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einstein_314
05-02-07, 03:09 AM
Hello all! So I've started building my new rig. Most of the components have arrived so I can finally start putting things together. Here's the specs of the rig:

Intel Q6600
Asus P5B-Deluxe
4x1GB Mushkin PC2-8500 RAM
eVGA 8800GTX Superclocked Edition
Lian-Li G70B Case
X-Fi Fatal1ty Soundcard
Liteon SATA DVD Burner
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W powersupply
Dell 2407WFP LCD

All this will be watercooled/cooled by the following:

Swiftech APOGEE GTX CPU waterblock
DangerDen 8800GTX Full Cover GPU waterblock
Thermochill PA120.3 rad w/ 3x Yate Loon fans
DDC-2 pump w/petra'stech custom top
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO reservoir
7/16" ID Tygon Tubing
Sunbeam Rheobus Fan controller (with modified Lian-Li front plate)
OCZ XTC Memory Cooler
2x Yate Loon fans

This build log may progress slowly as I don't have too much spare time right now (school gets priority over my computer hobby). But I'll try to add some pictures everyday...or maybe every 2 days. Ok here we go!

Here we have a pic of all the components layed out. Well...almost all of them...my petra's tech order hasn't arrived yet so that stuff is missing.
http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/8571/buildlog1of4ht7.jpg

Here we have a picture of the G70 after I stripped everything out of it in preparation for cutting a hole for the rad
http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/4625/buildlog2of4ki9.jpg

This is the G70 with masking tape on the top (to protect it when I cut it)
http://img393.imageshack.us/img393/8618/buildlog3of4hw7.jpg

Here's the top of the case with the template I drew up in AutoCAD taped on it...(it doesn't look quite straight in the picture...but it is perfectly centered and square to within +/- 0.5mm)
http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/9171/buildlog4of4xb1.jpg

Just a note to anyone else looking to layout the template for a Thermochill PA120.x....the dimensions they have on the data sheet for the rad are wrong. It says that the distance between holes of adjacent fans is 24.5mm but it is actually 25.0mm. Not a big deal...but it caused me a little grief when I lined up my printed template with my rad grill...only to find the holes didn't line up. Now they line up perfectly.

Well, that's all for now...hopefully I'll get the rad hole cut out tomorrow.

einstein_314
05-02-07, 03:16 AM
Very nice components dude! Can't wait for the final result :D
Have fun!
Haha, you and me both. My only problem right now is school....takes up too much of my time :D And I'm definately having fun.

Xion X2
05-02-07, 03:20 AM
Looks good so far. That will be a nice setup when you're done. Kudos for cutting the hole for the rad yourself. :)

Redeemed
05-02-07, 06:06 AM
Yeah, that setup will rock. :D

I'm gonna' wait till later this year to water cool my rig. Seeing this is just making me want to do it now. :p

mullet
05-02-07, 12:48 PM
einstein_314, kickass system man. Congratulations!!!! More pictures!!!

nekrosoft13
05-02-07, 01:19 PM
how much did you spend on all that watercooling stuff?

looking very good so far

BliNkEr]
05-02-07, 01:45 PM
Very nice system!

TiKiMaN1
05-02-07, 02:45 PM
awesome man.:D

einstein_314
05-02-07, 04:38 PM
how much did you spend on all that watercooling stuff?

looking very good so far
Lets see....proabably close to $600 canadian after import taxes and duties and stuff (I had to get all of it except the DD8800GTX block from Petra'stech in the states). Oh and the rad I ordered directly from Thermochill in the UK (because nobody in north america had them in stock at the time and they still don't) and it worked out being cheaper than from anywhere over here...and it got here in less than 2 weeks.

Thanks for the comments guys...hopefully I'll get the hole cut out this afternoon and post more pics!!! Homework has the priority though...uuuurgh :D

einstein_314
05-02-07, 09:46 PM
Well, my first adventure into pc case modding was 100% successful!!! It couldn't have gone smoother. Here's some pictures of cutting the hole for the rad.

First I drilled a pilot hole so I could start the cut....
http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/669/buildlog1of7ab8.jpg

So far so good!
http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/2151/buildlog2of7aa2.jpg

2/3 of the hole is cut out....only a bit more to go!
http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/9624/buildlog3of7on2.jpg

Here's it all cut out...just need to drill the holes and take a file to the edges to smooth them out a little....
http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/5333/buildlog4of7hf1.jpg

Tada! Finished!
http://img461.imageshack.us/img461/6568/buildlog5of7by3.jpg

Here it is with the rad grill placed on top...
http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/8105/buildlog6of7gl0.jpg

And finally, me giving the job a thumbs up :thumbsup:
http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/2240/buildlog7of7ri6.jpg

I'm still waiting for my petra'stech order....so I can't mount the rad yet because all my fans aren't here...so I think I'm going to move onto sleeving some wires...and cleaning the rad.

nekrosoft13
05-02-07, 10:18 PM
great job so far

oh, that water cooling kit was quite expensive

Xion X2
05-02-07, 10:23 PM
Nice clean job, bud! Looks great!

