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Sounds like good advice. I'll go ahead and back it up.
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Not a bad idea at all, but out of my reach financially I'm afraid. There is a lot of possibilities there if it wasn't cost prohibitive. Add to that I live in a rural area and there is no shop that I know of anywhere near.
Maybe next year I can revisit this, and believe me, I would love to.
For now I'll have to rely on whatever I can get from a paint can.
Thanks! I'm not sure it qualifies as huge compared to other Case Labs offerings, but it is for sure bigger than anything I've worked with before. I love the space available compared to my Switch 810. thumb.gif

Mandrix, I hear ya man. My wife just gave me the word that she doesn't want me spending anymore funds on computer parts. redface.gif This is after I asked for 5 Samsung 840 Pro SSD's for my birthday next week. I have a strong feeling she won't get them for my birthday or Christmas. redface.gif she said that after we upgrade our daughter's pc, there will no more money spent on computers. redface.gif But anyways Mandrix, your build rocks and I enjoy following the build log. Keep up the good work. thumb.gif
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Would like to swap my copper Raystorm in, but only if I can keep the led's. Not sure if the mounts are swappable between the two.
Anyone know??

If it helps, I bought a basic Raystorm (from PPCS) and a Black Edition mounting bracket (from FrozenCPU) separately because it was actually cheaper than buying just the Black Edition by itself (go figure). In any case, the BE mounting bracket fit the acetal Raystorm perfectly. My feeling is that the blocks and brackets are all pretty much interchangeable
    
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Mandrix, I hear ya man. My wife just gave me the word that she doesn't want me spending anymore funds on computer parts. redface.gif This is after I asked for 5 Samsung 840 Pro SSD's for my birthday next week. I have a strong feeling she won't get them for my birthday or Christmas. redface.gif she said that after we upgrade our daughter's pc, there will no more money spent on computers. redface.gif But anyways Mandrix, your build rocks and I enjoy following the build log. Keep up the good work. thumb.gif
lol, I know how it goes. I did get some good news. The IRS dropped a bomb on me the other day, but after talking with them they decided I owe them nothing.
I am hoping that early next year I can spend a decent chunk on upgrades. Meanwhile I still have some ideas that won't cost an arm and a leg, and I will have a few bucks next week.
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If it helps, I bought a basic Raystorm (from PPCS) and a Black Edition mounting bracket (from FrozenCPU) separately because it was actually cheaper than buying just the Black Edition by itself (go figure). In any case, the BE mounting bracket fit the acetal Raystorm perfectly. My feeling is that the blocks and brackets are all pretty much interchangeable
That is helpful, for sure. Thanks for letting me know. thumb.gif
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Last night I pulled my copper Raystorm from my Switch build, today I will pull the Raystorm from Merlin and find out if the solid copper block is going to work out in the led mount. The pull out motherboard tray is so handy!
Also did a quick inventory on my acrylic sheet supplies. I do have a 12x24 piece of white 3/16" sheet, which might get incorporated into the build later. Need to track down the numbers and see if it's the grade I want to use.
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Last night I pulled my copper Raystorm from my Switch build, today I will pull the Raystorm from Merlin and find out if the solid copper block is going to work out in the led mount. The pull out motherboard tray is so handy!
Also did a quick inventory on my acrylic sheet supplies. I do have a 12x24 piece of white 3/16" sheet, which might get incorporated into the build later. Need to track down the numbers and see if it's the grade I want to use.

Yeah I just tried it you can. Pic in a sec...

Edit ->



BTW I'm not sure whether it's the full copper top or the mounting bracket that makes the normal full copper perform worse than the vanilla with regular TIM. If you want to be safe then I'd use IX.
Edited by stren - 11/30/12 at 1:38pm
     
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Yeah I just tried it you can. Pic in a sec...
Edit -> Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
BTW I'm not sure whether it's the full copper top or the mounting bracket that makes the normal full copper perform worse than the vanilla with regular TIM. If you want to be safe then I'd use IX.

Thanks for the effort, stren, I swapped mine out this morning.
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I went back to the parallel cooling on the gpu's to verify what I had previously seen regarding temps. Sure enough, the gpu temps jumped up about 10c! So, once again I'm going to have to pull the board out and yank one of the aquatubes, and go back to serial cooling on the 7950's. What a pain! don't really understand it, but it is what it is, I guess. mad.gif
I actually have to pull the cards out to pull the aquatubes, there is not quite enough slack otherwise.
Right now both GPU's are showing 37c at idle; in serial cooling configuration it's normally 27-28c.

Oh well. Still need to get the Switch back together too, almost there but need to fill the loop and purge the air. Another busy day in the mandrix shop. wink.gif

I suppose it's not quite so noticeable in the pics, but when I was reassembling the loop yesterday I took the opportunity to polish up a few things with some Armorall Detailers Advantage, puts a nice shine on anything plastic including tubing, flow meters, blocks etc. If anything it takes off all the fingerprints. Hopefully won't make everything a dust magnet.



Now that I think about it, I need to try shifting the "in flow" over on the bottom card. thinking.gif
Actually there several configurations I could try.... doh.gif
Edited by mandrix - 12/1/12 at 4:30am
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I went back to the parallel cooling on the gpu's to verify what I had previously seen regarding temps. Sure enough, the gpu temps jumped up about 10c! So, once again I'm going to have to pull the board out and yank one of the aquatubes, and go back to serial cooling on the 7950's. What a pain! don't really understand it, but it is what it is, I guess. mad.gif
I actually have to pull the cards out to pull the aquatubes, there is not quite enough slack otherwise.
Right now both GPU's are showing 37c at idle; in serial cooling configuration it's normally 27-28c.
Oh well. Still need to get the Switch back together too, almost there but need to fill the loop and purge the air. Another busy day in the mandrix shop. wink.gif
I suppose it's not quite so noticeable in the pics, but when I was reassembling the loop yesterday I took the opportunity to polish up a few things with some Armorall Detailers Advantage, puts a nice shine on anything plastic including tubing, flow meters, blocks etc. If anything it takes off all the fingerprints. Hopefully won't make everything a dust magnet.
Now that I think about it, I need to try shifting the "in flow" over on the bottom card. thinking.gif
Actually there several configurations I could try.... doh.gif

What kind of flowrate do you have there, remember that it halves for 2 gpus in parallel for each one.

It may be that the flow rate is not quite enough to keep a turbulent flow thru the gpu blocks, so they are not above their knee in the efficiency curve.


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