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Nothing in mind, other than to get it running, so pretty boring. But the thrill is the case - CL makes it so easy and so many facets ... sometimes just putting the good gear in is just enuf FUN.
Guess I'm saying I'm low profile - I can appreciate but can do ? or even conceptualize ? that takes time, i'm sure.

Altho I just ran across this custom bike and I wonder how I could incorporate its design ...

http://www.lichterphoto.com/lichterphoto/webgal-bike/2004/m041000-35-ness/

Not sure how, but it would be easier to visualize with a double wide case.

Say AVictorD, you otta take some pix and share, eh ?
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Like to take some pics as I was in the process of rebuilding... Unfortunately I'm moving house. The wife wanted it packed and out the way. Understandably so!!

Nice Bike...
Edited by AVictorD - 1/14/13 at 4:10pm
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When I first started water cooling early last year, unlike some people I decided early on I wanted to use all compression fittings at some point. I went with Bitspower because of looks, fantastic range of fittings, and fittings that work with 7/16" x 5/8" tubing. Although I'm starting to lean more toward buying fittings that are only G 1/4 in the future so I can just add whatever size I need on the end.
The other thing is I wanted absolutely no hard 90's in any of my builds, and you won't find one in mine except on a drain line.

But shop around when you look for fittings and anything else. Sometimes you see where you can save a few $ by using non BP fittings, and the prices among vendors varies a bit. Sometimes it just gets down to who has what in stock, as I notice PPC-s running out of stock often on some things.

Let's see some sleeving! smile.gif
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Regarding your DSLR and the lens: I also have the Canon 600D (=T3i) and if you want a cheap but decent lens, check out the Canon 50mm F/1.8 II prime lens.
You'll find it for around $100, and although it lacks stabilization and has a plastic body, the glass is decent so it's good value.
The minimum focus distance is 45 cm (= 1.5'), on a 1.6 crop factor camera like the T3i this is good enough to get macro-alike shots.

2 sample shots I took with this setup (click for full size):

The Aquaero 5 LT for my upcoming build. This was with f/2.2 but when reviewing the pic afterwards on the computer I found it too blurred. So I could/should have gone to a smaller aperture, but you get the idea.


Aquaero 5 waterblock with Bitspower fitting.

I got this cheap lighting kit (around $50 for 2 lamps + umbrellas + stands) and backgrounds are simple sheets (you can see the weave if you look at the full size pic).
Edited by Whatts - 1/16/13 at 12:03am
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I just ordered an ST10 case myself. Looks great in the pictures you've taken so far.
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When I first started water cooling early last year, unlike some people I decided early on I wanted to use all compression fittings at some point. I went with Bitspower because of looks, fantastic range of fittings, and fittings that work with 7/16" x 5/8" tubing. Although I'm starting to lean more toward buying fittings that are only G 1/4 in the future so I can just add whatever size I need on the end.
The other thing is I wanted absolutely no hard 90's in any of my builds, and you won't find one in mine except on a drain line.

But shop around when you look for fittings and anything else. Sometimes you see where you can save a few $ by using non BP fittings, and the prices among vendors varies a bit. Sometimes it just gets down to who has what in stock, as I notice PPC-s running out of stock often on some things.

Let's see some sleeving! smile.gif

ACH ! sleeving, that's my achilles tendon - ay-yi-yi ! dunno if that's gonna happen. But I am noticing mixed fittings on some builds and liking what I see - from outright bold mixes to subtle mixing of fittings.


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Regarding your DSLR and the lens: I also have the Canon 600D (=T3i) and if you want a cheap but decent lens, check out the Canon 50mm F/1.8 II prime lens. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
You'll find it for around $100, and although it lacks stabilization and has a plastic body, the glass is decent so it's good value.
The minimum focus distance is 45 cm (= 1.5'), on a 1.6 crop factor camera like the T3i this is good enough to get macro-alike shots.

