that reaches the cable holes. Looking good for her age tho that's for sure

Thanks, I did try to take care of it but now that I look at the pictures I should probably dust it more often. Anyways, yes I would love to get an E-ATX board to reach those holes only problem is I'm not ready to upgrade yet to a rampage IV black edition and 2011 socket since I don't think there's any E-ATX 1150 boards? However I do have big plans to address this issue with those cable holes so stay tuned! Thanks again for checking out my build.


Check out my profile for more links! Personal rig build log: Project: Cosmos Sv2 Spare pc build log: Project: HD4890 Revival, Specs:

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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.
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I like the case it is basic looking. There isn't a lot of restricting material in the the case. Hope this turns out good!


CPU-- AMD FX-8320 (Stock), Motherboard-- ASUS M5A99FX PRO R 2.0, RAM-- Team 8gb 1600Mhz, GPU-- Sapphire 7870 GHz with OC Edition, Case-- NZXT Tempest 210, PSU-- Corsair CX600m, HDD, 1tb Seagate & 2tb WD External, Monitor-- Dell S2240M IPS Display, Keyboard/Mouse-- Some Logitech keyboard and some Dell mouse, Speakers-- Logitech Z533

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I used to have a Cosmos 1000, I mean I still have the case, I just don't use it anymore, anyway I painted mine in black, the inside of it at least. This made it look really good, like a modern case. I used basic car spray, but if you want to do a better job I recommend break caliper paint, because it's far more durable to scratches and heat or plastidip. Painting the legs and handles is also a good idea. 


CPU: Intel Core i7 5960X @4.5GHz cooled by Corsair H110 | MBO: ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer | RAM: GEIL Evo Potenza 16GB DDR4 3333MHz | GPU: Zotac GTX1080 Founders Edition | SSD: 512GB Transcend 370S | HDD: 1.5TB WD Green Drive | PSU: Corsair SF 600W | Case: Jansbo UMX3 S

Check out the build log here -> http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/257949-analogs-project-rrh-red-riding-hood/           Another build log featuring Power Mac G5 case that I never got around to uploading the latest pictures of -> http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/454140-analogs-project-silverine-ft-apple-powermac-g5-case-modding/      Latest Build Log -> UPCOMING

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I used to have a Cosmos 1000, I mean I still have the case, I just don't use it anymore, anyway I painted mine in black, the inside of it at least. This made it look really good, like a modern case. I used basic car spray, but if you want to do a better job I recommend break caliper paint, because it's far more durable to scratches and heat or plastidip. Painting the legs and handles is also a good idea. 

 

I was very tempted to buy Cosmos 1000 but the bad hard drive cooling pushed me away from it. I do plan on painting it but that is going to be pretty much the final step in the build since I need to get certain parts I need to color match to for recoloring the handles. Anyways update to the build incoming soonish just need to organize and find the best photos. Also spoiler(not really) my wireless card didn't die.  :D


Check out my profile for more links! Personal rig build log: Project: Cosmos Sv2 Spare pc build log: Project: HD4890 Revival, Specs:

Spoiler

Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.
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Posted · Original PosterOP

Alright so I managed to get a bit of work done today on this and I'm pretty happy with what I was able to get done.
 
So I picked these up at work and I'm gonna try and use them for mounting my hard drives differently in the system. If you don't know what they are they're plastic concrete anchors which these are #14x1-1/2" which work great as spacers/anchors for stuff in computers. Here I cut them down to the approx size I wanted to avoid the drive's board shorting out on something. Also I got these really nice looking black 6-32 screws for mounting the hard drives, they use a hex head instead of the usual philips you see.
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I slapped together that wireless card and tested it to make sure I didn't mess it up and it works and looks way better than before. Oh also as note to anyone using plasti dip and masking areas off always have a super sharp knife with you. I tried to peel the tape off but it was pulling the plasti dip off the card too so I had to cut the plasti dip as I pulled the tape off.
 
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Turned out pretty darn good looking for an experiment:
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Since I was on a roll for painting with plsati dip let's find some more victims! Front panel connectors, a few more pci cards and a power supply should do.
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So I planned on flipping my PSU back to bottom intake style and well found it a bit scratched up.  <_< So I decided to add that to the plasti dip victim list.
 
