The Clowns at the postal service finally decided to deliver my GPU. Ahh there is nothing like new toys.
No it's not a Titan or the next thing that will replace it. Two of these are much fasted than I am.
How many frames a second do you need to play Farmville ?
Maybe it's just me, but this card is kind off an ugly duckling. I applaud EVGA though, They make a version of this same card with the Titan cooler on it for $50.00 dollars more. This is their highest clocked GTX 770 at a better price
without the unneeded cooler, so it's a perfect candidate for a water cooling conversion.
I had to take it for a test drive before I voided the warranty, just to make sure I didn't have a brick.
It worked well and my 800D was pissed off when I repossessed it.
They say that the water block probably weighs more than the original heat sink. On this card I'm not so sure? This has a serious heavy heat sink. Apparently cooling all the other chips isn't a high priority.
The thermal pads push up against the plastic bottom of the heat sink. What is the heat transfer rate of plastic?
Well their the ones warranting it and I do really feel this model was designed with water conversion in mind.
Now if they could just sell us a card with no heat sink at all for a reduced price. And reduce it even further because they know they don't have to carry any warranty on the card.
The Conversion was fairly easy EXCEPT - Apparently I didn't need the special screws that hold the back plate on.
Around here Metric screws don't grow on trees. I made a mad dash to the hardware store 15 minutes before they closed.
To my surprise they actually had something workable. I had to shorten a couple of them, but no biggie.
Once I had the first Card in place, I was able to continue more of the piping. I'm really liking the way it looks.
I had to trim some of the hidden Acrylic that covers the drive bays. With the reservoir In the way, it barely comes out,
but barely is enough. I pity the fool that ends up with this when I pass on!
They will need an engineering degree to figure out how it all goes together.
I have been thinking about doing something with the Ram and someone asked so that's all it took to push me over the edge. ( ya that was real hard to talk me into risking more expensive parts).This is just the start of it. I had to make a jig first so all the holes
would be in the same place. I'll figure out the rest by the end of the week end. Kind of committed now!
This Is the point where I'm glad this isn't an X79 chipset or I would have twice as many to do. I just made the Jig out of Aluminum so I was sweating it a bit that it would stay true through the final one. This is a good trick I picked up looking a one of Waynio's build log's.
Did you ever wish you had someone to talk you out of crazy ideas? That might have been a good Idea here.
Anytime the part count for a minor parts mod is 40 or more, you might want to think twice?
I really Love the Corsair Dominator Platinum Ram, but it has been around for a while now and a lot of people
have done mod's on them. I have really tried to be innovative on this build, which is no easy feat considering
the skill level of some of the modders out there. I have great respect for these people and I just do the best
I can with my expanding skill set. I have got this far by taking some big risks so no use stopping now.
I don't have a drill press anymore, so drilling 40 perfect holes was wishful thinking. I made a Jig to help align
the holes as best as I could with what I had available.
I wanted a mini miter box to make the cut angles the same on the tubes. $ 2.38 with a mini saw that went straight in the trash as soon as I stopped laughing. My poor work bench takes more abuse, but that's it's lot in life.
When you have chubby sausage fingers, making little things you can barely hold on to may not be a advisable. I won't bore you
with all of it, but it was a pain X 40 - I did want to polish these up and I decided that I should polish the inside of the tubes, just
In case the light looks cool shining through them. Come on! what kind of people polish the inside of a pipe? Sick People.
I actually found a cool trick though. I used Q-tips with polishing compound to polish the pipes. They barely went in the pipe by spinning the drill, But what I found was if I put some pressure on the rag I was holding the part with, that it would spin on the inside and if I loosened my grip it would spin the outside, allowing me to polish the outside. Anytime you can polish at 1000 rpm you are in Hog Heaven.
And now for the Glamor shots or the scratch your head shots, depending on your point of view?
Time to get back to work on this water cooling! I was short a couple of fittings so I expressed them in to town. In the interim I
started doing this Ram Mod. So easily distracted! ha ha haA big thanks to my sponsors Corsair, EKWB, MnpcTech and Mayhems