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post #21 of 81
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Yep, CPU and GPU water cooled. Was hopping to cool down two GPUs in SLI but appropriate mATX motherboards are hard to come by and there are about half a dozen that are suitable for four expansion slot cases and rarely appear for sale cheap.

Next job is the pump shelf.
   
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post #22 of 81
Why do you need a pump shelf, can it not be mounted like in the picture where it is under the reservoir?

Yea older M.ATX boards didn't get as much goodies as they do today, but a single better GPU is always a better option than two lower end cards.
post #23 of 81
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The case is currently lying on the desk while I figure out spacing smile.gif . The pump shelf will keep the pump at this height.

The issue with the mATX SLI motherboard is that only some will allow two GPUs two side side-by-side. I know a single powerful GPU is better but I have a pair of matched GTX670s on the shelf so if I could SLI them to try something different that'd be fun smile.gif .
   
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post #24 of 81
Ah okay wink.gif

Two GTX 670's is will be pretty good if you can avoid the SLI problems where games stutter as they isn't optimized well enough for SLI setups, but i think they would perform like a GTX 980.

Do you have the two waterblocks for them as well ?
Edited by Bear304 - 6/15/16 at 5:13am
post #25 of 81
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That's the plan wink.gif .

I've been keeping an eye out for GTX670 blocks for the DirectCUII but it seems they're hard to come by cheap on the used market. As an experiment I'll try (but start with low expectations) one of these eBay blocks.



Seeing as I don't have a suitable SLI motherboard I currently only need to cool one card so only need to take a chance on one of these waterblocks biggrin.gif .

I've done some more work this evening and have the pump shelf attached with epoxy adhesive and added a small brace for the reservoir plate just in case.



I'll give that time to set and I should be able to keep working on it over the weekend.

The next job might be covering up the old optical drive slot with more mesh if I have enough available.
   
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post #26 of 81
Remember to get something to cool the VRM's on the GPU's wink.gif

That block should do the job fine, if the internals fins are half decent, how much does that block cost ?

The pump shelf turned out good, but you might want to put some shock absorbing rubber on it between it and the pump or your pump will be extra loud as the sound gets transferred to the case side.
post #27 of 81
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The ASUS DirectCUII stock heat-pipe coolers don't touch the VRMs as that is left to a small heat-spreader that I'll leave attached wink.gif . I may or may not add some heat-sinks to the memory depending on what the stock cooler was in contact with.

It was only a $20AUD water block with free delivery from China so I'll be OK if I'm pleasantly surprised but if not... eh biggrin.gif .

The shelf should be big enough to help take the weight of the pump and when unoccupied is small enough to get the front radiator in and out of the case (that was a potential issue with the shelf idea).

I've factored in a small pad of possibly dish-sponge (painted black if needed) underneath and behind the pump to try and tame the famous fish-pond pump vibrations the EK DCP4.0 is known for smile.gif .

Still plenty to do with the case but the epoxy curing adds some slowdowns... or adds an opportunity to get some Doom or MechWarrior Online done in the name of productivity thumb.gif .
   
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post #28 of 81
Sounds like you have it under control thumb.gif

I ran out of rivets today so i couldn't do much to my project but i differently know about the value of taking a game break from a modding project wink.gif
post #29 of 81
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Did some more tinkering on the case today.

I tested mounting the power supply in the case to see who the epoxied backplate would support the weight, The very top of the plate started to separate from the mesh so I spent some time reinforcing this with a lot of small rivets. The five rivets above the PSU should help support the weight.



After digging around my spare materials box I found some more of the Mac's aluminium mesh so settled on the idea of having no front I/O. The smoothed edge surrounding the optical drive has now been cut out to make way for the seamless mesh look.



These are all the pieces cut to fill in the blank space in the mesh and the next job will be to file these down to the correct size. In the meantime I'll let the outer supports cure for a few days with the Araldite adhesive. This way I can file the new mesh down to shape and let it rest on the supports while getting the dimensions right.



Finally I widened the screw-holes for the floor radiator.

The things I've added to my garage wish-list are a drill press for the Makita corded drill, a jigsaw table, more clamps and a vice that can hold work horizontally smile.gif .
   
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post #30 of 81
That front bay mesh cover looks very stealthy, and didn't i read that you would be paint this case black later, then the front mesh would blend in perfectly.
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