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It works really well. However, were you going to use any angled rotaries with those fittings? What you got there on the pic is great, but it might look a bit different once mounted with tubes bending in.... guess gotta see what it looks like first though.
    
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It works really well. However, were you going to use any angled rotaries with those fittings? What you got there on the pic is great, but it might look a bit different once mounted with tubes bending in.... guess gotta see what it looks like first though.


That is the plan, see what it looks like first. I merely put those 2 compressions in just to show the color combination it will have between the black and white. I have This and This to toy with to make it look good, and be functional, with tubing installed. I also have already planned on possibly getting a couple of double and triple 90 degree rotaries, but I will see what everything looks like tomorrow first. But one tube will be bending up and to the left, the other up and to the right, so I have hopes that it will look fairly good just like that, with either straight compressions, or the angled 90 degree rotaries I linked and compressions. Thanks for the advice though Ceteris. thumb.gif
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So you found out that the crimpers the vendors sell is garbage. I did a psu with the Hans Long crimpers and it was a pita, so before the second one I got the MDPC crimper.
I doubt that any other vendors are going to come up with a good crimper for the same price as Nils. It would have to be manufactured, otherwise the only other options are a genuine Molex ratcheting crimper (+$200) or the non-ratcheting version which is much cheaper but would get old quickly if doing a bunch of crimps.
I still use the Hans Long crimper for molex power pins so I don't screw up the dies on my MDPC.

Also make sure you get good mini fit jr pins. The ones most of the vendors sell have short wings where they bite into the insulation. Better to get them from Nils or order them from some place like Newark. There are part numbers in the Cables & Sleeving gallery but I can help with that if you need them.
I think the only vendor I've ordered pins from that had genuine Molex mini fit jr was FTW PC, but I don't like his female fan pins as they are joined on a strip in the middle of the pin instead of the bottom, which means you have to trim off excess with a snipper. He may have changed this by now, IDK.

On the white dinoc radiator, I think it looks good. Although my RX240 is already painted white, I was thinking of that but I already used up my white on the psu and I'm trying hard not to make any more orders for a while.

l like the perimeter paint on the cpu mount, adds a nice little touch! If I wasn't using the led mount I would definitely go for that.
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So you found out that the crimpers the vendors sell is garbage. I did a psu with the Hans Long crimpers and it was a pita, so before the second one I got the MDPC crimper.
I doubt that any other vendors are going to come up with a good crimper for the same price as Nils. It would have to be manufactured, otherwise the only other options are a genuine Molex ratcheting crimper (+$200) or the non-ratcheting version which is much cheaper but would get old quickly if doing a bunch of crimps.
I still use the Hans Long crimper for molex power pins so I don't screw up the dies on my MDPC.
Also make sure you get good mini fit jr pins. The ones most of the vendors sell have short wings where they bite into the insulation. Better to get them from Nils or order them from some place like Newark. There are part numbers in the Cables & Sleeving gallery but I can help with that if you need them.
I think the only vendor I've ordered pins from that had genuine Molex mini fit jr was FTW PC, but I don't like his female fan pins as they are joined on a strip in the middle of the pin instead of the bottom, which means you have to trim off excess with a snipper. He may have changed this by now, IDK.
On the white dinoc radiator, I think it looks good. Although my RX240 is already painted white, I was thinking of that but I already used up my white on the psu and I'm trying hard not to make any more orders for a while.
l like the perimeter paint on the cpu mount, adds a nice little touch! If I wasn't using the led mount I would definitely go for that.


Indeed I did find that out. I ordered the crimper from Nils, as well as a 150 male atx pins, 150 female atx pins and some fan pins too. I actually read over what Lutro0 said was the best, and saw the comparison pictures. Yeah, the stuff from Nils has the best bit, and the cleanest crimp by a long shot. It isn't even a contest.


As for the di-noc, I think I am going to paint the radiator after all. I only want 2-3 shades of white so it doesn't look distasteful. That being said, I got my Raystorm and Hydro Copper blocks mounted, and I plan to take some pictures to show you all what it currently looks like. I want to get opinions on whether I should paint the LED facia white, the GPU backplates white, or both. I want a good and even mix of white on the mobo area, but don't want to overdo it either. So look for some pictures soonish. biggrin.gif


I thought the white trim paint was nifty too, thanks! I think it brings just a little more white to "pop" with the white fittings. I think the only green I will have in the build is the little bit on the motherboard, the coolant (Mayhems Mint Green), and maybe the sleeving. I may end up going all black and white for sleeving (with more white than black). Not sure yet, but since I had to order more stuff from Nils to even do it, that will probably be last anyways for the major stuff to do in the build. I also changed out the red LED's in the Hydro Copper blocks to green LED's. I thought red would just be blah in there. I am hoping I did well enough of a solder job. The heatshrink I had didn't cover very well, but I also have them taped up nice and tight, so it should be fine. I haven't soldered in many years.


