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INTRO

So, this is the new build I started beginning of September 2013. At the time, I bought all the parts (except WC), but had a Corsair H100i for Cooler and a MSI 7970 OC for GPU.

Got a refund for the H100i as it was incompatible with the motherboard ( the gigabyte m-itx was thinner than regular motherboards and cooler wasn't making adequate contact)

Got a refund for the 7970 as it was DOA (it was artifacting).

I immediately got a Swiftech H220 as I thought it would be interesting to expand the loop in the future.

I waited for the r9 290x to come out and bought the Gigabyte r9 290x BF4 immediately when from PCCG when it was released. I got it the very next day, but that died within a couple of days. Not sure what the problem was :/

In the mean time, I ordered some watercooling parts from EK webstore (for a waterblock for the r9 290x) and some other parts from PCCG.

As PCCG did not have any other r9 290x in stock, I got a refund and sourced a HIS r9 290x from JW computers in Sydney. I got that last week as well as the remaining WC parts I needed.

Set everything up Friday night and benchmarked.

Goal:

I've always been buying second hand computer hards and building/upgrading my various rigs over the years. Over the years I was fascinated with big and loud cases. But I've come to realise that they are not mobile (obviously) and hard to move around. On one occasion when I moved my (atx) previous computer, the bulky air cooler actually snapped off during transport. I therefore decided recently that I'd build the best PC I can within a reasonable budget with the following goals: 1. all brand new parts and setup a brand new new system 2. the system should last me a couple of years and should have as much power packed into it right now

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PC COMPONENTS

System

Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Green with sidepanel Window) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI CPU: Intel i7 4770k Memory: 16GB (2x8G) Kingston 1600Mhz HyperX Blu PSU: Thermaltake Tough Power Gold 850W GPU: 1x HIS r9 290x SSD: 1x Samsung SSD 840 250GB HDD: 1x 2TB hdd

Cooling

Basic Loop: H220 GPU Waterblock: EK-FC R9-290X - Acetal+Nickel GPU Backplate: EK-FC R9-290X Backplate - Black

Compression fittings: 2x Bitspower G1/4 Silver Shining 3/8 Compression Fitting CC3 2x EK-CSQ Fitting 10/16mm G1/4 -Black Nickel

Clamps: 4x Bitspower LTC6 Single Black Luxury Tube Clamp For 5/8 inch

Adapters: 2x EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Black

Coolant: EK-Ekoolant UV Lime GREEN (premix 1000mL)

Tube: 1x PrimoChill PrimoFlex™ Advanced LRT™ 15,9 / 9,5mm - Atomic UV Green (PFLEXA-58-G) 1x PrimoChill PrimoFlex™ Advanced LRT™ 15,9 / 9,5mm - Crystal Clear (PFLEXA-58)

Additional radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 120mm

Fans: 4x Noctua NF-S12 Fans: 2x stock H220 Fans

Misc:

Lighting: 2x cold cathodes

Just for clarification: the H220 radiatior has a push/pull configuration (i.e. 4x 120mm fans hooked to it) and the Alphacool radiator has a pull-only configuration (1x120mm outside the case, pulling air from the radiator). the WC loop goes like this: H220 radiator/reservoir --> CPU (Pump) --> Alphacool radiator --> GPU --> H220 radiator/reservoir

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PERFORMANCE

Temperature:

for CPU will not go above 50 degrees under stress load.and in room temp @ 30 degrees for GPU will no go above 65 degrees under stress load.and in room temp @ 30 degrees (with lower room temp about 20-25 degrees, I got max 57 degrees)

Those are temps with pump and fans running @ 27%. Pump and fans running @ 100% drops the temps by a few degrees, but nothing significant.

Re gaming: I played hours of Mass Effect 3, few hours of Dota2, few hours of BF4. Temps don't go above 49 degrees

[The above temperatures are at stock values/clocks]

Noise:

There's hardly any noise with pump and fans running @ 27% With pump and fans running @ 100% there is a mild sound from the fan spinning faster.

Overclocking:

After some OC'd I got Graphics score 18777 on 3dmark11 (http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/7470340). Overall score was 15156, but that was only because the CPU was holding the scores back (physx did not do that well). The score is with CPU @ 4.4Ghz, and GPU @ 1275mhz

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Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 9 points

watercooled 290x UNLEASH THE BEAST

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

it does overclock pretty well on water :D

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Good to hear, does it beat the 780 ti?

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

they are like almost the same. some aspects are better than others on both cards. do a graphic comparison. They are neck and neck.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

i haven't tested a 780ti, so I wouldn't know!

but it's pretty solid @ 1275mhz. That gives me a graphic score of 18777 on 3dmark11 (overall score is somewhat limited by physics/cpu unfortunately).

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

They are pretty even as far as graphics outcome but they differ majorly in temps...when GPU boost pushes my cards to 1465mhz they will not ever go over 46c (physics being handled by GPU also) even when benchmarking...as far as anything above 1080p the 290x will shine. The 290x is a solid card...nice build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, sorry for late reply. I haven't logged in for some time.

Yeah, it's done pretty well so far, thanks!

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Really nice man! I love water cooled prodigies! +1

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks. i really liked the case a while ago and researched carefully how to watercool the cpu + gpu (not much space in there!).

my first time watercooling too!

  • 76 months ago
  • 4 points

One thing, You need to use NF-F12s not S12s the F12s are optimized for static presure and the S12s are not, with such a small form factor all the cooling you can get is better, the NF-F12s would probly bring your temps down to 30c idle and 60c load on both cpu and gpu

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the tip!

