Rigs

I like tinkering with hardware, case modding and water-cooled machines. Here are my favourite builds.


Thor III (since 2015)

CPU
Intel Core i7-5820K (overclocked @ 4.5 GHz)
Board
ASUS X99-E WS
RAM
16 GB DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum
GPU
EVGA GeForce GTX 980 ACX 2.0
Case
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
Cooling
CPU: Corsair H110i GTX AIO-Watercooler

For this machine, I took the money I usually spent for water cooling components and put it into hardware. The result was a truely exquisite choice of premium components - at the cost of having a minimum of additional noise.

Regarding visual appearance, it surely can't compete with a water-cooled build, but who knows - maybe this lack will be fixed some cold winter...

Concerning overclocking, this machine is fantastic: the i7-5820K went from stock 3.3 GHz to 4.4 GHz just by setting a higher multiplier and raising Vcore to 1.950 V. I think there is still some headroom left, but I prefer a stable system to a whacky overclocking record.


Thor II (2012-2014)

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K
Board
ASUS P8Z77-V
RAM
8 GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance
GPU
EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2
Case
Little Devil LDPC-V8
Cooling
CPU: Aqua Computer Cuplex Kryos XT
Pump: Laing DDC-1Plus
Controller: Aqua Computer Aquaero5
Rads: 2x EK Waterblocks CoolStream RAD XT 480,
Phobya G-Changer 480 Ver. 1.2 Black
Amps: 3x Aqua Computer PowerAdjust II

The ultimate answer to the question of water cooling cases: Little Devil PC-V8. A whole new dimension of space for building watercooled rigs, possibilities are endless here.

Given this uncompromising case I chose to be alike when designing the water cooling: three quad-rads, 15 fans controlled by an quaero 5 and three PowerAdjust II.

Sometimes I really miss this build...

The drawbacks of that really extreme case were the lack of some little details like dust filters, the fact that you have to unscrew 11(!) screws to remove one side door, and the weight: with all that rads and stuff one simply did not want to move that thing anywhere.


Thor I-b (2012)

CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K
Board
ASUS P8P67-EVO
RAM
8 GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance
GPU
EVGA GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2
Case
CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000

A reincarnation of Thor I with new components and some modifications to the case, e.g. more vent holes drilled into the top and an even bigger radiator (45mm thick Phobya triple). As hardware was getting more energy-efficient and cooler that time, the temperature problems were almost gone.

Sadly that build died one day when I tried to include the motherboard in the water-cooling loop. Turned out I had picked components for the wrong revision of the board, and did not mount a block on the EPU.


Thor I-a (2009-2011)

CPU
Intel Core i7-920
Board
ASUS Rampage II Extreme
RAM
6 GB DDR3 OCZ Gold
GPU
Zotac GeForce GTX 280
Case
CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000

My first water-cooled build after a long period of air cooling. First attempts with a 220 dual rad did not take the 130 W TDP of a hot i7-920 and 236 W MGCP of the GTX 280. Even with a 360 triple-rad the system still had some temperature problems. Looking back from now I can say that the case just did not fit the needs for air flow.