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Just a heads up.. the 'gay-ass' fan comment is not necessary.

Nice build though!
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Where'd you buy your reference GTX 580s from?
    
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@Tinkeritis - Thanks bud. I just got done today with my last set of mods, sleeving and adding another 240 rad.. Will be posting pics and updated parts list soon.
Awesome! Can't wait to see it! I've been studying your pics for the past 2 or 3 hours making my shopping list and I had some questions for you but I'll refrain till your post your updates

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I had to take out the Bigfoot network card as the MEIV location for PCIx1 slots don't work out as well as the MSI board and there's no room in between the video cards due to the EK-SLI bridge. Something I hadn't considered but honestly - I don't miss it much. The app network management was cool but network performance is the same with the on-board NIC.
Good to know. I've never used the BF 2100 and I don't really know anyone who has.

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GL to ya on your build - be sure to start a build log as I found the feedback here can help alot to minimize mistakes for first timers.
Thanks mate! But I would probably be better off sending you all the unopened boxes of the pieces and parts I have so far and give you my credit card and have you work your magic

Just curious.... If you had to do it all over again... what would you do different?
I'm thinking that if you wanted something different, you've already went ahead and did it

I'm really contemplating getting 3 of the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2's and going that route because I would be hating life if I 1) boned up a card while ripping the guts open to make the EK modifications and 2) couldn't send it on it's merry way to get replaced if the card ever failed because the lifetime warranty would be voided.
What's your thoughts?
    
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I really like your set-up, looks awesome and clean. The Black compression fittings with the black tubing look cool too. Well done and great pictures.
LOL! my HAF-X WC set-up looks atrocious
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Awesome build, good thing you left that stupid H70
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Where'd you buy your reference GTX 580s from?
Got them all from Buy.com
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Awesome! Can't wait to see it! I've been studying your pics for the past 2 or 3 hours making my shopping list and I had some questions for you but I'll refrain till your post your updates

Just curious.... If you had to do it all over again... what would you do different?
I'm thinking that if you wanted something different, you've already went ahead and did it

I'm really contemplating getting 3 of the EVGA GeForce GTX 580 FTW Hydro Copper 2's and going that route because I would be hating life if I 1) boned up a card while ripping the guts open to make the EK modifications and 2) couldn't send it on it's merry way to get replaced if the card ever failed because the lifetime warranty would be voided.
What's your thoughts?
Yea its a safe route with the hydro-copper cards as that keeps your warranty intact and makes for easy watercooling setup.

As for what I'd re-do - probably do more research and planning ahead of buying components. That and stop lying to myself that I was only going to spend a "little bit" on watercooling - haha.
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....That and stop lying to myself that I was only going to spend a "little bit" on watercooling - haha.
Hahahahaha that's what I was planning on too, only spending a little bit and ended up in the boat i'm in now.

I started shopping for all the WC pieces and parts you listed in your post and at last count it was up to around the $760.00 mark and that was without any of the pumps

I was debating cutting corners and going with the http://www.frozencpu.com/products/12...tem.html#blank
But I don't think cutting corners with a WC setup is the wisest thing to do
    
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Part VII: Adding RX240 and Sleeving

1. Adding RX240 RAD

So after a couple of heavy rounds of Crysis2 - I didn't like the temps I was getting with the RX360 + RX120 to handle the triple sli and CPU loop. Temps were hovering around mid-60s for all components under load so it was time to add another radiator to the loop.

I've been avoiding anything external to the HAF-X to keep a near-stock appearance, but I bit the bullet and went ahead and ordered the RX240 for push-pull off the back of the case and use the case grommets to run tubing through.

So for the 342nd time - my loop order has changed to this (I swear this is the final-final):

P2OUT -> RX360 > CPU > RX240 > VGA > RX120 > P1IN

I'm getting used to the RAD hanging off the back, so hopefully I'll warm up to the look. Latest build pic:



2. Sleeving and Cable Management:

After settling on the WC changes, it was time to get serious on starting the sleeving as many cables I can and some better cable management. My wife claims a grenade has gone off inside our Dining room - I call it organized chaos



I found a cool little 4pin/3pin power controller board while surfing the leftover bin at Microcenter and it is working better than I thought to handle the D5 pumps, LEDs and some the large case fans in front and the door.



After getting through all that, there was just no avoiding the sleeving. I love the look but hat-damn it takes forever to do. Especially splicing 3 pin and 4pin cables to extend them longer to get the right length.

This is a great job for OCD-type folks, but I tried to get the heatshrink to all match, but practice makes perfect for this kind of stuff. Here's my attempt at sleeving my 8pin mobo extension:



Next set of updates are finalizing the build/purchase list and some video. If I can get past the crazy amount of sleeving that is left to do..
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I found a cool little 4pin/3pin power controller board while surfing the leftover bin at Microcenter and it is working better than I thought to handle the D5 pumps, LEDs and some the large case fans in front and the door.


So you're teasing us by showing us the back and not the front?!?! Cruel man, just cruel.

Your sleeving and shrink tube looks impeccable! Nice work!

I'm really eager to see your shopping list.

It's hard to believe that with all of what you've done that you needed an additional 240 on the back. Did you happen to put fans on the top and the bottom of the 360. I read that makes something like a 5 degree difference.

Oh... and one last thing... from one OCD addict to another...I think i see some non braided sleeving in the picture above. That is completely unacceptable!
    
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