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Subbed. Bring forth the updates biggrin.gif

Not sure if you see it but there's a big "(***COMPLETED***)" in capital in the title.
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Not sure if you see it but there's a big "(***COMPLETED***)" in capital in the title.

Haha... This build was from when I was first starting posting here on OCN... Man the nostalgia is huge... erayser helped a lot with this one if I recall as well smile.gif... This was his build doh.gif
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Sorry guys and gals, I wasn't planning to update this thread until I start tearing my case down, and doing more mods to my case. I guess kpoeticg got a little excited when I mentioned that I may update my old build threads with parts I recently purchased.

I've updated my system here and there since I completed my build. I went from a 42" TV monitor... to 3 monitors surround (BenQ 120hz). I kept the 42" and moved it above the surround monitors:

3benq_rig.png


I also purchased 3x GTX 780's back in July... 2 currently using on air:

trio780wb.jpg


They are still on air because I was waiting for this motherboard (RIV BE)... which I recieved yesterday:

rivbe_deliv.jpg


After seeing all the awesome acrylic builds, I've been buying items to do a all black theme...

blk_thm.jpg


Other things I'm planning to update is getting rid of the bay reservior. I bought a EK Dual D5 pump top, and go with a cylinder reservior. Also, I'm planning to take out the hotswap bay, and try to fit a 240, or go with 120 rad in the front.

I guess when kpoeticg found out what I was planning in the RIV BE thread... all he wanted to do was just subscribe to the thread. I'll update the title to "update in progress" when I have things to post.

Even if I wasn't planning to up this thread so soon... it's nice to be back... and nice looking at all the awesome builds again.
    
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Hey man, always great to see awesome builds get upgraded, and become even more sweet! Also, I am currently migraiting to an 800D, and I wondered how you got the Koolance shroud on. With the rad on inside you cannot poke the fan wires in very well and the shroud's lip makes it si that you can't drill a hole and tuck them through. I'd love to see how you did it!
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Hey man, always great to see awesome builds get upgraded, and become even more sweet! Also, I am currently migraiting to an 800D, and I wondered how you got the Koolance shroud on. With the rad on inside you cannot poke the fan wires in very well and the shroud's lip makes it si that you can't drill a hole and tuck them through. I'd love to see how you did it!

I was meaning to pull the shroud off to do some maintenance... so your question kind of motivated me to start working on it, and start planning my updates. I wanted to rotate my top rad anyway so the fittings are above the mobo. I'm getting rid of the bay reservoir, so my plumbing would look better with the fittings on left side... especially with acrylic tubing.

As for your question, I drilled entry holes on the angled lip where top rad is mounted. It is tight... so you will have to insert the fan connector holes before mounting the rad. On the bottom picture, you can see the edge of the rad, so inserting the fan connector might be a little difficult with the rad fully mounted.

Excuse the dust... and I hope this helps...thumb.gif

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Ah, I see. I ended up drilling 3 holes towards the front, and then drilling 3 in the bottom lip of the shroud. Grommeted, it looks clean, I'll get some pictures when I head back out to the shop. My dad didn't think cuttinf on the lip would work hahaha. Thanks man! Can't wait to see how it looks with the upgrades!
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OH YEAH. 800D club baby haha good to see this log kick started again!
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I'm officially sick of what a money pit watercooling is. Working on my build getting blocks, fittings, and plumbing planned out... I looked up how much I spent to redo my loop the last couple months. I spent a total of $1482 just on watercooling parts alone. That's not including the rads, pumps and GT AP-15 fans I'm reusing. If I include the price of my reused WC parts, add another $500.

Why do we do this?????

Pulled out all WC parts boxes (some empty) to see what's going into my update...

wcparts2013.jpg

Anyhow... I disassembled my rig, and starting to work on it. My wife is not very happy about her dining room table. Christmas dinner is going to be served on this table in a week.... let the fun begin... smile.gif

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Looks like every table in my apartment lately :p

 

Agreed about the money pit. We do it because of a very serious and contagious condition known as "Upgrade-itus". Cases of it have been popping up sporadically all over OCN. It's unknown if a cure can or will be found. For now all that can be done is apologize to our loved ones and assure them that we're gonna quit after this "One Last Build" :D:D

 

Lol.... anyway, pics look great. Looking forward to some more eye candy :thumb:

    
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I'm glad I'm doing this update so I could make changes I wanted to do ever since I completed my first build. One thing I hated was I used nuts and bolts to hold on the koolance shroud. It was a pain to install the shroud, so I never took it off to clean my top radiator. As a result, I never drained or maintained my loop... since it would a pain to install again. When I finally took it apart (2 whole years later)... the radiators had so much dust, I'm surprised my temps didn't shoot through the roof.

First change was to make it easy to take the shroud off, so I can clean easily maintain my system. I bought these rubber nuts that sort of act as a tool-less rubber rivet... and it works really well:

12-19-13a.jpg

Since it leaves a gap between the shroud and case, I put a strip of foam tape to seal any air from escaping through the sides:

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Since I didn't maintain my loop, and never drained the water, I was a little scared what I would find in my CPU block. All I had was EC6 coolant only running for 2 years... no silver coil or anything. I was surprised that my tubing and blocks still looked pretty good... thumb.gif

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Another thing that bugged and wanted to change was the ugly blue pump RPM wire. I changed it to black... along with black connectors:

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Another change to go along with the darker look to go with my RIV Black Edition was changing my white fans with GT AP-15's to match all my radiator fans. Now I have 15 AP-15's in my rig... which is plenty for a 800D. Also, this reminded me how much I hated sleeving all my fans and cables in my initial build.

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I installed my radiators and test fitted my mobo to see if interferes with any of my fittings and pump top reservoir:

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I was going to put my 120 rad where the hot swap bay is... but I didn't want any of my acrylic tubing to go towards the front. That's one reason why I hated my bay reservoir... so I'm using a tube reservoir this time around. I would have preferred all my rads be internal, but I didn't want cover my sexy RIV BE... plus I don't really look at the rear of my computer anyway.wink.gif

In the next couple of days, I'll be soldering white LED's go with my EK acrylic blocks... until the next time I update... enjoy!!!
    
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