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Thanks guys smile.gif And, A router is easy to use once you get the hang of it!
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Great work. thumb.gif All this makes me want to start doing a project of my own, but I don't think I can quite justify it to the Mrs.. rolleyes.gif
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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
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Not even out of its fresh box for 2 minutes before I sat down and began taking the stock cooler off!
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Watercool handily have made their thermal pads pre-cut. They are still an absolute prick to get the protective layers off each side though!
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I put my thermal pads on the block side first, as it makes the process of putting block and backplate on a bit easier
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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
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All screwed on. These blocks look amazing
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After putting the cards in, I measured out a piece of acrylic tubing, cut it. Sanded it and put everything together
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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
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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. 
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Had to remove the GPU's to allow me access to two extra standoffs
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here is the dent that I was left with
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Hole drilled
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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
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First we get it started with the fingers and a few revolutions
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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
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Whilst working on this I received a parcel. Containing my PCI Brackets and my front removable storage device. 
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Test fit (Though in the end I now have the Fan Controller on the bottom
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The brackets colour looks great with the UP7
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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 biggrin.gif
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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
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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..
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Cables crimped up on both ends 
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The route that the cables will go. Though they will be sleeved of course!
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Please note the zip ties on the cables are just there to try hold things together and train the wires to stay there
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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!
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Here is the 3-pin end, 
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all routed
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Things look tidy, and I am more than happy!
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That is it for this update; Will continue with the wiring and will be back soon smile.gif take care!
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Damn, this just gets better and better tongue.gif Did you think about using 780's? Apart from that I am amazed at how good this is going smile.gif
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Damn, this just gets better and better tongue.gif Did you think about using 780's? Apart from that I am amazed at how good this is going smile.gif

I like the look of SLI better, and could not really afford two 780's at this stage.

Will skip that generations probably get the GTX8** or GTX9** series cards. If I get desperate I could always pick up another 680 smile.gif
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stunning! biggrin.gif
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Wow, that is amazing work bro!

Great work on the sleeving. the attention to detail is a good thing to see too, the OCD gods have been appeased.

Kiwi ingenuity at its finest, and using native timber no less thumb.gif

I'll be looking forward to more updates biggrin.gif
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Wow, that is amazing work bro!

Great work on the sleeving. the attention to detail is a good thing to see too, the OCD gods have been appeased.

Kiwi ingenuity at its finest, and using native timber no less thumb.gif

I'll be looking forward to more updates biggrin.gif

Thank you fellow kiwi!
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Looking good!

Subbed for sure. thumb.gif
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Great work on the sleeving. the attention to detail is a good thing to see too, the OCD gods have been appeased.
How can you say that with the Corsair fan stickers being upside down?!?!? biggrin.gif

Awesome updates Pbaines!!! So much win in this thread!! applaud.gif
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