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post #21 of 51
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Yea.. What can I do LoL.. There are 6 of them so I am hoping they all just dont go at once! If one or two die, I can just replace them with the correct bearing an and keep on moving.

Twentycent: I follow what you are saying now and will see if the last piece of tubing I have will reach with the res move. Dont have 2 many options left since I cut the tubing already and dont want to but anymore off the pieces I already cut without being certain of location. I will move it and take acouple pictures for opinions. (Later tonight)

Thanks for following the log and giving your opinion!
post #22 of 51
No problem bud, thanks for your appreciation wink.gif .

Concerning the whole 'flipping the res' story, I'm not sure if you really need to use new tubing...The bit you have connecting the res to the rad seems long enough to me (based on the pictures though). I think it is simply a matter of rotating the res/pump, and maybe twisting the tubes at barb level to make it fit, and you're set!
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post #23 of 51
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I was never planning on ordering new tubes. I am sure I can work something out with the pieces I have cut already. Ill play around it it tonight and take pictures. Just wondering how it will be once all the other cables are in..

I would also like to give a shout out to Gary @ Sidewinder Computer Systems
For there amazing customer service and support! He helped correct a mistake I made when I ordered a Corrision Blocker instead of a Biocide!

Thanks Gary!
post #24 of 51
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So today I ran a lot of errands to pick up what I hope is the last supplies I need to complete the loop. Hit up 2 hardware stores because they didnt carry enough of the screws I needed and CVS for the distilled water. I couldnt spend as much time working on it as I would of liked tonight so I basically just flushed the Rad.

When manufacturing this rads in mass amounts they dont clean the inside at all so thats where flushing comes in. Flushing is mixing vinegar and boiling water to clean the articles and gunk inside the rad.I did the first couple passes with boiling water and vinegar and finished up with the boiling water.

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I used a pink container to pour the contents in after shacking it around. It may be hard to tell from the picture but if you zoom in you can see all the black specs and of course the blue water.. By the end there was only 1 or 2 specs visible by the eye and the water was almost clear.

I probably should of did a few more passes for good measure, but the water was starting to bother my hands and I was getting tired of all the shaking.. Exercise.. who needs it..

That pretty much wraps up tonight.. I will be home extra early tomorrow to finish the loop and leak test..
Edited by JMattes - 1/20/12 at 9:35am
post #25 of 51
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Finally got to clamping the tubing down in prep for the leak test! Luckily I had a molex adapter to hook the pump up too. Then I had to hot wire the psu so I can leak test without running anything else (green to any black). Luckily I did!

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Right where the paper towel it ended up leaking alittle.. (at first) I tried to tighten the clamps without digging into the tubing (if you tighten too much) I realized it was the barb connection to the res.. Oh ****.. I tried tightening it while attached to the tube.. That didnt help.. I had to take the tube off of it.. This is after I was getting the air bubbles out and the whole loop was filled with water..

Well that water ended up all over my floor. Probably should of took better measures since i knew it would go everywhere.. Didnt realize how much water was in it... I was able to tighten the barb and then reattach the tubing.. No more leak..

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Im going to continue leak testing for the rest of the night most likely. I am scared now of frying everything...

Questions
Since this is my first loop I didnt know what to expect..
I heard some noises coming from the rad right after I got the loop going.. Almost like a dripping noise.. I am guessing that was air?
The pump isnt too loud but every once in awhile changes pitches... Is that normal?
I touch the tube and dont fell water flowing.. Heck it doesnt look like water is moving at all, but the pump is spinning.. Is that how its suppose to be?
Edited by JMattes - 1/19/12 at 1:41pm
post #26 of 51
You cant see flowing with bare eye and mostly you wont even feel it. Thats what i thought too. When youll see your temps then you notice if no water moving at all.
Sound from rad is air yes. Its coming out in time. Pump could also make some strange noise when air bubbles pass it.
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post #27 of 51
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So my goal for this evening was to reassemble my case and it totally took longer than I thought it would..

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I did't realize how many wires i did have! I figured the best way to wire maintenance was to cable tie.. After acouple hours (ran into acouple problems..)

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Had to ditch the 6th Yate Loon at top.. The case controls got in the way..

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Not bad for wire maintenance right? Wishing I had a window on my case now and a place to display it!

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I checked for leaks after everything was put into place and so far so good. Got everything running and doing a fresh windows install. Going to take the weekend off to relax..

However I didnt remember which sata cable was my sata 6 cable.. Anyone know how to tell? And I think something is making a vibrating noise in the case.. Ill have to play around alittle to see if its the pump vibrating or something else.. Also the top 2 fans turn off and then turn back on when on the lowest speed on the fan controller.. Not enough power running to them?

So for Monday I will take some pictures of my case all assembled and some in the dark pictures so you can see the sick blue glow!

Then from there I will be recording temps and OCing..
post #28 of 51
Good work man! Congrats on your loop!

Hopefully someone will chime in, but as far as I know, there is no such thing as a SATA 6 cable. They're all the same.

Also, the pump will definitely be generating some vibrations. Maybe try to put a sponge underneath it (you can even paint the sponge!).

As for the fans, is your fan controller using voltage regulation or pwm signal? Fans to have a startup voltage (around 7V generally...)

Finally, mod that side panel and install a window yourself! If you don't have/want to buy a dremel, you could always buy something like a nibbler. They're pretty cheap, and I heard they do cut neatly. Get ready to use those forearms though biggrin.gif
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Nice!

Btw is that primochill blue in your loop? i got the same stuff and IT LOOKS PURPLE! really annoying actually. i wanted blue.
    
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Looks great man, nice build thumb.gif
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