Cold Fusion

Posted 2009-01-01 ‐ 3 min read


ItemValueUpgradesUpcoming changes
Originally Built2008
NameCold FusionCold Fusion Mk2
CaseLian Li PC-A70ATBC
MotherboardASUS Striker II Formula
ChipsetNvidia 780i SLI
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6600Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300Core 2 Quad Q9300 (Q9650 maybe)
Speed2.4 GHz2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
RAM4GB DDR2-6678GB DDR2-8008GB DDR2-800
Storage3 x 500GB SATA256GB SATA SSD
GPUGeForce 9800GX2EVGA GeForce GTX 260EVGA GeForce GTX 260
OtherCustom Watercooling loopCooler Master MasterLiquid Lite 240

Most of the components that make up this machine are donors from the previous tower: Danger of Death.

I purchased the motherboard from SpecialTech UK in Nov. 2008 after I was no longer satisfied with the headroom offered by the ASRock ConRoeXFire-eSATA2.

This machine briefly ran with a second 9800GX2 in SLI, but one of the cards failed shortly just a few months after, I was reading up recently on building a new SLI machine, and it seems like heat fatigue may have been to blame. My research shows that the card in the lower slot may have overheated as it was getting hot air from the card above instead of fresh air from the 3x120mm fans in the front of the chassis. A design fault on NVidia's part perhaps as I was also never warned through the driver software, that being said, I also ran Afterburner and Speedfan and they never said anything either.

Update: 2022-11-21

I am planning on returning this machine to working status with a few small changes but re-using the motherboard, CPU and GPU which I still had in storage.

It's 2008 and PCI-E 2.0 was fresh on the block, the nForce 780i SLI chipset dropped, hitting the market in the final weeks of 2007.

SSDs were now in the hands of the public and quad cores were becoming mainstream.

Windows 7 was just around the corner in October 2009 (which is what the primary OS will be for max compatibility)

But to make this happen, I need to vacate the case that is currently occupied by the Athlon system As it is the only case with enough room to accommodate future upgrades that I have planned.

Things I would like to do in the future:

  • Upgrade the GTX 260 with the 216 Core version and put two of them in SLI.
  • or replace the 260 with a 280 and also get a second one for SLI.
  • Upgrade the Q9300 to the Q9650

To have pair of cards in SLI, I will also have to change the PSU from the 450W in there to a 750-800W unit to ensure enough amps on the 12v rail.

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the case when it had the custom water-cooling loop, but they were the exact same parts donated from Danger of Death