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what size is that Bitspower compression fitting?
I'm currently working on a little case mod of my own, I also have the UT60 radiator, but my XSPC 1/2x3/4 compression fittings are 1mm too large... I'm considering cutting out a semicircle on the edge of the fan.. but I can also get 2 different fittings?! biggrin.gifthumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Georgeker View Post

I like this,love the case and mobo.
Good luck and subscribed.
Thanks and welcome! I haven't worked with the MB yet so I can't really comment... ASUS has been a mixed bag for me over the years... but more good than bad so I went with it because the specs were great and I wanted TB to play with (and a red/black color scheme if possible). As far as the case is concerned... wheee.gif I seriously fall in love with it every time I start working in it... I can see it being the foundation of at least 4-5 more builds over the next decade or more! I really can't imagine ways to improve it other than custom finishes... but then it would be way more than $500 too smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Hanoverfist View Post

I just love Pics like that! Looking good thumb.gifWarning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Thanks! Yeah it looks both impressive and daunting when it's all amassed in a pile.

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Originally Posted by corysti View Post

Sadly I'm never able to get that much stuff at once...I normally run out of money before I can. Build looks good smile.gif
Thanks and welcome! It's been a looong time coming. I was planning on waiting a little longer and upping my budget even further but my wife said she thought I should get going on it now. thumb.gif

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what size is that Bitspower compression fitting?
I'm currently working on a little case mod of my own, I also have the UT60 radiator, but my XSPC 1/2x3/4 compression fittings are 1mm too large... I'm considering cutting out a semicircle on the edge of the fan.. but I can also get 2 different fittings?! biggrin.gifthumb.gif

They're 3/8" x 5/8" - I don't think anything larger than 5/8"OD fittings would be workable at least with the ports on the same side (as the fans that is... if you did them on the opposite side or the end then they would work fine). There's a decent amount of separation with these fittings (even with two straight ones on) but they're very close to the fans... I actually had to put the fans on the MB side rad after mounting it in the case because getting my fingers to the fittings after the fans were on was simply way too tight. With your fittings I'm thinking you'd have to either use a G1/4 threaded extension or drop down at least one size.
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 10/21/12 at 10:07pm
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Finally was able to get some serious work done on this build... unfortunately, the major reason for that is that I got a bad cold right as our guests headed back home. sadsmiley.gif

Few additional parts needed...
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Getting the SSDs prepped...
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And the pump HS fitted...
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DSC_0035.jpg
Drives all ready to go in now.
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Hmmm where should this BD drive go?
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And I don't like the GPU cable positions...
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First tubing runs going in...
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Backside is getting unruly...
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Fan controller isn't helping with the backside unruliness... smile.gif
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Exit air temp probe (intake will be attached to front filter of front fan.
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Test fitting the pump and res position (don't want to drill into this case)!
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OK backside getting better - yep those white anchors look like crap... but no window so no care. smile.gif
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Problem solved... drill into a cheap accessory for this case... case remains virgin. smile.gif
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Just going to run the tubing and then I'll post up another update once I'm leak testing... thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL View Post

Finally was able to get some serious work done on this build... unfortunately, the major reason for that is that I got a bad cold right as our guests headed back home. sadsmiley.gif
Few additional parts needed... Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
DSC_0032.jpg
Getting the SSDs prepped...
DSC_0033.jpg
And the pump HS fitted...
DSC_0034.jpg
DSC_0035.jpg
Drives all ready to go in now.
DSC_0037.jpg
DSC_0038.jpg
Hmmm where should this BD drive go?
DSC_0039.jpg
And I don't like the GPU cable positions...
DSC_0040.jpg
First tubing runs going in...
DSC_0041.jpg
Backside is getting unruly...
DSC_0042.jpg
Fan controller isn't helping with the backside unruliness... smile.gif
DSC_0043.jpg
DSC_0044.jpg
Exit air temp probe (intake will be attached to front filter of front fan.
DSC_0045.jpg
DSC_0047.jpg
Test fitting the pump and res position (don't want to drill into this case)!
DSC_0046.jpg
OK backside getting better - yep those white anchors look like crap... but no window so no care. smile.gif
DSC_0048.jpg
DSC_0049.jpg
Problem solved... drill into a cheap accessory for this case... case remains virgin. smile.gif
DSC_0050.jpg
DSC_0051.jpg
Just going to run the tubing and then I'll post up another update once I'm leak testing... thumb.gif

