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[Build Log] Deftronix Mechrevention - Caselabs M8+pedestal

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Hey guys, new to the watercooling arena and was hoping for some feedback / advice on getting things situated the most efficient way possible
on a Caselabs M8 with pedestal. Will update with more details soon but wanted to get a log started.

Im half way into mocking up and positioning all parts to get tube lengths and sleeving/wire lengths on everything. Also want to make sure I have all the proper fittings purchased.

Here is where its at currently:
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Case/Aesthetics
- Caselabs M8
- Caselabs Pedestal
- 2x MNPCTech "Overkill" 120mm shrouds
- 2x MNPCTech rotating slot 140mm grills
- 2x MNPCTech rotating slot 120mm grills
- MNPCTech dual 22mm switchplate
- MNPCTech grooved case feet
- ModSmart Black sleeving for all wiring/tubing


H20 Components
- EK Bay Spin Reservoir
- 2x Danger Den RAD Reservoir
- 4x Aquacomputer Airplex 360mm - Alum fins
- EK Supreme HF CPU - Full Copper
- EK VGA Supreme HF Water Block (LSI 9265-8i mount)
- MIPS Rampage 3 full cover
- Bitspower RAM Covers - 6 DIMM
- MIPS Ramcooler 6 top
- Aquacomputer Aquadrive X4

Component Electrics
- 2x Swiftech 655 D5 Pumps
- Aquaero 5 Pro
- 16x Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe 120mm M12-PS 600-1500rpm
- 2x Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentPro 140mm PK-2 1200rpm
- 3x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 230mm 3000rpm
- BitFenix Spectre 230MM 900 RPM
- 2x Aquacomputer Flow Meter Sensor Blocks
- 2x Aquacomputer Temperature Sensors
- Bitspower Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting

Hardware
- Intel 990x Extreme
- ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
- 24GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline
- LSI 9265-8i RAID (attempt mounting ek gpu block)
- OCZ Vertex 3's 120GB
- 2x 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT
- Asus Essence ST
- Corsair AX1200
- Corsair AX750

All screws have been replaced with either stainless steel or black oxide flat head hex bolts with anodized black countersunk washers.

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I will also be working on a hinge + dampener mechanism(what you would use for the hood of a car) so you can lift up the case from the front and gain access to the pedestal more easily. I realize most likely a counterweight is going to have to be used in the front of the pedestal but we will see.

Ive been contemplating how I should route the air. I need some help as this is my first water build and would like to route it the most efficient way possible first time around.

Was thinking :
Pedestal - 230MM bit finex spectre fan intake in floor as well as 2x140mm noiseblockers in the rear pulling in air (pedestal will not be vented to main case). 3 x noiseblockers on the external side of both 360mm radiators pulling air through. I might mount 2x 230mm even though one will be lost under the aquadrive but there is enough clearance between to probably work.
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The idea is to seal above and below the radiator braces so that there is no option but for all the air that is taken in to go through the radiators or vented into the main case
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Main case - 2x120 Scythe and 1x120nb fan on MB side pulling in air. 1x120 Scythe pulling on PSU side. 3xnb on inner side of both top 360mm rads in push config so all the air goes out the top.

What are your guys thoughts/suggestions?

Hope you like the progress so far...
Edited by deftronix - 2/20/12 at 10:10pm
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I like your build, it's just like my race car, purpose-built ....and dig the slotted inserts with the Mnpctech Overkill rings.... thumb.gif
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Thanks Bill. Funny you mention that because this morning I had ordered some flush mount locking hood pins . They will replace the handle in the door on each side and will then be lockable. Vertical supports that caselabs makes will be used on each side of the case to mount the pin of the locking mechanism to, should be pretty secure. Will also remove most of the thread on those pins. The set should be here next week.

Aerocatch plus flush mount locking hood pins:
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Edited by deftronix - 2/20/12 at 9:52pm
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Have a windowed MB side and solid PSU side for doors. Its part of the reason I want to exhaust the pedestal out the sides because there will be no intakes on either sides of the case, just bottom, front and rear. Will be cutting 2x 140mm holes in the solid door for the psu exhaust fans. Holes will be covered with MNPCtech 140mm rotating slotted grills to compliment the extruding parts on the front.

I wanted to run push/pull config on the top radiators but they are beasts, almost made me want to go with a bigger cl case! Do not want to go with an extended top because it doesnt look that great imo. Not having to worry about any flux issues on these is what sold me though. My only regret is not going with copper fins. Since I will be running full copper blocks on pretty much everything, it is a real let down to see those aluminum fins in the radiators. Something I want to try is acid etch the project name into the stainless steel shroud of the top radiator. It gives similar results to a laser etch, which I would much prefer but dont have that equipment at my disposal.

What do you guys think about adding a Airplex 240mm rad on the lower mb side? Since the radiator is 64mm high I will not have enough clearance above it to mount fans and still have access to the last mb slot, however there is enough clearance in the pedestal to mount them under the main case floor to push air through. A black airplex grill would cover the exposed top.
Edited by deftronix - 2/20/12 at 9:52pm
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Looks good.

I like the idea of the extra 240. Do you have clearance to mount the fans below? maybe then you would have the clearance.

I love the Aquacomputer stuff.
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