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Old May 13, 2007, 03:45 PM
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Default Worklog : Watercooling a MM U2-UFO!

Small Update! 6\18\07 (Check fourth post)

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Hey Guys!

This will be my thread for my next project! Watercooling my stuff in a Mountainmod U2-UFO case!

The Specs :

Asus P5W DH Deluxe
Core 2 Duo E6600 L631B (Great clocker!) I Hope to hit 3.9Ghz with some more tweaking...when ill have time...
Asus X1950 Crossfire Edition card
ATI X1900XTX
2GB G.SKILL F2-6400PHU2-HZ Currently running @ 4-4-4-12 1000Mhz 2.35v
ThermalTake ThoughPower Modular 750 Watt
X-FI ExtremeMusic 7.1 24bit
2x Wester Digital Raptors 36GB Raid 0
Western Digital 500GB 16mb Sata2

And of course... The MountainMod U2-UFO Power coated Black case!

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The Watercooling Parts :

Thermochill PA120.3
3x Scythe S-FLEX™ SFF21F 120mm Fan (For the Radiator)
MCP355 w/ Petra's Top
Tygon 7/16" ID 5/8" OD Tubing
G11 Pentosin UV Blue
Petra's Nuke
Distilled Water
Swiftech MCRES
D-TEK FuZion CPU Waterblock
2x Swiftech MCW60 GPU Waterblock
Sh!t load of Ramsinks
Some UV Blue Smartcoils
Lots of Worm Drive clamps

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Random Stuff :

5x Yate Loons UV Blue w/ 4 Blue leds
6x 120mm Laser Cut BLADE Fan Grills
3x Black Wire Fan Grills
4x Scythe S-FLEX™ SFF21F 120mm Fan
4x Sunbeam UV Cold Cathodes
1x Swiftech 159-CU Chipset Heatsink
3x 36" Black SATA Cables
1x 18" Single UV Blue Round IDE Cable
1x Pioneer DVD Burner
2x Zalman 6 channel Fan Controller
2x MountainMod Single 5 1/4 Black Bay cover
Some Zip-Ties, DD High Flow Barbs, AS5 & Arctic Ceramic + Some Arctic Clean and thats all.

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Whats ill need :

A lot of patience and a lot of Metal! (Music)

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Thursday, i received some stuff from Jab-Tech.com So, i started sleeving some stuff while im waiting for the Case to arrive (Tomorrow!)...

Here is the stuff i got from Jab-Tech.com :





You can see that i already sleeved some stuff such as fans and UV cold cathodes.

And heres a pic of some stuff i have for this watercooling build :



This + what i have in my signature ATM = Awesome build for sure

I will post pics of the case when it arrives for sure. Then will start the real Watercooling Worklog!

Feel free to post comments and thoughts!

Update! 05\14\07 1:35PM Got the Case!

OM*G! What a hell of a case man! And it weight about 15lbs! Even my Stacker weight more! I love the power coated black, love the panels! Hell i love it!

The package! Awesome Packing job there. Not a single scratch which i must admit kinda worried me since i placed my order. UPS did a great job handling it through US to CA and Mountainmod.com did a sweet Packing job! Oh and for those interested, 118$ Import fees ... Which isn't that bad. I was expecting more. Actually not... lol It's still too much.



It's like christmas in here

And now the case!







Got rid of the plastic and paper all over the place ->





Some stuff that came with the case -> (BTW: I ordered the 5 1/4 Bay cover separately as none would come with the case...)



Those black metal plates will be used to hook the HDDs. I will mount them in the back of the case, on 2 120mm fans. That will give me the possibility to hook up to 9 hard disk drive!

I will mount them right where you see the 2 120mm holes.



+ You can see that i got myself a sh!t load of 3 Pin Cable Extension and they provided some wheels! Also, as you can see, the switches are quite nice! Ill sleeve them too!

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Other stuff im waiting for to arrive :

- I placed another order for some more sleeving and heatshrink at Jab-Tech... I'm running out of those pretty quick. I chose Global Express Mail. So, should be here pretty quick...I hope...
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While i was typing the update on the thread, guess who showed up ? My friendly Canada Post guy! And he showed up with an order from NCIX.com that was supposed to be there only on Wednesday!

My second Zalman 6 Channel Fan Controller!



Definitely a early christmas for me in here!
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Thats it for now! Disassembling of my current rig will start pretty soon!



I will miss you my lovely Stacker! Nah, im keeping it. I will switch my second comp into it instead of into my NZXT Lexa case.

As always, feel free to post comments and thoughts!

Update! 05\15\07 5:04PM

Did some work today. Installed some fans, sleeved some other stuff, mounted 1 fan controller and mounted some mosquito net on the fan grills that will pull air.







