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post #11 of 57
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Waterblock ASSY

hmmmm
Apogee Drive's matt black, MIPS's plain black, and Ripjaws's shiny metallic red.
I looooove these color contrast!!!


Lots of people say "GC-Extreme is hard to apply".
I know it's not easy to paste as AS-5 or some other brands.
Here's little trick I usually do.
Hope this helps someone.

First, place MB as this picture. (if you're left handed, opposite way)
Mostly PCI slot side is the way to easy access. (if MB layout is different and there's more space, place that empty side to your dominant hand)



Paste plenty amount of GCE on the other side of the edge.
(don't worry about too much paste, it won't remain much on the HS anyway.)

THIS IS THE POINT.
like this picture

lean credit card (scraper or any hard plastic which can cover whole HS width.) about 10-20 degree.
*don't stand the card. Lean low and keep that angle.

Then, from left edge starting point, push down the card little bit,
slide the card to right straight. (don't stop the card, do this w/ once smooth non-stop movement.)


That's it!

Even your first try is no good, after couple times of practice, it's gonna be very easy.





I'll probably put some more updates later tonight.
Thanx all.
Edited by OnYourMark - 7/20/12 at 9:12pm
post #12 of 57
Man you are making my build look cheesy now biggrin.gif
Keep up the good work!
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post #13 of 57
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Quote:
Originally Posted by audioholic View Post

Man you are making my build look cheesy now biggrin.gif
Keep up the good work!
NO WAY!
I respect your work, and you're doing great job.



I got latching Vandal Switches yesterday.


I was not supposed to do too much case MOD for this build,
but some faceplate accident happens, and also I wanna keep 3.5" drive bay as some wiring and intake space for around memory cooling.
I've decided to make a bit MOD. (however it should look like original as it is.)



Checking space and some measurement.

Let's TAP and GO!!!


Same hole size, just masking is off to the side. lol


DONE!!!

hmmmmmmm
Super high quality switches.
They really look like original for real...






AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND today
I got this much DiNoc!

I was running out of DiNoc but I probably make too much additional order. lol
I can't even open them all.
post #14 of 57
You can send the extra my way biggrin.gif
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man I really messed up my side panel yesterday frown.gif now to find a alternate method
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post #16 of 57
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CSQ Design

I've already posted same review on OC3D.net before.

EK and CSQ designers should be crazy or w/o no brain.

I stop complaining about how it looks at this moment. (these circles look weird anyways...)

As you can see this picture

originally both loops only toward ATX bottom.

and this is after included link bridge installation.

Now, both loops toward side panel.
It means you need 90 degree elbow to make loop upward.
But in this case, loop is already 180 degree returning only at VGA.
I can't believe EK makes such useless design!

I guess CSQ pro is you don't need different link bridges for each different VGA blocks, and you can combine them
and create either serial or parallel loop easily like LEGO build.

But for me, VGA block is one of the most pressure-losable blocks.
I'm very uncomfortable making 180 degree returning loop only at VGA block.

Hope CSQ will be discontinued design and EK makes classic design again.




OK, for this build, for now, EK-FC7870 is the only choice.
Since it is kinda hard to see its circles side in ATX case, I forget about it now.
I'll definitely do something when I receive backplate.

And this is my final VGA loop.

I shifted link bridge and left plug is a dummy.
Center 90 degree elbow is inlet and right 90 degree elbow is outlet.

Hope you guys like it.
post #17 of 57
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I've decided not to use internal media drive 'cause I rarely use it except when installing OS
and watch some blu-ray.
One external blu-ray combo drive is more than enough for me.

I was supposed to recycle my blu-ray drive but I can't find any good looking faceplate
which could match R&B color scheme even I MOD it.
Vulcan's faceplates and drive bays (either 3.5" and 5.25") are little tricky design.
Probably to make space, front panel is deeper than other normal cases.



I've been searching and searching.......

Finally I found this.


Thermaltake ST0026Z Max 5 Duo SATA HDD Rack

The biggest reason I chose this is I need USB3.0 port at front panel and I don't wanna waste Maximus V gene's USB3.0 connector.
I have USB3.0 port hub but it makes more cable management and unwanted looks.



Top 2.5" and bottom 3.5" need each SATA cable but SATA power is shared.
After some tries, I realized its latching system is really high-quality and well-designed.
Insert and eject actions are very smooth.

And of course, color matching is perfect! lol
This is one of my best-buys recently.
post #18 of 57
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Some updates


Reservoir LED test.
Picture looks bit orangish but it is bright red in the real.


Cable management almost done.
As I mentioned, I don't MOD PSU but adding sleeve extensions.
I don't care about warranty but I just wanna keep this PSU for the future recycle for the other PC.

This was the toughest job in this build I guess.
When I first took the PSU out from the box and assemble in the case, I almost fainted.
+= ???

Of course not only these main cables, but also others, fan controller, eSATA, SATA, LED, etc, etc..................
Since this PSU is for gamer as its name "High Current Gamer Series",
this has Triple Molex x2, Triple SATA power x3, PCI-e 6+2pin Dual x2.
I guess even gamer like me never need this much cables. lol

I never show my back wirings 'cause I believe it is just like behind the scenes.
But this time, I wanna share this crazy wirings.

Check this out.

You feel something, right? lol





Now, I'm working on side panel(s).
I probably update tonight or tomorrow.
Stay tuned.
Thanx all.
post #19 of 57
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I forgot post one more thing before previous post.

Loop making.

Put all together temporarily and organizing tubes.

As this picture shows, I always wash and keep old tubings for loop making.
This gives me much more clear idea and also when I cut actual tubing, no waste of it.

*Since I'm still waiting for 7870 backplate, VGA in this picture is 4870x2. Don't use this as reference.




One good news.
For someone waiting for 7870 backplate like me, this is you can do.

For EK-FC7870 installation, you need to use these 9 bolts.

And for its backplate installation, you need 4 bolts.
2 bolts are through VGA to backplate itself, and other 2 bolts are shared w/ VGA waterblock.

So, to hold waterblock on core and memories, other 7 bolts are enough to support.
You can leave these red-circled bolts.

If you have enough woking space and tubing is not tight, you can keep using 7850/7870 w/ EK waterblock
and then you can just add backplate.
post #20 of 57
Looks good man!
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