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Had to work on this computer at work today... absolute nightmare



This should be considered a safety hazard... Even the spider webs have dust on them.



Anyways here is some beautiful packaging from Caselabs and the window panels come with the protective layer still on it!



Assembly was nothing special and pretty straight forward. Decided to keep the protective layer on for now as I have something planned for the windows in the future

post #12 of 163
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Thought this noise was originally from the RM650 but turns out it's from the 290X during the Ice Storm test on 3DMark.

But I already returned the RM650 and ordered the HighPower AGD-600F






Unfortunately the AGD-600F makes a crackling noise even on idle and under load so it's going back too.
post #13 of 163
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Decided to try the new XFX XTR 550W as my PSU and placed an order on newegg for one.

Southern Ontario had a pretty bad snow storm all last week so all my orders were delayed but everything kinda arrived at once!





The tools and connectors for the cabling still hasn't shipped from modDIY and I placed my order on Dec 21st...
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Nice will be following as this is similar to my S3 build coming up including the 240 + 280 setup. Have you fitted the two radiators yet to check clearances? I would love to know these clearances as I would love to run push/pull on both (using adapters on the 280) given I have plenty AP-00s laying around. tongue.gif
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Nice will be following as this is similar to my S3 build coming up including the 240 + 280 setup. Have you fitted the two radiators yet to check clearances? I would love to know these clearances as I would love to run push/pull on both (using adapters on the 280) given I have plenty AP-00s laying around. tongue.gif

240 + 280 rad plenty of room with the 38mm case top, but i would say push/pull would be very tight also push/pull doesn't have that much performance increase over just pull or push
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240 + 280 rad plenty of room with the 38mm case top, but i would say push/pull would be very tight also push/pull doesn't have that much performance increase over just pull or push

I tried checking clearances on SketchUp but I am so bad at it. tongue.gif

I will wait and see how it looks when you post pictures down the road. thumb.gif
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I tried checking clearances on SketchUp but I am so bad at it. tongue.gif

I will wait and see how it looks when you post pictures down the road. thumb.gif

Here's an update for you

Test fitting the Phobya e-loop fans


Swiftech MCP35X with the bitspower DDC top upgrade



Delidding my i7-4770K






Replaced the thermal compound with some coolaboratory liquid ultra



Fitting the bitspower block for the Impact was fairly easy but they only sent me 7 screws when you need 8 for the whole block.
Had to improvise and used one of the screws that came off the 290X as they were very similar.





Installing the EK Monarch was fairly easy as well.






Putting the EK FC on the 290X with the backplate was very exciting and it honestly looks just soooooo nice IMO haha









Oddly enough where they instruct you to put the strip of thermal material on the backplate there are just bunch of stickers...




Found out that the Bitspower Galaxy and the EK Monarch aren't actually really compatible. The screws that come with the EK are just a bit too short so if you use thermal material it won't work but with just thermal paste the screws were just long enough to catch the thread and it worked out luckily.







Test fitting the major hardware. Running a 240mm Alphacool NexXxos XT45 and 280mm XT45 on top and plenty of room but might be tight for push/pull and like I said performance gains would be minimal probably




mmmm so sexyyyyy

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Nice! It is looking great, plus those pictures gave me a good idea of how everything would fit. Thanks!
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Nice! It is looking great, plus those pictures gave me a good idea of how everything would fit. Thanks!

The power supply will be arriving in about 2 days and at that time I can take another picture to give you an idea with the PSU installed.
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