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That setup is incredible to say the least... that PC looks amazing under your TV!
I'm planning to hook my PC up to a 46" 1080P Philips Ambilight next year and this is what I hope it will turn out to be like!

Great stuff!
    
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cheers for the kudos... say, are you going to wall mount that ambilight. They really don't work well at all unless they are wall mounted. I'd of gotten one myself but wall mounting wasn't an option. At 42", this panel is as large as I would put in this room. Anything larger would just dominate the room. I might get a HD projector if I ever think 42"s is too small, lol.
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heres a nice bump showing the pleasure pain balance has been restored once again

So, my HTPC in the Lian li case has been a nice ornament/doorstop/dust collector for the last few weeks due to a failed BIOS flash. I've since sent off the mobo back to HWV and have yet to recieve any confirmation whether they have received it or anything. But i'll give it another week before I get worried about it. In the meantime I have my main sig rig back hooked up to my plasma.

On friday last the cables for my mobo FINALLY arrived. There was a screw up with the guy I bought the mobo from in the states. He sent me a sealed RMA board he had received but didn't want to use. Turns out evga don't include any accessories with RMA's just the bare board. EVGA then took over a month to send him out the accessories, then when the cables arrived he confirmed they had forgotten the IO shield so after another 2 weeks or so with evga not returning his emails I told him to just send on the rest of the stuff.

Luckily, a friend in Ireland here has a 680i and was able to get a spare IO shield sent out from OCuk.

So I took this opportunity to swap out my spare cables for the evga ones and also lap the QX6700 to hopefully reduce my temps

The box of cables and accessories... at last!!!


The NB fan finally installed


The lapped Tuniq and QX6700. They don't look shiny from this angle but they are and they are flat.


cleaned afterwards with Articlean 2 step


I repositioned the Tuniq to see if this angle would provide better cooling. I had a tough time with the mounting bracket though. Turns out the mounting holes for LGA775 aren't completely square so I had to screw some of the screws in at a slight angle.


The extra clearance between the NB and CPU HSF now, and the routing of the 8pin mobo power connector


Main section shot


Full PC shot.



... now that was the pleasure... heres the pain. The lapping made no difference in temps, even though I checked the IHS's surface and it wasn't flat, it was concave in the middle. Rotating the HSF by 90' actually casued the temps to INCREASE. I was getting around 50'c idle and near 70'c load. In fact it would shut down after about 5 minutes. Clearly the wonky mounting bracket was causing the HSF not to make full contact. Also on top of this, the NB fan is LOUD, a lot louder than I ever imagined. It is louder than every other fan in my PC combined.

So, slightly depressed by this, I but the Tuniq back to blowing heat out the rear and removed the middle fan I had pull tied and put the NB fan on the fan controller.

My idle temps are now 41'c to 45'c, and the load at 61'c to 65'c... very depressing as this is at stock volts and clocks.

Should I just throw in the towel and get a good dualcore or G0 Q6600?
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looking sexy
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looking sexy
pity its not running as well as it looks. Just can't seem to get my temps down. Bah, the tjunction max for the QX6700 is 100'c anyway. Think i'll overclock and then hope for the best.
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Hey Leimrod i have a question i have the Tuniq sitting in my basement right now and my P180 under my desk like you have i will be building on monday but tell me this. If there was no blow whole fan up top could you fit the cooler the correct way so the flames go up. "the correct way" not the sideways way you have it
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If you look back at other photos in this log you will see that I have it oriented that way. If you also read my last post with pictures you will see that I haven't kept it oriented sideways as it was making my temps worse.

Also if you do orient the Tuniq so that that the "flames" point upwards be sure to turn the fan around so that it is still blowing out the rear.
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If you look back at other photos in this log you will see that I have it oriented that way. If you also read my last post with pictures you will see that I haven't kept it oriented sideways as it was making my temps worse.

Also if you do orient the Tuniq so that that the "flames" point upwards be sure to turn the fan around so that it is still blowing out the rear.
Let me tell you why it makes your temps worse when you have it positioned like in this pic



That is the way i want to do it, i have no blow whole to restrict air flow i removed mine. Anyway in normal air circulation the air from the front would pass through the tuniq and out the back.


