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post #431 of 2434
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Thank you!
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What made you go with that pump over 2x 655? Just wanted something different.?
I've already done that. Besides, these pumps are awesome and have pwm control. smile.gif
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Hello Mandrix, your build is incredibly immaculate and well thought out. The color matching is beautiful. All that is needed now is white paint coating the rads. I bought one of these: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100668721/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=paint+sprayer&storeId=10051 and it works awesome. The wife uses it to paint lawn furniture too. smile.gif Keep up the good work. cheers.gif

Hmmm, I might have to pick this up myself! Thanks!
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Hmmm, I might have to pick this up myself! Thanks!
I have enough compressor power but currently don't have any water filtering. The air is always so wet being between two large bodies of water. But I have painted several radiators with off the shelf rattle cans and it seems to do a good job, especially for something that will be hidden 99.9% of the time. Right now I'm focusing on other things like the revised pedestal which should be shipping very soon, and I will have a surprise along those lines...... I hope!

So I finished my extension power cord for the pumps, and also built a new power cord for the FC8. On the FC8 I removed all the stock power wiring and made my own using spade lugs to attach to the FC8, and the mini tamiya connector on the opposite end. All sleeved, of course.
Some things have been rearranged, and there will be further movement likely when the new pedestal is here. I will try to get some interim pics, hoping for a little sunlight today as the case is difficult to light in this room without some natural sunlight.
Still haven't decided if I'm going to make vinyl stickers for the fans, but I did find a freebie vector graphics program. Will have to spend some time with it and see if I can figure it out. No promises. Fortunately stickers are something that can be done later, as I still need to pull out the fans (soon!) and get them painted.

I went ahead and filled the loop, curious of the pumping power of the 2xMCP35x. Wow! So much pumping power makes it hard to bleed air as so many air bubbles get sucked right back into the pump. I didn't power up the board, though, since I need to get to those fans on the pedestal soon which means pulling the case off the pedestal.
Did have one leak, O ring on rotary 90 on top the pump (intake). Replaced the O ring and all good. Moved one of the flow meters but, well, I'll get pics later.
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I have enough compressor power but currently don't have any water filtering. The air is always so wet being between two large bodies of water. But I have painted several radiators with off the shelf rattle cans and it seems to do a good job, especially for something that will be hidden 99.9% of the time. Right now I'm focusing on other things like the revised pedestal which should be shipping very soon, and I will have a surprise along those lines...... I hope!
So I finished my extension power cord for the pumps, and also built a new power cord for the FC8. On the FC8 I removed all the stock power wiring and made my own using spade lugs to attach to the FC8, and the mini tamiya connector on the opposite end. All sleeved, of course.
Some things have been rearranged, and there will be further movement likely when the new pedestal is here. I will try to get some interim pics, hoping for a little sunlight today as the case is difficult to light in this room without some natural sunlight.
Still haven't decided if I'm going to make vinyl stickers for the fans, but I did find a freebie vector graphics program. Will have to spend some time with it and see if I can figure it out. No promises. Fortunately stickers are something that can be done later, as I still need to pull out the fans (soon!) and get them painted.
I went ahead and filled the loop, curious of the pumping power of the 2xMCP35x. Wow! So much pumping power makes it hard to bleed air as so many air bubbles get sucked right back into the pump. I didn't power up the board, though, since I need to get to those fans on the pedestal soon which means pulling the case off the pedestal.
Did have one leak, O ring on rotary 90 on top the pump (intake). Replaced the O ring and all good. Moved one of the flow meters but, well, I'll get pics later.

What size O ring on the rotary? I m going to buy some spares just in case. Also look forward to see how your pedestal comes along.
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What size O ring on the rotary? I m going to buy some spares just in case. Also look forward to see how your pedestal comes along.
Just normal G 1/4. I don't know what the specific measurements are. Here is what I bought:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_346_393_615&products_id=32807
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Loose cables hanging around, since I'm dismantling to pull the case off the pedestal.

Moved one of the flow sensors. Not sure if it's going to stay here. This is after cpu/gpu's but before the AQ5 water block/reservoir.


Topside drain and temp sensor added. Alphacool bulkhead fittings will be replaced with Bitspower: I have a hard time keeping these tight, hoping the Bitspower will be better & look better. A rubber gasket wouldn't hurt, may have to make some.


Power cord for FC8. Connection is soldered spade terminals and runs to power harness behind motherboard tray.


Pump heat sink fan temporarily connected to motherboard fan header. (White cable in front of pumps.) Cables crossing over pumps are one of the new led cables connected to FC8, haven't reworked the rest of the led cables yet.
Still waiting on repaired PA2.

I have some brighter white CF vinyl wrap (3M) for the psu, not liking this stuff. (Metro's low cost). Have some black CF I might do some small accents with if I find appropriate victims.


New 18awg blue and white wire ordered earlier this week. .0403 OD for use with SATA punch down connectors.

Weather still not good for painting fans, very high humidity. May have to move a heater to shop so I can get started this weekend.

Flu shot today (me, not Merlin - he doesn't care).
Edited by mandrix - 12/14/12 at 8:18am
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Power cord for FC8. Connection is soldered spade terminals and runs to power harness behind motherboard tray.

Looks great man. When you say soldered, you mean the spade terminal to wire or spade terminal to FC8?
Come to think of it, both wouldn't be bad ideas to prevent the spade from slipping off accidentally.
post #439 of 2434
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Looks great man. When you say soldered, you mean the spade terminal to wire or spade terminal to FC8?
Come to think of it, both wouldn't be bad ideas to prevent the spade from slipping off accidentally.
No, just the wire is soldered. The FC8 terminal block has screws with little clips that secure the terminals..
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No, just the wire is soldered. The FC8 terminal block has screws with little clips that secure the terminals..

Ah ok, that works too!
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