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    I wound up redoing my loop when I got my new motherboard. Among the things that came about as a result was me replacing the gold-plated barbs on the cooler with the "silver" 45 degree fittings I had. This time I also added concentrated antifreeze though.


    I also did a new approach to the tubing from my res given the pump's new place... I'm gonna have to redo that when I actually get a GPU in there though, since it currently blocks the PCIe slot.

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    Damn that looks awesome, Drunken!
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    Yeah, it looks dorky now by comparison, as I've again stripped it down and rebuilt it, because I found the res touching the rad next to it caused an intensely annoying hum.

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    So, twice today I was trolled by computer technology. Last night I put in an order for a MSI Z77A-G43 motherboard and an Antec P280 case from NCIX that I planned on picking up with it today. So I get to the store, turns out they don't have the case even though the website at the time of the purchase @ 5:30 PM, and up until 5:30 AM this morning, was listed as being in stock. So whatever, I cancelled the case order and bought a Corsair 400R instead, which in itself is a pretty big bastard. So I get back to my friends place, put it all together, and the power supply which I have had for a while and has been working fine, is all of a sudden dead after I put it into my new case.

    So now I am RMA'ing the damn thing, at least Sunbeam has a 3 year warranty, getting a SeaSonic 650 watt PSU and selling the replacement along with my Fractal Define Mini and my Gigabyte motherboard as well as some memory and an SSD. I will post pictures of my updated system when I get a chance, I have to wait for new parts to come in, hopefully by mid week.

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    Wow that blows man, sorry to hear that.

    Good luck on the sales though and nice choice on new PSU!! I have the 660 Seasonic and it's a dream to work with and have in my computer!
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    Thanks. I am looking forward to having native SATA III on my Patriot SSD the most, that thing is going to blast through stuff, I wish they had a 500GB in that size that was affordable, I'd RAID 0 two of them as additional drives. I am kinda disheartened though as I did a nice job of wiring the case up, now I have to try and get the 12v ATX cable out without yanking out all the other cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    So, twice today I was trolled by computer technology. Last night I put in an order for a MSI Z77A-G43 motherboard and an Antec P280 case from NCIX that I planned on picking up with it today. So I get to the store, turns out they don't have the case even though the website at the time of the purchase @ 5:30 PM, and up until 5:30 AM this morning, was listed as being in stock. So whatever, I cancelled the case order and bought a Corsair 400R instead, which in itself is a pretty big bastard. So I get back to my friends place, put it all together, and the power supply which I have had for a while and has been working fine, is all of a sudden dead after I put it into my new case.

    So now I am RMA'ing the damn thing, at least Sunbeam has a 3 year warranty, getting a SeaSonic 650 watt PSU and selling the replacement along with my Fractal Define Mini and my Gigabyte motherboard as well as some memory and an SSD. I will post pictures of my updated system when I get a chance, I have to wait for new parts to come in, hopefully by mid week.
    You sure you plugged in both connections to the motherboard? Had this happen to a friend went to his house and saw what he did.

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    Going from a tiny case to a monster case... I moved my Hyper-V server to a Define XL from an old 1st gen CM690. Huge improvement in noise reduction. Ahh...

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    Looks good Asera! Any plans to do some cable management, though?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    Looks good Asera! Any plans to do some cable management, though?
    It's a server. That's the best I'm going to do with it. Before today, the last time I even saw the inside of the CM690 was before Christmas I believe.

    I don't think I did too bad of a job anyway. :P

    The 8 pin power cable kinda makes it look worse than it really is because there really isn't any good way to hide it at the top of the XL. There's a big fan in the way.

    Edit: That stupid M4A89GTD board is also pretty cable management unfriendly too.
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    Ah okay, was wondering why you didn't bring it up and right behind the motherboard tray...

    Like so:

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    Ehh, it still would have hit the fan I think. The cables on the 750W Antec TPN units are rather stiff.
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    Yeah the Define XL doesn't really have a spot like that for the 8 pin connection. The best option is the the grommet to the right of the 180mm "top" fan (which is a cool idea in theory, but in practice it doesn't move a ton of air and tends to get in the way... I can't tell you how many times after I first switched to that case I'd start up my computer and hear *TICKTICKTICKTICKTICKTICK* from that fan hitting a cable that shifted into it's path yet again... after going crazy with the zip ties I got it to stop)

    But either way, I don't think the cable management looks all that bad, especially considering it's just a server. Everything looks like it's out of the major airflow, which is what counts
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    Quote Originally Posted by lockedout View Post
    You sure you plugged in both connections to the motherboard? Had this happen to a friend went to his house and saw what he did.
    Yes, we even used a powersupply tester on it.

    ---------- Post added 2012-04-28 at 11:30 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Asera View Post
    Going from a tiny case to a monster case... I moved my Hyper-V server to a Define XL from an old 1st gen CM690. Huge improvement in noise reduction. Ahh...

    Nice stuff, I was going to go for a Fractal case, but NCIX was pretty much sold out of the Define XL across the country, which is the only case I wanted from Fractal. I checked out the Define R3 which they had on a shelf in the store, and I understand why (I believe it was) Deltrus said the thing has frail side panel tabs, because yeah, it does and the material quality as a whole is not nearly as good as the Define Mini is, it's a lot thinner and lighter weight. The side panels are probably half the density of the Define Mini panels.

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    After weeks of waiting for parts and almost 4 hours of cable sleeving...I think I'm done.
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    Looking good, have you got a components list?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Log View Post
    Looking good, have you got a components list?
    Yep,
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    HTPC/server Ivy Bridge 4-Core build, it's finally done!

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    that looks really awesome

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    Damn Wries! Can I move in? :O
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