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I managed to source some vented PCI slot covers and well I'm not sure about them in the end the case is going to be neutral/slightly negative air pressure so I may have to find another solution for slot covers maybe plain Jane black non vented ones?  idk thoughts?
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Also remember that 24 pin extension that looked horrid? Here's a close up of it:
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So if you ever wondered what Bitfenix alchemy cables look like underneath all that sleeving well it's just plain black wire.
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Splicing the case button power connector to the new extension was easy and taped down with lots of electrical tape to avoid the soldered splice from being damaged in any way and to hold the sleeving that I cut in place(that stuff frays like crazy after being cut and even after melting with a lighter) . Besides no one is ever gonna see this part of the extension in the finished build.
 
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So for the final bit of this update is a roadblock I've hit in my plans. Originally I was going to mount the Hard drives vertically on the inside of the 5.25" bays. Here's a pic with a test fit drive to show how I was going to orient them but on the inside instead of where I'm holing it. 
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So a few problems with this: the cable management will still be horrible if you look through the side of the case from the rear. Also it seems less space efficient because I have to use spacers to avoid the tabs that usually hold the 5.25" devices up. Also the holes that are already in the case for the 5.25" bays don't line up at all with the HDD holes and I wasn't in the mood for drilling holes at the time. So those screws and plastic risers in my first pic will have their uses found somewhere else. I have an idea already for a new way of mounting the drives but that's going to have to wait until at least the weekend because it requires a little more work than just slapping spacers on some screws. Also see if you can tell what other change is going to be included in the next update from that picture just above I know some of you have eagle eyes out there.  ;)
 
Edit: Maybe I should start doing this more often.
 
Next steps for the build: 
-find a new way to mount HDDs
-work on cable management options
-start prepping for water cooling!(this means taking measurements and shopping)
-get those parts plasti dipped
-work on a logo
-try not to spoil too much
 
Until next update, NSEM out.


Check out my profile for more links! Personal rig build log: Project: Cosmos Sv2 Spare pc build log: Project: HD4890 Revival, Specs:

Spoiler

Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.
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Posted · Original PosterOP

Ok since the internet is being all crappy tonight it gives me a good excuse to work on my desktop so I will just leave this spoiler right here:
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Check out my profile for more links! Personal rig build log: Project: Cosmos Sv2 Spare pc build log: Project: HD4890 Revival, Specs:

Spoiler

Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.
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Posted · Original PosterOP

Alright finally managed to get my pc up and running again no thanks to my terrible internet dc'ing all day when I just wanted my drivers  :angry: . Anyways I did get quite a bit of progress(at least I think it's a lot of progress) and upgraded some hardware so here we go. 
 
Edit: warning lots of large pics
 
First off I apologize but I forgot to take pictures of the completed plasti dipped cables and pci cards but here's what the cards look like in the system. As you can see..or not see they blend in really well with PSU.
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I did however remember to take pictures of the sata cables I did since I didn't like the white on them.
 
Before: 
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And here's the after(sweet):
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So first off I thought that the pci-e extensions looked pretty horrid going all the way down and across to behind the mobo tray. I figured it looked much better going straight across to the 5.25" area so I grouped them up and tied it off then cut a hole in the back of the 5.25" bays for the cables to pass into the cable management area of the case.
 
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Alright next to address the issue of my hard drives. Since my previous plan failed I spent a good 30 mins while eating my pulled pork sammich thinking of how to mount these bulky hard drives. Well here's something I thought of and learned why not mount them like all other case manufactures do with cables at the back of the mobo tray. While trying to fit the drive in sideways I learned a hard drive is approximately the same length as a 5.25" bay is wide, bonus! So I marked things out and had 1 drive per 5.25" bay allowing for better cooling for the drives and I doubt I will ever need more than 4 hard drives. So first off is cut some slots for the sata data and power cables:
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Next I needed something to hold the hard drives firmly in place so a short trip to my local Canadian Tire for some aluminum angle stock.
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So foolish me tried to precisely drill holes with a dremel *facepalm* that failed and I wasted about 6" of the stock. So I visited my mom's(<3 you mom) where my drill press was and did a better job of making a  bracket oh and I found something to address my front panel audio situation(more on that in another update).
 
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I only had a piece of plexi for the visible bracket since I have plans for a custom bracket once I plan out my WC upgrade. Also the non connector side of the hard drives is resting on the 5.25" drive bay tabs. So yes they are secure enough since this system isn't being shipped anywhere.
 
