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I have just bought my 3rd 480 from a member here

It came with an EK block attached that I have removed and found to be corroding frown.gif
This is not a big concern as I will be getting another Heatkiller GPU3 to replace it in a few weeks
Till then I was going to use EK block (I still might after I silicone the block)

So now I have fitted a reference cooler (Had to find everything took hours).

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About to fit and noticed that the heatpipes from the aircooler on new 480 will clash with the overly large compression fitting I am using.

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So at the end of my night I realize I will have to drain the GPU loop so I can change that fitting to accommodate the heatpipes.
One thing I want to know is what happens to a graphic card when the 8/6 pins are powered up before the computer is turned on?

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I have another PSU hiding behind the ATX1200 it is a TX650 and runs the pumps and fans.
I am not sure if I should run the 3rd 480 from this supply as the 1200 already deals with 2 480's , 9 X HDD's , and an overclocked Bloomfield.
I like having 2 power supplies as I can run the pumps without having the rig on
Will I be able to leave the 3rd 480 plugged into the spare PSU .
How do the guys with multiple PSU's on multi card rigs, do they have to be linked at the green/black wires so they turn on together, or can you just turn on the AUX PSU's first before starting computer.

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My rig is A huge mess at moment rads and pumps everywhere,
I have plans to move pumps into bottom of case Rads are staying outside the case but will be attached to it,
Some of the HDD's are going into the blue box on top of case which is going to be a hot-swap bay for 4 drives, leaving lots of room in bottom of case for pumps.

Also any hints on fixing a EK block with 100% silicone would be appreciated.
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Wow, what a mess.

If it was me, instead of another 480 w/block I'd sell the 480's, along with ALL of that water-cooling stuff, buy a couple of 7970's with TFIII or DCII coolers (or wait for Kepler), then get a Kuhler or the like for the CPU, put it all INSIDE the case, and be done with it. So what if your CPU goes to 4.6GHz instead of 4.8GHz or whatever the difference is ... I'm sure it's 'not much'. And a similar sitch will exist with the GPU's ...

And does it really matter that temps are a bit higher, so your gear will last 8 years instead of the 10 years it'll last with water-cooling? It'll all be tossed long before that anyway.

With my route, you'll probably end up with just as good of FPS, way less noise (considering how many fans you're using, and they're all over the desk not enclosed in the case), and come out WAAAAY ahead in terms of 'spare time', i.e. time to play the games you build a nice system for thumb.gif

Lastly, the bang for buck on a third card in SLI is generally really bad. It's the same additional $ as the 2nd card, but your scaling is only 35-45%, instead of 70-90%.

Sorry if that advice isn't useful to your situation, I'm just saying ... that's what I'd do wink.gif
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See the brown wall Its is a door that isnt used
I get all the heat moved out of my room
As for all the fans, they spin at about 500 RPM, I hadn't heard a HDD noise for years, that's all I hear now (unless the mouse farts).
As for selling my watercooling gear, it is the only gear I have that wont be redundant in a decade.
Pumps Rads and fittings will always be useful, as long as electricity carries Watts.
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How do the guys with multiple PSU's on multi card rigs, do they have to be linked at the green/black wires so they turn on together, or can you just turn on the AUX PSU's first before starting computer.
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^^ so not even A hint^^^
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3 GTX480's with work on the AX1200 with the pump and the hdd's. What overclocks are you doing? When overclocked to 815 core, air cooling used 50W more than with my water cooling at full load; so watercooling will save quite a bit of power.
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What the...?
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^^ so not even A hint^^^

http://www.add2psu.com/

Take a look at this, it is the cleanest solution I have seen, but also easily imitated if u want to DIY it.
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Those are... some interesting pics you have there bigeyedsmiley.png
As far as the Tri-SLi 480's, im more curious about the reliability, smoothness and compatibility with games then the performance.
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What the...?

Main reson behind build is to direct all the heat out of my room
The door behind does not get used
Never saw the reason behind just getting the heat away from case internals, when you can move it right out of the room.
Squeezing undersized rads into already hot case seemed to be popular but not practical for me.
If I am going to pay money to pick up the heat from my computer, I may as well Pay a bit more and have it moved to somewhere I want it to go.
In winter I will shut the door and use it as a heater.

Any answer on whether I can leave my second PSU attached to the card by 6/8 pin while the system is off
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