Alright, I am not going to let something like this take me down. I only have a week to use my parent's tools and space to get WC installed. This isn't going to stop me!
Alright, enough of the dramatics. So I went to ACE hardware today and bought a 12"x12" sheet of 1/4" acryllic and cut a small rectangle to roughly fit my motherboard. Then I bought a jig-saw blade and 3/4" holesaw to cut out a space for the tubing.
Then, I CAREFULLY marked and drilled holes that would actually fit my stupid mobo. I really don't want to buy a new case, mobo, power supply because I am saving for a new X1900XT and that would put me way in the hole. So here is everything but the ports cut out:
Now, I was INCREDIBLY careful and made marks and used a holesaw to cut the barb holes. Talk about measure twice, cut once? How about measure six times and cut once! Here is the final product!
and another shot...
Now all I have to do is leak test the thing and hopefully I will have a perfectly useful waterblock for my CPU.
So some of you are asking why I am even bothing to watercool my XPS. Well, the issue is less my CPU and more with my GPU. I can get a pretty decent OC on it now but it goes up to about 62-63C and thats just way too hot for me. I already have an arctic silencer on it, have added a 120mm intake fan to the front of the case and a fan RIGHT on the cpu shroud (if you know what the inside of an XPS looks like). I even reversed the rear fans to both push out air. To make a long story short, I have modded this as far as air will take me and I just need a little more performance, at a lower decibel rating.
Thus, I am not just going to watercool my graphics card. If I am doing this I am going the whole 9 yards. Thus, I am going to remove the massive heatsink cooling my prescott and going to remove all unnecessary fans. Once this is all said and done, I should still have a 120mm intake, which will still push plenty of air over non-watercooled components as well as the two 120mm fans on my Black Ice Dual 120mm radiator. Bam, nice and cool.
And what the hell, I LOVE modding, so why not?