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1. All three EK Blocks installed
2. Resivoir pump combo assembled
(BTW, whatever gorilla put that bracket on that pump is one strong son of a beeeatchhh. I litterally had to break out a rubber mallet and a wooden dowel to get it off, kinda fun after being in tiny screw and thermal pad land for so long, more my style), see last pic for offending plastic part.
3. Next up, replace stock case fans. I have read lots of posts about the poor heat characteristics of the obsidian 800d, and a lot of long time users have replaced the stock 140s with some thing better. Several have reversed the flow on the rear exhaust, turning it into an intake and vented everything out the top. Going to leave it as exhaust for now since i am watercooling the gtx 480s, and the main reason these guys reversed the flow was to, get more air flow over their GPUs. Ill be monitoring case temps and im sure adjusting speeds, flow etc. One out of the box thing i did was put a small Frigidaire window unit in my office. nice little unit, built in dehumidifier, runs on 110. Main reason being is I live in Louisiana and its 110 degrees with heat index outside as I write this. I have an older home and am due for complete central Air overhall, but of course you can imagine, im waiting to do that until winter. On weeks like this their are nights where it doesnt drop below 80 degrees. In the early evening my house temps peak at 78 even with
AC on full blast. Need more tonnage. But for now that little unit can get this room down to 62 degrees. Anyway on to some pics:



    
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I use the nickel blocks and backplates.They don't help cooling the pcb, but the blocks keep the cards at very acceptable temperatures. It is no longer a single slot solution once you add the backplate though.


Hmm, I wonder if i just put one on the top card if i would still have room for my soundcard. would still look pretty good too. Might have to think about it.
    
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(BTW, whatever gorilla put that bracket on that pump is one strong son of a beeeatchhh. I litterally had to break out a rubber mallet and a wooden dowel to get it off, kinda fun after being in tiny screw and thermal pad land for so long, more my style), see last pic for offending plastic part.
Hmm, mine came off by hand pretty easy.
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Ok, another step but opened some issues, and some questions. Used the Koolance external bracket for mounting the 480, couple of things:

1. The bracket is ok, but had to be mounted to the 120 holes, thereby blocks having the 140 fan in the case. Wonder if a fan smaller than 120 would be possible? Take a look at the pics.

2. The radiator appears to be pretty decent, but I did have to tap one of the holes myself. One of the taps had not threaded all the way through.

3. I have it set for pull. Instinct says I shouldnt dump hot air back towards the case and the flow will be less restricted., any thoughts?

4. The Koolance bracket appears pretty sturdy, but i may find a way to stiffen it a little more, thoughts?

5. Due to the positioning of the bracket, push/pull is not an option except for one of the fans, the bottom one, worth it just for that fan??

6. Biggest question, Ive looked at a couple of posts, but would appreciate some guidance on how to hook these fans up. I have the Kaze Master Controller, I have seen some posts about soldering connections, but would rather use some kind of harness. I can solder but i suck at it. Keep in midn I still have the 360 rad to mount on top. Matter of fact after a Guinness and a Cigar, thats what Im going to do next, along with mounting the resivoir. Thanks, now for some pics.


    
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I mounted my bracket right to a 120 fan on the inside, instead of using the supplied mounting bolts. (the fan would not fit on the inside, if I used the bolts. I am only using a 240 Rad, so I think mine will work that way.

Another option for you could be to use long bolts and a run them though the case and then through the fan on the inside. You may need to drill out the mounting holes on the fan to get the bolts to fit.

I used one of these to hook up my 3 fans, you could use 2 of them.
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I mounted my bracket right to a 120 fan on the inside, instead of using the supplied mounting bolts. (the fan would not fit on the inside, if I used the bolts. I am only using a 240 Rad, so I think mine will work that way.

Another option for you could be to use long bolts and a run them though the case and then through the fan on the inside. You may need to drill out the mounting holes on the fan to get the bolts to fit.

I used one of these to hook up my 3 fans, you could use 2 of them.
Thats a nice idea about the bracket. (Beautiful build BTW) Do you have any closer pics in your build log of how you hooked that up?

I am at an impasse right now, really just need a break. I have a rare chance for some female companionship tonite, and need a break any way. Been at it kinda hard since friday night. Well, I watched Kyle Twig, win at bristol last night if any of you are NASCAR fans, and got my ass kicked in BFBC2 a couple times. I was hoping to get through at leat leak testing, but not going to happen now.

The XSPC Dual bay is not going to fit in the case with out some cutting I dont think. I havent looked yet but I think same will hold for my fan controller. The brackets on the obsidian are to wide, or the grooves in the resivoir are not deep enough. For single bay devices, it wouldt be a problem. Dont want to attack the problem while Im frustrated. My intial idea is to grind the bracket down or cut it off completely, but as i said i dont like making those decisions until im rested and not pissed. I could have installed the GTX 480s, thrown the res up top and proceeded with leak testing, but would still need to cut and size tubes etc. Still need to get some distilled water too. Aslo MAZ, who has posted here has same case and same res, and maybe he will chime in with how he got it in. Gonna PM him too.

No big deal, ok with my progress so far, got a few final cables to order and such, so may be able to work some during week, but probably next weekend before leak testing etc. Think ill be able to jump right into that Friday night and if successfull, begin to run rest of cables, intall drives, OS, and wave my Louissiana Voodoo bones, and say a couple of incantations, BOOM CHALAKA, Ill be ready to have some fun with this thing. One more pic and of course one more question:

1. As you can see, I elected to go with push for the top rad, I do have enough room I beleive to go push pull, or to go pull single, inside the case. A shroud on top is not out of the question either, If I do that can i mount the pull fans outside the case? Im thinking thats the way to go. Thoughts? Can anone point me towards a good shroud?

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It looks like there is enough room inside the top of your case for the extra set of fans.
Check out the radiator grills that I used. They worked well to mount the fans and the rad in the bottom of my case. I didn't have the clearence to mount an extra set of fans on the other side of the radiator.

What would you like more detailed pictures of?

As far as the mounting of the Koolance bracket, I used fan screws with a washer through the braket from the outside, through the case and into the fan on the inside. That fan is blowing air out of the case. The ones on the back of the rad are pulling air through the rad and away from the case.
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It looks like there is enough room inside the top of your case for the extra set of fans.
Check out the radiator grills that I used. They worked well to mount the fans and the rad in the bottom of my case. I didn't have the clearence to mount an extra set of fans on the other side of the radiator.

What would you like more detailed pictures of?

As far as the mounting of the Koolance bracket, I used fan screws with a washer through the braket from the outside, through the case and into the fan on the inside. That fan is blowing air out of the case. The ones on the back of the rad are pulling air through the rad and away from the case.
Interesting, I thought of that, but wasnt sure if fan screws/the fan plastic or both would be strong enough to hold the rad and bracket.. Im going to look into that.
    
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Interesting, I thought of that, but wasnt sure if fan screws/the fan plastic or both would be strong enough to hold the rad and bracket.. Im going to look into that.
Being that you have a larger rad, I would just use the same method, but use bolts, instead of screws. Make sure they fit through the fan mounting holes. You may need to trim them a bit. For extra support, you could always but a fan cover on the inside for extra strength.
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Another great idea, a couple of rep points from me friend, thanks much
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