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    so ive been making some progress... im sleeving my psu now.... eugh pics coming soon though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by barfastic View Post
    so ive been making some progress... im sleeving my psu now.... eugh pics coming soon though...
    Any updates barfatic? I'm building a MM Pinnacle 24 also. Love to see how you laid out our tubing in that warehouse
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    Any updates on this? I wanna see it finished.

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    dammit brotha... now i need to go get me some OJ's...

    nice build...
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    So.... im back... after... nearly 2 years! whoa... 2 years!

    im probably old news by now!!!

    been seeing some of the builds happening here, and i am in shock at the level of improvement everyone has!

    in the past 2 years. Ive seen AMAZING improvements in photography, as well as build quality.

    I will try to keep up to those standards aswell

    Should be FINALLY done with this build by this weekend...
    (I was drafted in the military so i had NO time for myself, let alone a build... then my gtx280 got fried, so i was saving up money for a gtx480, but by the time i saved up the 580 launched, and i finally opted for a HD6970!)

    What is left to be done...

    -Get the new GPU kitted with a waterblock
    -A few peices of acrylic to be cut into shape
    -Painting of a fan controller/light controller
    -Create Fillport/Drain port
    -Mount pump
    -Mount reservoir
    -Add Filters
    -Cable Management
    -Fit CCFLS
    -Tubing layout
    -Add Feet/Casters

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    a sneek preivew (phone cam will be updating with ym DSLR )


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    Looking fantastic.

    Have a quick question. Are you able to go 2 480's in the build if you forgo the 5.25" bays? The angles look deceiving. Clearing thinking says no.

    Looking at this too, probably the XL-ATX board for the future & possibly asking to have the psu rotated horizontally to make it fit.

    I think I need a pedestal .
    Last edited by step; 01-30-2011 at 01:30 AM.

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    How are you progressing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by step View Post
    How are you progressing?
    waiting on some m3 screws, and a drain port... they got delayed in customs for some ABSURD reason....

    in the mean while, ive been painting my peripherals (keyboard, mouse, my fan switch bracket, etc)

    trying to find a way to paint my monitor frame as well... although seeing how many screws my keyboard had, my monitor seems scary!

    i also saw something kier was doing and he created a cover plate for his motherboard, and i thought that was amazing, but finding orange plexi around here is hard... ill see what i will do...

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    Updates updates!!!!

    Finally... had some free time over the weekend to set up my lighting studio and take some pics

    Ive been delaying for so long because my longer m3 screws were stuck in customs. Finally, this build is in the end run!

    its not pron, but its good enough for now.

    so without further adieu, here is a small, yet, always welcome update!

    my new ram block :P gonna be cooling 6Gb @ 1600MHz


    New paintjob for my keyboard!


    Matching mouse too


    If you see the fan filter, those are the screws that delayed me they look nice though :P



    And this is the front panel, fans + filters mounted.


    (sorry for the different background colors, edited some on my laptop, some on my bros screen, and they are both uncalibrated!)

    soon, there will be more until then! see ya around!

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    got some work done.

    my case feet arrived, got them mounted, as well as my d5 top/mount. drilled out a drain port while i was doing things.

    Lian Li caster wheels added, i put the brake on the front side, for easier access.


    I have made a secondary floor of plexiglass (but i need to find flatter screws so it can sit flush)


    Watercooled skateboard!


    Drainport.


    Gonna paint fan controller and military switch panel, to finish up the front side. and then its a matter of assembling, and leak testing!

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    Very nice man!

    Keep up the good work!

    It's good to see other MM owners in Greece...
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    Wow, nearly 2 years ago, I've subscribed to this thread and haven't been on here since that day! Still, like i said (2 years ago...Lol), this is looking to be a great build! Keep'em coming!
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    Almost there!!!!

    So, seems that everything has fallen into place nicely!

    had some appointments out of office, and finished early, so that meant, time for some building

    Seeing it stand, after 3 years, ready to be finished... what an amazing feeling!

    so.... on to the update!