What you are doing in this picture



is when the air from the front of the case moves normally to the exaust fan the tuniq makes it route under it's bottom and blows it into the blow whole instead of the exaust fan. That is your flaw
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I'm realizing I don't know what i'm worried about with the temps. My system is rock solid and i've yet to play any games that have even dropped the framerate below 60 (tried WiC, Bioshock and DiRT at 1080p all maxed out) I'll probably go up to 3Ghz and leave it there which should keep my temps around 80'c under load. If that doesn't cause BSODs i'll be happy with that.

In other news.. I received my replacement mobo from HWV *w00t!* have to say i'm very impressed with the turn around on that replacement. I sent it out 2 weeks ago, and they sent out the replacement the day they received it.

Well I pulled the Lian li out and got ready to install the mobo and all the other components again... then I realized I STILL had to install the Optical drive cover and the lian li fan controller... much frustration and time wasting followed

You can see on the Lian li site HERE that they clearly state that this bezel is "Only compatible with Lian-Li cases". Well it isn't compatible with MY lian li case There was no mounting holes to make it fit. I emailed Lian li about this, with a rather angry, semi threatening email stating it was flagrant misadvertising. Here's what they responded with.

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Dear Sir:

Thank you for used Lian Li products. About this we are very sorry. Our engineer and sales manager will be confirm then feedback to you.
ball0x to that, they couldn't even use proper english, I haven't heard anything since and really don't care at this stage.

So my options where to either sell on the bezel, or mod it and hope for the best. I wasn't about to give it to you feckers so modding it it was.

Here are the side lips on the drive cage that where first to go. A quick bit of dirty dremeling and they where gone.





Next I needed to bend the side mounts back, carefully making not to bend then too fast for fear of breaking them off.



Here it is lined up



After some rather frustrating attempts at mounting it and not getting it secure, I realized I needed to drill some holes in the optical drive Here are the holes lined up



Here they are drilled



Here it is finished with the fan controller. Let me tell you this was the messiest mod i've ever done, the amount of holes and bits I had to cut out to make this fit correctly was rediculous. For shame of them I haven't posted pictures of them. Lets just say whats behind this bezel is not pretty.



Here is a before:



... and here is the result... was it worth it, hell no! If I could go back I would just sell the flippin thing but I didn't realise it was going to be so difficult to mount. Still its done now



On a side I really do like the feet on this case, pity they aren't more visible in my HT unit



Here is the lian li logo on the case.



I picked up a 500GB Samsung drive off a friend in dublin yesterday so i'll be putting that in my main rig today as a backup drive and getting the mobo installed in the HTPC (yes I still haven't done that yet, it took pretty much all of yesterday fitting that freakin bezel)
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ok well i'm pretty much finished now. Although I still have some BIOS tweaking and overclocking to do on both machines.

Here's just a close up of those sweet copper pipes


Here was the headache that was trying to get the fan controller wired up and still not have it block any airflow.


Here is where the first thermistor went, wedged in beside the CPU cooler


Here is where the second thermistor went, in the gap at the top of the RAM sticks heatspreader


and heres where the 3rd thermistor went, down beside the fins on the 8800GTX


A shot of the rear, with the IO shield installed


... and here it is 10 minutes later I tried booting up and... nothing, no post, no fans, nothing. I had to take the whole thing apart again and eventually narrowed the problem down to the USB connector for my HTPC remote was connected backwards.


Here it is, booting up now, with the optical drive cover working and the fan control


Close up of the fan controller. Have to admit, its very simple to use and looks pretty good. You can set the max temp to all the 3 temp probes and it adjusts the fan speeds automatically depending on where the temp is. It also shows HDD activity and has alarms if the temp goes too high or the fan rpms drop off


Picture of the completed case


Picture of Vista back up and running (finally) Lavalys is reading the idle temps as around 40'c... not sure if i'm happy with this. I might remount the HSF tomorrow with less AS5 just to be sure. I'll let the machine run over night anyway just to burn it in.
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