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Build Log: Water cooled 2002 Gaming PC.

Postby Parts man » 2019-4-03 @ 15:01

Its time to build a bitching water cooled gaming PC from around 2002.

Goal for the build:
For this build My goal is to put together a early lan party show off fancy top end gaming system.

Parts and Prices:
Case: koolance PC2-C with water cooling parts $120, Price includes all the water cooling parts I track down. Its the latter model from early 2002.
Motherboard: New old stock Abit KG7-Raid. Needs a recap. $60
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2400+ Free, Used my Ebay bucks, would have been $14.99
GPU: TBD. Using a 16mb Vanta temperately.
Ram: 2 sticks of DDR 256mb with heatsinks. $5 for the ram and $8 for the heat sinks.
Sound card: Audigy 2 $6
HDD: 2 New old stock Western Digital WD1200JB. $24.98 etch.
Fans: New old stock Green/Blue 80mm AC Ryan BlackFire4 UV fans. 1$ etch. Yes I know these are not from 2002, but what the heck.
CD drives. Panasonic early DVD-Ram drive, and CD-RW drive $20
FDD: 1.44mb FDD, $3
PSU: SPARKLE FSP550PLGR-SLI: Its a tick new for the build. $18 Some day I hope to track down the water cooled PSU from the Koolance PC1-C
Misc Parts:
18AWG UV cable for custom wiring. $12.50
IDE/FDD cables, $8
Stick on heatsinks for the south bridge and VRM mosfets The case has subpar air flow. $5

Price so far:
$340.44
Target price, $500, So far I'm well under budget. :happy:

As of now I have 1 radiator installed in the case with 4 fans. I'm waiting on the motherboard and HDD and still haven't picked out a video card for the system. I'm thinking of getting a Radeon 9700 Pro and maybe voodoo2 SLI setup. But If I recall the kg7 doesn't like the 9700 or 9800

I'll have to cut and add a side window into the case, I'll be custom wiring the PSU with UV reactive wires.
I'll be cutting a blow hole on the bottom of the case for two or 3 fans and adding a second radiator amusing I have room for it in the case.
I have to repair the reservoir, Both the two I have have a broken off fitting. I'll tap and add a new fitting.

The hard drives will be used in Raid 1, I would have used raid 0 but I plan to use windows 98 and it gets buggy with bigger drives, and yes I know about the patch that fixes that. Etch hard drive will have their own water block. :cool:
The north bridge, CPU and GPU will be water cooled. The system will use two pumps and maybe 4 if I can fit them in the case. 2 radiators if I can fit both in the case.

I'll try to get photos of the case posted tonight. Work on the system will start next week.
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Re: Bould Log: Water cooled 2002 Gaming PC.

Postby x0zm_ » 2019-4-03 @ 21:22

Sweet! Look forward to seeing it. I remember lusting after those Koolance setups.
WIP:
[Dimension95 - Building] 233MMX|64MB|Canopus Trio64V+ w/ Scenic/MX2|SB16|All the MIDI & More!
[After Hours: True Oldschool Watercooling - Planning] - 2.8G P4 ✓ | ? GPU | 1GB RDRAM ✓ | ABIT TH7II-RAID ✓

Finished:
[TOXIC - WC'd PIII]
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Re: Build Log: Water cooled 2002 Gaming PC.

Postby Parts man » 2019-4-04 @ 14:06

x0zm_ wrote:Sweet! Look forward to seeing it. I remember lusting after those Koolance setups.

Indeed, I did too. Even if they were midrange performance wise and there were a lot of better setups at the time.
However the Koolance kits look rather cool and are far less likely to leek or have problems unlike other setups from the time.

I ended up going with a koolance setup because I know it would be less problems down the road. The case came with duel pumps, gold plated blocks a air bleeder, anti corrosive coolant, O-rings and clamps on the fittings or compression fittings. Wile most other setups form the time used soldered together blocks with NTP fittings and thread tape.
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Re: Build Log: Water cooled 2002 Gaming PC.

Postby Parts man » 2019-4-05 @ 02:24

Ok, with out crazy mods a second radiator or two sets of pumps will mot fit.
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