I had the noctua fans from previous build, which is why I used them. But will be changing to PWM ones so I can control their speed. Will look at the F12s.

that said, my room temperature is quite high these days (24 - 30 degrees).

When it's been occasionally cool (low 20s), idle temps on CPU were about 28-30 degrees.

Under gaming conditions, GPU hits about 49 - 55 degrees on load over a sustained period of time.

GPU only hits about 65 degrees on load when I run FurMark (which I was recently told destroys GPUs)

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

For radiator fans it's either Yate loons (value) or Gentle Tycoons (absolute performance).

http://www.martinsliquidlab.org

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the tip! unfortunately it doesn't seem that I can find a shop with Yate Loon in Australia. Scythe Gentle Typhoons don't seem to be PWM. would you know?

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for teh chart! but i'd say Noctua would generally be biased towards its own product. so usually i'd look at an independent review. either way, i'll likely get the corsair sp120 and figure out how to spray pain over the ring

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for that!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Firstimer? and you knew to have a rad between your cpu and gpu, i wish i could upvote your build a few times over lol

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the enthusiasm! :)

I read a bit and watched some youtube videos so I could it right. There isn't much on prodigy WC builds for both cpu + gpu unfortunately.

What was also tricky, esp. for a first-timer, was to break the h220 loop and expand it, but it was good fun!

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

There's a guy who has done a lot of Prodigy water-cooled systems; Singularitycomputers, that's the YouTube channel name, he's also from Australia. Check his videos out if you want to learn do any more mods to your prodigy :) Have fun

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

will check it out. thanks!

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

You should share this on the PC case gear page! They love featuring unique builds.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

do you mean their fb page?

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 because you made everything work well and the interior looks fantastic, but the two Noctuas on the outside of the case kill the look for me.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks.

Yeah, I wasn't sure about the fans outside. I could do without them, but I reckon they look more badass with than without, haha. I guess it's subjective?

That said, I'll be switching to a different set of fans that have pwm, somewhat better airflow for push-pull config and spray them to match the overall case colour

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

you could put a mesh over the top of the case, just under the handles and make it black and follow the handles curve. I think that would both hide the fans and make it look real badass and cool.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds interesting i'll look into it. thanks!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice build

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks! :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

First timer and yet he goes liquid cooling in a cramped up case :D Love it, you've got balls dude. May you achieve all your goals!
I am so jealous btw :}
Green is my favorite color...

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I initially wanted the blue one, but only got green because that was the only colour in stock, to be honest. But no regrets whatsoever. It's very nice looking case.

It's quite cramped case alright, but it still keeps fairly cool. Although my room/ambient temperature could use some serious cooling (it's very hot in Canberra, Australia these days)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahhh, I wish I went back to Australia, such a beautiful place, not that I have to complain about my PC temps(25ºC ATM), outdoor temps here is -0.7ºC ATM, it snowed yesterday. One day, I'll just load up in cash and travel back to Australia and stay there for ever :P
I could then purchase a surf board again. Though i kept my wakeboard. If I go to Australia, I'll have to ditch my snowboard :(

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I can't stand the heat!!! Wakes me up at night, and for some reason aircondition doesn't seem to be working yet :/

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

That's so unfortunate, I hate when I can't sleep because of heat. I do remember Australia as a hot country. I remember I would go in hotels and just follow peeps to get to the pool. There was just so many people talking to me, they thought I actually lived in the hotel :P That was in my teens though, I really wonder if I can still do that again lol.
The R9 290X is meant to run at high temps but how does it work out where you live? I wonder, does it try to reduce performance or does it go over 90 degrees?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Fortunately, it doesn't go nowhere near 90degrees when watercooled :) Even with ambient about 30degrees, and OC'd temp maxes about 65 degrees under full load (talking furmark, not gaming)

On stock clocks, gaming load, usually maxes about 49 degrees.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I was just about to ask you why you chose green. It's a good thing I read through the comments first.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem :P

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice :)

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that's epic. I want to to do a watercooled build on a similar budget, but in a bigger case, R9 280X and i5 4670K.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! You can most definitely do something like that on a similar budget. 280x + 4670k would be cheaper as well! Also my prices (not sure if it's showing the same for you) are all in AUD$. 1) It would be less US$ after conversion and 2) the parts would be cheaper in US (assuming you're from US).

good luck!

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Nah I'm from Australia too, and probably buying from Pccasaegear too.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah alright. yeah pccasegear is pretty good. very fast shipping!!! their prices are reasonably competitive too

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Bravo sir, plus one from me!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Max temp 57 degree at 4.4 GHz? Can you explain the key factor behind that? Is it the i7 or the water cooling? People usually hit 70's degree at 4.4Ghz

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, i had the little disclaimer "[The above temperatures are at stock values/clocks]" for those temperatures.

At stock clocks it hits 57 max. On 4.4Ghz OC it its about 68 degrees +- 4

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! I have to say after looking at your WC build makes me want to do the same with mine. It'll be similar but I don't think I'll put any fans on the top. Just gonna leave it open for easy maintenance. But anyways I like your choice in colors :]

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

hi,i know im late but i would seriously like a description of how you got the water cooling setup i really want to do this to my prodigy

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

i've sent you a message

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I just used the same case, and cable management was a *****. I couldn't imagine squeezing in a water cooler.

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