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Fleurious January 22, 2012 08:52 PM

X-Mas present to myself
 
So I decided to give my q9550 rig to my fiance because the MSI laptop I got her a year ago is falling apart. Fortunately, that gave me an excuse to go overboard on my new rig :whistle:. What follows was a week worth of headaches lol.

Step one: take everything out at once and leave it laying around.
http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/3021/looseb.jpg


Slight progress on the case, replaced the stock D5 top with an EK top.
http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/9...anizedmess.jpg


Nice looking waterblock, the compression fittings just squeeze in. I'm really skeptical of the acetal though.
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2365/raystorm.jpg


Roughing in where all the parts of the loop are going to get placed. That EK res was a pain in the ass, the compression fitting in the top was just barely too wide to screw all the way into the recessed top (source of my first leak :doh:. I had to take out my dremel and widen it. I found the installation instructions for the raystorm block to be lacking too, am I supposed to screw the block fittings all the way in?
http://img708.imageshack.us/img708/1091/roughedin.jpg


I wasn't sure how the orange would look at first. Turned out pretty good, it looks much better in person. Also found my 2nd leak on the compression fitting in the top left, I hadn't pushed the tube far enough over the barb before screwing on the compression fitting. :doh::doh:
http://img859.imageshack.us/img859/1...ngtogether.jpg


This is it completely assembled, I was worried about temperature on the VRMs for when I started overclocking so I took a file folder separator drilled some holes in it (wrapped it in electrical tape for looks) and mounted a scythe slipstream(or flex?) to.
http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/2200/donerd.jpg


LEDs on the CPU block.
http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/6032/blurryshot.jpg


The bane of my existence, if my fiance didn't love that cat more then me it'd be out on the street :angry2:.
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2527/bonjovio.jpg

jibz January 22, 2012 09:27 PM

I'm jealous of the x79.

I just installed my own raystorm and I just shrugged and figured more mounting pressure is better and got it pretty damn tight.

Silent_Avenger January 22, 2012 09:37 PM

Looks like you have enough room on the vrm heat sinks to mount a 40mm fan onto just get some self tapping screws just wide enough to secure into the heat sink slots. It's what I did on my NB cooler on my MSI board.

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/2312/1001139v.jpg
Anyways nice system :thumb:

Prolab January 22, 2012 10:02 PM

Anyway you can put the pump lower than the res? So the water feeds it by gravity?

Nonetheless, looking good man!

Fleurious January 25, 2012 07:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jibz (Post 593488)
I'm jealous of the x79.

I just installed my own raystorm and I just shrugged and figured more mounting pressure is better and got it pretty damn tight.

I stopped a bit short of all the way screwed in. I just measured afterwards with a scale to make sure all four sides were even.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Silent_Avenger (Post 593493)
Looks like you have enough room on the vrm heat sinks to mount a 40mm fan onto just get some self tapping screws just wide enough to secure into the heat sink slots. It's what I did on my NB cooler on my MSI board.

[snip]
Anyways nice system :thumb:

I only had 120mm and 230mm fans kicking around. I tried an ultra kaze 2krpm at first but it was painfully loud.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Prolab (Post 593503)
Anyway you can put the pump lower than the res? So the water feeds it by gravity?

Nonetheless, looking good man!


I could probably fit the pump lower near the hard drive bays but it runs really smooth right now and it's not a very restrictive loop. I sat the case on it's side so the res would be the highest point in the loop to help bleed out any bubbles.

Temperature wise I believe the highest I've seen is 62c after an hour of Linx. Still not fully stable as every other night my F@H will BSOD. I've tried using straight multipliers and also using a 125x bclck with lower multipliers, gonna mess around with it more this weekend.


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