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    Talking 6 fans, 2 TECs, and no heat spreader

    After seeing the benefit of a TEC on the CPU, I decided to put a TEC on the video card. Danger Den was kind enough to take my chrome Maze4 GPU block and convert it into the Maze4-1 (the peltier version) for a small fee. I just mounted it along with some OCZ RAM sinks. Here it is . . .




    To deal with the extra heat load, I went from three Evercool 79CFM fans to six 114CFM Panaflos in a push/pull configuration on my BIX III. I also threw on some shrouds with neoprene sealing the cracks around the whole perimeter. Here's how it looks. . .



    I also took off the heat spreader on my Opteron while I was at it.



    It's said this will give better results but I guess I'll see for myself. At least it still was working after I did it. And I managed to mount the CPU TEC block without crushing the core. Here's the board with video card ready to be installed . . .



    But unfortunately production is going to be on hold for the weekend. The wife and I are going to go visit my parents in LA. I'll post results when I get back and get it all up and running.
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    Water-cooling: BIX III radiator, MCP655 pump, 1/2" tygon tubes, 6 Panaflo 114CFM fans (in push-pull)
    TEC-cooling: 245W-320W TEC in Maze4-1 CPU block, Meanwell 480W PSU
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    Looks like a lot of fun, best of luck! A64 cores are hardy, I've never used one with a heatspreader and never damaged the core even after countless mounts. That doesn't give you carte blanche to be reckless with it though, heh.
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    yea.. Im with them.. leaving us hanging.. lol JK

    what's the total wattage of the pelts?
    how much was the setup roughly $$?

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    Cant wait to see how that will perform

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    so that the hell happened?!?!?!

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    what a gyp xD

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    i think i just drooled on my keyboard, damn nice setup, give us the rest now!

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    six 114CFM Panaflos ? Good Lawd, might as well be running a skill saw.
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    Opti cold bugged? What kind of temps you get with the pelt plus naked opti?
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    So far no cold bug that I've seen. . . . But I'm not really experienced with that. What would be a symptom of it?

    At 3.0GHz and 1.5V it idles at 4C. I haven't seen a load take it higher than 18C. And that's with 7V on the fans. (By the way, that's why it's definitely not as loud as a skill saw. ) I haven't done extensive testing yet. I just can't seem to find the time. But as soon as I do, I'll post back. . .
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    Water-cooling: BIX III radiator, MCP655 pump, 1/2" tygon tubes, 6 Panaflo 114CFM fans (in push-pull)
    TEC-cooling: 245W-320W TEC in Maze4-1 CPU block, Meanwell 480W PSU
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    Ok, here's an update on how the system looks so far.

    Side (with case closed)




    Side (with case open)




    Side (from above)




    Back




    UV action!




    My Desk setup



    I still haven't really had enough time to test how high I can take the CPU, RAM, video card, etc. . . . but I should be able to get started this weekend. I'm definately looking forward to it.
    Opteron 185 (dual core) @ 2.80GHz --- DFI LanParty SLI-DR Expert @ 255MHz
    2 x 1GB OCZ Gold GX XTC DDR510 (3-4-3-8, 1T) --- 4 x 160GB Raptors (RAID 0) & 750GB WD (backup)
    Two EVGA 8800GTS 640MB in SLI @ 675MHz core, 1080MHz memory --- PCP&C 1000W
    Water-cooling: BIX III radiator, MCP655 pump, 1/2" tygon tubes, 6 Panaflo 114CFM fans (in push-pull)
    TEC-cooling: 245W-320W TEC in Maze4-1 CPU block, Meanwell 480W PSU
    Thermaltake Armor+ case -- Hanns-G 25" 1080P LCD

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    dude, thats a NICE set-up man!

    and i REALLY like that green/blue color sceme!

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    I hope you get those kinks out before you test it this weekend. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LabRat23
    I hope you get those kinks out before you test it this weekend. Good luck.
    Thanks. . . . I was actually shocked when I discovered those kinks. They weren't there when I first setup the system. I wonder if the heat caused the tubes to get softer and then kink. . . . Anyhow, I guess I need to take care of those first. . . . Sheesh. I thought I was finally done.
    Opteron 185 (dual core) @ 2.80GHz --- DFI LanParty SLI-DR Expert @ 255MHz
    2 x 1GB OCZ Gold GX XTC DDR510 (3-4-3-8, 1T) --- 4 x 160GB Raptors (RAID 0) & 750GB WD (backup)
    Two EVGA 8800GTS 640MB in SLI @ 675MHz core, 1080MHz memory --- PCP&C 1000W
    Water-cooling: BIX III radiator, MCP655 pump, 1/2" tygon tubes, 6 Panaflo 114CFM fans (in push-pull)
    TEC-cooling: 245W-320W TEC in Maze4-1 CPU block, Meanwell 480W PSU
    Thermaltake Armor+ case -- Hanns-G 25" 1080P LCD

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    let me see if i can figure this out, is your meanwell in the top of the case where your computer psu usually is? and is that the psu on the bottom of the case??

    Im trying to figure out how to mount everything inside my case..well auctually a new case, my chieftech dragon just wont hold it all. BIX III and the Meanwell 320

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoobaMikey
    let me see if i can figure this out, is your meanwell in the top of the case where your computer psu usually is? and is that the psu on the bottom of the case??

    Im trying to figure out how to mount everything inside my case..well auctually a new case, my chieftech dragon just wont hold it all. BIX III and the Meanwell 320
    No, actually the Meanwell is above my main PSU (the OCZ Powerstream). The green Aspire PSU at the bottom is just an extra PSU that I use to power 9 fans, 2 lights, and a fan controller. Here's some pictures that might help to see it better. I put a red box where I planned to put the Meanwell. Then in the second picture you can only see the lower half of the Meanwell because the upper half is covered by the case. (But it's actually an old picture when I used to use the Apsire as my main PSU.) . . .





    I also had to bore holes in the back of the case for the exhaust fans of the Meanwell.



    I don't think you could do the same thing with the 320W Meanwell because its actually taller (though not as deep or wide). Your best bet is probably to put it in an optical drive.

    By the way, you can notice from one of the earlier pictures in the thread that I mounted the BIX III on the back side of my case so it's still out of sight. This saved me a lot of needed space on the inside of the case and also made it possible to put fans on both sides of the BIX III in a "push-pull" configuration for better airflow. . . . But I don't know if you would mind having your BIX III outside the case in the back.
    Opteron 185 (dual core) @ 2.80GHz --- DFI LanParty SLI-DR Expert @ 255MHz
    2 x 1GB OCZ Gold GX XTC DDR510 (3-4-3-8, 1T) --- 4 x 160GB Raptors (RAID 0) & 750GB WD (backup)
    Two EVGA 8800GTS 640MB in SLI @ 675MHz core, 1080MHz memory --- PCP&C 1000W
    Water-cooling: BIX III radiator, MCP655 pump, 1/2" tygon tubes, 6 Panaflo 114CFM fans (in push-pull)
    TEC-cooling: 245W-320W TEC in Maze4-1 CPU block, Meanwell 480W PSU
    Thermaltake Armor+ case -- Hanns-G 25" 1080P LCD

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    Very cramed case ya got there might wanna get a bigger one. Very cool setup you got going tho. Why so many hard drives?
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