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You might want to wait on the back plates until you know what you're going to do for lighting. You can use acrylic like fiber optics (similar to how the Raystorm works) if you wanted some light directed somewhere or to make highlights.
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My god this build is awesome and a super-power......
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I mentioned that I dropped off some more items at my local powdercoater before leaving for vacation, and I'll have some pictures of items I picked up yesterday throughout the day. First up, the AquaComputer AMS Radiators. This is a picture of the radiators I showed previously when I first got them:




I think they are incredibly attractive radiators without doing anything to them. But where is the fun in that? And regardless, I'm trying to minimize any color that is not part of the color scheme. So anything that is chrome or nickel or steel...is a candidate for change. And since they sell extra aluminum sides for these radiators, I'm really not risking a lot by changing the color of these. Here is what they look like now:





As you can see I chose white...and this is the same brand/color of powder that CaseLabs uses for their matte white cases....so it is an exact match for the inside of the case...and the other radiators I already had done. I think they look even better than before....at least for my build colors.






And here are a couple of pictures just sitting in the case. Not attached yet.






More to come later today!
post #1014 of 3982
Love it! biggrin.gif This will allow you to add more copper color theme to your build. I might have missed this, but was there a reason why you did not go with SR-1 all the way?
post #1015 of 3982
IMO, the copper clashes badly with the crimson :/
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dang man, you are by far the craziest enthusiast of all i have see so far.all tho i would have gone with the platinum verison of the dominatoranyway awesome build
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Quest99 View Post

Love it! biggrin.gif This will allow you to add more copper color theme to your build. I might have missed this, but was there a reason why you did not go with SR-1 all the way?

Well...I was originally going to have just 5 radiators in the box, and they were all S-1's. But then these darn AMS radiators came out, and I developed a full-on crush for the copper fin version. So...tried to find a way to fit them in...and ended up increasing radiator count to 7. They are really more for bling than additional cooling. I think the 5 SR-1's would probably have done an adequate job on their own.


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IMO, the copper clashes badly with the crimson :/

If you ever hire me to build you one....I won't use copper. tongue.gif But for me....I love it.


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Originally Posted by Valedictorian D View Post

dang man, you are by far the craziest enthusiast of all i have see so far.all tho i would have gone with the platinum verison of the dominatoranyway awesome build

Looked at that one hard....but you can't use the "light bar" and also water cool, and I've decided that I like the look of watercooling blocks for the ram, more than the light bar. If I were not water cooling the ram, ....I definitely would have considered that one for my short list.
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For those that have been following the thread for awhile, you may remember my dilemma when I was trying to fit all 3 radiators down in the pedestal. It simply wasn't going to work....although I only needed an extra inch or so to make it work. You can relive my pain back in this post if you desire. Basically, I needed to have some small modifications done to the 480 radiator mounts in the pedestal, so that there would be room at the back of the pedestal for a 280 radiator. I worked with Jim at Caselabs and described what I was trying to do, and he was more than willing to help me get where I wanted to go. I appreciate their commitment to incredible customer service.

So here is a picture of the normal 480 radiator mount (on top) and the modified version that Jim made for me (on bottom)





There are two specific changes that were made. In the picture above, look on the left side of the bracket at the top one (normal). You see how right after the two thumbscrew holes, it turns in almost instantly (this bend goes in toward the middle of the pedestal) for about 1 inch, before then turning back the other way. In the modified version (on bottom), the turn inward does not happen right after the thumbscrew holes. Instead, it continues straight for almost 4 inches before turning inward. And then, instead of turning inward for a full inch, it only turns inward about 3/4 inch. See these modified brackets installed and in use in picture below:






They fit! That is 2 480 rads with push/pull fans, and 1 280 rad with push/pull fans. And I shall call it...."my box-o-cool". tongue.gif Yeah...I know. Still need to give the 140mm fans the treatment. But did you notice the 280 radiator is now powdercoated also? It was another item I got back from powdercoater this week.






