NV-78

If you were running water cooling in the 2005 era of water cooling, and you wanted to overclock your GPU like a king there was really only one brand of block you used, Danger Den! Man, these guys were kings, no one made products like these.  I remember running dual 7800s (I think that was it) in my AM2 system with my DFI Expert board.  Funds back then were never there to get blocks for these, so I was always limited to air cooling.  The block I would have gotten, would have been the Danger Den NV-78 Dual GPU block.  Seeing it on the internet back then, and finally getting to see it in person are two totally different experiences.  This thing is quality for sure, heavy, well thought out and beautiful to look at.  Parts are still making it to me, so when I get updates I will let you guys know, but for now, check out these photos.

 

Oh, and just one more thing.

My SLI bridge came in!

 

 

Golden

In the late years of DDR RAM there was a company that every enthusiast knew, it was OCZ.  They made themselves famous with incredibly overclock-able RAM and a history of getting more than what you paid for.  The kit everyone wanted was some OCZ PC4000 VX Gold. It would routinely overclock with more voltage, and man did it look sweet in your case.  Tracking down a pair of it was hard, and the only ones I could find on eBay at the moment were some EL with ratings of 3-4-3-8 at DDR500 speeds.  Sadly, Samsung and the like pushed OCZ out of the consumer RAM and SSD market in 2013 they just could not compete when the Tier1 manufactures were deeply committed to the consumer market. 

I hope my RAM works, and I hope I can get some next level performance (for 2005) out of it anyways. 

Thrifting

Sourcing parts for my retro build has been harder than I thought at first.  The first major hurdle is finding RAM pairs in sizes more than 2gb.  I forgot how in 2005 2gb of memory was considered MORE than enough.  I had also been going over the photos of my first water cooling rig, and making sure I get parts to as close to that build as possible.  My next find is a pretty cool part from Danger Den.  Its a fillport!  I had one on my rig then, and the remake will have one as well.  I hope to make it more visually appealing than that first attempt.  The one I had was plain silver, and this one is red but I think it will do just fine.  Only one on eBay!  I can not wait to show everyone the other parts as they come in.