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post #1 of 13
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After my 780i reference board died (right after I finished the first build) I had to take everything apart and RMA the board. But I got a good deal on it with all the extras so I decided to upgrade to an Asus Striker II Extreme instead of waiting for the RMA process to finish. And I'm glad I did that.

So here are pics of both builds..

1- The 780i (straight to FF error right after I was done, not sure if I did anything wrong but the board seems to be quite fragile).

Rad mount, outside the case for two 360 GTX's:







Back grill for the tubing:





8800 GTX's with EK blocks:





The board:

Dtek FuZion.
ViperJohn mosfet heatsinks.
EK 780i block (NB).
Thermalright HR-05 IFX (SB).
Thermalright HR-07 RAM heatsinks.















Radiators wiring:



Tubing:



Wire management:





Filling & bleeding:







And when I was done, the board was dead. Didn't feel like taking pics of dead things.
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post #2 of 13
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2- Striker II Extreme.

Decided to make it better this time. Pump mount over the front HD cage:



The board arrived:



Didn't even test it, removed the heatsinks and re-applied TIM. The job on the NB and SB was really bad that the TIM on the SB was dry to the point it was hard and had to be scraped off.





The supplied tubing pieces for the WC were very soft and easy to cut. I wonder if this is why people always think the block is leaking?? So I replaced it with 2 pieces of harder 3/8" tubing.







Filling & bleeding (this time no colors, only distilled and algaecide):





Decided to mount the fillports while it was taking forever to bleed:







Random pics of the final build:















Running at stock settings for now with great temps. Overclocking this board with a Quad and a set of OCZ ram may prove to be a pain as I read. But as long as prime passes 5 hours at stock with no trouble then I guess I'm on the safe side.
Edited by sam_bo - 6/27/08 at 8:53am
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post #4 of 13
JOB well done!


in the final pics i see OCZ ram not the kingston ram with TR heatsinks.

i know you noted it at the end, but what happened?
Edited by this n00b again - 6/27/08 at 8:58am
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post #5 of 13
cool build and great photos
post #6 of 13
Very cool clean build!
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That is wicked! Nice choice of fans too. I love Noctuas.
 
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post #8 of 13
Very nice......Thanks for all the pic's...I really like your rad mounts...It looks like your rad fans are in a push? If they are you might want to try a pull with them, and shrouds will also help a little...You are well enough over-radded it might not even make much difference...
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post #9 of 13
Nice.

Love the detailed pictures. Extremely helpful.

And good thinking on mounting the radiator on that useless side of scrap metal.
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post #10 of 13
Did you say your board was dead with a FF error?

On my 680i board, FF means "fully functional"
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