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Mmmm, gotta love new tools!
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The dremel is a treat to work with. It pretty much delivers endless modding possibilities! I smoothed out all the ventilation holes for the roof rad with the spherical and cylinder grinding stones. I can run my fingers over all the holes (top and bottom) and not feel a single raised or rough edge.

Heres an example of a "un-treated" hole (center-left) next to an "treated" (center-right) hole..


And the ventilation holes completed.


Next I cut off 2 unnecessary metal flap in the roof that originally held the 1x120 rad. Flap facing the camera has 3 black dots on it. Now you seem em...
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Now you dont. (Buddha in background helps my cut be straight.... )


I also removed some material around where the tubes come through for the roof rad. One of the holes was originally a little out of place and the tubing was rubbing.... not anymore! Then I put the spherical grinding bit back in the dremel and rounded the edges where I had cut.

Final task was to drill the holes in the floor for the pump to mount to. This took about 30 seconds!


Thats all I can do today... Radbox and tubing should arrive early this week. I am also picking up another mobo and CPU that will be going in the system.
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 8/10/08 at 11:40am
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post #33 of 104
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UPDATE: July 8th

The Tygon tubing and Swiftech radbox that I ordered from OCN members finally arrived yesterday!


The rear of my case has two 120mm fan mounts and both with be occupied with fans (using mostly Scythe Kaze Jyuni 1200rpm 68cfm fans). I was originally planning to mount the radbox on the bottom 120mm fan mount, with the rad placed upwards and the rad covering the top 120mm fan mount, like so:


But the radbox and the spacers that it comes with move the rad too far from the case, and thus too much tubing would be required (I want as small of an area as possible added to the "footprint" of the case). The following config. will work best as far as tubing is concerned and it also leaves 1 unobstructed case exhaust fan.


This is how this configuration looks set-up. See what I mean about how far the radiator sticks out?


In order for me to mount the rad in this way, I needed to mod the back of the case a bit to ensure that the tubing would have enough space to pass through without kinking or coming into any potentially-damaging contact with the edges of the case. There were pre-drilled holes but the bottom one was a little be too high to be useable, so I had to cut this rectangular hole. sorry its kind of dark...


I tossed a reinforced cutting wheel on my new dremel and viola! Its not super pretty but it serves the intended purpose, and give me a break its only my second time using the damn thing!


Next, I smoothed out the edges with a grinding stone on the dremel. I devised a bootleg "grommet" system using some really thin, cheap tubing. I simply cut a small piece equal in length to the respective side of the side of the cut, slit it down the middle, and slid it over the metal edge. Works like a charm, cost about 50 cents, can be created to fit any sized opening, and best of all IMO, its removable/replaceable without having to undo any of the tubing. I might try to find some black tubing to use so it fits with the case color scheme.


With the rear rad all set up, I could start placing the components and cutting the tubing.


There is every piece of tubing (not finalized lengths) in its approximate location. The GPU inlet/outlet tubes are about 1-2" low. I think the tubing will look better when its in its proper location, but its looking pretty sexy so far id say. The white fans in "push" config. on the roof rad are sort of ugly, but they have blue leds, which will look cool once the case is fully assembled, you'll see...


Heres a 3/4-ish view so you can see the rad in the front.


I am planning on using my current mobo/CPU in a rig that I will be using for school come September, so theres no point in setting this rig all up and then having to undo it all when I get a new mobo so I will probably just wait till I have the new board. I am almost 100% set on the DFI LP DK X48-T2RS, great OCer, potential for x16/x16 CF, and it even fits my color scheme! Even if I dont have a new CPU by then (cant decide on Q9450, E8400/E8500) my Q6600 will hold me over.

The system is also set up to enable me to turn it into a dual-loop system in the near future. My "new rig funds" are seperate from my "watercooling fund", if that makes any sense. So when I have $150 to drop on a chipset block and another pump, I plan on running a NB/GPU loop with 1 MCR220 and a CPU-only loop with 1 MCR220 and 1 MCR120. But thats me getting ahead of myself...

Ill keep ya posted.
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Rearranged the tubing a bit... This looks clean and "flowy". I like the tube coils becuase even if the tubing is touching a little, its not really touching because there's still airflow around the tubing itself!



I gotta get this mobo pretty quick so I can get this thing running!
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Man, the tubing looks good bro!

What color coolant are you using again? Black wasn't it?
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I was using black Feser1, but for this loop I will be using PC Ice invisible blue (clear/UV blue)
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I was using black Feser1, but for this loop I will be using PC Ice invisible blue (clear/UV blue)
Oh ok ok. That will look great! The uv coolants always look great IMO, especially the ones that are unexpected. (Black/uv, clear/uv)
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woah! its been a long time since I updated this thing... some crazy stuff has happened to me in the past 2 weeks. I was in a serious car accident and I have had a lot of other things to deal with concerning that.

Anyway, I got a big order in from NCIX the other day and I have almost all the parts for this build. Only thing I really need is a CPU. I want to test the system board before I put it in the case. I also obviously need to leak test the system and finish lapping the water blocks and the CPU when I finally order it. I'm waiting till August 10th when it is rumored that the price of 45nm quads will finally drop in Canada. Anyway heres some shots...

DFI DK X48-T2RS w Danger Den MC-TDX waterblock and XFX 8800GTX w MCW60-R & ramsinks and 4X1GB Tracers 1066Mhz. Black, coppery-orange goodness!


My stupidly simple lapping setup... of course the paper is taped to the glass on all 4 sides. Check new 24" Samsung monitor!! I have lapped both water blocks up to 1500-grit sandpaper. I need to go to the auto-parts store to pick up some higher grit, probably up to 2500 or 3000. Luckily there's lots of old guys around here who restore old cars so high-grit paper ain't hard to find, but it's Sunday so this is as far as I can go today.


I got new clear blue LED fans for the "push" fans on the roof rad. Also you'll notice I had to pinch a Kaze Jyuni off the rear rad for my current sig rig! It will be replaced. I have clamped all the connections except for the water block tubing. Once the blocks are properly lapped I'll hook it all up and test!



I will be leak-testing the loop and testing the DFI motherboard (probably with the Q6600 from my sig rig) in the next couple days.. I pirated a black fan grill from a dead PSU that I had and put it on the front 120 rad. Looked so good that I ordered a 10-pack of the same black grills from Ebay for like $15CAD. They are so simple but look awesome IMO. The 120 rad in the front isn't "mounted" yet. I think I'm just going to cut some simple pieces of packing foam for the rad to sit on so I can wiggle it around to get air bubbles out.


I will be ordering a Scythe Kaze Master 5.25 fan controller which will just barely fit in the bottom 5.25 bay (especially with the rad raised on the foam blocks). I need this controller as there are 13x120mm fans that will be running in this case!
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I thought I'd post a couple pics of my lap jobs so far... like I said I only had up a variety of grits up to 1500-grit. Both blocks came pre-lapped, but I'd rather do it myself. I started with 600- then 800-, 1000-, 1200- and 1500-grit on both the blocks so far. I've spent maybe 2.5 or 3 hours on each block. I am going to pick up some 2000-, 2500- and 3000-grit paper tomorrow.

Danger Den MC-TDX - 1500


Swiftech MCW60-R - 1500


Not looking too bad... My band is playing 2 shows tomorrow in 2 different towns so I won't have any time to lap tomorrow but I'll be able to pick up the higher-grit paper for sure.
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thats a pretty sick watercooling setup you have
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