Originally Posted by adino
Which tube res would you guys recommend that is compatible with the bracket? I was looking at getting the photon 170 or 270, but from what I've been able to find I can't use the bracket for those unless I drill my own holes. (I'd rather not at this point.)
Photon's mounting requires drilling and may eliminate 10.5" long GFX cards from consideration .... if it makes it, it will be by the proverbial hair.
Any 60mm fits .... you'll have like 2-3mm between the res and the GFX cards and like 10mm between the res and the back of 5.25" bays.
I can tell ya for sure that the EK Res 3
a. Fits with the above clearances
b. Lines up with the predrileld holes
c. Ya won't need the nuts as hole in bracket are threaded.
Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter
Give me the old tried and true 3 pin fans and a fan controller all-day, every day, over all the problems associated with PWM right now. Makes me really glad I got a Lamptron CW611 instead of even trying out the fan hub that came with the case (especially after seeing the issues Jack I think it was is having with it).
It is kinda odd the that I'm having the problem with the phantks fans the PCB. Kinda goes back ti the crypic note stickied to the fan feed lone saying don't pug it in unless ya need to .... define "need".
Does that mean ya shouldn't plug it in cause then it will run at full speed ?
Or maybe that's why we haven't seen it out yet as an accessory ? Cause it don't work with other than Phanteks (although that is what I'm using) like Swiftech found out ?
Originally Posted by ADragg
Hey Jack, I see you were lucky enough to get one of the EK backplates for the Asus GTX 780 before they went out of stock everywhere (or at least the two places I ordered my parts from, which were FrozenCPU and Performance PC's). I'm not sure exactly how the water block works (I got the same "short" EK block you have), but does it still utilize the stock backplate? And is the aftermarket EK one something you could put on later without removing the block from the card and draining the loop etc? I want to add the EK backplate when they're in stock but I don't want to have to drain the entire system to do it. I was hoping it's something you can just install carefully while the card is still inside the chassis hooked up. But it won't be too much of a priority as long as I can still use the stock backplate to cover the PCB. I do want that EK one to Plastidip white, though, because I have white tubing and white EK res, etc.
Well, all my parts are in the mail! I was able to get 9% off at Frozen CPU, which saved me almost about $70
Had to get the UT60 280mm, EK Supremacy CPU block, and EK reservoir down tube from Performance PC's, though. As well as fans from Newegg. I hope I didn't forget anything that I'll need...
Guilty as charged
When nVidia announced their new deal and price reduction, I ordered 1 of the last 2 Frozen WB's FCPU had in stock and the backplate ..... when I confirmed fit, I asked them to put the 2nd one on the side for me to pick up as I'd be in town a week later..... they were outta stock on the backplates but order came in the day before I visited.
As to installation..... look at the instructions for the WB install.... you have to put like 10 or 12 screws in ..... if ya use the backplate, then only the 4 around the GPU go in....the rest all come from the backplate kit .... so no.....you might be able to install the block and then doing the BP as a later add on, but it doesn't sound easy ....certainly not if in SLI.
Also keep in mind ya have to buy 2 nuts (M3) at the hardware store cause EK does not provide these fasteners for the end ones .....on the "'short side" of the block.
But it is in orderable ..... that's same message I git when I placed the order on Thursday but when I arrived on Tuesday it was there.
As for the dipping, keep in mind that the backplate provided cooling....thermal pads go between the plate and the card..... EF recommends spreading TIM on the pads...... Id recommend using Gelid Extreme and their spatula ..... for the big pads, I spread it on the pad, then paid it on the card ..... then spread it on the raised backplate spot where they'd touch and again spread it thin with the spatula.
NOTE: The Gelid is very workable when tube 1st opened but gets thick and pasty very fast.Edited by JackNaylorPE - 12/3/13 at 1:45pm