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buffbiff21
02-25-07, 07:10 PM
What's up everyone! Welcome to my build log!

Come on in, sit down, and grab a drink because I have nearly a HUNDRED pictures so far. :p

Time to introduce my rig:

Why call it the Buff Shadow?
Well, cuz it is gonna be swoll :)
And because my color scheme will be all black/silver. Mostly black.

COMPONENTS:

Lian Li PC-70B
E6600
x2 8800GTX in SLi
EVGA 680i Mainboard
2 GB Corsair Dominator 8500C5D
Raptor X + 1TB of storage
Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme Music (would have used my Fatal1ty with the drive bay device, but it would not fit... you'll see why later.)
Silverstone Zeus 850W


WATER COOLING SETUP:

x2 MCP355 DDC-2 with Petra's Top (in series)
Swiftech Storm
x2 MCW30 (chipsets)
x2 EK 8800GTX blocks
Thermochill PA120.3 (triple) radiator + 3 Yate Loon DS12SL with Silverstone 3.5 bay fan controller
Alphacool Bullseye/Cape Reservoir
1/2 Tygon R3603
+stainless steel wormdrive clamps

MODIFICATIONS:

Cut triple 120mm radiator vents on top
Cut drive rack for showing off Raptor X
Pain drive rack ^
Screw holes for mounting pumps
Paint and sleeve 850w Zeus
Paint/sleeve case cables
Sleeve pump cables
*NEW MOD:* I plan on cutting a diamond shape on the door panel of the case and replacing with it with a removable plexiglass window that is interchangable with the black aluminum via thumbscrews, so it will go into stealth mode. :cool: But that wont happen for a little while...

Between school, work, and everything else I have been at work on my newest rig for literally months. And it is still not complete. However, I am waiting only on only two things: my two EK 8800GTX waterblocks, and for me to paint and sleeve my PSU.

Here is the first round of pictures; I will comment on most of them:

Here is the case:

http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/9191/casegu8.jpg

Of course, I knew there would be many days of no sleep coming. I had to prepare myself. I was up over the course of two days at one point, so I needed some stuff to keep me up. Here we have a 2 liter of Code Red and a 52 oz Slurpee, Pina Colada flavor :cool:

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/2981/pict0086pk0.jpg

Some more snacks:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4258/pict00023ae4.jpg

And here is my method of preparing the case to be cut:
http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4229/pict00291wb2.jpg
http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/8472/pict00301ym6.jpg

Next, I will post all the supplies.

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 07:23 PM
Here we have a 8800 from November (the green one) and one from February (the black one) Luckily I got black PCB for both of them! Because getting green PCB would totally screw me over.

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/4691/pict0122pf9.jpg

Here is me trying to take a picture of the Petra's Tech shop pen that came along with one of my orders. :p

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/7023/pict0022yz7.jpg

Clamps and fans:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/406/pict00171bd1.jpg

Some random stuff:

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/5294/pict0009zz7.jpg

Distilled Water: (I had two of these)

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/6136/p1010020qx8.jpg

A bunch of barbs:

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/535/pict0023zw4.jpg

My jumped (see the paperclip!) guinea pig PSU for testing water loop(an old 350W piece of crap)

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/2077/pict0027gv0.jpg

Tubing (I ended up using the Tygon; the black stuff shown here was very tough to bend. (But it would have looked cooler!)

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/940/pict0028tt5.jpg

Next up I will post the case mod and sleeving of stuff.

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 07:30 PM
Here I drew holes for mounting the two pumps:

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/4567/pict0037ml2.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/3784/pict0049cm4.jpg

I also needed to put the fan on the other side of the front of the case, and screw a hole for power routing

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/6623/pict0035vs2.jpg

There :) I had to buy a 3pin power extension... and sleeve it.

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/8137/pict0050nx4.jpg

The cutting! Props to my mom's boyfriend Dana for letting me use his drills. :)

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/710/pict0043or9.jpg
http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/1935/pict0044kn4.jpg
http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/4945/pict0045xm4.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/1812/pict0046oa0.jpg

Next up, some visual mods.

