With the release of the new Caselabs S5, Jim and company are pretty busy filling those orders. The timeline seems to be about another 3-5 days to get my custom parts painted, and another 4-5 days for shipping. So while I am waiting on those parts, I started working on assembling some of the fittings, pumps, res's etc. The cooling setup will be a dual loop, one for CPU, board, RAM, and one for the GPUs. Each loop will have an Aqualis 880ml Res, Swiftech mcp35x2, AQ flowmeter, AQ filter, 2 alphacool UT60 480mm with fans in push/pull, and a drain valve and fill port.
I installed the LED's into the aqualis. I doubt it is necessary, but I decided to use rubber cement to help hold the wires in place. Rubber cement is not strong, but it is easily removable. I do not think I need a strong adhesive, as once you have the leds installed and the metal plate screwed down, they don't really move, but I decided to do it anyway to help with the wire management. The hardest thing is keeping them out of the way to get the cover plate installed. I plan on sleeving the LED tails in the future.
I also decided to use the heatsinks on the MCP35x2's. I am not sure how much of a difference they truly make, but at least there is the possibility that they improve pump operation, increasing lifespan and reducing noise. I wanted to use 25mm thick 80mm fans with these sinks. Normally, you are limited to 15mm thick fans, but I could not find any I liked. The problem with the thicker fans is that the black mounting posts are shorter than the fan base. To solve this problem, I just bought thicker rubber bumpers similar to the ones the pump ships with, so that I can still mount them without the fan touching the plate they will be mounted to.
I also just spent some time putting some of the fittings together, changing their O-rings, and switching the silver screws for black on the AQ filters.
Hopefully, I will get my parts back soon, and I will be able to show you the assembly of the cooling infrastructure.