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russm

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I have had a very busy day, today i received my Arctic cooling vga silencer, OCZ ramsinks, Techflex wire sleeving kit, Round cables, and dual kit of UV cathodes.
and lots of pics to show what ive done.

first is the 9800 pro when i started to attach the ram sinks.
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and to my suprise... one of my ram sinks didnt come with the thermal tape! just one.. wtf what a bummer.
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but i gave xoxide a call and they are mailing me another one imediatly.
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now here is the heart of the beast
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now i start the heavy modification....
Before...
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During...
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Almost there...
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And the final product!
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ok, now to mention the results of adding the arctic cooling vga silencer and ram sinks to my system...
previous scores...
3dmark03- 6202, 426/369 @2.14 ghz
aquamark3- 38,982 same clock
3dmark 2001 (latly has been around 14,500)

but now
3dmark 2003- 6535 435/410 @2.15 ghz
aquamark3- 40,009 same clocks
3dmark 2001- 15570

and when i get my other ram sink, and my arctic silver 5 has time to settle, i should be able to clock a little hire, but i got my 6500! kick ***

as far as the video card... best $25 i have ever invested.
what you guys think?
 

Styyn

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Only one question: in the last picture you seem to have tamed the orange-cabled monster shown in pic #7, so I was wondering...how much of that jar of Skippy peanut butter did you have to polish off to keep your strength up :D?

All kidding aside, nice job and looks great :)
 
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russm

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adrian nelson said:
nice
how well dose that new gpu cooler fit?
love the orange.
check out our avatars

The arctic cooler was a blast to install, very easy. and it takes up only about half of the next pci slot, also to my suprise the cooler works off the power from the radeon board! i figured it would have used molex connector.

STYYN said:
Only one question: in the last picture you seem to have tamed the orange-cabled monster shown in pic #7, so I was wondering...how much of that jar of Skippy peanut butter did you have to polish off to keep your strength up ?

All kidding aside, nice job and looks great

HAHA! very funny man, i just noticed that jar... i did most of this on my kitchen table... i think that was the 1/2 way snack time, crackers and peanut butter... it keeps us modders going.
 

theELVISCERATOR

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I am surprised you havent had some more comments about the wiring job...still needs some taming. You are impeding airflow greatly there.
Nice job on the card.
 
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yeah i know i need to get in there with some zip ties and find some better spots for those wires, but that project took long enough, on my next day off ill attack it again.
 
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does anyone have a good suggestion of how to allow good airflow to all of the important components, with as many wires as i have to deal with. maybe someone has an example of there own system?
 

Jarlax

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Well I don't know exactly how your case is space wise, but one popular trick is to have the PSU wires run down the back side of the drive bays and then come around to the components. Having the PSU wires come straight down from the top like you do puts them right into the area you want air to travel. It takes some time to move things around and zip tie it all into position, but once it is done it really helps keep the case clean.
 

dreIU

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I usually try to run my wires the best I can out of the view of the side case, and of course, out of the way of the fans. Longer wires are needed for this bc you may need to go around the edge of your case in order to get a wire at its destination... you get what I am saying...

BTW, how did you get the shim off the 9800pro off? my vga silencer is coming in soon and I still dont know. maybe use a credit card to slip it in betweeen??
 
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dreIU said:
I usually try to run my wires the best I can out of the view of the side case, and of course, out of the way of the fans. Longer wires are needed for this bc you may need to go around the edge of your case in order to get a wire at its destination... you get what I am saying...

BTW, how did you get the shim off the 9800pro off? my vga silencer is coming in soon and I still dont know. maybe use a credit card to slip it in betweeen??


what exactly is the shim?
 

dreIU

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russm said:
what exactly is the shim?

Well... isn't there something over the core? Something in between the core and the heatsynk? I thought that we were supposed to take that off in order to have 100% contact with the VGA silencer (or whatever other heatsynk one may choose). Or did you not mess with that?
 

theELVISCERATOR

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russm said:
does anyone have a good suggestion of how to allow good airflow to all of the important components, with as many wires as i have to deal with. maybe someone has an example of there own system?

A fan controller helps you can elimanate molexs and all that crap and butt connect everything.

just try to be neat, this is my case, good airflow and I have plenty of wires also, just try to tuck them in..

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durst

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dreIU said:
Well... isn't there something over the core? Something in between the core and the heatsynk? I thought that we were supposed to take that off in order to have 100% contact with the VGA silencer (or whatever other heatsynk one may choose). Or did you not mess with that?

no shim. Just the thermal compound that they put between them. Just like a processor. I just put a VGA silencer on today. I used a razor blade to scrape it off the top of the chip. Then I lapped the bottom of the VGA silencer with some 1k followed by 2k grit sandpaper. Topped it off with a layer of AS5.
 

Charloz24

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Yeah it have a shim, I clearly view it on your 4th pic....

So that must mean you kept it :D

I don't know if it make a difference like the 9700 pro (for the shim) ?
 

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Charloz24 said:
Yeah it have a shim, I clearly view it on your 4th pic....

So that must mean you kept it :D

I don't know if it make a difference like the 9700 pro (for the shim) ?

So most people leave it on or take it off? :confused:
 
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is the shim ON the core? or is it the metal around the outside of the chip it self... cause ive seen on like 9700's they have that yellow crap on the core it self, all mine had was some thermal paste which wiped off. so i just put some AS5 on there and installed my VGA silencer.

Yeah i have a fan controller i use too, Elviserator, i use the Thermaltake Hardcano 12, but my case is small, and i have tons of stuff, ill try and get in there with some more zip ties and arange it better, ill post pics when i do. i did however go back in yesterday and just tuck some of the wires down so my cpu cooler had good flow of air.

do you think it would be beneficial to install an 80mm fan in my window over the area above my cpu fan? maybe even run a small duct right down ontop of it, so its getting only cool outside air, instead of hot air from inside the case.
 

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Charloz24 said:
Yeah it have a shim, I clearly view it on your 4th pic....

So that must mean you kept it :D

I don't know if it make a difference like the 9700 pro (for the shim) ?

Oh, I see. That is what you guys are reffering to. That's a shim? I didn't know, I just thought it was part of the card.