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    Cool \Project\ Triple Surround Fury

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I present to you:

    \Project\ Triple Surround Fury
    ***The Extreme, Custom-Built, Overclocked, Water-Cooled, Triple-Radiator, Dual-Loop, Dual-PSU, Triple-Monitor Gaming POWERHOUSE!***


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    Call of Duty: Ghosts - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Battlefield 4 - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Batman: Arkham Origins - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Chivalry: Medieval Warfare - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Age of Empires Online - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Google Earth - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Heaven Benchmark 4.0 - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Valley Benchmark 1.0 - Nvidia Surround - GTX 670 3-Way SLI:

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    Components:
    •Case: Mountain Mods Ascension
    •CPU: Intel i7 920 D0 @ 4.0GHz
    •Mobo: ASUS Rampage III Extreme
    •RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback 3 x 2GB DDR3 1600MHz (6-8-6-24-1T)
    •GPUs: (3)PNY GTX 670 2GB 3-Way SLI *New*
    •PSUs: (2)Corsair HX1000 1000W
    •Sound: ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCIe
    •Cans: Sennheiser HD 558 *New*
    •SSD: Crucial M4 256GB
    •Optical: ASUS DVD R/W Combo Drive
    •LCDs: (3)ASUS VW266H 25.5" 1920 x 1200 in Nvidia Surround @ 6030 x 1200
    •KB: Max Nighthawk X8 Blue LED Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
    •Mouse: Logitech MX518 1800 DPI
    •OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    Water Cooling:
    •EK Supreme HF CPU block (plate #1)
    •EK-FB-RE3 mobo block
    •(2)Swiftech MCRES Micro Rev2 reservoir
    •(2)Laing D5 vario / MCP655 B pump
    •(2)EK-D5 X-TOP Rev. 2 pump top
    •(3)XSPC RX360 radiator
    •(3)XSPC Razor GTX670 water block
    •Feser UV Caribbean Blue 1/2" ID tubing
    •Bitspower silver compression fittings
    •Arctic Cooling MX-2 thermal compound
    •(14)Yate Loon High Speed Blue LED 120mm fan
    •Sunbeam Rheobus Extreme Black 6-channel fan controller

    CPU/Mobo Loop (in loop order):
    •Swiftech MCRES v2
    •Laing D5 vario / MCP655 B pump (setting #5)
    •XSPC RX360 radiator
    •EK-FB R3E mobo block
    •EK Supreme HF CPU block (plate #1)
    •(via Feser UV Caribbean Blue limited edition tubing)

    GPU Loop (in loop order):
    •Swiftech MCRES v2
    •Laing D5 vario / MCP655 B pump (setting #5)
    •XSPC RX360 radiator
    •(3)XSPC Razor GTX670 full coverage blocks
    •XSPC RX360 radiator
    •(via Feser UV Caribbean Blue limited edition tubing)

    Other Components:
    •(2)Logisys 12" UV Meteor Light Kit
    •(2)XTracPads Ripper XXL mouse pad
    •Koolance 4-Fan Wiring Harness (sleeved)
    •Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Surge Protector
    •Bestar Prestige 72" Bordeaux & Graphite Hutch
    •Bestar Prestige 72" Bordeaux & Graphite Credenza
    •Cheap, yet effective desk chair

    Gaming on this setup is very immersive and lots of fun! For those of you that have always wanted to build a setup like this, or are just curious, I highly recommend it! What are you doing just sitting there, or standing over someone's shoulder looking at this? GET A MOVE ON!! There are extra monitors and GPUs to be bought!

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    Some shots of ye ole water blocks, courtesy of XSPC:









    And a shot of the test rig/work space:


    - - - Updated - - -

    WARNING!! WARNING!! VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!! HARDWARE NUDITY IS INCLUDED IN THIS UPDATE!!

    This is what I had to go through to mount water blocks to the GPUs; the GTX 670 sure is small:




    I ran into a problem, the blocks wouldn't fit the GTX 670s! This dumb piece of metal is getting in the way of a perfect mount! This is not how the reference pictures looked, it really derailed progress while I thought about coming up with a solution:


    At first, I was going to scrap the project and get new GPUs, I even browsed to see if Titans were in stock. Then, I decided to take my anger out on the blocks via the Dremel, haha! If the blocks wouldn't fit, I would MAKE them fit! The result:



    I wrapped the 670s in an anti-static bag to protect them from sparks and debris flying all over the place:


    Not pretty. Not pretty at all, yet, it worked. Blocks fitted:


    Time to drain the old GPU loop:


    Here are the GTX 480s being retired from duty; good show, ole chaps, good show!:


    Mobo clear:


    Stupid dual slot GPU design caused me to lose a PCI and PCIe x4 slot. This means that I could no longer use my PCI sound card and my Intel NIC. So, out with the HT Omega Claro Halo PCI sound card, and in with the ASUS Xonar Essence STX PCIe card (for the 4th PCIe slot). I'll have to use the onboard network interface, hope that I get good performance out of it! Anyway, here's the PCIe sound card that I had to take out of my HTPC (gotta order another one, until then, it's onboard to drive my HTPC's $400 HiFiMAN HE-400s, DOH!):


    Whilst 'buttoning up' the new GPU loop, I decided to throw in a t-line for 'easier' draining the next time that I have to drain the loop:


    After a crazy day of modding and trying to get around numerous unexpected problems, the new GPUs are finally in:


    I had no idea if the GTX 670s would even work after this, the modding process was very involved and very, very violent. However, these GTX 670s have been very resilient and pulled through! That was the ugliest, most intense modding that I've ever had to do. I really had to focus in on not damaging capacitors, VRMs, connections, etc. It was 'down-to-the-detail' modding in the most 'under-the-microscope ' situation that you can imagine, and I didn't have a microscope, lol.

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