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Anyone have any experience with "The Mod" in a Silverstone FT02 case that didn't involve mounting the rad directly on top of the bottom mounted 180mm fans?

I want to finally give my Evga GTX 670 FTW card a makeover with "The Mod". However, I would like to mount the radiator at the 120MM fan slot in the top of my case. I should have more then enough space even with my Phanteks TC14PE CPU cooler. With the 120MM fan removed, I have just under 4.5inches(114mm) of space between the top of my case and my CPU cooler. I have about 2.5 inches(63mm) space between the side of my nvidia card and my side panel(window). If you hadn't already guessed, I'm wanting to run the tubing alongside the edge of the card rather go under it(Which would not work, tubing not long enough.)

I'm fairly confident that everything will fit just fine. I just wanted to see if anyone has done it already with this particular case while using a large CPU cooler.
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So I've joined the club, and I'm happy but also concerned. To preface, the only demand I put on my PC/GPU is playing BF3 and more recently using Unigine Heaven only to benchmark my OC, which I've only done for a couple weeks now.

MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 TFIII
750/1500/1950

*stock HS/OC'd*
Using MSI Afterburner, with a voltage bump of +50mv I can OC to 850mhz & 2000 on the memory. Experimenting with my OC using the stock HS I could run Unigine Heaven just fine. If I pushed it too far the program would fail and I'd get a "driver failure/successful recovery" message. Tweak and try again, no problem. The GPU temp would rise to 60*, fans set to 70%, but of course that's loud and audible while playing BF3 wearing a headset.

Hence "the MOD" to not only better cool but to run quite. GPU Temp is now 39* at idle, down from mid/upper 40's.

Here's the problem.

After doing the mod my OC won't stick when I run Heaven. Meaning that as soon as Heaven starts Afterburner reverts to stock speeds. There are no error messages, rather it just reverts to stock speeds and continues to run Heaven. Is it because there are no fans connected to the GPU, therefore Afterburner protects itself and resets?

So, disappointed and confused I played BF3 for a couple hours. OC held just fine the entire time and temps never got above 50*. So I then downloaded Kombustor for the first time and ran it without any issues, although one of the benchmark kept throttling (MSI logo test?). The "sphere" test ran fine. Temps did get up to 54* though, however no cause for alarm I assume.

If it runs BF3 then I'm pleased as punch, after all that's my only concern. But simply knowing it failed one benchmark has got me flustered. I don't know why but I'm a bit upset by this.

I'm using a thermal compound bought from CompUsa a few years ago. Labelled as "pc something" it's silver and is made by Arctic. I'd like to get idle temps to lower 30's. I'm going to add a second 120mm fan to the radiator tonight. I had to punt and use zip ties since I could not find 1-1/2" #4 screws at 9pm, so maybe better pressure will help out. Perhaps some newer compound might find a degree or two, and maybe a couple more by lapping the 620.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Homemade bracket 1/4" Lexan


Zip ties will be replaced when I can find #4 screws at 1-1/2" length.


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Edited by dbthump - 2/13/13 at 11:54am
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Anyone have any experience with "The Mod" in a Silverstone FT02 case that didn't involve mounting the rad directly on top of the bottom mounted 180mm fans?

I want to finally give my Evga GTX 670 FTW card a makeover with "The Mod". However, I would like to mount the radiator at the 120MM fan slot in the top of my case. I should have more then enough space even with my Phanteks TC14PE CPU cooler. With the 120MM fan removed, I have just under 4.5inches(114mm) of space between the top of my case and my CPU cooler. I have about 2.5 inches(63mm) space between the side of my nvidia card and my side panel(window). If you hadn't already guessed, I'm wanting to run the tubing alongside the edge of the card rather go under it(Which would not work, tubing not long enough.)

I'm fairly confident that everything will fit just fine. I just wanted to see if anyone has done it already with this particular case while using a large CPU cooler.

I have a Raven RV02E. I put the rad in the 5.25 bay and bought a triple hieght bay cover. I have the CPU rad in the top slot.
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Originally Posted by dbthump View Post

So I've joined the club, and I'm happy but also concerned. To preface, the only demand I put on my PC/GPU is playing BF3 and more recently using Unigine Heaven only to benchmark my OC, which I've only done for a couple weeks now.

