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hey guys sorry for going ghost on you all. just came back from xmas break and got home last night and i have been dying to build this thing!!
Gonna get some more done tonight and possibly test out the core components on the slide out mobo tray to make sure everything is working properly...
i had a quick question about tha though because i am a noober...
when i test my cpu do i need to use the stock cooler it came with or can i test it without the cpu cooler on because i will be using the koolance heat sink with water ultimately?
likewise my 680's are the hc edition so they already have the waterblocks installed on them so am i able to test those without being underwater yet? or do both of these components have to have water cooling them before i can test to see of they work properly?

thanks and im excited to get this thing rolling again!
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hey guys sorry for going ghost on you all. just came back from xmas break and got home last night and i have been dying to build this thing!!
Gonna get some more done tonight and possibly test out the core components on the slide out mobo tray to make sure everything is working properly...
i had a quick question about tha though because i am a noober...
when i test my cpu do i need to use the stock cooler it came with or can i test it without the cpu cooler on because i will be using the koolance heat sink with water ultimately?
likewise my 680's are the hc edition so they already have the waterblocks installed on them so am i able to test those without being underwater yet? or do both of these components have to have water cooling them before i can test to see of they work properly?
thanks and im excited to get this thing rolling again!


You need to put a heatsink on it. Just use the stock heatsink and take it off when you are done. It literally takes 2 minutes or less to put it on, it just snaps right in once you line it up.
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ok coo thnx..
how about the gpus tho?
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ok coo thnx..
how about the gpus tho?


Hmm, never thought about it for GPU's to be honest. I end up having to put blocks on myself because of buying standard air cooled cards. Since I do that, I test the cards while on air, and then be careful when installing my water blocks on them to keep them safe. If you already have the blocks on them, maybe you can have a high powered fan (like a 12" house fan) blowing directly into the blocks facing the GPU contact area? I would hope someone else who has actually done this type of testing on their GPU's will chime in though, as I am not 100% sure since I've never done that.
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so you think its too risky to try and set it all up withput testing the gpus? haha that would be one pain in the ass if there was a problem though....
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I like where you are putting the res. Would be interesting to see what it looks like with everything in there and the door on.
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thanks!
yeah after school today im gonna just install the rads and some front bay stuff to get a feel for what it looks like and ill take some pics...
if you guys have any input on order of front devices that would be cool too.... (dvd, fan controller, nzxt hue, dual bay res)
as well as some pics of some possible loop orders...
have some rough drawings that ill post rihgt now, the one in more detail with quick disconnects is the one im leaning towards... and please excuse their awfulness i drew them in 1 min ill make a nice one once i decide or you guys verify the best order....

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as promised i got some more photos here for you all with the front bay drives installed...
quite happy with how they look and the order they are in, if i may say so myself it is looking quite sharp...
everything fit perfectly and the hardest part was actually getting the ******* plastic protective sheets off the plexi glass from case labs, that was one pain in the arse!
the blu ray comes out quite far but i think i have enough room for cabling there so i should be fine... if i feel up to it i may put the rads in as well but likely will be fan-less and just for comparison sake for the amount of room i will have left...
also on the front i have some mesh cover plates that may look better, as well as individual solid plates which i could have running all the way down instead of the solid 3x plates that are in there now... let me know what you guys think!
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Like the build so far, personally not a fan of hot water in the res. would rather all something like Rad-Res-Pump-Blocks. type of set up myself. Reason is because to me it makes logical scene to keep the bulk of the water cold instead of warming it up with hot block water. But that's my opinion.

To choose one from you i was going to say option 2 from your paint drawings but it seems like you already chose it.

Haven't quiet seen a pump yet, may i suggest the MCP655-PWM found here as it saves energy and can be used with software such as AI Suite to control the speed/temperature.

As for GPU test, maybe even a fill with water just to displace a little bit of extra heat would help. as well as the fan blowing on it. really in truly that card is good on heat as is, and its not like its a bare GPU it at least has a heat sink in a scene.
If you where going to test GPUs and CPU via installed windows perhaps install a old cad just for the windows install then shut down and upgrade cards.

Looking good so far overall.
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Like the build so far, personally not a fan of hot water in the res. would rather all something like Rad-Res-Pump-Blocks. type of set up myself. Reason is because to me it makes logical scene to keep the bulk of the water cold instead of warming it up with hot block water. But that's my opinion.
To choose one from you i was going to say option 2 from your paint drawings but it seems like you already chose it.
Haven't quiet seen a pump yet, may i suggest the MCP655-PWM found here as it saves energy and can be used with software such as AI Suite to control the speed/temperature.
As for GPU test, maybe even a fill with water just to displace a little bit of extra heat would help. as well as the fan blowing on it. really in truly that card is good on heat as is, and its not like its a bare GPU it at least has a heat sink in a scene.
If you where going to test GPUs and CPU via installed windows perhaps install a old cad just for the windows install then shut down and upgrade cards.
Looking good so far overall.

while i respect your preference, it has been proven that the order in which the loop is assembled doesn't matter (assuming the same lengths of tubing are used).
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