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Patriote September 27, 2007 04:41 PM

Project "XETM" - Worklog (56k Warning)
Hey guys!

EDITED: I will be using this thread to log the work of my up-coming project called "XETM". It'll consist on 2 8800GTXs, a QX6800ES G0, 4GB of RAM, Vista X64, Dual watercooling (1 CPU-NB-SB loop and 1 loop for the 2 GTXs) loop in a U2-UFO case etc...


The goodies that i have ordered :

Xoxide.com order : (Arrived)

1 - Razer Tarantula Tempest Blue Gaming KeyBoard (Sent back for RMA...)
1 - ULTRA X3 1000w Modular Power Supply
1 - Steelpad QCK Heavy - Cloth Mouse Pad
1 - Xoxide Wire Sleeving Kit (Black) $8.99
1 - Enzotech Forged Copper Northbridge Heatsink - Low-Profile

Petra's Tech Shop order : (Arrived, Thanks Quoc And Alex!)

2 - EK-FC8800GTX Full Cover Waterblock for nVidia 8800 GTX
10 - Stainless Steel Worm-Drive Hose Clamp
17ft - 1/2" ID (3/4" OD) Tygon R-3603 Lab-Grade Tubing
1 - Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
2 - 120mm Scythe SFF21F S-FLEXT Case Fan (63.7 CFM/28 dBA)
3 - EK-FC8800 Replacement Voltage Regulator TIM Pads (I just hate to spread compound everywhere...)
1 - EK Multi-Option Reservoir Rev.2 Bottom

NCIX.com order : (Arrived, I love NCIX.com)

1 - Western Digital Raptor X 150GB 10000RPM NCQ SATA Hard Drive Windowed Top
1 - Corsair Dominator Airflow Memory Fan
1 - Mountain Mods Acrylic Case Feet Smokey Black (4 pack)
1 - Swiftech MCP355
1 - Petra's Top for that MCP355
1 - Sunbeam Tuniq Tower 120 (Not really for this project but more to test out all my stuff before i hook it under H2O)
1 - Highspeed PC Large Top Deck Tech Station FAST-ACCESS E-ATX Computer Case Black (Still not for the project)
2 - BFG GeForce 8800GTX OC2 626MHZ 768MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3
1 - G.SKILL F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit (+ the one i have ATM = 4GB for Vista X64)

Costco.ca order : (Arrived!)

1 - Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP-HC 24-in. LCD Display

Upcoming NCIX.com order : (Arrived!)

1 - Thermochill PA120.2 (Back-ordered so got refunded and ordered it @ Jab-Tech)
2 - Whatever barbs that will fit the Thermochill PA120.2 ...
2 - Gaskets for that PA120.2
+ Some UV Cathodes

+ Add to this a nice EVGA 680I A1 mobo from Turtletrax! Thanks man ;)


EDIT: Second NCIX.com order :

1 - Thermochill Pa 120.2 Dual 120MM Fan Water Cooling Radiator *No Barbs* Back ordered so i am asking for refund and i placed an order elsewhere (Jab-Tech ;))
1 - Thermochill NG120.2 Neoprene Gasket for PA120.2 Radiator
1 - Klipsch Promedia 2.1 THX Computer Speaker System 160W RMS
1 - Danger Den 1/2IN Polyethylene Barb Fittings 3/8 NPT (Pair)
1 - Logisys CLK12GN2 12 inches Dual UV Cold Cathode Kit

Second EDIT :

Jab-Tech order :
(Arrived, Jab-Tech is awesome.)

Thermochill PA120.2

EDIT: I ordered some D-Tek nozzles, 17ft of Tygon R-3603 7/16" ID 5/8" OD Tubing, a second MCW30 for the SB, 2 Gel Pad for my pumps and Crysis! :D All from different stores (NCIX.com - Jab-Tech mainly.)
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The stuff i already have and plan on using on this build :

1 - Thermochill PA120.3 w/ the Aqua Extreme barbs
1 - MCP355 w/ Petra's top
1 - D-Tek FuZion WB
1 - MCW30 (For NB)
1 - Ek Multioption Res 150 (This one will be for the GPU loop)
1 - Performance PCs Cyclone Res (It hooks on a 120mm fan)
1 - U2-UFO Original top Black Powder Coated case
2 - Modded Zalman 6-channels Fan controllers
9 - Modded Fan grills

1 - LG Dual Layer DVD Burner
1 - X-FI Xtrememusic
1 - QX6800ES G0
1 - G.SKILL F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ RAM kit
1 - WD SATA2 500GB HDD
1 - WD Caviar 250GB 16MB
1 - Vista Ultimate X64 ENG

+ about 10 kind of different additives...
+ about 3M of coolsleeves of different colors
+ a lot of Sound proof material (Maybe)
+ a lot of black sleeving
+ a sh*t load of different 120mm fans!

