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post #31 of 121
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Welcome mate!
So happy to have you here. As you know I been following you for a few weeks, and been spreading your discoveries here at OCN. It's real pleasure having you here, saves me from refreshing another Web Page. Anyhow, subbing to this thread :-)
I ordered some black aluminum, was thinking about mounting the fans on the outside, like you mentioned - fit them with an awesome grill. The aluminum would then be cut and used as cover for the gap around the fans. Oh, and putting Window on both sides of the case, granted that the Window the right side will be small and not much more than a way to peak inside :-)

Thanx for the word of welcome, Gomi smile.gif Thought it would be good to save you from jumping all over the WWW...hehe.

Yeah, I am more and more considering the fans-on-top approach, let me see how I go by tomorrow morning. Tell you what, if I did that, I will make the shortest CPU/GPU block in the short history of the watercooled Prodigy tongue.gif

Looking forward to your setup too, keep us posted.

@ Jeff: You're welcome, and yes, a small bit of dremel-action to the tab, nothing major. Keep us posted on your build also, the more, the merrier!

Talk later guys, off to bed - need to clear the old cobwens before the modding tomorrow, haha.
post #32 of 121
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Hello Guyz,

As promised, an update - ok ok, 1 day late, I know, but better late than never



Very early on in this build, I intimated that I would like to go without a reservoir, only a rad, and tubing to/from peripherals. Another target I set for myself was to make the tubing-runs as short as possible, and as clean as I can.



First step would be to make a couple of notches to allow me access to the 2 ports on the backside of the GFX card....



1_radprep.jpg



and



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and



3_radprep.jpg



Masking tape removed, gives you a better idea....



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and



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and give it a bit of color again....new tape, and the spray-can...



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and



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Here it is from the GFX fronts-side - son't worry, the notches line up, photo was at an angle....



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and from the other side, where the tubing will go...



9_radprep.jpg



and a last one, showing what I'm up to...



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post #33 of 121
And after this buildlog i want this case a lot. you sir did good job there smile.gif
post #34 of 121
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Thanx mr one, appreciate your feedback - you gotta tango with the Wife though - and she's a pretty good sniper.gif hehe...

Next thing on the to-do list, before the new Nexxxos UT60 Rad will fit proper, is to make some reliefs for the top fill-ports...

12_TopFillPorts.jpg

This little tab is just to big, and won't allow the rad to sit flush with the mounting-base....so out with the Dremel...

13_TopFillPorts.jpg

and here all cleaned up and filed/sanded...

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and close-up....

15_TopFillPorts.jpg

Now that the rad is sitting proper, I can continue to the next step.

Those that read through earlier parts of the log will recall I was considering mounting the fans on the top, outside of the case....this will allow me to do proper tubing-runs, and make things a fair bit easier on the inside....

So, this will not do the job any longer, needs to be replaced....

16_TopCover.jpg

Nice, found an old Lian-Li aluminium door, which will be the donor.....3/4 through with the Dremel...easy as pie....

17_TopCover.jpg

This bit here I will put away for future use.....always something that needs a piece of aluminium....

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Preliminary fitting, after most of the rough edges was taken care off...


19_TopCover.jpg

and from the bottom...

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Ok, all good, marking out the fan-holes...

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And Dremel-action again....

22_TopCover.jpg

Both done, geesh, these metal-cutting discs makes life easy....

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Looking pretty good, don't you think?

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Fannage-pron.....yeay....

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and here....

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and, from the bottom, I you can see I've used some sealing-tape to make a decent air-tight seal, to maximize air-pressure, and thus flow, through the rad at any given RPM.

Ok, not 100% air-tight,but it does a great job, and better than not having anything - I have also used this tape to space the new fan-cover so it will sit fllush with the top of the case smile.gif

27_TopCover.jpg
post #35 of 121
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And now, for the shortest tubing-run you will probably ever see in a Prodigy-case - I think the longest was tube in this setup was just under 10cm.....and there are only 3 tubes.

First Tube, is the Rad -> Pump Inlet: Nice and short, and don't mind the 2x 90deg bends there - this won't have any appreciable effect on the flow, as the actual inlet on the base of the pump is pretty small to start with....

29_InletTube.jpg

Next tube will be the GFX outlet -> Rad inlet - again, nice and short, and very clean...

30_GFX_OutletTube.jpg

and lastly, here I am making up the one from Pump outlet -> GFX inlet-now dayum, that is some short runs, and extremely clean, and a ***** to fit together, especially with my size hands :tongue:

31_PumupOutletTube.jpg

Here is a last pic, showing how the tubing is routed - remember, no reservoir, rad is filled from the backside, there is a pretty nice fill-port.....all in all, I think tubing run is <25cm...

This is it, all the tubes/fittings in this built, with both CPU and GTX 670 Watercooled - nothing more than this....ah, it was fun.....

32_TubingFinished.jpg
Edited by mrbean - 7/8/12 at 2:22am
post #36 of 121
its too small to see something there biggrin.gif
post #37 of 121
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Allrighty then, I will post a few pics during the week showing the fan-plate spaced proper, and sitting nearly flush with the top of the case- those with a Prodigy knows there are a few fugly openings in that area, but they are all nicely hidden by my new cover, which literaly fits like a glove.



I have also made small hole, fitted with a rubber-grommet, to allow the fan-cables to pass through to the inside of the PC.



I need to sleeve the fan-cables, will be done this week, and hopefully the Aquaero5 LT's will be in stock at TKR, so I can wire the fans and the pump, as well as water-temp to it.



Currently, the fans are both running full-speed of the motherboard fan-headers, and the pump directly of the PSU.



Next weekend, I will start with the new PSU cables, replacing this pretty hard/rigid cables that came with the PSU.



Then, the harddrive-cage will go back in...but, I digress, I will take pics as I go, for those that want to/need to/have to venture down the path of a Prodigy built smile.gif



Fun so far, is all I can say
post #38 of 121
Loving this build.... great work thumb.gif
 
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Play Server
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(14 items)
 
CPUCPUMotherboardRAM
Intel Xeon L5640 Intel Xeon L5640 Dell R710 Mobo Hynix 144GB DDR3 ECC PC3L-10600R 
Hard DrivePowerCaseOther
Intel X25-M G2 80GB Redundant 840W PSU Dell 710 2.5" - Google Search Appliance Dell Perc H700 Raid Controller 
OtherOther
Dell iDRAC6 Enterprise Mellanox Connectx-2 10Gb SFP+ NIC 
CPUCPUMotherboardRAM
Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 SuperMicro X9DRL-iF 64GB Kingston ECC (kvr16r11d4/16HA) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
12x 4TB HGST 5K4000 SanDisk SSD 960GB (cache) 6x 8TB WD Red Scythe AP-29 
CoolingOSPowerCase
2x Noctua U9DXi4 FreeNAS Corsair AX750 Norco RPC-4224 
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post #39 of 121
Loving the build MrBean, thanks for sharing and inspiring.
post #40 of 121
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You guys are welcome, thanx checking it out, and the feedback smile.gif

More to come!
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