So my graphics cards arrived, I sold my 4GB FTW as at the time I thought they were using a reference PCB, silly me! I played a lot of games at 1600p and found I was only using 2.1GB VRAM max so thought I would save money and will get 2 2GB 680's. I will get the GTX8XX series cards next time roung though
Not even out of its fresh box for 2 minutes before I sat down and began taking the stock cooler off!
Watercool handily have made their thermal pads pre-cut. They are still an absolute prick to get the protective layers off each side though!
I put my thermal pads on the block side first, as it makes the process of putting block and backplate on a bit easier
The Heatkiller blocks have a pretty clever way of mounting the backplate, the black things are washers, but have a lip that fits in the screw holes making it so that the washers do not fall out and stay in place if you rotate the plate
All screwed on. These blocks look amazing
After putting the cards in, I measured out a piece of acrylic tubing, cut it. Sanded it and put everything together
The motherboard requires mounting. originally I was going to rubber grommets essentially but thought about it and realised that I could probably just use proper Motherboard Standoffs.
I screwed all the standoffs to the motherboard and put it in place also got my tools out for marking
The most accurate way to mark my spots to drill the 2.5mm hole (For a 3mm standoff) was to give the standoff screw a light smack with the hammer.
Had to remove the GPU's to allow me access to two extra standoffs
here is the dent that I was left with
To get the standoffs screwed in, I screwed the M3 screw into the top. letting me be able to use a screw driver for installation
First we get it started with the fingers and a few revolutions
Did not tighten it 100% as I did not want to strip the small internal thread that I had created. It is very sturdy and yes I did try pull it out for a test. It stuck so that is a good sign!
it worked and aligned perfectly
Whilst working on this I received a parcel. Containing my PCI Brackets and my front removable storage device.
Test fit (Though in the end I now have the Fan Controller on the bottom
The brackets colour looks great with the UP7
The card reader is powered by a molex, but looking to tidy things up a bit with the cabling. Here are the wires without the plastic casing before I chop them off
The one molex cable from the PSU will power the Fan Controller and the Card Reader, was a bit hard to get this picture zoomed in so hope it is still good enough to see what is going on
Molex Pins are a horrible design, would be nice to have longer "wings" on them so you can double wire crimp them a lot easier..
Cables crimped up on both ends
The route that the cables will go. Though they will be sleeved of course!
Please note the zip ties on the cables are just there to try hold things together and train the wires to stay there
While I was doing that are I thought I might as well lengthen the AF120's too! I am crimping them so that they are both running off of one 3 pin fan header. For the fan controller, Header one will be power pump one, Header two will be pump two, Header 3 will be the Radiator Fans, and Header 4 will be the exhaust fans for the side
Wires cut to length and stripped. I have to put the sleeve on before I crimp the wires because there is no way I can once it is all together!
Here is the 3-pin end,
Things look tidy, and I am more than happy!
That is it for this update; Will continue with the wiring and will be back soon
take care!Edited by pbaines - 5/25/13 at 4:10am