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post #381 of 2434
Loving this build. Wish I would have foregone the chipset block too. Not at all happy with the MIPS block for the RIVE. I have no earthly clue why that block came so highly recommended. It's my least favorite thing in my build frown.gif
post #382 of 2434
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You can splice the wires together, an 18W pump is an amp and a half, so that's only three amps total for both at max.
Even 22 gage can do that, and a bit more, with ease.
The mini Tamiya connectors are pretty good at high currents for their size, which is why they are often used in RC stuff.
Darlene
Cool. Thanks, Darlene.

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Love the fan color combo!
Thank you, hope to get them all painted soon.
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Loving this build. Wish I would have foregone the chipset block too. Not at all happy with the MIPS block for the RIVE. I have no earthly clue why that block came so highly recommended. It's my least favorite thing in my build frown.gif
You mean you don't like the way it looks, or ?
post #383 of 2434
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Originally Posted by ballnuts View Post

Loving this build. Wish I would have foregone the chipset block too. Not at all happy with the MIPS block for the RIVE. I have no earthly clue why that block came so highly recommended. It's my least favorite thing in my build frown.gif

Could you explain further please?

Is it looks, . . . it is kinda plain

Bad temps . . . .

Didn't fit well . . .

I ask because I have a Koolance on my RIVE, but can't find them anymore, so was looking at options for the next build.


Thanks in advance,

Darlene
post #384 of 2434
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Bitspower makes purdy fittings. I wish my camera skills were on par with the looks of these boys.
Two of these will replace the Alphacool pass-throughs for the pedestal and one will be for the pedestal drain. The valve I already had and will be for another drain in the case somewhere below cpu block level so I don't have to drain the radiators to change things topside.


Heatsink for pumps should be here by Wednesday or Thursday, HDD cage tomorrow.
Today everything I touched went slow but I managed to get the FC8 installed to run the LED's. Totally tore down the LED harnesses and starting rewiring with 3 pin fan connectors.

Wife's truck broke down and needs everything related to the clutch replaced or resurfaced. I used to do all this stuff myself but can't anymore.
Goodbye to another $700. But whatcha gonna do.

Case Labs, I need a nice shiny new pedestal to cheer me up! lol.
post #385 of 2434
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Bitspower makes purdy fittings. I wish my camera skills were on par with the looks of these boys.
Two of these will replace the Alphacool pass-throughs for the pedestal and one will be for the pedestal drain. The valve I already had and will be for another drain in the case somewhere below cpu block level so I don't have to drain the radiators to change things topside. *Snip* (Click to show)
Heatsink for pumps should be here by Wednesday or Thursday, HDD cage tomorrow.
Today everything I touched went slow but I managed to get the FC8 installed to run the LED's. Totally tore down the LED harnesses and starting rewiring with 3 pin fan connectors.
Wife's truck broke down and needs everything related to the clutch replaced or resurfaced. I used to do all this stuff myself but can't anymore.
Goodbye to another $700. But whatcha gonna do.
Case Labs, I need a nice shiny new pedestal to cheer me up! lol.


Heh, I know how you feel. My wife broke down yesterday while I was studying for my finals. So much for getting some time in the books. Luckily it was just a battery and not that expensive. But man, that is now 3 straight cars she has failed to replace the battery on and has ended up on the side of the road...Maybe now she will actually let me take care of the maintenance schedule on her cars and get over it being 'hers'. tongue.gif

On topic though, yay for new fittings, looking good. thumb.gif
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On topic though, yay for new fittings, looking good. thumb.gif

Agreed thumb.gif I have the sneaking feeling I will be sending an email of my very own to Bitspower to get at least some of the fittings Cpachris managed to get from them.
They certainly have a way with the aesthetics drool.gif
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Agreed thumb.gif I have the sneaking feeling I will be sending an email of my very own to Bitspower to get at least some of the fittings Cpachris managed to get from them.
They certainly have a way with the aesthetics drool.gif


I just did the same a couple of days ago. thumb.gif I have yet to hear back though, unfortunately. I'm hoping they get back to me soon though!
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I just did the same a couple of days ago. thumb.gif I have yet to hear back though, unfortunately. I'm hoping they get back to me soon though!

I think there's a little something about saying "Yes, I'd like $2000 in fittings from y'all. What can you do for me?"
Us peons might not have that much luck with just a few hundred dollars worth. lachen.gif
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Mucho thanks to Lutro0 for his post on sleeving SATA power connectors. Considering the problems I had in the past getting the wire in the punch down style connectors, I ordered some white and blue 18awg .0403 OD wire. This wire has a smaller OD (outside diameter) than the 2mm + OD wire I've been using, and should make it much easier to get a clean look when I wire up the HDD cage drives. I have now the white SATA power connectors that are going in the build to replace the black ones.

Something I will be working on today, weather permitting, is testing paint on Mini Tamiya connectors. I plan to use these where only 12v is needed since they are much smaller than the standard Molex 4 pin connectors. The standard color of these connectors is that awful "natural" look, and if I can I would like to paint them.
Here you can see the difference in sizes between the mini tamiya and molex



Big shout to Seanimus for posting about these. We used these style connectors for battery packs at a former employer and I had pretty much forgot about them. Not only are they small, but they are keyed and lock together.
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Warning: ** (Click to show)
Mucho thanks to Lutro0 for his post on sleeving SATA power connectors. Considering the problems I had in the past getting the wire in the punch down style connectors, I ordered some white and blue 18awg .0403 OD wire. This wire has a smaller OD (outside diameter) than the 2mm + OD wire I've been using, and should make it much easier to get a clean look when I wire up the HDD cage drives. I have now the white SATA power connectors that are going in the build to replace the black ones.
Something I will be working on today, weather permitting, is testing paint on Mini Tamiya connectors. I plan to use these where only 12v is needed since they are much smaller than the standard Molex 4 pin connectors.
The standard color of these connectors is that awful "natural" look, and if I can I would like to paint them. Warning: ** (Click to show)
Here you can see the difference in sizes between the mini tamiya and molex


Big shout to Seanimus for posting about these. We used these style connectors for battery packs at a former employer and I had pretty much forgot about them. Not only are they small, but they are keyed and lock together.

Might they be able to be dyed?
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