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Oh hello,

long time lurker, first time thread maker. i'm revamping my current build (watercooled i7 920 w/ Apogee XT, 2x XFX ATi 5850 x-fire (non-reference >_<), XFX 9600GT (PhysX card), for case modding and soon to include all 3 video cards in the watercooling.

possibly expanding to include memory in the loop at some point, keeping my options open for future development with this build. i currently only have one pump, at this point I'm strongly considering expanding to two pumps just because of the size of this 1 loop.

My build is somewhat inspired by this picture that I stumbled upon a while back:

as it is the case that I have. If anyone knows who that case belongs to, please give them my thanks.


Materials

waterblocks & heatsinks
CPU: Apogee XT


GPU 1&2: MCW80

with Enzotech Forged Copper VGA Memory Heatsinks

GPU 3 (PhysX GPU): EK-FC9600 SLI High Performance Water Block - Acetal



heat exchangers
1x Swiftech MCR420 "Quiet Power"

I managed to get this guy as an open box item for newegg for only $45, about 10-15 less than the 320 rads go for. I couldn't pass the deal when I saw it.

2x Swiftech MCR320 "Quiet Power"


pump
Koolance PMP-300

considering buying a 2nd to install in series in the loop. thoughts?


other (some tentative) case modifications
spraying case interior
cable management aka general cable cleanup
handle on top
bottom intake fan(s)?
stand?
side window (with 220mm intake fan)
more I can't think of ATM

constructive criticism/ideas are welcomed.

I apologize in advance if any of the pictures that I end up taking don't come out amazingly, I will likely end up using the camera on my G2 for most (if not all) of them.



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nice subed

btw got a link to that build that inspired u? :]
    
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nice subed

btw got a link to that build that inspired u? :]
all i've got is the picture =/
wish i had more of how that one was done.
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dammm.. soo whats the plan boss? or not sure yet
    
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dammm.. soo whats the plan boss? or not sure yet
the plan so far is to install a dark acrylic window on the left hand side with the 220m fan blowing on the GPUs (mainly for the passive memory cooling solution that will be in place).
i started cutting the whole with a dremel last night, however it's went pretty damn slow. looking at transitioning to the jigsaw instead.

i'm still using the box because it's my main rig, but once everything (orderd from a few different sources) comes in the mail I'll be forced to take it offline for a week or so to get everything completed. I have a lan party in 3 weeks and that's my deadline for completion, should be good motivation

the 420 rad (already arrived) will be hanging out from the back of the case and secured via the Koolance BKT-HX01 radiator mounting bracket with quick release (also already arrived):


I'm waiting for the 2nd 320 radiator to arrive (as well as the 5850 GPU blocks) and the mounting brackets for the side panel...I'll be able to shutdown my system when that arrives so I can get started on everything that my system needs to be dismantled for.
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post #6 of 9
sweet canrt wait for pics n yeh
    
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post #7 of 9
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started the window install:


drew down the lines for the cut out and where the window overlaps on the interior.
you can see where the original vents existed on this panel
that's about where i'll be installing the 220mm fan

the acrylic panel arrived:


the panel alone:

kinda mad that it didn't come with any protective covering other than plastic sheeting



also started working on the fans:

on sale for $5.99 at microcenter
they have red LEDs, but i'll be eliminating those.

popped out the blade to paint:


the housing:


the LED wires removed:


1 down, many more to go...
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lol theirs how many fans going in?

lookin good though nice idear :]
    
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the quad rad will have 4 pushing 4 pulling, both triple rads will have 3 each, two intake fans up front and 2 exhaust in the back.
contemplating a thin fan as a bottom intake
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