Modded X51 R2 - in progress

Well, it's been a while. I decided to scrap the external radiator idea after watching YouTube reviews on the Corsair H5. Shortly thereafter I made a purchase on a slightly used H5. I'll be installing soon and providing y'all with an update and great photos. Stay tuned.
I was finally successful at bending the socket pins!!! Now my motherboard sees all 16GB of RAM and passes the bench test.

That being said I gave the lighting a facelift with a new corsair node.

Today I'll be installing the Corsair H5 cooler and GTX 1080 FE.

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Well, bad news. The Corsair H5 doesn't fit in the case. Guess I'll just go another route and do a custom loop as originally planned. For now it is finished. I did some cable management and installed the GTX 1080 FE. Tonight I'm going to put her to the test.

See photos below.

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Well, I am happy overall with this build. The only thing that concerns me is the cpu cooling issue. The next mod is to cut a whole on the left panel so the cpu cooler can expel air directly out the side of the case. I ordered a couple Noctua air coolers to see which one I prefer and which one fits inside the case better. I will probably liquid cool this pc in the future but for now I will take the path of least resistance and air cool it.

I will post some photos and temp comparisons in the near future.
Last night I installed the Noctua NH-L9X65 cooling system. It works beautifully, I can't wait until I have this side panel modded to exhaust the heat. This build is proving successful!

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Installed these 40mm exhaust fans this past weekend. They work really well and are Intel branded with hydraulic bearings. So pleased with them. IMG_4427.JPG IMG_4428.JPG IMG_4429.JPG IMG_4431.JPG IMG_4432.JPG
Very nice And your home looks very tiddy too..:)
Thanks! We run a tight ship around here. I’m still working on this machine. There has been a delay as we just had our first child and he was born 2 months early. All is well, it is just difficult to spread my time between work, our son, and my hobbies. Hopefully I can complete my build this spring.

I scored a 28” 4K monitor and will be wall mounting it soon. Such a lovely addition to the build.

I acquired I Dremel tool with a hole drilling jig also, now I can make custom “crop circle” designed exhaust ports!

Stay tuned. I’ll post photos of the new monitor and cable management soon enough.
Did you hear about the lady who went to a drapery store?
She asked the clerk for curtains to fit her Monitor.
The clerk replied, " monitors don't need curtains"!

She said, " Hello! I have windows!!!
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