Just a Quick Update.
I've had issues with time lately. Family fun and working on my car, painting calipers and getting the ride back into a decent shape.
In the mean time I've been waiting on a prototype bracket for the GTX 780 to mount the Kuhler 620.
So things I have finished right now include evaluating the GTX 780 and cleaning up the case a bit.Let's start with the GTX 780.
The EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX is a magnificent card. The cooler is just plain sexy honestly. If there was any challenge to removing the cooler I'd actually think twice before taking off the sexy beast that is the ACX cooler.
To remove the cooler all you have to do is unscrew the 4 spring loaded screws on the back, disconnect the fan, and take it off. Super easy lemony squeezy.
Even the PCB plate is beautiful in my opinion. Look how easy this will be to mount the Kuhler 620, the holes are wide open. Preliminary fitment only proved to confirm the need of a shim. The oval shape of the Kuhler block directly sits on one of the mounts for the backside screws.
The GPU die is naked, and oh so shiny!
All cleaned up, just look how nice the ACX cooler looks.
Now the Corsair 300R
When I first put my rig together I only cared a small amount about cable management. Without a side window it just was not a prerogative at the time. So to get things neat and tidy, in a rather small case, with a whole mess of cables to deal with, I started by taking out the drives and sorting all the cables towards the back of the case.
You'll notice I have not yet installed the Kuhler to my CPU.
Sorry about the god rays, I've been playing a good bit of STALKER lately, must of got some on my shoes.
Add another foot of cable that extends below the picture and you get a sense of the cable crazy that my TX750 provides. It really is more for a large tower but I love it.Not too bad if I say so myself!
Those cables are a fair bit of pain to work with.
Holy cable octopus man!
But can it run crysis
fit the back panel?
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
It destroys crysis btw
Better than I first thought! I was definitely expecting some side panel bulge.
Some more shots of the inside. A custom sleeve job would make things so much easier to work with and improve the look, but I'm happy with it for now. With everything nice and tidy I'll be ready to fit the custom Kuhler loop easily. This also lets me work within the case to plan out where the reservoir will go.
The current CPU cooler is an old Xigmatek S-1283. The fan is shrouded as to concentrate the airflow from the fan more evenly across all the fins. It also reduces fan turbulence. I used an older POS fan and cut out the middle.
Now that just leaves the actual mounting of the loop.
I'm still not sure yet to how I will do it. I think mounting both radiators to the top exhaust mesh would be ideal, but I'd need to run the tubing between them, which could look pretty cool, or be an absolute pain.
The other option would be to mount one radiator to the top mesh and one to the exhaust fan mount.
I'm going to order some copper shims in the mean time in case the prototype mount is further delayed. I'm hesitant to only do the CPU at this time, I'd like to only do one loop fill.