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Installing New Thermal Pads & Reconditioning CLU:

A) Installing new Thermal Pads:

Observations;

Notice that the EK Thermal Pads on the VRAM are imprinted, since the waterb lock was of course making contact with the 1mm pads.

Notice the lack of any imprint of the 0.5mm EK Thermal Pads on the VRMs since they were placed there in error.

Once I replaced the EK Pads with the 1mm Fujipoly Pads, once the block was put back and I shined the flash light you could see perfect contact between the Fujipoly Pads and the VRMs. I then compared the first card, with the second card and it was so plain that the EK Pads were not making any contact at all.

Methodology;

  • Remove old Thermal Pads.
  • Clean VRMs and water block surfaces, where the VRM Pads made contact, with your favorite cleanser.
  • Measure and cut the new Thermal Pads with an exacto knife. Use a ruler for straight lines.
  • Remove harder plastic on one side of the new Thermal Pads and place on VRMs.
  • Remove the softer plastic from the surface of the Thermal Pads.

B) Reconditioning CLU;

Observations;

The CLU was still wet (after two months). I was ready to use a hair dryer on low to get it wet again, but I did not need to.

The water block separated easily from the video card.

Although, I added an additional minute amount of CLU, I probably could have gotten away with not adding any at all.

Methodology;

  • Take the brush that comes with the CLU and re-spread the CLU evenly.
  • If need be, place a negligible amount of new CLU on a clean surface, dip the brush and add to the existing CLU to cover bare spots.
  • Remount the water block and backplate.

Pics below for reference.







Edited by Gunderman456 - 3/14/14 at 10:36am
 
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Notice that there was still some residue left in both Rads as I gave them a rinse in hot distilled water. What ever I missed the first time flushing, seems to have stayed in the rad as the reservoir was clean.



A bit disappointed I went with the Fractal Design Midi R2 case. I like Fractal Design as a company mind you and I will share why later. But the Midi R2 is marketed as accepting a 360mm Rad, but in actuality it is far from functional, as the screws don't align properly for a 360mm Rad, and you'd need to hack at or completely remove the disk drive cage by dealing with metal caps.

Notice, there was no way to actually use the fan screw mounts and I had to adapt.



As you can see, it is impossible to achieve a perfect push/pull configuration with a 360mm Rad.



I couldn't avoid the RAM as the length of the Rad hit the disk drive cage. The Blu-ray will also makes it impossible for a fan in pull in the drive cage.



Also the push/pull up front will result in the loss of the HDD cage, but I came up with a workaround as you'll see later.



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A bit disappointed I went with the Fractal Design Midi R2 case. I like Fractal Design as a company mind you and I will share why later. But the Midi R2 is marketed as accepting a 360mm Rad, but in actuality it is far from functional, as the screws don't align properly for a 360mm Rad, and you'd need to hack at or completely remove the disk drive cage by dealing with metal caps.

Notice, there was no way to actually use the fan screw mounts and I had to adapt. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



As you can see, it is impossible to achieve a perfect push/pull configuration with a 360mm Rad.



I couldn't avoid the RAM as the length of the Rad hit the disk drive cage. The Blu-ray will also makes it impossible for a fan in pull in the drive cage.



Also the push/pull up front will result in the loss of the HDD cage, but I came up with a workaround as you'll see later.


 

 

 

I know the feeling, my Phantom 630 was the same way with using a 360mm radiator up on the top...I was quite salty!  Especially considering the size/price of the 630.

 

I also ran into the same issue for front radiator in my 350D with push/pull.  I ended up making a panel to mount my 2.5" drives behind the ODD cage.  It allowed me to use my drives and cover up any wiring  that would have been exposed.  I was going to skip the use of my 3.5" 2TB, but then came up with the somewhat cheesy idea of mounting it on my PSU...doesn't look half bad actually.  Now I have my (3) SSDs, all wiring hidden and my 2TB storage drive in this little mATX case.

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Roboyto, stay tuned for my rendition of a "cheesy" mount I accomplished for my SSD/HDD, hee, hee.

In the Fractal Design Club it was pointed out that the Midi 2 was never advertised as supporting a 360mm rad and that I should have gotten the Mini R2 instead.

I looked it up and while the Fractal Design web site does not specifically say that the Midi R2 is capable of a 360mm rad up top, it does specify 120mm x3 fan capability up top, so I assumed wrong when I translated that as being able to also take a 360mm rad up top. Additionally, if I would have went with a Mini R2, Fractal Design also has a caveat "Top – 240mm or 360mm radiators (thick and slim); the use of 360mm radiators requires removal of the ODD cage" which would have been a non starter for me.

As for Fractal Design, they are a great company nevertheless. I blame myself for not researching the case enough.

