So I've been saving up parts to water cool since last summer. The final purchase came off of ebay last Monday night when I got my Dream case; the Silverstone TJ-07. Computer Specs:
ASUS P5B Deluxe Wi-Fi Edition
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
2x1Gb G. Skill DDR2 RAM 4-4-4-12
eVGA 8800 ULTRA
Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty Sound Blaster
2x250Gb WD Caviars
700Watt Seasonic M12 Modular PSU Water Cooling Specs:
DD 7800 Block
DD12V-D5 Pump Variable Speed
XSPC Passive 150mm Reservoir - BLACK
Swiftech MCR320 Quiet Power 3x120mm Radiator
10 feet Tygon R6300 Tubing
First thing first. I plan to put most of my water cooling setup in the bottom of the case, so the hard drive racks have gotta go. On top of that, I plan to make this a BTX style case. Everythings gotta go.
The only thing pop riveted in was the lower mobo slide/support.
When you flip the case to BTX, the mobo has a removable tray so all you have to really do is take out the guide rails and put the top one on the bottom.
In the process of flipping the rails, I ran into a few problems. First, the new rail had to be spaced up 3/16 of an inch. I just grabbed two rubber bushings and stuck them in there to give me the height I need. Second, one of the angular supports runs into the 120mm fans on top of the case. So I just broke out the Dremel and a cutting wheel.
What it looked like
Finished and installed cut (bad picture I know.)
And there you have it! A BTX TJ-07
So my next logical step would be to do a full mock up of parts inside the TJ07. The only problem with that is I gotta take everything out of the temporary case and then rebuild it in the new one!
So even with all of that nice bracket cutting I did the mobo is too high in the case to use the top 120mm fans.
So I had to take the dremel back out and cut the mesh down.
Right now I'm on my laptop (since the comp I'm workin on is my main rig) and there's nothing really going on now. I'm just mocking up where I want to route my wires and water lines. To tell you the truth, this is a PITA.
What needs to be done now:
- lengthen the front panel wires so they will reach the mobo headers
- cut holes in the mobo tray to hide wires
- figure out my WC flow
- sleeve my wires
- make mounts for the Rad and Reservoir
So I made a little time after work to accomplish a needed task:
7800GT DD Waterblock
I know you guys have seen it before, but here goes:
Ready to go for a swim!
I just mounted up the STORM and it sure looks purrty.
So I got my screw problem sorted out. It was pretty easy actually. I just cut the screw down and all is well now. Take a look:
The next stage of things to do is fabricate brackets to hold the Rad. I need a trip to the home depot for some metal and I'll see what I can do from there.
Just a small update. I started working on a mounting bracket for the Rad, but I rushed into things and drilled some bad holes. Basically, I've revised my thinking and I have to start all over again. Once I get that done, I can mount the pump and the whole bottom of the case will be completed.
In other news, I've ordered some EK barbs from Petra's. I just don't like the looks of the stubby DD ones.
Sleeved the pump wires today as well:
Nothing can really be done until I get some parts in the mail and make a Home Depot run. I plan on sleeving a few more things before bed.
Just some wire sleeving for now. Update later today. Maybe...
Big update here. I finally got a lot of the parts I was waiting on, but this was shortly followed with a 4 day binge for the 4th of July
The first thing up is the Reservoir. I wanted a way to mount the Res securely, but I still wanted the feasibility to take it out and be able to comfortably fill my loop. The company gives you these metal straps. A.) They look bad. B.) You can't really take the res out. So I began racking my brain and I came up with some sort of clasp idea like you would see on a pair of roller blade boots. Well, I couldn't find the parts I wanted for that, so I had to devise a new plan. Well, where do ya go when you're looking for Ideas? Home Depot of course!
So I came across Tie-downs you would use for heavy loads on car racks and what not.
You see, I really liked the orange strapping, but that clasp on it is major overkill, so I picked up the red strap just for the smaller clasp. Well, a little high gloss black paint and my mother's excellent stitch work later and you get this:
The next major project accomplished was the entire bottom of the case. For starters, the case has a unibody chassis. This would eventually translate into a lot of vibration going through the case. What I have come across is Petra's Tech Shop's "Gel Stuff".
I've had a slab of that for a while now for the pump. I figured that the 3 fans on the Rad have to convey some form of vibrations. I called Alex up from Petra's and asked about a larger strip of gel stuff for mounting my Rad. I gotta give him props for hooking me up!
Here's how the bottom of the case went down:
drilled out my holes for the mounting bracket I made. Mounted up the Gel.
test fitted the custom bracket I made.
Rad mounted from behind:
Rad from the front:
The bottom of the case is set. I have to mount the Res to the Mobo tray, and route some more tubing. Then I can leak test.
I got around to mounting the Reservoir today. Take a look at the process:
Busted out the Dremel to cut up the steel Mobo tray. First time I cut steel with a cutting disk.
My strapping in place
Reservoir strapped in
Full scale Water loop is complete.
Now I'm at the point where I need hose clamps, and of course, I've been very lazy in ordering them, so I have none. No leak testing for now. I also have to mount up the hard drives. There's some modding involved in that for your enjoyment
So I literally waited 12 days for a shipment to come from ModderSmart. I will never order from there again. EVAR.
I got my hose clamps all set up and I started to fill. I had Two Leaks!
I tightened up a fitting for the Res and I had to replace the barbs on the STORM because I could not stop the leak there. So here's my testing stand:
My Yamaha keyboard stand, lol.
Nothing like hot wiring a PSU!
The loop is filled!
So it's been exactly two months since I've done anything drastic with my computer, but I gathered up some cash and purchased an XFX 8800 ULTRA.
I've been prepping it for the arrival of my swiftech Stealth full coverage block.
No wonder they put off so much heat! Look how big the GPU is!
As of right now, my loop is drained and cleaned, and some more WM has been done. I'm waiting for the GPU block to arrive tomorrow, and some Red Pentosin to come on Friday, so that's it for now.
I got my waterblock installed on the GPU.
Word to the wise, those RAM Sinks do not stick very well.
I also installed a little T-Line in the bottom of the case to help with future draining.
I'm leak tested and ready to roll.
I officially give this project a done stamp! (For now, of course) Head over to the Case Gallery for the final pictures.
More to come...