Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by t_ski, Oct 20, 2010.
Subbed, looking great so far bro!
So after a week or two of messing around with things, I'm finally ready to upload some images for you. First, I had to take everything out of the old case:
Everything has been in the case too long, as you can see there is quite a bit of buildup on the rad (mostly drywall dust) and inside the res is some kind of funk.
Parts and cables everywhere!!!
So after some initial cleaning, I placed the mobo on the new tray and started to add the fittings.
As you can see, I am using Lian Li thinbscrews to hold the motherboard in place, and Bitspower compression and rotary fittings. The blue Promichill tubing is 1/2" ID, 3/4" OD and bends nicely, but requires some big compression fittings.
My San Ace 120mm x 38mm monsters needed to be cleaned up, then have their cables sleeved and plugs changed. They come with a 4-pin server fitting, but soon these are gone and swapped for some standard 3-pin black plugs. Black sleeving and black heatshrink finish the look.
I originally wanted to place the San Ace fans on the outside of the rad and use four of them, but there was not enough clearance between the rad and the side panel for 38mm thick fans. I chose to use my trusty blue LED Yate Loon medium speed fans instead.
Two of the San Ace fans still made it to the back side of the rad:
With the PSU in place, the fan was pointed at the rad to add some more airflow to the area.
To add three SSD drives and one 2.5" data drive, I used the Lian Li 4-in-1 bay module.
Here's the motherboard tray slid in the case with one of the GPU's in place.
The 4-in-1 module sits in the bay below the Blu-Ray drive, then Lian Li mesh bay covers fill in the rest of the space.
What are they hiding? Another Yate Loon medium speed fan on the front of a single 120mm rad.
I had previously sleeved the tail on my D5 pump, but it was way too long. I cut it short and resleeved it, this time adding a black Molex connector.
Then i did the same thing to the LED for my Bitspower Crystal LED, but used a 3-pin connector for this one.
Fast forward a little, as this was the frustrating part. I needed to do the tubing, but only had a little time to do it, so some pics got skipped. Then I ran into the issues I spoke of earlier with the leaky res, and trying to get all the air out of the loop.
Finally it was all wired up, and the loop was leak tested and bubble-free. I placed the rest of the components in the system and got it ready for a trial run. Here is the system off:
An finally the system powered on:
Bro I am drooling over here. that's one sweet setup
That is a thing of beauty.
How it's meant to be done.
this is nice
Thanks, guys. I am pretty happy with most of the way it turned out. The only thing I do not like is the ecxess cabling in the system. I was not able to do much with the extra wires below the drives and there is a lot of extra cabling behind the 2.5" drives. I was thinking about doing something like what I used on my mini ITX build:
However, I'm not sure if I am totally satisfied with the Lian Li 4-in-1 module. Someone else had one that allowed hotswap, and I'm wondering if that might fit the bill a little nicer for me here. If I go with that route, I have another idea of my sleeve as well on how to change up the front a little.
Received some new toys:
Love my AX1200, just be prepared for the loud clicks it makes when powering up
Relays, or impending doom?
one helluva relay! It thumps when the power on the case is pushed....first time I powered it I thought I broke something
BTW, you need some red fans to match the rig
Congrats on a Very nice system.
I'll keep that in mind when I get it installed.
I don't like the light that the red fans give off very much. Besides, the kids' rig is red. I think red=hot, blue=cool. My CPU cores are idling between 17C and 30C. That's cool...
One of the cleanest builds I have seen for some time. Would be nice if you can take a good shot with the lights off to show the blue glow
My next goal is to install the PSU and graphics card. If I get that done, I'll snap a pic or two for you. Remind me if I forget
That's pretty snazzy
The one thing I don't like about it is that the drives are set in by about half an inch or so, which makes the cables on my PSU hard to fit.
At least it did with the Silverstone. I haven't put the AX1200 in, but I am testing the new 6970 by itself ATM. Looks like I may have to do a reinstall of the OS to get the CCC working again though. It just dies every time I try to launch it, with no errors or anything. I can't set up an Eyefinity group or check on Crossfire settings without it
I spent a few hours this afternoon and a few more this evening removing my old Silverstone PSU and taking out the two 6970's.
Then I cracked open the box on the AX1200.
I installed the new PSU and re-ran some cables. Then I got these guys out.
Then I started running the rest of the cables.
The system has defintely gotten louder with the addition of the third GPU and the AX1200.
Although I'm having issues with CCC (and a few other things), I figured I run 3DMVantage to see if all three cards are working. What do you think?
Those cards are beggin' to get wet
New blocks or new monitors? Can't decide...
so does that AX1200 "clunk" like an old amp or what?
...just grab a single 40" display, sell of your screens to pay for the blocks
Naisu! If you can silent the red LED and also the random yellow one ...
It doesn't seem to clunk when I turn it on, but when I power it off I can hear a "blink."
The red LED was pulled from the stock EVGA NB heatsink. The neat thing about the LED is that it pulses like a heatbeat, even when the rig is powered off. I think the yellow one is for the ram...
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