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Hello everybody.

I'll be starting to keep you guys posted with pictures and probably videos in the future as well of my new upcoming project.

Here's the basic specs so far (updated 2013-06-10)

Asus RoG Maximus V GENE
Intel Core i7-3770K
Asus HD7970-DC2T-3GD5
2x8GB memory (DDR3-2400 Corsair Dominator Platinum)
Corsair AX860i PSU
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB+512GB

CPUz Validation http://valid.canardpc.com/2774160

Silverstone FT02 with 3 Air Penetrator fans - all modded to remove the speed switch
fully water-cooled with only EK Water Blocks components (No, I'm not sponsored. But maybe that's a hint for them?^^) (except for the radiator)
that makes... EK Dual-D5 Top CSQ, the X3 Res Top for it, a Res, the EK M5G block, EK Supremacy and a magicool 180x540mm radiator.

I know - the case is silver, but in the end - at the final and last step - I'm planning on (sometime in the far future probably) will paint the interior parts all matte black and the exterior U-liner will be something like candy apple red or so smile.gif

Cheers
Florian


(above: I just unpacked the FT02 case that I had purchased used on eBay)






(above: stripped down to bare minimum with the removed HDD carriage)

(above: testing to see how it will fit with a single 180 radiator that I already had from a different case)

(above: here's the height check of radiator plus Air Penetrator AP181)


(above: Using paper and a pencil to create a template for the required metal work)

(above: transferring the template onto the case bottom)

(above: part of the cutting is completed)

(above: just a quick look to fuel my patience - this work takes its time!!!)

(above: DONE! It's out! yeeehaaaaa!)


(above: Quick check on how things look)


(above: Installed. Finally. All screws fit and the trimming job looks promising)

(above: all three fans installed and ready to cool smile.gif)

(above: hardware is in!! :-D Let's test that for now)

(above: All EK Water Block products being used. Quite a lot of them! smile.gif)
Edited by fuhlemann - 7/9/13 at 2:04am
post #2 of 11
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(above: The stock Asus Maximus V Gene Motherboard)

(above: removed the VRM cooler)

(above: neatly cut the thermal pads to properly cover everything and follow the shape of the block)

(above: installed M5G block)

(above: all EK blocks installed on the motherboard)

(above: Asus GTX 670 Direct CU II OC - nVidia Kepler Chip die cleaned)

(above: with the EK water block installed)

(above: and a suitable backplate for memory cooling)

(above: all water components installed and ready to hook 'em up)



(above: filling the loop with Aquacomputer Double Protect red)

(above: currently running the system like this)

(above: these are very thin razor blades that I used for delidding the cpu)

(Untouched i5! woohoo. scared!)

(above: after some more minutes close to being fully done. One side clearly free of sticky goo)

(above: It's DONE! Can you believe it? I did it. smile.gif That was a relief. Although, I scraped the cpu once. (I accurately chamfered the PCB ^^))

(above: clean and good looking Ivy Bridge die. smile.gif )

(above: my idea of a good solid direct-die mount. First three tries didn't work. Ended up with rolling these pads very very thin and using them on the longer sides. works now.)

(above: 8:45h long Prime95 session with the blend option)

(above: 6:45h long stability test by AIDA64 - voltages as you can see are stock except vDIMM and vCORE - with nice temperatures)

(above: finally got some of my power cables customized - CPU 8pin and both SATA power cable so far - next is GPU and 24pin)

(above: another shot of the naked IvyBridge CPU pcb and die)

(above: the EKWB Supremacy Naked Ivy Installation kit already installed now)

(above: 6+6 PCIe cables custom made for GPU power)

(above: my suggestion for a better naked ivy fit for your cooler 0.5mm thermal pad squares on each corner to make sure pins have proper contact)

(above: latest CPU information screenshot of my 10k+ 3DMark11 physics settings - which are my 24/7 clocks)
Edited by fuhlemann - 5/2/13 at 12:41am
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good luck thumb.gif
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thanks. smile.gif Might need that. biggest trouble will be the modification of the bottom of the case to improve the fit of the large radiator. that's the most dirty and troublesome work.

I'm kind of looking forward to my double D5 pump setup this time. it will be mounted in the 5.25" bay with the reservoir on top of the pumps top to be hidden - and without lots of additional hoses needed as when using a separate reservoir. and by doing that, i will be able to add some stability to the now very weak 5.25" bay itself. Will not install any 5.25 drives that stick out the front, so it's all clean and such. smile.gif

Will be running Win8 64 as well as Mac OS X 10.8.



And I edited the 1st post with some photos smile.gif
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Originally Posted by fuhlemann View Post

thanks. smile.gif Might need that. biggest trouble will be the modification of the bottom of the case to improve the fit of the large radiator. that's the most dirty and troublesome work.