Also, before i begin to disassemble my comp, i had to test out a E6400 L628B for a friend. So, thats what i did this morning. And i took pics and am about to Oc the CPU to see how far it can go. Currently it's at 3.2Ghz (400x8=3.2Ghz) with 1.3500v Let's see if it's stable! I know this CPU can do 3.6Ghz with 1.43v ... so i should be fine with 3.2Ghz and 1.3500v

Cleaning the E6400 and about to remove the Apogee WB to replace my E6600 for the E6400.

Removed my Lapped E6600.

Applying some AS5 on the E6400. Just for you sswilson : I took a pic of my 1 finger latex glove

AS5 applied and E6400 hooked into the comp.

I doubt i will achieve 3.6Ghz thought... My board will probably limit me here... FSB limit i mean. it would require 455FSB and i don't think my P5W DH Deluxe will let me go that far. Oh well, we'll see!

Oh yeah and temps are Awesome! Check this out. First boot with the E6400.



Core temps reports about 10 degrees over which is just normal.

Small Update : So far, so good for my E6400...



Will try to bump the FSB and se where it can go with 1.3500v Then will bump voltage etc... Until temps or FSB wall stops me. When ill have it maxed out, ill do a 20hours+ Orthos run.

More to come! As always, feel free to post comments and thoughts!

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Old May 15, 2007, 06:39 PM
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Updated! 05/19/07 9:28AM (Check the end of the post)

Bad news... I did quite a lot of work of the comp and i took lots of pics while i was progressing through it... For some reasons, the HDD of my secondary comp got corrupted...coudn't use the comp at all. So, i decided to use my dad's comp to put the pics (about 20) on my Ipod Nano 4GB. My dad did not wanted me to leave anything on his comp so i just moved the pics from my cam to my Ipod with his comp. Tonight, at work, i decided to listen to some music... And the damn Ipod did not wanted to boot up at all! I thought maybe it's because the battery is completely drained... so i had to wait until i get back home this morning and try to charge it back but still nothing! It would't boot! The comp won't even reconize the Ipod. And i don't see any charging ''logo'' on the screen?! I'm sure i have tried the Ipod before going to work yesterday night and the Ipod was working well. I closed it the way i normally do and then put it in my pocket. Few hours later at work and it's not working ?!

Anyway, so... I lost all my pics... I just took some of what the case looks like but it pisses me off to have lost all those pics i took.

So, im at the point where i drained my old system, completely dissasembled it, removed the blocks from CPU and GPUs, cleaned them, also cleaned the CPU and GPUs cores with some Artic clean. I then applied some new AS5 and mounted back the blocks. ( Including my new FuZion ) I changed the stock NB heatsink on my P5W DH for the Swiftech MCX159-CU with some AS5. Then i hooked the mobo (With my 2 X19s and the MCW60s on them) onto the UFO's mobo tray and into the case. I almost sleeved all cables and wires, hooked almost all fans into the case, actually, i hooked everything from my old system into the U2-UFO. And that includes my new and second Zalman 6 channel fan controller.

Take a look :

Lovely PA120.3 and all the crap i used to clean my stuff.

Naked Stacker shots



Nice Fan Grills with ghetto mosquito net hooked on them

Side shots. All the Power/reset/Leds cables are going to be hided behind the Rad.



Side shot. Still gotta sleeve some 3pin extension cables. Waiting on my order from Jab-Tech to arrive. Should be there today. If not then it'll go to Monday...



Top view.

I'm a little worried about the new Swiftech chipset heatsink i instlled. It use the same mounting technique as the stock one... but it weight a tone compared to the stock one. It's made of some thick copper... I had a look under the heatsink a few times to see if the thermal paste would do a perfect square... It was doing a perfect square which means that it's doing good contact with the NB core. But now that the Heatsink is side way mounted i wonder if it's still doing good contact. It seems to be when i try to move it around but i wonder if it'll stay like that. What you guys think ?

Now whats remaining is first, hooking the fans on the rad and then, hook the rad into the case. Then finding a ''smart'' way to route the tubing to go all the way through the blocks, res, pump and rad. It must go out of the rad then right into the CPU WB first. Filling, bleeding, some cable management and we're good to go!

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UPDATE! Just plugged my Ipod into my dad's comp and it's working! It reconized the sucker! Phew! Ill post the pics tomorrow morning!
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Update! So, as i said, my Ipod is now working back! :) Heres the pics!

In the process of draining my old system.



More draining done...



Cleaning the blocks... Cards waiting to be cleaned as well.

Blocks cleaned. Time to clean the cards and remount the blocks with some new and fresh AS5!

