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Thanks to the 7970 price drop I'll be ordering a Gigabyte or Visiontek reference model in eight days!

After I have made sure I have my hands on one, I will get to ordering the rest of my parts, including some Bitfenix sleeved extesnsions. Rig SHOULD be done in the next two weeks! Stay tuned guys.
 
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*BIG UPDATE!*

Parts are all ordered!

From Newegg:
Sapphire Dual X 7970 (11197-01-40G) for $459.99 shipped. This is a reference PCB, just without a reference fan. If you check on EK's coolingconfigurator site this card's PCB is approved and cleared to take their FC7970 blocks. I got the non reference fan card mostly because it was, for some reason, $20 cheaper, and because Nemesis needs a new fan/heatsink for his 7970, as his reference Sapphire has a pretty bad one, and he's experiencing OCing issues because of it. According to Newegg, this is shipped and will arrive Thursday.

From eBay:
EK FC7970 (copper/acetal), EK 7970 backplate, EK single I/O bracket for $87shipped. I know this may be sketchy, and I haven't got the block yet, but it was a great deal, and if it doesn't arrive I can just have eBay sort it out. According to the person I ordered it from, it has been shipped.

From PerformancePCs:
3 x PrimoFlex Pro LRT White Tubing -3/8in. ID X 5/8in. OD $6.00
3 x Yate Loon CLEAR 120mm Low Speed Silent Case Fan with Red LED - D12SL-124R - Sleeved
- Cable: Convert to 3-Pin only (Cut off extra connectors) - Sleeved
- Sleeve Color: Red
- Heatshrink Color: Black $20.85
1 x EK-Supreme HF High Flow - CPU Water Block "Easy Mount" - Copper/Acetal
- Fitting Size: 3/8" Barb for 3/8" ID tube $72.95
1 x IandH Silver KillCoils - Antimicrobial .999 Fine Silver Tubing / Reservoir Strip $6.99
1 x BitFenix 4-pin ATX Extension Cable - 45 cm - Red Sleeve $5.99
1 x BitFenix ATX 24pin Extension Cable - 30cm - Red Sleeve $9.99
1 x XSPC EX120 Copper Single-Fan Radiator
- Fitting Size: No Fittings $39.95
1 x XSPC EX240 Copper Dual-Fan Radiator
- Fitting Size: No Fittings $49.95
1 x Monsoon Free Center Compression Fittings, 3/8" x 5/8" Six Pack - Matte Black $35.99
For a grand total of, plus shipping, $267.13
According to PPCs, this is still being processed.

From FrozenCPU:
-Bitfenix Alchemy Multisleeve 6-Pin PCI-E Extension Cable - 45cm - Red (BFA-MSC-6PEG45RK-RP) $8.99
-Bitfenix Alchemy Multisleeve 8-Pin PCI-E Extension Cable - 45cm - White Sleeve / White Conenctor (BFA-MSC-8PEG45WW-RP) $9.99
Plus shipping, the total was: $27.31Yeah, a bit pricey, but whatever. According to FrozenCPU, this is being packaged, and should be shipped by today.

I'll have you guys updated with pictures when it all gets here! Stay tuned.
Edited by Lazy Bear - 4/30/12 at 12:05pm
 
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*Small update*

FrozenCPU emailed me saying my cables were shipped. Tracking number has yet to work with USPS, and so I can just hope that it'll be here within three days, so probably Thursday, the same day as the 7970.
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*UPDATE!*
Got the 7970, here are some pics, I have some more of the card when it was finished but I need to paint the bracket black before I can post them without it looking bad! Here you go: (56k warning)
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So, after a while of working, here we go!

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Sorry for huge images, but what do you guys think? I will post the rest later!
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Got some better pictures!

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As you can see, the res is out a bit and the front door is off, I'm going to have to reapply the magnets and find the screws for the res, as it will NOT stay in its place.
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Sorry about the huge images, trying to sort it out now.
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All right, for anyone who's still watching, I'm finally back and I'm going to be ordering some last parts to make it look prettier.

I have recently discovered that EK offers white acetal and red plexi tops for their current water blocks, not their new circle ones that are horrible, but for the Supreme HF and gen1 FC7970/FC680s, so I'm definitely going to be grabbing white acetal tops for my two blocks, I just think it'll add some much needed pizzazz to the build! I'm also going to be grabbing some more BitFenix extenders for my SATA cables, case cables, SATA power cables, and my fan controller cables. On top of this I'll be grabbing four more Yate Loon low speeds in red; currently I have push pull (I'll have to upload some pictures), but it's with two Cooler Master Sickle Flow fans, which are medium high speeds, and an Antec red LED fan, also a high speed fan, so it's got the noise up quite a bit. Lastly I'm considering grabbing some red and white Monsoon fittings. Just to make everything easier, here's a list of parts that are up and coming:

Aesthetics:
-EK Supreme HF white acetal top
-EK FC7970 white acetal top
-4x Yate Loon red low speeds
-BitFenix red extenders for:
-4x SATA6GB/s
-1x EPS/ATX
-1x 8-pin (for 7970)
-SATA power
-Case panel
-5x 3 pin to 3x3pin for fan controller
-NZXT Phantom door with window (white)
-Monsoon reds/whites (24 total) 3/8" x 5/8"

Next up are some more components. I'm grabbing Corsair low profile Vengeances, 16GB total, 2x4GB red and 2x4GB white. Passed that I'm getting a Corsair Force GT 60GB for Windows and a WD 1TB Caviar Black, and because of this I'm going to have to remount my HDD cage so that they aren't all sitting in the drive bays. I'll most likely have to use a rivet gun to lock the drive bay cage into the case, since there aren't any screw holes that fit, and no other jerry rigging stuff works from what I can tell. So I'll have a 1TB, a 500GB, and a 60GB SSD. That'll be nice. The last thing I will be doing is getting a second 7970 with an EK FC7970 plexi copper, since that's the only one I can find, a white top and a backplate along with an EK dual card bridge in parallel, which will make it look a lot cleaner. Once that's done and I've fixed any visible cables or disorganised looks I am considering grabbing an AX850 and personally sleeving all of the cables with white and red MDCP sleeves, but that will come later, not too sure about that. So now for a list of components that are up and coming:

Hardware:
-Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB white
-Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB red
-Corsair Force GT 60GB SSD
-Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black
-Sapphire 7970 OC reference
-EK FC7970 plexi/copper
-EK FC7970 white acetal top
-EK Dual card bridge w/ 2x links (parallel)
-(Maybe)Corsair AX850

I'm not too sure how quickly everything will be coming in, stick around for updates!
 
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I'd shorten the piece of red tubing coming out of the 120mm rad going to the GPU, so 1) it looks cleaner, and 2) it will apply some "lift" on the GPU block putting less stress on the motherboard (I have the same card+block, and as you know the card weighs quite a bit after blocking it)
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I hadn't considered it was too long, if I'm honest. When I change the tops of the blocks, IE when I drain the loop, I'll be sure to do that. I didn't even realise it was drooping a bit. Thanks for the insight, that might save me hardware trouble later on!
 
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