My PC Worklog + links to progress

by on Jul.12, 2012, under General

This will be my first worklog, and my first time doing any modding! The extreme nature of the build and my lack of experience make the name ‘MASSIVELY’ appropriate I think :)

In my WoW days I ran a blog called Massively Obsessed ( covering similar crazy/obsessive achievements. This build will hopefully follow in a similiar obsessive fashion :) There’s something really comforting about throwing myself into the research and reading for projects like this.

Everything you’ll see in this log is a first for me. No compromises though! If I’m not happy with the result I’ll rework it until I am :) Feedback and idea sharing as I go would be great.

I’m some way into the build already with around 180 pics taken. If you want more pictures of any particular parts let me know – chances are I’ll have plenty :)

Project Scope:

I’m a big fan of space so will be using the Corsair 800D case as the base for this mod. The system will be water cooled with the top of the case modified to fit a 480mm radiator and the single loop flow will be hard copper piped.

The 5.25″ optical drive bay will be removed or modified, I’ve developed an overstated hatred of it that I can’t quite explain :) The hot swap bay is also on the chopping block, it’ll either be removed completely or modded and relocated.

The system will be powered by a Corsair AX1200 with customised cable lengths and MDPC sleeving (remember, no compromises!). I’ll also be designing my own ‘Massively’ branded stickers to replace all the stock ones on the fans, power supply and memory to give the finished build a unified feel.


Case: Corsair 800D
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z
CPU: i7 2700K
Memory: Corsair Dominator CMP32GX3M4X1600C10 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3
HDD: Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD (Main/OS Drive) plus 3TB and 2TB internals for storage
GPU: 2 x GTX670 (Not yet purchased)
PSU: Corsair AX1200 (100% Modular)

Cooling Components

Pump: Koolance PMP-450 (variable/tach wire) with silver housing
Reservoir: Phobya Balancer 150
Radiator: Black Ice SR1 480mm
Fans: Enermax Magma Batwing 120mm
CPU Waterblock: Koolance CPU-370 CPU Waterblock
Fan Controller: Suggestions?

Direct links to updates so far

29/3/2012 – AX1200 Power Supply

30/3/2012 – Cable sleeving

30/3/2012 – Copper pipe preview

2/4/2012 – 120mm Fans, Custom Stickers and Sleeving

5/4/2012 – First look at the Corsair 800D Case

8/4/2012 – 240V Cable Sleeving

10/4/2012 – Water Cooling Fittings, Reservoirs, CPU Block

14/4/2012 – Reddit traffic, Pump housing and 480mm Radiator

16/4/2012 – 7680×1440 WoW Screenshots, 480mm Radiator Mod

17/4/2012 – 480mm Radiator Mod Continued

19/4/2012 – MDPC Sleeving Supplies

19/4/2012 – Pics of cable extensions I’ve made

29/4/2012 – The great copper pipe chase

29/4/2012 – Corsair 800D Deconstruction

7/5/2012 – Reservoir Mounts

9/5/2012 – Reservoir Mount Designs

11/5/2012 – 480mm Radiator Placement

16/05/2012 – Dremel Cutoff Wheels

19/05/2012 – Parts Delivery

20/05/2012 – Testbenching for Measurements

23/05/2012 – RAM Sticker Drafts

28/05/2012 – Midplate Design

05/06/2012 – CPU Shots and Midplate Sketch

06/06/2012 – Reservoir Mount Designs

12/06/2012 – Midplate Removal

19/06/2012 – Slimline DVD Mount

01/07/2012 – Acrylic and Midplate Work

02/07/2012 – Hotswap Bay

This is my current desktop setup the new PC will eventually be driving, triple U2711 screens running at 7680×1440 res:

My cable sleeving tools:

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! Will post up AX1200 and the start of sleeving shots next round.

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I Lied

by on May.08, 2012, under Zevia

Hello? Anyone still here?

Quite some time has passed since Saate and I were active on this site, or on WoW. While it was technically available to blog about gaming in general, it’d be hard to argue that it was truly anything except a WoW blog – despite my scatterbrained efforts at just about anything else.

I quit WoW back in February 2011, and after over a year, I had no desire to go back. I’d think about it from time to time, but I had a lot of clear, rational reasons not to whenever I actually paused and considered it.

However, with the new scroll of resurrection deal and due to current circumstances, I found myself popping back in for a month to see if it was something I’d be interested in picking back up. I feel ashamed for even saying that I’m playing again, oddly enough, but I thought I’d talk a bit about how it feels to play again after more than a year of absence and why I resubscribed in the first place.