Now that the drives have been cleaned up it's time to hide those case badges that yes look horrible but at the time I didn't have a windowed side panel so they were mostly hidden. I do have some sentimental value to them for some reason so time to hide them. Grabbed some plexi and cut to fit then remember those blue plastic risers from my older post? Well found a use for them and those screws.
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If you're wondering what I used to glue those risers to the plexi it was trusty old J-B Kwik Weld.
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This was before I went out and bought the SSDs but here's how I planned to mount them(logo is far off in the future of the build)
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Used up the last of my plasti dip painting that stealth cover the result you may also notice I only have 4 mounting holes. Reason being if I ever plan to go back to a single SSD I won't have unsightly holes in the stealth cover(points for thinking ahead right?).
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In the mean time waiting for that stealth cover to dry I unboxed those SSDs, those sexy sexy SSDs. I would've gone with Samsung's but I've heard horror stories of their RMA process for Canadians and I've dealt with Kingston once before and it was a fairly easy RMA process if something did happen.
 
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So no one makes the specific extensions I needed so I make my own from some molex adapters and some wire.
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Everything done and mounted.

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Well that's all I got for now the next week or 2 is gonna be a little busy for me so I might not have any updates for a bit. Thanks for checking out my build.


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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
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amazing, especially compared to the starting point


My Rig:

Case: Cooler Master CM II 690 Advanced USB3; Motherboard: Asus P8z77-v; Processor: i5 3550 3.3 GHz - 3.7GHz, oc @ 3.9-4.1 GHz; Graphic cards: two XFX 7850 black edition oc @ 1 GHz; 

Ram: Corsair Vengance Red 2x4 GB 1600 MHz CL8; Heatsink: Noctua NH-U9B; Power supply: Corsair HX750 W 80 Plus Gold; Storage: SSD Vertex 3 120 GB +2 HDD Wester Digital 1 TB

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amazing, especially compared to the starting point

Thanks! I have big plans for this case/build only thing limiting my progress is time and cost of parts, mainly cost of parts. Luckily the SSDs were on sale this weekend $89.99 CAD at Canada Computers same for the equivalent Samsung SSDs(120GB) if anyone is interested.


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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
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I notice that you have a little fan mounted next to the cpu-block, blowing over the mosfets. I'm a bit curious as to how well that works?

 

Having the same board, this is the hottest part at all times, much hotter then cpu and gpu  :unsure:


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I notice that you have a little fan mounted next to the cpu-block, blowing over the mosfets. I'm a bit curious as to how well that works?

 

Having the same board, this is the hottest part at all times, much hotter then cpu and gpu  :unsure:

It actually helped quite a bit surprisingly, since I lost a lot of airflow around the cpu socket after going to the H100 and the fans of the rad being so far away. The board was still fine without the fan but the fan dropped the delta temp of the VRMs by 8C back into the 50C area(max loads) for me on average with the setup I have. I like my parts running cool so I added the fan with some 3M dual lock to the side of the H100 block. I've also seen some rear exhaust shrouds people have made to pull air over VRM heat sinks. What you could also do is glue a bracket to the side of your rear exhaust fan that is closest to the motherboard and mount a small fan on that over the VRM heatsinks and pull air over them. This is most likely what I may have to do when I upgrade my water cooling(unless I can find VRM blocks that work). Thanks for checking out my build.


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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
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Hey long long long time no see LTT. I apologize for my absence but you know how real life goes. Anyways my b-day is coming up on Tuesday and I decided to give myself a present this weekend which was spending 16 hours tearing apart my computer and rebuilding it again. Best b-day present ever.......I think. I literally just finished putting it together 20 mins ago and I'm currently writing this while on it and I hope it doesn't mysteriously crash. Though the curing paint smell makes me wary. 
 
So the challenges to overcome this time around:
 
1: I plan on watercooling and I plan on mounting items on the bottom of the case I run into this issue:
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As you can see the PSU filter is accessed from the inside of the case. While this is pretty convenient I wouldn't be able to access it once the bottom of the case has something which makes me wonder why there was a fan mount there. 
 
2: This is a kill 2 birds with one stone dealio. I almost never use my front panel I/O other than the power button and my headphone jack for splitting the game audio away from my music audio when I record game footage. So many of the cables from the I/O are unused and take up a ton of my cable management space. So I found this from an old comp I had: 
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It's a separate front I/O of just the audio ports I truly lucked out that I had this and you can see what else I was planning by the aluminum angle stock I had cut that's in the pic.
 