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 07:40 PM
Now time to sleeve some stuff. :(

First of all, I dremelled the Lian Li HD cage:

normally looks like this (this was not my case - I found it via Google);

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/9038/hdcagelu5.jpg

... and painted it.... :)

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/3338/pict0040rk1.jpg

I took all the cables that came with the case OUT of the case and did the following with a sharpie: (not recommended... Took me forever)

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/8554/pict0025ev5.jpg
http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/2989/pict0020qq2.jpg

Sleeved my fan controller:

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/3273/pict0008ed3.jpg

Sleeved the pumps:

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/2994/pict0073es8.jpg
http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/3587/pict0074li1.jpg

Next up: the vinegar baths.

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 07:52 PM
I put DILUTED VINEGAR in these and left them for a few hours:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/5360/pict0012ef7.jpg

While that was soaking, I went to Home Depot and Kragen to get some gasket stuff and screws to mount the pumps. Why gasket? Because the top of my case looked like this:

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/6706/pict0047oz4.jpg

So I got some for the holes. Then, I got some of this, which is a thin sheet of gubber gasket:

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/4213/pict0048zl9.jpg

...And sprayed it black (of course) for sitting under the pumps (so they dont send vibrations through my case)

And here it is rimmed in gasket (I tightened up that middle one):

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/6954/pict0052ey4.jpg

With rad mounted:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/1179/p1010008zm5.jpg

the pumps, mounted:

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/2424/pict0076km1.jpg

Next up, I began installing everything. :D

Zelda_fan
02-25-07, 07:54 PM
DO NOT USE VINEGAR IN YOUR LOOP!!!!!!

It corrodes metal (like copper) and if you let it run for too long it could seriously screw up your expensive waterblocks.

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 08:04 PM
Nude main board:

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/2544/pict0053sz0.jpg

Storm and MCW30 on board:

Note that I took the MCW30 off and am using the stock cooler heatpipe that came with the 680i for now, until I get my GPU blocks I am limited to this. (theother MCW30 will not fit on the SB past the 8800's massive heatsink)

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/2347/pict0066ot8.jpg

Ready for tubes?

Reason I did not use my Fatal1ty's drive bay device: So that is up for sale...
I could barely mount my ODD up here.

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/7487/pict0078fx2.jpg

Next, fill & bleed.

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 08:04 PM
DO NOT USE VINEGAR IN YOUR LOOP!!!!!!

It corrodes metal (like copper) and if you let it run for too long it could seriously screw up your expensive waterblocks.

It was diluted. For 3 hours. RELAX.

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 08:13 PM
Yes, this was sturdy enough :p :

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/2827/pict0083ic8.jpg
http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/912/pict0080tl8.jpg

Sneak Peak from the front: (I have one of those bezels for the optical drive)
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/2434/pict0079ud6.jpg
http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/3236/pict0085er3.jpg

At this point, I am reluctant to post pics... because it is almost done.

I want tension to build... and I want there to be a big grand finale, ya kno? :)

So hang tight until my EK 8800 GTX water blocks arrive. (should be here very, very soon)

I'll be back...
http://www.themeparks.com/library/albums/universal/universal-ca/t23d02.jpg

Xion X2
02-25-07, 11:24 PM
Looking great! But we definitely need to get you a better camera. Preferably one with a flash. ;)

TiKiMaN1
02-25-07, 11:38 PM
Nice photo montage. Keep up the great work!:D The tubing looks well done.


Someday I might reveal my face here on nVNews as well.
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o148/buffbiff21/PICT0022.jpg

buffbiff21
02-25-07, 11:55 PM
Looking great! But we definitely need to get you a better camera. Preferably one with a flash. ;)

QFT :lol:

Here is an example of what my mom's camera can do: (finally got around to finding it; pretty much ALL those pics up there were taken about a month ago with my craptacular video camers :o )
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o148/buffbiff21/P1010006.jpg
(no, thats not a scratch up there ^)
Someday I might reveal my face here on nVNews as well.

heh
me with teh pArentalZ

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o148/buffbiff21/Picture050.jpg

:D

Redeemed
02-26-07, 01:00 AM
Nice dude! I've yet to find the time to do such a major job on one of my rigs. Maybe this next build of mine- as I'll be putting a crap load of $$$ into (think several grand< ). So it'd be worth it for me to take the time to do such in my next build I guess.

