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Looking great! Tell me about your lighting. What type of LEDs are you using? Are they all singles?
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I took some time this morning to go back thru the build log, and open a lot of pics in a second window to zoom in a lot to see the details.

The latter part of the build here where you drop the front side of the PSU cover down lower to facilitate mounting the pump, is the real turning point that turns it into a class build.

Looks like you went from 4 fans on the 240 to 2 fans to do it, but it pays off hugely in cleaner looks. That's a big res to accomodate cleanly in a build. I noticed the fitting holes turned into slots in the cover plate as well, good planning.

Overall, a very clean job, where persistance paid off.

+ Rep to you, good man, you've earned it.


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Originally Posted by NostraD View Post

Looking great! Tell me about your lighting. What type of LEDs are you using? Are they all singles?
The led's around the case is a 2m NZXT strip.
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I took some time this morning to go back thru the build log, and open a lot of pics in a second window to zoom in a lot to see the details.
The latter part of the build here where you drop the front side of the PSU cover down lower to facilitate mounting the pump, is the real turning point that turns it into a class build.
Looks like you went from 4 fans on the 240 to 2 fans to do it, but it pays off hugely in cleaner looks. That's a big res to accomodate cleanly in a build. I noticed the fitting holes turned into slots in the cover plate as well, good planning.
Overall, a very clean job, where persistance paid off.
+ Rep to you, good man, you've earned it.
Darlene
Well thank you. Yes, I dropped two of the fans on the 240, when I realized the pump location wasn't where I wanted it to be the first go around. I actually fabbed a mount for the pump to attach to the HDD cage but realized it would be so much simpler to just bolt the Bitspower mount directly. Eventually I'll probably add the other pump alongside, and I'm debating whether to get a dual mount top or just another single and link them.
The story about the 2 piece cover top started with my 24 pin sleeved cable. Some of the voltage wires were moved from where Seasonic originally had them to facilitate some cleaner looking sleeving- although each was matched to the proper voltage according to Seasonics manual that came with the psu- but I could not "jump start" the psu. So that meant I had to use the 24 to 10/18 pin wiring that came with the psu to prime the w/c system, then swap back to my sleeved cables. Strange, huh? I've since cleared up that problem but thought I would go ahead and keep the 2 piece top for the time being.

Today I setup the res led's to turn on/off with a switch, so that when I want to run the machine overnight I will not have any extra night lights. It's the same rear mount switch that comes with most cathodes, and I just wired in an extra 4 pin molex to plug into the led's lighting the res.
Next up I have some white 3/16" acrylic coming, and I'm considering ordering some black as well. I will probably try to match the two-level cover instead of a straight side piece spanning the length of the case for a cleaner look. I've never worked with bending acrylic so it will be something new for me.
post #114 of 251
Get this heat strip for bending acrylic: Don't get the cheapo ones, and build the wood support board just like the directions on the Briskheat website.

http://www.briskheat.com/p-152-rh-plastic-bending-strip-heater.aspx

Get the 36" model for enough working length for a PSU cover.

Here's a video of it being used:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkjsPrWT0Ic

and here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovqnIBQuezA

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Thanks for the helpful links, Darlene. I'm thinking I will not need a heat source 36" long for bending across the width. But seeing those Briskheat strips brings back memories. I used to use those on an extruder device a long time ago when I was doing rechargeable battery R&D for Energizer.
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Still waiting on some acrylic sheets I ordered to come in. I had ordered some vinyl wrap a while back as well, don't know what ever happened to it as it hasn't made it here yet through snail mail. Looking like I will probably RMA the FC8, it has 2 channels not working right. What is it with these fan controllers? I've had some not work right out of the box and others quit after a while. I have a spare Sunbeam Rheostat that has been trouble free but don't really want the bright led's on this build. Fortunately the real workhorse controller, the G Vanns FC9, has been a good one so far.

I seem to have a stable x45 overclock with no WHEA errors in Event Viewer. Idle temps with the fans all turned down very low is around 30-32c. This cpu is one that likes the vcore. Max vcore peaks at 1.272 under full load with Prime 95. Depending on ambient temp the max temp under Prime 95 27.2 load is about 78c. Since I have the pump connected to the fan controller I'm not really sure of pump speed, I usually just set it so no bubbles are surging around in the reservoir.