3: The terrible green on the motherboard heatsinks. You can see pictures of this in my previous post and yes they def don't match the system and while I do plan on upgrading my cpu/mobo it's not going to be until I get a custom water loop going.
 
4: Another 2 for 1! Tidy up the cables going to the motherboard even more and fix the terrible reinforcement bends in the mobo tray. As you may have seen in my previous pics my cables have to travel faaaaaaar from the cable management holes to reach my standard ATX motherboard.
 
5: Start planning for custom watercooling loop to replace 3yr old H100.
 
The Solutions:
 
1: So somehow I still have to make my PSU filter accessible when I install watercooling items. Why not copy what current cases do and make is accessible from under the case!

First stop Canadian Tire, ahh the store you love to hate or at least I love to hate. I picked up 4ft of U channel aluminum stock for about $6 so not too bad and I'm gonna have a ton extra for other stuff. I also bought a $4 can of flat black spray paint for things.
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The PSU filter had some thin risers on it which I trimmed down with a box cutter knife so it would nicely fit in the U channel.
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Sweet it fits nicely now to cut the aluminum to length.
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With some double sided tape magic I got those rails stuck to the bottom of the case.
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You'll notice that it's not coming out the back of the case and you're probably thinking "You idiot! You're just as bad as the guy who put it inside the case!" Well unfortunately the feet attachments are in the way of me being able to slide out the filter from the back which is probably why they put the filter inside the case in the first place. But I'll take tipping over the case every once in a while to slide out that filter rather than no filter.


2: Oh those front panel cables I took it off which was easy only 2 screws. Turns out there's 4 other screws underneath to access everything.
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After popping that open I was pleasantly surprised turns out all those thick cables I wanted to get rid of are just extension cables and the PCB of the I/O is separate from the power button PCB. I promptly took those items out and was left with only 3 thin wires coming from the front panel, awesome more cable management room!
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I will have to find something to fill this area with though > :D
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Now for moving my headphone jack I used JB Kwik weld to stick those brackets I made to the small unit and cut a spot in the rear of the case. You can see I had a bit of an issue with drilling the holes to mount it. I blame my lack of a drill and drill bits.
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That should work.

3: So before I got too far into the case I thought I should deal with the mobo heatsinks first since they will need time to dry.
The ugly:
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The less ugly(unfortunately you can still see some green on the MOSFET heatsink since I didn't want to apply too many coats and missed it):
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But wait that rear I/O still looks kinda ugly.
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Glad I had the scotch tape there from the other pics. I guess that'll do.

4: Yup obviously had to cut some holes so i marked up my case and started cutting.

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Woah what the heck happened in that last pic? Well I went out and spent a whole $1 on a giant 22"x28" bristol board sheet what was dark dark grey. Staples calls it black but it isn't as you can see by the bottom piece which isn't painted that I cut for a template to make a plexi insert. Anyways I measured my case internals and cut out a mobo tray cover spray painted it and put it in. I like it what do you guys think? 

So nothing to do now other than throw everything together!
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Yea my cable management but hey this time I didn't have to almost stand on my sidepanel to get the thing to close.
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Yea yea I need to clean that plexi on my side panel.
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Darn is it getting sexier and sexier or what lol. Please please tell me what you guys think even if it's bad or suggestions.


5: Alright I'm planning for water cooling(CPU only, GPU block not available) and have come up with a parts list. I'm hoping to be able to afford these items by the end of the year. I'm am new to custom water cooling so I would love suggestions on what you think of my parts selection but please remember I'm planning ahead so I'm wanting this WC loop ready to be able to have 1 maybe 2 GPUs pluged in when I upgrade my cpu, mobo, and gpu someday. Also are there any good places in Canada that sells these parts or something equivalent?

I've already test fit the part sizes in my case and they will fit with some kajigering. Mainly moving my bottom 2 hard drives up so my pump can fit underneath(I'm not going to have a fitting on top of the pump like my model shows). I also have about 1" of space between the top rad and the top of the res if frozencpu's installation height measurement of 400mm is correct.
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Phew that was a long one thanks for checking out my build log.


