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post #11 of 121
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Just a quick pic of the new GTX680 block that has arrived - yeah yeah, I know I've a GTX670, but, this is the non-reference GTX670 based on the reference GTX680 PCB - confusing?

Anyway, it will work fine, and I will fit it on the weekend. Please note the small new Pico ITX Commell LP-172NS (1.86 dual-core) motherboard sitting there for size-reference - tiny little bugger, plus, I have mounted the Intel 310 80GB msata drive to it - works like a charm, and way off-topic, (but ****it, this is my thread) but you can specify Msata as an option to this little board.

Nice and quick setup for industrial applications, let me tell you smile.gif

Back on-topic, I will follow up with pics of the setup fitted on the weekend - just doing a few quick and very basic default 3dMark2011 runs, getting a score of P8251 with everything stock.

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post #12 of 121
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As promised, an update.

Next step in the evolution of this build, is to prep the motherboard to accept the APD2, which even though a few has suggested, I believe will require a bit more palnning and work to finally get the board back in the case, with the shiny new APD2 fitted.

Here is a pic of the motherboard with the stock dinky Intel cooler...

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and a side-side of the new APD2 vs the stock cooler - I am sure a few of you are wondering what the physical dimensions of the APD2 are, here's a good comparison:

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and

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Here are the 2 brackets that is provided with the APD2, we will be using the one on the right...

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post #13 of 121
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A shot of the board, ready to go just prior to installing the APD2:

5_MoboBeforeAPD2Fitting.jpg

at least the back-plate/retention mechanism is not going to be causing any hassles, and clearing any of the components on the back of the board - very easy, nice and clean, simple, and well designed, Swiftech smile.gif

6_APD2FittedBracket.jpg

Well, on the front-side, things are a little different, and not by fault of the APD2 design at all, more to do with the location of the CPU socket on this board - I had to swing the APD2 to sit in this orientation - if I did not worry about fitting the back-plate to the GFX, it would have just about allowed the GFX to slide in next to the port outlet-port on the Drive...

Seeing that I wanted to use the back-plate (for e-peen of course), I settled on this one:

7_APD2Front.jpg

Then comes the next issue, clearance to the ram-slots -> have a looky :

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not really an issue, as the pics are a little deceiving, and you can actually slot the inboard ram in without any hassle:

11_RamClearance4.jpg

Make sure you select low-profile ram, or, standard ram without heatsinks - they are not needed anyway, not on anything other than previous generation FB-DIMMS for servers....yes, I am sure....

Of course, I had the nice and yummy G Skill Rip Jaws, which came with heatspreaders - and decided to remove them...

12_RamMods.jpg

*** - 2 of the chips remained behind on the double-sided frag-tape - I would say poor quality soldering in the reflow process, G Skill.

First time ever this happened, and I guess I won't be buying G Skill again real soon frown.gif No worries, will order better/more suitable ram tonight, and pick it up early in the week....no biggie, just a waste of a good few $$'s...must admit, have been years and years since I've lost any hardware...
post #14 of 121
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With the APD2 fitted to the motherboard, next step was to tackle the GFX Card.

Please note, the card I have is the GB Windforce GTX 670, which is NOT BASED on the GTX 670 reference design, but rather on the default GTX 680 board....hence, for those that wonder why I am using a GTX 680 WB and Backplate with a GTX 670 card...

Here is the back of the card with default cooler fitted...

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and the front....boring, I know....

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a comparison of the stock cooler vs the new Watercool WB:

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another one:

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Well, here goes, bare, naked in all her glory, exposing her inner core to my beady old eyes...

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Fixed up the behind, way more attractive now, don't you think?

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and the front, jeesh, I just luv this waterblock - big, heavy, no EK nickel-plated problems here....

20_GFX7.jpg

Again, apologies for the poor image-quality, I am struggling to make this little camera take consistent shots, most likely operator-error.
post #15 of 121
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Why I use screws as opposed to pop-rivets to secure the PSU-cage back in place, after modding it for better cable management....below is the reason smile.gif Vindicated, haha...

Positioned the motherboard down on the tray, and yes, problem.....

