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post #11 of 81
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Yesterday I decided to lap the CPU.

Was sanding when I noticed blood. Blood?

Idiot Tip of the Day: Wear gloves unless you want to sand off the ends of your fingers.

Here's some shots











Lapping really sucks. Hopefully it still works fine.
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post #12 of 81
Wow that is some serious shiny you created with your sweat and blood (literally in this case).
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I laughed at your pictures. Good luck with your rig!
 
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post #14 of 81
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I was working on the bottom layout of the TJ07, where the pump, radiator + fans, and PSU will be fitting. I had the radiator with fittings set up to how I think I'm going to have it when finalized, so I thought I'd share some pictures of my whacky setup.


This is the XSPC RX 480 radiator with 4x 120mm Noiseblocker PL-2 fans and bitspower fittings on a Phobia radiator stand. I had to modify the stand for the radiator fittings to set things up the way I want it.


Here you can see the setup a bit closer. While I hate to have to do a 90-degree setup, it's really the only way to get things fitting in the bottom properly.


Here are each of the fittings involved in radiator setup.
G1/4-male to G1/4-male extension
G1/4-female T-fitting
G1/4-male temperature probe (to measure temps going in and out of rad)
G1/4-male to G1/4-female 90-degree dual rotary
G1/4-male to 1/2" compression fitting dual rotary

Let me know if you think there are problems with this setup.
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post #15 of 81
The nice thing about those 90-degree fittings is they are a more gradual radius in the corner so the flow rate won't be impacted as much as some other fittings can be. I like it and it should work great
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post #16 of 81
First of all your setup will ROCK for SWTOR!

On my RIG it runs very well, so you shouldn't really have any issues. I had heard about the EVGA heat-spreader, but glad you got that resolved.

You should be able to see a 4.6 - 4.8 overclock on your processor and still have pretty good temps which will let you go a bit further, if you so desire.

I also went with 16GB of RAM, and I am so glad I did. Maybe its just de-bugging code in the beta, but at the moment SWOR uses quite a bit of RAM, VRAM, and CPU power.

On my 30" at 2560x1600 my VRAM usage is just above 1.3GB, so you should be fine, although I have shadows off. SWTOR has used up to 6GB of RAM all by itself!

If I may, I would suggest getting a Razer NAGA and either a Razer Nostromo, or a Logitech G13 for SWTOR. Lots of people are using these with great results. Then again, I did notice a Razer mousepad, so maybe you already have this covered.

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Originally Posted by Zmanster View Post
If you're going to watercool. Start off with the XSPC RASA RX360 kit. If you want better temps for overclocking, then buy an RX240 rad in addition to the RX360 rad.
I agree! But you may already have your WC setup picked out.

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Originally Posted by fluxlite View Post
Actually, a lot of mmorpgs (WoW especially) are very often CPU bound, and scale very well with overclocks
It is pretty much a CPU and RAM hog! I did notice an improvement when the CPU was overclocked. But 4.5GHz is more than sufficient, and anything between 4.3 and 4.8 you won't notice much of a difference. But going from 3.4 to 4.5 you will see a difference in this game.


NICE modding btw! If you have any questions about the game we have a nice long thread going on here:
http://www.overclock.net/pc-games/10...ic-thread.html

Can't wait to hear how it performs!
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post #17 of 81
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I've actually played the beta for the two beta weekends. Really enjoyed it, and they made a lot of improvements in that month between the two weekends.

Game runs good on my AMD-ATI system I currently use, even though it has some ATI driver issues and memory leak problems.

I already have all my parts bought, got Koolance blocks.

I've also had my mouse that I love for about a year, the Razer Naga Epic. Had a Logitech G15 original, just got rid of it for the Logitech G110. Don't need the LCD screen, never used it. The Razer Goliathus Control is the nicest mousepad I've ever own, and had a few gaming ones. It's great, so smooth.
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post #18 of 81
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So I've come to realize, this being my first modding build, that it's a HUGE learning process. Things such as measuring and checking fittings before cutting or drilling is very useful. Luckily I have some aluminum filler that can be used in powder coating, cause I'm going to need it.

I had drilled and tapped the bottom mounting area for the pump, but, turns out that it was too close to the front for the hose to properly fit down to it. So I will have to make new screw holes (and fill the old ones) to mount the pump where it needs to be.

But it's all a learning process. Even old pro's make mistakes (to be fair, he didn't have the case there).

So while trying to see how stuff fits, I have noticed that only half of the reservoir screw holes line up. This is a custom made reservoir by CyberDruid. I had ask for the screw holes to be 2mm back from normal position to make room for the front plate that will be covering the entire front opening.


Here's a shot showing one of the screw holes that doesn't quite line up properly.

Luckily however, he only did the top holes (guess he thought 16 screws should be enough to hold it up). This will allow me to drill and tap the bottom holes like I did in this shot.

Some pretty MDPC-X screws and washers.

But I wasn't dumb and just try drilling away. No, no, too S-M-R-T for that!
I remember an old trick my dad or grandfather or teacher somewhere used.

Don't have a drill press? No problem! Just put on some masking tape and now you got a depth marker.

So here you can see a close up shot of CyberDruid's screw holes on the top and my screw hole on the bottom with the black screw in it.

Now that I can see it didn't go too deep, I'll feel better about screwing into the area that will hold the water.

Here's a back distance shot of the reservoir, you can see that it's four bays high, has very thick sides, has both a top port hole and a bottom drain hole, along with in and out holes on the back.


Here's another angle shot where you can more clearly see that the water holding part is only half the depth of a drive bay. I didn't feel that I need four bays worth of water, plus it gives me some room to hide the mountings along with area to place LED's to shine towards the front red transparent plexiglass and illuminate the Sith Empire logo.

I still have the protective paper on the front until I'm done building, don't want to scratch it up.
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post #19 of 81
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Been busy with some other real life matters for the last little while, so haven't had much chance to work on the build.

But it will be time for some more waterjet cutting soon. Going to be cutting out a new motherboard backplate, new power supply backplate, and possibly new fan badges, since I can't seem to get a damn print job where the black looks black.

So here's a teaser of the motherboard backplate I'll be getting cut out. Friend is doing a mock-up piece at his work out of some other material just so I can see if all the holes are lined up correctly being paying for the waterjet cutting.



The writing is old Sith (Sith Prophecy font), which can be seen in the movie on some things, such as Darth Vader's chest panel. It says "Sith Empire"

Slowly things are getting done. Need to definitely find more time to really work on it more.
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D'oh, double post.
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