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Project siQalz - Obsidian Build.


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I should probably start off with a little introduction, My name is Liam, I'm 21 years of age and live in a small town called Frome in the South West UK.

 

I have been building my own computers for the past 5-6 years but never really got into the whole "modding" scene until recently.

Sorry for being lazy, But i copied the post from my Project log i am posting on another website... hope this doesn't break any rules - Just when i found the "Obsidian Enthusiasts" forum i had to post..

 

The project is called siQalz due to the fact of my overuse of the word siQ in online games. Thinking of a name for my build was the hardest part and im hoping its going to turn out pretty siQ so the name was appropriate.....

 

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/3968/logonnys.jpg

 

Obviously the first thing i chose was my case and it was a pretty easy decision for me. As soon as i saw the Obsidian i loved it, Also as i wanted a full tower it was a no brainer some would say.

 

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/4831/72424517.jpg

 

Personally i was very happy with the case and packaging, Also i believe the price is reasonable compared to its competitors in the market.

 

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/3038/47929287.jpg

 

I then went on to order my watercooling components! I will be having two loops, One for the CPU only and one for the GPU/Motherboard.

 

Heres a picture of said kit.

 

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/9427/89894955.jpg

 

The two pumps i selected were the DDC-1T Pro with the Alphacool clear acrylic tops. I chose the tops with the outlets both coming from the same side rather than one top and one side as i would like to mount them both in the bottom of the case having 4 tubes shooting straight up. Personally i think this is going to look awesome.

 

http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/7861/17261637.jpg

 

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/7784/21585230.jpg

 

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/8726/93160956.jpg

 

I chose XSPC radiators, the RX360 for the CPU cooling and the RX120 for the GPU/Motherboard. The matt black of the radiators works so well with the case.

 

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/2926/56447903.jpg

 

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/7636/42597463.jpg

 

For the CPU block i went with the EK Supreme Highflow. Ek recently changed their packaging, Vast improvement if i say so myself.

 

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/911/17825760.jpg

 

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/1338/30418947.jpg

 

Here's a quick picture of the reservoirs i chose, Simple and sweet. The new not as deep single drive bay clear res'.

 

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/8386/60411715.jpg

 

As i am going for a light blue/black theme the fans are chose are the Silverstone Siuscool121 120mm. I will be going for the push/pull setup on the 120 rad but not on the 360.

 

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8001/27958954.jpg

 

 

I spent quite a while looking through motherboards but i finally made a decision. I went with the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 as i feel it was the right board for the job. Colour fit, specs fit and finally budget fit.

 

Here it is in all its glory.

 

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/807/22107976.jpg

 

This is it complete with the dreadful standard chipset/mosfet heatsink cooler.

 

http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/4746/32459196.jpg

 

I couldn't be dealing with this so i quickly removed it using a simple pair of wire cutters, easy job if you ask me.

 

http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/6590/85836391.jpg

 

Motherboard now looks a bit better without that heap of junk!

 

http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/8238/38299395.jpg

 

I replaced it with the absolutely incredible EK full-board block. I mean this thing is stunning, check her out for yourself.

 

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/6016/31831721.jpg

 

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/750/45106051.jpg

 

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/5392/45301005.jpg

 

http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/4650/12337302.jpg

 

That's all for now sadly. Sorry for posting a MASS of pictures with not much modding. I have ordered my PSU along with sleeving from mdpc-x so i shall update as soon as that arrives. Hopefully that post will have slightly more modding in.

 

Cheers for reading.

 

Liam

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