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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 03:27 AM - Thread Starter
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Hello everyone, thank you for reading! biggrin.gif

Once upon a time I built a PC with a 486DX-66. The case I used had a logo on it "Vale", so I named the computer Vicki. Since then, each of my builds is named for a girlfriend of some superhero. Now it's the turn of Lori Lemaris, a mermaid who appears in the Superman stories.



Components
Silverstone FT03-mini black
Silverstone ST45SF-G
Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Intel i7-3770K
G.skill RipsjawsX 2133-9
EVGA GTX660Ti
Crucial M4 256GB
Seagate Momentus 750GB
Sony Optiarc

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Swiftech Apogee Drive II
XSPC AX120
Heatkiller Core-X3 LC
Pull fan: Noiseblocker 120mm eLoop Bionic
Push fan: TBD one of the following 140mm fan - Silverstone AP141, NB BlackSilentPro, B-Blaster, Akasa Viper or Apache
Monsoon fittings and rotaries
DangerDen fillport
Tubing 3/8"-5/8" TBD

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Bespoke PSU cables
MDPC sleeving
Screws replaced for uniform look



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Almost final pics. Going to stop this build and transfer most of the parts to Compact Splash case.









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The parts for this build have come slowly over the last months. It started last July when I ordered the new ST45SF-G for my SG05, I was reading about Silverstone products a lot. I kept seeing the FT03-mini and realised slowly how it's got the same internal structure as the SG05, but addresses many of the design problems. It also has a smaller footprint and lovely matte black thick aluminium panels. I was thinking I would buy this new case and transfer my parts from the SG05. So I ordered it but it sat in the cupboard initially.

Not long after, I noticed that recent components are getting more efficient and generating less and less heat. Despite the 77W TDP rating, a top-of-the-range Ivy Bridge i7-3770 actually uses only ~62W at full load. A GTX 670 has 170W TDP but actually uses much less at stock, something like 140W. With radiator technology improving, it should be possible to cool both of these components quite well with a single 120mm radiator. Surely you could cool them at least as well or better than with their stock fans. That moment I decided I would put an efficient custom loop in the case, and I started to plan. I didn't want a huge res, or a bulky pump. I wanted short and clean tubes. I saw the Swiftech Apogee Drive II and knew this was the solution. Other people had similar ideas recently too, I've followed and posted in a few watercooling build logs for SG05 and FT03-mini and also the Node 304, which provide extra knowledge and inspiration.

I spent a long time looking at ways to fit everything into the case. It helps a lot when you have the empty case there for measurements, but of course it's not until after you click "purchase" that you realise some component isn't going to fit. I bought the CPU and motherboard last, and somehow the visualisation of the case in my head was a lot different than now that those parts are in my hands. Probably I am going to have to make some compromises, drill a few holes, etc. I'll take my time and try to do this right.

First build, to install Windows and see nothing's DOA.




Well those cables are ugly, so I made some new ones.



But how to do the sense wire?



Cut like this...



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subbed! this looks awesome already. and dang did you kick my butt at sleeving haha yours looks amazing compared to mine!

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Well even crappy sleeving looks better than none

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What colour shall I paint my heatsink? And why are those caps not cleaned?



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White. There is already too much blue to make your sleeving match

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White. There is already too much blue to make your sleeving match

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I dyed my PCIe connector blue to match the odd-coloured Strider socket (why did they do that?)



Here are the rest of the photos from mounting the GPU block.













While waiting on the paint to dry, I'll go try figure out how to mount the BlackSilentPro 140mm without having to remove the rad and pull fan (again).


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Lookin great! Keep up the good work! Make sure to put that heatsink back on the VRM's!!!!

Make sure to work on cable management too! that's the most difficult thing of a mini-ITX build I think. Especially with mine when it has 2 CWC's..lol


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