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Very nice, yeah, I am likely going to flip mine whenever I do a tear down. lol.

Love how clean it is. What are those black things on the side of the 5.25" bay?
 
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Very nice, yeah, I am likely going to flip mine whenever I do a tear down. lol.


Love how clean it is. What are those black things on the side of the 5.25" bay?
Thanks!
It was a lot easier for me to install the custom panels, then making them by hand, and all out of metal, as you did though!

I'd think that if your psu is working well the other way, maybe you don't even have to flip it, but that's up to you.
The black things on the side of the 5.25 bay are the mounting blocks that Ricardo uses to attach the 5.25 bay panels onto.
They just use a couple M3 flat head screws on each one to fasten the covers, after the blocks have been bolted to the bays.
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Yeah, it's not needed, just think it might help, idk. lol.

Oh interesting, that's a pretty nice way of mounting it though thumb.gif
 
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Does it really matter which way the psu is facing? I thought it wouldve been better for the psu to get cool air.
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Does it really matter which way the psu is facing? I thought it wouldve been better for the psu to get cool air.

Doesn't make much of a difference for the most part, in his case though the solid portion of the PSU was blocking air from the rad essentially killing 25+% of it's cooling capacity buy essentially blocking the air to escape the rad. So by flipping it he's able to allow the air some place to go but he's also giving the PSU some air to cool itself.
 
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Yeah, it's not needed, just think it might help, idk. lol.

Oh interesting, that's a pretty nice way of mounting it though thumb.gif
Ricardo really has some unique ideas for installing the panels.
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Does it really matter which way the psu is facing? I thought it wouldve been better for the psu to get cool air.

Doesn't make much of a difference for the most part, in his case though the solid portion of the PSU was blocking air from the rad essentially killing 25+% of it's cooling capacity buy essentially blocking the air to escape the rad. So by flipping it he's able to allow the air some place to go but he's also giving the PSU some air to cool itself.

Exactly.thumb.gif
That's what I was thinking when I decided to put the psu fan-side towards the rad, that it would help to improve the air flow, and avoid choking it off as well. In spite of its thickness, the Monsta rad has a good space between the core and the outer edge of the casing, which provides some breathing room in that tight squeezed area.
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Thanks for the comments, suggestions, and questions.wink.gif

ColdZero Parts

I installed the CZ mobo tray, extension, and rad holders next.

Ricardo's panels all fit very well, no issues at all.

IandH StealthRes

Test-fitting the IandH StealthRes.

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Parts Installation

It was time to get the parts out of the HAF 932, put the motherboard in the TJ07, and start installing the blocks.

I originally bought a reference 7950 when they first came out, after selling my two GTX 480s to a buddy. I later picked up another 7950 for Crossfire.
Being with Nvidia for so many years, it was interesting getting used to the differences between the two camps.

When I was running the first card, in the HAF 932 case, I had messed around with some air cooling tricks, putting a Swiftech heatsink on the pcb, dremelled to fit.
Then I installed an AC Accelero on the card. Temps were better, but certainly no comparison to water:



The cards had similar reference pcbs, and were compatible with most reference 7950 blocks:


I bought two copper EK 7950 blocks, with clear acetal tops, for the cards, along with the backplates.
They fit very well:


After that, I installed the mobo, etc., then the Raystorm cpu block, and the cards:


Drain Valve & D5 Pump Modding

I had earlier decided to fit a drain valve using a Bitspower valve to the bottom port of the 480 rad:

This also shows the modded D5 pump caps, I drilled out the wiring holes, fitting grommets for the wires.
I also did a "stealth" mod to the pumps, removing the stickers and the printed-on writing.

Fill Port

I was originally hesitant to drill a fill port hole through the top of the Unibody, since it messes with the clean lines of the top.
But when I installed the IandH 225mm res., I decided it would be the best option for filling the res.
There are slimmer fill port fittings available which may look a bit better, but I used a Bitspower pass-through and "slotless" cap:



Leak Test

I filled the loop with straight distilled, for the leak test. To which I was greeted with, a leak!
It was coming from an Alphacool 90-degree swivel fitting, attached to the inlet port of the EK D5 pump top.
The leak was at the swivel joint of the fitting, not at the connection.
I drained the loop, re-checked the fitting to see if it was tight enough, and it was. The swivel area of these Alphacool fittings were very loose and sloppy feeling, which is where the faulty one was leaking.
I decided to replace all four of them, with Bitspower fittings. Which meant ordering the fittings, and tearing down the loop, and part of the case to change them.doh.gif

Second Leak Test
When the Bitspower fittings arrived, I replaced the Alphacool fittings, then re-fitted the tubing.
Using distilled again, I fired up the pumps after filling the loop and cycling the fluid through.
Success! No leaks.


I ran it for over 24 hours to be sure there were no leaks, before re-connecting the wiring for the system.

Art Deco Faceplate

I then received my latest order from Ricardo at ColdZero.
I had asked him if he could make a custom front panel for me, an eight-slot version, with sufficient air flow for the 240 rad.
But I wanted to do some kind of design for it, not just some holes, or another Murdermod copy.
After giving it much thought, I decided to do something based on the Art Deco style, which I like.
The panel fit like a glove, and I was very pleased with Ricardo's work.

I then installed the other items I ordered from CZ, a set of the "Brick"-style filtered door panel grills:
I felt that the Brick-pattern, from CZ's selection, would best match the front plate.
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Wiring And Cable Sleeving

I did do some sleeving of the cables, such as the D5 wires, and the lighted midplate wiring. I bought a small amount of black sleeving from CZ some time ago, for that purpose.
The sleeving from CZ is good quality stuff, and very reasonably priced.
I used sleeved extensions for the other cables from the psu. Most of them are Bitfenix Alchemy extensions. They use a cloth type of sleeving, similar to Paracord, but without looking loose-fitting.



For the switch panel wires, I used "Darkside" extensions from Dazmode, as well as one of the motherboard fan extensions. For the AP-15 rad fans, I used XSPC 4-into-1 cables, which were very handy.
I didn't fuss over "braiding" the gpu cables to be perfectly aligned, and I chose to run the gpu cables directly into the motherboard sata cable slot, alongside the reservoir, rather than wrapping them around it.
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Nice and clean loop smile.gif

You pretty much just sold me on the aluminum raystorm retention bracket.
 
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Intel Xeon L5640 Intel Xeon L5640 Dell R710 Mobo Hynix 144GB DDR3 ECC PC3L-10600R 
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Intel X25-M G2 80GB Redundant 840W PSU Dell 710 2.5" - Google Search Appliance Dell Perc H700 Raid Controller 
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Dell iDRAC6 Enterprise Mellanox Connectx-2 10Gb SFP+ NIC 
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Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 Intel Xeon E5-2670 v1 SuperMicro X9DRL-iF 64GB Kingston ECC (kvr16r11d4/16HA) 
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12x 4TB HGST 5K4000 SanDisk SSD 960GB (cache) 6x 8TB WD Red Scythe AP-29 
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2x Noctua U9DXi4 FreeNAS Corsair AX750 Norco RPC-4224 
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3x LSI 9211-8i (HBA) Mellanox Connectx-2 10Gb NIC 
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