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I've always wanted to build into a Mountain Mods case AND I've always wanted to try running my graphics card under water... so, lets see how it goes:

After lots of thought and surfing, I chose the MM Monticle 24 and a pair of HIS 5970s with EK water blocks as the two central parts of this system.

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My boot drive will be 4 x-25E 32gb Intel ssds running in RAID 0 off an Adaptec 5404 controller. I know there is no trim over raid (yet), but these drives have very good controllers.

My scratch drive will be 2 F-120 Corsair ssds running in RAID 0 off the ICHR-10 Intel RAID chip on the mobo.

If I need to 'trim' these arrays, I can use Tony Trim from the OCZ Discussion Forum.

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I'll try the Gigabyte UD7 for this build with complete EK water blocks.

The Fans (Enermax Apollish for the case and Feser Treibwerks for the rads) and fan grills came from Sidewinder Computers or PerformancePCs. Together, these two places have everything... and if they don't have it, try FrozenCPUs or Petras Tech Shop.

The Enermax Revolution 1250 will power everything and of course, I will plumb it with Tygon (likely all 3603) 1/2 id. 3/4 od for mostly everything but some of the blocks won't handle two compression fittings for 3/4 tygon, so I will use a few runs of 5/8 od.

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if your spending so much money
wait till januray 5th and get intel sandy bridge
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These are the first pics of the build coming together...



    
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if your spending so much money
wait till januray 5th and get intel sandy bridge
I've had the UD7 for a while now... I have just been waiting for the other pieces to come together. If Sandy really is hot, maybe next year... plus, if upgrade to Sandy Bridge I will wait till EVGA comes out with a Classy line then upgrade my benching rig (see rig in sig). This current build will be my 24/7 gaming rig

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One of the reasons for wanting to run water over my 5970s is to reduce the fan NOISE!!! So, I want to make sure I have enough rad-wattage to get some nice clock speed with slow-ish fan speeds. I know this is likely overkill (based on my questions to other forums ) but I would be 'not happy' if I built into a system that needed 2,000rpm fans to cool everything OR exceeded the cooling capacity of the rads because of my overclocks. So, here are the rads:

2 BlackIce GTX480s and 1 GTX360

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I also posted to another forum to get feedback on water block choice. I really like the AquaComputer cuplex xtdi (the old one). It looks great and has always worked well for me.

Most of the latest reviews show the EK Supreme HF is one of the top blocks out there now. I have never seen a head-to-head comparison of the EK HF and the cuplex.... but Chunky Chimp posted a great comparison here .

I'll go with the EK Supreme HF for this one.

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post #9 of 18
this is quite nice, I love the case design
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post #10 of 18
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this is quite nice, I love the case design
Thank you, you are very kind but Mountain Mods takes the credit for the case design. The Monticle 24 isn't a tall tower but it goes back quite a way. Going back farther means there is more 'ground space'. Its easier to use the 'ground space' as opposed to using all the open air you find in a tall tower...

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