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Okay, this is my first official build log that I've ever done on here, it's also my first custom watercooling build, which is also SFF.

I'm using the Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced case that came out not too long ago and have been running the hardware for a couple of days to make sure it all works before I begin the watercooling.

PC Hardware:

OCZ ModXStream 600 watt modular psu
ASRock Z77E ITX motherboard
Intel Core i5 3570k processor
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 SC+ 4GB w/ Backplate
Crucial Ballistix Sport 2 x 4GB 1600MHz Dual Channel ram
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
Seagate 7200 RPM 750GB 2.5 HDD SATA 3
Vantec EZ Swap F4 5.25 to 4 x 2.5 Bay Converter SATA 3

Cooling Hardware:

Corsair SP120 120MM x 2
Swiftech Apogee Drive 2
Swiftech MCRES-Micro Rev 2
XSPC RX120 Radiator 120mm x 63mm
various swiftech 3/8 id fittings
3/8 id hose

GPU Block undecided atm.

It's late so I'm only going to post a couple of pics of the build that I started tonight.

I'm planning also to change the radiator out possibly in the future to the AlphaCool NexXxos Monsta 120mm x 80mm but currently I'm working with the XSPC RX120 radiator to test it out.

I'll also be purchasing some other surprise items from mnpctech to spice up the outside areas of the case but I won't be speaking of those yet cool.gif

Some may be concerned about running cpu/gpu on a single 120mm radiator but that is why I'm using dual sp120s with an extra thick rad, it's an experiment that I can't help but to try out.

Without further delay, tonights pictures:
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This is showing the radiator in the stock hdd bay area to test fitment.

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Another side shot of the radiator fitment in the hdd bay.

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After remove the rivets for the hdd bay the radiator fits nicely with plenty of room to spare for the motherboard.

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Front shot of the radiator before fan placement.

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Motherboard fitment with the APD2 installed, luck was on my side as there were no clearance issues for the large bracket that supports the APD2 underneath the mobo, the CM Elite 120 case had raised mobo liftoffs just enough for this kind of install.

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Closer look at the pump clearance against the psu, may have to use right angle fittings here so there isn't any question of kinks in the final install of the tubing.

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Front case shot showing fan installed as well as the Vantec bay device.

That's all for tonight, enjoy and comment!
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Interesting! Very tight space, good call on removing the drive bay first wink.gif.

I'd be very curious to see how the temps are, and how you like the Drive 2 biggrin.gif

Also, how's the clearance between the 670gtx's PCB and the rad? It's tough to tell depth, looks like it's not touching.

Anyway, awesome! Keep us updated with more photos (custom loop set-up, huzzah! biggrin.gif ) and numbers!
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Subbidy.

Finally; Something new.
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Subbed, loving this!
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Pro tip: flip the PSU, to use the PSU intake fan to suck air off the Apogee heatsink and the motherboard. Then you'll get a wind-tunnel effect like in the SG05 and FT03-mini.

I was hoping to see the Monsta already, but will be interesting to compare with RX120 temps.

Good luck with your build. thumb.gif
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Yeah I may order the Monsta along with my gpu block, tbh I want my rad in/out on the gpu side of the case so the swiftech micro-res can fit on the cpu side of the case and I think the loop would look much better that way but I can't do it that way unless I have the stock reference cooler removed on the gpu as it'll be much shorter so I'm going to have to get the gpu block asap.

I definitely will be playing with the idea of using the psu as another exhaust, there is a side 80mm slim fan that cooler master includes as a side intake in stock configuration, I will be switching that to exhaust, plus with positive air pressure some of the heat will exhaust out of the sides and there is a top vent that is meant for the psu to draw cool air in that I imagine some heat will exit out of.

More pictures and updates tonight!
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Incoming updates!

I purchased the rest of the watercooling items I needed (hopefully), had some issues with some fittings I purchased at MicroCenter with mislabeled thread types so I couldn't run my single CPU loop like I wanted until my GPU waterblock arrived next week - it's all for the better though as that gives me more time to mod!

I also purchased some items from Bill @ MNPCTech.com and he was kind enough to stop by today while he was close by and drop stuff off, thanks Bill!

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All the items from MNPCTech, fun!

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Going to re-sleeve the psu with the UV Blue, it's a tad darker than the Corsair fans, however the heatshrink is almost near perfect match, plus different shades of blue are find by me.

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Purchased a set of black anodized case feet with rubber inserts, these are way better than the stock hard plastic feet that came with the case plus they look great!

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3M Di-Noc, this is going on the front of the case, because why not!?

That's it for new goodies today, tonights creativity fueled by:
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It's creativity in a bottle!

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Ok, so I didn't post this picture last night but it just shows the clearance of the rad and the GPU, with the stock reference cooler off this clearance will be opened up by another ~68 mm or 2.7 inches.

Kind of a terrible picture but I installed the new case feet from mnpctech, man they look nice:
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Started modding the outside shell of the case, getting rid of the restrictive side vents, since I'm going for positive air pressure and will be counting on heat to be vented out the sides I wanted to remove them.

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Taping everything off for dremel time.

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It's a little hard to see but I thought it was odd that the square holes that Cooler Master punches out on the sides aren't actually lined up perfectly, some of them are just downright terrible... I guess I can't expect much for $50.

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All cut up and naked - AHH!!

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Both sides cut and nekked now - I see you peeking!

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Deburred and sanded with dremel, did some more touching up after this picture - pretty happy with the results.

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MNPCTech modders mesh cut and temporarily installed via tape method haha. This stuff is so easy to work with and Bill was kind enough to remind me to use an etching primer on this to ensure protection and proper adhesion.

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Closeup of the mesh installed, honeycombs need to be lined up to the cut better but didn't turn out bad for a quick tack job.

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Otherside meshed as well.

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Here's the front faceplate of the case looking all innocent and scared.

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Things got a little heated and I've ripped it's eye out!

Tip for anyone that tries to remove this logo - the logo is metal but thin, I had to heat up the back and front of the faceplate to loosen the adhesive tape, but a couple of times I noticed the plastic backing start to get soft and had to let it cool a bit before I pushed on it from behind with a finish nail tap.

I ran out of daylight to continue any modding tonight, Di-Noc will be placed on the metal part of the front faceplate, I'm trying to decide what to do with the logo, reinstall it or find something else to put in it's place?

There is a hole right in the center that I could easily put a screw through should I find something big enough to cover the stock hole, hmm decisions decisions, (suggestions are welcome!).

I'll give a quick rundown on the other watercooling parts I purchased today from FrozenCPU:

GPU Block I chose was the XSPC Razor nVidia GTX 670 Full Coverage VGA Block - Reference Design, it had blue leds that will fit with my blue theme but it still had a metal front so it shouldn't be too bright (if it is I'll put a resistor in the led circuit to dim them).

I also purchased the back cover for it, pretty much have to as I have the 4GB model of the GTX 670 which has ram chips on the back, and I'm not about to put heatsinks on a wc'd GPU.

I also picked up some Bitspower Matte Black Stubby G1/4" Barb Fitting both 90 degree and straight fittings.

Then the piece I'm most excited about, the Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta Single 120mm Radiator - 80mm Thick!!

I will be seeing this stuff monday via USPS 2-3 express mail, updates to follow!
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Thanks for the compliment, bought some paint and some materials for the front face, pictures this evening.
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