Fittings and Fans Update
An update to let you know where I am on both of these areas. With the fittings, I want to thank you all for thoughts and comments. There are a bunch of good comments that have caused me to change my mind about 20 times on what I like best. I appreciate all of the interest. I'm going to make my way back through the comments and quote/respond several of them, ....but wanted to let you know I have read them all multiple times.
The Black Sparkle fittings got the least number of "likes", and I agree that they don't really add any "punch" to the color theme. I've eliminated those from consideration. I've also concluded that I'm not a big fan of the black tubing when its paired with the Carbon Black fittings (too much black) or the Copper fittings. But black tubing looks pretty good with the Deep Red fittings. The Deep Red fittings got more "likes" than any of the others...and I can't argue with that. They really look pretty slick with this color theme, and they also have a certain exclusivity since they are not used very often. Love them. On the white radiators....its the best look. But...I worry about how they will look in the main compartment when connected to copper blocks with a dark motherboard as the background.
I love the Copper fittings.....almost as much as the Deep Red. Not only do they look great with the white radiators, but I think they would also look great against a darker motherboard background.
I love the Carbon Black fittings....just not as much as Deep Red or Copper. But, I still really like them. And...they kind of go with everything. White radiators, dark motherboard, copper waterblocks....etc.
I was trying to think about what types of changes I could make to the waterblocks and/or motherboard, that would ensure that the Deep Red fittings looked good everywhere. If I used some of the clear plexi-top blocks where you can see the liquid underneath....and used a milky white coolant running through them....then the red fittings would still look great (and so would all the others). I was initially planning on having full copper blocks, since I like that look, but I need to make sure and focus on how the whole system looks, and not just an individual component. Could always paint capacitor caps crimson or white. Or use some white carbon wrap to lighten up certain items.
I've thought a lot about what several people suggested, regarding using different fittings in the lower compartment than I do in the main compartment. I'm going to try and stay away from doing this, so I can build a large collection of fittings that can be used interchangeably. When I think about the fittings that will really show....its just the main compartment. The lower pedestal ends up being hidden for all of the inside stuff, because the main compartment sits on top of it, and the fittings are all on the inside of the radiators. All you see of the pedestal components is the fans on the outside of the radiators. For the radiators that will sit on top of the case underneath the tall top, the radiator fittings will be underneath pointing down into the main compartment. So even for these radiators, you will only see the fittings/tubes when looking in the main compartment towards the top. Its really just inside the main compartment (on both motherboard side AND the PSU side) where you will see fittings and tubing. So that's where it should look the best.
Since I've eliminated several from consideration, I took some shots of the remaining survivors....but this time stuck them on top of a dark colored pump top. I don't have a motherboard or copper block available for pictures right now. Take a look at these:
If these pictures make you change your mind, or even if they generate some additional thoughts.....I'd love to hear them. It helps me sort out my own thoughts when I hear you argue for why you think a certain one looks best. Appreciate the comments in advance!
Now for the fans....I'm done with all 42 of the 120cm fans. So, I've got to post pictures of the last part of the re-assembly line process, and then I'll attempt some type of artsy picture of all of them together. Look for those posts later tonight.