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post #111 of 2434
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Wow, my wrist is swollen from all that sleeving yesterday and my finger and thumb are black from tapering hot sleeve. (whine, moan, complain..... biggrin.gif ) . I did the psu double wire splits between 9-10" and I'm hoping that places them solidly behind the mobo tray. I wouldn't say they look as good as Lutro0's but at least they are done.

So near term things I need to do, in no particular order:
finish the 24 pin
fab and sleeve SATA power cable(s)
size and sleeve Akasa ProSlim SATA data cables (these things are so cool, cut to length data cables, who woulda thunk?)
finsh wiring to AQ5 & PowerAdjust ultra including fabbing power cable(s)
Install new 7950 in Switch and test before mounting water block (just using the Switch as a testbed for the 7950 since I can plug it in easily. Monday maybe if it gets delivered)

Did I ever post how I will be filling the res? I purposely spaced it out from the case side far enough to line up MOL with one of the fan holes. Just unscrew the fan blank and the port on top the res, thread in a fitting with tubing attached and insert small funnel and boom! as John Madden likes to say .



So the plan for hookups to the AQ5 & PowerAdjust, this is what I'm thinking, and anyone with first hand knowledge please make suggestions if this doesn't jive:
There are 4 fan hookups on the AQ5, and I'm thinking:
Fan 1 - 8 fan harness from pedestal
Fan 2 - 5 fan harness from case
Fan 3 - MCP35x Heatsink fan
Fan 4 - MCP35x pump

1 fan hookup on the PA
Fan 1 - The other 8 fan harness from pedestal

If I understand what others have posted about the AQ5, separating higher draw fan channels can help with heat problems. The pump has to go on either Fan 4 on the AQ5, or on the PA, so I figure to plug it into the AQ5 with the low-draw heatsink fan on the adjacent channel.
Again if this isn't correct someone let me know please.
post #112 of 2434
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post #113 of 2434
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me likey biggrin.gif
post #114 of 2434
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Thanks, meeps!
post #115 of 2434
Me likey a lot thumb.gif Next build/rebuild I do, I've really got to attempt some custom sleeving, just looks so darn good.
post #116 of 2434
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Originally Posted by PCModderMike View Post

Me likey a lot thumb.gif Next build/rebuild I do, I've really got to attempt some custom sleeving, just looks so darn good.
Thanks, Mike. It's time consuming, but not so hard. Give it a go.
post #117 of 2434
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All Mondays aren't bad. Well actually they are all pretty much the same for me, but UPS did pay me a visit:


I think I'll take a break from sleeving and see what this puppy will do. wink.gif
post #118 of 2434
Looking real nice so far! I'm interested in getting my own SM8 to replace my aging HAF 932, so I'll be following this build closely. Keep up the good work!
post #119 of 2434
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Thanks, and welcome Farmer Boe.

Well the second 7950 checks out OK. I fired up Afterburner and ticked it up to around 1.08v and made a few 3DMark11 runs. Very quiet fans, and I didn't see any high temps. Soon I'll get the block and backplate attached and get it installed in the rig.
Worked on SATA power cable today but ended up trashing it after I put a connector on backwards (push down type connectors) and had to remove it. Kept getting interrupted anyway so I put it off for now..
Edited by mandrix - 10/15/12 at 4:52pm
post #120 of 2434
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I have had a few discussions about running the fan wiring up from the pedestal to the main case. It's pretty much obscured in the pics, but I drilled a 7/8" hole in the forward fan blank in the case floor and inserted a grommet. It's more or less below the pump, which is sitting on a short accessory mount. The wiring comes up through the grommet, out to the HDD mounting area, where another harness picks up all the case fans, then all fans except the pump heatsink fan are routed back into the case to the AQ5.
I had wanted a solution that brought the pedestal wiring up into the HDD mounting area on the side, but that would have meant doing some radical surgery to the top of the pedestal and even then I couldn't be sure it would work. I would not like giving up any space in the main case area, but maybe it would have been worth sacrificing a little bit for a pass-through solution out of sight on the HDD mount side, just a little more room to put an opening down to the pedestal.
This may or may not have been on the radar when the case was designed, I don't know, but is something I would have considered as a more elegant solution for passing wiring between the two areas. Not a flaw in the design, just one of those things that occur to you when working on something as a matter of convenience. Overall the case design is very robust and practical, and I wouldn't take points away for a minor inconvenience.
So that was my solution, maybe others will have better ideas. smile.gif
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