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[Completed] Water Cooled Skulltrail in Silverstone TJ07

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Right, here's the story... we were contacted by someone who's Skulltrail system was overheating massively and wanted us to cool the thing down.

So we did...

Case: Silverstone TJ07
Board: Intel Skulltrail
GPU: nVidia 280GTX

Cooling
  • DDC Ultra with EK Top
  • Feser 480 Rad w/ Medium Speed Yates
  • Apogee GTZ CPU Blocks x2
  • EK Full Cover 280GTX Block w/ EK Backplate
  • XSPC Bay Reservoir (Black)
  • XSPC 7/16" Hose
  • Primochill UV Green Coils
  • Feser 1 Black

This isn't gonna be bling'd up at all, just a kick ass cooling system going in it.
Could this be why it was overheating previously?



Lots of ArtiClean & tissues later we have...

    
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Okay, have hit a brick wall due to the GPU block being wrong but i'll crack on with the rest.

1x XSPC 260/280GTX Block - For future reference, this block DOES NOT fit the 280GTX card, it's a manufacurer mistake.



MSI 280GTX Card



The 260GTX Block




Card all naked




GPU Core cleaned up with ArctiClean



PROBLEM

The XSPC block available at the moment which was supposed to be for both the 260GTX & the 280GTX has an error in it.
The 280GTX has 2 extra VREGS on it which aren't covered by this block, the PCB layouts are slightly different.
Ah well, will have to swap this block out for a different one tomorrow!!



Well, quickly moving on... back to cooling the CPU's!

I cleaned all the existing TIM off the board / CPUs and started fitting the CPU blocks, Swiftech Apogee GTZ's!








Problem #2
The backplates that ship with the GTZ are solid in the middle, no cut-outs or anything...
What does this matter I hear you ask???



Turn the Skulltrail over and bang, there lies problem number 2, theres some chip/semi-conductors? on the back of the CPU socket.

Gonna have to butcher the back plates now!


Edited by marcus000 - 10/14/08 at 7:21pm
    
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Feser 480GTX rad with Medium Speed Yates fastened and zip tied!




Fans are gonna be powered from this bad boy!



Pump mounted onto an Anti-Vibration mount




Test fitted into bottom of case, could do with making a plinth like Delgado did.




XSPC Bay Reservoir in top drive bays with DVD-RW's under it.



Also made a start on keeping the cables tidy, gonna be a bit of a pain with so much kit in there but what the hell, I'll do it somehow.



Just sorted the backplates, dremel to the rescue!

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Got the CPU blocks on and ready to go, just need the card in place now!



Whilst i'm sat here twiddling my thumbs waiting for replamcent block to come through i've made a start on the wiring!

Started attacking it with zip ties!!





I'm going to reverese the fans in the roof so they're blowing directly over the vregs and n/b sinks.




Cables yet to be attacked with zip ties...



Probs update it again later, i've still got no idea why the green looks so pale on this camera!

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Rest of parts arrived today including the EK 280 GTX block and the HD 5.25" mounts, should have this finished tonight now.

HD's in Silverstone caddy



Fitted with 5.25" mounts



EK 280 GTX Block




Block fitted onto card




More in a second.
Edited by marcus000 - 10/14/08 at 7:24pm
    
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I've switched the fans in the roof round, they're now blowing over the board.
Fitted the GPU in and connected up the rest of the tubing.








And here's the little unit which powers the fans!



EDIT: As you'll see in the first pics, i've got the colours looking slightly better by switching to manual, I switched the focus area to Average instead of Spot though and i've lost a lot of clarity!
Edited by marcus000 - 10/14/08 at 7:26pm
    
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*** ***? Looks good so far, cant wait!!
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post #6 of 39
ooo nice nice
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Argh need one most post, running out of valuble picture space!

EDIT: bugger, 2 posts already! ha ha!
EDIT: Thread fully updated till I go take finished pics before boxing it up.
Edited by marcus000 - 10/14/08 at 7:27pm
    
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i feel naughty those cards are mad sexy nekked. XD
Nice work i love these skull trail builds.
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Holy piss
    
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Why does that TIM look like cooking batter? Why he trying to cook mini cookies on his CPUs?
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