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post #131 of 2434
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Spent the afternoon fabbing up a dual power connect for 4 pin molex from the psu, and a split extension for the AQ5 and PA2. The pump I will connect in the side straight to the connector I fabbed from the psu as will the extension for the AQ5/PA2..
Wow this stuff takes time, it's just like doing double wires on a psu by the time you sleeve everything, but it's done.
I also have a temporary 5 connection SATA power harness made until I can get some crimp type connectors, I just don't like the punch downs I used.
post #132 of 2434
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Leak testing underway! Looking good.
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isn't it time to change your avatar ? tongue.gif
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post #134 of 2434
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....in a day or two. Thought I'd match the build name for a while. biggrin.gif

Leak tested about 6 hours while I worked on wiring. Never saw a drop except a little that dribbled around the top threads of the res until I tightened it. Top loading the res is working out good, I just use a small funnel.
Edited by mandrix - 10/18/12 at 3:12pm
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O. I didn't even pick up on that. You know what I have yet to see in your build's pix ?

CASTERS !! must see rolling wheeling casters ! All I see are the feet stumps. Don't hurt yourself, tho redface.gif
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Any more pictures? Perhaps a shot of the entire case with everything that you have installed so far?
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O. I didn't even pick up on that. You know what I have yet to see in your build's pix ?
CASTERS !! must see rolling wheeling casters ! All I see are the feet stumps. Don't hurt yourself, tho redface.gif

http://www.caselabs-store.com/caster-kit/ tongue.gif Funny you should say that. I had an operation earlier this year and I'm still sore.
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Any more pictures? Perhaps a shot of the entire case with everything that you have installed so far?
Nothing new equipment wise has been added since the second video card, and everything is a mess wiring wise since there are cables hanging all over the place until I get the board fired up. But the pics that are up pretty much cover all the equipment, just not all completely wired up.
In a day or two I will get some more pics.


I need to do some checking on the AQ5 and see if I can get some fans running somehow so I can get the system up and software installed. I just finished fabbing up basic wiring for everything but need the AQ5 up. I confess I have not powered it up yet because I've been concentrating on wiring and sleeving.
Also I will be redoing the case fan harness soon, it's functional but not very pretty, I just wanted something that would work initially. I've decided to redo the fan wiring connecting the pedestal fans to the AQ5 at some point with smaller gauge wire to cut down on some of the mess. Need to pick up some 22 gauge wire, I just checked Radio Shack and they have 22 AWG stranded wire so I will make a trip up there today.
Currently I have 18 AWG wire running from the pedestal fan harnesses to the AQ5 which meant sleeving 6 wires individually. If I switch to 22 AWG I'm hoping I can shove 3 wires into one sleeve, for a total of 2 wires from the pedestal. That will help neaten things up a bit.

Anyway don't expect the build to be complete in a day or two. I don't have any reason to rush. wink.gif There are some aspects of the wiring in particular I will be going over again. I have some long term plans to do some custom fabbing, but that will be down the road a bit.
As far as powering up everything I hope that will happen this weekend but I'm not going to write that in stone.
Edited by mandrix - 10/20/12 at 4:47pm
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I've decided to redo the fan wiring connecting the pedestal fans to the AQ5 at some point with smaller gauge wire to cut down on some of the mess. Need to pick up some 22 gauge wire, I just checked Radio Shack and they have 22 AWG stranded wire so I will make a trip up there today.
Currently I have 18 AWG wire running from the pedestal fan harnesses to the AQ5 which meant sleeving 6 wires individually. If I switch to 22 AWG I'm hoping I can shove 3 wires into one sleeve, for a total of 2 wires from the pedestal. That will help neaten things up a bit.

Three 22 awg's fit nicely in one sleeve. You really only need 26 awg for these fans since they just sip power....but I've always found the 22 awg easier to work with. Too easy to break off strands in the 26 awg wire, and there are just not that many to spare in small wire like that.
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Sounds good! Just picked up some 22 AWG from Radio Shack. The HDD area is starting to get a bit cluttered with wiring so I need to start thinning it out as well. I still can't really spread out the case fans harness like I want but maybe I can neaten it up a little. Sleeved mess vs unsleeved mess, lol. Perhaps in the future I can figure out something that will attach/detach easily from the mobo tray as that's about the only free area left. Tape/velcro/whatever.
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