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Hi folks, i dont have alot of pics, and this build is still work in progress.

I was water cooled with a eco A.L.C. I swapped it out for a cooler master hyper 520 N. I eventually plan to make a gravity fed<no pump> water cooled system that will be able to accept gpu water blocks. The advantage of this of course is never having to worry about a pump dying. I will still be using a radiator from the A.L.C with a small aquirium as a reservoir and pressurizer.

intel 950 i7 bloomsflied
Asus formula rampage III MB
4gb G,skill 7cas 2200mhz ram
2x One Terabyte WD7500rpms HD's Black label Raid0
4x case fans high cfm, 3 intake and one exhaust. 1 front 2 side 1 rear.
2x evga GTX 460 768mb SLI
1100watt ABS Gold rated PSU


The case was designed for a much older style MB so it required cutting so that all the ports were accessible and the port plate to fit correctly. The case does offer some nice features, like a quick disconnect motherboard tray. One screw removed and the hole mother board slides right out.

I used a drill press to drill holes into the sidepanel so i could mount two high cfm fans to blow directly onto the gpu's.

The cpu fans are in a push/pull sucking heat off the ram and expelling it out of the case. There is no top fan... but the air flow is so effecient in the case its not an issue.
The front case fan pull air in through the front and also has ducts that pulls hot air off the harddriives as well. one drive is flipped to keep the heat from rising onto the drive above it.

Once i perfect my water loop, i will be able to do some serious overclocking.
SD drives will be added in the future when they are cheaper lol.




Edited by MadOblivion - 1/19/11 at 6:55pm
    
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Work on cable management. Because that is horrible.
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Work on cable management. Because that is horrible.
Don't be mad cause my pc is better then yours.

The PSU is modular, but because of my SLI setup and fans there are alot of cables.. i cant route them anyway where else then where they are now.

I don't have one of those clear side panels... so making it pretty in side in not my priority.
    
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Don't be mad cause my pc is better then yours.

The PSU is modular, but because of my SLI setup and fans there are alot of cables.. i cant route them anyway where else then where they are now.

I don't have one of those clear side panels... so making it pretty in side in not my priority.
It's not just about pretty; it's about airflow. Seriously you have to be able to do better than that...your call though cuz it's your rig...
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it sure as heck better be.. cause the airflow for those cards is crappy.. zip tie things around man.. make it look better you cant show off a rig if it dont look clean..
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it sure as heck better be.. cause the airflow for those cards is crappy.. zip tie things around man.. make it look better you cant show off a rig if it dont look clean..
alot of things are zip tied. the board just has alot of wires lol. the motherboard itself has 3 different power connects, <right> is the 24 pin connect, Two left connectors 8 pin and 4 pin. The 4 pin provides extra power to the the video cards for a multiple GPU setup. The video cards themselves have a total of 4 power connects plus drives and fans.

This is more of a Budget build high end system, the case is an OLD gateway case that was not even designed for the MB. The fact that i made it work with the case is an Accomplishment in itself.

You dont have to have a bad ass Case, to have a Bad Ass PC. with that said, that case still offers alot of nice features despite the modifications required to use it.

As for the video cards... if you have trouble with them, perhaps you dont have enough flow in your case? The 768 460's are known to run extremely cool. i get idle temps of 40c full load temps 60c at 830mhz 2000mhz O.C.
    
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alot of things are zip tied. the board just has alot of wires lol. the motherboard itself has 3 different power connects, <right> is the 24 pin connect, Two left connectors 8 pin and 4 pin. The 4 pin provides extra power to the the video cards for a multiple GPU setup. The video cards themselves have a total of 4 power connects plus drives and fans.

This is more of a Budget build high end system, the case is an OLD gateway case that was not even designed for the MB. The fact that i made it work with the case is an Accomplishment in itself.

You dont have to have a bad ass Case, to have a Bad Ass PC. with that said, that case still offers alot of nice features despite the modifications required to use it.

As for the video cards... if you have trouble with them, perhaps you dont have enough flow in your case? The 768 460's are known to run extremely cool. i get idle temps of 40c full load temps 60c at 830mhz 2000mhz O.C.
I get 33c, with a warm ambient. Cable will restrict airflow. Ever been in a corn field? Its very hot in there as the corn is stopping the air from moving through. I recommend you follow one of the good guides to cable management here on OCN. Pack the cable clutter into a cd bay and zip tie it back there if you cant get it behind the motherboard tray. It will be better for temperatures and will look a lot better aesthetically.
    
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Don't be mad cause my pc is better then yours.

The PSU is modular, but because of my SLI setup and fans there are alot of cables.. i cant route them anyway where else then where they are now.

I don't have one of those clear side panels... so making it pretty in side in not my priority.
Sort out the cables. and temps will drop A LOT!
    
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Im very curious as to how this keeps heat from rising.



Ill bet that if you used those ducts to hide your cables instead of redirecting airflow it would be more efficient with limited space... and lower temps. How can you say those cables dont effect airflow through the case at all? They are laying right in front of and/or behind several fans.


Anyhow it looks like you have improved your comp significantly and for that i salute you, but for gods sake man if your going to show off the insides atleast manage some cables!
As i mentioned b4 the air duct sytsem pulls hot air right off the drives and re-circulates around the case mixing with cool intake air then being expelled out of the back of the case.

As you mentioned, yes heat does rise, but one side of the drive gets much hotter then the other, the top half so flipped it helps keep DIRECT heat off the the drive above it even though there is plenty of airflow through ducts specifically designed to cool the drive bay..
    
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I don't have a modular psu so what I did to get better cable management was shove all the excess/unused cables behind my motherboard tray and re-route any connected cables on the edges of my tower case with celotape or behind the motherboard tray if there is a big enough opening for the connectors to come out from.
Edited by N3C14R - 1/20/11 at 12:30am
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