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Edited by MCBrown.CA - 8/9/08 at 5:46pm
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i love the iterations this project has gone thru, and your attention to detail and precision. great work
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i love the iterations this project has gone thru, and your attention to detail and precision. great work
Yeah your right. MCBrown did give his best to his build. I believe he changed his original plan twice, at least once though. The amount of tubing you used to make sure everything runs fine..

Planning was perfect. Which I will be copying soon

edit: Mc I just remembered you told me your going to add another pump and res, have you thought of the positioning yet..
Edited by miggs78 - 8/9/08 at 6:13pm
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Thanks guys! I am certainly trying to get everything 'just right'. I am amazed how much difference the small details make!

I would have to buy a smaller pump for the second loop as there is realistically not enough space to fit another MCP655 in the case. It probably could fit somewhere but it would next to impossible to shoe-horn the mobo and GPU in there when the loops are done. So I would have to pick a smaller pump before I could figure out where to mount it...

I have been very please with my first MicroRES, so I would probably get another of these. Without really planning or anything, I think I could fit a rear-facing MicroRES in the 3.5" bays (currently my wire-hiding space, lol).

I put all the front pieces of the case on to see what it's gunna look like... All I have to say is: $$$$$$$!



I had to do some experimenting with how to connect the 3X38mm fans in the front. When they run at full speed (2kRPM), or even 1000RPM, they interfere with the fan controller somehow (even though they're not connected to it, or even plugged in on the same PSU Molex cable) causing incorrect RPM readings and alarms.

My solution for this problem was to run them through 2 fan controllers, first the case's built-in controller, then an old Zalmann Fan-mate2 that I had kickin' around. I set the Zalman to its lowest setting (not sure what RPM this is - I'm assuming about 1000) then I can use the controller on the top of the case to adjust (or even turn off) the 38mm fans. With this config, the Kaze Master reads correctly. This also means that I can completely turn off all 7 fans in the front of the case...

I found a perfect spot to stash the Fan-mate2 in my case that still allows me to easily adjust it with the side panel off.



The Kaze Master can monitor 4 temperatures (using sensors). I am planning on mounting these sensors either on the rads or strategically on my tubing so I can monitor approximate coolant temperatures (not sure how well the sensors will 'read' through Tygon tubing...).
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 8/9/08 at 7:44pm
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I'm taking my sweet time with cable management on this build as I want it to look super clean when its finished. This case is absolutely fantastic for managing a bunch of ugly wires... There's convenient holes and pass-thru's everywhere.

In this pic all 7 front fans are plugged in, as are 4 UV cathodes w/ 2 transformer boxes and 2 switches... overall look is great so far. From the side you can hardly see any wires at all! The 6 rear Scythe fans aren't plugged in yet, as they will be plugging into the motherboard.



The two 3.5" bays in the front are ideal for hiding all the fan wires. I don't really care if they're not perfectly organized as long as they're out of sight!



The 5.25" drive bay covers had a piece of foam in them to filter for dust (I assume). I thought these might block airflow into the 120 rad a bit, so I took the bay covers apart and cut the foam only to cover the area around the rad, not in front of it. Cover on the left is 'stock', covers on the right are doctored...



I added one more invisible blue dye-bomb and it's makes a noticeable difference! The case looks pretty good with the UV's on. The cathodes are mounted very cleanly with as little visible power wires as possible.



3/4 view looks good too, the Kaze Master matches the colors almost perfectly. I'm glad I decided to pick it up, it was sort of an afterthought!

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wow that looks really good with the blue dye bomb in it
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Looks quite amazing..!! UV effect looks sweet.

I gotta say this build one of the most cleanest I've seen on a case like this. If you are deciding of not closing the back panel, then you could use the available velcro pads and put the micro res on the back side stuck somewhere on the side of the 5 1/4" bays. As for the Pump, get the MCP355 and mount it flat outside the hard drive bays. I wish you understand what I mean.

I love your build, it gives me so many ideas for my build, but on the other hand the modified Lian Li v1000 case I have looks big enough to fit 3 rads and enough space for 2 pumps and 2 res.

Time will tell.
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Looks quite amazing..!! UV effect looks sweet.

I gotta say this build one of the most cleanest I've seen on a case like this. If you are deciding of not closing the back panel, then you could use the available velcro pads and put the micro res on the back side stuck somewhere on the side of the 5 1/4" bays. As for the Pump, get the MCP355 and mount it flat outside the hard drive bays. I wish you understand what I mean.

I love your build, it gives me so many ideas for my build, but on the other hand the modified Lian Li v1000 case I have looks big enough to fit 3 rads and enough space for 2 pumps and 2 res.

Time will tell.
Sounds like dual loops are inevitable for you! Enjoy the project

If I could give you one tip I'd say keep a backup rig going so you're not rushing the build. This will give you way more time to figure out what works best.
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Nice case mods, keep up the good work. I cant wait tell its finished XD
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A little update in terms of components... The price finally dropped on the Q9550 at NCIX but it wasn't quite as much as I expected. The CPU is at $370 right now and I was hoping for more like $320.

Because of this, I have decided against returning my DK X48-T2RS (I was going to replace it with the new DK X48-T2RSB+). I would have to pay return shipping, plus $30 more for the new board plus pay taxes and shipping again on the new board.

I have spent all my funds for the build ('cept for CPU) so unless OCN can convince me to go Q9450/DK X48-T2RSB+, I'm going with what I have planned now.

Also trying to sell my 8800GTX to replace with a 4870... PM if interested

Anyway, back to work...

The Danger Den MC-TDX does not come with a back plate. Luckily I had one lying around that came with a Gigabyte water block.



It fits with LGA775 but if you look closely, they was a lip of metal that protruded where the mounting bolts go through. I had to grind this off with the Dremel for both clearance and so the back plate doesn't contact the motherboard.



While I had the Dremel handy I slightly drilled-out the holes in order to fit the mounting hardware that came with the block. Because of the clearance issue, I didn't use a nylon washer between the back-plate and the board. Instead I used 2 thin card washers (much thinner).



The back-plate is now ready to mount to the motherboard, but I need to figure out what to use in the center of the back-plate to cushion the motherboard and prevent the two from making contact...

Would a small square piece of cardboard work? I need a cheap solution!
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