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Drilled a hole for the frontpanel and audio cables



And another hole for the fillport and usb3 cable



For that genuine case modding feel: make sure to drill and file with the motherboard and graphics card still installed



Drill bit went to 20mm, fillport was 24mm...



... which gave me plenty of opportunity to add some scratches with my file



There it is

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Amazing precision.
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I see someone else likes to live on the wild side and cut/file with components in the case - that's how you know you're hardcore lmao!

Looks great man, what kind of edging did you use to seal the sharpies, looks very nice.
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Looks great man, what kind of edging did you use to seal the sharpies, looks very nice.

You mean the grommets? It's just cheap PVC rings.

Okay, so first real tests on temps.

CPU fan 1300 rpm (NB eLoop)
Chassis fan 1000 rpm (NB BSP)
Pump on 30%

After 30 minutes Prime95 and 16 minutes Furmark: CPU cores are hovering around 58C - 61C and the GPU seems to top out at 44C - 45C.



I've still got quite a bit of air in the loop. Don't see it at 30% pump speed, but at 60% there are some bubbles and pump noise. At 100% pump speed it's very clear that the rad is holding a fair bit of air. It's not getting into the T-line as I hoped. I've spent the last days measuring everything in the hope I can maybe fit a res after all, but really stuck for ideas how to do it.
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I've still got quite a bit of air in the loop. Don't see it at 30% pump speed, but at 60% there are some bubbles and pump noise. At 100% pump speed it's very clear that the rad is holding a fair bit of air. It's not getting into the T-line as I hoped. I've spent the last days measuring everything in the hope I can maybe fit a res after all, but really stuck for ideas how to do it.

Ghetto res to the rescue



Got the last bubbles out in under 30mins.
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For that genuine case modding feel: make sure to drill and file with the motherboard and graphics card still installed
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You're a madman! However, I love the build! Watercooling the the FT03 is always awesome! Suuub'd.
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I'm one of those people who wasn't bothered by the noise of the fan in the ST45SF-G, but since I've been testing my system I noticed indeed my water pump and two push-pull fans are quieter than the PSU.



I hate all those stickers!



That's better biggrin.gif



Soldered the 2-pin wire from the old fan onto the new fan. And while I was doing that, might as well sleeve it too thumb.gif



Noiseblocker gives screws suitable for 25mm fans also with a 15mm fan rolleyes.gif So I snipped and filed until they were right.



Now it sounds something like this, although I have to say there's a lot of white noise on this audio and it's actually even quieter in real life. Need a better mic.

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Awesome build!
I also want to do the fan mod on the ST45SF-G however I never did any soldering... do you think I should be ok?
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Awesome build!
I also want to do the fan mod on the ST45SF-G however I never did any soldering... do you think I should be ok?

Watch this video, then practice on two spare pieces of 24AWG wire until you feel confident. Basically the method is to pre-tin each end of the wire (untwisted), then dip both in rosin paste/flux and hold them briefly together on the soldering iron.


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Watch this video, then practice on two spare pieces of 24AWG wire until you feel confident. Basically the method is to pre-tin each end of the wire (untwisted), then dip both in rosin paste/flux and hold them briefly together on the soldering iron.

Wow thanks!! I'll get myself a soldering kit, might be useful in future projects too who knows hehe wink.gif
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