MSI GTX 560 Ti 448 TFIII
750/1500/1950

*stock HS/OC'd*
Using MSI Afterburner, with a voltage bump of +50mv I can OC to 850mhz & 2000 on the memory. Experimenting with my OC using the stock HS I could run Unigine Heaven just fine. If I pushed it too far the program would fail and I'd get a "driver failure/successful recovery" message. Tweak and try again, no problem. The GPU temp would rise to 60*, fans set to 70%, but of course that's loud and audible while playing BF3 wearing a headset.

Hence "the MOD" to not only better cool but to run quite. GPU Temp is now 39* at idle, down from mid/upper 40's.

Here's the problem.

After doing the mod my OC won't stick when I run Heaven. Meaning that as soon as Heaven starts Afterburner reverts to stock speeds. There are no error messages, rather it just reverts to stock speeds and continues to run Heaven. Is it because there are no fans connected to the GPU, therefore Afterburner protects itself and resets?

So, disappointed and confused I played BF3 for a couple hours. OC held just fine the entire time and temps never got above 50*. So I then downloaded Kombustor for the first time and ran it without any issues, although one of the benchmark kept throttling (MSI logo test?). The "sphere" test ran fine. Temps did get up to 54* though, however no cause for alarm I assume.

If if runs BF3 then I'm pleased as punch, after all that's my only concern. But simply knowing it failed one benchmark has got me flustered. I don't know why but I'm a bit upset by this.

I'm using a thermal compound bought from CompUsa a few years ago. Labelled as "pc something" it's silver and is made by Arctic. I'd like to get idle temps to lower 30's. I'm going to add a second 120mm fan to the radiator tonight. I had to punt and use zip ties since I could not fine 1-1/2" #4 screws at 9pm, so maybe better pressure will help out. Perhaps some newer compound might find a degree or two, and maybe a couple more by lapping the 620.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Homemade bracket 1/4" Lexan


Zip ties will be replaced when I can find #4 screws at 1-1/2" length.


Unlapped

Reinstall drivers and try again. That'd be my guess. I'd also lapp the cooler surface. It really badly needs it.
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Now that the fans are unplugged from the GPU PCB, can I plug fans into them with an adapter cord?
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Originally Posted by Wolf87 View Post

Anyone have any experience with "The Mod" in a Silverstone FT02 case that didn't involve mounting the rad directly on top of the bottom mounted 180mm fans?

I want to finally give my Evga GTX 670 FTW card a makeover with "The Mod". However, I would like to mount the radiator at the 120MM fan slot in the top of my case. I should have more then enough space even with my Phanteks TC14PE CPU cooler. With the 120MM fan removed, I have just under 4.5inches(114mm) of space between the top of my case and my CPU cooler. I have about 2.5 inches(63mm) space between the side of my nvidia card and my side panel(window). If you hadn't already guessed, I'm wanting to run the tubing alongside the edge of the card rather go under it(Which would not work, tubing not long enough.)

I'm fairly confident that everything will fit just fine. I just wanted to see if anyone has done it already with this particular case while using a large CPU cooler.
I've got my 1st GPU in the exhaust slot and the 2nd one in my 5" bays. Tried mounting them directly on the AP180s but the radiator exhaust was too much for the VRMs, even with push-pull. You shouldn't have a problem, but I'm disappointed - I was thinking of grabbing a 670 so I wouldn't have to deal with pump noise :/. Hopefully you're just going for the OC thumb.gif
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Now that the fans are unplugged from the GPU PCB, can I plug fans into them with an adapter cord?

I think one of these guys would do the job wink.gif
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I think one of these guys would do the job wink.gif

Seems to be the same as newegg.
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Finally did The Mod this past weekend -- 2 Asetek 760GC's on Dual Quad-Core 2356 Opteron and 2 GTX 460's... I'll be posting some
sexy pics (edit: posted below) when I get a chance.. both here and on the Asetek 760GC Review thread. Everything went great except for a couple hiccups..
Some notes for anyone interested:

First of all, these Asetek 760GC's are (correct me if wrong) virtually identical to Kuhler 620's - since Asetek OEM's them for Antec and others -
except they have 2 pumps/coldplates and a double-thick rad. I can not believe they sell these for the paltry sum of $69 on eBay!

