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Old 06-21-08, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Upgrading the HP Blackbird 002 Puzzling and Challenging!@*&#@#%!

I'm looking forward to upgrading my HP BlackBird 002 with NVIDIA'S 280 series in SLI water cooled. I will also be changing out the motherboard with an Asus 790i SLI motherboard. I've been able to dissect how I will remove my current Asus Striker Extreme 680i motherboard but what puzzles me the most is how will I ever be able to change out my watercooled EVGA 8800 Ultra's in SLI? The system is sealed and I don't really know if the current attached waterblocks can even be used on the up and coming 280 series with 55nm technology. I don't know if any other members owning an HP BlackBird 002 has encountered this problem? It's great for discussion so if anyone has good suggestions for this matter then let's hear it. So far the only way I've been able to even consider upgrading my hp blackbird system is to have the unit shipped to Voodoo PC and have them upgrade the system for a price! Plus, I would have to cover shipping to Voodoo PC in Canada. Any suggestions??? And YES! I know this is why you never buy a pre-built cookie cutter system because it can bite you in the ass when it's time to upgrade Bla, Bla, Bla. I know most of you are in favor of a nice custom built system which I fully support but there should at least be away or some information on how someone in the world has been able to do painless upgrades on the HP BlackBird 002 without having HP/Voodoo PC get involved. My entire point is to upgrade my current system without having to build a new watercooled computer system.
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Old 06-21-08, 07:13 PM   #2
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Old 06-21-08, 07:21 PM   #3
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You're a good man Darth Beavis. ::
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Old 06-21-08, 10:01 PM   #4
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How about you get someone to rebuild it for you If you want to take a trip to Oregon with your rig I would help you for no charge (you will need to buy the parts of course, I will specify what water-cooling you need based on your upgrade hardware).
Sounds like a excellent plan. I'll have to reschedule for it later in the months to come.
I was at the HP Technology Forum Expo 2008 and mentioned you're name at the Intel booth.
They knew who you we're. Excellence is hard to come by! Now that I live in North Las Vegas, NV I'm
able to attend just about every show that's at the convention center that's technology related.

Before I would make the trip, wouldn't it be a good idea to pre-order the parts before hand? Can you give me the list?
I'll leave the dynamics and hardcore computer mechanics to you!
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Old 06-22-08, 12:46 PM   #5
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Darth Beavis is the man.

what size is the tubing of your watercooling? if you can get fittings for the 280's then youll be fine.
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Old 06-22-08, 07:31 PM   #6
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This video might help walk you through it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yH48Q-tPJ0
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One more thing I forgot to mention. There's a new community site where you can also get answers to your questions: http://www.thenextbench.com
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Old 06-22-08, 10:28 PM   #8
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Yes, I'm very much past all that...thank you! I have not only the CPU watercooled but also both 8800 Ultras in SLI Watercooled. You should know I can't just take the cards out. It's not that simple.
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How about you get someone to rebuild it for you If you want to take a trip to Oregon with your rig I would help you for no charge (you will need to buy the parts of course, I will specify what water-cooling you need based on your upgrade hardware).
could you move somewhere around IL-IN area?
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could you move somewhere around IL-IN area?
No, but that would be really nice. Las Vegas, NV is already starting to suck ass!!! The heat here is so dry and hot!!! It's like being in an oven.
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