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  • Originally posted by MackTheKnight View Post
    It's a pretty sweet case and very unique! I'd only seen the gamers nexus review of it recently, and no actual builds in it. I'm surprised you were able to get hold of one so quickly!

    I love an open chassis like that but sadly it wouldn't survive the cat-hair in my house, lol.
    Haha depends. I also have two cats but I do proper cleaning. Kinda a clean freak should I say.
    With the filters between the fans and rads, plus the net I'll be crafting to place on top, dust and cat hair or anything won't be much a problem. My nephew also have cats but he is just like me with cleaning so I'm not really afraid. I'll tell him to do what I do with my rigs and blast air after every uses. Makes the monthly and big maintenance day much easier and faster too hihi.

    Yes it's a very nice case and well built but the no cable management shroud makes it such a pain. Actually been looking at the back a lot these days to try to find a way to design a box of some sort to hide all those cables... with a regular build it would not be a problem but with 18 corsair fans and so many rgb stuff, I have no idea how I managed to do something decent.

    If you search "Masterframe 700" on Facebook, you will find all the pictures there is soo far about it. You'll see IFR one. Very beautiful

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    • Did you see reviews on heatkiller new radiators. I think they got an hit on there hands. The 30mm is near HWL GTS levels of performance and 50mm is near HWL GTX level of performance but they are half the amount of flow restriction. Good prices too (once you take off 19% VAT) and can do groupbuy.

      Hope Dazmode carries them. They really look like they will sell out on watercool.de based on initial level of interest.

      https://www.techpowerup.com/review/w...d-360-l/5.html

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      • Right now I don't really care about rads. I have 2 XE 1 PE and thermals were impressive at 5.3GHz. I'm surprised you haven't seen it on Facebook. My motherboard fried because of a shitty bios update and msi are being real jerks about the warranty. MSI used to be reliable but I can confirm they are not anymore.. Trying to get help from Amazon but I'd surprised if they'd do anything. I might end up contacting customers protection office. In any cases, that 700$ wasted. I have to wait to get replacement because I'm more broke than I ever have been...

        Debating between z490 Formula and z590 Hwro. Both have pretty much the same performances but the Formula bridge would be less expensive than the hero monoblock. The hero have 70amp vrm and the Formula I think have 60amp. Not certain about the formula. Was going to sell the z490 carbon ek x and upgrade to the z590 but screw msi. The z490 had nothing to help troubleshooting. No q-code, no reset cmos/flash cmos, no dual bios... just the old debug led... we are in 2021, all boards should have better features than that. Hell, it doesn't even have power/reset buttons. It's a watetcooled board and it doesn't even have temperature sensor headers..

        Anyways, it's either Formula, hero but thinking about dual bios, the aorus master would be the solution but it has shitty power phases...

        By the way, here's a couple pics of where I got to with the build! Click image for larger version

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        Here are the first part of my mods I was talking about.. more mods to come but it will have to wait.

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        Getting there slowly. At first I had the top radiator ports up but it looked terrible so I flipped it.

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        All tubes in place, time for some dual leak test the dual loop!!!

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        I might paint the EK covers in white too because they don't light up very well since they are on the back of the fans... I will show what I mean in the incoming other updates.. Click image for larger version

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        Still not the best cable management but not too bad either... that's with everything finally connected except I need to switch the top left fan lol. I don't care about the other LL series since they are all gona be replaced by either noiseblocker or vardar x3m fans..

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        • More porn!!!!

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          Installed 3d printed logo on both sides after painting them...

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          Found a good place to install those orange badges!!!

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          Testing fans before filling...

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          Tip view. Like I said before, I need to flip the fans cause we can hardly see the EK logo.

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          I kinda like the frosting effect when it's not solid inside... might switch for clear blue and clear red once I strip up everything to install the new board. More updates to come...

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          • More more and more!!!!

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            Air bleeding and leak testing (kinda) because I already know it won't leak...

