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Final update, 5/17/2013: Thread / (MM case sold, moved on to something smaller)

update: 3/9:










edit (11/28/2012): got some pending changes to this build biggrin.gif
edit (12/1/2012): Thanks to a member, I acquired this new beast:








Still working on it. I got most of the major components transferred over. Wire management will be a pita for sure (I had a MM Ext. Ascension a couple of years ago). I'm have a few ideas in store but need to save up for them first smile.gif


Update (12/4/2012):






I have planned to make some acrylic drive bay covers. I'm still debating adding some more drive bay items so I'm leaving the covers on the back-burner for now.






Main Components:

-Intel i7 2700K
-Gigabyte G1. Sniper3
-Corsair Vengeance 16GB Blue (4x 4GB)
-GTX 580 3GB (One Zotac, three EVGA)
-OCZ Solid 3 120GB (windows/games), OCZ Agility 4 256GB (Steam/Origin), Hitachi 1TB 7.2k
-Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 1500W
-Xigmatek Elysium



Cooling Hardware:
-Danger Den M6 Nickel cpu block
-Danger Den GTX 580/570 Nickel gpu blocks (4x)
-Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 360mm (2x) & 240mm
-Swiftech MCP35X
-Koolance PMP-400 top
-Koolance reservoir: 80mm + coupler w/ ports + 80mm body + top
-Cooler Master R4 green led (11x)
-Primochill LRT UV Blue 3/8x5/8
-Enzotech Compression fittings black (3/8x5/8)
-NZXT Mesh fan controller



Just another build of mine smile.gif Nothing fancy or extreme. Just something for some Surround gaming.


Final setup
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Edited by wermad - 5/19/13 at 1:07am
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Trying to figure out how to stuff some Monstas with quad gpus confused.gif. This has the Monsta 240 in the front and a 360mm shoved all the way to the bottom front. Not liking...




Stuffing some Monstas means relocating some other things. Found a nice spot for my NZXT Mix controller.




Final outcome. Used a bit of vinyl wrap to cover the gaps due to my over-cutting tongue.gif


Gpu time!!!

New?!?!?! Clearly used. Sent ebay seller a message. Partial refund received to match price of used ones. Card works fine and just needs a bit of cleaning. Turns out it was a display card just cycling through some demos at a pc shop. I trust Zotac as I've had a few of them before.



A hot sandwich smile.gif



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Itty bitty DD 2-56 screws smile.gif



Arctic Ceramique and ready for install. Used some 0.5mm thermal pads on the VRAM rather than TIM per DD. This would have a bit of an impact later on but I was able to resolve it smile.gif


Enough!?!?!?!?! Well, the pads created a bit of a gap so a bigger and thicker application was added later on. Temps dropped 5-10°C.




Very nice but super heavy!!! No more money for backplates, so time to put some of my modest skills to work (see next pics) smile.gif


Prototype. Lots of work but will be worth it in the end smile.gif


Used the prototype as a template to rough out four backplates from 1/4" acrylic sheet. The mounting screw locations came in handy for the process.

Edited by wermad - 11/21/12 at 2:58am
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Sandwiched the backplates w/ the prototype and started sanding it down. 60 grit on a hand belt sander and moved on to a 160 grit to finalize it.








A few hours later and here are the backplates almost done. They would need a bit more fine tuning and cutting to make them fit and also to mount and support the gpu pcb w/ the heavy DD blocks. I already had the acrylic sheet and I just spent ~$10 for a sanding belt and a jigsaw blade. Rather then flame polish, I just spray painted the outer edges satin black.




Some goodies arrived together that same day. You may have noticed an EVGA mb in some shots. That went away but I kept it until my GB Sniper Z77 arrived. I highly recommend this mb and please triple think the EVGA Z77 (unless you have some masochist tendencies for stress and anguish biggrin.gif) Also, sold my lovely Seasonic X1250w (wipes tear) and bought a CM 1.5kw from another forum. Psu was new but has no warranty as it was opened. Not bad for the price I got it considering they sell between $350-400. Had the option to get a new Silverstone ST1500 for a slightly less. But the CM had more favorable reviews and the fixed cables, though a pita, were positioned optimally (see next pics).


More relocating of the Monstas. The top 360 is for sure but the 240 and bottom/front 360 keep playing musical chairs. Final decision to keep the 360mm on front mounted w/ EN-Design radiator 5.25 drive bay adapter brackets.




Bitspower D-plugs to join all four gpu blocks in a parallel flow setup.


Enzotech angled compression fittings and some angled adapters to help with some tight spots.


Fourth DD gtx 580 block came in. Sourced one from a member who bought a spare. Time to join the other three smile.gif


All four gpu in concert. Missing my cpu block but I'm using a Hyper 101 w/ some "custom" mounting screws as I broke the crappy intel locking clips.




