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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My MWD has failed (AKA the impeller - she no spin.)

I'm going to break with tradition and do a little RL self-commiseration.

This past spring I took my tax return and a performance bonus I earned and bought myself the first new gaming desktop I've purchased in over 5 years. I had Cyperpower build it for me and it's a real screamer:

  • 2nd generation i7-2600k 3.4 Ghz CPU
  • 8GB Crusader DDR3 1866 Mhz memory
  • Dual 1.5 GB Superclocked EVGA Nvidia 580 video cards
  • Dual Dell 2007FP DVI monitors.
  • 80GB X25-M fast SSD system drive
  • 500GB SATA III data drive
  • All of this on an ASUS P8P67 Pro with revised Sandy Bridge chip set motherboard.
Needless to say, I've been enjoying the hell out of this system. It's so damn fast that water cooling is the only way to keep peak performance. So, I opted for a 240mm setup with a dual-fan radiator in the top of the AzzA Hurricane  case with its two 240mm fans on the side as well as the standard front and back case fans.

All the airflow devices are redundant. Dual fans on the radiator. Dual fans on the side of the case. Dual fans front and back. The only thing it really doesn't have two of is the water chamber.

And there in lies the weakness of the system. Tonight I got home from a 12 hour work day and was looking forward to a bit of exploration or perhaps an Incursion. Instead I logged in to find a CPU temperature warning showing 85 degrees C. It had been as high as 97 C. Crap.

It took about 15 minutes to determine that the impeller in the water chamber wasn't moving. I've yet to find out if it is stuck (it happens!) or if it is really dead. Still, the system looks really cool just sitting there - pun intended.

Fortunately I am not without a secondary gaming system. Last year I bought an Alienware 11X with my tax return. I am typing this blog post on it now. Though it doesn't run EVE as effortlessly as my main system, it does run everything in high graphics. In other words, it does not suck.

Hopefully the impeller is just recalcitrant. Worst case, I have someone overnight a new reservoir to me. One way or another though, I'll be back up to full speed in no time.

Fly careful.

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