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Fishing – One that didn’t get away

by on Oct.04, 2011, under General

Sorry, couldnt resist the reference :p Have been uploading pics of a recent trip to New Zealand and thought this clip might be worthy enough to share!

We did an 8 day tour of the north island in New Zealand. One of the optional daytrips in the Bay of Islands was an afternoon on a fishing boat. I’d never caught a fish in my life so I thought it might be satisfying to be able to tick the “Caught a fish” box (must resist making additional achievement references! :p).

Pretty early on I caught an undersized fish that we threw back and I was happy, job done. My luck seemed to run out after that and I didnt have a bite until near the end of the afternoon – then hooked this one. Took about 20 minutes to bring in and being a complete novice I had no idea what I was doing. I was well and truly ready to give up (you can hear me say it!) but glad the group encouraged me to see it through to the end – an amazing experience I’ll remember for some time to come I think!

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Watching Casual Gamers

by on Sep.30, 2011, under Zevia

I’ve noticed something that strikes me as peculiar over the last few days.

I started streaming some games late night – the big ones that have drawn viewers have been Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Secret of Mana, although I still stream other games at times.

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However, I’ve been watching other people play games from time to time when I’m just not in the mood to work on my own files, and what I’m discovering is that there are a lot of people streaming competitive play or top-tier playstyles or speedruns of classic games, but it’s very difficult to just find someone playing an older game of theirs that they haven’t mastered. And you know what? They’re a hell of a lot more entertaining to watch.
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Streaming Games

by on Sep.24, 2011, under Zevia

Saate’s most recent post is pretty good, so I don’t want to take up too much space here. If you haven’t read it, go down one post and check it out.

However, I wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be streaming some emulators over the next few nights as I have time. You can find my channel at this website. I keep my emulators in windowed mode so I can see the chat box, and I keep my microphone plugged in for anyone who happens to pop in and start talking.

So if you want to chat for a bit and follow me along as I play SNES, Sega, NES, and maybe some N64 games if I can get my PS3 controller hooked up to my computer properly, check in each night around 11:45 PM or midnight, Pacific time. I’ll probably continue my playthrough of Super Mario World tonight – would love to hear from some of you guys!

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Pushing the button

by on Sep.23, 2011, under General

I’ve been playing MMO’s for a long time now. My first big experience was with Ultima Online in 1999. In breaks between online games one of the fascinating things I’ve noticed is this great need I have for a ‘button to push’.

I’m speaking metaphorically of course, in this case specifically referring to this button:

During the second season of Lost, the survivors discovered a computer inside the Swan station which required the Numbers to be entered into it every 108 minutes. A timer set into the wall provided a continual countdown – and an alarm would sound as the timer neared zero. Entering the Numbers sequentially and pressing Execute (a.k.a. pushing the button) on the keyboard would cause the timer to reset to 108 minutes and begin the countdown anew. It was initially unclear what would happen if the button was not pushed.

When I stopped playing Everquest I bought a Playstation and got stuck into console gaming. Some great memories of Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy! I’d play one game until I’d finished it and move onto the next. I realised that instead of investing my attention in one item over a long arc of time I’d switched to investing my attention in multiple items over several short arcs of time.

Thinking about it even within the content of WoW that’s what I always needed. Some kind of plan or project in place that I’d work on each day and think about. Looking back it’s always the planning process and the journey itself that have been the most fun. I can actually remember feeling this distinct sense of emptiness for days after achieving the goals.

Interesting to reflect on I think. Having a ‘button to press’ isnt just restricted to gaming, either. I seem to always have a bunch of different projects I’m ‘working on’ that I happily pick up and put down at different times.

I’d be pretty interested to hear back from you guys on what your own activity arcs look like. What have you guys been up to, what are the things you work on each day in life? Do these things easily come to mind or are they hard to place? Are you happy?

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Old(ish) School Fail

by on Sep.22, 2011, under Zevia

During the days when Naxx 25 was the hardest content available in early WotLK, I was guildless. I happened to play frequently with a guild called ASM, however, as a fill-in priest since they were always short healers.

Over a few days, I started recording Vent and paring down the 4 hours of audio into 3 or 4 minute clips of funny things from throughout the night. The most popular one was a night where the raid leader, Vanek, had a hell of a time trying to nail down the healer assignments on Patchwerk.

Once we all had a good laugh about it, I eventually took it off my profile, but Vanek hounded me for months to put it back up – however, the file was on my laptop, which was back in Washington.

Well, I just got back from Seattle and while I was up there, I grabbed the raw audio and reconstructed the healing assignments just for him. So for your amusement, please laugh at my old raid leader:

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Life After WoW

by on Sep.13, 2011, under Zevia

I’ve never really been a big PC gamer.

