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This build is going to be BEAUTIFUL!! I love the color scheme and the paint job you had them do on the case, this all looks really awesome!! I can't wait to see the finished product.

Great build log, BTW! I love how detailed you have been. If you don't mind me asking, what did the case end up costing you (with all the mods you had them do) and how long did it take for you to get it? I'm looking at getting a high end case like this for my 2700k build. Thanks!!
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This build is going to be BEAUTIFUL!! I love the color scheme and the paint job you had them do on the case, this all looks really awesome!! I can't wait to see the finished product.
Great build log, BTW! I love how detailed you have been. If you don't mind me asking, what did the case end up costing you (with all the mods you had them do) and how long did it take for you to get it? I'm looking at getting a high end case like this for my 2700k build. Thanks!!

Thanks for the kind words! Regarding the price of the case, the final price was pretty close to what you see when you configure a case at ldcooling.com. There wasn't any extra charge for the custom paint color (I just had to pre-pay for everything, which I think is a reasonable requirement). There was a very small charge for painting the Aquaero faceplate, but just a few dollars. I suppose shipping jacked up the price a bit (compared to if I bought it locally) but given the speed at which the order got here, all the way to the US from Slovenia, that price was reasonable as well.

For total time, from the order to the arrival, it was over 2 months. That sounds pretty bad, and I did get antsy waiting, but there are lots of mitigating factors. For example, after I placed the order I had to first mail ldcooling some parts to paint, which took time to get to Slovenia. Then I also had to wait for the XL side window's design to be finalized (I knew that the XL side window wasn't quite ready when I placed the order, so part of the delay was by my own doing tongue.gif). Also, getting the paint for the color I selected had some unforeseen snags as well. However, throughout the process Ales at ldcooling was always quick to respond to my status requests, and threw some free goodies in with the final order to compensate for the delay. It wasn't the fastest process, but I knew I shouldn't begin this project in a hurry.

If you were to place an order similar to mine, I would bet on 2-4 weeks rather than the longer time period my order took - maybe even faster. The best bet would be to email Ales at ldcooling and ask. Like I noted above, he is very responsive and will give you all the information you need.

Best of luck with your build!
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Awesome!! Thanks for the info!
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[Waterblock Time!]

My build has finally progressed to the point where I can focus on the 'liquid' part of my liquid cooled computer. I'm going to be liquid cooling the fan controller, motherboard, CPU and GPU.

Removing the stock air coolers that shipped on these 4 components ended up being easier and less stressful than I imagined. The GPU had the most screws (over 20) and the most individual components the water block needs to make contact with and keep cool, so the GPU of course then was the most time intensive to switch over to liquid cooling. I also installed a backplate on the GPU, which is primarily cosmetic. It took very little time, and looks pretty sharp, so I'm very happy with it at this point.

The CPU was without a doubt the easiest to switch to liquid cooling; the water block was no harder to install than the stock Intel heatsink I've been using thus far for testing purposes.

The fan controller was also pretty easy, but the Aquaero is a fiddly thing to take apart and put back together.

With all that said, here is a picture log of the process.

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[The Aquaero (front) and its soon to be new friend, the water block (back)]

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[In order to remove the Aquaero's stock heatsink, you have to take the entire unit apart]

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[Yay! The Aquaero is ready for water!]

Next I moved on to the GPU. As I noted above, this was the most time consuming component to work on. All the work on the GPU took about 1.5 hours - but I was working slowly as I am new to these types of modifications.

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[The all-stock GPU (back), and the backplate (front) - The backplate will cover all those ugly electronics]

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[Around 22 screws later, the GPU's heatsink is detached]

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[Out of curiosity, I weighed the stock heatsink]

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[Interesting that the stock heatsink and the waterblock weigh almost exactly the same amount]

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[Once the backplate is added, the GPU will have gained about 165 grams - I hope the other components don't make fun my now-tubby GPU]

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[With the stock heatsink removed, I've now replaced all the thermal tape and applied thermal grease to the GPU]

Thermal tape is one of the more obnoxious things I've worked with on this build. I'd never used the stuff before, and if you haven't, think of gum that someone left in a hot car for a while. It isn't sticky enough to be called tape, but does manage to stick nearly everywhere except where you want it. I found tweezers to be a good way to carefully move it around.

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[GPU is looking might fine with his new backplate installed]

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[And here is the GPU showing off the svelte new waterblock]

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[Here is the motherboard with the stock cooling fan and heatsink/heatpipe assembly removed. It only took a few screws, and was suprisingly easy to take off]

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[Asus did a pretty sloppy job applying thermal grease to the southbridge]

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[And here is the motherboard with its own waterblocks installed, as well as the CPU waterblock]

I've now got all these components back in the case, and I am in the middle of getting the tubing connecting everything together. I planned out my component order earlier, which helped me decide what combination of straight, 45 degree and 90 degree fittings I would likely need. That planning ended up being very helpful, but I've still had so swap a few things around. Getting the tubing installed certainly is a bit tricker than I expected, but nonetheless I think I should be ready to start a leak test quite soon thumb.gif
post #75 of 93
I can never get over how much better GPUs look with a nice waterblock and how I won't be able to afford water cooling. -.-
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omg awesome pics! especially those with your matt black bitspower army peering from the background! Any chance you have any more pics of those sexy fittings biggrin.gif
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I can never get over how much better GPUs look with a nice waterblock and how I won't be able to afford water cooling. -.-

Dont fret mate, I am a poor student myself and slowly accumulate my wc parts over a uber long period of time smile.gif
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omg awesome pics! especially those with your matt black bitspower army peering from the background! Any chance you have any more pics of those sexy fittings biggrin.gif

Thanks! I'm glad you like the photos! I wish I had taken a few more now, but at this point those fittings are all in the case biggrin.gif

Here is a larger photo emphasizing the fittings. Enjoy!

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[Leak Testing Time!]

That big moment has finally arrived! I poisoned up my water (to prevent algae growth; those spores are everywhere!) and I've got some towels laid out to hopefully make any small leaks easier to spot. The power supply is sitting safely outside of the case, and the only things that are connected to it are the pumps. The motherboard cable is connected to a toggle switch I can use to turn the power supply on and off briefly as the pump drains the reservoir and I repeat the filling process (basically what you see in this video).

Wish me luck!

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[Leak testing, here I come!]
Edited by Kallor - 6/19/12 at 6:41pm
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I can never get over how much better GPUs look with a nice waterblock and how I won't be able to afford water cooling. -.-

Don't write it off completely! I never did anything this crazy when I was younger - and only now after lots of planning and saving - you'd be surprised the things you can afford when you save up slowly. thumb.gif

Thanks for checking out the build!
post #80 of 93
Slow golf clap for you sir, this is amazing work.
    
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