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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!
Fine cheap solution it is, a milk container, the cardboard ones, cut a piece and voila!!.. I found it very similar to the white stuff that comes with the thermalright back plates..
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Fine cheap solution it is, a milk container, the cardboard ones, cut a piece and voila!!.. I found it very similar to the white stuff that comes with the thermalright back plates..
Thanks! I was looking in the recycling for a milk carton or something similar and I found a number of pieces of material that could potentially work. Sometimes my modder DIY spirit really shines through and this was definitely one of those times!



Decided on the thin foam material. It's easy to cut so I decided to take a few minutes and make it look half-decent:



First trace:



First cuts:



Second trace:



I used a small square piece of double-sided foam tape in the recessed center area of the back-plate to stick the padding on:



Amazing what a difference 15 minutes can make!

Now to mount the plate to the motherboard. Looks good from the bottom, all the bolts are tightened nice and evenly. Flat!



Another shot of the plate from the back...



Money shot of the socket waiting for that Q9550!!



Will put the mobo in the case tomorrow. I gotta get ready to go play a show right now... Peace
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post #73 of 104
lol I just coated my in rubber tape and taped it to the back

Your solution is much more presentable.
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I actually found time before going out to mount the mobo and the GPU in the case (and post photos!)...



Now, all that's left is to order the CPU, and lap it. I can will finally get to play some games at decent settings on my new 24" monitor!
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Pretty nicely done. Foam looks neat, do you think the thickness looks good, maybe you should double it, I think when you tighten the mounting screws for the cpu block, the foam is getting more squished, but if you think its fine, that is perfect then.

Build looks nice and clean.
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Pretty nicely done. Foam looks neat, do you think the thickness looks good, maybe you should double it, I think when you tighten the mounting screws for the cpu block, the foam is getting more squished, but if you think its fine, that is perfect then.

Build looks nice and clean.
Thanks buddy. The foam is OK the way it is, I think. When it's compressed it is almost the exact width of the 2 card-paper washers on the bolts that go between the board and the back-plate. I thought there was going to be a clearance issue (back-plate taller than standoff screws) but I didn't have a problem.

Ordering CPU today!
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w00t, I just ordered the CPU. Should be here early next week. The UV ports on the motherboard look neat with the UV coolant!

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w00t, I just ordered the CPU. Should be here early next week. The UV ports on the motherboard look neat with the UV coolant!

I love the orange and blue, this is looking very nice.
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post #79 of 104
I luv DFI boards, the UV effect is just tremendous. That is some nice UV stuff.

Quick question, what kind of screws did you use to mount your rad. Or did you just use the strong adhesive pad that came with it.
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I luv DFI boards, the UV effect is just tremendous. That is some nice UV stuff.

Quick question, what kind of screws did you use to mount your rad. Or did you just use the strong adhesive pad that came with it.
The rad in the roof isn't mounted at all actually, there's a channel in the top of the case that a 120mm fan fits in perfectly. The rad is a little wider than the fans. So the fan sits nicely in the channel and the rad sits on the edges. It tends to tilt down at the back, but I cut some tough white packing foam blocks to prop it up... This is pretty easily seen in the photos (look near where the tubing goes up into the rad).

The rear rad is mounted with a Swifty Radbox and the front 120 rad is just sitting on some foam like the roof one! I've found that 'soft' mounting the rads allows for a little jiggling to remove air pockets.
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 8/13/08 at 8:45am
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