The planning!

Heres a few sketch-ups on how the 2 loops are going to be routed (Still, it might change) : EDIT: It has changed and now the looping will be different.

CPU loop : (Res - MCP355 - PA120.3 - FuZion - MCW30 - Back to Res)

GPU loop : (Res - MCP355 - PA120.2 - GPU1 - GPU2 - Back to Res)

Behind the mobo tray :

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This is how my current rig looks like (Well looked like before i kill my 8800GTX...)


I will update this thread with more pics as more orders arrives. Then, the work will began! And more pics will be added for each steps so everyone can enjoy them.

Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Patriote September 27, 2007 04:42 PM

Update: Let the early Christmas begin!

Xoxide.com order has arrived!


Man, that keyboard looks awesome! But OMFG! That Mousepad is huge! Thick and large!!1 It'll never fit on my current desk... Wow!

EDIT: Check the size of that mousepad!


My mouse looks lost on that thing!


The size of my old mousepad on that thing just looks ridiculous!

I am getting a new desk pretty soon so i should keep in mind that ill have to hook such mousepad on it :p:
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Check out that awesome keyboard!



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More pics! The Ultra X3 PSU

The most gorgeous PSU i have ever seen in my life! The sleeving* on the cables is just amazing. The cables bends so easy, it'll be a real pleasure to route them in my case. Also the way the cables connect to the PSU is just amazing!




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Update: As i said earlier, i have some pics of my new Desk! :) I re-arranged my room too!





http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f.../898943028.jpg My watercooling shelf! :D

Looks good eh! 149.99$ for that desk!

PS: For the Video lovers, i have recorded a small 2 mins video of my room. It's on Youtube : YouTube - New desk! Re-arranged room and stuff. Enjoy :)
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Update: Look what the Canada Post guy gave me today! :D




Gorgeous blocks, more Tubing (I have around 40ft of tubing total. 20ft of Masterkleer (cr@p) tubing and 17ft or Tygon 1/2" ID 3/4" OD. I originally bought the Masterkleer months ago but i felt it was awful and not pleasant to work with, so i trashed it on my desk and used Tygon Tubing instead. I now use it as a safe Tubing... :rolleyes:), Rev.2 bottom EK res for my Ek 150 Res, Some Ek barbs, some Worm drives and finally, 2 Scythes fans for my up-coming PA120.2.

Patriote September 27, 2007 04:42 PM


My biggest NCIX.com order has arrived!



Poor desk can't handle the weight lol!

What i received in that order :

1 - Western Digital Raptor X 150GB 10000RPM NCQ SATA Hard Drive Windowed Top
1 - Corsair Dominator Airflow Memory Fan
1 - Mountain Mods Acrylic Case Feet Smokey Black (4 pack)
1 - Swiftech MCP355
1 - Petra's Top for that MCP355
1 - Sunbeam Tuniq Tower 120
1 - Highspeed PC Large Top Deck Tech Station FAST-ACCESS E-ATX Computer Case Black
2 - BFG GeForce 8800GTX OC2 626MHZ 768MB 2.0GHZ GDDR3
1 - G.SKILL F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

Comments are welcome :) Ima going to build the Tech station (which i will be using as a bench table) pretty much tonight and ill post more pics! :D
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Just finished building that nice little new Bench table... I had to drive and drop a comp to one of my customer... Anyway, Pics!

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...TM/1234015.jpg Working on it...





PS: I just got an e-mail back from Xoxide.com's customer support and it seems that i need to pay for shipping back the keyboard to them :mad: Imagine guys, that makes the damn keyboard worth around 140$ USD... The next one better be freaking 100% working!

8800GTXs pics :D

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Let the early Christmas continue! More stuff arrived today!




Look at that gorgeous 24" monitor! :D My only concern is that either my desk or floor isn't straight which makes one side of the monitor to lean. Hooked something under the leg and all is good. Maybe it is a default with the supporting arm of the monitor too. Oh well, i can live with that ;)

Here i prepared the pump for usage :D Also sleeved it.


