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Looks good so far but ive gotten ask. Why not just run dual 480 rads instead of all those. Seems like its going to be quite restrictive with the extra tubing and bends and runs to the rad. Educated guess is that these are all spare rads haha.
Nailed it! I've got a 360 here but it is a hwlabs nemesis gts so it is probably more restrictive than all of the rads in there put together haha. I did seriously consider buying a couple 480's but I just couldn't bring myself to do it with so much rad space here already! Plus I have 2 D5's and a twin d5 bay res sitting here just begging to be used lol

Perhaps I shold've titled the build "Spare parts" happysmiley.gif
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Nailed it! I've got a 360 here but it is a hwlabs nemesis gts so it is probably more restrictive than all of the rads in there put together haha. I did seriously consider buying a couple 480's but I just couldn't bring myself to do it with so much rad space here already! Plus I have 2 D5's and a twin d5 bay res sitting here just begging to be used lol

Perhaps I shold've titled the build "Spare parts" happysmiley.gif

Im just subbed cuz i seriously dig that Noctua color. The 3 colors actually go really well and its quite unique. I just wanna see how the interior will look with all the rads, all the visible tubing should look super sweet.
    
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From no log to two pages, nice going.
Will be following this closely.

I like the Noctua colour scheme, especially with white. I had a point in my build planning where I wanted to do that.
Also +1 on recycling the old furniture, I like using stuff like that.
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From no log to two pages, nice going.
Will be following this closely.

I like the Noctua colour scheme, especially with white. I had a point in my build planning where I wanted to do that.
Also +1 on recycling the old furniture, I like using stuff like that.
Thanks! the thought crossed my mind after I already ordered the case and then I just got giddy about it! It was insanely easy and I'm very glad I did it!

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Im just subbed cuz i seriously dig that Noctua color. The 3 colors actually go really well and its quite unique. I just wanna see how the interior will look with all the rads, all the visible tubing should look super sweet.
ya I kinda adore the colors wubsmiley.gif I'm hoping it will all look good together!



A small update for everyone... (even though I said it'd be a while ago)

The good news
Old loop is broken down. I've harvested all the fittings and the old case is now holding the mobo/cpu/ram in a state of purgatory (no longer living, but not yet on to the next life)





I got rads fitted into the table! They fit great and I was able to get all the screws I needed at my local hardware store for under 10$, I was afraid I might need to order some since I needed both 3mmx50mm and 6-32x2" and I didn't think I'd find them!



Did some test fitting with the mobo and W/C components, this almost went really well and I'd love to chalk it up to proper planning proof.gif well..... Its probably a coincidence. Almost everything here fit as good as I could imagine and better than I thought it would! As you might could see, I made a new panel for the "top" of the case to make the res easier to mount.



The bad news
The backplate for the gtx 980 Kryographics DOES NOT PLAY NICE with the armor on the asus boxing3.gif Its is tough to see in the pic above but I had to completely remove the backplate to get a good fit due to it hitting both the armor over the I/O AND the ram slots. I cannot justify sacrificing my backplates!! My sli connector requires the use of the active backplate since it has a hole for it and I JUST LIKE EM!! soooo dremel it is! gunner2.gif (we really need a chainsaw guy emoticon)


not the best shot but you can see the spots that I've marked on the far side of the plate, unfortunately I let my brother in law borrow my dremel and now he is out of the country so I'm off to the store to buy a new dremel hmmsmiley02.gif


The SLI connector also hits the side panel pretty good. I haven't measured it yet but its a least a few mm. Perhaps kryographics aren't a great block to use with the 240 lol



What's next
After cutting/sanding/priming/painting the backplate I have a few spots I need to trim up on the table for a few reasons. One, one of the doors hits the 280mm rad when closing and won't fully close, should be easy. Two, The fillport behind the res needs to be moved over a CM or so, no biggie.

Cutting some holes for pass throughs in the case "bottom" should get me close to being done with custom work and I can get started building this beast!

Not slowing down yet!
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Keep the sprint going all the way to the end!

I'd take this solution over a CaseLabs beast with pedestal any day. In that table you have almost unlimited expandability in terms of watercooling.
I've heard about the SLI part of a card not fitting in a 240 before, the guy ended up cutting a hole in the sidepanel. I prefer this solution biggrin.gif

One thing I have missed: Are the radiators in the table going to be cooled passively or by fans?

P.S. forgot to mention this in my first post. The RAM and the Asus armor go together so well!
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Keep the sprint going all the way to the end!

I'd take this solution over a CaseLabs beast with pedestal any day. In that table you have almost unlimited expandability in terms of watercooling.
I've heard about the SLI part of a card not fitting in a 240 before, the guy ended up cutting a hole in the sidepanel. I prefer this solution biggrin.gif

One thing I have missed: Are the radiators in the table going to be cooled passively or by fans?