ViN86
05-02-07, 11:49 PM
dude, thats ****in awesome.

:drooling: :drooling:

keep the pics comin.

jAkUp
05-03-07, 02:43 AM
Nice!

Bearclaw
05-03-07, 03:12 AM
Wow, thats awesome. What tools did you use to cut the top? Also, where did you order the 3 fan grill/3 fans?

einstein_314
05-03-07, 03:56 AM
Wow, thats awesome. What tools did you use to cut the top? Also, where did you order the 3 fan grill/3 fans?
I just used a jigsaw with a very fine toothed blade on it (34 teeth per inch I think). And then I deburred the edges and made them a bit smoother with a file.

The grill is for use with a Thermochill PA120.3 radiator. I ordered it from www.Performance-PC's.com (http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php).

EDIT: forgot to answer the second question :D

Bearclaw
05-03-07, 03:58 AM
where did you order the 3 fan grill/3 fans?

Redeemed
05-03-07, 07:19 AM
where did you order the 3 fan grill/3 fans?
It should have came with his radiator, which he stated he got from performance PCs if I'm not mistaken.

einstein_314
05-03-07, 05:28 PM
It should have came with his radiator, which he stated he got from performance PCs if I'm not mistaken.
Nope, the grill didn't come with the radiator. I had to order the rad from Thermochill directly (in the UK) and the grill I got at Performance PC. I think you can get them together from some places....but none of them have the rad in stock. It's a hard to get item in north america. Very short on supply. It ended up costing me pretty much the same to get it from the UK though. It just took 2 weeks to get here.

grey_1
05-03-07, 06:38 PM
Beautiful work! Looking forward to seeing the finished build!

einstein_314
05-03-07, 07:25 PM
Thanks grey!

Just got my order from Petra's Tech. Water blocks and rad are doing a brief soak in vinegar! Almost time to start putting things together!!!

WeReWoLf
05-03-07, 07:28 PM
Nice cutting job, real smooth lookin :D

einstein_314
05-04-07, 01:43 AM
Time for some more pictures!!!!

I sleeved the wires on the powersupply that didn't come sleaved. I don't know why they don't sleave them....looks kinda bad if you ask me. Anyways...they're a million times better now! I also sleaved the wires for the power/hdd led's and the power/reset switches.

Before...
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/228/buildlog1of9sq8.jpg

After...
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/1803/buildlog2of9xq5.jpg

Here's my new shiny Swiftec APOGEE GTX CPU waterblock!! :D
http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/3793/buildlog3of9tt1.jpg

Here it is mounted on the motherboard. Note that there isn't a CPU under it...I just stuck it on so I could figure out lengths of tubing...
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/8214/buildlog5of9zr6.jpg

Here's my DDC Pump with a custom Petra's Tech top!
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/6485/buildlog4of9kp5.jpg

Now it's time to take off the stock 8800GTX cooler and slap on the DangerDen Waterblock. Here's the card naked:
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/7400/buildlog6of9tp9.jpg

And with the waterblock mounted
http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/3084/buildlog7of9wl5.jpg

Here's a couple pics of my tubing routing and how everything is layed out in the case.
http://img464.imageshack.us/img464/9487/buildlog8of9sd6.jpg

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/2449/buildlog9of9xt2.jpg

Tomorrow I need to pick up some new hose clamps...the ones I got have too wide of a band and don't fit properly on the barbs. After I get those, I can start leak testing!!

I also need some screws to mount the rad in the top of the case....right now it's just zip tied there :D

So with any luck tomorrow afternoon I'll be able to start leak testing and then get this rig fired up maybe saturday evening...(we'll see on that though because I have a busy weekend ahead, might not have time)

methimpikehoses
05-04-07, 01:48 AM
Looks awesome dude.

mullet
05-04-07, 01:49 AM
einstein_314, I like the way you mounted the reservoir. The only thing I would do is peal the ASUS tin logo off the NB and put a 40mm fan on it, looks like your going to get some mean OCing from that rig. I look forward to seeing some benchmarks.