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MT's 700D

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  1. MT Alex

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    I was recently overcome with an insatiable urge to upgrade, as well as tinker. While my wife had her head turned, I took the opportunity to order a new 700D with a windowed side panel. This will be a fairly straight forward build, no flashy paint or laser cutouts, just a new giant case and some new core components. I really liked the looks of a 700D that Feizy put together awhile back, and will be loosely following it. Anyways...

    Specs
    i5 2500K
    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3
    G.SKILL Sniper 2x4GB DDR3 1600
    2 Sapphire 5870HD 1 GB
    Thermaltake Toughpower 700W
    XSPC RX240
    Black Ice XtremeIII
    Swiftech 35x w/ Res
    2 Danger Den 5870 water blocks
    EK Supreme HF Full Copper
    Corsair 700D


    Here she is fresh out of the box. The main plan is to remove the lower HDD cage and put the XSPC in its place. The triple rad will be mounted in the top of the case, and the Swifty 35x in the drive bays, with a fill port straight above it.

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    Removing the lower HDD bay
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    The bottom rad
    I've decided to install it fittings forward, as opposed to routing my tubing through the back of the case. If I don't like it, I'll just swap it out.
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    A very tight fit, I had to remove a fitting so it could pivot up.
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    Nothing special to mount it, it fits so well I just slid some foam under it to add some friction, and I'm good to go.
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    Drilling out the fill port
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    The top rad
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    The pump
    I had a bit of a time with the pump. Since I wanted the fill port above the 5.25 bays, I had to move the optical drive to the lowest bay. This, however, left me without a platform for the pump, I didn't want to just stick it to the top of of the DVD drive, so I found an old CD drive out in the garage and chopped it up.
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    Basic Plumbing
    I'm starting to think that I may replace the pump platform for a dual bay res sometime in the future, and I'm not entirely sure if I want to keep the tubing up front instead of hiding it.


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    Now I just have to cut the back panel to allow airflow for the bottom rad and order my CPU and motherboard. Until next time, tap 'er light!
     
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    This looks great! I love the contrast between the black case and the blue tubing, the finished product will be awesome! :toast:
     
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    Subscribed to watch your progress. :)
     
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    your loop looks off, could you explain?
     
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    pump>360 rad>cpu>vga's>240 rad>res
     
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    Crunching for Team TPU
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    wouldnt you want the 240 rad in between, or, "betwixed" (lol) the cpu and gpu?
     
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    I love everything about this. :)

    Great work so far, cant wait to see the finished product.
     
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    looking good!
     
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    given enough time, the loop will become uniform in temperature, usually you don't have to worry about which way its plumbed.
     
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    subbed to see how this goes...
     
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    New RAM in the mail.

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    Please give me a mini review of those once you get it running. I wanna know how far they push to overclocked. :rockout: Viva la Snipers!
     
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    Well, I tackled some late night, last minute plumbing before the bulk of my components get here tomorrow. I've always wanted a fill port and a drain spout. The fill port was already taken care of, but I decided to take my bottom rad apart, which sucked, to facilitate a drain spout. I made it out of parts I had lying around, so it's not pretty, but it will make draining the loop much easier. The poly fitting and unmatched clamps will be mostly hidden.

    The worst part is that I live on a dirt road, so the couple of weeks this case has been sitting around has gotten it pretty dusty.

    I'm not sure I like the silver 90 fitting, so I think it will get replaced sometime down the line.
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    Got some goodies in the mail, today.

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    Horribly.:( Unless you consider 1866mhz cas 11 good.

    Nice!
     
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    Oh Noooo:cry:
    I guess I should have stuck with the cas 8 Vengeance kit.
     
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    Looking good dude!
     
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    Sh*t. :ohwell: Newegg return?
     
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    Nah, I'm tired of waiting for things to get here. My super duper custom sleeved cables from DOA are still held up in USPS limbo, so I'll just keep them for a bit.

    Meanwhile...

    Parts are still going together, and my three year old boy has found a new use for the thermal tape that comes on stock coolers.

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    My ram has entered in USPS limbo earlier today, board is in Illinois currently. Waiting is such a game of patience. Looks good so far! Hats off to your boy, knows his stuff!
     
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    Leak Testing


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    I ordered some cables from DOA, and they are something else. If you are looking for custom cables, I'd hit him up.

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    I used the extra solid side panel to make a cover for the bottom bay, hiding my hideous PSU and unsightly drains spout.

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    Been missing out on this one. Just found it.

    I like the bottom panel as it certainly makes the case look incredibly clean.

    But it also hides all the hard work you did on the bottom radiator.

    Anyway, shows that this is a great case that gives you many options.
     
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