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Update #1 September 9, 2014

So while working on my main rig Project: Cosmos Sv2 I realized that whenever I get my my watercooling parts I’ll have to take my computer out of commission for a week or so while I finalize the case. I dread using my laptop even though it’s pretty decent but it’s loud gets really hot etc, I need a replacement desktop. So looking around I found that I have enough parts to make 1 maybe 2 spare computers I have an i3 system I could build or I could build a phenom II 955 system.

The spare parts I have available for this build:
Phenom II 955
Core i3 2130(I think that’s the model of it)
MSI 970A-G45 AM3
ASRock H77 Pro4-M
8GB G.Skill Ripjaws
8GB G.Skill low profile
Cougar 700W PSu
Corsair 650W PSU
Zalman CNPS 9900 cooler
CM Hyper 212 evo cooler
3 BitFenix blue spectre pro fans that are in good condition not like the rest I have
250gb and 300gb hard drives
non window Bitfenix Shinobi with red accents

In either case I would need a video card, for sure if I go all AMD. Unfortunately the only old card I have is a HD4890 with a fan that has failed(years of being left on I guess).

I talked with XFX and I wasn’t able to get warranty on it, something about I didn’t register it or something idk I wasn’t expecting a warranty on a 5yr old card anyways. So I asked them instead if I could warranty some fans on my current XFX 7950 and they approved! So I should get the new fan tomorrow to try and install in this 4890. Stay tuned for more or if you really want more right now check out my current project here: https://jtreworks.wordpress.com/projects/cosmos-sv2/

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Update #2 September 10, 2014

Not enough hours in the day to do things. I got my fan or should I say fans, actually I got the whole shroud and fan mounts for my 7950 thanks XFX!

Mmmm shiny.

Well this is gonna be a bit of a problem looks like I got some work to do on this card.

It’s gonna be a busy weekend for me so probably no progress til Monday night.

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Update #3 September 14, 2014

Ok managed to get a small amount of time to work on this card for my build. managed to start tearing it apart.

Trusty screwdriver.

Apparently the whole heat sink is only held on with the 4 screws at the back.

At least it was simple to take the heatsink off unfortunately this is all I was able to do with the time I have.

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Update #4 September 14, 2014

Alright so a little more time spent on this. Neatly laid out all my gpu parts.

So the new fan is obviously larger in diameter however it’s actually lower profile than the old fan which kinda surprised me. Also it will fit within the confines of the heatpipes of the heatsink bonus!

It also looks like the new fan will clear the mounting posts on the plastic shroud just barely but I’ll have to cut away part of the support they used that sits between 2 of the posts.

I’ll have to do the cutting at work tomorrow since I can’t disturb other people in the house. Check back then thanks for reading!

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Update #5 September 22, 2014

Alright it was a super long day at work and well pretty rough but I managed to get some work done. I look pretty hacked up and well it is but none of the channels are blocked. The material they made those fins out of is a hell of a lot more fragile than a CPU heatsink so I’ll try and straighten them out some more. Also it turns out the new fan has a lower profile mount as well and the blades would scrape the cooler which I solved with some very thin plastic washers.

Well she’s in there and nothing hits so only thing left to do is mount it on the card then build the rest of the system and hope all the parts still work. I think it looks pretty cool with the newer fan lol.

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