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  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
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Ok so I was getting some reports of the large amount of high res pictures crashing people's mobile browsers so I spent some time going through all my posts and changing the images in the spoiler tags to lower res thumbnails with their full res link underneath. Sorry about that and hopefully this fix makes my thread easier to view.


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  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
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I don't know how...but you did it. And it works 


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Holy cow that finished Product looks amazing! I could never do that to a case like the original! I am very impressive :)


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To cool the VRM. Corsair's memory cooling fans work a treat.

They come in black, but could quite easy be painted or plastidip.

60mm fans are also very quiet.

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I don't know how...but you did it. And it works

I'm not sure if you're talking about my system of the fact my thread is now viewable but thanks either way. If you're wondering how I shrunk the images it's easy since I used imgur.com. I simply added an L at the end of each url just before the .Jim that turns it into a large thumbnail

  

Holy cow that finished Product looks amazing! I could never do that to a case like the original! I am very impressive :)

Thank you its not done yet but this is how it will look for the next few months since I need the thing built so I can use it.

  

To cool the VRM. Corsair's memory cooling fans work a treat.

They come in black, but could quite easy be painted or plastidip.

60mm fans are also very quiet.

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Thanks I'll keep that in mind but the tiny can I currently have is enough I may get something like that for when I upgrade my motherboard and CPU. Is that your personal build I would love a link if it is.

As for my pc I'm happy to report that my temps have only gone up 2C overall which isn't bad since I eliminated 2 2000rpm fans which has cut the noise down but a lot. Guess that means my painted heatsinks didn't affect the temps a whole lot. I also got some ideas for other things like that empty front IO I will update when I have a more decisive plan.


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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
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It is my build that I done 8 months ago or so..  Though I didn't really do any sort of build log with it. Thinking back maybe I should have.

Its a FX8350 overclocked to 4.6ghz cooled with a Thermaltake Water 2.0 240mm. Replaced the fans with Cougar Vortex 120mm. So much quietier

than the stock thermaltake ones. A MSI GTX760 Hawk edition graphic card. ASUS Sabertooth 990fx R2.0 motherboad.

G.Skill Ripgaws 8g kit ram. Plextor M5S 256gb SSD. Antec 620w gamer power supply.

All housed in a Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case.

As you can see the V-Core temps are lower than the CPU temps. Where before the fans they were much highier.

Its the best improvement that I have done personally.
You will also see that at idle the CPU sits on 1.5ghz. As i've still got Cool'n'Quiet still enabled.
To me its no use having the CPU runing at 4.6ghz all the time & also keeps idle temps down as the voltage goes under 1.0 volt.
The system is perfectly stable with what its running at now..

 

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Fractal Define S - i5 4690k @ 4.8ghz - ASUS Sabertooth Mark S - Gigabyte G1 GTX970 @ 1605mhz - Geil Potenza 16gb 1866mhz

 

Seasonic G Series 650w - EK EVO CPU Block - EK FC970 Plexi/Nickel - EK 360mm Coolstream - Alphacool 240mm - EK RES CSQ 150mm

 

 

EK DCP 4.0 PWM - 6 x Noctua 120mm Industrial PPM - Alphacool Fittings - Intel  256gb 730 Series - DEMCi Define S Top Filter

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

It is my build that I done 8 months ago or so..  Though I didn't really do any sort of build log with it. Thinking back maybe I should have.

Its a FX8350 overclocked to 4.6ghz cooled with a Thermaltake Water 2.0 240mm. Replaced the fans with Cougar Vortex 120mm. So much quietier

than the stock thermaltake ones. A MSI GTX760 Hawk edition graphic card. ASUS Sabertooth 990fx R2.0 motherboad.

G.Skill Ripgaws 8g kit ram. Plextor M5S 256gb SSD. Antec 620w gamer power supply.

All housed in a Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition case.

As you can see the V-Core temps are lower than the CPU temps. Where before the fans they were much highier.

Its the best improvement that I have done personally.

You will also see that at idle the CPU sits on 1.5ghz. As i've still got Cool'n'Quiet still enabled.

To me its no use having the CPU runing at 4.6ghz all the time & also keeps idle temps down as the voltage goes under 1.0 volt.

The system is perfectly stable with what its running at now..

 

 

 

 

 

Nice temps you got there. My VRM temps are about the same as yours but my cpu temps seem to suffer and I think it's my AIO showing its age. When I pulled it off to clean the dust off it I can hear the water inside swishing around a lot(like it was only half full). So it seems a fair mount of the liquid has evaporated over the 3 or so years I've had it.

