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Using the same method as I used on the fillport pictures I just posted, I also installed two of the pass through fittings on the pedestal in the front:





On the back of the pedestal, I had already drilled some holes and threaded all my power connections up through a hole like so. More info on this process can be found in this post.





Now....to make these connection work correctly...I need to be able to access them from the main case. So...I need some cutouts inside the main case. I flipped the case upside down, so that its sitting on its top. Then I taped off the area I would be cutting. There is a strip of aluminum on both ends of the case that sits down flush on the pedestal ends where I had installed my pass through connections.





A little jig saw action, and......Voila! One down...and one to go. Now I need one in the rear of the case.





...and voila dos. french and spanish together????





anyway...here comes the magic. First...here is a shot of the entire pedestal. You can see the two Bitspower pass through fittings on the front left top, and all of the power pass through connections on the rear right top. At this point...the pedestal is completely self contained and entirely modular. You connect your loop to one of these two Bitspower connections in the front....and it feeds to the dual pump and all 3 radiators, before coming back to you in the other connection. In the rear of the pedestal, all 24 fans and two pumps, have their power harness connections coming up in this spot. To power everything...you just plug in here.





With the main case cutouts that I just made....I can take the main case compartment and simply sit it down right on top of the pedestal....and all of the connections to/from the pedestal are available from within the main case! No extra long wiring/tubing....No balancing the main case on the pedestal sideways....No fuss. Just sit it down on top, and attach.





Closeup on the power passthrough fittings....easily accessible from within the main case.





....turn the case around to see the Bitspower pass-throughs.....





....and a close-up of these. Easily accessible from within the main case.





Only CaseLabs pedestal owners who have had the "joy" of getting the pedestal plumbing and wiring done will appreciate this method as much as I do. CaseLabs sells some plates with holes in them that can assist with this process...but the plates with holes are attached on the main case floor. So....you have to make your plumbing connections in the pedestal first, and use a real long piece of tubing/wiring....and then thread it UP through the hole while either holding the main case off the floor or balancing it on top of the pedestal turned sideways. You can't just sit the main case down on the pedestal because then access to the pedestal is blocked. And as awkward as it is getting the connection done the first time with the long tubing/wiring....it becomes even more difficult or impossible to reconnect if you ever have to take the main case off the pedestal after initial installation. Especially with short connections that don't have much tubing inside the main case.

These cutouts make the pedestal completely self contained and entirely modular. Disconnecting it from the main case is super easy and can be done from within the main compartment of the case. I hope that CaseLabs will consider making these cutouts standard on the Magnum series when they do a refresh. It just makes things simpler.
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While I had the pedestal upstairs with the lights, I decided to take some more studio shots of it before it gets covered by the main case for awhile. And remember...she is not dating until she's 16. smile.gif















With the wiring for 24 fans and 2 pumps all down in the pedestal, it would have been easy to let it get real messy. But it still looks very clean. You can barely see most of the wiring since I ran it underneath the bottom of the radiators.













No one is going to get to see the powder coating of the flow meter face plate, and copper plating of the screws after,..... I put the main case on! But I'll know it's there. smile.gif





Since I had updated the final fittings layout in the pedestal, I wanted to do some more leak testing before getting the main case bolted on. These shots also show how beautifully modular the pedestal really is. All I had to do was screw on a reservoir to one pass-through fitting, and then connect a tube from the other pass-through back to the reservoir. It's a complete self-contained loop down in the pedestal, complete with pumps. I ran this overnight....no leaks. I'm in good shape. Moving on.....



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A Fury of Fotos !!

yah, this phrase - "While I had the pedestal upstairs with the lights" - put me in mind of The Seeds' 14 minute epic - Up In Her Room.
That has got to be quite the aerobic exercise lugging those pieces up the stairs for a foto shoot = WIN-WIN !
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Are you going to have OU crimson faceplates for the disk drive and card reader?
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WOW! Nough said. thumb.gif
    
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Drilled another hole to pass some crystal link between the top two radiators, and added some rubber molding around the sides of the cut. I want to keep the possibility of using another hard drive cage in the top of the PSU side, and to keep it clear the connection between the two top radiators must pass straight through....not come down and out to the existing cut-out. This is another area where I think CaseLabs should provide this cutout standard if they do a refresh on the Magnum line. Almost anyone who is using two top radiators....would want to pass something through the middle here.





I also received another package yesterday with some additional fittings I wanted to try for my next iteration of the loop. Some more red accents (Q blocks, crystal link fittings, and dplugs), as well as some more white couplers and a different style of 90 degree connector. In the picture below, you can see the difference between the triple rotary 90 degrees I've been using (bottom) and the short stubby 90 degree fittings that I got in this package (top). I had been avoiding using these because they look like they would be more restrictive than the snake style 90 degree fittings. But....since they extend out a much shorter distance than the snake style....I may have some additional options when trying to make connections on the motherboard. Many members suggested a VRM block to Memory block connection....and I simply couldn't make it happen with the snake style rotaries. These....may give me enough additional room to make it happen.





Still don't know if I'll like that option....but having options never hurts.
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Decided on which ayput yet?? Btw, the stubby ninetys look sexy!!!
Edit. Meant to write layout instead of ayput. Apple spell check.....sigh
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I still disagree with sandwiching the radiators, but it's looking pretty good. I suspect you're getting to the point where the little kid inside you keeps asking if it's done yet.
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Is the fillport screwed in or is it just sitting there?
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Chris, your pedestal flow meter isn't wired up yet, or am I missing something?
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