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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-13-2015, 06:43 AM - Thread Starter
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Lots of progress! Looking great. That went together extremely fast!

I was just as surprised on how fast it came together. Granted, some of the bits could have been more carefully constructed. But, its my first case.

So, I got everything together last night, leak tested it, and put in on my desk. Pushed the power button and it powered up...no post. After much fiddling, I tried holding down the reset button while it powered up and it powered down after 5 seconds. Totally confused I went to bed only to get up 5 minutes later realizing that I had the power switch set to always closed instead of always open. Same with the reset switch...Silly me.



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Well, its done.

Since my system was down all weekend, I didn't post along the way. But, I took lots of pictures.
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Starting fitting the important bits...



Random pictures...





Cutting holes in happiness...or at least some wood.


paint and stain...so pretty...



Mounting stuff...



Some explanation here...I used mounting tape to attach the fan/radiator rails to the panels.



Tubes in...



Construction complete

I swear those lights are actually purple...stupid camera.


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Well, its done.
Since my system was down all weekend, I didn't post along the way. But, I took lots of pictures.

wow, this is just amazing. It turned out GREAT. You have to be happy with the results. It ended up looking very similar to your original renders.

you may have set a record for the briefest scratch build log of all time. Didn't even get past page 2!! lol

Excellent job! specool.gif

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you may have set a record for the briefest scratch build log of all time. Didn't even get past page 2!! lol:

I blame my inability to complete a project if it takes too long. It was the 3 day weekend that I took which really pushed the project forward. After pulling my system apart to take measurements and fit parts, I saw no point in delaying the project and putting my computer back together temporarily. I'm just too lazy for that.

I was also surprised how much faster it went because I bought a band saw. So many cuts to do and the new saw worked like a dream. I even wore out on of the blades.

Something that helps is I used to do a lot of remote control boat building from scratch. So, I got used to doing all the hard thought and planning before buying material. Most of my planning worked out, only made a few deviations that made the project better in the end.
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I was also surprised how much faster it went because I bought a band saw. So many cuts to do and the new saw worked like a dream.

^^^ THIS

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY BANDSAW
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but seriously though, I totally agree good planning and then building without interruptions is where it's at

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looks like you have felt my pain for tapping 130+ holes.

I was using 6-32 bolts so sorta small. Ended up snapping 2 taps in the process. One was in an easily replaced small part and the other I was barely able to get the broken piece out.
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Well, did a stress test with AIDA64 on the cpus and gpu.

Room temp 25c
Water temp 33c
CPU 1&2 temp idle+11c (for some reason my idle temps are 7c)
GPU temp 44c
GPU VRM1 temp 72c
GPU VRM2 temp 59c

I estimated a water delta slightly under 10c when i got the parts and that's what I am getting. I'm very happy.
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Changed out the hardware to something a tad more modern about 2 months ago. So now it is running a i7-6700k and a r9-390x. The only problem is I'm received the Alphacool 390x block without the screws 3 weeks ago...Still waiting for them to ship me new ones.





I overclocked the CPU to 4.4ghz and didn't bother trying any higher as I leave my machine on constantly. Until I have the block, its pointless to run any temp tests since I have only the monoblock connected to 2 XSPC RX360s. I will overclock the 390x when I get those block screws.

Note: i ordered the Alphacool block before the EK one was announced. Go figure.
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Sell the AC block and get the EK one. biggrin.gif

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I am really starting to feel my Oats as a long time member of OCN. Why did we go back to this system again?

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I would get the EK block, but I just got into a computer games master's program in England. So this whole thing is going into storage for a year and will be unused while I am away.
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