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  1. #11
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    CPU Watercooling Loop Update:

    Kit for CPU WC loop arrived last week, now fitted and running.
    1x XSPC DDC top/reservior
    4x 12" UV CCFL's
    2m XSPC 1/2" hose
    1x Feser View purple UV dye
    1x 12v Car Adaptor for the LCD screen (still waiting for delivery)
    1x Arctic Silver 5


    I have ordered this lot so I can get the CPU loop done. Once the order comes in, I will have everything to get it done. It will consist of the following:
    Modded Laing DDC Pro (modded from 10w to 18w Ultra)
    XSPC pump top/res
    Thermochill PA120.3 Rad
    EK Supreme waterblock
    1/2" tubing
    Distilled water with Feser UV dye and water additives.

    I still have everything to buy for the GPU loop, but my GTX280 started crapping out last week, so I am leaving this until I decide which GPU to go with. It will be a ballache working around the CPU loop when fitting, but it's going to be a while till I know what's happening with the GPU itself. I currently have an ATI 4850 installed but this is only temporary. Pics will follow when I get the gear (hopefully tomorrow or Monday).
    I need the car adaptor for the screen because it is currently running of the mains adaptor. So I will be modding the car adaptor to run off a 12v molex from the PC's PSU. Then I will be boxing the LCD, it's circuit boards and the modded car adaptor in somehow so it doesn't look a mess.
    CPU Loop - DONE!
    Anyways, on with the project. I got my ordered bits and bobs today and set about installing the CPU loop. It took me an hour or so, and I am pretty pleased with it.

    The first job was to think about how I was going to mount the pump. I wanted it to be visible from the outside of the case, and hit upon an idea. I had two HDD brackets left that came with the case, which allows you to fix the HDD's to a 120mm fan. So I decided to use one of these and fix it sideways to the PA120.3 rad. I would then stick the pump onto the bracket, using the sticky foam pad that came with the pump:




    Here's the CPU waterblock I am using, the EK Supreme:




    And the pump, which is a Swiftech MCP 350 (AKA Laing DDC Pro 10w). I have modded the pump so that it has the same performance of a DDC Ultra. I have also braided the cables for a neat finish.






    Next up was to fit the waterblock onto the CPU/mobo. I used Arctic Silver 5 for the thermal paste. As the U2-UFO has a removeable mobo tray, it did make life easier.


    With the temporary GPU fitted (ATi 4850)





    Then I had to refit the mobo tray, which is as easy as tightening 5 thumbscrews. I also fitted the pump/res at this stage too.



    Next up was to cut the tubing to length and fit it.




    Once I was happy with the tube placement, I used the worm clips to secure the tubes, and filled the loop up. It took some time to remove the air bubbles and a foam was created when the dye and corrosion inhibitor was added, but this will settle soon.




    I don't think it looks too shabby. I have installed 2x UV CCFL's, one along the top and one along the bottom edge on the left side of the case. I will do the same on the right side when I do the GFX loop. The effect doesn't look very good in the picture below, as it was still light and my camera was struggling to get a decent pic (well me:D). I will try and get some more done later tonight to see if I can capture the effect better.




    The CPU temps have shown a decent decrease under water, and I would expect a few more degrees once the Arctic Silver 5 has bedded in (200hrs).

    So that's the CPU loop done and dusted. The pump works a treat when modded, and saved me a few quid too. I like the effect of the UV lights, and didn't want the case interior to be glowing massively. I just wanted the tubes to be shining and visible through the white mesh.

    Project Recap

    Time for a recap on the project and to list the jobs left to do now. First here's some pics of the case as it is at the moment (please bear in mindd the project is still ongoing).
















    So here's whats left to do now:

    1. Get a new GPU (or wait for possible RMA on GTX280)
    2. Buy hardware for 2nd watercooling loop (GPU loop). Need waterblock, pump and pump top/res. Also need 1x Thermochill PA120.2 and 2x 120mm fans.
    3. Sort cables out, still some more braiding left to do and need to start tidying cables.
    4. Still waiting for PSone screen car adaptor, needs modding. -DONE
    5. LCD/circuit board and IO boards need sorting too, going to box them in somehow.
    6. Change the wormclips on the CPU loop for something more visually pleasing, maybe compression fittings.
    7. Paint DVD external casing white.
    So there's not alot left to do now, the whole build has taken longer than expected but I have been grabbing spare time as and when I could to get work done on it. I am really looking forward to getting this build done and the next one underway.
    Last edited by stuartpb; 06-24-2009 at 11:08 PM.