Some Excellent work there.. Love the Roof Shots.. thumb.gif
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Some Excellent work there.. Love the Roof Shots.. thumb.gif

Thanks... yeah the UT60 look good from almost any angle smile.gif

OK, I've got the tubing run and just started leak testing / bleeding - OMG I've got way too much flow! biggrin.gif I'm not even going to be able to do a proper bleeding of the system until I can use the MB CPU PWM header to scale the pump down to 60% or less... because as it stands right now the return shoots all the way to the top of the res and churns all of the air up so much that the pump sucks it back in and shoots bubbles through the loop! Although it's a nice problem to have I suppose... don't have to worry about running my pump on full anytime soon. May have to look into a sponge/filter for the bottom of the res.

Oh also got the pump sleeved (in black of course)...
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Full CPU side...
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Front together... had to lose the BD drive... oh well...
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One more 'roof shot' for good measure...
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Full PSU side...
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When I get a chance I'll take a pic or two of the turbulence nightmare this pump creates at max... on the upside the heatsink stays cool to the touch and there aren't even fans blowing on it - so I don't have to mess with a smaller, louder fan in my case! YAY! Also it's pretty quiet (other than the massive waterfall noise from the flow in the res) so at 40-60% PWM I know the pump will be absolutely silent as well as very cool. biggrin.gif
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 11/3/12 at 8:37am
post #16 of 273
Beautiful setup, bro! Did you drill the holes yourself into the plate for your reservoir mount?

Kind of jealous. Went to Frys today to pick up a M5E and have them price match, but they were sold out lol frown.gif
    
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Beautiful setup, bro! Did you drill the holes yourself into the plate for your reservoir mount?
Kind of jealous. Went to Frys today to pick up a M5E and have them price match, but they were sold out lol frown.gif

Yes, it's much less stressful when you can order a new one in case of mistakes for less than two lattes at sbux. biggrin.gif One of the holes didn't line up but I will fix that on next upgrade... Since both brackets are still held by at least two screws.

Sucks about Frys, but I've had a very mixed history with them too... I actually picked up my M5E at the Frys here.... and managed to score the PSU there on clearance. Most of the time when I need something for work... they look like a grocery store in disaster zone. Too bad they never keep much inventory any more. They were fantastic in the late 90's.
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Yes, it's much less stressful when you can order a new one in case of mistakes for less than two lattes at sbux. biggrin.gif One of the holes didn't line up but I will fix that on next upgrade... Since both brackets are still held by at least two screws.
Sucks about Frys, but I've had a very mixed history with them too... I actually picked up my M5E at the Frys here.... and managed to score the PSU there on clearance. Most of the time when I need something for work... they look like a grocery store in disaster zone. Too bad they never keep much inventory any more. They were fantastic in the late 90's.

Frys seems to be having some problems perhaps due to the economy.

http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/28849-frys-electronics-upon-hard-times

They are still stocking up some decent hardware. I was tempted to get a Corsair AX1200i too and have them price match it with Newegg and Amazon @ $299, but I guess I didn't feel like getting anything with the M5E out of stock. I guess I'll just have to get it online. Just be nice to actually pick up some hardware nearby once in awhile instead of doing everything through the internet lol

I asked about the holes because I think I'm going to have to do it myself as well to mount a Bitspower Dual Pump Top. However, I'm a bit nervous about possibly screwing up though. I guess I'll have to pick up some extra plates just in case.
    
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Looking damn sweet bro! I know it's a bit late now, but had you considered the Swiftech Komodo 7970 full cover blocks? They would have fit the overall aesthetic perfectly: Swiftech Komodo 7900 series full cover water block.
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looks awsome... sub'd smile.gif
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