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Aesthetic upgrades to my rig (updated with watercooling)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Updates: check page 2 for watercooling pics

 

Hello everyone,

 

I'm doing a few esthetic upgrades to my rig and wanted to share. This is the first rig I ever built about a year ago.

 

Raw specs:

MB: Asus Sabertooth Z77

CPU: 3770k @ 4.3 GHz

GPU: ASUS Direct CUII GTX 660 ti SLI

Cooler: H60

RAM: 16 GB Corsair Vengeance (1600 MHz 9-9-9-24 if I recall correctly)

PSU: Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 750 Watt

 

The first thing I wanted to do was sleeve my PSU properly instead of the crappy standard sleeving. I didn't do everything but I did do the main visible cables: 24 pin, CPU 8 pin and all 6 pin connectors.

 

I'll watercool later on and probably update the thread.

 

This is how my rig started out:

 

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And this is the package I received from MDPC

 

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The 24 pin connector had a few double cables so I fixed those by cutting them and soldering a few pieces together

 

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And applying lots of heatshrink

 

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And this is the finished result

 

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Thanks for watching, I have more pictures if people would like to see a few more

Hope you enjoyed

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Nice work, I would probably paint or do something to that SLI bridge, It looks absolutely terrible ! But the rest of the build is great, :)


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Thats nice! ;) more pics wanted! :D


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Sleeve your SLI bridge!


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Lookin' great!


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I love sleeved cables so much. And what case is that?

Looks like a Corsair 650D


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Posted · Original PosterOP

 

Nice work, I would probably paint or do something to that SLI bridge, It looks absolutely terrible ! But the rest of the build is great, :)

 

Sleeve your SLI bridge!

 

 

 

Thanks! And yeah The SLI-bridge is annoying the crap out of me, but I'm trading it for a black PCB from a friend of mine, who doesn't care. That will solve the problem :p

 

 

Aesthetics my friend, aesthetics. Awesome looking build though.

 

Awch painful, thanks for pointing that out. (In my defense English isn't my mothertongue) And thank you.

 

 

Lookin' great!

 

Thanks!

 

 

I love sleeved cables so much. And what case is that?

 

Looks like a Corsair 650D

 

And it is indeed a Corsair 650d.

 

I'll have a look at other pictures I made during the process and upload a few more later on.

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Thanks! And yeah The SLI-bridge is annoying the crap out of me, but I'm trading it for a black PCB from a friend of mine, who doesn't care. That will solve the problem :P

 

Sleeve that too! just for the hell of it


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Nice improvement. My only criticism is why didn't you also change the 6pin ends to black instead of keeping the blue?


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Damn nice build and the custom cables look nice

 

Thank you!

 

 

I have arranged for a black SLI bridge. It's one of the high priorities on my to do list.

 

Nice improvement. My only criticism is why didn't you also change the 6pin ends to black instead of keeping the blue?

 

I have noticed that aswell. Honestly when I started the sleeving job I did not think of it or notice that they were actually blue. But now that it looks a lot cleaner, the little mistakes pop out much more such as the SLI bridge and the blue connectors. So yeah I'll change them when I have to place another large order for components. But until then, it's not worth the shipping cost.

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 blue connectors. So yeah I'll change them when I have to place another large order for components. But until then, it's not worth the shipping cost.

 

For the blue connectors, have you considered dying them? I've used RIT dye on hard plastics before (lacrosse heads) and it works great. Costs about 3-5 bucks for a packet. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

For the blue connectors, have you considered dying them? I've used RIT dye on hard plastics before (lacrosse heads) and it works great. Costs about 3-5 bucks for a packet. 

 

I actually haven't considered that, I'll look into it. Sounds interesting and cheap atleast!

 

 

Nice build man! I've got the same case. Cable management is so easy to do in the 650D because of all the grommets 

 

It is a breeze to work in that case. Although It was a bit tight in the bottom for me, but that's because of all the hard drives.

 

And here are a few more pictures:

 

Glory shot of the fan in the back

 

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And glory shots of the graphics card. I do like the looks of that ASUS cooler and PCB

 

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24-pin right after finishing it. I did redo that left heatshrink. It was way too short for my OCD :P

 

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Cables mess in the back before cleaning it up

 

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Cable mess cleaned up to the best of my abilites, didn't use too many zip ties just yet because I still plan on messing around with it. I know there's room for improvement here :P

 

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The theme of my build was black and red and the white power and hdd led in the case bothered me a little so I decided to change this aswell (sorry low quality pics, had to use my phone for these)

 

The result

 

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And the work in progress

 

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Add a bit of heatshrink around the solder and that's how it looks.

 

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And this is the whole setup all together with the Corsair K70. Damn that keyboard is gorgeous

 

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Thanks for viewing!

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How do you like your shark fans? I have heard theyre pretty loud...


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My previous build was in a Corsair 650D. I was looking at the back and all the wiring. I remember that mess. I tried multiple times to clean up the back but I couldn't get mine to look any better than yours. It is a nice case though. I liked it. Plenty of ways to mod it if you felt like cutting it up. Here's what mine looked like


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I built a pedestal to house a radiator under the case for more cooling. Anyway, that's all gone now and the case is going to be sold. I just wanted to say I like your build and share a bit with you.


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How do you like your shark fans? I have heard theyre pretty loud...

 

It's not very good tbh. As a radiator fan it's even worse. But at idle it's pretty quiet. When I'm gaming it does get pretty loud, but I don't hear it 'cause I wear headphone. But I do regret it a little. I should've bought Noiseblockers or bitfeniks spectre pros or something. Atleast they look beast.

 

 

That looks really beautiful, I love the sleeving.

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

My previous build was in a Corsair 650D. I was looking at the back and all the wiring. I remember that mess. I tried multiple times to clean up the back but I couldn't get mine to look any better than yours. It is a nice case though. I liked it. Plenty of ways to mod it if you felt like cutting it up. Here's what mine looked like

 

I built a pedestal to house a radiator under the case for more cooling. Anyway, that's all gone now and the case is going to be sold. I just wanted to say I like your build and share a bit with you.

 

I really like that! Fair enough, the colour scheme is not my thing but the rest is gorgeous, actually the first time I've seen a build make clever use of those holes at the back for tubing. I always thought they were pretty pointless. But in that build it looks really clean and balanced. I'm gonna watercool the cpu properly soon. So I'll share more pictures when that is done. I won't do the GPU's though. They're just 660 ti's. And I don't personally think they're worth the 120 dollar cost for a gpu block and backplate + the extra fittings. When I get something more high end in the future, I'll watercool those too. Thanks for sharing, that, was a nice inspiration for me :)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Fantastic work friend, your cables look great! The 650D sure is a great case to work with.

 

Thanks man! It's my first case and while it isn't perfect, no case is and I do love it to bits. Waiting for my packet to arrive today. Can't wait to start working in it again :)

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