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I figured this would happen. I have a whole 27mm between the fan and the heatsink on the 4870. Since those are 25mm fans I have 52mm from the case to the card. The only radiator I know of that will fit is the BIP which is 25mm deep. That would leave a 2mm gap between it and the video card. I could also pick up some 20mm YL medium speeds or those 15mm Scythe fans and then I would have a little more clearance. If I gained ~5mm with the YLs I could possibly fit the GTS in there which comes in at 30mm. But once again, there wouldn't be a whole lot of space between it and the video and I am worried about airflow issues. I think pairing the BIP with either of the slim fans would be the best choice, but it is really worth all the effort and money to upgrade from the TRUE? Will I really notice the difference with an OCed quad? I may post in the WCing section or just do some more research.
My suggestion would be to hold off on watercooling unless you plan to do the whole thing.

Watercooling the CPU usually is not that much of a benefit unless you really have some high temps, or you really want to go for it.

Most of the time a high end air cooler like a modded TRUE or Megahalem will be more than enough.

Though, you could try mounting the RAD up to, with the fans inside, but watercooling in that area just doesn't seem like a good idea to me because you'll be sucking hot air from the cards no matter what, into your RAD.
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That's what I figured. My chipset can get pretty warm, but my quad isn't limited by temps. It has a pretty high VID so there just isn't much headroom on this q6600. Maybe in the future if I get a better CPU and a single video card I'll have room up top for a decent sized rad and have more of a reason to go water.
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That's what I figured. My chipset can get pretty warm, but my quad isn't limited by temps. It has a pretty high VID so there just isn't much headroom on this q6600. Maybe in the future if I get a better CPU and a single video card I'll have room up top for a decent sized rad and have more of a reason to go water.
I've always come to the conclusion that water is not for me. As the fans are just as, if not more noisy, along with pumps and everything, they also are usually manually controlled, and not controlled by temps.
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So I have been drooling over this worklog for the last few days and then what do you know, I check out the computer section of my local Craigslist and there is a BNIB Black Pearl for a ridiculous low price. I'm picking it up today!

It won't be modding with anywhere near this level of detail or ingenuity (yet) but after seeing this log I immediately hopped on the deal!

The new acrylic photos look amazing BTW, can't wait to see the final product!
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It looks a little rough, but I've got my mold all put together.





The router bit did it's job well. Time for some action. I think the pics are self explanatory. I figured since I had trouble heating up the whole area to bend, why not do it in manageable pieces?



















One little problem is that the radius isn't exactly 0.75" on the case, it's actually a bit larger. I may have to do a little bit of sanding on the radius and try to rebend everything. The bends aren't perfect but I think as long as I can smooth out the bends a little more it will be good enough, though. Tomorrow I will attempt to make the current bends a little nicer and move on to the bottom two.
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nicely done shinji!
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looks MUCH better than the 1st attempt! great job!
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That's lookin reallllyyyyyy nice man..... Yum.
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That looks so good man! I bet you were pleased when it worked! Really, you have done something incredibly difficult! +rep for the insane skillz!
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this looks INCREDIBLE. definitely subscribing to this. awesome job man
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