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Old April 25, 2013, 08:56 AM
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Default Little Lian Li. A Watercooled HTPC.

The goal was to make a decent gaming HTPC. But also a silent one that could fold during the day. I also wanted to do it for the least amount of money as possible. The fact that I am using a 5 year old GPU waterblock might show this.

Rig is as follows:
i3-3220
Asus P8H77-I
2x4GB G.Skill Sniper 1600MHz
EVGA GTX650TiBo
64GB Crucial M4
Lian Li PC-Q25B
Silverstone 750W

Cooling:
Swiftech Apogee Drive 2 w/ Dazmode DDC3.1-PWM
Swiftech MCW60
Swiftech MCR140
Koolance fittings & reservoir

I had the CPU block, GPU block, reservoir, fittings, and tubing already. All I needed to buy was a new pump, the radiator, fan, and mounting brackets for the blocks. Total cost was probably about $150-$160. Kudos for Swiftech for still selling mounting hardware for my decrepit universal GPU waterblock. I was actually using this block w/ a Titan for a while. Was able to hold the core down to 31C while folding.

Here is the HTPC as it sat before starting to pull it apart.


Pulled the hardware


Drilled out the rivets holding the cage in place. A whopping 8 of them. Tested fitting the rad.


Will be posting more pics later on today.

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Old April 25, 2013, 03:58 PM
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Had to pull the speaders off the ram due to clearance issues w/ the Apogee Drive 2.




GTX650TiBo w/ the MCW60 mounted.




Using some cheap sinks from who knows where. I've had them laying around for years. Removed all the old thermal tape and used good 3M stuff. Still the VRM sinks are rather loose.


The CPU block / pump.


Even comes w/ a fancy dancy heatsink.


Clearance issue I meantioned early. The spreaders prevented the block from being mounted.


Plumbed the loop.


Backside




And a test fit w/ the power supply installed.
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Old April 25, 2013, 04:30 PM
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Not many mm to spare. Looks nice so fare.
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Old April 25, 2013, 04:45 PM
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Very clean look I really dig it. What did you use to take the pictures if you don't mind me asking, the pictures are crystal clear.
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Old April 25, 2013, 06:25 PM
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Old April 26, 2013, 04:02 PM
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holy crap that is a tight fit. looks awesome as usual!
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Old April 27, 2013, 10:02 AM
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holy crap that is a tight fit. looks awesome as usual!
However it is extremely easy to work on. You pretty much need a modular PSU though. Otherwise it is impossible.

Cut down the length of the front panel and pump cables. Then recrimped them in better connectors. The seperate front panel cables were put in to a single connector. SATA cable was ran behind the motherboard tray.





Getting ready to fill the loop. Will be going w/ Ice Dragon fluid again.


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Old April 29, 2013, 07:18 PM
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Tight fit. Props for making it work :)
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Old April 30, 2013, 07:41 AM
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Looks great lowfat

Love that ram shot

Super build
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Old April 30, 2013, 03:37 PM
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The rig is operational and inaudible in my living room, even while folding. I won't be posting pics though as I am using some UGLY cabling. I ran out of crimps. But replacements are on the way.
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