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New Computer Mod! Liquid Cooled X68000!
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sdinet



Joined: 25 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

about 80% complete!

The 300W PSU is working like a champ with the E6600 CPU and 9600GT!

Still need to mount the HD and laptop slot-load optical drives. Fabricate the I/O covers (backplates) and install the Exhaust grill for the 120MM fan.

Water cooling COMPLETE (CPU and GPU), 90 degree PCI-E bracket installed, low-profile 9600GT fits like a glove!



Here is the Mic-IN, Headphone and power button (Installing a WiFI antenna and USB port in the empty Phones and Joystick ports):

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sdinet



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed the 120mm Radiator/Fan Grill!

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sdinet



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

is anyone out there? anyone still following or interested in MOD updates??

I have been battling how to properly cool the power supply circuitry, and finally implemented a solution!

My original hope was to ONLY liquid cool it using a mosfet waterblock, except that no commercial solution would fit in the tiny space available. Therefore, I constructed a makeshift waterblock out of a 90-degree compression elbow. This seemed to cool down the mosfet's pretty decent, but the chokes and transformers were still heating up to pretty dangerous levels (200F).

I knew I needed to install some type of fan at this point... A 60x60x11mm fan fit, but there was no practical way to mount it, I ended up using some thermal adhesive (left over from mounting the mosfet waterblock) and it is holding up perfectly!

I also, installed power and hdd leds (white and low intensity).

Anyway, thnx so much for all the comments!!!! I am nearing completion and will continue to post pictures and progress =)

Here are the temps so far:

Ambient: 33C (not room temp, this is reported from speedfan)

Idle: CPU 41C, GPU 41C

Load: CPU 47C, GPU 43C

Here are some pics:





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helf



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still watching Smile pretty sweet so far. cant wait to see it finished.
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pentium



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sdinet, I still think this is a truly awesome system.
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dai_vernon



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow I must say this is a pretty amazing setup here. This is definitely a casemod for the ages.
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sdinet



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Installed the wireless card (USB dongle attached via internal motherboard headers) and mounted the external antenna on the front of the case.

Installed a 120MM Grill (matching the Radiator/Fan exhaust Grill) to allow a view of the CPU and PSU waterblocks, as well as to provide ventilation to the PSU fan.

Let me know your thoughts, and thanks for the wonderful comments!!





I found some USB to laptop optical drive (IDE) adapters on ebay, I will soon attempt to install the slot-loading optical drives (I am really running out of internal room though, will be able to install 1 drive, but really hoping for dual drives).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there anything else that you can do with the other space? Something like a 3.5in card reader or something? It'd be awful to see such a great casemod hit a snag.
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sdinet



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is a video I put together on the X68K Mod, please check it out if you have some time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cwvr-5Gbvk
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sdinet



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know it's been WAY too long, but I am still working on this MOD.

I have installed 3x30GB OCZ vertex SSDs in RAID 0 for my boot drive!

Also, I have hand made a micro reservoir, it was ALOT of work (had to custom order 45/64" bit, 11.8mm bit, and a G1/4 tap).

Also, drilling a hole that large into a SMALL plastic top/bottom cover plate is NEAR impossible. I NEED a laser cutter asap!

Below are the photos:



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sdinet



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My specs of the system are as follows:

Q9550 CPU OC'D 2.8ghz to 3.02ghz
Micro-ATX MSI G45M
4GB DDR2 1066mhz
320GB 7200RPM 2.5"
3x30GB OCZ Vertex RAID 0
Low Profile 9600GT Video card (GPU OC'D 600mhz to 760mhz, MEM OC'D 900mhz to 1ghz)

Power consumption at the wall outlet: 100watts idle, 205watts 100% CPU & GPU load.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice man Smile I'm building myself a new pc right now with a q9550 and 8gb ddr3. Cant wait.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is one sexy box! Way to go! Very Happy
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