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post #151 of 2434
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For some reason Windows was a major pain to update. Some patch kept freezing the system and shutting it down. I ended up starting from scratch and using DISKPART to clean and align all three SSD's, then recreating the RAID 0 drive. Which of course meant reinstalling Windows yet again. Fun stuff, this. But DISKPART is your friend when you need it, and cleaning and realigning the SSD's was a major help to getting things on track.

During all this plugging and unplugging drives I managed to fubar my self made SATA power cable. Might be able to fix it, I hope so as it's very time consuming to make for twisting around to reach 5 drives all laid out flat on one surface. Right now 4 out of 5 drives up and running using the bulky power connectors that come with the psu. clutter clutter clutter, can barely close the door, but that will all get straightened out at some point. wink.gif
Currently using the Seasonic video cables which contributes highly to cable clutter. Need to get those fabbed up and sleeved. They look fugly hanging in front of the window. Yechh! sadsmiley.gif

So anyway I finally got Windows fairly up to date, ESET Security Suite installed, MS Office 2010, email configured. Downloaded and installed Aquasuite for the AQ5 and it's functioning, if only manually until I can dig into it a little more. Problem is one of my inline temp sensors ended up coming apart during all the tear down/reinstalling video cards, and when I put it back together the wires broke. That leaves me with one functioning loop temperature readout. Need to get another one ordered.

Speaking of inline sensors, I'm trying to find out if the inline temp sensor can be calibrated somehow, it's showing 18c coming out of the radiators, which is impossible because ambient is about 24 in the room.
The flow meter has a calibration value of 169 plugged in (not sure if this is correct) and with this setting the loop shows 1.3 gallons per minute of flow.

Going to work on remaking the pedestal fan harnesses in anticipation of the revised pedestal rad mounts shipping from Case Labs. Don't know when that will be, but I want to be prepared so I can change out the wiring when I tear the pedestal down.

So here's your update, and work continues! I'm pretty used to things not always going my way, I just get over it and keep trucking. smile.gif
post #152 of 2434
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Working on a few of these.
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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Working on a few of these.

Looks good. Where are you buying the pieces from?
post #154 of 2434
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Originally Posted by freitz View Post

Looks good. Where are you buying the pieces from?
PPCs/Frozencpu have the male hooded fan connectors if that is what you are asking. Some of them came from various leftovers from fans, etc. Some fans come with additional 4 to 3 pin connectors and some were scavenged from those after depinning. The wire in this case is 26 gauge and the sleeving is MDPC. Both those vendors also carry the male pins for the connectors.
Those were daisy chained with two wires per pin and there will be 4 of those total for the 16 radiator fans.
Notice there are 5 connectors per unit so that two can be ganged together for 8 fans.I decided to do it this way as it seemed easier than putting 9 connectors on each harness. I've made 3 and have one to go for the pedestal fans and one for the case fans.
Ultimately there will be only two wires running from the pedestal fans to the AQ5 instead of the current 6, should look much neater.

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Been exploring the Aquasuite a little bit with the AQ5. Currently showing 1.3 gallons per minute flow with the conversion factor set at 169. Not sure if this is the proper number, it was suggested by someone on the Aquacomputer forum. Anyone have any input on whether this flow seems reasonable given my setup of 2 radiators, cpu block, 2x gpu blocks, AQ5 block, MCP35x pump?

One of my Aquacomputer inline temp sensors died when it came apart and upon reassembly I somehow managed to break the wires to the sensor strip. mad.gif The other inline sensor with stock calibration is reading 18.23c at an ambient temp of 23.4 so obviously it is not reading correctly. It is placed below the flow meter on the return loop from the pedestal radiators. thinking.gif
I ordered a replacement Aquacomputer inline sensor and will be curious to see what kind of readout it shows. My take right now is that these things aren't very accurate. Also ordered a black face plate for the AQ5.
Feed back from others with AQ5 setups would be nice. smile.gif

So I'm waiting for the replacement inline temp sensor, and then I will have to decide how I want the fans/pump controlled, I haven't really put much thought into it yet and just have all the fans and pump running between 60-70% voltage via Aquasuite.
It's all amazingly quiet at these settings, although the pump makes a sort of whirring noise similar to my aquarium pumps.
Need to figure out how to kill the lighting to the AQ5, it makes for a very bright night light and with my main pc's being in the bedroom I already have enough night lights from them and switches/modems/etc!

According to Real Temp the gpu's are running about 27c at idle and the core temps between 27-30 currently with an ambient of 23.4. So looks like the cooling is doing it's job as intended.

My short term goals are to finish the new fan harnesses, and start on the two gpu 8 to dual 6 pin wiring. Wish I were faster at sleeving but honestly for me it's very time consuming, and remember I'm using my own wire, and crimping all pins as I go. I'm especially slow on the fan harnesses with all the double connectors. I get tired and sloppy and have to just walk away from it for a while.
I'm still seriously considering swapping boards with my other rig, I don't like it that having to use the bottom PCIe slot partially covers all the connectors on the bottom of the board. I'm sure Windows and MS Office will have a fit and cause more reactivation phone calls.

edit: Forgot I was out of blue wire, just ordered another 100 ft. Should be here by Saturday. So can't start on gpu wiring until then.
Edited by mandrix - 10/23/12 at 5:09am
post #155 of 2434
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Through with the four pedestal fan harnesses.
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Through with the four pedestal fan harnesses.

Very nice. Very small. You must have left more cable on the fans that I did.
post #157 of 2434
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MAJOR CHANGE IN PLAN! Due to ongoing problems with the GA-Z77-UD5H board such as the PCIe x16 slot I have decided to stop fooling with it! Sorry, I can't do it any more!

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Instead I have just ordered a new:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH !
Hoping this will tide me over until Haswell. smile.gif
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MAJOR CHANGE IN PLAN! Due to ongoing problems with the GA-Z77-UD5H board such as the PCIe x16 slot I have decided to stop fooling with it! Sorry, I can't do it any more!
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Instead I have just ordered a new:
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH !
Hoping this will tide me over until Haswell. smile.gif

had a mini heart attack there biggrin.gif
 
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post #159 of 2434
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Very nice. Very small. You must have left more cable on the fans that I did.
Sorry, was so excited I missed your post!
I left the full cables on all the fans. I have them all gathered up and contained with 1/2" cable clamps screwed to the sides of the pedestal.
Maybe on the case fans I will go a different way. I'm thinking about placing the harness on the back of the mobo tray. The current harness is not sleeved and sort of stuffed into a nook by the lowest HDD. wink.gif
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had a mini heart attack there biggrin.gif
So did my wife.
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