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Old March 22, 2013, 05:45 PM
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Default Watercooling an FT03 using the H220 pump.

This will be my build log on watercooling my rig in a Silverstone Fortress FT03B.

Specs:
  • i5 3570K
  • XFX 7950 Core Edition
  • 8 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
  • ASUS Maximus V Gene
  • Crucial M4 256 GB SSD
  • Kingston 30 GB SSD
  • Seasonic M12D 850W

Why an FT03? Because I love the case. The profile fits my desk nicely. Why watercool? Because I upgraded to the 7900 series and they are loud at load. I don't like gaming with headphones on.

The rig as it is currently, pre-mod and pre-liquid





The Watercooling Components


The rads came used, the H220 from NCIX, fittings and tube from DazMode.


Dismantled and cleaned.







Areas to Mod


The 160mm rad is a little too big to fit in here, a small rectangular cut needs to be made to accomodate it.


The 120mm mounting area is blocked by this little bracket in the top right of the case. This needs to be removed as well.

END OF DAY 1
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Old March 22, 2013, 05:48 PM
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What a wonderful afternoon for some case modding


Relocated to the balcony to do the modding. The areas to cut have been planned out with tape.


The Tools


JobMate Rotary Tool ($15) and 300 piece accessory kit ($10). Purchased both from from Canadian Tire.


Modding


The bracket at the top of the case blocking the 120mm rad is the first thing to remove. It's held in place by four rivets - two on the top, two on the side. I figured the easiest way to remove it would be to just drill through the rivets. I wasn't prepared for the "kickback" from the tool and it ended up running off the rivet.


The rivets on the side. Better now that I know it feels.


Off it came. Pretty easy.


And here's the bottom rad mount area cut out. Not the cleanest, but it worked =). I used the wrong cut-out disc at first, it disintegrated in seconds. The correct cut-out discs are the ones re-inforced with fiberglass. Then I used the grinding attachment to smooth out the edges, and the steel brush attachment to remove the burs.


Now it's time to go run some errands, have dinner, and watch some hockey

Back to work


Here it is all cleaned up after modding. Added some poor man's u-channel (Electrical tape).


The H220 ready to be drained.


7950 ready to have it's heatsink removed.


I spent a lot of time debating whether I should go with a universal block or a full block. The 7950 core supports full blocks, but I was already spending so much money on watercooling. Universal would be cheaper and could follow me to future builds. So I reluctantly went with the EK-VGA Supremacy Bridge Edition.

Impediment #1Well, after taking the card apart I realized that I forgot to order the copper shim adapter for the universal GPU block. Well, crap. Paying $10 shipping for a $5 copper shim seems wasteful to me. I've emailed Daz about exchanging the Supremacy for a full cover block. Fine. Can't complete the loop this weekend, but no sense worrying about that now.


H220 block mounted.


Fits pretty well, looks pretty nice too. Can't help feeling I forgot something though. Oh no....

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RAGE!!!!!!!


Calmed down and re-pasted.


Back in the case. Done for the night.
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Old March 22, 2013, 05:49 PM
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Default Day 3

Not much happening today unfortunately. I can't really continue without the GPU block situation sorted out. I've talked to Daz and placed an order for a full-cover block. Also took the opportunity to grab and extra 120mm radiator for the centre area. Haha, and here I thought I could get away with not spending more money.


^ Most I can do is fit the radiators and some of the cables. It's going to be like this for a few days.


^ Bonus picture. Someone was tired of not being the centre of attention for the weekend.



UPDATE: Log continues here: Watercooling an FT03 using the H220 pump.
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looks pretty sweet. do you feel anal enough to sleeve your cables?
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I'm confused....how did you get an H220 from NCIX? I just see pre order on their site.
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looks pretty sweet. do you feel anal enough to sleeve your cables?
I bought some braided power cables from daz as well. As for the rest, maybe... It'll depend on how it looks once its done.
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I'm confused....how did you get an H220 from NCIX? I just see pre order on their site.
Pre-ordered a while back came in yesterday.
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Interesting keep the updates coming
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updates! First post and second post.

Dismantled and cleaned.







Areas to Mod


The 160mm rad is a little too big to fit in here, a small rectangular cut needs to be made to accomodate it.


The 120mm mounting area is blocked by this little bracket in the top right of the case. This needs to be removed as well.

END OF DAY 1


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Day 2

What a wonderful afternoon for some case modding


Relocated to the balcony to do the modding. The areas to cut have been planned out with tape.


The Tools


JobMate Rotary Tool ($15) and 300 piece accessory kit ($10). Purchased both from from Canadian Tire.


Modding


The bracket at the top of the case blocking the 120mm rad is the first thing to remove. It's held in place by four rivets - two on the top, two on the side. I figured the easiest way to remove it would be to just drill through the rivets. I wasn't prepared for the "kickback" from the tool and it ended up running off the rivet.


The rivets on the side. Better now that I know it feels.


Off it came. Pretty easy.


And here's the bottom rad mount area cut out. Not the cleanest, but it worked =). I used the wrong cut-out disc at first, it disintegrated in seconds. The correct cut-out discs are the ones re-inforced with fiberglass. Then I used the grinding attachment to smooth out the edges, and the steel brush attachment to remove the burs.


Now it's time to go run some errands, have dinner, and watch some hockey
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lookken good

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