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Old July 31, 2014, 03:02 PM
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Nothing exciting but I picked up one of the new unlocked pentium chips to play with and of course it's going to have to go under water.

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This is all going to go into a bitfenix colossus mITX case which initially had me scratching my head as to how to approach the loop... lots of wasted space, but a separate res + pump loop was going to require me to lose the lower HDD rack, and the only HDD I've got to put in it ATM is a 3.5". Since I'm a big fan of re-using whatever I've got around the house, I'm kinda pleased with being able to use one of my 2 surplus double 5 1/4 bay res's to resolve that issue.

Still waiting on the motherboard so not much more building going on until tomorrow or the weekend.
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Old August 1, 2014, 05:50 PM
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Motherboard showed up today and I'm happy to report that not only does the current bios support the new unlocked pentium, updating to the newest bios from the ASUS website does indeed support overclocking on non "Z" intel chipsets (not sure if ASUS is being naughty WRT Intel's wishes, or if there's some nudge, nudge, wink, wink going on.... ;) ).

Installed it stock just to make sure everything was working as advertised and had no problems running 4G with the stock cooler. superpi 1M was 10.202 seconds, and max temp after 20 minutes prime ff was 75c so I'm pretty happy so far and looking forward to see what I'll get under water.


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Of course it wouldn't be a proper WC build if there wasn't some kind of snag right off the bat... here's my project for the night... my older EK Supreme HF doesn't have a modified backplate to accommodate the new 1150 mounting plate so we're either going to have to do without a backplate and mount using just bolts through the motherboard (I suspect this probably would have been fine as there wouldn't be that much flex to a mITX board) or we're going to have to do a few mods........

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Before and after is easy to see by comparing the metal backplate post mod to the relatively unscathed rubber insulator.

Marking out where the holes for the 1150 backplate mount screws had to go was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be as the rubber insulator picked up the locations with only a mild pressure. I also had to do some grinding in order to clear the offending plastic mount indicated by the arrow. And last but not least, I had a close look at the discrete component leads on the motherboard bottom and gave a few of them a slight trim to ensure that there wouldn't be any shorts.

Gotta say... I picked up the bench grinder and drill press with a specific project in mind, and really wondered if I'd get any use out of them at all afterwards, but there isn't a week go by that I don't find myself making use of them. Power tools rock. :)

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That's about it for the night... here's the finished product ready to install.
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I take it you had leeks. ?
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Heh... yeah. That's the risk you take when re-using older WC hardware. First I buggered up the o-ring placement on the bay res (totally my fault), now I'm having issues with some older 45 deg swivel adapters. Looks like I may have to go mixed 1/2" + 3/8" barbs / tubing until I can get a few new adapters in. It's that or maybe a long looping piece of clear tygon might be coming to the rescue. :)

Main problem is that there's very little play in this particular loop so testing pretty much has to be done with the MB in place so I'll have to get the data vac out once I get the leaks plugged. This loop is also a major pain to drain. :)
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I have another new Prodigy m-ITX case to play with now.

NCIX has some nice adapters that I almost pulled the trigger on.

you can barley get both fittings unthreaded on some of my runs in my case.

The Impact VII should hit the bricks soon then if can not spend to much money.
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Heh... tygon won out for the moment and seems to be doing fine until such time as I get some new adapters in. Got some stuff sitting in the cart on Daz's website, but I should have a look over at NCIX as well. I may also have a look at some of those Chinese ones that are supposedly unmarked bitspower fittings.

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edit #2: Pretty sure it was the barrow brand fittings I've seen bandied about as being the same as bitspower....

High quality G1/4'' thread 90 degree Black Rotary Fitting Adapter Rotating water cooling Adaptor/connector -in Fans & Cooling from Electronics on Aliexpress.com
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http://www.ncix.com/detail/swiftech-...72208-1294.htm

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these are all in stock. all look useful in a small set up.
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Yeah, I was looking at those last night and thinking that they'd probably come in handy when trying to come up with a perfect fit for a tight loop. It's a pity the rest of NCIX's WC stock is mostly non-existent.

I ended up pulling the trigger on a few adapters over at Daz's website, and will probably throw a few of the ones you pointed out into my NCIX cart next time I order from them.

As far a the loop goes (in it's current state), it's been running leak free for 8+ hours and bled itself nicely over night so I'm probably good to go to see what kind of damage I can do to my hands attempting to connect the motherboard headers. :)
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