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post #21 of 33
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Ok... so made some good progress today. Cleaned the loop components and flushed the rads. Installing all the fittings now with teflon tape.

Once I get everything set up, I'll get some pics of all the components before they go together into the loop.
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post #22 of 33
Looks pretty good, I'm waiting 'till it gets warmer before I attempt any serious modding... damn Canada
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post #23 of 33
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I hear you on that!

So..here's my next challenge:

I've found I won't be able to fit a shroud on the internal rad in the front drive bays so now I need to decide which loop to hook up to the exterior rad (dual shroud push/pull) and which loop to hook up to the internal rad (push/pull no shrouds)

I figure, the CPU and NB will be hot, but the GPUs run much hotter under load...

I know the shroud usually only makes a couple degrees difference either way, but should that go to the CPU/NB or the GPU loop?
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post #24 of 33
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Ok...some progress!

Finally got the motherboard done up and the waterblocks put on the mobo and the GPUs. Hopefully tonight I can finish the install and start the leak test... *crosses fingers*

The Maximus Formula has a problem: once you've run it and the thermal adhesive cures, it's a real pain to get the stock heatsink array off. There are two ways to do this: heat or cold.

I opted for cold and put the motherboard in the freezer overnight (couldn't find freeze spray anywhere!) on Monday and Tuesday morning the heatsink array popped off like nothing. Cold is definitely the way to go for this.

I mounted the Fuzion with the Pro Mount kit but instead of the Pro Mount backplate, I used the backplate from my Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme since it has posts that go through the holes in the mobo, making it easier to reseat the block without having to dismount the motherboard in the future.

The EK NB went on no problem once I drilled out the backplate (bye bye warranty, I hope my board works when I power back on!!!)

The SB was a bit of an issue as the Enzotech block I bought had to be modded slightly and still went on crooked... I had to drill an extra hole closer to the body of the block to get the pushpin to go all the way through....it's not pretty, but it's on there nicely, and can be removed should I decide to do so in the future. I also had to bend the pin in the top corner to get the pushpin to fit...

Thermalright HR-09's went on the mosfets and now tonight I should be able to put the loop together!

Here are some pics.

Waiting to be violated


A night in the freezer and *POP*


Shiny Fuzion


Fuzion with Pro Mount and TRUE backplate (check the quad nozzle!)


CPU & NB partners in crime!


Here's my crooked SB cooler...still makes full contact!


All together


Gratuitous pr0n section:

Hate to see her go :


EK work of art!


Partners in crime!


This guy's up next, God of Thunder, Zeus!
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post #25 of 33
Can't wait to see all those hooked up!
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post #26 of 33
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Here's some progress from last night (up til 4AM )





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post #27 of 33
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Now on the leak testing stage!!! The filling and bleeding went amazingly fast! I guess due to the reservoirs and the strong pumps, but I moved it all around to get any bubbles out of the blocks and there don't seem to be any more. I've topped up the reservoirs and now we're leak testing.

Tomorrow I'll do some cable management stuff and hopefully be ready to go in the evening!

Closeup of the Microes...love that velcro!



Drivebay res


Interior


All done


Ready for filling


I need to figure out what to do with the cathode controller and it's white cables :censored:


Leak testing
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post #28 of 33
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She's alive! She's alive!

I got everything together, one pesky leak at the intake for the interior rad is giving me problems so I put some "Amazing Goop" plumbing sealant around it and it seems to be ok. I think I'm going to redo the GPU's because the side fan puts pressure on the tubing and squeezes against the waterblock so I can't get the side panel on. I've ordered some EK Stubbies and I'm going to do the GPUs in parallel instead of series as it will give me that little extra space I need. There's still a ton of cable management to be done but I'm done for this weekend!!! At least she works. I'm still waiting for some extra long SATA cables I ordered so I can route them behind the mobo tray. Hopefully those two items will be in this week and I can re-plumb the loop without wasting too much fluid (I figure I'll funnel it back into the bottle, change out what needs to be changed then put it right back in) But that's for another day.

For now, here's what's happening:








First run of 3DMark06 (all stock)



I'm getting high temps with my CPU on Core 0 and 1, which is the same thing that happened when I was on air. Idling at 7 degrees more than the other two cores. I know the CPU is uneven because I checked it when I remounted, but damn...I'd hate to void the warranty on a $1K chip by lapping it...still...
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post #29 of 33
vvery verry impressed. always wanted to watercool, im just clueless on it. havn't done any research or anything lol just looks cool. haha
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post #30 of 33
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Thanks!

I've actually just finished redoing the loop and adding the mosfets and SB as well as taking off most of the Smartcoils (I think I went overboard and I like the look of the smooth tubing better).

I'll post up some pics later when I get it filled and up and running. I still need to do my cable management as well.
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