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Poll Results: Should I Go 580 SLI or Wait for Kepler Cards

 
  • 28% (9)
    Purchase 580 SLI NOW - GET ROCKIN'!
  • 71% (23)
    Keep 560 SLI - Wait it out
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post #31 of 65
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That's a cool looking block! Like the LED accents.
   
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Yeah I really like the look of it...I can't wait for the new EX series of rads! We'll see how they perform in reviews and I'll probably get a 120.2 and mount it up top. And then another 120 on the bottom for the graphics cards.

Also starting the acrylic cutting today.
    
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Finished my primer on the pieces yesterday and set them in place. I am going to re-glue the PSU cover. It is ok, but I can tell it will come apart over time. I am picking up some acrylic glue from TAP plastics today that essentially melts the pieces together. A little stronger than what I have now (really the issue is there are only two pieces being glued.) I will figure out a mounting solution for the top piece at its furthest end to support it better.

Got my mesh for the vid cover I am making and will post some pics of the process once I get off my lazy butt this morning. Most of the other new parts are coming in next week so will have some real progress then (I hope.)

Random pics - here is the mesh I will be using



Vid card cooling and temp probe attachment





The board all stripped of the white and blue tubing - black tubing coming next week.

   
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I have a friend who is interested in buying my 560s with the water blocks for his mid-level gamer (for his son.) I would lose about $40 on the deal. I am debating whether to do this since I was going to wait until the Kepler cards come out next year before I drop big money on some hot cards.

I opened a poll to see what you all thought on the subject. At this point I am torn between waiting it out and getting the killer cards now. I am adding a third monitor to my current setup to get multi-screen action.

I just wondered what others would do in this situation. I think my hangup is with the fact the new cards are going to be seriously more powerful than what we have now. Although the price for 580s will drop a bit with the new cards. Man, I am torn! I suppose I needed another option on the poll - wait until Kepler then go 580 SLI at reduced prices. Sheesh.
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Spent more cash today - purchased 3 Alienware OptX AW2310 23-inch 3D Full HD Widescreen Monitors. Now if only I could get the rest of my parts in . . . .
   
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I'd stick with the 560s, they're awesome cards
I just spent some cash too, bought my sell a U3011...gonna buy two 19" or maybe two 17" to run in portrait mode on the sides of the U3011.

Also ordered a new rad for this weekend, I'll take pics and everything!
    
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Fantastic! I received my Koolance pump back today and it seems to be working fine. I have the remaining pieces arriving tomorrow (my new tubing.) I also ordered a set of grommets for the bay cover and the vid card cover for the tubing.

I have no idea how long it will be before the MDPC sleeving comes in from Germany. But to be honest I am in no hurry to spend HOURS on the sleeving! For now I am happy that by tomorrow I will be back to leak testing and hopefully up and running by the end of the week.

I will be putting my WD HDs in RAID and installing all my programs this week. My sexy new monitors will arrive Oct 24 I am told by Dell so cannot wait for those. Here is a pic till I get some unboxing pics up to wet your whistle.





   
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Those monitors look gorgeous! I just setup the 30" and it's massive! Can't wait to get the two monitors to flank it (gonna get desk mounts so they can be used in vertical and horizontal). Also just got a good deal on a 2600k since someone bought my 2500k from me, will be getting it for the weekend. Seems like this photoshoot is getting bigger and bigger by the day ! Lots of shipments coming this week , got the new rads, new fans, new cpu, new block. Gonna be a great weekend for building .
    
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Sounds awesome - cannot wait to see your build log.

I received a ton of little pieces today that I needed - on to the leak testing! Here are a few pics:

Setting up the CPU Rad with the new fan (I ditched the white one)







Cut and installed the black tubing I needed (I ditched the white and blue scheme - hmm there seems to be a trend here . . . )



Here is the system stripped of everything before I re-tube.





I have my acrylic ready to go - and I probably needed to wait on painting - but I couldn't wait! I need two things to get the holes in proper location on the back of the cover. First, the hole locations as they exist on the back of the reservoir. Of course none of the holes line up in any even way so I just colored around the edges with a permanent marker and did a little old fashioned cave rubbing. This gave me the following:



I don't need to drill out the hole that large since that is the size of the fitting - I just made a center mark for the 1/2 hole I will drill. Next I took a few measurements to place the holes on the back of the acrylic.



I will post the final install pics tomorrow of the final bay drive mockup. Next up was the reinstallation of the failed Koolance pump (crossing fingers it was working!)



All buttoned up and leak testing now. First pic shows how much air was in the system at startup - left side started about 5 minutes before right side in this pic. Very frothy.



Here is the res after running for about 15 minutes - quite a bit of air pumped out of the left side already. Looking good - no leaks!



Still have a long list of to-dos before I actually am up and running for good although I may skip a ahead a little since I have some fancy toys coming THURSDAY! YUP - my sexy 3D monitors come in this week and I cannot wait to check them out. Unfortunately, there is no way this system will be ready for them by then, but I will run them on my current rig (i7 860 OCd to 3.9, EVGA FTW mobo, 4gig corsair dominator, with a single 295 card - not ideal, but I should be able to run two.) So this week plan on finalizing water runs, finish painting all acrylic (finished my stencils - paint should look cool), rough in wiring for fans, LEDs, fan controller, temp leads (where oh where art thou MDPC sleeving?), finish vid card cover, do program installs and setup my RAID, and a few other things I seem to be forgetting. FUN!
   
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