I'm kind of looking forward to my double D5 pump setup this time. it will be mounted in the 5.25" bay with the reservoir on top of the pumps top to be hidden - and without lots of additional hoses needed as when using a separate reservoir. and by doing that, i will be able to add some stability to the now very weak 5.25" bay itself. Will not install any 5.25 drives that stick out the front, so it's all clean and such. smile.gif

Will be running Win8 64 as well as Mac OS X 10.8.



And I edited the 1st post with some photos smile.gif
are those fans on the bottom going to be all to pull in air from underneath? Just make sure you have something to prop the pc up to allow it to breath.....though based on your endeavors, i'm sure you already knew that
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post #6 of 11
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are those fans on the bottom going to be all to pull in air from underneath? Just make sure you have something to prop the pc up to allow it to breath.....though based on your endeavors, i'm sure you already knew that

Well, the FT02 is raised like a Mac Pro chassis at the bottom. And I will only push the hot air out. Have done it once to push the hot air into the chassis and that wasn't all that great. Way too much heat in the chassis. No, they will use the rather cool air and push it out. Makes for a great feet warmer in winter times. wink.gif a rather silent 120mm fan shall help the induction of fresh air from top. and it cools the mems as they sit quite closely underneath it.

The raw cage you're seeing of the FT02 makes for a great case mod of any type actually. Thought of something like a steam punk or wooden mod you could do with that. smile.gif

The big radiator shall be here within 2 days and I will go ahead and fit that asap. Will be stealing some ideas of the 'father of rv02/ft02 water cooling' - the one with the clean interior, or where he milled a front opening for the view of his reservoir ^^ but only as in doing the cutting work at the bottom.

Will keep you posted, all photos in post #1 and #2 though.
post #7 of 11
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Update! smile.gif Phew, I'm exhausted. It's been a day's worth of work. But it's done. Now waiting for the remaining parts to check the hardware and prep it all for the water loop. *excited*
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Update! smile.gif

Everything up and running.

Next steps:
- Delidding the 3570K and installing with bare die and Coolaboratories Liquid Metal Pro. This should get my temps down to a minimum. Results coming up for that, I promise.
- creating some custom wiring for the EPS12V and PCIe-6pin cables
- probably hooking the fans up to a fixed 7V or 9V on the powersupply
- pumps getting hooked up together with one modular plug on the PSU as well
- reassembling the complete case and neatly stowing all wiring and such

questions or suggestions? feel free to comment. smile.gif
Hope you enjoy those pics.
post #9 of 11
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It's update time!

Check it out!

Delidded my i5-3570K processor. Mounted the EK Supremacy directly on the die. Reduced the thickness of the white plastic washers on the motherboard-standoffs - that seems to be enough for proper pressure on the die. Used Coollaboratories Liquid Metal Pro TIM, and some very thin and flattened thermal pads on the longer sides.

Max temperatures now at 1.36V:
Intel Burn Test peak at 4.8GHz is 79°C
Prime95 peak at 4.8GHz is 72°C

all (but vcore) voltages stock!! memory running at 2200MHz currently at 1.60V (will try and lower that step by step)

But, system is rock solid. lots of prime hours have proven it. large-fft as well as small-fft tests.. smile.gif

Temperatures are not perfectly even yet, using aida64 statistics resulted in (running it's own test) a difference in average temperature from coldest to hottest core of 3.4°C, peak 71/72/72/72 with aida stability test.


So - all in all, very good system. Mac OS X is running at 4.8GHz as well (using clover and mountain Lion 10.8.3 beta).

Appreciate feedback as always! smile.gif


Next step? trying a HD7970 under mac os (just to get some experience and insights)


- AX860i PSU is coming in! smile.gif Makes for much cleaner cable management due to some changes in plugs. Very happy about that
- Second 512GB SSD from Samsung 840 Pro coming in for Mac os.
- reassembling the case of course.

UPDATE 2013-02-27
- AX860i is installed, waiting on connectors for individual sleeved cables
- second 840Pro installed for Mac OS
- had a shocking experience with the 256GB from windows (it was dramatically degraded after 4 weeks of Windows8 use, but it might have been too full)
- decided to up the game to 4.800GHz and 2400MHz on the memory with the tested values of the Mushkin kit
- had to raise vCORE above what requires windows stability for MacOS as handbrake would crash, as it seems to draw more power or so.
Edited by fuhlemann - 2/26/13 at 11:46pm
post #10 of 11
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Update: CPU 8pin and SATA power cables custom made. i'm going down the pure red wire route. no sleeve. I like the clean look of just cables I think better. Next is 24pin and 6/8 pin gpu.

Might swap gpu for a 7970 lightning with the EK watercooler.

aaand current specs: 4816MHz, DDR3-2408MHz CL10-12-11-27-1T .. that's getting me the most memory performance I can get. CPU voltage under load is now somewhere around 1.408v... CPU seems to be at it's absolute end for 24/7 use with those settings. But I'm happy and it all works smooth and stable.
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