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I'm taking a break sleeving my SeaSonic X-1250, I've got at least 12 hours of sleeving done and I'm not even half finished! Anyhow have you considered Koolance QDC's? I can't wait to see some pics of your build, you probably have already taken a peak at my STH10 build log below in my sig.

You are going to love the anti-vibration mounts especially for your DVD drives, Your going to love the short anti-vibration mounts for your MCP35X2 pump!
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I'm taking a break sleeving my SeaSonic X-1250, I've got at least 12 hours of sleeving done and I'm not even half finished! Anyhow have you considered Koolance QDC's? I can't wait to see some pics of your build, you probably have already taken a peak at my STH10 build log below in my sig.
You are going to love the anti-vibration mounts especially for your DVD drives, Your going to love the short anti-vibration mounts for your MCP35X2 pump!

O god sleeving...... NEVER AGAIN WILL I BOTHER WITH THAT... Hope the rest of the PSU goes quicker wink.gif

OP BTW as a fan controller i would go with an AC AQ5, That would have to be the best bit of my last build that said every thing else in my system seem to have had issue lol and I would not bother paint your GT either.

Nice choice with the GPU's i'm officially now an Nvidia Fan boy after dealing with ATI this time round lol

Looking forward to some pic's also! cheers.gif
    
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I thought about Koolance Quick Disconnects, at one point I considered using them everywhere. I go back and forth on it really. I wonder if they are more prone to leaks and then there is the possible restriction issue - and if your buying a STH10/AX1200i/MVE/SLI N680GTX Lightnings/ETC, price on any fittings seem cheap!! Once I get the dual water blocked 680 Lightnings going and my 3770K delided, I'm not looking to replace this system for quite a while, but there is always bi-yearly mantience and upgrade-itis to consider.

That said the budget shoot upwards with this project and we are looking at a fall build log really. I am thinking of ways to make this build special art wise without breaking the bank too much. All I know for sure is I want to mod in and paint on some modular panels so I can change out the art frequently - I may or may not powder coat a main color. I may not bother though as I think there would be good art/color on the modded panels and the standard black could frame the art panels nicely.

I just ordered the dual Black Ice SR1 480 Rads and the dual Aqua Computer N680GTX Lightning GPU Blocks. Currently I only have one of these GPUs though, no sense upgrading to SLI until I upgrade my monitor. With a single 1080p U2312HM Display, there just isn't a need for SLI - however eventually I want to get at least a single 27" IPS display if not triple 27". The Dell U2713HM caught my eye. Waiting for a low input lag quality IPS display bigger than 23" to sweep me off my feet that isn't NEC expensive with high lag.

I had many ATi cards back in the day, so the 580 Lightning (which I sold) was my first Nvidia card. I always wanted to go team green due to the driver complaints, but until the 500 series, Nvidia was behind in temps/noise. Loving the MSI Lightning Nvidia cards so far, I have no plans to switch to anything else. I'm just lucky Aqua Computer made a full cover block for my 680 Lightning card(s).

One of the main reasons I ordered the Corsair AX1200i - besides the low ripple digital awesomeness of it - is that I know Corsair will release full replacement red and black single braided PSU cables for it. If I did do my own single cable braiding, I'd like to do that reflective braiding material I saw in a build log a while ago. It was like that white reflective safety vest stuff, or the shiny bits on your nike sneakers. That would look killer with case lighting. Thinking ahead, if you ever need to RMA your PSU, you would have to buy another set of cables anyway cus you need to RMA it with a set of non modded cables. So if I were to braid the cables, I'd still buy the Corsair single braided cables for sleeving, keep the original set for possible RMA reasons. Plus that way you have a perfectly keyed single braided set already, so no need to worry about if the cable paths are keyed one-to-one or not.

Painting the GT fans seems easy enough and I always wanted another color on those. The grey blades are ok just nothing special. I think the Aqua Computer fan controllers are really nice, though from what I've read they seem over priced to a fault and to focus too much on controller overkill instead of a quality LCD. Not how I want to spend my fan controller money. The Bitfenix Recon is cool with smartphone remote control and a nice vivid display (even if it's a static non changing image). And no the remote on the Aqua Computer is not as cool with sub standard infra red and no capacitive touchscreen. The Aqua has better build quality no doubt.

