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Very good pics Socks.

I'm a Bit late on this. The standard metric Allen key set should work on those screws. If that was the issue. Personally I have both Imperial and metric sets of tools. Funny side of it is the USA gained its independence from England on one hand and retained its measurement system on the other - Go Figure... tongue.gif

The UV would look good given the right lighting with a blend of orange coolant shown off in the Res.

One thing I have definitively noticed:- most of us have a (ModRight) Anti-static work Mat thumb.gif
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Right! I saw that mat and had to have it ! Peace of mind. My bad for not grasping "hexagon socket" but the head is so small and hard to see the details, but I hope its all good now, m3 threads and all.
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I have those little Kobalt allen wrench sets that fold out in both sae and metric flavors that I picked up at Lowes. At the time they didn't have any T handle metric which is what I was looking for. But yeah the M3 screws take the 2.5mm wrench.

I hear ya on the white res caps, I was just throwing out some different things to look at. That orange tubing and the Alphacool res might work out, I dunno. What color cathode would you use?
I got away from cathodes since I found them a pita, I even put led's in my FrozenQ res in the Switch. It might be that the orange led's might look good with the tubing? Since that Alphacool is a nice fat 60mm with 4 led mounting spots that could look really good. I've bought those Alphacool combo led plugs/led and they are nice and bright. After that I just started buying the 5mm led's and 470K resistors and soldering them up myself so I could tailor the wire lengths to whatever I wanted.
As for leaking, I found that res makers don't always do the nicest job on G 1/4 thread ports but the led plugs have O rings and you can wrap the threads with teflon tape if it won't thread in far enough to seat the O ring.

OK these are decent if you want to buy the led fitting and led all in one, but I don't see one with orange led:
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=alphacool+plexi+g1%2F4%22
Several companies make the little G 1/4" led modules though.

If you went with Orange led's and the plexi lighting modules you might have to wire up your own led's, but that's no big deal.
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ACH ! now he's getting me to fab my own LEDs !! will it never stop ! lmaosmiley.gif

Yah, your res + led is what "led" me on this path, not sure how it will look, haven't done the whole ORANGE visualization trip.

THINGS that could be ORANGE

PCI expansion slot covers
PCI expansion slot thumbscrews - buy em as is
RAM heatspreaders - removeable
FAN CONTROLLER fascia - Lamptron FC5v2
RES - center tube fluid or ccfl
RES - upto 4 LEDs at bottom base

I don't think that I want the full res to have orange dye, rather go for the leds and / or center tube w/ dye or ccfl

THINGS THAT ARE ORANGE
MOBO slots
UV TUBING
FANS - ALL OF EM
FAN SHROUDS - dual orange leds

Not sure how that would look ... but I can do it in steps ... do the basics first in assembly - fans, tubing, then go from there.

wat say ye ?
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I guess I would do it in steps. Too much orange is, well, too much. But then it might look great with more. I don't have a decorator gene so color coordination is a try and see thing with me.
But orange led's in the res should look great.
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Agreed, I'm not color blind, but without tests, I have no clue, I wear argyll socks with argyll shirt with argyll pants on a clear-headed day !

Ok, so I got that new plastic f1.8 lens in - I see now what it's about - same distance with the normal lens, produces a much closer shot. I've got a long ways to go with this, man does it show the dust particles.
Father Fuzzy level of shot-taking just got WAY fuzzier wink.gif

I got the 360 rad with push fans into the case, can't believe how long a simple thing like that takes - plus the goofing around with the camera. But now I have the beginning rad-print of case space left, and where to go from there. or here.

I gave up trying to capture the whole case with the new lens and went with the normal lens - if you wanna see what I shot with this new "macro" lens, here's a LINK










So there is roughly 155mm of space between the rad and the mobo tray. Add a pull set of fans, that leaves 130mm. Add in those 31mm shrouds, now the remaining space is down to 99mm - and I'm expecting to put at least a 60mm res in that 99mm space.

Now from the top, there is roughly 230mm of space to the 360 rad top. Original idea was to put 2 monstas INSIDE the case, in push/pull fan sets. So that top rad setup would take 135mm, leaving around 90-95mm of space. Can't do shrouds, coz the mobo is only 152mm away from the top. But with that extended top, shrouds can be used.

Not until I put the shrouds on the 360 and then do the all important lite-up of the leds, can I know which way to go. But I think to include the shrouds, its best done with the extended top, and in this case, the shrouds would be inside the case - working their magic on the pull fans, when their magic is supposed to be on the intake to the rad, on the push side. But I want the front side of the Cougar orange fans to face thru the top and front panel, not their rear stickered sides.

That monsta kinda looks ...erm ... small, in this case, doesn't it ?
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I looked at some of your macro shots. Look good. I tried my camera in macro mode but evidently I don't know what I'm doing as the pics all turn out blank.

What? So you are going to put an extended top on, and what radiator? 480?
Does that psu mount normally sit that high?
Inquiring minds want to know.

I wouldn't worry much about pull fans if the space is gonna be tight on the front rad.
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Not sure about the top, but today I'm gonna attach the shrouds and consider it, then attach the fans and watch the real estate get ate up wink.gif From there, I decide if I want the shrouds at all, or if I want to buy the top and put the 480 away into it - half the point of a Monsta is showing it off ! and then have only the shrouds and fans hanging in the case, which again, derails the purpose of the shrouds, as they best serve the push fans, which would mean the top would contain the shrouds on the push fans, and the rad and pull fans would be in the case. So a 120mm top would see only 56mm of its space used, and the case interior would see 110mm used .... if done correctly. The alternate install of the top 480 would be the push & rad in the top, using 110mm of the 120mm top, and the pull fans & shroud using 56mm of in case space.

BLeaH ! Well, I gotta do the mockups. My gut tells me if I use the shrouds, they're best used up top. About the psu - it's using the psu mount - I could filter the bottom fan hole for the psu fan. Now that you mention it, I haven't noticed if other CL builds are using that psu support in the bottom of the case. Not sure what it all entails, in terms of benefits/options whatever ... Nice eye, there, Mandrix thumb.gif
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