Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL
You could make some very similarly without too much effort I would think - and it would be unbelievably strong! Just take a steel/copper pipe of the right diameter and about 6" long... clamp it down well and cut a section down the length (remove about 1/3 of the pipe down the length). Now just cut across the remainder at the appropriate width (looks like about a half inch - so even with waste you could get 10 out of a 6" piece of pipe). Drill and tap your 3 holes for pins - and you could just use button head screws for that - put a dot of silicone in the head and put them in 'backwards' (heads toward the reservoir) - the back one could simply have a longer screw used to go through the case panel/wall. Paint or powdercoat to the desired color.
If you don't like messing with the metal... you could do the same thing with a very hard PVC... but it would be a little 'less' bullet proof.
Hmmm... that's what the build log I found (where I'm getting some of my inspiration for Mitternacht from) did. He took a copper pipe the same size and made his own. I think I could do it out of aluminum...
Originally Posted by stnz
Re-up the piiiiictures !
At least the final one
There's the link to the whole album! Enjoy yourself
Looks like it's update time folks!Update 20 - Bringing Blocks Back to Life
So for MurderMac, I purchased a GTX 580 from a user here on OCN. I requested the nickel and plexi block and he was glad to oblige. I was on the computer after making my request when I get a message... "The nickel is freaking flaking!" Oh no... great... well he had a brand new copper block so I decided to take that instead. Hey, I could get it plated I guess. Well the seller also threw in the flaking nickel block as well. Thanks again for that!
So I get the blocks and card in the mail. The copper block is amazing, still in the box and everything, never been used, not even tarnished. Then I come to the nickel block... damn that thing is ugly... it is flaking pretty badly. So I call up the platers, said that it shouldn't be a problem to re-plate. Drive down there, wait an hour in traffic because the I5 bridge north of Mt. Vernon, WA is broken so I have to take the detour. Drop the blocks off finally, told to call them back on Friday. Called them today, blocks are ready. Drive down there, this time wait two hours in traffic because it was even worse today. Get there, paid my $40, went home. Was it worth it? Oh.yes.it.was. These blocks are beautiful. There was a small issue with the one that was nickel plated.
That block had to be stripped and so therefore some of the copper was going to be eaten away too. It wasn't that bad actually. I'll let the pictures do the talking
Here's how the blocks looked when I first got them.
Mmmm copper. Not a big fan of the copper look though.
Acrylic tops removed.
See the flaking in better detail.
More detail. Just tarnish though.
Yuck! Lots of tarnish.
I feel sick...
So that's how the blocks looked when I took them to the platers. The guy said it would be $20 for the copper block and $40 for the flaking block. He warned me that it may not come out as nice as the other one because he would have to remove the nickel and that would remove some of the copper. I said that that was fine so he went ahead and did what he had to do. It ended up costing me $40 TOTAL because he felt bad he couldn't get the block looking as nice. I was surprised though at how the flaking block came out though. Then I saw the copper one that had been plated and my jaw hit the floor.
: I remember us discussing the finish of nickel plating earlier in the thread and I asked the plating guy about that and he said the quality of the finish is all about how the item is prepped before it is plated. If the copper is a mirror finish before it goes in the bath, it comes out a mirror finish. If the piece is matte, it comes out matte etc. etc.
Well, here are some pictures of the freshly plated blocks.
So here is the one that was flaking. Notice the weird pattern? That was from the acid eating the copper, nothing could be done about that. Oh well, once it is filled with Ice Dragon, you won't really be able to see it.
Here is the fresh copper one. Wow oh wow did it turn out nicely!
Need to clean up the drool.
The back of the first block.
Back of the second block.
Beginning the re-assembly of the block. Here you can really see the effects of the acid. Can't feel it though, smooth as butter... weird...
All finished up!
Not bad, I would give it 8.5 out of 10 on the quality scale.
Re-assembling block #2.
9.5 out of 10 quality wise.
Naked GTX 580. Damn that die is huge, makes my Tahiti look tiny.
Forgot to take pictures of the progress but we all know how it went. Cut up thermal pads, swear because you cut the wrong one. Cut up the other pad properly, arrange the first set of thermal pads all hodge-podge because you messed up the first time, place second set, apply thermal paste, screw in support bracket, swear while you try not to get paste on yourself, wonder why you didn't put bracket on first, then paste, screws in screws to block, screw in screws to backplate, swear a lot when you realize that the screws are too big, swear even more when you realize you can't get them out. Take a break, crack open a cold one. Think about how to fix it, get dremel out and saw off the heads of the screws. Swear lots while you nick the backplate. Put in the proper screws, curse EK while enjoying your finished product. I hope that's how everyone's install process went. No? Just me? Well then...
Ignore the sharpie... my bad...
There you go guys! That was today's endeavors! Hope you enjoy!