Keep it up, looking awesome dude! :D

einstein_314
02-26-07, 02:41 PM
Looking good :thumbsup:

buffbiff21
02-27-07, 06:40 AM
Blocks came today :D Just in time too as I found my good camera.

http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/4098/boxsh4.png

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/6003/p1010016gl8.jpg

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/1351/p1010017pq9.jpg

Heres the case, yes it looks like a mess right now because I had to take stuff out and etc... You can see some of the stuff I modded clearer now :)

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/2056/p1010023nm2.jpg

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4019/p1010037ux9.jpg

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/5548/p1010040ln0.jpg

There you have it. I am really beat right now - wait till tomorrow or Wednesday and I will redo the loop again and get everything running.

Stoneyguy
02-27-07, 07:07 AM
http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o148/buffbiff21/PICT0009.jpg

For some reason this table reminds me of my old "artificially happy" days. Except it wasn't computer parts on my table. :afro2:

Anyway, best of luck man. Looks like you'll have one sweet setup.

LORD-eX-Bu
02-27-07, 01:27 PM
DO NOT USE VINEGAR IN YOUR LOOP!!!!!!

It corrodes metal (like copper) and if you let it run for too long it could seriously screw up your expensive waterblocks.

:rofl its to clean the components:lol:

grey_1
02-27-07, 01:46 PM
-LORD-eX-Bu']:rofl its to clean the components:lol:
:D

Looking good buffbiff, looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Xion X2
02-27-07, 02:34 PM
Zelda actually has a point, because I think he meant to warn of the damage vinegar can cause metal after long soaking. Recent research among the WC'ng community suggests that the blue tint some are getting after soaking their rads in vinegar for long periods of time is the acid from the vinegar actually eating away at the copper inside. It's now recommended to use it in sparse measures (1 hour or less) or to use isopropyl alcohol, instead.

That makes sense, because when I gave my 360 a vinegar bath it didn't matter how many times I soaked it, I would always get the blue tint in the vinegar.

Anyway, those EK blocks look sweet, yo! They look awesome on the black PCB's.. I wish mine were black like my original GTX I bought was.

LORD-eX-Bu
02-27-07, 03:03 PM
hehe, yeah. I plan on soaking my new rad and all my parts a couple of times when everything gets here:D

LORD-eX-Bu
02-27-07, 03:06 PM
I really like that case, it seems alot easier to mount a rad up there instead of my TJ09 that has that grill up top and those fan shroud things, I removed em but I gotta find a way to secure the rad and yate loons up there:lol:

guess I am going to be drilling thru the mesh:D

buffbiff21
02-28-07, 09:32 PM
Thank you everyone for the props. It feels good to know you are appreciated, ya kno? Its kinda like playing a show (I play guitar) and the audience applauds.. you know... It feels good that you like what I create :) heh I think that came across right ...

here are some more pics

After I stripped the HSF from the 8800:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/1603/p1010031np7.jpg

Nude core:

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/5721/p1010032ke3.jpg

:D

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/7641/p1010024gq2.jpg

Case again:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/4594/p1010018my4.jpg

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/4043/p1010019la5.jpg

boiled some distilled water:

http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/9638/p1010021br7.jpg

Washed out with vinegar and boiling distilled water about 5 times:

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/1404/p1010022er8.jpg

Currently my system is leak testing. Should boot it up tonight :)

buffbiff21
02-28-07, 09:49 PM
I dont know about all that lapping and stuff. I say just throw on a phase change unit and let er rip.

I prefer the noise of 5 undervolted Yate Loons and light gushing of water to the noise of a phase box. ;)


BTW darthbeavis, what the HELL is your avater?? is that Guillermo from JKL?

mullet
03-01-07, 11:38 AM
Wow your CPU is like a mirror :)
Good work man!

x2 looks awsome man.

buffbiff21
03-01-07, 04:31 PM
Wow your CPU is like a mirror :)
Good work man!

:lol: thanks, heh it took only about a half hour :)

however... the system failed my leak test.

the grading for the test was:

NO water spilled 100% (pass)
ANY water spilled: 0% (fail)

There was a tiny drop of water on the paper towel I placed over the top 8800 card - and Heaven forbid I boot up a $5k machine wet.

The water likely came from the NB chipset block - which I am thinking of just removing from the loop along with the SB block. ( I think I can deal with one fan on the chipset....)

So I redid everything and it is now testing while I am at work. :)
http://img329.imageshack.us/img329/1102/p1010051kh3.jpg