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post #11 of 38
Ooo,XSPC block! i has one and they are amazing value for money,cant fault it appart from the thermal pads they come with as they dont transfer heat as much as they could.

I replaced my pads and my VRM cooling was that much better i could get a higher overclock stable.
Interesting build BTW,cant wait to see it progress cool.gif

I like this type of build as it truly is a "custom mod",too many people on here say they have a modded case but in reality all they did was paint a fan or place a fan in drive bay etc buttkick.gif

I have subscribed as i think this could turn out pretty nice build.
Good luck with it buddy.
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Ooo,XSPC block! i has one and they are amazing value for money,cant fault it appart from the thermal pads they come with as they dont transfer heat as much as they could.

I replaced my pads and my VRM cooling was that much better i could get a higher overclock stable.
Interesting build BTW,cant wait to see it progress

I like this type of build as it truly is a "custom mod",too many people on here say they have a modded case but in reality all they did was paint a fan or place a fan in drive bay etc

I have subscribed as i think this could turn out pretty nice build.
Good luck with it buddy.
Thank you so much for the kind words, superj1977! I gave some thought to replacing the thermal pads that came with the XSPC Razer 6970 but decided against it for now. It seems our local seller of thermal pads has run out of stock! I also justified that I won't be doing any overclocking on this tiny pc. ^_^


Update 09/30/2011

Work on the computer slowed down the past week due to the typhoon that just visited my country!
1.) My brother's PSU blew out when our electricity fluctuated throughout the house! His computer is pretty important since a lot of the pictures I upload were taken from his pretty nice camera. Sadly, with his computer down, i won't be able to upload any pictures until his unit is up and running.
2.) Faced with the dilemma of replacing the HD 6950 with a reference model or replacing the waterblock, I decided to sell the video card and get a reference model. I found someone nearby selling a reference PCB HD 6950, 2GB for just under $230. with warranty [even when I told him I'm slapping a water cooling block on it, lol!]
pictures of HD6950 2GB with XSPC Razor 6970 to follow.
3.) The acrylic midplate and the VSK 2000 were delivered just last Thursday.
There's another typhoon headed into the country I need to snap up more pictures of my computer before we're plunged into the dark again!

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Updated 10/02/2011 with Pictures
View of the videocard!




Testing it out.



I tried out the video card for a good amount of time. Satisfied with the performance and stability i decided it was time to get it ready.
mmmm, let's get it out of those clothes!



Gah! i think it was not accidental. it may have been chipped to allow for the stock shroud to fit. Either way can't really complain since it works, it's 2nd hand and I got it for less.



lining up the XSPC Razor water block with the HD6950.




Q: Oh Ogre! what wonderful stand are you using to keep everything elevated from the table?
A: First thing that was in reach! lol




Lining up the fittings!




Tube it!




The Video Card is too near the RAM water block. I had to use some carbon fiber sticker to insulate it.



Leak Testing!


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The Acrylic Mid Plate


Fitted into the case







Midplate + Radiator + Everflow Fans



I almost cried tears of joy when all the holes aligned perfectly with the fans!



Aligned perfectly on the front end.



Midplate + Radiator + Everflow Fans + Case



Experimenting with mounting the rad + fans to the midplate. Those are leftover mounting screws from a Zalman GPU block that I will never use.



At the tighter front end of the computer case, I used left over mounting screws from a Xigmatek Battleaxe GPU Cooler that was salvaged for a previous project.



Checking bottom clearance... looks just about right!



Glad my friend did not forget to put that hole for my cables to pass through!



With the PSU installed at the back [Silverstone ST545SF; I was planning to get a regular-sized PSU but after I saw the remaining distance I may have to stick with the smaller one]



Fittings on the radiator.



This side has to be flush against the closed side of the case.



Pretty snug fit!


The other fitting on the open-side of the computer case. Just about right!




Complications!
It turns out I did not take into account the resistance of the cables to be forced through tight corners and angles. I had to remove the left and right stands of the midplate.
After some more fitting, I removed the midplate entirely just to fit everything into the case temporarily.

