Alright, so here is the update. I decided to do the RAM modules instead of the fans for the time being. Fans will get done, I just wanted to get this portion of the block mounting done. Anyways, here are the pics:
Assembly Pic 177: RAM Organized for Proper Assembly
Assembly Pic 178: FujiPoly RAM Module Cutting Pic 1
Assembly Pic 179: FujiPoly RAM Module Cutting Pic 2
Assembly Pic 180: FujiPoly RAM Module Cutting Pic 3
Assembly Pic 181: FujiPoly RAM Module Cutting Pic 4
Assembly Pic 182: FujiPoly RAM Module Cutting Pic 5
Assembly Pic 183: FujiPoly RAM Module Cutting Pic 5
Each individual RAM stick requires the following thermal pads:
- 0.25" x 2.0" (1/4" x 2") - 1.5mm Thick - QTY: 4/stick
- 0.375" x 0.4375" (3/8" x 7/16") - 0.5mm Thick - QTY: 16/stick
The 1.5mm thick pad seems to be perfect for the ground planes. No TIM is needed on the 1.5mm pads. The EK instructions don;t mention anything about this because RAM sticks technically shouldn't be installed like this. However, to get these to work in this system, drastic measures had to be taken...
Now multiply these numbers by 8, and that's how many thermal pads I needed to cut... (32 of the 1st, 128 of the 2nd)
I pre-cut every pad prior to doing any installation. Doing this makes everything go much smoother in my opinion, especially for the smaller pads that go on the memory chips. Cutting everything into strips that you can then easily hash and separate as needed really is a time saver. As with before, i used PK-3 under each pad.
Assembly Pic 184: RAM Module Installation Pic 1
Assembly Pic 185: RAM Module Installation Pic 2
A single dot is all that is needed, and all the TIM is there for is to hold the pads in place easier. it will provide a nice even mating surface as the modules are tightened down, but I do it mainly for the sticking properties to mount things easier.
Assembly Pic 186: RAM Module Installation Pic 3
I did try to line the thermal pads on the chips up even with the lower half of the chip the best I could. This is purely for visual appearance. These will be seen on the outer most sticks, so makign sure they don;t look sloppy is a must...
Assembly Pic 187: RAM Module Installation Pic 4
I then flipped the stick over, centered it, and started the process on the back side.
Assembly Pic 188: RAM Module Installation Pic 5
Assembly Pic 189: RAM Module Installation Pic 6
Assembly Pic 190: RAM Module Installation Pic 7
Assembly Pic 191: RAM Module Installation Pic 8 - Angled Screws in Place
Assembly Pic 192: RAM Module Installation Pic 9
Assembly Pic 193: RAM Modules Installed Pic 1
Ok, this is where I alter from the instructions a bit more. The directions state to use the angled head screws that mount in flush (like the picture 3 slots up). However, I was having some major issues getting those to take on threading and opted to use the longer pan head screw that came with the hardware. There are only 2/stick of the pan head screws as opposed to 3/stick of the angled head screws, but they provide a much better assembly.
Assembly Pic 194: RAM Modules Installed Pic 2
Alright, I was going to stop here, but then I decided to go ahead and mount them to the motherboard as well, so here we go...
Assembly Pic 195: RAM Modules Waiting to be Installed
Assembly Pic 196: RAM Modules Installed on Motherboard
Assembly Pic 197: RAM Modules Installed on Motherboard - Close Up Pic 1
Assembly Pic 198: RAM Modules Installed on Motherboard - Close Up Pic 2
Assembly Pic 199: FujiPoly RAM Block Cutting Pic 1
I cut 8 striped that were the following dimensions:
- 0.25" x 5.0" (1/4" x 5") - 0.5mm Thick - QTY: 1/stick
Assembly Pic 200: FujiPoly RAM Block Cutting Pic 2
The 5 inch strips end up being slightly too long once they stretch a little. However, you still want to cut them to 5 inches just incase you are super lucky and don;t stretch them at all during removal from the plastic protective coating.
Assembly Pic 201: FujiPoly RAM Block Cutting Pic 3
A razor blade pushed straight down cuts these to size perfectly.
Assembly Pic 202: FujiPoly RAM Block Cutting Pic 4
Assembly Pic 203: EK Monarch X2 Unboxing
Alright, so as I mentioned before, I opoted to go with quad X2 RAM blocks instead of dual X4 RAM blocks. This is purely for aesthetics. These is no real reason why this type of block setup would work better than the X4 block. As I said in previous posts, i want to get as many acrylic runs as possible, and doing the RAM blocks like this will definitely add some extra run clutter
Assembly Pic 204: EK Monarch X2 Installation Pic 1
Assembly Pic 205: EK Monarch X2 Installation Pic 2
Assembly Pic 206: EK Monarch X2 Installation Pic 3
One thing to be noted is that these blocks call out for the stock Dominator screws to secure the blocks to the RAM Modules. I ended up using some black-oxide finish pan head screws that were the correct length and thread to secure these (since I clearly did not have the stock Domonator screws...)
Assembly Pic 207: EK Monarch X2 with Ghost Fittings
This is a tight, tight fit. In fact, they don't technically fit but you can get them to fit with a little pushing. Once the ghost fittings are on, then there shouldn't be any issues.
And now for the fun artsy pics...
Assembly Pic 208: EK Monarch X2 with Ghost Fittings - Close Up Pic 1
Assembly Pic 209: EK Monarch X2 with Ghost Fittings - Close Up Pic 2
Assembly Pic 210: EK Monarch X2 with Ghost Fittings - Close Up Pic 3
Assembly Pic 211: EK Monarch X2 with Ghost Fittings - Close Up Pic 4
I have a couple things I need to do still to the motherboard and motherboard tray before finally securing the motherboard to the caselabs tray. I hope to have this sorted in the next few days so the videocards can be installed as well.
Hopefully you guys enjoy this update, and more are sure to come Edited by Hyperlite - 11/25/13 at 8:12am