Anyway the modding plans continue. What I get accomplished in the near future will depend on how well I can learn to work with acrylic. I really like the idea of acrylic as I absolutely do not like painting + I'm not good at it.
We're in the process of building new kitchen cabinet doors and fortunately my wife has taken over most of the painting/staining on that project. She routered out all the door parts and I showed her how to use a nail gun and glue and she really took off on the project. All it cost me was a router, a table saw, a miter saw, a......well you get the idea. If she's happy then I'm happy. wink.gif

I really need to get my Z68 rig sold to get some more mod money. It just sits there, neglected while the Z77's have all the fun......
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We're in the process of building new kitchen cabinet doors and fortunately my wife has taken over most of the painting/staining on that project. She routered out all the door parts and I showed her how to use a nail gun and glue and she really took off on the project. All it cost me was a router, a table saw, a miter saw, a......well you get the idea. If she's happy then I'm happy. wink.gif
I really need to get my Z68 rig sold to get some more mod money. It just sits there, neglected while the Z77's have all the fun......

I hear you, my wife takes over all painting/staining jobs. She is sooooooooo good at it - and she can do it without getting any on her! I am still amazed to this day! We have done all the remodeling on our house ourselves so far. My wife has slowly built up her tool collection and now has just as many as I do. It's not that I am stingy with my tools - she just says "but I want my own". LOL (and with the exception of some power tools - most of hers are pink! - http://theoriginalpinkbox.com/ <-she loves this site). biggrin.gif
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Gorgeous brother. Gave me some idears.
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Thanks guys.
Some vinyl came in, more coming. I ordered some vinyl "cement", probably here like Monday. Haven't settled on a final design for the replacement cover yet, will depend on how smooth I can cut the vinyl. I have a lot of ideas, and my wife threw some wild patterns at me. Not sure how complicated I can go with this stuff as far as fitting since all joints have to be very straight and very smooth. (for cementing together)
Update: 3 colors of vinyl sheet! White, Black, & Blue. Let's see what kind of mess I can make!
From what I understand, the adhesive process for joining acrylic is more like welding, in that the pieces literally bond together when the liquid adhesive is applied. This requires smooth, straight joints because unlike glue that will fill voids, the idea here is a very tight fit so bonding can take place. I'm hoping some of this will carry over into our home, as my wife has some ideas for acrylic backsplash in the kitchen.
Anyway I thought the idea of single colors was too boring and not enough of a challenge. How this will turn out is anyone's guess.
stay tuned.....
Edited by mandrix - 8/9/12 at 3:30am
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Hmm. Don't know if I ever mentioned this, but I decided on no mesh behind the front panel in front of the fans. What I did was take the dust filter off and dye it with Rit Black. The front shots above show the dyed filter (well not really) but the point is the fans don't stand out so much now. The dyed filter adds a little shading.
I also have some sleeving coming from modDIY for the USB 3.0 cable. The largest I had was 12mm and it wouldn't fit over the mobo plug, and the front panel end is soldered in place. So I ordered some 16mm black sleeving and I think that will work out. I had already sleeved the SATA data cables with modDIY 12mm black sleeving.
BTW all the sleeving on this build came from modDIY except for the fans and front panel to mobo wires, which were sleeved with black paracord. I know everyone likes to use MDPC but I could never seem to connect when they were open, and besides the modDIY sleeving is pretty good. In the future I'll try the MDPC and see if I like it better.
One day I might finish paracord sleeving the 24 pin as I was able to get a lighter blue color than what I got in the plastic sleeving from modDIY. We'll see, sleeving isn't one of my favorite things to do.
I really need a better crimper. Molex power pins are a real pain to do with mine and the ATX pins could have been better but at least they seem tight enough that I've had no problems. With all the power connectors on this rig I've really had to crimp a bunch of 4 pin connectors.
What else. I put a switch in the back for the led's in the res so I could turn them off when the rig needs to run overnight. Don't need any more night lights.
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