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That looks absolutely awesome! I've seen stone used the exact same way once before, but not lit up like that. Really like that idea. Easily the coolest Cosmos II build I've seen so far, and it's not even finished tongue.gif The only thing I don't like that much is the painted radiator. I think they rarely look good painted in any other color than black, unless it's in white. Can't wait for your next update thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Badwrench View Post

Wow Bob, this is turning out great. I like the final result of the lighting in the stone - just enough unlit to see a nice diffusion of light from orange to yellow. So far one of my favorite mods I have seen on this site or any other.

Thank you sir! and thanks for following along and leaving comments typer.gif
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That looks absolutely awesome! I've seen stone used the exact same way once before, but not lit up like that. Really like that idea. Easily the coolest Cosmos II build I've seen so far, and it's not even finished tongue.gif The only thing I don't like that much is the painted radiator. I think they rarely look good painted in any other color than black, unless it's in white. Can't wait for your next update thumb.gif

Thanks 3H2o! Its getting close and I'm getting excited! I will be up and running pretty soon. I stayed up last night until 2:00am working on it. I've got all the main components installed, and the loop all fitted. I started leak-testing last night and there was one single fitting that was leaking. it was the fitting coming from the bottom left side radiator to the pump.

I was like 'damn it' and was trying to pull the copper tube tighter into the fitting and pulled it out of the pump on accident... twice!

Water pouring out into the bottom compartment, but no big deal. I put in mesh down there and had a big towel under the case, but it was a bit frustrating near the end of a long day of modding. The third time I filled the res and turned on the pump, after making darn sure that the tube was fully seated in the fitting and the fittings were good and snug, it still had a slow leak, like one drop every 5-7 seconds.

Upon closer inspection, I actually saw tiny droplets coming out where two of the fittings were screwed together. The pipe was fine the whole time. I figured maybe I had damaged the o-ring somehow, and used my drain line for the first time. The drain works like a champ! After the water was finished draining out, I unhooked the pipe and took off/apart the suspect fittings and guess what... no o-ring at all!

I have some spare o-rings (just in case) and put in one, put it all back together, filled it for the third time, and turned it back on again. No leaks whoo-hooo wheee.gif

The fill-port, on the other hand, doesn't work worth a crap. the water fills up the tube, but the air is trapped in the res. I bypassed the copper tube fill-port thinking that the 90 degree bend and the horizontal portion of the pipe was causing the issue. I have a 7" length of rubber tubing with a fitting on it that I have used for filling before, and I screwed this onto the res, and used my big plastic filling syringe to squirt some water down the tube. The same thing happened. the rubber tube filled up and air did not pass the water in the tube. W T F?

I unscrewed the res cap and tried the copper fill pipe again. It works great as long as the air has an escape rount.. hmm.. I'm thinking that I may have to insert a small 1/8" rubber tube into the the 1/2" copper fill pipe to allow a escape route for the air. Can you guys think of anything else I can do besides drilling a small hole into the reservoir cap? I suppose I could drill a hole in the cap and get a plug for it, and just remove the plug when I had to add water? What do you guys think about the tube in a tube idea?

Anyway, leak testing continued while I slept and while I was gone all day working and no leaks! I was unsure of my pipe thinning, thinking it would have ill effects with the water pressure but it seems those fears were unfounded thumb.gif

I put the case back together today and it's looking nice! the leak testing continues, but I think at this point it's not needed. I just like seeing the case half way alive, with fans spinning, lights lit up and water pumping through the blocks and pipes.

The NZXT Mix fan controller works great although I do hear a very slight buzz emitting from somewhere. I really like the sliders instead of knobs. The color selectable leds are very cool also, with the red and the orange colors going best with the build. Once I slide the front slider panel up, you cant see them which is cool, as you cant turn them off, so it works out purrrfect! I've got the top 3 rad fans one 1 channel, the bottom four fans on another channel, the front 2 fans on the 3rd channel leaving 3 channels for dimming the lighting! excellent! I'll use one channel to control the lighting on the back (right side) door (the MadKat and the OCN flame), and the for last two channels, one will control the red leds in the onyx floor, and the last channel to control the white onyx leds. I was messing around with and its pretty damn sweet! I'm loving it!

The only thing I'm worried about is how easily it is to disconnect the pipes going into the res/pump. The pipes go straight up into the fittings on the res/pump so all you have to do is either push down on the pipes, or pull up on the res. I'm thinking some silicone sealant is in order for the holes in the floor where the pipes come up through to keep the pipes from falling out, then I need to figure out a way to secure the res/pump also, I suppose I could use silicone for that also as the pump body goes through the large hole in the onyx.

Sorry for the giant wall-o-txt but I'm excited and rambling and had to get it all out.

Still more to come, as even after I get her up and running, I will slowly be doing custom wiring and will make my first attempt at sleeving (which I am long overdue to try). I also have an idea for a bottom compartment fan-cover type deal thing...

Thanks for all the kind words and I'll have some sweet pictures for you guys soon enough. When this is all done, I think I will hire a photographer to take some professional pictures cheers.gif
Edited by bob808 - 4/23/12 at 9:58pm
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Man I bet you were freaking out when you thought the piping was leaking, good to hear it was just an o-ring. But one thing, pics! This is like an end of the season cliff hanger of a TV show wheee.gif
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Such a tease! Finished reading all that and NO pictures!tongue.gif
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for the fill port problem i saw someone on here i dont remember who it was but they had put to fill ports right next to eachother and used one for air and one for water so the air could escape it would look something like the pic but i dont know how that would work with your case and WC setup...just an idea
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It's true what you said if you don't know that it was broken you would probably never see it thumb.gif
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It's true what you said if you don't know that it was broken you would probably never see it thumb.gif
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hey guys- I've been hella busy the last couple days and haven't had a chance to do anything with the cosmos, but I should be able to get her all wired up and running this weekend and I'll get some pictures up as well.
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hey guys- I've been hella busy the last couple days and haven't had a chance to do anything with the cosmos, but I should be able to get her all wired up and running this weekend and I'll get some pictures up as well.

sweet cant weight!
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Looking forward to the finished setup. Also, just as a curiosity, can you weigh this thing? Don't know why I care, but gonna guess at least 70 lbs biggrin.gif
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