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i finally got around to finishing my current build. here are some random pics. some are from during the build and others are of the completed rig. bear with me because i am definitely not a photographer

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as you can see i took a different approach to fitting 2 rads "in" a 500r
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the rads are placed serially in the loop. this was done out of necessity but the temps are good so i am pretty happy with it. would've rather had the rads alternate with blocks in the loop, but i chose a bit of form over function. luckily the temps are good. with stock clocks i run about 23-25 deg c (cpu) and 33-35 deg c (vid cards) at idle. load temps are mid 30s and 40s respectively. not bad considering the 1100 is a 125w'er and the 480s aren't exaclty known to run cool. the northbridge on the gigabyte ud5 runs hot as well.

the rads are mounted to a phobya 120x2 rad grill using xspc rad brackets and linked with a crystal link tube that i trimmed to size. the entire assembly is then mounted to the rad compartment of the 500r using the provided fan/rad holes
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bitspower 150 res hanging off the back
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built a single led line to make it a bit easier to check to coolant level in the res. i am using an unused fan header on the mobo to power it
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plenty of room between the 90 degree fittings for the rad inputs/outputs
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using a phobya quick disconnect for my drain line
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inside shot showing the whole loop
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dual gtx480s connected with a phobya sli connector. i also used a longer koolance sli connector on the bottom of the bottom card to connect to a koolance manifold. the manifold splits to the drain and the pump
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phobya inline temp sensor which i connected to a lamptron fc5 with the 4 120mm fans for the rads
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heatkiller rev 3 block and ek northbridge block
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from the inside you can see the rads/rad brackets mounted to the phobya rad grill
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switec 655 with bitspower pump kit and v2 mod top. had to mod the bracket slightly to hang the pump under the hdd cage instead of mounting it to the floor of the case
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some sleeving shots. i wanted to keep the sleeving simple, but not completely one color. while the gray breaks up all the black, having a few lines a different color can really make you anal about how the wires are run.

psu
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mobo 8 pin
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vid card 6/8 pin power. i had to remove the caps on the silverstone vid card power lines and re-solder further down at a spot where they would be behind the mobo tray
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front panel connectors
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res led
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and the back side..
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i used single sleeve wire clamps for the 8 pin mobo power line since there isnt much room in that area between the back cover and the back of the mobo tray.
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keeps everything nice and flat
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made a custom psu line to power the 3 sata drives (sata power) and the pump (4 pin molex)
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i also made a custom sata/molex 4 pin power line to power the cathode enclosure/optical drive/lamptron fan controller

here is the enclosure i made for the cathode inverters. reduces the number of power connections you need and reduces the wires you have to hide

inverter enclosure
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inside
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switch panel with bulgin switches. after this pic i switched to the larger bulgin switches. couldnt fit my finger in the small ones to depress the buttons
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installed using the 4 thmbscrew holes corsair provides for screwing the 2 hdd cages together
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had to add a couple personal touches

plexi cover over the hdd cage. there is a strip of blue leds mounted behind the black vinyl. i again used a mobo fan header for power
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plexi cover for the area that was normally covered by a mesh grill. the rads ensured the oem piece wouldn't fit anymore
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finally...all lit up
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had to give the desk some love too. swapped my 22" dell for a 24" asus hdmi hd led monitor and put all the monitors up on arms. really helps to increase desk space (old pc still in this pic)

before
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after
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i am pretty happy with the build. i saved a couple bucks since i got good deals on the mobo and vid cards here used. only hang-up i ran into was a bad lamptron controller. will have to get around to rma'ing it later. got a second one i was going to use in another build so i am good for now.
    
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post #2 of 11
thats awesome cabling o.O
and i like what you did with the 2x360 rad mounting
nice job overall thumb.gif
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post #3 of 11
pretty slick. are those fans pushing or pulling? either way it doesnt look too efficient, but if it keeps the temps where you want them thumb.gif
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both. i am pulling through the 1st rad and pushing through the second. air flow seems pretty good. th 1st rad in the series is actually getting fed warm air from the fans on the second rad, so you are right it isnt the most efficient setup. luckily the second rad in the loop is the one getting fresh air and the coolant has already passed through the 1st rad.

i think i will try some different fans though. the coolermaster fans i am using now do ok but the airflow vs. the noise they produce isnt too impressive
    
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Amazing attention to detail biggrin.gif

Great job thumb.gif
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Just wondering what type of sleeving is that, and where can I get?
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hey phiberoptix...it is 550 cord (or paracord)

costs about $8 for a 100' and comes in a bunch of colors. it is a little time consuming to sleeve each individual wire but the result is great.

http://www.amazon.com/Rothco-550-Pound-Commercial-Paracord-100-Feet/dp/B000S5ODOQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327165285&sr=8-1
    
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already time for an update to basic black...

side shot shows the pa120.2 thermochill rad i pulled out of retirement

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i used threaded rod to mount the rad. used this method opn my last build and it held up great for years

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couple of bitspower 45s help route the tube in the limited space

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couldnt have more rad without more pump. went with a crystal link tube as i did between the top rads to route the flow. bitspower v2 pump tops ensure i had the needed routing options

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can still get to the pump controls. currently running both on 4. dead quiet and plenty of flow

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parting shot

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post #9 of 11
That motherboard looks sexy tongue.gif
Build looks awesome nice attention to detail biggrin.gif
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heh...i think you may be biased
    
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