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post #21 of 40 (permalink) Old 05-30-2014, 03:20 PM - Thread Starter
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I guess this is what everyone was waiting for, the bracket is finished!

Some progress pictures:
After painting it



with the masking tape removed



I mounted some power connectors for the leds and Fans with zip ties and holes in the bracket. Unfortunately hiding the cables proved to be a challenge, and the best alternative was standard electrical tape



And here it is with all the fans and the block mounted


Now I only need to set it all up in my PC so I will be uploading some pics of that when I get everything set up in my computer. I will be adding some leds and I will be changing the thermal paste on my CPU since I got some Phobya Nanogrease Extreme now and that trumphs Asetek stock tim.
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Got it installed in my PC now, but it seems one of the LEDs is gone so I will have to get some replacements in time. For now though I would say this is a success. I changed out my two Corsair SP120L fans with 4 Eloop b12-3 fans running at 1100 RPM constantly and core doesn't go over 41*C on stock voltage and clock. That is extreme since I could get 60-70*C before so something must have changed. As for the new heatsinks on the VRM's they seem to have dropped from ca 70*c to 50*c, and especially VRM2 seems to have a positive effect from the 40mm fan that is blowing over it and on to the custom heatsink.

I would never have dreamed that I could get these temps without a full custom loop so I'm thrilled at the moment.

Here is a picture of the thing installed in my case:


A fair warning though, for anyone who want to do this to their card. It is very heavy so you will need a backplate and you might even need to create a support bracket to hold your card up.

I just wanted to add my first 10 minute burn in test to show the temps:


quite impressive huh?
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Wow that is one nice bracket. Did it hurt your grades, I hope not. But it is very impressive, well done. You sure did a lot of work on it in a fairly short time. I know its fun but I'm too lazy to do it that fast. Really looks professional built.

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Wow that is one nice bracket. Did it hurt your grades, I hope not. But it is very impressive, well done. You sure did a lot of work on it in a fairly short time. I know its fun but I'm too lazy to do it that fast. Really looks professional built.

Don't think it did, but I won't know for sure until I get them June 20th. As for the speed I did it, I just have this thing where if I start something I like doing then I will devote all my time to it until it's finished. It also didn't hurt that I was missing my gaming GPU and had to run of the Intel HD4000 that is included in my 3570k tongue.gif
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So not know how I missed these new images, but it looks great.

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i wonder what you used to cut that acrylic.. this looks so cool and the potential of toying with this and doing awesome looking brackets is really really awesome.. thanks for the idea.. and i think this might be a wonderful OCN sig mod through the time.

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Really looks great smile.gif

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i wonder what you used to cut that acrylic.. this looks so cool and the potential of toying with this and doing awesome looking brackets is really really awesome.. thanks for the idea.. and i think this might be a wonderful OCN sig mod through the time.

I'm not entirely sure if it was acrylic since it behaved very strangely, so for anyone doing this it would be better to get proper acrylic (maybe even colored transparent for a cool look). As for what I used to cut it was a hacksaw, holesaw, drill, a file and a dremmel (only found one for the last part and it really speed up things. The best way to get a perfect cut though is with a heated string (probably best with steel as it holds the heat well) as that makes an entirely clear cut.

If you want to do this then I do have a few pointers as to what materials to use and so on so just send me a PM if you want help.
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