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post #61 of 75
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I primed and painted (as well as straightened up a couple of fins for better air flow) the 2 old radiators yesterday. I think I will let them continue to dry today, and maybe even until after work tomorrow, just so the paint sets up really good.

After doing a "post mortum" on the 3rd RX 360, I think my initial assessment of what went wrong was incorrect. It appears that all the screws that held on the fans were the correct length. What I think happened was that when I used the thread tap to clean out the mounting holes after painting, I went too far. Same effective result, but at least now, I know to put a thin, hard, piece of scrap metal (I have so thin gauge steel, 1/8 inch, laying around) in front to the radiator core before running the tap down.

I also contacted XSPC to find out what if anything can be done about it, and what metal was used to construct the tubing (aluminum, copper, brass, etc), and come to find out that it is copper. So with a little luck, I might be able to whip out my hobby blow torch and some tin solder and braze it closed.

Wish me luck.
post #62 of 75
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Well, this apparently was the tool that cause me to puncture my radiator ...



I should have used a scrap of metal to rest on top of the radiator core, before I want the thread tapper into the holes to clear the paint. That's what punctured it.

I tried using solder to fill the hole, but that didn't work very well, even after removing all the paint for a 1/4" around and cleaning the hold with alcohol. The solder just wouldn't hold well. Then I tried JB Weld, still no luck. It was just too hard to get into the spot where the hold was without causing more damage.

So in the interest of being very reliable, I'm just going to chalk this up as an $85 "I should have known better" experience, and order another. Hopefully I'll get another one in, painted, and allow it to dry well, and continue the build.

I guess I'll work on the temperature sensor/display portion next.
post #63 of 75
Ouch, lesson learned the hard way, I suppose.
post #64 of 75
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Well, Duke from PerformancePCs just call and gave me a full store credit for an MCP655 pump that I had to RMA back to Swiftech because it was DOA for another water cooling project. Instead of waiting for the 2 weeks to send the pump to CA, have them RMA it, then send it back to me, I just went ahead and bought another from PPCs, and had them issue me a store credit (did you follow all that?).

Anyway, the store credit came in just now, so I used that to get another XSPC RX360 from PPCs and paid the difference between the two costs. Anyway, thanks to the wonderful people at Swiftech for standing behind their product (which is why I use them all the time) and the awesome people at Performance PCs, I should have that 3rd RX360 installed by next weekend (they are shipping it out 2nd day air).

On a side note, I got The Betty up and running with some creative plumbing last night on 2 RX360's and after converting my loop from a series SLi to a parallel SLi (but still in single loop with the CPU) as well as running 12 Gentle Typhoon AP-14's as opposed to 6 Gentle Typhoon AP-30's dialed back to 1450RPM, the CPU and GPU temps are down a whopping 10-15C after 9 hours of doing Folding@Home!!!

I can't wait to see what they are once the 3rd RX360 with 6 more AP-14's are added to the loop. biggrin.gif
post #65 of 75
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Well, looks like my replacement radiator is stuck at FedEx in Orlando Florida because of hurricane Sandy. So I doubt I'll get it until Wed or Thurs at the earliest. mad.gif
post #66 of 75
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Well, I got the 3rd radiator last night, and I taped it up and have laid down the first coat of primer on it. Hopefully I'll have the 2nd coat of primer on it and let it dry for 12 hours and start putting down paint tomorrow. I'll let it dry until Sunday, then hopefully have more pictures of all 3 radiators installed soon.

Sadly, I also found out that Danger Den is going out of business, and the radiator stand that they made is no longer available. Too bad, that was an awesome radiator stand for the money, and is the corner stone for this build.
post #67 of 75
Cool, looking forward to the temps with the 3rd rad.
post #68 of 75
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Originally Posted by anubis1127 View Post

Cool, looking forward to the temps with the 3rd rad.

Me too. biggrin.gif

I can only imagine what they will do with 50% more water and 6 more AP-14 fans. thumb.gif

I just have to figure out a way to put all the tubing in now. No matter what I think of, it won't be a "clean" a look as it was, but that's mainly because I have to mount the dual pumps and reservoir on the outside of the case, then plumb back to the inside of the stand to hit the quick disconnects.

[Edit]

Well, here is a photo of the 2nd coat of primer on the new radiator under my heat lamp.



Tomorrow I'll throw 2 coats of blue on it and let it dry for 48 hours (I've waited this long, no need to rush the paint properly drying) then mount it all up.
post #69 of 75
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Well, looks like I'm going to be changing this build from what it started out to be. I am going to keep this as a 2 RX360 radiator build and I will not be using the temperature sensors or display.

Basically, since I have purchased a new Switch 810 case in gunmetal gray, and I'm having Dwood make me a custom base for it, my plans have changed, and I will be keeping "The Betty" as a 2 radiator, dual pump setup. I'll reuse the 3rd RX360 and temperature system in my new build (as of yet untitled).

I'll update this build log when I am finished up the wiring and plumbing.
post #70 of 75
Very sexy bro! You have given me ideas and other such things. biggrin.gif I will probably start my build log up soon.
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