I had to mod the CPU brackets to work with Socket F 1207.. Since I had been using Zalman 9500 (or maybe 9700's - not sure anymore) for
years, and those are AM2, I assumed the 760GC pumps would go right on.. not so.. I had to Dremel® off two of the four extension/hole
thingies and make new holes closer in - to match up the 2 holes in the backplates of my Asus KFN5-D SLI mobo - which have 6-32 threads..
that was really nice!! Some 1" 6-32 bolts from Lowes® worked beautifully in securing the pumps to CPU's -- they went right through the
bracket holes - which I took extra care to drill precisely - and screwed right into the backplates. Perfect-o-mundo!

Unfortunately my DWoods had not arrived in time (have not checked mail today - but as of yesterday, they still were not here... they were
ordered on 1/31 and supposedly shipped on 2/5.. ***?) and I had to kick it oldschool and do the zips... but hey!.. was a total piece of cake -
and when I saw how secure they were (used the good zips from Lowes®) I did kind of have a little buyer's remorse. Oh well, I will likely use
the DWoods at some point.. might upgrade GPU's before doing next build this summer. (edit: arrived on 14th.. 9 days w/ USPS 1st Class --
perhaps you should upgrade postage with DWood if you get these)

But I have to tell you all - this f-ing blew away my expectations of just how cool and quiet my system could be! I used to get up 87°C on
460's during 3D GPU rendering @ 99% load... they have not gone above 40° since installing these pups!.. and about the same for Optys...
those would get up to maybe mid 70's @ 100% load.. now top out under 40°!... I about soiled myself when I realized these numbers were
real. I thought maybe I would be in the mid-50's or something.. if I was lucky. I could not be happier about temps... Used Antec Formula 7.
Probably helped significantly. And sound levels... jesus.. my office is more like a morgue now - and no longer like JFK. Really, the only
thing I hear now is the PSU (Thermaltake ToughPower 750W).

My case is a Lian-Li PC-V2100 Plus II... It is one gigantic mofo of a case. The top and bottom halves are divided for separate airflows. The
motherboard is mounted upside-down in this case... strange.. but that does put the PCI-E's up at very top - pros and cons to that, I guess.
I have 5 Corsair AF120's - bottom front intake for HD's - side panel intake blowing directly on VRM's etc of 460s' - back intake - and two
exhaust out drive bays (empty) in the front. And I have 2 Corsair SP120's on the rads pushing. Oh, the rads are stacked between the mobo
and the drive bays (exhaust bay, henceforth). 7 Corsair (oh yeah - quiet editions - I know, a little weaker.. but doing a fantastic job) fans total.
I went with 2 Arctic Heatsink kits to help cool the 460's. So with the side fan blowing directly at these, we should be good-to-go.

I did some things to slap all this crap together - which would probably qualify me for Ghetto-Mod-of-the-Year award... you will see when I get
the sexy snaps up... some of you are sure to laugh your asses off. But I could care less about aesthetics. Only care about temps and sound..
and jesus did The Mod knock it out of the park.

I want to thank, so very much, the ones who started this and for everyone else who had great tips etc throughout this and 760GC Review
thread!!.. this will actually have a profound impact on my work life. I am a freelance designer, 3D guy and JS programmer who is at
his pc no less than 10 hours a day. I really thought I was about to go completely insane from the noise levels alone.. plus I needed to get
those temps down on GPU's when rendering... thanks again! Stay tuned for pics - again, when I get a chance.

EDIT: HERE ARE THOSE SEXY SNAPS! (sorry.. the battery was dead on my Canon 20D.. had to use Android)








Edited by FrankSilvaHM - 2/18/13 at 9:23pm
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great post frank, well detailed. If the post is any indication I think we are all in for a treat with your photos. You have some great temps there. Enjoy the silence biggrin.gif

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You mention you are a 3d guy, do you mean vid and pics or like 3d cad design. Im a bit of a photo buff (not super good but really enjoy it) and try to make 3d photos any chance I get. Perhaps we talk sometime, very few I know who create in 3d.... pick your brain eek.gif
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