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Loving this build, it mite not be the latest and greatest hardware, but I just love how you took a dremel to dvi connectors and waterblocks so you could run 3-way sli on an m-atx board, and also cramming crazy rads into such a small space, amusing in the best kind of way! thumb.gif

😊 it's had the desired effect then hehe an exercise of sillyness really! I'm never an avid forum user but love to share my brainfarts with fellow enthusiasts, glad you like it dude ✌
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It's been a while but I am very near completing this project now!!

Here's the bracket I designed, my buddy made it up for me out of 1mm aluminium.




Popped it into my friends bodyshop, he tarted it up for me and gave it a lovely coat of gloss black.






Bought some led strip lighting in a cool white shade, wired two up in parallel and sleeved them to match. I've hidden them up behind the top rad to give some ambient downlighting, hoping it will just be enough with no glare. Not sure why the camera makes them look blue?!










Test fit of the pump on the new bracket.



Ddc getting stripped down for sleeving.




18awg wire swapped out, just had to file the case slightly for it all to fit snug.



Sleeving went well but you may notice there is now only three wires! I was doing the last bit of heat shrink and unfortunately ripped the PWM solder pad off the board, it was very late and I was very angry but on the bright side at least it wasn't a power pad, the pump still functions but is now only on or off.





A while back when I drew the pump bracket I also drew up this cover for the sli bridges as I couldn't find any other solution.



My friend brought it to life for me in the form of a 3d print, needs a little bit of finishing but can't wait to get it in there smile.gif



Just need a decent evening to strip it all down for a final clean, dust and rebuild followed by a leak test biggrin.gif Then i'm going to hopefully get a few professional pics of the finished article. Thanks for looking thumb.gif
post #53 of 65
Good to see an update on this machine. I just started following this 20min ago because your latest update popped it back to the top of 'Intel Buildlogs'. I like what you've done here. It's all exactly what you want and not how others would want to. Cutting up the I/O on one of the 670 let me know that this was going to get finished and that you weren't afraid to mod things when they don't work how you want them to. I like the way you made the pump mount work with the cables.
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Good to see an update on this machine. I just started following this 20min ago because your latest update popped it back to the top of 'Intel Buildlogs'. I like what you've done here. It's all exactly what you want and not how others would want to. Cutting up the I/O on one of the 670 let me know that this was going to get finished and that you weren't afraid to mod things when they don't work how you want them to. I like the way you made the pump mount work with the cables.

Thank you for looking, It has taken forever but I did promise I would get finished, life just tends to get in the way! So excited the end is in sight now, can't wait to just sit back and play a game on it thumb.gif
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Thank you for looking, It has taken forever but I did promise I would get finished, life just tends to get in the way! So excited the end is in sight now, can't wait to just sit back and play a game on it thumb.gif

Life never respects plans. My original plan was to go full watercooling, but then life was like, nah, your budget will be going away. And so it never got watercooling.

I wouldn't mind seeing some benchmarks of games once you are finished. Good luck with the finishing stages, I'll be watching (in a non-creepy, forum-reader type of way)
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Life never respects plans. My original plan was to go full watercooling, but then life was like, nah, your budget will be going away. And so it never got watercooling.

I wouldn't mind seeing some benchmarks of games once you are finished. Good luck with the finishing stages, I'll be watching (in a non-creepy, forum-reader type of way)

It certainly does!! Let me know what benchmarks you or anybody else for that matter would like to see and I will do my best, I can't say the 670's will be mind blowing as i'm sure the third card won't be utilized fully but will be fun nevertheless smile.gif
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It certainly does!! Let me know what benchmarks you or anybody else for that matter would like to see and I will do my best, I can't say the 670's will be mind blowing as i'm sure the third card won't be utilized fully but will be fun nevertheless smile.gif

