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I pretty much have everything set up now to start playing with both the AquaComputer Aquero5 and the Corsair Link. Just finished making my cables for, and sleeving the Poweradjust USB 2 pump controllers. I will be using them independently from the other control/monitoring units. From what I have seen from other users online, both the Aquaero5 and Link have a lot of capabilities. It just going to come down to which fits my needs the best.

Along with the Poweradjust USB 2, here is a shot of the 5mm Blue LEDs I just wired and sleeved, and a preview of how they will look inside the res. No liquid yet.

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Once I decide on which control unit to stick with, I can finish the cable management up no the back of the case. Even with using MDPC sleeving on all of my cables, there are still A LOT of cables to deal with. I don't know if it will look as clean & tidy as I originally envisioned it, but already it is a huge improvement over the spaghetti wire mess that used to abide back there.
    
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looks eoic, subed wink.gif
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Sorry for the lack of updates guys. Things have been really busy lately with work, adding new landscaping to my home, along with helping my brother out with his home remodel. Since these things happen after I get home from work, or weekends, it hasn't left much time for me to work on the build.

I also had another project that took me away from my PC. I am taking a Venturing Crew (17-18yr old Boy Scouts) into the Pike National Forest for 5 days, where we will be teaching them wilderness survival. Part of the outing will be devoted to primitive weapon construction, and I promised to have my homemade Longbow completed before we leave. Happy to say it is complete, and shoots very well.
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I made it from scratch using Red Oak for the belly and Hickory for the backing.
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Maple Red stain for the belly and Ebony for the backing, followed up with two coats of polyurethane to seal and protect the bow.
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If anyone wants to see a detailed construction log, head over to my blog for more details and close up pictures.

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Since I will be gone with the Scouts for almost a week, there will not be any updates on the PC build. But as soon as I get back, my priority is to get it finished ASAP.
    
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sounds like a fun trip.. can't wait for updates when you get back! thumb.gif
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Back safe and sound from my outing in the Colorado Mountains. My longbow performed perfectly. Ready to get working on my build again!
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sounds like a fun trip.. can't wait for updates when you get back! thumb.gif

Thanks! We had a great time. Now on to finishing my Geekier projects. biggrin.gif
    
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New Corsiar "Air Series" Fans

Been a while since my last update due to a very busy summer. I finally have the final components to finish up my build. This week I received a bundle-o-fans. These are their new line of "Air Series" fans, and they look great. There area verity of types, but I got the AF Quite Editions for case fans, and the SP series for my radiators. Here is the list of what came in:

Radiator Fans (120mm) - SP120s (High Performance Edition) x7
Rear Exhaust (120mm) - AF120 (Quiet Edition) x1
HDD Bay (140mm) - AF140 (Quiet Edition) x1

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I really dig the changeable color rings on the fans. It should look good with my black/blue theme. Each fan also comes with an adapter that will step down the voltage and manually slow down the RPMs. Nice that its included, but I will be counting on the Link or AquaComputer for that duty. The blades on the two types of fans are also different. The high pressure fans "SP Series" have blades specifically made to push more air through a radiator. The few reviews I have seen speak highly of them, so I am excited to get them installed.

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I was planning on getting all of these fans sleeved and installed this weekend, but "life" had other plans for me. Posting this update from the hospital, waiting to hear news on my 6 month old daughter. Looks like RSV & pneumonia... Again. Hopefully we will be back home soon.
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New Corsiar "Air Series" Fans
Been a while since my last update due to a very busy summer. I finally have the final components to finish up my build. This week I received a bundle-o-fans. These are their new line of "Air Series" fans, and they look great. There area verity of types, but I got the AF Quite Editions for case fans, and the SP series for my radiators. Here is the list of what came in:
Radiator Fans (120mm) - SP120s (High Performance Edition) x7
Rear Exhaust (120mm) - AF120 (Quiet Edition) x1
HDD Bay (140mm) - AF140 (Quiet Edition) x1
7433490610_fd3e999fce_c.jpg
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I really dig the changeable color rings on the fans. It should look good with my black/blue theme. Each fan also comes with an adapter that will step down the voltage and manually slow down the RPMs. Nice that its included, but I will be counting on the Link or AquaComputer for that duty. The blades on the two types of fans are also different. The high pressure fans "SP Series" have blades specifically made to push more air through a radiator. The few reviews I have seen speak highly of them, so I am excited to get them installed.
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I was planning on getting all of these fans sleeved and installed this weekend, but "life" had other plans for me. Posting this update from the hospital, waiting to hear news on my 6 month old daughter. Looks like RSV & pneumonia... Again. Hopefully we will be back home soon.

Been curious about those fans. Getting to the point where i think i went too quiet with my last batch of fans and they don't cool everything well enough.. then again, it could be the nearly week long stretch of 100+ degree weather we've been having here and my poor AC not being able to keep up anymore.

Hope your little girl is ok.
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Been curious about those fans. Getting to the point where i think i went too quiet with my last batch of fans and they don't cool everything well enough.. then again, it could be the nearly week long stretch of 100+ degree weather we've been having here and my poor AC not being able to keep up anymore.
Hope your little girl is ok.

She is home and doing well now. Thanks.

I am going to run a few tests with my current CoolerMaster fans against these new Corsair ones. It won't be too scientific, but will basically measure simple airflow and noise levels at various RPMs. Stay tuned.
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I've been curious about the corsair fans, although CFM/dBA isn't the highest I've seen.

Hope your daughter will be fine. frown.gif
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First off, thanks for all the kind words in this thread and PMs about my daughter. She is back home, and doing very well. And now back to the geeky stuff...

New Fans are INSTALLED!

I have to admit, the extra color highlights they bring the the build are right up my alley biggrin.gif

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I did a bit of testing with the new Corsair SP120s against my previous fans, the CoolerMaster Blue LED Silent Fan 120mm (R4-L2R-20CK-GP). Specs on both are as follows.

Corsair SP120:
RPM 2,350
CFM 62
Noise 35dBA

CoolerMaster R4:
RPM 2,000
CFM 90
Noise 19dBA

I actually shot a video of the test, but apparenlty I was an idiot and shot it upside down with my phone confused.gif So here is a screen cap of the test. Used a basic fan controller, a Decibel Meter on my phone (not super accurate), and a simple "blow test" with a piece of paper about 6in in front of the fan. Keep in mind, this is a very un-scientific method of testing these fans, and the Corsair SP fans are made to work better with static pressure that comes with being attached to radiators than just blowing power, but since I have no way to measure that, I did what I could.

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At 2,000 RPM, the Corsair SP120 had noticeably more "blowing" power than the CM fan, and was measured at around 43dBA. Again, this could be way off, but its what the meter said. The CM fan at this same speed had less power, and was louder at 48dBA... much higher than its specification of 19dBA.

Two other observations.
1) With the SP120 cranked all the way up to 2,350RPM, it was at the same noise level of the CM fan (when at 2,000RPM), but much more powerful.
2) When I brought the SP120 down to around 1,500RPM, it was barley audible. This was reassuring being that with a good fan controller, for basic computing (web browsing, movies, etc) the majority of the time the fans will be at a noise threshold that wouldn't bother the average individual.

So all I can really say about these Corsair fans at this point is that they are more powerful, and more quiet than my previous fans, and better looking. So I keep them! biggrin.gif
    
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