Some of you may recall a video I made some time ago that could use some serious editing in the beginning and a complete re-voicing with better sound quality. More importantly, though, it was entirely about the days of console gaming with the SNES and Genesis. Part of the reason I talked about those games so much was because they were all games I owned as a youngin’.

They were also games that came out when the internet was still in its fledgling stages. The first version of the internet I ever had access to was America Online 1.0, and we didn’t do much more than IM, e-mail, and occasionally roleplay in the chat rooms (because I’m just that nerdy).

Most of my gaming was done either by myself or with one other person. Even as I got older, “A lot of people” was playing a system that had 4-player capability. Replay value for a game just meant it had great multiplayer so that you could bring it out whenever there was a party or you just wanted to invite a few friends over for an all-nighter of GoldenEye.

WoW is thus a very unique anomaly in my life. It was unlike the games I played before it, and it completely changed the way I play games. It was a very large part of a very long portion of my life, and now that I’m done, I feel like taking a look back at what it was as a way of perhaps putting it to final rest.

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California Power Outage

by on Sep.09, 2011, under Zevia

I know it’s been awhile since either Saate or I have posted anything, but I thought everyone would get a kick out of this. For those who don’t know, I work in a grocery store. Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail I sent to a family member earlier today:

“Still recovering a little from all the (literal) running around I was doing at work yesterday. People panicked over ice and water like nobody’s business, and both just happen to be handled by my department, which is all of two people. When the power went out at about 3:30, I ended up just going to work 15 minutes early, planning to sit in the break room until my shift started. I didn’t know the power outage was so widespread, so I thought I’d just sit somewhere that was actually air-conditioned if I was going to have nothing to do.

Well, they had me start as soon as I walked in, and between 4:15 and 6:00 PM, we sold over 11,000 pounds of ice [edit: for you non-Americans, about 5,000 kg, if my conversions are still correct]. It got to a point where I was just grabbing a pallet jack and hauling pallets out to the ice chests at the front of the store to load it directly, and I couldn’t even do that. As soon as it got anywhere near customers, it got swarmed like a zombie flick and people just tore it down. I couldn’t get a single bag into the cooler because there wasn’t a point, people were just ripping it down.

It actually got so bad that we couldn’t even get it out onto the sales floor – we just brought it about 30 feet from the freezer to the backroom doors and started handing it out to anyone who wanted to buy it. And, of course, as soon as we ran out, we had people swearing at us and chewing us out because we didn’t set a limit on how many bags people could take. Nothing like getting yelled at because of OTHER peoples’ behavior. My department manager mentioned it at one point, “Hey, make sure they can only take… 3 bags, let’s say, so everyone in line can get some,” but our assistant director just said to let people take however many they wanted. I think even if we had set a cap, we still would’ve been chewed out. We had people coming in and asking for ice for hours after we ran out.

None of the other departments really had much to do because all the refrigeration was down, so they started sending the dairy box and produce guys over to my department so it wasn’t just the two of us trying to keep up with the ludicrous demand. Water started selling like nobody’s business, and even with 4 or 5 of us running it out there, we couldn’t keep it stocked. We ended up blowing through about 3 or 4 days’ worth of water sales in about 4 hours.

We, of course, also very quickly sold the few flashlights and candles we had, then managed to run our rack of batteries out in a couple hours, as well as our styrofoam and plastic ice chests, which we got chewed out again for.

The great thing was, power came back on at the store at about 8:30 or so. Maybe 5 seconds later, I had customers asking me, “Is power back on everywhere or just here?” To which I had to just shrug, but in my head, I was saying, “How the hell would I know? Call someone who’s not here.”

I got home at 10:30, and power came back on at about 10:55 for the whole area. So all those people panicking and swarming over losing electricity are now going to have a lot of unnecessary ice and water. I guess the news had predicted the outage would last a couple days, but nonetheless.

All I have to say is, if that’s how people freak out over a 5 hour power outage, they are -screwed- if there’s ever an actual disaster – and I really don’t want to be the one working that day.”

As for game-related postings and news, part of the reason I haven’t been posting much is that I stopped playing WoW about 8 months ago, and I wasn’t really sure how interested all of you were in hearing about other games or general internet-related quandaries, so I left it to Saate to put the WoW back into the site. He and I have talked some Mass Effect 1 and 2 a bit in e-mails back and forth, if people would be interested in it as a topic of discussion.

What about the rest of you? Still playing? What’s the buzz about the game now?

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Panographs – Orgrimmar versus Stormwind

by on Jun.18, 2011, under Screenshots

A little bit of an Alliance versus Horde theme today. Have to say I was pretty amazed at the Orgrimmar shots! Where should I head next?