I think you'll be surprised. My logic would tell me that SLI support should be matured by now, with all these driver updates. Just show us whatever games you normally play. wink.gif
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post #58 of 65
Great progress! I like the location of the LEDs, it hides the fact that they are singular dots, which is the most annoying thing with LED strips in most cases I've seen.
Ripping the solderpad of the pumps PCB is unfortunate, won't it be very loud now?
How's the stiffness of the pump bracket? 1mm aluminium sounds like it could bend very easily.
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Great progress! I like the location of the LEDs, it hides the fact that they are singular dots, which is the most annoying thing with LED strips in most cases I've seen.
Ripping the solderpad of the pumps PCB is unfortunate, won't it be very loud now?
How's the stiffness of the pump bracket? 1mm aluminium sounds like it could bend very easily.

Thank you! Yup I hate it when LEDs are visible or garishly bright, hoping this should be a good solution although my only concern is light escaping out the top of the case around the rad, may have to make some blanking plates but will see.

Yeah the pump wont be as quiet which is a shame, presumably worst case I could voltage control it or just replace the board but not looked into it yet. The other thing is as you say the aluminium bracket does have some give although is stiff enough not to bend, it may help dampen the vibrations along with the rubber feet. The case floor however does flex quite badly where the bracket bolts on as it's the dust filter area and is perforated. Not sure how to get around this but in theory when all the water pipes are in they should provide additional support thumb.gif
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So finally I have an update and basically the beast is done!! There really wasn't a lot left to do but I did have to order some extra parts when it came to final tubing routing etc. I started off by stripping most of the build down and giving it all a good clean, removing protective coverings and grimey finger prints. Last shot of the gpu's before they got buried inside...





Motherboard and cpu block with the clear protective removed, I had to move the little asus decal as I found it wasn't even stuck on the heatsink properly as the surface was too rough.







The snug front rad, still loving the Ek fans!!



The seasonic powerplant sits perfectly with the colour scheme on the wiring.



Got my printed cover in over the messy sli bridges and it looks sooooooo much better. Clean and clutter free and saved a whole lot of hassle.



I designed the pump bracket so the hole spacing would work with the fan mounts in the base of the case, lined up perfectly and I can still use the lower dust filter with the tiny button head screws.





The res is now in on its mount with the wires actually through the hole in the bracket.



Top rad about be fitted, wiring worked out ok but there is a slight connection issue somewhere, if i fiddle with the wiring the fans can cut out but it's ok when all is sat in place so prob one of those things I will revisit in the future.





Rear of the case all said and done, just need to get rid of the blue alphacool logo and replace it with the copper one like I have on the front side. The front one was actually a happy accident as I was going to place the copper on top of the blue as I didn't think it was removable, just so happened the degreaser I was cleaning with completely desolved the logo without harming the powdercoat underneath biggrin.gif



Front side 99% there, need two more 90degree koolance fittings. One is for the top of the res as now its raised up on the mount the fill tube wouldn't fit and the other as the bend between the top gpu and the rad was too much and the pipe kept kinking so I thought it was better to take the strain off it.



Better pic of the 90 degree and sli cover.



I love the look of the Arc mini case but wanted to put my own subtle stamp on it, had some extra copper alphacool stickers so got to work....







Basically I masked off the front grille, sanded the badge down with 240 grit paper and the vinyl wrapped it satin black, I used a permanent marker to make sure the edges were even and then applied the new sticker to end up with this..



I wasn't that impressed with the led lighting I picked up, it's almost too subtle lol so I ordered a g1/4 fitting and a couple more white leds to jazz up the res, I forgot to take pics but basically chopped it down sleeved it and installed it where the silver coil used to be in the side of the res, the coil in now in the front rad.



The extra koolance fittings meant I could get on with the final leak testing.



And this is how it sits now, I'm on the case of getting some professional pics done, I can't get the lighting to show up very well at all so this is all I have for now. Next I need to do some temp testing at stock settings, then try to see what overclock I can acheive and finally put it through some benchmarks. Thanks for looking wink.gif







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