Luxor

After 3 months of planning, waiting for parts, and building I have completed the Luxor water cooled computer running Windows XP 64 bit edition.  Check it out with details of the parts I used following…

The Photos:

The Concept:  Silence and Beauty

The Words:

WOW!” Mom

EXCELLENT!!” Dad

Looks fantastic” Chat Mitchell

wow… cool….”  Jason Strem

Holy shit dude…That’s a pretty sweet machine  Bryce Weitzel

pretty amazing. though you need to include the $12.95 for altar and incense.”  Peter Brooks

Damn that’s a dope ass machine” Neelesh Patel

That’s rad.  Can you build me a laptop version?” Chris Cowan

 

The Warez:

image009-cooling1.  Cooling:  Zalman Reserator 1 Water Cooling System

$229

Watercooling your computer?  Its the first step to a SILENT computer.  A computer as powerful as mine should be LOUD with 5-7 fans making all sorts of noise.  Watercooling is the best way to get rid of your computer noise and let yourself think in peace.  This is a, dare I say, sexy easy to install external water cooling system from Zalman which will cool my CPU and video card.

2.  Video Card: XFX GeForce 7600GT 256MB DDR3 XXX Edition

$199

I chose this video card because it is heavily over clocked.  And unlike its older brother, the 7900 series, this is a compact card that fits nicely in my tower of power.  Also it uses the new PCI-X slot that has much more bandwidth then old school AGP.  It doesn’t even need an extra power supply like some bigger cards that can cost up to $600.

image010-cpu3.  CPU:  AMD Athlon 64 4400+  Socket 939 Rev E

$400  

I chose this processor to take advantage of Microsoft’s new Windows Vista 64 Bit operating system which comes out in 2007.  With my water-cooling kit, I can keep this baby cool without a fan and even overclock it. This is a dual-core processor which puts two processors, or brains, onto one chip.  Imagine if you had two brains in one head?

image011-motherboard4.  Motherboard:  MSI K8N NEO4 Platinum 

$150  

http://us.msi.com/product/mb/K8N_Neo4_Platinum_PCB_1.0.html#hero-overview

Using the new Nvidia nForce4 Ultra chipset with RAID support, overclocing funtions, SATA 300 support, RAID support, dual core support,  dual DDR 400 memory, and a 2GHZ Hyper Transport bus

5.  Hard Drive:  Maxtor 300GB 16MB Cache SATA with Native Command Queuing 

image012-hdd

I chose to use this hard drive because of its huge 16MB cache and NCQ support.  SCSI’s Native Command Queuing technology can read or write data to the hard drive “out of order” to really speed things up!  It uses the Serial ATA interface, because the older IDE or Parallel IDE doesn’t have support for NCQ.  The SATA cable is also much smaller then the IDE ribbon cable of the past.

image013-sound6.  Sound:  Creative X-Fi Chip

http://www.soundblaster.com/

This thing is supposed to be as powerful as a P4 3.6GHz processor.  What?!?

image015-power7.Power Supply:  Antec Phantom 350 Fanless Power Supply

$139.99

Antec has found gold with this Phantom 350 fanless power supply. The revolutionary Phantom is utterly, absolutely, undeniably silent. Its aluminum casing acts as a giant heatsink, which completely eliminates the need for any moving parts.

Mr. Han Liu, Antec’s Product Development Manager says:

“Truly Effective Passive Cooling: While previous fanless ATX PSU designs have done a decent job of transferring the heat from the internal heatsinks to the external casing by conduction, many of the large components such as capacitors, coils and transformers are left with little or no cooling. This is because existing fanless PSUs are simple adaptations of fan-cooled PSUs in which such components were cooled by the airflow of the fan. Electrolytic capacitor, in particular, are adversely affected by heat and dry up over time, losing their effectiveness.

“In the Phantom, it is assumed that there is little or no airflow through the PSU. Every hot component is set up to have a direct heat conduction path to the internal heatsinks and/or the outer casing heatsinks. This means that even without direct airflow across those components, they have effective cooling by direct conduction. This thorough design ensures component longevity, which is why Antec can offer a 3-year warranty on the Phantom.”

AC-to-DC CONVERSION EFFICIENCY was so high as to be almost unbelievable. To consider what this means in a real application, if your system draws 300W DC…

the 88% efficient Antec Phantom will generate just 40W of heat.
a PSU that is 82% efficient will generate 65W of heat.
a PSU that is 75% efficient will generate 100W of heat.
a PSU that is 70% efficient will generate 128W of heat.