Well, after thinking about it for a good while (over 2 years...) i have decided to go water
So far, my 3200+ venice is a a virgin, although the stock heatsink yields 19c idle and under 25 full load on a good day (but no, i dont live in tundra, i live in toronto). Can't wait to take it lower
My 6800gt runs 100% stable at 441/1210 from 350/1000 on stock cooling with the cover of it's heatsink popped off and a PII heatsink strapped to the top bracket to draw heat away from the back and through the screws.
PolarFLO E block - 19 USD - BOUGHT
Via Aqua 1300 with 1/2" fittings -BOUGHT
Black Ice XTREME 3 - 360mm - BOUGHT
Clearflex tubing - 99c/foot @ bigfoot
Water Wetter - will buy
Fittings+clamps+such things - home depot - soon
WORK WEEK 1 - 21/05/06 - 28/05/06
Well, got the most important parts of the loop... so i decided to start.
First off, i took it apart.
The myriad of molten metal seals where screws should have been (i believe these things are called grommets???) posed a challenge, until i figured out how to get rid of them - the good old drill
All those little things on the floor - 11 gromets.
I then took the drive cage parts off (Theire removable XD !!!) and the top off. All is removable in this case. I love it.
Went to wallmart, and purchased a very nice sheet of paper covered foam, which i found suprisingly sturdy and light. This stuff doesnt kink until you like break it over your knee... Well, i got it for like 2.99 and went home.
Next, took my scalpel out (Every russian guy has one...) and began drawing out where to cut. Made 3 circular incisions for the fans, and drilled 12 holes...for the fans. After that, cut + bent the sides down and formed a shroud. Attached the fans shortly. By the end, i was incredibly surprised as to how sturdy it was. Its almost like plexiglass...
Shortly after, drilled 4 more holes, and got myself some nice little right angle supports... obviously screwed them to my rad and fastened my shroud there
Today i felt an incredible power in myself and decided to cut the top to accomodate the rad. I wish i didnt.
This cut into thick carbonated steel (it will sooner break then bend) cost me 2.5 hours and 3 saw blades. Plus i had the biggest workout of my life. Ill get a pic of one of the blades if i have time... there was like 5 teeth left after i was done...
But here's what came out :