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    5" LCD Power Mod Update

    Another day, another job finished. I got the LCD car power adaptor this morning, and have finished modding it. It works a treat, and looks much tidier now that I don't have to trail the external mains adaptor lead into the case.

    Here's the car adaptor (unmodded):



    Stripped down:



    Soldered a male molex connector to the board. Excuse my soldering, it's never been my strongest point, but it works. My poor old desk is getting some hammer too. Nice excuse for a new one soon:)



    Mod done, Basically I have shortened the cable from the plug to the adaptor, removed another cable (which would have powered the PSOne), soldered on a molex and trimmed the casing down. It was very straight-forward and only took 20 minutes.



    Here's the rear of the LCD, with the various IO parts and the adaptor plugged in to a PSU's molex. The screen is working fine, and I am surprised it went so easily.


    Next up for the LCD is to tidy up the rear somehow.

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    wow, just wow. The color scheme is coming off real nice, bro. I have one question about the LCDs. How do you hook them up to provide video? Is it an internal USB connection?
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex St. John
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    Best Quote Ever...
    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101
    Obey the one and only rule without question when you overclock.... don't cause a fire. Fires are hot and burny... not good.
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    Thanks pal!

    The LCD is hooked up to my GTX280's S-Video output. It meant a little bit more work to get the cable tidy which runs from the screen to the 280. I used a PCI slot cover with a pre cut hole in it and passed the cable out of that.
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    Project: Qubeł is nearing completion, view the Project log here

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    So the LCD had a S-Video input on it, or you had to hack that into being? I thought that the PS-One LCD was integrated into the unit, that is why I am not understanding how you made the connection.
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex St. John
    Consider for a moment that what we think of as “intelligence” is the byproduct of a computing architecture that depends on massive parallelism to interact with the world in real time without stalling for progress bars. If our ancestors’ brains had depended on running Vista on current dual-core processors for their survival, they would have been eaten by bears.

    Best Quote Ever...
    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101
    Obey the one and only rule without question when you overclock.... don't cause a fire. Fires are hot and burny... not good.
    Intel E8400 EO@445x9--Gigabyte EP45-UD3P v1.1 ~ F9--EVGA 9800GT @ 700/1750/1100--8GB Gskill 1066

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    The LCD has a 3.5mm AV jack input, I had to buy a Sony 3.5mm jack to Composite connector lead, and then use the Composite - S-Video adaptor that came with the GPU. as I only needed the video plug for the screen, I cut off the two audio channel leads from the cable.

    Here's the cable I used:

    Camcorder Lead - ?Sony? : Connect! - Video : Maplin




    And the composite to S-Video adaptor:



    I have the screen running at 1024x768 and it works very well how I have it set up. The leads were easy enough to tidy and keep out of view too.

    You can mod the PSone screens to run off a VGA connection, but you need an older GPU to be able to do this. Here's more info:

    bit-tech.net | PSOne LCD in a PC

    Cheers,

    Stu

    Last edited by stuartpb; 07-18-2009 at 01:41 PM.
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you... What a great approach. I can't wait to implement it. Unfortunately my next build is sometime away... *mopes now
    Quote Originally Posted by Alex St. John
    Consider for a moment that what we think of as “intelligence” is the byproduct of a computing architecture that depends on massive parallelism to interact with the world in real time without stalling for progress bars. If our ancestors’ brains had depended on running Vista on current dual-core processors for their survival, they would have been eaten by bears.

    Best Quote Ever...
    Quote Originally Posted by Psycho101
    Obey the one and only rule without question when you overclock.... don't cause a fire. Fires are hot and burny... not good.
    Intel E8400 EO@445x9--Gigabyte EP45-UD3P v1.1 ~ F9--EVGA 9800GT @ 700/1750/1100--8GB Gskill 1066

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