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Old February 10, 2016, 05:58 PM
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Yup that thing is for 'assisting' w/ removing the IHS off the CPU. I think it is a POS and not sure it will actually work. It is seriously flimsy. It needs to be made out of Delrin or a similar harder material.

A couple of pics of the naked board.






Dipped the IO cover. Flat black base coat w/ single coat of a metallic pearl I mixed up. Looks fantastic. Sun was already down when I took the pic so better pics will have to wait till tomorrow. :(



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Delidded the CPU w/ the vice method as the tool I printed didn't work.







Polished up a Supreme HF as I'll be using instead of the LTX.


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What TIM is that? Are you going naked with that block?
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Looks like Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra.
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Old February 12, 2016, 09:54 PM
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What TIM is that? Are you going naked with that block?
Coollaboratory Ultra or Pro. I'm not sure I bought it many years ago.

Not naked. I don't think the gains are worth the risk.
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EK has the naked hold down set, believe Daz still has some.
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colours look nice on the sheild
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Old February 15, 2016, 12:06 PM
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EK has the naked hold down set, believe Daz still has some.
I do believe it is meant for Haswell though. The substate on much thinner on Skylake so it won't hold the CPU in place.
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Thanks. I am using a Wagner Spray Control Double Duty HVLP sprayer, Plasti-Dip flat black base, DipYourCar clear w/ aluminum, graphite, and charcoal pearls mixed in.


So last night either my SSD or my SATA cable died. Either of which requires me to pull the motherboard . So I am pulling the rig apart a few days early I guess.

Old w/ the new.


Nickel on the LTX is stained rather heavily. This is the last I'll definitely ever be using dye.


Just a random pic of the new ram. I must say it looks super clean w/ the sinks off.


Decided I needed to take some better pics of the Supreme HF showing its detail. These may be my favourite hardware shots I've yet to take.




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I'm digging the look of those nekid' ram sticks. :)
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Pulled apart the Thermosphere. Looking rather nasty.


After polishing.








Taking the the pump out to clean and polish was a ridiculous amount of work. Had to disassemble pretty much the entire case. Had to remove all the radiators, the case roof, remove 10 rivets, remove false floor, power supply, depin both pump cables, then finally was able to access the area to remove the pump. :(

Spent a lot of yesterday on the pump. Started by polishing up the pump motor. Can't have no dull metal in my rig. :p


Then on to the pump top. This was the CSQ top however CSQ wasn't in my theme no more so I hit the sandpaper hard. 5 sheets of 40 grit, 2 sheets of 60g, then one sheet each of 100, 150, 220, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000, then finished w/ 3000g. Then machine/hand polished w/ PlastX. Then machine/hand polished w/ Carpro Reflect. Then 1 coat of Carpro Cquartz. Then 2 coats of Carpro Reload. :p

This is how much material was taking off the pump top. To give scale, that is about 5 inches across.


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The top in all its polished glory.








And a couple of group photos. :p



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