Well, After looking at different ways to wire my rig, I realized some heavy cutting to the case was in order.
My new best friends
So now I've removed the mobo, PSU, and most everything else in the case. I mapped out some areas that I'll be drilling & nibbling out holes for various wiring, and running them behind the mobo and wherever else I can do it out of sight.
I'll add more pictures after I start chewing on it tomorrow.
In the meantime, I decided to lose the stock cooler on my new X1900GT.
The usual suspects.
I decided on the Maze4 GPU mostly because I have had good luck with Danger Den so far. Don't see a good reason to go with a different company when I know DD stuff works.
Good stuff here
Closeup of the Acetal top of the Maze4 GPU
Impressive finish, coming straight from the box, I think.
And here's our victim now!
Stock cooler retainer.
Not as big a frame buffer as I'm used to, but it should do the job
I've only used full coverage blocks in the past, so RAM cooling wasn't a problem. This time I didn't have that going for me, so I decided to get some good ramsinks.
Our victim, stripped of the stock cooler retainer.
And now we see beneath the veil.
A little 91% alcohol, and it comes clean nicely.
And here's the R580 core in all it's glory.
Lack of forethought on my part brought me to this... The low profile of the Maze4 GPU + the tall RAMsinks = Interference! I decided to trim down the pins on the RAMsinks that went under the input & output fittings on the block. I know it will reduce the effectiveness of the RAMsinks, but with enough air flow, it will still be far better than nothing at all.
I found this little setup, and it looks to be a good matchup with the waterblock + RAMsinks. It's adjustable, and throws a good amount of air.
And here's the finished product.
This shows the extent I had to trim the RAMsinks to make room for the tubing to the block.
Tomorrow, we nibble!!!!