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Case Mod - In Progress Watercooling By rjkoneill

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by rjkoneill, 5 Jul 2009.

  1. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    Hi Bit Tech

    I dont post here very often but thought i would share my new build with another community


    my current silverstone fortress has been with me since 'christmas day 08'.
    it has seen: 3 motherboards, 5 graphics cards, 2 Pumps, 5 kits of memory...

    in short, due to hardware dying, or me just never being happy with my system, i have ended up outgrowing the fortress

    its a great case, dont get me wrong.

    but the fortress' biggest drawback is part of the reason I can no longer run my rig inside it. Big Plans call for a Big Case

    the fortress just doesnt fit radiators inside [and oh have i tried! :wallbash:]

    I am keen on the look of the fortress and want my next rig to look similar whilst housing all my hardware inside
    heres what i currently have:

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    so im going to take this one slowly :eeek::D


    From this build: I want to achieve a few things...

    1. Performance
    2. Silence
    3. Looks
    4. something to be proud of and not want to upgrade :p

    the TJ07 is currently in my shed drying, I have painted the interior black.
    more on that when its finished.
    I know the TJ07 has been 'done to death', but I really like it and it fits the bill
    its not going to be as extravagant as mremulator's overclocked orange - but its going to be a nice home for my hardware :)


    the emphasis on this build is going to be the hardware in it...

    • Intel Core i7 920 [sat at 4.5GHz 24/7 in my current Biostar Board]
    • Asus Rampage II Extreme Motherboard
    • 6GB OCZ BLADE 2000MHz Memory
    • 2X Asus Geforce GTX 285 in SLI

    the watercooling and noctua fans should keep the whole system cool and quiet
    • Koolance MB-ASR2E Full Cover Waterblock
    • Koolance MB-ASR2E DRAM Waterblock
    • Koolance GTX 285 Waterblocks
    • EK Supreme CPU Waterblock
    • EK Mosfet ASUS X58 KIT
    • Thermochill PA120.3
    • Thermochill PA120.2

    heres where I am so far...

    Motherboard and Blocks

    Naked Rampage
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    Koolance Winnage
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    QPI/DRAM Board
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    Mounting the NB/SB block
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    QPI/DRAM Board back on the board
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    Koolance QPI/DRAM Waterblock
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    Closeup side profile of how the blocks look
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    All Connected
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  2. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    case pics today :)

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  3. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    reserve
     
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  4. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    ordered a sunbeamtech multi fan controller

    going for a stealthy look on this so it will integrate into the lower section of the case and provide power to the fans of both radiators
     
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  5. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    i need to go to a mental health clinic for thinking that braiding was a good idea

    i got two cables in and gave up for the day

    just doing them on an 8 pin to start with to get the practice in
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    close up
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    then i will do the dreaded 24 pin
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    lots of wires
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    also - got a pump today - pre-braided for my convenience by a colleague
    with a Petra'sTech top!
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  6. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    You must have spent a pretty penny! :eeek:
     
  7. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

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    Nice bits, for sure!
    Paint job looks good, what else you got planned for this mod?
     
  8. dark4181

    dark4181 Ero-sennin-tebayo

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    Lookin nice so far
     
  9. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    ^^^ What they said.
     
  10. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    Where did you get those numbered stickers? Did you print them yourself or do they sell them somewhere?
     
  11. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    i tend to upgrade as i go - the case was a bargain as it needed a side panel so i got it cheap

    looks like im going to spend more ordering a replacement direct from silverstone than i spent on the whole case

    im going for a black/white interior
    nothing too flashy - wanted something to showcase the hardware more than my [questionable] case modding :p

    the majority of my budget is going on the watercooling although i am toying with the idea of a new PSU and maybe some SSDs in the future

    the koolance and bitspower ranges of blocks and fittings look great and add a lot of flair to any build - but they do cost a pretty penny

    i printed them off a label printer at work

    i could have done without it as i noticed that the extention had a number on each slot AFTER i had lebled up each wire!!! :rolleyes:
     
  12. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    Damn I love the TJ07 :clap: even if it has been done to death theres always something new that someone pulls out of the bag.. cant wait to see how this turns out especially when your hardware is so top notch.

    ps. that koolance block looks AWESOME!
     
  13. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    :(
     
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  14. SiG

    SiG What's a Dremel?

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    Well, if you ever run out of inspiration, you can always look here.
     
  15. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    just messing with radiator placement - started using sketchup
    [havent got the hang of it at all yet :sigh:]

    just the initial placement for the radiators
    nothing fancy - still learning

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    many thanks to the model artists who created the renders for the parts i have used

    they are so helpful!
     
  16. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    got a delivery today
    • ThermoChill PA120.2 Radiator (15mm)
    • small cable braid
    • big cable braid
    • lots of heatshrink
    • thermochill reducer screws to run normal barbs in my rads
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    im getting there slowly
    just need my gpu blocks now - not sure which koolance 285 blocks fit my cards

    there is the old style
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    and the new style
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    and i have the asus 285's with the super ml caps

    anyone have an idea of which to get?
    i know there is the OG 285 design and the one that looks similar to the 275

    anyway

    heres the front panel plate with the USB and audio braided
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    cant see me needing the audio as i use g35's which are usb but i guess i may as well braid the lot :D
    just worried about having to run an ugly cable across the board :(

    i practiced my braiding on the 8 pin adapter
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    going to get my 24 pin looking a lot nicer [apologies for the shoddy photos - my room is really bad for photography and it is raining outside]

    also
    got some silent series fans from GELID
    they are cracking fans - really pleased with them
    thankyou to all at GELID for supplying me with them and the kind sponsorship
    the fans will be fully reviewed in the review section soon

    i must say - they seem to push just as much air as the noctua nfp12s i had before - they are much quieter and look 100% better

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  17. DonT-FeaR

    DonT-FeaR I know what a fk'n Dremel is ok.:D

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    nice!

    love white fans.
     
  18. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Very nice gear mate, very nice. I was thinking of doing a Fortress mod but like you I found that it was just a tab too small, you can fit duel 240mm rads on the floor but it will get in the way of the PSU if you use a really long one.
     
  19. rjkoneill

    rjkoneill What's a Dremel?

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    never thought of doing two rads that way!!

    heres my progress for today...

    all the braiding finished!!! FINALLY!!!
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    also removed the start button and braided the cables on that
    braided them together for 4 inches to make it look smarter - will use a hammond box on the pcb maybe if i can find one...
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  20. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Nice sleeving, looks really neat.
     

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