P.S. forgot to mention this in my first post. The RAM and the Asus armor go together so well!
I'll try! Had a bit of a tiff with my lady friend and haven't gotten much done done since then. I wish the table was a few mm taller to fit 360mm rads but that's about the only quarrel I have with it (and it was much cheaper, only spent 80$ on the case).

I'm still not sure what to do with the sli connector. Chopping up the backplate was just to get the card into the mobo. I may try shaving a few mm of the connector or maybe remake the window with plastic on the outside instead of inside. It is a bit disappointing that they couldn't have made it 5mm deeper for clearances but it is what it is!

There are fans between the rads and table. I wanted to do push pull on the 60+mm thick rads but I'll have to get more fans if I want to do that so they'll be in pull only for now. I don't think I've added any pics of the doors with fans installed yet but there are 2 doors with 4 fans in each for intake air.

I also think the RAM and mobo go great together! I'll have to see what I can do with lighting to really make em shine together!

Thanks for your comments man! Helps keep the energy high and positive!

Woooooooooooo
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I'll try! Had a bit of a tiff with my lady friend and haven't gotten much done done since then. I wish the table was a few mm taller to fit 360mm rads but that's about the only quarrel I have with it (and it was much cheaper, only spent 80$ on the case).

I'm still not sure what to do with the sli connector. Chopping up the backplate was just to get the card into the mobo. I may try shaving a few mm of the connector or maybe remake the window with plastic on the outside instead of inside. It is a bit disappointing that they couldn't have made it 5mm deeper for clearances but it is what it is!

There are fans between the rads and table. I wanted to do push pull on the 60+mm thick rads but I'll have to get more fans if I want to do that so they'll be in pull only for now. I don't think I've added any pics of the doors with fans installed yet but there are 2 doors with 4 fans in each for intake air.

I also think the RAM and mobo go great together! I'll have to see what I can do with lighting to really make em shine together!

Thanks for your comments man! Helps keep the energy high and positive!

Woooooooooooo

Imagine your lady friend after seeing a bill for a Magnum STH10. Might not be the best way to convince her that this is a better option, though. tongue.gif

You might be able to make a custom plexi sidepanel. So there's no more steel, just window. You can offset it a few cm to fit around the card, like the Corsair Spec-01 does with its steel sidepanel
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so it is crazy late and I need to be up in 4 hours for work but here is a teaser.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Holding 6psig at the moment
sorry for the crap photos, I didn't realize its 1am and I'm trying to rush to bed
more to come when I'm off work tomorrow afternoon mario.gif
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This is where I'm at right now, I've got all of the tubing ran and holding air overnight (I usually don't test that long but it worked with timing)

sad-smiley-002.gif this cable management makes me want to cry! BUT I'll be ordering a fan controller soon so there is no point in making it all look pretty just yet! I'm thinking about an aquaero 5 LT, but a 5/6 pro would look awesome through the table! I'll probably think about it this weekend and order whichever one Monday night. I was thinking about just getting a Lamptron 6 channel and doing a set-it-and-forget-it deal but I just don't think that is me wink.gif Do I REALLY want to dip into the aquaero world though? Seems like a whole separate addiction



the back is a little better but I need to get some better shots after I add in some lighting and fan controller to make things even more crowded



decided to refresh my liquid metal for my delid since I had everything apart anyhow, hoping for good temps since its a huge pain to remount


so now I'm thinking I'll toss in nearly a gallon of distilled (with a bit of biocide) and hope she boots! I decided not to didn't do any system prep for the motherboard change so I'll just be plugging in my boot drive and hoping for the best! Will probably do a clean install after that. I'll get some shots with the panels on soon!
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Sorry its been so long everyone, by the time I got everything filled I had to leave town for a week and haven't had time for anything! So I've got everything in a working state now but I've got several things that need attention. side panel still needs to be reworked although honestly I'm kinda digging it with no panel on the side at all. thinking.gif Also I need to expand a hole in the tabletop since some of the I/O ports are blocked since someone didn't measure very well... yeah right I eyeballed it tongue.gif but for now I can plug my keyboard into the "front" USB ports and use it that way until next weekend (IF I get time then to work on it)




I also need to get a fan controller for my rad/intake fans in the table, I could get lots of extensions and splitters and run them all to the motherboard but that makes more work to remove the pc from the table and I think that I won't be needing to play with fan speeds as much as I'm used to since I've got much more radiator space to play with now. That reminds me, temps have been fantastic! I haven't really done much testing yet but Doom can't create more than a 4° water temp ∆T after running 12 hrs straight but I'll run some other tests and see what she can do! Everything is a bit noisy right now since all of the table fans are running 100% off the PSU but it still isn't bad.

Other than that I was very pleased when everything worked after just swapping my boot drive to the new motherboard, I even tried a few firestrike comparisons after reinstalling drivers and they are really close to each other so for now things are performing great! I'll probably just make the jump to W10 soon instead of doing a fresh W8 install but I was expecting more issues biggrin.gif
edit: Also that "gryphon armor edition" sticker has GOT to be turned over lol
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