    Top Panel, radiator installed with fan grills. (unfortunately i cant fit fans for push/pull because the barbs hit on the psu. )


    The underbelly of the top panel, fitted with barbs + fans. ( i have some screws on order to replace that ugly mix of black/silver screws.)


    Closer up shot... Im in love with these fans!



    So thats enough of the top panel...

    Quick shot of the back panel


    and a complete shot of the tower with rads


    close up to see rad+psu clearance estimate




    and now for some hardware shots took me a while to figure out a nice loop order.... came up with this. what do you think????


    Close up


    from another angle.


    close up of 24pin extension (i dont have any white sleeving, so i had to go with this, for now...)


    More tubing and fans


    Everyone has a picture of an EK Ram block... here are mine




    Thats it for now... gonna get everything installed later tonight, and i think i should be ready to leak test by tomorrow or saturday the latest!

    I still have some ideas to implement, waiting on my fan controller + switch panel to dry from paint. more to come!

    Hope you enjoyed!!!

    Barf

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    UPDATE 25-2-2011


    Because i believe 1 picture = 1000 words.... heres my essay

    Rservoir




    Reservoir + Drain Port


    All prts inside the case






    Whole body shot...



    still many many things left to do, but its starting to take shape!

    Until then, be safe

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    I knew this was going to look good, but not THAT good! That's fantastic work there, you deserve a medal haha
    Signatures make my posts look huge... but I'm not humble enough to completely remove my signature, so I kept this note explaining it.

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    Pure pron, looks totally stunning!

    What fans and tube are those, love the redness of them

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    Beautiful build .

    Just a quick pointer though - you have both sets of front rad fans blowing at the rad at the moment . Tiredness does crazy things to you, I've done that many times myself .

    Nice flowing loop, not gone made on tubing . I can see it being a real pig to prime and bleed though, I'd say tip it on its front but that would leave the pump at a high loop. Patience will be the key I reckon (but you certainly aren't lacking in that )!
    Last edited by PiLsY; 02-25-2011 at 05:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiLsY View Post
    Beautiful build .

    Just a quick pointer though - you have both sets of front rad fans blowing at the rad at the moment . Tiredness does crazy things to you, I've done that many times myself .

    Nice flowing loop, not gone made on tubing . I can see it being a real pig to prime and bleed though, I'd say tip it on its front but that would leave the pump at a high loop. Patience will be the key I reckon (but you certainly aren't lacking in that )!
    Wow, yeah, hehe.... just realized! DOH! i was going to remove them anyways to replace the fan screws with some hex bolts but thanks!!!!!! probably wold of put them back on the same exact way!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottALot View Post
    I knew this was going to look good, but not THAT good! That's fantastic work there, you deserve a medal haha
    Thanks alot... no medals though, i just enjoy sharing what i build and taking in criticism!

    Quote Originally Posted by zigzag View Post
    Pure pron, looks totally stunning!

    What fans and tube are those, love the redness of them
    Thank you,
    The fans are Xigmatek F-1253's and the tubing is Masterkleer Orange.

    there should be an update today (fingers crossed)

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    ok, so update.... the machine is leak testing atm, but i do have a question.

    I set up a flowmeter (koolance inline one, with the frequency booster) and an inline temp probe.

