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post #51 of 86
Oh nice. I did something similar actually a long time ago. A bit of ghetto riggin. I used a pcie bracket and just screwed into a 80mm HSF from the backside of the pci bracket and installed it. Only a single fan but it moved some air, probably didn't help that much but yours should definitely help.

Are you going to use some kind of kickstand to keep it straight or will the pcie bracket be strong enough to hold it horizontal?

I guess you're just using 1 GPU in this rig then?

I like your sheet metal work, the brackets for it. Very nice.
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Oh nice. I did something similar actually a long time ago. A bit of ghetto riggin. I used a pcie bracket and just screwed into a 80mm HSF from the backside of the pci bracket and installed it. Only a single fan but it moved some air, probably didn't help that much but yours should definitely help.

Are you going to use some kind of kickstand to keep it straight or will the pcie bracket be strong enough to hold it horizontal?

I guess you're just using 1 GPU in this rig then?

I like your sheet metal work, the brackets for it. Very nice.

Although I would like to take the honour for that work, I can't say I really did much of it other than mount the fans tongue.gif The brackets can be found for cheap on Aliexpress.com

As for keeping the thing straight... I think it will be better once the MB is in, if not then I'll figure out a way to keep it all straight. Other than that the frames of the fans is more than strong enough to handle it so I'm not all that worried about that. I'm doing some acrylic work for the rig so I may end up making a kickstand or something if it doesn't go as planned.

And yeah, only one GPU for now, I'm still at a 1080p monitor that I actually like a lot (Dell u2414H) so until I go for either a 4k monitor or for a landscape set-up with my current one I have decided that one GPU should be enough. I also had big plans to go for the Fury X this time around but since my old 7950 still manages to do what I want, I'm going to let that wait for the next generation or at the very least until I can get some more capital to spend on this stuff tongue.gif
Edited by Rainmaker91 - 10/7/15 at 9:57am
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Yep the links in between fans look tough, I expect the weak point to be at the pcie bracket itself. Depending on where you install this, you may be able to build an L shaped bracket that connects to the pcie bracket above the one you have, or even below it, so that it uses 2 screws to support it. I think that would be strong enough to keep it straight and also minimalist/unobtrusive.

7950 is a fine GPU still. thumb.gif
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Yep the links in between fans look tough, I expect the weak point to be at the pcie bracket itself. Depending on where you install this, you may be able to build an L shaped bracket that connects to the pcie bracket above the one you have, or even below it, so that it uses 2 screws to support it. I think that would be strong enough to keep it straight and also minimalist/unobtrusive.

7950 is a fine GPU still. thumb.gif

Yeah, I still find it's useful for most my needs. Although it is starting to show it's age... So yeah mostly it's the budget that keeps me from pulling the trigger on an impulsive buy like a new GPU tongue.gif

I have put some thought in to the weight added to the bracket and I agree that it may become troublesome, if it proves to be difficult to keep straight though... well I can always build stuff to strengthen it somewhat. Considering the weight that is usually put on PCI brakets though... well lets just say this is nothing compared to for example a Sapphire Tri-X in weight wink.gif
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So... I had a look at the radiators and the backplate today. Of course the first thing after I come home from my exam would be something build related tongue.gif Oh well, at any rate the reason I waited this long after doing the third coat is quite simple; I wanted the paint to cure properly. The reason for that is because the brush marks became quite evident even after the very first coat. Thus my best option is to sand them down and try again smile.gif

Since I was at it though I gave one of the radiators a go with some wet sanding to see if I could remove the brush marks (1200 grit) and while I'm not horrified by the results, they were not as good as I wanted them to be. This was especially because parts of the sides got sanded all the way to the bare metal, even though I used a decently sized sanding block to keep the strokes relatively even. Here's me thinking the sides of the radiator was actually straight... oh well, I'm doing a bit of an experiment for now where I put on excessive amounts of paint on one of the sides. The reason fro this is simple, I hope that the paint will work a bit like putty and fill in some of the uneven surface on the radiator as well as filling in any brush marks left from the previous paint job. Now I know what you are going to say... yeah it's not exactly a good way to do it, but I figure I will give it a go. For if there is one thing I figured out by wet sanding the radiator... it works really really well. I started off with 1200 then 1500 and ended with 2000. The surface finish was still a bit dull, but I figure I can polish that out. The good thing though... NO BRUSHMARKS biggrin.gif

Hopefully it will work, if not then at the very least I can start all over again and just do my aerosol paint to get a nice finish (I just have to be very very careful with them this time tongue.gif )
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You hand brush painted them? Seems like nobody does that, rattle can does fine work for most people.

It definitely sucks to get little paint imperfections after you have just spent so much time repainting them. Hopefully you got most of your mockup work done so you won't have to install/remove them a lot before final building.
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You hand brush painted them? Seems like nobody does that, rattle can does fine work for most people.

It definitely sucks to get little paint imperfections after you have just spent so much time repainting them. Hopefully you got most of your mockup work done so you won't have to install/remove them a lot before final building.

Yeah, i couldn't find a more resilient aerosol based paint in the store I was in right then and there. That said i did find some stuff that us designed for use on car rims in another store, so if the hand painting is really a bust then ill sand it down again and give it a couple of layers with that.

At any rate, it seems like a simple job like painting the rads wasn't as simple as first planned... oh well live and learn right thumb.gif
Edited by Rainmaker91 - 10/9/15 at 3:01pm
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So... I finally had time to make some progress on the build. After hours and hours of "research" (really just me sitting on my ass watching youtube) I finally had the courage to do the de-anodizing process on my MB heat-sinks. The result is quite pleasing actually and I can't believe it took me this long to get to it, because it was really very easy to do biggrin.gif The large one still needs a second dip in the caustic soda, but I'll do that before polishing it. So hopefully I can dedicate tomorrow to get some stuff done, I'll be wet sanding the radiators to see if I can get some imperfections away and then I'll be polishing up the heat-sinks while I'm at it as well. Hopefully I can get around to create a new heat-sink for my 7950 VRMs as well since I have a larger heat-sink that I want to shape in to a nice looking and effective cooler. When that's done I'll see if I can get some work done on my actual GPU and hopefully I can mount the heat sinks on and test them this weekend while still in my old case.

I had big hopes of finishing the build before Fallout 4 released but that really doesn't look very plausible at the moment, so I'll be doing some work on it when I can instead of just procrastinating as I usually do. rolleyes.gif
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So there's finally some new pictures:

I started of trying to make a new VRM heatsink for my GPU, only to remember why I didn't last time I messed around with the card. The simple fact is I would not be able to make it straight and whenever I try to do so I end up bending the fins. So I gave up for now and I'll be doing some de-anodizing and polishing work on the ones I have instead:



So the next bit was doing the polishing on my MB heatsinks:



This blue mesh piece is part of the heatsink but for some reason Intel chose to use Steel instead of Aluminium so it will need some sanding before I get to polishing:


Turned out quite well to be honest, they are still covered in polishing compound so I won't be able to show them off properly until tomorrow:




They are getting a bath in some dish soap over the night and then I'll do a quick dip in alcohol tomorrow before finishing up with some flat black accents on them:



That's it for today, I'll finish them up tomorrow. Maybe I'll even get some time to do acrylic work while waiting for the paint to dry biggrin.gif
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Do you have any "before" pictures of the mobo heatsinks to compare to? or at least to compare to when you are done?
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