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I was seriously tempted a short while ago as an SR-2 and a couple of E5645s came up for sale together with MIPS blocks. Unfortunately the idiot seller decided to sell the blocks independently so the package was no longer of interest to me.
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That is hands down no bull #%%^ the best color I seen on the case !!! Beautiful

Thanks! I share your opinion.

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Thank you.

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I pretty much share this exact thought. I've had so many systems, nothing truly is exciting. At this point I like the SR-2 because it's so big and has a certain "weight" to it. X5698s have tempted me a few times, but in the end I realize if I disabled cores/threads on my current chips I could probably hit same clock speeds. I downgraded to quad chips because I figured I wouldn't need 6 cores anymore, but I may go back.. we'll see.

I am excited about this one...smile.gif

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I was seriously tempted a short while ago as an SR-2 and a couple of E5645s came up for sale together with MIPS blocks. Unfortunately the idiot seller decided to sell the blocks independently so the package was no longer of interest to me.

Steve, I know exactly what you mean and it took me a while to get everything with the blocks just right.

UPDATE: I made a few changes to my first post. I decided to go with Aqua D5's instead of the 35X2's. Configuring the H20 loop and tube routing were causing me some concern, so I redesigned the loops. I will be using two D5's in both loops, two in the pedestal and two up top. I ordered the the Aqua AMS rads with the built in D5's, one 360 and one 480. This way I will have one pump in the bottom of the loop and one at the top. In my old setup I had all four pumps in the bottom in parallel and this way they will be in serial. I believe the new configuration will be much more efficient and of course more expensive...rolleyes.gif By adding the Rads on top, I had to order a new top from CL to accommodate the added height.
I am also in process of fabricating a stand out of heavy aluminum and SS on casters to move this beast around. The way I have it designed will allow me easy access to drain both loops without having to open anything up.
On the hardware front, I had to ship my MB back to Amazon. The MB they sent me was about 2 1/2 years old! I ordered a new one from eVGA to avoid any hassles and it should be here Wednesday. I have had a nightmare getting CPU's, but I believe I finally resolved that issue this morning, fingers crossed. I have spent a lot of time configuring the loops and tube routing and I hope I don't have to make many changes. I will be using the black Koolance QDC's this time to hopefully make changes a bit easier.
I will be using norprene for one loop and white tubing for the other loop. The fittings will be Monsoon, but I am not sure of the final colors to be used. The white fittings look great with the black norprene and the black fitings look great with the white tubing, but the MIPS blocks are black and nickel, the Aqua CPU blocks are nickel too. So, I ordered a few Monsoon black chrome and chrome fittings to do a color check. I will start posting a lot of pics later in the week to document the process. LMK if you have any thoughts or suggestions.
Cheers.....
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post #23 of 102
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The case looks much different with the SR-2 and a lot better as opposed the AS 11E................







Three boxes showed up and I am probably pretty popular at Frozen.......



The Titans, Samsung SSD's, memory and obviously a lot of H20 parts arrived. Two more boxes to go, but this will keep me busy for a while.
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Me like.
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Me like.

Thanks!

I started opening the boxes.......Titans & Samsung's oh my....



Some H20 parts......



The Aqualis 450's are heavier and bigger than I expected.....



EK pump tops, Titan SE blocks, SLI bridge and a lot of Monsoon fittings.....



Two Aqua D5's and a stack of eLoops too.....



I always love the way Aqua packs their gear and these Rads are truly impressive!



I will be mounting these up top and two 480's down below......



What a nice pair........



Here is a pic of the CPU, MB and Ram blocks, basically laid out as they will be seen inverted....



I have not decided which color fittings I will be using on these blocks. The white fittings will get Norprene tubing and the black fittings will get white tubing. So one white loop and one black loop. One problem I discovered is that the SR-2 threaded mounting holes are too small for the Aqua mounting hardware. I have a couple of ideas, but I will deal with that problem once I get everything running stable on air.
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SR-2 looks so good in that case. I want one (both the case and SR-2 of course).
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SR-2 looks so good in that case. I want one (both the case and SR-2 of course).

Thanks, and I highly recommend the CL case.
I did a little bit of work in the pedestal today. The 480's have been mounted with the new eLoops...............



I do like the way the eLoops look and they are pretty quiet too.........



There will be two D5's in the pedestal.......



Much more tomorrow, I will be home alone...................eek.gif
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post #28 of 102
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I worked on placing the pumps and determining a little plumbing today.



I had a number of leftover BP fittings, so I decided to use them down below. Where the tubing enters the main case I will have QDC's to allow for easier breakdown and maintenance. The pumps are not mounted and I won't be using the clear tubing. One good thing about having a lot of spare parts around, it makes planning a lot easier.
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very sleek & smooth looks, love the decor, too. The board looks great - flush - in the th10. The blocks and monsoons are going to be very tres ;-)
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post #30 of 102
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very sleek & smooth looks, love the decor, too. The board looks great - flush - in the th10. The blocks and monsoons are going to be very tres ;-)

Many thanks! I like it too.

My patience finally paid of, I received my CPU's Saturday................





The reason I say it paid off? They are brand new and I got them for 50% off, yeehah! I also picked up two brand new eVGA 780 SC's for $700.00, the pair! I sent back the Titans as I could not pass up such a deal. This will give me 90 days with eVGA's step up program and if Nvidia does something before the holidays, I will be ready. If not, I will step up to the Titans for a huge savings, win-win.
The pedestal is completely plumbed.....



I also installed the two rads up top, but the 480 may have to be remounted. I will know once my new top cover arrives from CL.



I did test everything on air.....



Sorry for the dark pics, but it's in my office and I keep it dark and cold. I did have one problem, the MB would not post with both CPU's. It would post with either CPU, but not together. I spent 15 minutes on the phone with eVGA and they sent me a new MB yesterday and it will be here Friday. Their CS is truly top notch. Everything else on this MB is outstanding and it ripped right through Rome II, recognized all of the Ram and the LSI Raid card too. Obviously, I am looking forward to Friday and getting this bad boy under water. Stay tuned....

PS: The Samsung 840 Pros are freaking fast!!!
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