2 sample shots I took with this setup (click for full size):

The Aquaero 5 LT for my upcoming build. This was with f/2.2 but when reviewing the pic afterwards on the computer I found it too blurred. So I could/should have gone to a smaller aperture, but you get the idea.


Aquaero 5 waterblock with Bitspower fitting.

I got this cheap lighting kit (around $50 for 2 lamps + umbrellas + stands) and backgrounds are simple sheets (you can see the weave if you look at the full size pic).

I have some spare 5500K fluo bulbs, and 2 gooseneck lamps - I don't have the white sheeting - my problem is that the only available space is that table top that you see on the previous page - a 3' square table.
The house is jammed up ! But I'm gonna do something along those lines, coz its so frustrating to see the deep shadows in the non-lit corners of the case. Oh-oh - I just did a lookup on this lens, plastic body - on Amazon, there is an amazing amount of people who had the problem of the lens getting stuck on the cam, having to send it to Canon to fix ...hmmm. Nice shots, tho - that's what I'd like to be able to capture. Thanks and welcome wink.gif

ADD: HolY Sh**Tataskies !! you weren't kidding !! I just checked out a f 1.4 lens that appears to be metal, has full time manual focusing, focus #s ring ... $330 !!!! Ah hell, it has a slew of problems, too ! Losing AF after a short time. dang !


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I just ordered an ST10 case myself. Looks great in the pictures you've taken so far.

Hey superericla - I remember your switch log, and how you switched to the Dwood bench build - so you're going CL ? you can't go wrong - lots of potential in these "box" cases. Yah, I've been over to the 900d thread - man ! brings out the best and worst in readers/posters. Your name, along with wermad - gave me the fits trying to read it and understand ... wermad is we are mad, I'm assuming that you're eric in la ? Hey ! thanks for the pic note - I know its not quite pron, but at the least I'm documenting it without those crappy cell phone pix !

If so, makes it that much sweeter to be near to CL HQ wink.gif


And on an added note, I'm committable now. I've ordered up these items, coz I seem to think that there's room for it all ;D

Monsta 360
CL 360 flex bay mount
TSF 120mm fan shroud w/ dual orange leds x 3

So this may let me go for the oversized res - the BP 400mm combo that comes in at 522mm tall with stand. Geesh ! another several hundy quarter bazillion dollars and I can start the build biggrin.gif
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ADD: HolY Sh**Tataskies !! you weren't kidding !! I just checked out a f 1.4 lens that appears to be metal, has full time manual focusing, focus #s ring ... $330 !!!! Ah hell, it has a slew of problems, too ! Losing AF after a short time. dang !

If you think that is expensive, check out this pro L series 50mm f/1.2 lens. If you want to get serious about photography, the cost of lenses will be far higher than the camera body itself.
I think the key to switching lenses with plastic mounts (any lens really) is not to rush, and make sure you have it on the camera correctly before you start twisting away.
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Yah, the choice is obvious. The $100 lens is the way to go. I noted that the amount of 5 star feedback on it at amazon was something like 1600 to 46 !!

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Saturday the 19th - the 360 Monsta & CL rad mount & TFC fan shrouds came in. Also some new understanding of how shrouds work - which screws up my plans. This is why I need to read a bit more before popping the wallet tongue.gif

Turns out that effective shroud useage has some mixed results - in my case, with low fpi rads, the fans do best at 1000 rpm or less. TFC instructions say best used with push fans - blowing air into case - instead of pushing air out of the case, and that pull shouldn't be used with shrouds. And Martin's results skew it all over. Hmm, think I'll stay with my intention and put the shrouds on the inside before the pull fans on the 360 rad. Still, I'm gonna go check out shroud useage on OCN some more.

ADD: Ok, Darlene or IT Diva had done a shroud in push fan setup on a bottom mounted 240 rad in the Switch build - that's my reference. Ok - so now to rethink where I'm going with the shroud thing and the rads' direction.
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I too just got some TFC shrouds altho havent tried em out yet
they do look nice

I agree the 50 mm 1.8
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