Now wondering if i should use my lovely Thermochill 120.3 Rad grill...

Or to use 3 separate Fan grill i bought and modded with some mosquito net... (Decided to use these fan grills :))

Blocks mounted with new NB heatsink and mobo hooked onto U2-UFO's mobo tray!

Mobo tray hooked into case.



The end! For now...lol Still waiting on that bloody order from Jab-Tech...Global Express post, yeah my a**! Anyway, waiting on it so that i can hook my last fan, (Need the fan headers i ordered to fix the it) some more sleeving for the Rad's fans and thats quite about it. For today i think ill take it easy. Ill go out and try to get myself some screws for the rad (Through the case into the rad), some air spary can and some other usefull stuff. Will update soon!

Thoughts and comments are always welcome!

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Updated! 05/24/07 9:15AM ( Check the end of the post)

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Ahh! Huge update today! Did a lot of job. Since i decided to sell my X19s and bought a 8800GTX (Instead of a HD 2900XT), i decided to cool only the CPU for now. NCIX.com says ''ETA: June 5'' for the EK full-cover 8800GTX WB... So, will be waiting for it. I hooked the stock coolers on both of my X19s. When ill receive my EVGA 8800GTX, ill sell those X19s and will wait for a EK full-cover WB.

I just finished the plumbing job... It went smoothly but since im a guy without patience... Well, you know... lol Also, this morning i sleeved a cr*p load of 3 pin cables. Then worked around to connect them all while trying to keep the cables inside the case clean.

Enough chatting, bring the pics!

Sleeving job.











So, whats remaining now is to fill the system. I have a bottle of UV Blue G11 and bought 3 freaking bottle of Distilled water! lol



Should be enough, yeah ?

And for those who like messy rooms...



I think the case found it's sitting table :P

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Small update


Yesterday was the leak-testing day. Everything went fine. No leaks at all. Took some pics and even made a video.

Here are some pics :















Today, is cleaning the room and powering the sucker time! WIll update tomorrow.

Thoughts and comments are always welcome!

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Update! 06/02/07 7:15PM

Reason why this update is so late is that i had so much problems getting the comp to run! You can check out the whole thread here : http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/troub...verything.html

Basically, the motherboard was dead and after trying all components separately, i found the prob... But had to buy cheap ram and cheap CPU just to test out and see which component was dead. And of course, had to hook all the comp onto my desk ... with stock coolers... as i couldn't work into the case... Basically, it was Try - error, Re-try - error etc... Until i find where the prob is. And i found it after a week. I was getting really mad at the comp and was really impatient to get it working. Enough that i was doing things incorrectly... I would forget things, screw the job up etc... What a long task! Also, i have been more than busy these last 2 weeks. I just started working during day! And it's been 2 years since i work during night. I must admit that by some time i was kinda all screwed up. The first day i worked in the day, i felt like if i was in a bad dream all day long! And i feel like i wasted my life working these last 2 years... Now that i'm getting back into social life...

Anyway, so i got around and found the prob. Fixed it by buying a brand new P5B Deluxe and hooking all my stuff onto it. After about 200 boot ups without posting on my P5W DH...The comp posted back with the new board! The prob was fixed...

So, after trying the comp onto my desk, onto my U2's mobo tray, with stock coolers... I decided to put back everything into my case under watercooling. When everything was done, including the cable management, and when i was about to press the button, i recorded my reaction...LOL And the results are hilarious for me.

Check it out if you want : RapidShare: 1-Click Webhosting (Press free at the end of the page, chose a server, type in the verifying code and press enter.)

BTW: I'm cursing a lot into this video....lol and i speak French...

Pics time!







I also recorded a small video (1m4s - ~15mb) of the comp running. Check it out! : RapidShare: 1-Click Webhosting (Press free at the end of the page, chose a server, type in the verifying code and press enter.)

Yes. It's virtually silent!

Now whats remaining is to test out my X1900XTX to make sure it work correctly. Then, ill plug in my new EVGA 8800GTX and sometime after, ill watercool it with my DD 8800GTX WB :)






Small Update! 6\18\07

Awesome new pics of my system. Just took them

Thats with new 8800GTX (Big Thanks goes to Dynasty ) installed and some more cable management done. Also, i removed that crappy mosfet Asus include with their motherboard...It would not make any temps difference and the NB would become enough hot that i couldn't touch it for more than 5 secs. Instead, i removed the Asus "shield" and hooked my Sunon 60mm fan. NB is pretty much just warm now.







PS: I know... I know... In the first pic you can actually see some of my toes right next to my phone. Go figure why it's on the floor

Thoughts and comments are always welcome!

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