Earlier this week, I indicated to them that I had tugged on the USB 3.0 case cable (in order to achieve clean lines) and that to my surprise the blue cable connector snapped off and remained attached to the Asus mobo. That wasn't bad in itself, but one of the metal connectors had remained lodged in the blue cable connector. I was able to do a minor fix, but it would only read USB 2.0 and recognized but broke connection with any USB 3.0 device.

Fractal Design did not question a thing and has already shipped a replacement USB 3.0 cable for my case.

Naturally, this will delay the build a bit.
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Roboyto, stay tuned for my rendition of a "cheesy" mount I accomplished for my SSD/HDD, hee, hee.

In the Fractal Design Club it was pointed out that the Midi 2 was never advertised as supporting a 360mm rad and that I should have gotten the Mini R2 instead.

I looked it up and while the Fractal Design web site does not specifically say that the Midi R2 is capable of a 360mm rad up top, it does specify 120mm x3 fan capability up top, so I assumed wrong when I translated that as being able to also take a 360mm rad up top. Additionally, if I would have went with a Mini R2, Fractal Design also has a caveat "Top – 240mm or 360mm radiators (thick and slim); the use of 360mm radiators requires removal of the ODD cage" which would have been a non starter for me.

As for Fractal Design, they are a great company nevertheless. I blame myself for not researching the case enough.

Earlier this week, I indicated to them that I had tugged on the USB 3.0 case cable (in order to achieve clean lines) and that to my surprise the blue cable connector snapped off and remained attached to the Asus mobo. That wasn't bad in itself, but one of the metal connectors had remained lodged in the blue cable connector. I was able to do a minor fix, but it would only read USB 2.0 and recognized but broke connection with any USB 3.0 device.

Fractal Design did not question a thing and has already shipped a replacement USB 3.0 cable for my case.

Naturally, this will delay the build a bit.

 

I'll be waiting, and have to take a pic of mine.

 

Great to know about Fractal customer support!  I just had a very unpleasant time with ASUS tech support...don't know how many ASUS products I'll be purchasing in the future

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Somewhat cheesy, however very functional.  Doesn't get very hot sitting there so all is well I think :) A little 3M Dual Lock to hold it in place and elevate it off the PSU.

 

You can see the plate I cut out of an old case side panel on the right.  The dimples in the metal actually look pretty nice.

 

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation was kind enough to supply me with 3M Dual Lock velcro strips :D Very solid hold and leaves no residue when removing

 

And we have (3) SSDs cozily tucked away on the backside

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Not bad, I also like that blind in the case. Here is mine.

How to squeeze in a simple SSD/HDD Cage:

Not enough space in your case for an extended power supply, pump, a rad in push/pull configuration and an HDD Cage? Well here is my solution.

Take one of your HDD brakets.


Pull the retention pin back on the pincers.


After that, only the paint is holding the pincers in place. A little pressure will pop them right off.


There is a screw hole on the side, but with the HDD screwed on, the bracket did not line up with the bottom case screw holes since the HDD extended beyond the bottom of the case. Find a screw, a 3M-10mm in size will do, and a matching bolt and thread the screw through the square hole in the bracket.


To prevent the bracket from rocking, insert shims at each end of the bracket. I used two way sticky pads.


Done, now you have some breathing room down below and both your SSD and HDD are in plain view.
 
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Not bad, I also like that blind in the case. Here is mine.

How to squeeze in a simple SSD/HDD Cage:

Not enough space in your case for an extended power supply, pump, a rad in push/pull configuration and an HDD Cage? Well here is my solution.
  Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Take one of your HDD brakets.


Pull the retention pin back on the pincers.


After that, only the paint is holding the pincers in place. A little pressure will pop them right off.


There is a screw hole on the side, but with the HDD screwed on, the bracket did not line up with the bottom case screw holes since the HDD extended beyond the bottom of the case. Find a screw, a 3M-10mm in size will do, and a matching bolt and thread the screw through the square hole in the bracket.


To prevent the bracket from rocking, insert shims at each end of the bracket. I used two way sticky pads.


Done, now you have some breathing room down below and both your SSD and HDD are in plain view.

 

:thumbsups Very clever

 

I had initially thought about putting my 3.5" down there, but laying flat.  Never thought to stand it up

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Not brilliant but the best I can do with the available space. biggrin.gif

The HDD is not suspended. It look that way because of the HDD bracket.


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We all do what we have to for that cool rush of water.

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BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ATX Black  Logitech Wireless M215 Corsair Vengeance MM200 Yamaha RX-V681 & PSB/Polk Audio 5.1 
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AMD Athlon II X4 640 ASRock N68C-GS NVIDIA 6600GT G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz 
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WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM LG Optical Drive Thermaltake Max Orb Windows 7 
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Viewsonic 19” Flatscreen CRT Gigabyte GK-K6800 103  Thermaltake TR2 600W Cigar Boxes 
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Zalman ZM-M300 Corsair Vengeance MM200 
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