Sith Lord (redux)

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Sith Lord (redux)

This project served a few purposes for me:

- Maintenance on my main rig... It had not been opened up since it was built in 2015.
- Gain some new skills. Notably my first custom loop, first compound bend and the first time I have made PSU cables.
- Expand my archival storage to RAID 1. Total of 5 storage devices now.
- Cat-proof the system. The old tower has been knocked off the desk by a hasty cat wall-jumping off its side. Not cool.
- Fix those cables everywhere, man.

I don't really have any finished pictures of it since most of the system is hidden when closed up. So this is more of just a build log. I really fell in love with water cooling after this build. Doing my first custom loop has been a very rewarding experience. While I didn't have any leaks, I did have to redesign my original drain/fill system. I learned a lot from this process.

The cables were super time consuming, especially at first. I think they turned out really well, though my color choice could have been more complementary to rest of the build. I wasn't overly concerned with aesthetics for this build. I could not find a schematic for this PSU so I manually mapped the modular cables by using an ohm-meter. Not all cables had the same pin layout on both sides so this was essential. All the connectors on the PSU side are proprietary so I also had to de-pin all of these connectors and reuse them. A lot of organization, attention to detail and fore-thought are needed for doing custom cables. I've always thought custom sleeved PSU cables or extensions were crazy expensive, but now I have a much greater appreciation for their price.

The first series of pics show the old system. Pretty embarrassing, frankly. BUT, if I did one thing right, it was maintained a positive pressure inside the case. There is some dust, but I think it's pretty solid considering that is 4 years of accumulation. I posted the pics of the dustiest spots. This old system was such a mess. Fans installed on the outside of the case because they wouldn't fit with that AIO. No cable management. I apparently wanted to flaunt my abundance of cables. After cleaning it all out it still looks pretty great for what it is.

That's about it. Thanks for checking it out!
Color(s): Black Blue Red
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: none
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 106.99
AMD - FX-8350
Socket: AM3+
Cores: 8
Motherboard
$ 219.99
ASUS - M5A99X EVO
Chipset: 990FX
CPU Socket: AM3
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 155.98
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (1600Mhz) (Black) (2x)
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
ASUS - GeForce Strix (2x)
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 960
Storage
$ 200.02
Crucial - M550
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 256 GB
Storage
$ 199.00
Intel - 520
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
Storage
$ 54.99
Western Digital - WD Black Desktop
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 500 GB
Storage
Western Digital - WD Green Desktop (2x)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Capacity: 2 TB
PSU
Thermaltake - Toughpower Grand SE (RGB) (discontinued)
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 108.60
Cooler Master - HAF XB EVO
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Solid
Case Fan
$ 68.00
ARCTIC - F8 (2x)
Size: 80 mm
Case Fan
$ 49.98
Cooler Master - JetFlo 120 Red Led (2x)
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 40.93
Corsair - AF120 (Quiet) (Red)
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 15.47
Thermaltake - Pure 20
Size: 200 mm
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