Fun side note: One of my dogs somehow snuck under my chair when I was soldering unbeknownst to me. I tried to move backwards a bit, and the chair flipped, and as luck would have it the soldering iron landed on my left arm. So I have a nice large 2nd degree burn area from my mid bicep to my forearm. Because landing on me wasn't enough, it had to roll all the way down my arm. Good times. tongue.gif
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*EDIT* I will post in mandrix threads! Sorry!

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Picture Updates!


So I decided I didn't like the di-noc, especially on something that takes up so much real estate in my rig. I feel it should be used sparsely as an accent covering. So, I ended up painting it the same flat white that I used on my Raystorm Black Edition block. Here are a few shots of the finished piece, it has only been drying for about 90 minutes, so it may be a tad glossier than it will be in the end. Also, I have yet to remove the plugs on the ports. Let me know what you think!















I also took a few shots of the rig with the fittings, blocks, reservoir and pump installed. I have some ideas for a few more things to paint, but want to get your opinions first. First off, the PSU WILL be painted white, so account for that when perusing through my pictures and ideas. Option 1 would be to paint the front LED facia on the GPU blocks to white (the part that says Hydro Copper and GTX 680, etc etc). Option 2 would be to paint the GPU backplates white. I think that may end up being overpowering though, since I am running SLI and it would be 2 backplates. Option 3 would be to use both option 1 and option 2. I am also thinking about painting the lower half of the Bitspower D5 Mod Kit to white (the part the pump actually sits in). Let me know what your opinions, ideas and suggestions are, I always welcome feedback! I do have a few more 90 degree and 45 degree Bitspower Deluxe White rotaries on the way this week, so some of the fittings that may look like they wouldn't work well, rest assured I'm already on top of it. :thumb:Now I'll shut up and toss up more pictures.





















I am still waiting to here back from Bitspower about doing a custom order of white fittings, to replace the matte black mini valve and the 180 degree rotary T valve. They seem to take their merry time getting back to people's emails.


I will put some more pictures up tomorrow with the radiator installed and the fans in (hopefully), so you all can get a better idea what it will look like. That way you all can help me decide what all else to paint. thumb.gif
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Wow that is an improvement on the di-noc...Great job, how many coats was there Addiction?... I sometimes wonder those of us building these rigs aren't more like artists than geek....

Would a white PSU look good with some black accents or trimming maybe? Uncertain in having too much more white without some contrast black (or other color)...

Overall the rig looking clean. Very interested in your cable management and how you want to go about it.

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I really like the white bitspower fittings with the green. Looks awesome. Also I love the Res combo. To bad I could never get a 250 with the pump attachment in between a P/P 240 and 480 up top without going to a smaller rad. Looks Great
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Wow that is an improvement on the di-noc...Great job, how many coats was there Addiction?... I sometimes wonder those of us building these rigs aren't more like artists than geek....
Would a white PSU look good with some black accents or trimming maybe? Uncertain in having too much more white without some contrast black (or other color)...
Overall the rig looking clean. Very interested in your cable management and how you want to go about it.
Cheers.


Hey, thanks AVictorD! I put 4 coats, and once that had dried for about 3 hours I went through and sanded any rough spots and did one more coat to make sure where I sanded (and everywhere else for that matter) was nice and even. As for the PSU accents, I am most likely going to get a custom sticker made to replace to the corsair one that will hopefully do the trick for that, Cable management has been in the back of my mind the entire time, but sleeving will likely come last since I had to order more stuff from Nils Friday. This gives me time to get a lot of other major things done. I do want to avoid overdoing it with white, but I think I will be able to find a happy median for the coloration. thumb.gif

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coming along nicely bud


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I really like the white bitspower fittings with the green. Looks awesome. Also I love the Res combo. To bad I could never get a 250 with the pump attachment in between a P/P 240 and 480 up top without going to a smaller rad. Looks Great


Thanks Freitz! By the way, you could totally still fit that res/pump combo. Once your bay res is gone, you can put the 240 up front in the flex bays. It will still leave you 1-2 free slots for fan controlers/dvd drives etc. thumb.gif Looking forward to seeing your rig finished too!
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