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Alright guys..sorry it's been over a week since my last update, but work has been really hectic! Not only that, but yesterday I woke up to this:
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nice thing is that ski season has already started!

So what I have been working on is mainly the electronics within the case and a few of the components that needed a little "customization"

Here is what I've got so far. I changed out the power and reset switches along with making new cables and sleeving them. I also changed out the connectors to USB connectors. That way, instead of having 8 separate connectors, there are only 2.
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I painted the DVD drive (don't like that silver and beige on them.)
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I painted the Aquabay frame for the Aquatube:
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(sorry it's a little out of focus..something is going on with my el cheapo camera)

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This little guy came in from AquaTuning about a week ago:
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I got my fillport in too, but I may have to order another one..this guy is 35mm wide! I like the idea it has deaeration. Basically it has 2 ports on it, you run one to the reservoir and another farther down the loop...this helps get rid of air in the lines.
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I plan on running dye in the initial photos once this build is completed, so I figured I better get a filter...I picked up the Aquacomputer filter with manual shutoff valves...what better way to drain the loop!

This reminds me, Jim over at CaseLabs sent me some 120mm fan brackets for the PSU side (all I had were the ones for the motherboard side.) He didn't even charge me for them! Their customer service is above and beyond!

The filter mounted perfectly into one of the 120mm brackets. Thanks again Jim!
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Mounted in the case:
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Almost forgot...got a new bottle opener from Aquacomputer!
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Here are a few shots of the case with what I've completed installed:
Motherboard side:
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PSU side:
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(Pump is unmounted..just sitting there for placement)

Fans will be mounted in the next update!
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Here is a little hint of what is to come in the next update...
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(It would have been in this update, but let's just say the guy at the laser cutting shop and I had a difference of opinion on quality control...) I pick it up from another shop on Tue. of next week....

As always, let me know what you think..what could be improved on, what looks good, etc!
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With so much to do and so many options I can see why these cases are so alluring.
Why did you have to remind us of winter? Winter people are worse than morning
people.
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post #103 of 185
Send me some snow. We don't get that stuff around here.

Looking good and keep up the great work. Got to sub this and keep up with all your stuff. Thanks
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Shovel the stuff in -30c for 20 years and see how wonderful it is.

(Homer voice) Stupid winter.
Edited by Mergatroid - 10/29/11 at 5:39pm
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post #105 of 185
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Thanks guys!

Mergatroid...of course you don't like winter, you're up in the arctic circle! biggrin.gif

Supposed to be in the mid-60s this weekend..Hopefully I can get a day in up at A-Basin...going for 30 ski days this year!
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Originally Posted by longroadtrip;15482691 
Thanks guys!

Mergatroid...of course you don't like winter, you're up in the arctic circle! biggrin.gif

Supposed to be in the mid-60s this weekend..Hopefully I can get a day in up at A-Basin...going for 30 ski days this year!

Uh no...You should stay home and work on the AquaCube biggrin.gif
    
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Be careful with that filter... Many people have trouble with them the. They are verticle cause they are majorly noisy...at it down and sound is gone... Just a warning... And sub'd... Nice build man smile.gif
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post #108 of 185
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Quote:
Originally Posted by listen to remix;15482717 
Uh no...You should stay home and work on the AquaCube biggrin.gif

Have to get at least one day of skiing in before Halloween! Sorry, has to be done!
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Originally Posted by eskamobob1;15482764 
Be careful with that filter... Many people have trouble with them the. They are verticle cause they are majorly noisy...at it down and sound is gone... Just a warning... And sub'd... Nice build man smile.gif

Thanks for the tip! I'm still not sure if I'm going to use it or not. It was kind of an impulse buy when I was placing an order with AquaTuning...Hopefully it's not too noisy, of course I'm installing 14 fans with room for an addt'l 6, so filter noise might turn out to be irrelevant biggrin.gif
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post #109 of 185
Quote:
Originally Posted by longroadtrip;15480599 
Here is a little hint of what is to come in the next update...
IMAG0156.jpg
(It would have been in this update, but let's just say the guy at the laser cutting shop and I had a difference of opinion on quality control...) I pick it up from another shop on Tue. of next week....

As always, let me know what you think..what could be improved on, what looks good, etc!

Glad to see its coming together. This is a curious picture, bunch of LEDs so hmmm, should be interesting. What is this "skiing" you speak of?
Quote:
Originally Posted by listen to remix;15482717 
Uh no...You should stay home and work on the AquaCube biggrin.gif

Yeah man, need moar.
Quote:
Originally Posted by eskamobob1;15482764 
Be careful with that filter... Many people have trouble with them the. They are verticle cause they are majorly noisy...at it down and sound is gone... Just a warning... And sub'd... Nice build man smile.gif

I still don't have a clue what this thing is or how it works. Is it a mesh screen that filters out what?
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nice view from your window there smile.gif 30 days of skiing sounds awesome, I don't get more than 7 a year tongue.gif

ow yeah your (epic) build ... looks great, nicely painted & sleeved!

2 things regarding pump & filter (I have both of these as well)

Pump: I see you're using different inlet/outlet adapters than the ones I'm using. Mine are supposed to be the "official" aqua-computer ones. I have read on other (German) forums that some people had issues with different brands of adapters, either leaks or even cracks in the pump housing. So make sure yours work correctly (the electronics on the pumps backside aren't water proof) smile.gif

Filter: Like eskamobob1 says, I've seen the build log by the Italian guy with the epic LittleDevil case and he was having noise issues with the filter in vertical position. Mine is placed horizontal, and it makes noise for about 20 minutes after installing a new loop or opening it up after which it is fully bled and completely silent smile.gif not a single sound to be heard. And it does filter out quite some little particles so I'm pretty happy with it biggrin.gif I did hook it up backwards, e.g. flow going into the "outlet" and out of the "inlet" as that makes the water pass the filter from above, making the cleanliness of the filter better visible through the window (at least that's what the Italian guy said, it seems to work for me tongue.gif )
Edited by n0n44m - 10/28/11 at 7:10am
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