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In order to get the APD2 backplate to fit without interfering with the SMC devices, it sits rather proud of the back-surface of the Asrock board - will be the same for any other board, and, I suspect most aftermarket coolers will have the same issue.

This is why I alluded to earlier that BitFenix should have done a bit more homework, overall a nice case, but certain short-comings. The firs was the rear PSU-wall, which needed opening, and the second, either longer motherboard-standoffs, with the accompanying adjustment of the IO-port opening on the case, or, another opening in the PSU-cage/motherboard-tray.....

For my setup, I decided to cut on the magenta lines, as indicated in the pic - this is only because I was running out of steel cutting-discs for my Dremel, and was in no mood to drive to Bunnings to pick up a couple more....

For those of you with enough discs, it would be better to mark/cut as per the blue lines, as this will give you compatibility with the other boards out there too, without any hassles....

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ah well, out with the permanent marker, masking-tape .....all ready to go to the Dremel...

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Much better, looking snazzy....

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and

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and now sitting nice onto the standoffs, with the APD2 backplate ever so slightly recessed into the newly made relief...

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post #16 of 121
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In with the GFX card, fitting pretty well, and must say, the BF case doing much better here on average that the very expensive Lian-Li cases, which always seems to have the card not quite sitting well enough onto the card retention bracket....

27_GFXFitted1.jpg

and from the other side...

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Now, time to give you an idea about the clearance between the Radiator and the board, with fans fitted....pretty decent amount of space left....remember, I have a 63mm thick Feser 240 rad here, so it is quite beefy...

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playing a bit with fittings....

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and tubing....

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Now, I have decided to replace the Feser rad with a Nexxxos UT60 240mm unit rather, due to the multiport configuration of that rad, as well as the rear fillport.

I do not want to use a reservoir in this build, yes, there is enough space to easily accommodate that, but, routing of the tubing would be a problem.
post #17 of 121
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Now, sharp eyes will pickup that the rad is obscuring the 2 ports on the GFX card - I have plugged them, and my tubing will come from the opposite side of the GFX card, or the front-side, if you will....

Had a good think about the tubing, and how it will go, and have a decent workable solution...

Once I have the Nexxxos UT 60 in the week, I will update with more prgress.

Of course, also am awaiting the RAM.

Clumsy mrbean
post #18 of 121
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Anyway, just forked out for a new Nexxxos UT60 240mm rad from Stelios at TKR - great, I need those extra ports to do a proper job of routing the tubing, as well as use one as a fill-port, seeing this setup will go without a reservoir.

Should have the goodies Tuesday or Wednesday, hopefully Stelios can get it on its way tomorrow.

Just incase I need a reservoir (which I shouldn't), and not to have further delays, I have ordered a Technofront Nano too.

If this is proven to be redundant for this mod, I will/can use it somewhere else, no problem.

Just a minor hiccup, this delay, but should be able to post a few more progress-shots mid-week. Getting very close with the WC part now, after this, all that remains is the PSU.

A bit of a special treat for it too :lol:

edit: Ok, forgot to mention, I have also ordered 5x GT 120mm PWM fans - 2 for this built, and 3 for my Blackbird. Hopefully Stelios will get it out to me by Hump-day.

Hopefully running the GT's at around 1000rpm will have them very quiet....Wife will be happy = Life is good. Excellent.
Edited by mrbean - 7/4/12 at 2:55am
post #19 of 121
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Hello Guys,
Just a very big thumbs-up to sammy_boi over at OCAU, who is sending me some decent Samsung low-profile RAM over to cover for the ones I fooked up.....

Sam is not using his, and offered it to me, so I have ordered another set from the USA for Sam, which may take 10-12 days, but it means I can get Prodigy running by Wednesday with his kind offer.

You're a Gentlemen, Sam, thanx Mate.

Very rare in this day and age, especially on the big ol' WWW.
post #20 of 121
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Ah, life is good.

Stelios from TKR in Australia has informed me my parcel have shipped today, so I might still have the new radiator and GT fans tomorrow - then some action tomorrow evening, fitting the new rad, and routing of the tubing.

Nice, can hardly wait smile.gif
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