[Staff Project] NZXSPC Finished build

[Staff project] NZXSPC. The finished build

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Staff project NZXSPC.  The finished build

All the work put into Project NZXSPC is starting to pay off as the build reaches it's completion.  For those of you who've taken the opportunity to migrate over to the forums area and in particular the Project logs section you'll have seen the various stages we've been through with the project, and hopefully taken the time to look not just at this project but also the many others which are under way.  From scratch builds to just simple upgrades, you'll find it all in the forums, along with a great community with fellow enthusiasts always happy to help.


Case, NZXT Phantom 410 "Gunmetal" Special edition - custom window
Motherboard, MSI Z77A GD55
Processor, Intel 2500K
Graphics, NVidia GTX570
SSD, SanDisk Extreme 120GB
HDD, WD Green 2TB
RAM, 16GB Mushkin Blackline
Additional Cabling, NZXT Premium cables Starter kit
Radiators, 2 XSPC EX 240 Radiators
Reservoir, XSPC X20 750 bay reservoir with integral pump
CPU Block, XSPC Raystorm - custom white LED's
GPU Block, XSPC Razor - Custom painted black & gunmetal grey
Fans, 5 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm.



lets kick things off with a quick look at the exterior of the case.  It was never our intention to alter the external looks of the Phantom 410 to any great degree as it's such a great looker, but we did feel the mesh area  beneath the window had to go, replaced with a single large sheet of clear3mm acrylic.  

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Moving to the interior, you already have a good idea of what's in here, but just to re-cap, we've taken out the front 3.5" bays and cut away a little of the 5.25" bays to make room for the front XSPC EX240 radiator, the other being safely stowed away in the roof of the case.  We've also made use of the NZXT pre sleeved cable extension pack to add a bit of class to the cabling.  As we wanted to go for a mature sleek look we also changed the appearance of the blue highlights on the MSI motherboard, giving it an all over matt black look.  And even though it will never be seen, we wouldn't be OC3D if we didn't make sure the cabling at the rear of the motherboard was also sorted out.

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GPU and Cooling loop

Before we come to the CPU cooling, lets first take a look at the GPU cooling and loop in general.   We took the Copper and Brushed Aluminium Waterblock, a thing of beauty it has to be said, and after a bit of a false start decided that this would look much better if modded to suit the theme of the case.  We also chose to swap out the supplied XSPC fittings for a Bitspower Shiny silver fittings, they're not cheap, but they're worth every penny.   Our chosen loop order reflects the desire to keep the inside of the case clean and simple, and as we all know the only thing to be  gained from going back and forth between components and radiators is a case interior that looks like a vipers nest.

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CPU Cooling

The excellent XSPC Raystorm CPU Waterblock comes with 2x3mm LEDs to light up the acrylic area of the block, however, as this blue would not be in keeping with the theme of the build we chose to wire in some white LEDs in their place.  I think you'll agree the crisp clean white light they give makes the effort worthwhile.

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Combined with the NZXT 200mm LED lighting strip, again in white and chosen for its quality as well as the ability to be able to vary the intensity of the light.  We're able to really set off the interior of the case.

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There is of course  much more to this project than the highlights presented here.  So if you want to get the full flavour, in true OC3D fashion, make yourself a brew and wander over to the Project Logs area of the Forums.   In due course we'll be benchmarking the system as well as conducting a full system review, we'll also of course giving our thoughts on the build and the components used.

Without wishing to cause embarrassment as he's a very modest chap i'd like to pass my most sincere thanks to Tom, not only for making this project happen, but for offering constructive criticism and guidance where it was needed.  Without him this build wouldn't have happened, and without his input, it wouldn't have look as good as it does.

So with the rig complete and raring to go it's time to see what Project NZXSPC is capable of.  Many thanks to all who have followed this build and others on the forums, and for all the feedback received.  And remember even though this projects finished, there's still loads going on over in the forums.  Why not take the Bull by the bits and see what you can do.

Now, I'm off to have a bit of fun.... Keep track of everything in the NZXSPC build log here.


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Most Recent Comments

26-05-2012, 14:31:56

hi guys :) going to be getting a muskin chronos 120 gb soon for windows, programs and a couple of games (BF3) to go on :D i currently have a single wd caviar blue 500gb. how should i go about transferring stuff? ive got windows 7 OEM so i should be able to re install it due to having the same mobo etc?? will i have to reinstall all my programs? will my steam games be affected? any help would be great :D

26-05-2012, 15:08:05

I always do a clean install. Write down the programs and just download and reinstall them. Gets rid of all the junk on the pc.

As for steam, yes it will be affected. You need to go onto in steam, right click a game and click back up game files i think it is, then back up all games so some folder of your choice.

After reinstalling steam after getting the new SSD, you can restore all the games straight from the saved backup folder. Beware though, you cant choose individual directory locations for each individual game. So, if your steam games amount to more than 120gb, or around 90gb after windows installs, it wont fit on the SSD, so you may have to put them all on the old hard drive. To do this, while installing steam after getting the new SSD, create a folder on the old hard drive called Programs, or Steam or something, then choose the directory as that to install the Steam program to. Either that or just choose not to restore some of the games as I take it you dont play all your steam games every day.

26-05-2012, 15:12:37

i wanted to leave the steam games on my hard drive mate :P ill do a clean imnstall then, my music and photos wont be affected on my old hdd wil they?

26-05-2012, 15:16:48

No they wont, but to get to them you'd have to go like, users - (username) - music which is kind of awkward. It'd be better if you'd move my music and everything out into the root of the drive, then delete the windows folders as you dont really need them, and it'll just make things awkward

27-05-2012, 05:12:44

After reinstalling steam after getting the new SSD, you can restore all the games straight from the saved backup folder. Beware though, you cant choose individual directory locations for each individual game.

27-05-2012, 07:13:38


Seriously?! This has happened 3 times to me now, people just copying and pasting parts of my posts, all it is is just spammers trying to get their post count up! Maybe if you research things yourself you'd actually have a valuable input into the thread instead of just being a worthless aubergine.

27-05-2012, 13:22:14

Make sure you download the latest firmware for your ssd. The sandforce controller has had some issues in the past but each revision of the firmware has made things much better.

27-05-2012, 14:01:02

is the muskin chronos a reliable drive? or should i save up a bit more and get a corsair force 3 or crucial m4? :) dont want to have it dying on me :P

27-05-2012, 14:15:55

I'd play it safe and get the crucial, even if it was double the price of the mushkin.

27-05-2012, 14:21:33

well the mushkin and crucial are both 90 quid at aria :) crucial it is then

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