    Im using a d5 koolance top at #5 setting, and my loop is this;

    Res -> Pump -> 360 Rad -> Gpu (EK fc) -> Bei Fei Mosfet -> EK Ram -> 480 Rad -> Cpu -> Bei Fei NB/SB -> Res

    My flow is 1.1GPM.

    and ambient is 24 degrees and my water temp with no load is 22.9

    Does my flow and temp sound ok? i thought with no load that i would have atleast a deltaT of 3-5 degrees... or am i mistaken?
    And one last thing, i think my psu is acting up...

    i turned it on for the leak test, pump fired up, all was good, i turned it off so i could refill the res, and when i tried to fire it up it threw down a fuse (in my fuse box), i went turned it on, and attempted to fire it up again. it worked, no problem. i again shut it off to refill, and then turned it back on, and the fuse dropped again. Everytime i turn off my psu, and try to turn it on again, it drops a fuse. I tried it at another part of my house, thinking it could be a faulty wall wiring. and it did the same thing.... In the mean time, i left it on overnight for leak testing, and 9 hours later it was still on. The psu is a thermaltake 1200 Toughpower, and the only thing ive done to it, is changed the fan.

    Any help would greatly be appreciated. and i cant wait for it to be all tidied up, everything in place to show you guys

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    Holy moly! what size tubing is that? Maybe it's just the pictures, but it looks a lot larger than 1/2, 3/4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt220 View Post
    Holy moly! what size tubing is that? Maybe it's just the pictures, but it looks a lot larger than 1/2, 3/4.
    Its XSPC/Masterkleer 1/2-3/4 Orange.

    It actually is a little bit wider than 3/4 (i havent measured, but my 3/4 spring clamps barely slide over it... :S)

    Its FINALLY complete (build wise).... unfortunately though, its been acting up, and it seems my motherboard is dying it wont post unless i clear the cmos ... still trying to figure out what is wrong... only thing left for me to do is to change the cpu, and the cmos battery. else its a dead/dying board...

    but anyways... this is the "build log" section.... so here it is.... built!

    more pictures to follow







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    So... turns out my motherboard had a dead PCIe, and 2 dead ram slots.... i dont understand why, or how this happened, but thats what my testing came up with.

    All the parts worked on another motherboard, and the stuff that was originally on the (secondary) motherbaord didnt work on the p6t.

    so... i went ahead and purchased some new parts.

    New Hardware is:
    EVGA SLI3 x58 motherboard
    12GB of 2000mhz Dominators
    SSD (Intel x-25M 120GB)

    New Cooling Parts:
    EK SLI3 White acetal block
    Koolance 80mm Reservoir (i didnt like the way the micro res looked)
    Second D5 + Dual D5 EK White Acetal Top

    Im still waiting on the watercooling parts, but everything is open on my table, and waiting for installing.

    Updates should be coming hopefully this weekend.

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    So.... Update time!

    New Hardware:
    EVGA X58 SLI3
    12GB Dominator 2000's
    Asus Xonar D1

    New Cooling:
    Koolance 80mm Res Setup
    Dual D5 EK Top
    EK White Acetal Mobo Block
    EK HF Supreme CPU Block

    Mods:
    I cut and bent a peice of acrylic to hide cable behind the HDD Drives
    Sleved my PSU Cables in MDPC Orange + White (First time sleeving)



    Koolance 80mm Res (200mm + 80mm)


    this thing is HUGE...



    EK HF Supreme



    Sleeving + New Tubing Layout



    Close up of 24 pin


    6pin Close up



    Top - Down shot



    Complete Shot:



    and a last, artistic shot...




    I had already drilled holes for my pump mounts, before i got my soundcard, and luckily enough... i had enough space to mount the cards. it was close though.... REAL CLOSE....

    just for reference, that is a 1/4 fitting... :S






    ALL in all, im happy... got it to clock to 4.2 ghz, stable... with "decent" temps.... but i was somehwat dissapointed.... so....








    i ordered more parts.... Got me a nice 120gb Intel sata III SSD, and some new cooling parts!

    So before i am even done with it, i was unhappy and decided to make it a dual loop...

    Im splitting the loops like this.

    Loop1: D5->cpu->quad rad->res
    Loop 2: D5->D5-> Triple ->GPU->Mobo->Ram->Res

    so, another update incoming... hopefully soon!

    till then, see you around!

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    This looks baller, I've been known for my criticism of MM builds in the past but you've outdone yourself! great work

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