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            This is how it looks with no lights. I like it better like that but I know the nephew will want colors...

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            With the too short tempered glass haha!


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            Now time to start trying to get some lighting effects. I've went with blue lights with everything connected to blue loop aka gpu loop and white with all the white loops aka cpu.

            one more update to come..

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            • Last update for a long time.. until I get the new board actually...

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              Just to show with the lighting I got so far. Not final but it's getting there...

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              Still can't see the EK logo very well... need to flip the fans!!! I'm too exhausted... also forgot to paint them lol...

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              Yup, so that's pretty much where I got until the mb gone poof..

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              Just to show the temps after my test in AC Valhalla and CP2077. Kept the AI on so it only used 8 cores of 10 at 5.3GHz but 63 after an hours of gaming at 4k in AAA games is kinda satisfying.

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              Here's the gpu temps which are really impressive with only one rad to cool that beast. That's in CP 2077 1hour of testing. I have a 120hz Samsung screen but can't achieve 120 fps at max settings in 4k lol. So I bloquer the fps at 60. It was just for testing so I didn't care much about tweaking just yet...

              Now with the board messed up, when I power it on, it has power but I get no beep and no post processing. Just the CPU debug led on.. it better not have killed the cpu with it... I can't even test them since I sold my other boards and cpu.. made me cry like a baby.. still close to crying just thinking about it.

              Now all I can do is wait until I have money to buy a new board.. I pray I will have enough time to complete it... I was almost to the point to give him the pc. The rest of the mods I could do them without the need of having the pc here. Already took all the dimensions I need. I will be crafting a pedestal to put under to bring fresh air from bellow onto the board, gpu and the pch. With no airflow in open case like that, the pch and system in general gets warmer than in a closed case and I want to change that.

              See you all soon!!!

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              • I gave up on motherboard warranty in general, don't even bother registering them anymore. Basically they can find any excuse to not service the item. That and often times they just send you an refurbished unit. What end ups happening in most cases is resell the board and buy brand new board instead.

                I suspect though most of the manufacturers have been pretty hard hit on there margins even with the price increases. So them cutting down on RMA quality is not shocking. I rather they cut down on there marketing department expenses, fancy boxes and reduce/keep prices affordable. That and stop paying/bribing youtube reviewers to review there products favourably.

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                • Heh. That's how it has always been. With my repair shop I had to deal with customer services a lot of times from every single manufacturer you can think of. Msi used to be decent but what I experienced here was just terrible. Amazon told me to contact msi, so I did. They told me to do the troubleshooting I had already done but I still went ahead a second time, just in case. When I told them it didn't work, immediately told me to contact the reseller... like what the ****. What would Amazon do to help me??? Have the board since December. Still, I called them again. They told me to send a copy of msi email to prove I really spoke with them. Basically calling me a liar. I told msi they are a bunch of loosers so I can forget any help from them now.. and Amazon are just not answering my email at all... that's just ****ed up because it's stupid msi bios update that killed his rig.. now I want a board with dual bios but don't wana go with gigabyte. Loved the z390 aorus master but the z590 is not that good. Only 12 power phases at 60amp, not great look. I would go with z590 carbon ekx but no msi for me again lol. Only option is Asus but their voltages are meh....

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                  • Originally posted by section31 View Post
                    I gave up on motherboard warranty in general, don't even bother registering them anymore. Basically they can find any excuse to not service the item. That and often times they just send you an refurbished unit. What end ups happening in most cases is resell the board and buy brand new board instead.

                    I suspect though most of the manufacturers have been pretty hard hit on there margins even with the price increases. So them cutting down on RMA quality is not shocking. I rather they cut down on there marketing department expenses, fancy boxes and reduce/keep prices affordable. That and stop paying/bribing youtube reviewers to review there products favourably.
                    Heh sorry for repeating myself... meds affecting my memory very badly :-(

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                    • Heh... Still no answer from Amazon... MSI accepted to repair my board. If I pay transportation and repair coat... like yeah right... bunch of loosers. Worse support I've ever seen. Luckily they have a hq planted in Ontario so I will be able to get help from customer protection office. Lots of effort but I won't give up. In the end, they will have no choices but to fund a new board and yes, I will just sell the kit back with all the extra parts EK sent me. I got a bunch of stickers and 3 tops for the monoblock. So that's one less headache for the person who will have to do the maintenance haha.

