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How do you remove the back cover exactly without prying / ruining the plastic? You said it was easy but I can’t figure out how to do it. I found the two little holes on the bottom with the little plastic tabs inside that I noodled around with a small screwdriver but nothing wants to pop easily. Trying to do the same with the same monitors...

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Love your setup. How long did it take to ignore the bezel gaps?
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Awesome build. I can't wait to see it finished...
Now what I'm most interested in is how well your fps scales with the CPU frequency.
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Not saying its a POS, but I don't think I would gain anything with those small speakers on a $170 speaker bar versus the A2s which fit perfectly on the side.
lol, the A2 use puny 2 3/4 in drivers! The BS36 uses 3 3/4 drivers, and hell it isn't even about driver size. Drivers are drivers, makers buy drivers from suppliers like vifa, peerless etc... Anyways, I like the BS36 for the fact that you get a surround front end that's under 5in high which would, omg fit under the monitors not pushed to the edges thereby ruining what soundstage you hoped to maintain.

I'm gonna run the BS36 with a mini receiver, the Yamaha YMC-500BL ($125 shellshocker), which does 5.1 in a wee small sized box. I need to find a compact sub like the Cambridge Minx X200 but something not 400 bucks. I might build my own, dunno.
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I can change the restriction plates in the EK CPU block. The RD-30 pump should put out some nice pressure so small variations in restriction shouldn't be a huge deal.


Also, anyone know how to get FRAPS to capture video smaller than half size? I was trying to make a video and at half size at this resolution, I got a 4GB file after like 15 seconds!
Check out PlayClaw. It can record compressed videos(h264 I believe) and since you have a 990X you can handle it.
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lol, the A2 use puny 2 3/4 in drivers! The BS36 uses 3 3/4 drivers, and hell it isn't even about driver size. Drivers are drivers, makers buy drivers from suppliers like vifa, peerless etc... Anyways, I like the BS36 for the fact that you get a surround front end that's under 5in high which would, omg fit under the monitors not pushed to the edges thereby ruining what soundstage you hoped to maintain.

I'm gonna run the BS36 with a mini receiver, the Yamaha YMC-500BL ($125 shellshocker), which does 5.1 in a wee small sized box. I need to find a compact sub like the Cambridge Minx X200 but something not 400 bucks. I might build my own, dunno.
There is only about two inches between the desk surface and the bottom of the screens. I cannot raise them any higher as that would make it too uncomfortable to view.

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Check out PlayClaw. It can record compressed videos(h264 I believe) and since you have a 990X you can handle it.
Sweet, I will check that out.
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There is only about two inches between the desk surface and the bottom of the screens. I cannot raise them any higher as that would make it too uncomfortable to view.
Ah that's right you run portrait mode with them 30s... the price you pay for overkill? You should look at the Minx s325 if you can find another inch, or maybe just run them anyways cuz those bezels are about an inch thick? I love their balanced mode rad design for small footprint yet high bass output subs.
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Conformal coating almost complete. I did front and back of the motherboard but I did not finish the RAM slot and RAM blocks as I am running low on the Dragon Skin FX-Pro. I just ordered a new trial size (as pictured in video) as I will need it for the GPUs and to finish everything up.

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Dielectric grease in CPU socket:




Insulating stock MB water cooled components:




Insulating CPU block:






RAM blocks installed on the A-Data 2200+ 8-8-8-24:




Temporary setup testing CPU/MB block cooling:




Video showing some different angles of the coating:



I am really relieved everything is up and running properly after doing all of this work. This took a lot more time and effort than I originally thought it would (Isn't that how it always goes?). It really takes a long time to mask everything off that needs to be, get the coating into all the tight small spots (There are a ton on a UD9). The Dragon Skin cures really fast and the workability time window is very small.

By the way, always put the CPU socket protector in the socket to protect the pins while you are doing stuff like this. Just one small slip of the CPU block when I was test fitting and it came in contact with some CPU pins. Luckily the pins bent back easy with a razor blade and a magnifying glass. Also, do not add too much dielectric grease in the CPU socket. I had to remove a tiny bit as the CPU gets "compressed" into the socket and against the pins more than I originally anticipated.

I used Liquid Laboratories Liquid Ultra on the CPU. Anyone else have experience with this TIM? This stuff was a pain in the butt to spread out! I've watched their video about spreading but I could not do it nearly as well as the video guy. The metal just wanted to stick together and/or to the brush and not the CPU itself. I could only get about half the CPU coated. Hopefully with the high pressure applied by the EK HF-Supreme it spread out a little more under there. So far the temps seem to be pretty darn good so it appears to be working decently.

With the repaired socket and the dielectric grease all stuffed in there, I was so glad when the PC tested working normally. Right now the CPU is idling at 15C and rises to only 22C under full-bore Intel Burn test. The AC compressor only kicks on about once every 15 minutes for a minute to keep the liquid temp down during idle. Right now I am waiting for the GPU water blocks and the Aquaero 5 components to come in from Europe to finish this build up. I'll make another update hopefully within a week when I get the extra Dragon Skin in with the RAM in the loop and I can go for some serious CPU over clocking.

Things I would do differently with hindsight: use one of those pastry icing decorator things to have better control over the application of the Dragon Skin. Also, the stock UD9 MB water cooler was a pain to insulate. Getting an EK UD9 MB block would have been a better choice. I'll leave that option open after I see how this current MB cooling works under sub-zero. The good thing about the Dragon Skin is it is easy to work with. Al you need as an X-Acto razor to cut away and trim the Dragon Skin. In the meantime I have to work on getting some parallel resistors set up on the thermistor sensor in order to get the compressor to cycle at the temps I want.
Edited by CallsignVega - 3/23/11 at 1:24am
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Great update man, awesome job
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I totally lost bowel control and crapped my pants!! any overclocks yet
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