 

Edit: oh and for those few people who have asked "Why do you keep putting it back together whenever you post progress?" Well it's because this is my daily driver and other than it all I have is an acer laptop. So I can't have my main system down for too long.


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  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
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Very tiny update but I managed to order a couple front bay covers for my case http://www.cmstore-usa.com/cosmos-s-rc-1100-5-25-drive-bay-cover/ and my order is currently awaiting shipment so I can finally get rid of that ugly ir receiver in the front of my case whenever those arrive so probably in a couple weeks.


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  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
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So it's been a week since my item has shipped and well I think the tracking number that the CMstore gave me is messed up as according to the USPS site it was delivered to its destination on Sept 12th (I ordered it on the 11th at 10pm) and I got the tracking number on the 16th. So yea I gotta get this sorted out in the mean time I made a list of parts for my water cooling loop that I will be starting to order in October. I made a thread in the WC section as I'm looking for advice since it will be my 1st custom loop. http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/220660-trying-to-finalize-my-1st-custom-loop/


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  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
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Ok so I got some good and bad news then some more bad news then a little more bad news and then some good news. 

 

Good news is I received my parts from CMstore today(not sure why USPS and Canada Post decided to keep it at one of the furthest postal offices from me, I live closer to work than the post office it was at) got my trusty knife out and everything to get it opened.

 

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Well I was kind of expecting my products to be somewhere in the middle of the box well apparently that's not the case and this is how I opened it.

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Well ok I thought they should be pretty sturdy products it's not like they're some delicate HDD or anything. Then here's teh bad news I realized that one of the case drive bay covers I ordered isn't a solid cover but an adapter instead *facepalm* that's what I was trying to get rid of. Not to mention CMstore's site shows the picture of a solid cover not an adapter.

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It doesn't end there if you notice and pay attention really close you''s see that the tabs on solid cover doesn't look right. Well you'd be right they're actually all broken. For those of you who don't know the Cosmos S case these tabs on the cover help hold it straight against the case. 

 

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So yea that sucks I'll have to wait until Monday to contact CMstore and see what they can do. I would basically need them to send me another cover that isn't broken since I can make one proper cover out of the two I got. That one cover looks like it was kicked through a case breaking the tabs off so i don't know how it got past quality control.

 

Alright the next amount of bad news remember that rear front I/O port I made? Well I don't think anyone noticed but it was actually AC'97 but I knew that and my motherboard supports both AC'97 and HD Audio. Well it worked, the only problem is with AC'97 the ground goes to the case and well I guess I'm picking up some interference through mine which sucks. So when I ordered those covers I got a front I/O for another case that is HD audio. So that's what you see in the 2nd and 3rd pics in this post. 

 

Good news is that this product so far seems to work perfectly no more interference. I will have to desolder the USb ports off the pcb so I can mount my brackets to the same spots. Well I will update when I hear more from CMstore or if I take pictures of my current whole setup if you guys would like that let me know.


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Main PC Cosmos Sv2:

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T
  • Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX rev1.0
  • RAM: 16GB Patriot Sector 5 @ 1337MHz
  • GPU: XFX HD 7950 1Ghz Core, 1.35Ghz Mem
  • Case: Modded Cosmos S (Cosmos Sv2)
  • Storage: 2x HyperX 3K 120GB SSD raid 0, 2x WD Red 2TB raid 1, WD Green 1.5TB, WB Black 300GB
  • PSU: Corsair HX850
  • Display(s): 2x Asus 23"
  • Cooling: Custom Loop: 360 thick rad, 360 thin rad, EK res/pump top/block(cpu only)
  • Keyboard: Logitech G110
  • Mouse: Corsair M95
  • Sound: Oboard with Logitech something or other 5.1 speakers and Corsair Headset
  • OS: Win 7 Ultimate
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.

Spare PC HD4890 Revival:

  • CPU:TBD
  • Motherboard:TBD
  • RAM:TBD
  • GPU: XFX HD4890
  • Case:TBD
  • Storage:TBD
  • PSU:TBD
  • Display(s):TBD
  • Cooling:TBD
  • Keyboard:TBD
  • Mouse:TBD
  • Sound:TBD
  • OS:TBD
  • PC Part Picker URL: My stuff is so old part picker doesn't list most of it.
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