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Poll Results: Will this work

 
  • 27% (16)
    NO, I just want to see if you blow up your card
  • 67% (39)
    Yes, This looks like it could work
  • 5% (3)
    Why are you even doing this, stock is good enough
58 Total Votes  
post #21 of 90
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Sorry, been busy. DayZ has been consuming .... but has given me a bit of a kick in the butt to get this card finished biggrin.gif 45fps on normal settings with a 580 hurts, no chance of 3d vision with those framerates.

I just need drill for the pump mounting holes in the copper of the backplate, perhaps set a temp probe and that will finish the backplate off. I will work on the vrm cooling next and finish with finding away to get the copper sheet to make contact with the vram around the die. I am still thinking of cutting a new 6mm sheet acrylic for the shroud, one without holes going through it lol but thats up in the air at this point. I also want to redo how the shim sits on the die. I think i can get that shim over the die "set" in the acrylic underplate (new underplate idea) so it is not sliding around while installing the pump. Few minor things and a few major things left to do. Thanks for the comments and interest and it helps keep this moving. Its a huge project, much larger then i first thought. I hope to get a good portion finished this weekend while the kids have family in town to keep their attention .... and mine on this project.

I will post some more pics along with my updates. I like how the poll has worked for this, good indicator in the interest for this project and peoples thoughts towards aio gpu cooling in general.
post #22 of 90
funny sometimes where our real inspiration comes from.. ( 45fps on normal settings with a 580 hurts)biggrin.gif
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post #23 of 90
While i REALLY applaud the efford & the courage... this includes so much fiddly things & time i would just buy an XSPC full cover block & be done with it smile.gif
But i REALLY do applaud smile.gif
post #24 of 90
Thread Starter 
Thank you for reading biggrin.gif. A block would have been the most obvious choice i agree. I did have a great cooler before this, this is for amusement and the challenge. Also how often is it you get to be the first to do something in this industry. The are a ton of parts to arrange, no guide and a lot of risk .... Irresistible temptation
post #25 of 90
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I managed to get some more done. I also tried something that ive always wondered about. Here is a small side quest lol

I was looking at the pump unit and wondering what to do about the water lines, they are not all that attractive.


IMG_0554[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

Grabbed my odds and ends box for sleeving and heatsshrink then got to work.

IMG_0553[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

Had to stretch the piece to get it to fit over the 90 degree, this proved to be very difficult as they kept ripping apart.

IMG_0555[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

The sleeve slipped on with little issues. There was some fray at the edges which needed trimming.

IMG_0550[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

The end results were ok i guess for a first attempt. I would have liked some red sleeving to match the case but ....

IMG_0571[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

So that was my morning project. Here is what i did with the afternoon.

I placed more thermal pads to help prevent shorts with the copper sheet.

IMG_0561[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

In order to help with insulation from the pcb i also had picked these little rubber things. I had originally had intended on using them whole but I ended up needing to cut them in half. These things were like 85 cents a pop .... lol, crazy but i needed them

IMG_0559[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

I have drilled all the holes in the copper (no pic) and this shot is the backplate mounted. Copper needs to have a finish sanding but so far so good. No visible screw holes and its very secure. I can lift the card by the backplate alone, i can also shake it a bit with no movement. The acrylic plate still needs some fine tuning but the whole thing is functional now.

IMG_0567[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

The thermal pads have been pressed very well i think, very good contact.

IMG_0563[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr
IMG_0564[1] by cravinmild, on Flickr

Now i still need to check for contact points with the pcb and copper but on close inspection i see nothing which posses an issue.

That is all for now. Tomorrow I hope to work the front of the card, the vrm area will take some time to figure out
post #26 of 90
Never thought about the water lines but that made them look nice. And the rubber grommets is a good way to keep things seperated. I hope this works out for you cause I belive that what is going on with my card. The vrm getting hot. Really had to turn up the fan so that kind of redused the benifet of the mod, back to loud fan.
Great work there looks like a waterblock that you"d buy.
post #27 of 90
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Thanks mike smile.gif

Seems winter wants to stick around for a bit yet. The temps have dropped to -12 and there is a bitter cold wind. I will have to wait till it warms up again. The next phase will require a number of cuts which shouldn't (looks at wifey) be done indoors and obviously outdoors is out of the question tongue.gif Stay tuned, the next part of this project will be exciting wink.gif
post #28 of 90
I use closed cell neoprene on my kitchen table ;> I have a roll of it I bought for ln2 insulation. So it doubles as a table protector.

now to just clean off that table when im done.. hrmm

another First here on OCN.. braided water lines. Well its the first I have seen.

I have wanted someone to make hose ends for those pumps so we can have a choice of 90degree or straight.

I should say retail. as asetek wont sell them.
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Nice so far!! cheers.gif and I thought my hybrid cooled Titans were a pain to do lol... this is much more involved than my mod was thumb.gif
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