Mounted the Tuniq with the back-plate and some neopropene to prevent shorts.



Only thing remaining to arrive is my PA120.2 from Jab-Tech should be here Monday or Tuesday.

PS: Tonight im working on hooking everything onto the Bench table and running on air just for testing. Then, tomorrow, i'll work on disassembling my U2-UFO and preparing it for the watercooling loops :)
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I just finished cleaning my room and assembling the rig on my bench table. I haven't hooked all 4GB and my X-FI Xtrememusic sound card yet. I will do when i know that everything is working great. Now comes the time to press the power button and i am nervous. Will everything boot up fine? I doubt it. There is always something going wrong on first boot for me... :rofl:







http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/f...M/IMG_4793.jpg RaptorX 150GB shot :D
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Small Update!

Look what i received today :D


A nice Thermochill PA120.2 with some gaskets and Polypropene barbs since it's IMPOSSIBLE to find metallic barbs for that rad... :rolleyes:

I think it can't be more clear than that... I didn't knew Thermochill had included that message with there Rads. I guess Hot water it'll be then! :p:


My new EVGA 680I A1 is scheduled to be here on October 18-19th.. Until that time, ill clean my PA120.2, prepare my case, start the watercooling etc... Will updates as work gets slowly done!


Well, while im patiently waiting for the new mobo to arrive, i decided to start working on the case and watercooling stuff. So firstly, what i did was to take that defective EVGA 680I A1 and put it back into it's box and get ready to ship it back for RMA. I took my P5B Deluxe and hooked all my stuff on it and installed Vista Ultimate X64.



Then i started cleaning the case since the P5B Deluxe + mobo tray were out the case. I removed the watercooling loop, cleaned the case (Dust, sticky parts due to tape etc..).




As you guys can see, pretty much all wires\cables are already sleeved :) I had to sleeve the 2 fans for the back PA120.2 tho.



Once the case cleaning was done, i ran HOT water for a good 5mins through my new PA120.2.


Good idea eh! :p:

Once all clean, i hooked the gaskets, the fans and in the case it went :)





After all that, i went to bed for 3 long hours (...:rolleyes:) before going to work @ 6AM today.

Now im back and i'll work on disassembling my loop, clean the parts and hook the PA120.3 back into the case and ready for watercooling :) Once the new board gets home ill make sure that it's fully working, i might do the vdroop pencil mod and then it'll go under watercooling! Updates will follow...

Patriote September 27, 2007 04:42 PM

Update! October 21-07

Updates will now be posted as replies since the first page was getting way too long to load... :rolleyes:

Update! November 02-2007

Small Update! November 05-2007

Update! November 06-2007

Update! November 08-2007

Update! November 13-2007

Small Update! November 14-2007

Update! November 20-2007

Update! November 24-2007

Small Update! November 24-07

DA BIG UPDATE! December 10-07

sswilson September 27, 2007 04:48 PM


I noticed one raptor and one 500G HD in the list. No Raid setup planned?

Patriote September 27, 2007 05:28 PM


Originally Posted by sswilson (Post 20801)

I noticed one raptor and one 500G HD in the list. No Raid setup planned?

Not for the moment ;) If anyone is interested in my 2 WD Raptors 36Gbs, PM me. They will be for sale as soon as my comp is rebuilt.

PS: Thread updated :bleh:

Patriote September 27, 2007 07:10 PM

Little update :bleh: My NCIX.com order has been shipped!

Patriote September 28, 2007 11:23 AM

Updated second post!

Patriote September 29, 2007 10:00 PM

I will have some pics up by tonight guys! Pics of my new Desk! Which is awesome! Corner style desk. I had to mod it a little so it could accommodate my rather large mouse pad :bleh: and rather heavy U2-UFO :biggrin: Which will be even more heavy with the up-coming dual WC loop in it. Only thing that is bad with that new desk is that i will never (Or almost) see the back of the mobo tray side. Which will have most of my second loop parts :( I kinda like to keep an eye on my stuff. Oh well, i might try to fix this by either modding or adding something for the case.

Patriote September 30, 2007 01:02 AM

Hey guys! I have updated the second post with some pics of my new desk :) And i added a link to a little vid i made. Enjoy and leave a comment if you like http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/image...4fedecee92.gif

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