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op, how are you liking the mips blocks?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by socketus View Post

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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Originally Posted by barkinos98 View Post

well, its about to be a year in a few weeks biggrin.gif

Yes...I can't wait to put this into production. I still do so much photo/video editing on my old X58 rig....this one should be soooooo much faster. Can't wait! My goal will be to finish version 1.0 and put it in production before June 5th...which would be one year after I started. smile.gif


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Originally Posted by socketus View Post

forest girl .... forest girl ..... where are yOU ??

Yeah...would love some more FG pics. smile.gif



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Originally Posted by linkdiablo View Post

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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Originally Posted by Rbby258 View Post

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

An intriguing idea linkdiablo. But I'm happy with temps and plumbing layout between the cards. Will stay as-is for now.



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Originally Posted by m1ndb3nd3r View Post

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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Originally Posted by Killa Cam View Post

op, how are you liking the mips blocks?

Love all my Mips blocks. Not sure if Nate is still working on the AE11 batch of blocks or not. Last time we communicated, I asked for a tentative expected finish date before I paid the second invoice he sent me, and he wouldn't even throw out a guess. After waiting as long as I have already, I'll probably just ask for my initial deposit back if they are not done soon. I was always hoping to do a temperature comparison between the Mips block and Nate's blocks...but I'm pretty darn happy with temps for the Mips block. Nate....you alive?

As far as the Mips blocks go....the large block that covers the chipset, LSI chip, and PLX chips.....is amazing. The southbridge temp sensor used to get up past 60 degrees, even with that horribly annoying x-fan spinning. Now...with the Mips block....it never gets above 33 degrees....and no fan noise. Depending on your loop layout, the in/out may cause a challenge...but it can be done. The VRM block also lowered temps.....but not as dramatically as the larger chipset block. The "MB" temp sensor for Asrock....which I assume comes from the voltage regulator area....used to get up as high as 70 degrees under stress. Now...it stays in the mid-50's under stress, and idles in the 40's. So....very happy.
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Couple of pictures of today's activities......

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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.

Still love seeing pictures of this build. wubsmiley.gif
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Pictures and video of Blu-Ray Stealth Drive!

I'm still tinkering with stuff while I have the build torn down. I've had a stealth Blu-Ray mod on my list for awhile, so I tackled that yesterday. Here are some pics of the process.


First I removed my Blu-Ray drive from the pedestal, and I took off both the faceplate, and the trim on the tray.









I had to take the enclosure off of the drive to remove the faceplate, but it was just a few screws. Nothing tough. Next, I grabbed an extra flex bay cover that I had. When I first had my case powder coated, I had several extra covers and plates done in case I ever needed to play with them later. Came in handy.





I got out the Dremel, and took all of the sides off of the plate. Now...there is just a little curved lid on each side...that doesn't wrap far around the sides at all.





Then I took a strip of velcro and cut it to size to fit the edge of the sliding tray.







I did something similar to the inside of the flex-bay cover with the other side of the velcro.





Look in the lower right corner of the Blu-Ray drive. That little piece of foam is some foam tape I put on top of the "open tray" button. This picture shows just one piece of foam...but I had to build it up a little higher with a second piece of foam to get it to work.





I was just using a roll of foam tape like this that you can get from Lowes or Home Depot.





I played around with supporting the faceplate in different sections with different heights of foam. I'm not 100% satisfied yet...but enough to go ahead and show you how it looks. And what better way than a video....right?! The memory card reader is not installed in the middle slot for this video, but you'll get the idea. All I have to do is press on the faceplate, and the pressure of the foam activates the open tray mechanism. I could also always use the Windows "eject drive" command with the mouse, if needed. When the Blu-Ray drive is closed...you can't tell that there is anything there at all. Just what I wanted.




Working on some LED strip lighting for the pedestal right now. More soon!
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Nice. I've been meaning to get around to making mine stealth, but I painted it and the Aquaero faceplates to see if I like that better. I don't. wink.gif
All my flex bay covers are ventilated......! Need to order a solid one at some point.
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Pictures and video of Blu-Ray Stealth Drive!

I'm still tinkering with stuff while I have the build torn down. I've had a stealth Blu-Ray mod on my list for awhile, so I tackled that yesterday. Here are some pics of the process.


First I removed my Blu-Ray drive from the pedestal, and I took off both the faceplate, and the trim on the tray.









I had to take the enclosure off of the drive to remove the faceplate, but it was just a few screws. Nothing tough. Next, I grabbed an extra flex bay cover that I had. When I first had my case powder coated, I had several extra covers and plates done in case I ever needed to play with them later. Came in handy.





I got out the Dremel, and took all of the sides off of the plate. Now...there is just a little curved lid on each side...that doesn't wrap far around the sides at all.





Then I took a strip of velcro and cut it to size to fit the edge of the sliding tray.







I did something similar to the inside of the flex-bay cover with the other side of the velcro.





Look in the lower right corner of the Blu-Ray drive. That little piece of foam is some foam tape I put on top of the "open tray" button. This picture shows just one piece of foam...but I had to build it up a little higher with a second piece of foam to get it to work.





I was just using a roll of foam tape like this that you can get from Lowes or Home Depot.





I played around with supporting the faceplate in different sections with different heights of foam. I'm not 100% satisfied yet...but enough to go ahead and show you how it looks. And what better way than a video....right?! The memory card reader is not installed in the middle slot for this video, but you'll get the idea. All I have to do is press on the faceplate, and the pressure of the foam activates the open tray mechanism. I could also always use the Windows "eject drive" command with the mouse, if needed. When the Blu-Ray drive is closed...you can't tell that there is anything there at all. Just what I wanted.




Working on some LED strip lighting for the pedestal right now. More soon!


want to see the movie. "there is a problem com back later learn more" ha why did i push the button. ha ha:D
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Nice. I've been meaning to get around to making mine stealth, but I painted it and the Aquaero faceplates to see if I like that better. I don't. wink.gif
All my flex bay covers are ventilated......! Need to order a solid one at some point.

Just a thought - have you considered painting all of the flexbays the same shade of blue that the AQ faceplate, FC, & rom tray have ?

At the very least the 3 single bays at top ?
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hey op, i hope you're ok.
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hey op, i hope you're ok.

Tornado stayed south of me today. The one yesterday was much much closer....but still a miss. Golf ball sized hail though. Fiancee's car has now been nailed by hail 4 times in the last 3 weeks. Welcome to Oklahoma in May. smile.gif

Keep Oklahoma in your prayers though, because it looks like there was a lot of death and destruction here today. Children, no less.
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