By extending the bracket straight for almost 4 inches before turning inward....I gained two inches (one inch on each side) across the pedestal for a 4 inch deep area starting the back of the pedestal. Also, by only turning in 3/4 inch instead of 1 inch, I gained an extra 1/2 inch of space in between the radiators in the center of the pedestal. I'm planning utilizing some of this space for some PowerAdjust2's that will be cooled by the airflow between the radiators.






Here are some shots with the pedestal covers on. The bolts on the fans come within about 1mm of the screens now. There was more room before we changed the inward bend from 1 inch to 3/4 inch. But that helps give me more room in the middle.






So pretty down there, its almost a shame it will covered by the main case. More to come later today!
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Originally Posted by cpachris View Post

I mentioned that I dropped off some more items at my local powdercoater before leaving for vacation, and I'll have some pictures of items I picked up yesterday throughout the day. First up, the AquaComputer AMS Radiators. This is a picture of the radiators I showed previously when I first got them: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I think they are incredibly attractive radiators without doing anything to them. But where is the fun in that? And regardless, I'm trying to minimize any color that is not part of the color scheme. So anything that is chrome or nickel or steel...is a candidate for change. And since they sell extra aluminum sides for these radiators, I'm really not risking a lot by changing the color of these. Here is what they look like now:

As you can see I chose white...and this is the same brand/color of powder that CaseLabs uses for their matte white cases....so it is an exact match for the inside of the case...and the other radiators I already had done. I think they look even better than before....at least for my build colors.


And here are a couple of pictures just sitting in the case. Not attached yet.

More to come later today!

Looking good! Would be even cooler if the black matte pieces were colored red thumb.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpachris View Post

For those that have been following the thread for awhile, you may remember my dilemma when I was trying to fit all 3 radiators down in the pedestal. It simply wasn't going to work....although I only needed an extra inch or so to make it work. You can relive my pain back in this post if you desire. Basically, I needed to have some small modifications done to the 480 radiator mounts in the pedestal, so that there would be room at the back of the pedestal for a 280 radiator. I worked with Jim at Caselabs and described what I was trying to do, and he was more than willing to help me get where I wanted to go. I appreciate their commitment to incredible customer service.
So here is a picture of the normal 480 radiator mount (on top) and the modified version that Jim made for me (on bottom) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

There are two specific changes that were made. In the picture above, look on the left side of the bracket at the top one (normal). You see how right after the two thumbscrew holes, it turns in almost instantly (this bend goes in toward the middle of the pedestal) for about 1 inch, before then turning back the other way. In the modified version (on bottom), the turn inward does not happen right after the thumbscrew holes. Instead, it continues straight for almost 4 inches before turning inward. And then, instead of turning inward for a full inch, it only turns inward about 3/4 inch. See these modified brackets installed and in use in picture below:

They fit! That is 2 480 rads with push/pull fans, and 1 280 rad with push/pull fans. And I shall call it...."my box-o-cool". tongue.gif Yeah...I know. Still need to give the 140mm fans the treatment. But did you notice the 280 radiator is now powdercoated also? It was another item I got back from powdercoater this week.

By extending the bracket straight for almost 4 inches before turning inward....I gained two inches (one inch on each side) across the pedestal for a 4 inch deep area starting the back of the pedestal. Also, by only turning in 3/4 inch instead of 1 inch, I gained an extra 1/2 inch of space in between the radiators in the center of the pedestal. I'm planning utilizing some of this space for some PowerAdjust2's that will be cooled by the airflow between the radiators.

Here are some shots with the pedestal covers on. The bolts on the fans come within about 1mm of the screens now. There was more room before we changed the inward bend from 1 inch to 3/4 inch. But that helps give me more room in the middle.


So pretty down there, its almost a shame it will covered by the main case. More to come later today!

Glad they were willing to work with you on this. They should make that change a permanent part of their design biggrin.gif
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post #1020 of 3982
Are you planning to find or color some white sealing material? I'd hate to see you lose all your fan pressure.
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