Cabling is a RAT's NEST at the moment!



Temporary placement of pump. I'm still trying to figure out the best place to put the pump.


Temporary placement of the reservoir.


Filling and Air-Bleeding the loop was such a pain... when I finished doing just that, I realized that the GPU had 2 perfectly situated stop fittings which I could've used to get more water into the loop prior to firing up the pump! D'OH!


The PC will stay as it is for now as I figure out the rest of the cuts and other parts that will need fabrication and modification.

Work continues this coming week!

Immediate To Do:
1. Measure and Cut top viewing port so that GPU Waterblock is visible and easy access to the GPU stop fittings for filling purposes.
2. Measure and Drill 4 mounting holes at the bottom
3. Measure and Cut breathing holes with ventilated mesh at the bottom for the radiator and psu.
4. Decide on pump placement.(after rad - before ram waterblock)
5. Fix rat's nest! OGRE MAKES IT NEAT OR OGRE GETS THE BACKHAND!!
"Coming Soon" To Do:
1. Cut Side Panels.
2. Decide on Reservoir placement.
3. Decide on CCFL Placement.
To Do-Bee-Doo-Bee-Do!:
1. Decide on a frigging color scheme!
2. Decide on 4 fans for pushpull of the RS240 Rad!
3. Decide on 1 case exhaust fan (should help shed light at the internals)
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nice work. subbing in
    
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Wow. Crazy. Nice work.
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Looking forward to see the final pics .
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Very nice subbed
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nice work. subbing in
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Wow. Crazy. Nice work.
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Looking forward to see the final pics .
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Very nice subbed
Thank you so much for the kind words and the encouragement! I'll be using that as fuel to help me finish this case mod!



Please forgive the poor image quality. My brother brought his camera with him when he went to a family outing. I only used my LG Cookie to take some pictures... and a majority of them were corrupted in the memory card.

Mini Grinder Action! marked out the top of the case with pen over masking tape. Used a larger wheel on the mini grinder to make straight cuts. All of the time spent on old-cheap china cases paid off!


That hole will give me access to the video card water block and the 2 stop fittings. [Thus another way to get water into the loop]
Also, I'll be putting a tinted clear-acrylic window [and a CCFL, somewhere...] so it looks nice and pretty!


After all of that was done, I had to fit everything into the case temporarily to eyeball a few more measurements and modifications that have to be done.

Here's the midplate installed! all the holes are populated with leftover button-head screws [i have no idea what they're called!].



I did some basic calculations and 25mm X2 [fan thickness] + 35mm [radiator thickness] + 15mm [Zalman water block screws = 100mm. I did a rough check and the plate could fall anywhere between 100mm to 110 mm and it would be a perfect fit! And it is a PERFECT fit!
i only need to secure the radiator assembly on 3 screws to make it very stable. As it turns out, there are exactly 4 places where I can secure the Zalman mounting screws and I have exactly 4 Zalman mounting screws!



So it looks like it will be a push-pull configuration with the radiator and no shroud. That's fine since, again, this isn't a system for overclocking. I just wanted better temperatures in my hot country! For now the fans are temporary. I'm wondering if I should be getting fans with LEDs or no LEDs.
If you have a suggestion, please let me know.



Since the cable access hole on the midplate was too constrictive, I had to route the thicker cables through the outer edge. I do not intend to keep it this way, but I need to have a working computer!


Looking through the top, we can see the Video Card and the water block! It will look better with an acrylic/plexi water block, but I can't find any in my country.




Here's a very rough view of what the system currently looks like. Please forgive the bad resolution and shaky hand.




Work has to slow down for a bit while I research the necessary parts to complete it internally. I also accidentally lacerated my left hand while drilling a piece of metal that I did not secure to the table. It'll take some time to heal, but it won't stop me from continuing work or from using power tools. If anything, It's a reminder to always always be careful.
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wow getting squishie in their haha..
i think fans without LEDs.. though i dont like lights on my comp as its on 24/7 haha up to you really
    
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