1/3/2013 - BIG UPDATE
alright guys - gotta pretty big update, probably the last one before it's up and running, not finished 100%, but running
this morning i finally got the package in from performance-pcs. they take so much of my money lol.
i didnt read that paper
so i closely inspect every component i get to make sure there is never an obvious defect before i invest any of my time working on a project.
and as i combed over the motherboard, i found two places where it seems to be splotched with some sort of liquid - can't tell what it is but it's in too spots.
center screen - both pictures. you can see there's some sort of film that got on the pcb and chip. im not too thrilled as to what that may be, but i doubt it'll ruin the board when i power it on. that's what evga's awesome warranty is for.
the first thing i wanted to do was figure out the ram/clearance situation. i was worried about the gskill sniper ram being too tall and possibly in the way of the reservoir - that would ruin my plan to watercool the ram but i was ready to dismiss the idea, as long as i can watercool the vrms on the motherboard. either way, i bought the wonder ram - samsung 4gb modules. 2 dimms. 8gb total. the footprint on these suckers is amazing lol
with the ram brackets (one side) being taller than the ram itself, it's like the ram isn't even there lol.
the next thing to do, which was probably bugging me the most, was finding out for sure whether or not i'll have clearance with the ram and the reservoir. boy was i amazed..
the pump top clears the ram brackets by about 5mm, and the reservoir clears the ram by about 2-4mm and the 24pin by 1-2mm. amazingly lucky. i tried my hardest taking measurements for anything and everything i could being that this case was tiny, but i really lucked out as well on how everything was fitting.
after that, i placed the psu in the case real quick just to be sure everything would be okay with the psu hanging slightly over the motherboard
that 8pin sleeved wiring is going to be really short LOL
another thing i had to resolve was the tubing going out the back and dealing with the 240 rad being in the way.
kinda mad, i hadn't expected the rotary 90 to be so tall. i went with this 90 rotary because i was using the same ones for the pump/res, just with barbed fittings as compression fittings would be too wide in between it and the power supply.
luckily, i had a few 90 degree plastic barb pieces and decided the easiest way would be just to use one of those.
it'll be fine lol.
then i had to take apart the case to get at the bottom acrylic piece to remove the brown protecting. while i was at it, i replaced the stand off screws mounting the 480 rad to the case to make the build a bit shorter, hence making the gap between the case and the rad smaller.
after removing the brown protecting, it was time to start assembling it back together.
inverted thumbs down to create a thumbs up!
decided to mess with the motherboard actually on the case before i assembled it back together.
being silly i placed some fittings where the future waterblocks will be (forgot the would be ram waterblock fittings)
inspecting some more, i realized the mosfet heatsink was a two-piece design. i didn't really get why they had a 2nd piece being a backing that blocked 75% of the airflow to the aesthetic fins on the heatsink. with my 240 rad fans pushing air through and into the case, i figured that 2nd piece would be better if it wasn't there, that way air flow from the fans would pass through all of the heatsink fins rather than only 25% of them.
figure this will help in the meantime until i get a waterblock to replace the heatsink. while it was off i took some measurements. the dimensions the waterblock will have to be are pretty restricted. i'll figure something out though.
the length of the block will have to be at 9mm - i MAY be able to get away with 10mm wide. i'll do some more measuring. and the length of the block will have to be right at 85mm, with the mounting holes at 79mm. i'm really hoping i can find something that'll work.
also measured the z77 chipset block mounting holes for the future waterblock. i already have a block in mind that'll work, but just to be sure i did it anyway lol
mounting holes will have to be around 46mm. there are several blocks available that have adjustable rails for various mounting hole distances.
then it was time to modify the pump/res top. ek released this kit with an extension on the input and nothing for the output, im sure they did this to differentiate between the two so you can figure out you water loop but it kinda screwed me over lol. the 90 rotary fitting was wider than ek's extension fitting, therefore the o-ring on it wouldn't seat correctly. therefore causing a leak when i would power it up. i had to widen the indent without ruining the surface where the o-ring normally seats, because that would cause a leak as well. it was pretty tricky. but i pulled it off with my dremel.
after testing the pump top being modified - and having it pass - i took it apart to dry the sucker out when i thought this looked cool
ek ftw here, i really like this new design for a res/pump top in one. really saved me on this build!
then it was time to assemble some more..
look at that fitment! like a boss!
then i mounted up the motherboard and started piecing the rest together, each time having the fitment be spot-on.
it was definitely a good decision not to cut the 24pin cables short - they would have been right in the way of the tubing!
then it came time to do a bit of brainstorming for the future..
when i get my gtx670, it's going to be a real pita getting it to fit. i may have to redo all of my fittings to create a low profile loop. but this will be after i have waterblocks on everything else; the 670 will be the very last thing to go into the build - so i got time to figure it out.
almost forgot the fan controller!
fit just right!
and this is how the little beast sits right now:
yeah that was a lot of photos! lol all taken with my galaxy s3, phone really pulls through for some good photos.
let me know what you guys think! really excited about this build