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post #11 of 21
Looks pretty good, looking forward for the other pics
post #12 of 21
same here I really like the build, keep'em coming

EDIT BTW on the wires that go through in front of the PSU I would cut the hole as close to the PSU as you can and then make a cover going from the front of the psu to the mother board tray to cover the wires, I made my hole to far forward as your drawing is and it was much harder to hide wires
Edited by Bradford1040 - 9/24/11 at 9:32am
post #13 of 21
just a few shots of my inside it has changed a bit since these but I think you can see the space I mean

EDIT: Plus it is hard to tell but did you mount the south bridge chip block upside down? the hoses look like they will hit the GC in second slot




Edited by Bradford1040 - 9/24/11 at 9:59am
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EDIT: Plus it is hard to tell but did you mount the south bridge chip block upside down? the hoses look like they will hit the GC in second slot
The gfx cards go in slots 1 and 5 to operate at 16x/16x. Besides, if I hadn't done that I would have had clearance issues as you'll see later.


I didn't like how the EK mobo block was mounted. I felt the block cam incomplete because the stock heatsink was actually covering something that the waterblock wasn't: the voltage regulators on the back of the board. So what did I do? I modded the stock heatsink parts and integrated them into the waterblock. I apologize for the blurry pics on this one, i didn't have the steadiest of hands this time around

here is a pic of the situation before I started doing anything about this conundrum:



I pushed the supports out of the stock pieces. It was really easy to do; just a quick squeeze of the pliers.



Here's those pieces with the studs removed



The mounting screws that came with the waterblock were too short. I took the motherboard, waterblock, and stock pieces down to the Ace hardware store and spent about 2 hours looking for screws that would work. I ended up finding some countersink head mini machine screws that seemed to work perfect. the screw size for those who may be doing this in the future is M2.5x8 but remember to get the kind with the countersink head.



I got it all put together and mounted up. Here's a pic of the final result



This shows the clearance that the new screws provide and how the stock piece reacts when being bolted down rather that pulled in by the old studs:



***NOTE***
I began getting all the blocks mounted and getting the fittings on for a clearance test and I came across something that I wasn't expecting. These are two EK PSK compression fittings. The one on the left has on the spacer/standoff from the gfx card waterblock and the one on the right has the spacer/standoff from the NB MOSFET block. See any difference and why the ones that came with the gfx waterblock might be a problem? There is no work around for this that I can think of other than grinding them down (I am NOT going to do that) or get the right ones from EK directly. Does anyone know if there is an EK rep who frequents here on these forums?



fitting problem aside (they just don't screw all the way) here are all the blocks and such mounted up. I am getting pretty stoked so far.




I'm still working on cutting up the mobo tray. The battery powered dremels suck. Or the battery on the one I'm using is just about shot, because it only lasts for about 10 minutes when I'm using the thing. Once the mobo tray is cut, I think I'm ready to put that fancy paint booth I built to some good use.
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going to upgrade to BD?
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2nd That! This rig looks AMAZIN'
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going to upgrade to BD?
Probably, but I'll wait till the second wave of them comes around.

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As you wish...



So before I continued cutting up the motherboard tray, I had a thought. My brain said to me, "Self, why have you not checked the coolant tube routing before cutting things? You know it's easier cheaper to route wires than tubes..." So today I spent the whole day mocking up the tubing on the computer. In the process I discovered that I was missing a few pieces because I failed to remember that non-scaled 2-D plans do not account for the to-scale 3-d real life.

Since I got a bigger bonus check at work than usual, I decided to get a few extra nifty things too. Here's the damage list of all things I ordered today from Performance-PCs:
  • 1 x Koolance Radiator, HX-422 Single 120mm
  • 4 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C43 G1/4" Fitting Spacer - Mini - Matte Black
  • 2 x EK-FC6970V2 Backplate for ATI Non-Reference 6970 - Black
  • 1 x Akasa PaxMate PLUS Premium Noise Reduction Kit
  • 8 x Bitspower G 1/4" Matte Black Dual Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter
  • 1 x Lamptron Deluxe Shakeproof Washer for Power Supply - Black
  • 1 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C61 G1/4" Matte Black IG1/4" Extender - 20mm
  • 1 x Bitspower G1/4" Black Sparkle IG1/4" Extender
  • 3 x Solid Wall Polyethylene Grommet Edging with Adhesive - Black
  • 2 x Bitspower G 1/4" Matte Black Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting
  • 2 x Koolance Dual VID Connector, Black Adjustable 2-3 Slot Spacing
  • 1 x PrimoCHILL Dye Bomb - Blood Red
  • 1 x PrimoCHILL Dye Bomb - UV Black
  • 2 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C63 G1/4" Matte Black IG1/4" Extender - 30mm
  • 1 x Phobya Angled Clip 90° for 19/13mm Tubing - Black
  • 1 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C72 Matt Black Dual IG1/4" Extender - 20MM


I found some of those spacers that I needed for the waterblocks that I posted about previously; I just hope the ones I ordered are going to work ok because EK was out of stock on their website. They were cheap though, so if they don't work then oh well. I had a single 120mm radiator already, however the one I had has 3/8th fittings on it and when I took off the fittings, I discovered that they weren't G1/4 treads, so I had to buy a new radiator also. I got one that will match the front radiator. The rest of the stuff I either found out I needed and forgot to order last time, or I just wanted it (i.e. backplates, akasa mat, thermometers, etc...)

I also want to clarify that this whole computer was not purchased under the influence, only the big stuff was. That would be things like computer hardware, case, pumps, radiators, etc. All the little stuff like fittings, coolant, tubing, etc... were purchased after the fact. However I might as well have, all the little stuff you have to keep buying because "I forgot that little piece, or I need a fitting to do this, or these xfire bridges are too long, etc..." are really adding up fast.

Moving forward though, I'm glad I decided to layout the tubing first because I discovered that where I was going to cut the motherboard tray wouldn't work. Turns out there is a piece of tubing there that would have blocked the holes. So now I've got to figure out how I'm going to run those cables.

Here are some pictures to hold everyone over until the next update. It will probably be a while because I'm now to the point to where I'm waiting on parts and when I'm painting I won't have time to update the progress. But I will try to take lots of pictures. You'll notice in the pictures that not every tube is connected to something or the tubing is cut too long; This is on purpose because either I don't have the correct fittings on hands, or because I'm not going to do the final cutting until the very end. I'd don't have a lot of extra tubing and I don't want to buy any more.






Edited by bane-o - 9/25/11 at 6:55pm
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Looks good so far, I make my best purchases while impaired, I see im not alone
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