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This is mostly for Battlefield and iRacing. Got the Corsair H80 long ago. It does a great job for the CPU, and is pretty compact and quiet.

Wanted to keep the GTX 780 cool when running 5760 x 1090 so I started my first liquid cooling project.

The Phobya Extreme 200 RAD is a snug fit under that drive bay. Had to remove the drive bay and make a hole for the blank at the top of the Radiator. I only received one fan mounting plate with the radiator, so I had to make a plexiglass adapter plate for the second fan. I got slightly longer screws for the front fan so I could keep the rubber grommets that came with the case. The screws go straight through the fan and into the mounting plate that came with the Phobya radiator.

I flipped the stock Corsair case fan at the top to suck fresh air in instead of out. I have 2 x 120mm fans blowing out the back and 2 x 200mm fans blowing out the front, but only one 200mm sucking in at the top. Hooked the corsair 200mm to the motherboard and made it run at max speed - hoping it will keep up with the slow running exhaust fans.

The hot air blowing out the front of the box is no fun in summer. Can not wait for winter though.

The Swiftech pump ran very loud till I figured out I have only one PWM controller on the 990FXA-GD80 Motherboard. The Corsair H80 does not need PWM control, so I hooked the pump up to that. Set the BIOS to run that "fan" at 12,5% That runs the pump at just over 2000rpm and I can barely hear it. Cooling is still more than enough.

This is total overkill, but I had such a good time building this. Most of these parts were imported from the US to South Africa. Pretty expensive and no guarantee. I am too scared to mess with the clock speeds :(

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  • 75 months ago
  • 10 points

OK. A RAM cooler. I'm done.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

completely necessary :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

In an overkill build I suppose...

  • 75 months ago
  • 10 points

nonsense. Ive got fans mounted to my house phone and my tv remote control. Get with the picture man.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I really do not know about the memory cooler. It just fills the hole where a large CPU air cooler would be. Once you get this crazy, what is another $20 I personally think a chipset cooler would be a better idea. That might be because I can measure MB temp, but not RAM temp.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I never need to worry about RAM. as long as it's not overclocked, it will stay pretty much the same temp as your MOBO.

When redundant is required, get RAM cooler :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 7 points

Well this should do just fine for battlefield 12. ;)

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, +1 for the plexiglass mount!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig. Excellent job.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of cooler is on your RAM?

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a Zalman zm-RC1000 memory cooler

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

This would be unbelievably sweet if the mobo was of a black/red theme :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw some great ideas on RyneSmith's rig. If I can ever afford another build, I'll have to work at color coding.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

RyneSmith for president.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Good lord, that will do nicely. Great Job!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

3,000 dollards of glory and a microsoft keyboard?

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

think about it, its the ultimate insult :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That hurts, but you are right. I see a Vengeance K70 in my crystal ball.

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

atta boy! then again, I'm waiting for my keyboard too... Typing on a Logitech wireless :D

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

The K70 is a really nice keyboard

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

MSI AM3+ boards ewwwww lol, I haven't heard anything about the GD80, how is it? +1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

It is hard to say. It was the only AM3+ board I could find over here that could do XFire and SLI. I have two issues with it:

1) The MSI Live update tool can not download and install the Chipset Driver. When it downloads completely it gives a Side by Side error during the install. I recently updated to Windoze 8.1 Have not managed to finish the download after that, so I do not know if I still have the Side by Side Error.

2) The MSI Control center has really nice Fan Control, but it simply refuses to use the saved settings after a re-boot. The stuff from the BIOS overwrites the active settings every time. So instead of being able to set your fan speed in 1% increments, you are limited to what the BIOS has. 25%, 50% and 100% Funny though - 25% in the BIOS becomes 12,5% in the Control center.

The board has lots of features, but I could do with more USB 3 ports. I used to run an SLI setup - no issues there. BIOS Updates - No issues there.

I tried the OC Genie once, but get a blue screen as soon as Windows starts. Did not really bother with that again and I am too scared to try manual settings. It is a pity as I'm sure I have enough cooling headroom for some tweaking. Maybe one day...

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You know any 990fx board has sli and xfire compatibility right?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, but it was the only one that was for sale in this country at the time I bought it :(

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That sucks :(

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you seen the Rebel A they mounted the reservoir to the top as well.

  • 75 months ago
  • -2 points

16gb of RAM... lol... But at least you know it's overkill ;)

  • 75 months ago
  • -3 points

this a random build, u shoulda had a loop on ur cpu, and the colours dont match at all

  • 75 months ago
  • -3 points

the fx 8350 is a dumb part choice too