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coolmiester

SR-2 STACKER

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coolmiester    0

Some final pictures and spec before getting into the actual worklog... if you like what you see, please take a few seconds to vote in the Coolermaster 2011 Comp http://casemod2011.coolermaster.com/profile.php?u=341&c=1 thanks :thumbup:

System Spec:

Coolermaster ATCs 840 Chassis x2

Intel X5650's

EVGA SR-2 Motherboard

EVGA GTX480 Hydro Copper FTW (4 way SLI)

12GB Crucial RAM

Kingston 64GB SSD's

Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1200w PSU

Watercooling Spec:

MIPS MB and RAM Freezer Blocks

Watercool HK3 CPU Blocks

Bitspower Carbon Black fittings

Phobya Radiators (2x 480 & 2x 240)

Koolance RP-450X2 Bay-Res x2

Laing D5 Pumps x3

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Some serious cooling needed for this EVGA SR-2 board and although the 840 is a pretty big case it was obviously going to be to small for 3 loops so lets get "stacking"

Anyway, i was looking at my separates under the TV and liked how they stacked with the round silver feet showing in between so decided to do something similar with the two 840's and make a stacked rad box to fit on top.

I'm thinking a couple of EK 480 radiators up top - one for the CPU's and one for the full board block and and a couple of MIP's RAM Freezers.

I'm removing the hard drive caddy from the main 840 and will be mounting two EK 240's there for the graphics cards.

So, i did a bit of a crude mock up with bits of chewing gum just to see how things look

MINI 840 anyone :D

System Spec:

Coolermaster ATCs 840 Chassis x2

Intel X5650's

EVGA SR-2 Motherboard

EVGA GTX480 Hydro Copper (Quad Sli)

12GB Crucial RAM

Kingston 64GB SSD's

Coolermaster Silent Pro Gold 1200w PSU

Watercooling Spec:

MIPS MB and RAM Freezer Blocks

Watercool HK3 CPU Blocks

Bitspower Carbon Black fittings

Phobya Radiators (2x 480 & 2x 240)

Koolance RP-450X2 Bay-Res x2

Laing D5 Pumps x3

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coolmiester    0

I hadn't planned on using either Phobya radiators or fans but when a friend at Aquatuning UK saw the prod log on Bit-Tech and suggested i give them a go, plus the fans fit in perfectly with the colour scheme, who was i to argue. So hats off to both Aquatuning and Phobya for getting involved in this mod.

Still waiting on blocks but before i get the 480 rads mounted in the rad box, i'm going to do some simple testing to see which way is best for airflow etc but they do fit perfectly :bounce:

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Big thanks to Michael at MIP's for getting me the SR-2 blocks along with a couple of HK3's and RAM Freezers.

I pre-ordered some M3 stand-off along with some M3 Hex bolts so could go ahead and mount the HK3's using the standard SR-2 back plates so couldn't resist to do a dry run to see how things look :)

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I'm trying to keep components separate so at least both CPU's will end up being roughly the same temps which would be better when overclocking so i'm thinking three loops like this....

1x 480 rads for CPU's

1x 480 rads for MB and RAM Blocks

2x 240 rads for GPU's

I think that should be plenty

I've used red, blue and green so its easier to pick each loop out but i won't be going with those colours :)

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Three Kazemaster fan controllers turned up for the rad box so time to make a bezel to hold them.

Just wish they had turned up earlier so i could have got them all mounted but ran out of time so one down, two to go and at least the weather is going to hold out all weekend so more to come over the next few days.

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Fret Saw with piercing 12 x 32tpi blades :)

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Finished the bezel for the rad box which worked out good even though there is a few slight imperfection - fan controllers are just stuck in with Blu Tack for the time being and the whole thing still needs powder coated and painted but that's it pretty much done :)

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Massive thanks to Vincent at Bitspower who shares the same birthday as me :drunken:

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Got the extended motherboard tray all made up and added the rails for it to slide in and out but took photos with wrong WB and they came out crap so i'll have to take more pictures once it stops raining.

Also the front bezel SR-2 logo which i did have the correct setting on the camera and added some scrap red plexi behind but the plan is to fill up the logo with red Crystal Resin so its flush and light it from behind.

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I don't think the black and silver will fit with the final mod but i'll see.

Decided to make a replica motherboard tray out of yellow plexi so i could align all the stand-offs to the motherboard rather than straight into the metal tray itself so if any adjustments needed making i could do it in the plexi rather than the tray itself.

Dropped in a couple of old graphics cards to make sure it was all in the right place and all the measuring and double checking paid off as all 11 stand-offs were in the correct position in the plexi so it was a simple case of just using the plexi as a template laid on the actual motherboard tray to drill the holes for real and jobs a gud'n apart from a bit of patchwork needed around the back panel.

Also couldn't resist a couple of block shots with the Bitspower fittings 8)

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It fits \o/

The new motherboard tray is 365 x 395mm as appose to the original at 335 x 350mm so for the tray to still remains functional and still removable i had to adjust the rails in the case slightly.

Was a pretty easy fix by simply adjusting the height of the top rail with a bit of cutting and a new little bracket riveted in which all looks a little rough at present but should be fine once its all stripped down and powder coated but all in all i’m happy with the fit.

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I got to give a BIG shout out to Crucial UK who came good with a couple of 6GB kits of RAM. It wasn't my first choice kit but given the current economy, i'm more than grateful for them getting involved in the first place so thanks Crucial.

Still not sure on SSD's yet but still a little while to go before i'll be needing those.

Anyway, got all 12GB added to the MIP's RAM Freezers and hopefully should get a bit of proper case mods done over the holidays but i've been a little worried to ChainSaw any further until i decide on reservoirs.

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Carbon Black Bitspower fittings :shock:

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