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Update (08-Oct-2007): CCFLs, Watercooling, Hardware

 

Got the rest of the Hardware

 

2nd BFG 8800 GTX OC

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500Gb SATA2 HDD

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Q6600 G0 CPU

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Lite-ON SATA DVD-RW

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Checked the fit of the SB waterblock

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Since there wasn't much clearance for the GFX cards I thought it'd be better to rotate the block by 90deg

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but to get the mounting holes to line up I then had to mount the top upside-down as well

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Also did a slight mod to the DVD drive to provide me with a rear connector for the elect button and status LED

 

Inside the DVD drive

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soldered leads onto the connector

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connector glued into place on the circuit board

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Wiring connected to the circuit board

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circuit board back in it's place

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And a view of the back of the drive

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Put all the hardware together on a box (poor man's tech station) to get all the software installed

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Update (14-Oct-2007): Wiresleeving & Watercooling

 

Update time again :D

 

Installed the DVD drive

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Re-sleeved the necessary PSU cabling in UV-blue

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Also custom wired one cable for power to the floppy headers on the MB, the fans, lighting, and the pump.

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Pulled the heatsinks off of the PWMIC, NB, and SB

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Installed the mounting hardware for the waterblocks and re-installed the PWMIC block with AS5

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Installed the waterblocks

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Pulled the heatsinks off of the 8800GTXs

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Applied the thermal pads and AS5 (if you're not confident that you won't over apply the thermal paste then you should use the ceramique that's included with the block)

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Put on the waterblocks

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Update (22-Oct-2007): Watercooling & Up-n-Running

 

First off; slight mod to the PSU; since the stock fan was very loud I replaced it with a 140mm Yate Loon

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There were some clearance issues with the GFX cards and the rear X-Flow Radiator

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So the RAD is being replaced with a standard (non X-Flow) radiator

The two side by side

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Clearance issue resolved

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A few shots of the case

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Installed the tubing for the CPU, NB, and SB

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Adding the GFX cards

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And the rest of the tubing

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Filled the loop; currently bleeding/leak-testing (removed the drive bays to make it easier to see the tubing during this phase)

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Booting it up for the first time after installing it into the case

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A gallery of the case with different lighting schemes

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Now it's just a matter of finishing up the baseboard for it.

 

I'll also post some stock-speed benchmarks shortly and also some overclocking results later on.

 

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Stock Speed Benchmarks

 

Here are some stock speed benchmarks on this system; not the 8800 GTXs have already been flashed the speeds of BFG's overclocked/watercooled card that's using the exact same card and waterblock I am.

 

24hr Prime95 stable (click for full-size)

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3DMark 2001 SE

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3DMark 2003

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3DMark 2005

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3DMark 2006

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Aquamark 3

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Very impressive!! I especially like the control board - I know how much of a pain soldering small components like that is. What gun do you use?

 

Also, I see the project was completed quite some time ago and I am curious on your current Lobby Low score in 3d2k1. It is basically a cpu test and I want to see the effect from the difference in cache on the Q6600 to the wolfdales.

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Very impressive!! I especially like the control board - I know how much of a pain soldering small components like that is. What gun do you use?

 

Also, I see the project was completed quite some time ago and I am curious on your current Lobby Low score in 3d2k1. It is basically a cpu test and I want to see the effect from the difference in cache on the Q6600 to the wolfdales.

 

It was a bit of a pain soldering it all together, particularly the fact that the MIC502 chips were only available in SMD and I really needed DIP so I has to solder on wire leads to make it work :(

For that I was actually using a cheap radioshack 15/30W soldering iron. I also have a resistance soldering iron for when i need to solder leads to the rails of my model railroad.

 

 

That was actually just a stock-speed run on the Q6600; I haven't really had the time to overclock it yet (busy working on my masters degree), but I should get to clocking her up this summer. I don't have a wolfdale so I really would not be able to compare them :(

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damn, I LOVE acrylic cases. your craftsmanship and modding skills are incredible - hats off to you, dude! :thumbs-up:

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