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At this point, the D5 pumps are the loudest thing in the build
Even at reduced speed? At full speed I can still hear the D5 hum, but at reduced speed, I can't hear anything from them at all after the air is gone. How do you have them decoupled?
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I think that Koolance block needs that nickel stripped off to reveal the copper underneath devil.gif
     
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Couple of pictures of today's activities......


With the Areca card waterblock in place and functioning....I'm ready to tear everything down for what I hope is the final time before placing this thing in production. I mentioned a few posts ago how the RPM sensor on my new PWM D5 was not working. FrozenCPU was kind enough to get me a replacement shipped out immediately, and were even willing to do some cross-shipping since I order so much stuff from them. Kudos and thanks to them. The replacement pump is supposed to arrive today. I went ahead and ordered a second PWM pump...because I really liked how much range these things had versus the ones I have that use voltage to control the speed. There is not any identifiable difference in sound to my ear when they are running at the same speed....but the PWM versions can spin at much slower speeds.

I'll need to drain the system again to replace the pumps, and while I'm doing that, I'm going to take care of a little bit of housekeeping in the pedestal.

Here are some pictures showing I've removed the motherboard tray (the QDC's worked awesome....like them much better than my previous d-plug solution), drained the loop, and separated the pedestal from the main case.







I hadn't ever hooked up the Blu-ray player down in the pedestal, so I needed SATA data cable that was fairly long. None of the Akasa Pro's that I had learned how to shorten easily....were long enough to reach the pedestal, so I used a 3 ft silver SATA cable, and sleeved it in white. When done, I immediately took the sleeve off and started over. I had failed to wrap the cable in white electrical tape first...and you could tell. White sleeving is so beautiful.....when you hide any color underneath it. When you don't...it bleeds through and doesn't look right. Anyway...here is the second attempt at the cable....





Also down in the pedestal, I had never sleeved the Aquacomputer Flow Meter cable. Plus...even though the standard cable was long enough to reach where I wanted to plug it in, there was not much slack in the cable and it looked out of place. I want to be able to run it up to the PA2 in a manner where the wire follows the same flow as the other cables on the PSU side...so I need it to be longer. Because of the large funky connector pins on one end (for the life of me...I don't know why they did that), I ended up soldering on an additional length of wire instead of starting from scratch. I replaced the beige 3pin connector on the other end with a white one....and sleeved it all in white MDPC-X. Looks much better now.....





Next up....I'm going to play with doing some lighting down in the pedestal, that hopefully will end up looking like a soft glow coming through the case mesh. Probably will try some strip LED's down there with wiring up to my Lamptron FC8. I'll also get the new pumps installed and wired later tonight after they arrive.
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Originally Posted by Electrocutor View Post

Even at reduced speed? At full speed I can still hear the D5 hum, but at reduced speed, I can't hear anything from them at all after the air is gone. How do you have them decoupled?

My comment was really intended to describe how quiet the rest of the system was....not to say that the D5's are noisy. They are not. But they are still the loudest thing left in a virtually silent system. My rad fans are silent at 500 rpm. I've replaced the PSU fans with silent fans. There are no HDD's to create any clicking sound. Every system has a "loudest" part. By stating that mine are the D5's, I'm trying to illustrate how quiet the system is. They are decoupled well. Although....since they are lone item that makes any noise whatsoever when system is idling...I think I'm going to play with ways to further reduce the hum. I might try some soundproofing material wrapped around the motor underneath the bitspower dress up kit. devil-smiley-019.gif


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I think that Koolance block needs that nickel stripped off to reveal the copper underneath devil.gif

I'm really surprised you didn't suggest commissioning a custom full-card waterblock for the thing. I mean....why stop at stripping the nickel....right? wink.gif
post #3235 of 3982
Wow ! I just checked the OP date - this thread is closing in on 1 year biggrin.gif and I've been here since its beginning, a first for myself. Still looking forward to this rig's initial completion wink.gif
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I was going to suggest a custom water block for the raid card. But after the mo/bo block figure it not worth it. Nothing against nate, as now I want to learn CNC to do my own custom water blocks when I get out of college...
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How about cutting yourself a slot on the other side of the heatsink an put another waterblock over the CPU: If the blocks can accomodate something like that diagram you could add the block without changing you tubing layout and drop your raid card cpu temps.

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How about cutting yourself a slot on the other side of the heatsink an put another waterblock over the CPU: If the blocks can accomodate something like that diagram you could add the block without changing you tubing layout and drop your raid card cpu temps.

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i would leave it as is the temps are fine and now its silent.
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