I'm checking out every STH10 build log I can find to draw ideas from, so I'll check yours out Systemlord. BTW I had a Seasonic 1250XM just before the AX1200i, but it died after 30 minutes. Some reports of DOAs on that platform too. So I gave up, and lucky for me the AX1200i came out with glowing reviews. The AX1200i lacks the quad card support the 1250XM has, but I think dual cards is plenty and I need some free PCI power cables for my MVE mobo anyway.
Edited by Neo Zuko - 8/23/12 at 9:11am
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I thought about Koolance Quick Disconnects, at one point I considered using them everywhere. I go back and forth on it really. I wonder if they are more prone to leaks and then there is the possible restriction issue - and if your buying a STH10/AX1200i/MVE/SLI N680GTX Lightnings/ETC, price on any fittings seem cheap!! Once I get the dual water blocked 680 Lightnings going and my 3770K delided, I'm not looking to replace this system for quite a while, but there is always bi-yearly mantience and upgrade-itis to consider.

Never had any leaks at all with the Koolance QD fittings. They do reduce flow but by all accounts it is negligible. I have them pretty much everywhere and still only run my pump at about 70%. If you can afford them then it is a no brainer really! biggrin.gif
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Never had any leaks at all with the Koolance QD fittings. They do reduce flow but by all accounts it is negligible. I have them pretty much everywhere and still only run my pump at about 70%. If you can afford them then it is a no brainer really! biggrin.gif

I love the idea of QD's, but the hate the look and size of the Koolance ones. I'm exploring alternatives right now. The idea I'm trying first is to sandwich a Bitspower d-plug between two of the Bitspower mini-valves. It ends up being just about as long as the Koolance QD...but will be in the same finish as the rest of my fittings and should look much nicer. Just an idea.
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I love the idea of QD's, but the hate the look and size of the Koolance ones. I'm exploring alternatives right now. The idea I'm trying first is to sandwich a Bitspower d-plug between two of the Bitspower mini-valves. It ends up being just about as long as the Koolance QD...but will be in the same finish as the rest of my fittings and should look much nicer. Just an idea.

Seems everyone uses Bitspower, any love for the new Swiftech fittings out there??
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I think they look nice. They just don't have all the finishes and pieces that you can get from a collection like Bitspower.

Reglar has some pictures of them in his build log. I think he mentioned he broke one of them also. You should ask him his thoughts.
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It's a post Merlin world, the STH10 is just not as cool anymore to me!! Bought a SM8.
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Painting the GT fans seems easy enough and I always wanted another color on those. The grey blades are ok just nothing special. I think the Aqua Computer fan controllers are really nice, though from what I've read they seem over priced to a fault and to focus too much on controller overkill instead of a quality LCD. Not how I want to spend my fan controller money. The Bitfenix Recon is cool with smartphone remote control and a nice vivid display (even if it's a static non changing image). And no the remote on the Aqua Computer is not as cool with sub standard infra red and no capacitive touchscreen. The Aqua has better build quality no doubt.
I'm checking out every STH10 build log I can find to draw ideas from, so I'll check yours out Systemlord. BTW I had a Seasonic 1250XM just before the AX1200i, but it died after 30 minutes. Some reports of DOAs on that platform too. So I gave up, and lucky for me the AX1200i came out with glowing reviews. The AX1200i lacks the quad card support the 1250XM has, but I think dual cards is plenty and I need some free PCI power cables for my MVE mobo anyway.

Yer the AQ5 screen is nothing special from what i'v read that's why I got 2 x AQ5 LT (run everything of them pumps fan's) also I'm fairly certain i would have never been bother to try and monitor my pc from a small screen on the front of my case when i could just check it on my desktop screen.
This also meant I could have a clean front panel, Fan controllers, DVD players and 5,25 res's just make the front of the PC look cluttered imo, I think i'v used my external DVD/CD drive like 3 time installed windows twice and got some photos of a DVD and have not used it for the last two months the need for a DVD/CD reader in the PC is really no longer a must since most content i just get of the net. The GT's are easy enough to paint I painted my 8 white they look nice, I just think the only thing i achieved by doing this was possibly damaging the performance of the fans which is the reason why i spent so much on them which made the whole excises pointless since i could have just got some similar performance fans that were white for half the price.

O and that chrome is just like another paint at least on the fittings i'v seen it can come of. thumb.gif
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