Danger Den M6 Nickel cpu block picked up from ebay ~$45 came in late but looking lovely. A few minor scratches but I noticed some blocks arrive like this, could be handling and I really don't mind. I missed out on getting one in the fire sale. Since I had used DD in the past and seeing how they're gone, I decided to sell my Swiftech Apogee HD and throw in this M6 as a small and subtel tribute to DD. DD, you'll be missed frown.gif

Edited by wermad - 11/21/12 at 3:02am
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Finally installed the cpu block! Its bigger than I expected but I'm not surprised its heavy too. I kept my old EK "True LGA1155" back mounting plate/bracket. Its a good thing I did, since DD doesn't use one with the M6. Mounting system is pretty good but not as simple and comprehensive as the Swiftech. Surprised they used Acrylic for the front mounting plate/bracket. Looks the part non-the-less.


The diy backplate journey continues. I ended up doing some extra mounting holes and I bought some 5/8" long 2-56 screws to mount the gpu block from the backplate. Well, my drill press is broken and so I ended up using my drill. Made a mistake and I knicked one of the backplates. Almost ready to spend more money on some backplates (EK) but I stuck to my diy ones.


I ended up saving my backplates and I only used one of the mounting holes for the block and the rest attached to pcb. Used M3 screws and nuts w/ 4mm nylon spacers on all screws to mount the backplate.


Argh matey!!!!!! (I don't know how this pic got taken. Maybe my little 3y/o thinking.gif


Got them all fitted and turns out they were a tad bit too long on the slot end. Sandwiched them again and trimmed off 5mm and that did the trick. The top one was the most challenging as it needed to clear the rear i/o components, the PLX chipset heatsink, the ram slots, and my 24-pin connector. A little more cutting and filing. To clear the mb 24-pin connector I had to make the screw flush w/ the backplate. After some careful drilling, it cleared but its still tight in the area.


Everything finally installed and the loop is running! Wire managment next. I've done a few sleeved psu's (~6) but I just really don't care any more. Thought about extensions but then I noticed my ribbon modular cables that came with the psu. The fixed pcie cables are actually on the first and primary rail (70amps) of the psu and I didn't want to overload the 2nd rail (55 amps) by using all three modular cables and one fixed. I headed over to CM's store and found the modular ribbon cables for $5 each! Ordered the last two.




Cooler Master shipped my cables asap and I got them the next day. Sadly, they sent the wrong ones mad.gif. I ordered two of the 6+2 & 6-pin modular cables. I received two 6+2-pin cables. Got on their online chat support. The rep was super nice and he asked for a pic. Uploaded a pic and he said he would take care of it. I was a bit disappointed as the modular cables were now out of stock and I had a feeling it would be some time before they arrive. So in the mean time, I made some custom adapter cables: female pcie 8-pin to female pcie 6-pin. I thought about buying the connectors and pins but I ended up braking my pin removal tool. I had a bunch of spare cables and so I ended up soldering them and sleeving them. They worked and I even benched with them and they held w/ no overheating or issues. Since I was expecting to wait a few weeks for the modular cables, decided to pick up some NZXT pre-sleeved extensions for the mb and cpu cables.



Big surprise when the cables showed up today! Wow!!! CM really redeemed themselves by over-nighting me the right cables and I got to keep the wrong ones.




A pita to shove the adapter cables with the fixed psu cables but I positioned my Monsta 240 on the bottom to help. A little struggling and some cursing, they went in. They look really good and I'm done at this point (don't hold me on this though tongue.gif).







Thanks for looking smile.gif

Edited by wermad - 11/21/12 at 3:06am
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Sweet rig!

Whats the cabling you are using for the GPUs?
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Originally Posted by King4x4 View Post

Sweet rig!
Whats the cabling you are using for the GPUs?

Sorry for the late reply. I had to edit my posts as everything got mixed up redface.gif.

These are Cooler Master modular cables. My psu came with three and I bought a couple more from the CM store.
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Thats mad! thumb.gif

Thank you smile.gif
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Finally a Log.tongue.gif. Great Write Up.thumb.gif. Knowing You This Hardware Config wont Last Long.. wink.gif
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I call this Shot............STACKED applaud.gif

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i love it man looks so nice, and who said anyone needed to sleeve there cables
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Finally a Log.tongue.gif. Great Write Up.thumb.gif. Knowing You This Hardware Config wont Last Long.. wink.gif
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I call this Shot............STACKED applaud.gif

Lol, it has to so I have to fight any temptation biggrin.gif
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i love it man looks so nice, and who said anyone needed to sleeve there cables

Thanks smile.gif I just couldn't stand sleeving the cables any more. Its very time consuming and its more money. I got a few modular cables from CM for little money. It was a faster way of getting the wires done and it does look very good.
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