                      Now debating between the z490 Maximus Formula, z590 Maximus Hero and the z590 Aorus Master... the Formula have the bridge and good performances for a z490. Pretty much the same as the z590 hero. Except no gen4 but I don't care since I'm not gona put a 11th gen cpu in there. The hero is the only z590 who have a monoblock coming soo far. No monoblock for the aorus master and I don't like the look of their heatsink but 90amp 18+1 phases I believe and dual bios. Haha dual bios is what makes me want to go with it, because of the bios fail I experienced with the msi board... no idea how they managed to mess up a bios like that but anyways, I still have 10 days to wait before I can get the new one so lots of time to think and chose.


                      Haha just placing a little photo for the hell of it. Will never see that build with that look again... gona place the hinged doors at 180 with new tubes routing with the new board... And if the gpu blocks comes out with no blue marks, ima go clear blue and clear clear for cpu.
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                      • Little update... again... oh and again....

                        Finally got things moving a little.... Ended up trying to sell the MSI Carbon EK X on marketplace for 250$. All the person have to do is send the board to MSI in Ontario and they will redo the bios free of charge. I just don't have the strength and will to do it myself lol. Or else, I could send it and sell it 400$ total once fixed... So anyways, if anyone is interested, let me know! The monoblock can be used with the Carbon Wi-fi non EK if no need for the whole kit. Even tho I won't let it go without the board for lower than 250$. Can't find that block outside that kit.

                        So anyways, like I said before, I was debating between a couple boards to replace it... well, I didn't have to chose after all! someone really kind gave the z490 formula bridge for free hehe. So he decided for me!!!

                        Little picture of the bridge... that thing is thick and feels really premium!!!
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                        I already have the velocity block to go with it so that's one thing done!
                        Only thing left to do was to get the Formula board... so here it is!!! Beautiful really! Worth it's 700$!
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                        I just hope I'll be able to achieve the same overclock than I had with the Carbon board... Let's see, I think I had [email protected] and didn't have time to push it to the limits before the board failed lol...
                        So that's about it... little picture with the bridge on it. It sure will be great!
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                        Soooo thick!!! Click image for larger version

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                        Only downside: I need tubes now!!! But after spending soo much on the board, I'm more broke than broke so it will be a while until I can move on with the build... and will missout the deal Daz has put on tubes....
                        That build just keep getting more and more expensive and it's a real pain to get funds since a can't work any.ore
                        Life is life..... I guess....

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                        • What tubing are you actually needing. Might be able to help you.

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                          • Originally posted by section31 View Post
                            What tubing are you actually needing. Might be able to help you.
                            I use 14/10mm acrylic tubes. Or 14/11mm from bitspower... no idea why they got weird ID like that.. kinda hard to come by silicon inserts of that size. Took me a while before I could find one. Got it from titanrig and took a bunch of weeks to get here just to have it break not long after grrrr. But hmm yeah, I use 14mm tubes but don't worry, I'll get them eventually

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                            • I got 12mm/10mm in excess but i might be doing another order once i get my heatkiller stuff in. Could order tubes for you.

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                              • Originally posted by section31 View Post
                                I got 12mm/10mm in excess but i might be doing another order once i get my heatkiller stuff in. Could order tubes for you.
                                Very kind of you thank you! I didn't expect it but someone finally contacted me to buy 6 of the QL120 fans along with one of my commander pro. With the crazy corsair fans price, it allowed me to place an order for 6 x3m d-rgb fans to replace the ones I sold and gave me a gap to get 5 tubes and even covered shipping cost. 41cent left in my wallet hahaha!

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