Alright nearly my final update for now! Almost time to just enjoy this thing. I guess I'll see how long that lasts though.
Firstly I have to say I meant to take a lot more pictures of the block mounting process. That's one thing I haven't come across very often. Unfortunately I got caught up doing it and forgot.
I have to say while it's not hard, it's one of the more complicated parts to water cooling. The EK blocks are great. The parts kits come with more than enough screws. They come with all the tools to use their parts. The one thing that really surprised me was they came with two metal stops in each kit. No barbs though... But having those stops saved me, because for some reason I only ordered 2 bp's.
Ready to go.
This is my first card taken apart and cleaned. Everything was going really well at this point. I had all the screws laid out in order just in case.
If you're doing EK blocks (and maybe others) you have to cut the thermal pads yourself. Now they come with plenty of the really thin ones, but the ones for the ram chips you have to be really careful with! Follow their diagram closely or you'll find yourself running out. The other tip for this is to take both side of the film and plastic off the thermal pads before you put them down. They are covered with some sort of lubricating fluid or something and kinda stick where you put them. Still it takes some patience and time.
Now the real thing that sucked for me was my second card. I'm thinking that it was one of the first gen 570's (I got one when they came out one later). This card had hex screws instead of philips. Not a problem as I have a hex multi tool. The problem is hex screws strip easy. The very last
screw in the corner buy the power connectors on mine stripped. I have never considered breaking the PCB off a card before but this time I was close! I was sooo mad. I ended up using my smallest bit and drilled all the way through the screw (oh I had the cooler off at this point) since there was nothing on the other side. Then I took a larger bit and drill the top of the screw off like you would a rivet. That was a major relief.
Other than that it was painless as long as you follow EK's directions.
All done looking sexy!
I had to flip my rad to the other side to get the configuration I wanted. This way is a little tighter as you can see. That's why I didn't do it in the first place.
As you can see the center fan can't be screwed into all four corners to hold the rad any more. Luckily if you position it just right you can use the one corner of the left fan to go through the pre-existing hole and into the rad.
This is really the only option with the MCR320 turned this way with out further modding the case which I intend to do.
The way I recommend to do this (after trying the hard way and failing once) -Put the cards in.
-Measure the gap from the back of one barb (after the nut part) to the back of the other.
-Take your cards back out.
-Cut your tube piece to your measurement.
-Assemble outside of case making sure its not to wide for you sli-connector!
-Put the cards in as one piece.
Ok so obviously some angled connectors would have come it handy here. This took a couple tries with a couple different lengths of tubing. But eventually I got this without completely kinking it. Believe it or now this still flows really well. +1 For Primo Chill!
I like all of this except the rad to cpu in piece. I should have made it shorter. O'well.
All hooked up, I hope I didn't forget anything that I thought I'm going to forget this...
Yup got it all connected and realized the drain piece that I had sitting right there got forgotten. Easy fix though. I almost think this way was easier to get right than cutting two separate pieces.
I love how you can see most of the mother board again now.
All back together! Looking good working great! Temps are awesome. Thought it might make my 5.0GHz oc unstable, but it's all good!
This was on extreme. Not bad for a start I guess! With GPU temps never exceeding 55c under full load I think I may have some head room!
Oh and on a side note I have a MCP350 coming today. I'm thinking of ordering the XSPC reservoir top for it:
BP DDC mini
XSPC Dual Bay
What would you guys do?
Thanks for reading! Comments and suggestions are welcome.Edited by num1son - 8/17/11 at 8:45am