Looks like I'm wayyyyy overdue for an update . . . .
To bring everyone up to speed, I've been waiting on parts to come in to start putting the loops together and put in the fan controllers and some case fans to light things up a bit.
As it turned out, about the time I was ready to buy the fan controllers, Lamptron had just gotten their new CW611 controller specifically targeted at water cooling setups out to retailers.
It was getting good feedback and good factory repping in its thread, so I got two, one for each build.
I wanted to work on the loop in the build with the Black Ice GT-X rads first, and wanted to go with a dual 35X pump setup.
The Swiftech dual top puts the res on the wrong (left) side for the way I planned my install, so I went with a Watercool acrylic top with their trademark stainless steel strip across the top.
I couldn't tell much about the details from the pics, but I was hoping that I might be able to do a "dual res" setup like I did for the stretch build's dual D5's.
I could see it was rather short, so little space between 2 res tubes, but I got extra 3 port end caps so I could, if needed mount the tubes further apart.
As it turns out, the Watercool top, while visually very nice looking, doesn't lend itself to the dual res mod, so I'm thinking about maybe using the dual 35X pump setup in the Alphacool rads build, and setting up an acrylic XSPC triple 35X top (flat on top) that would support the dual res mod, for the GT-X rads build.
It's also longer than a dual top, so the res tube spacing should be easier to accommodate. One centered over the rightmost pump, and the second centered between the center and leftmost pumps.
Another little detail that's nice, is that the heatsink for the dual swiftech 35X will fit the Watercool setup as well, with a bit of dremel work to slightly slot the heatsinks mounting screw holes, as the pumps on the watercool are slightly, about 1 to 2 mm closer together than on the swiftech.
I'll probably have to mix 'n match a couple of heatsinks to fit the XSPC triple, should be an adventure.
In the meantime, while I wait till payday, to order the next three 35X's and triple top, I assembled it in the normal single tube res configuration with a Bitspower 150 res to do some testing.
There's room enough for a 160 tube, so maybe I'll try a FrozenQ black/white helix res to add a little bling.
On a sort of a side note, since I ordered the new Lamptron CW611's, which are variable voltage output controllers, I needed to either not use them for any kind of pump control, just for the fans, or build a controller of my own that would translate the variable output voltage of the 611 to a proportional PWM signal.
The other simple option was to use the 611 for fans only and build another PWM controller that I have several of in other builds already.
That would have been too easy, so I built a translating controller.
It lets me control the pump speed manually, from the mobo CPU fan header, or from the CW611.
It turned out to be a pretty intense little project, and you'll see it running the red dual D5 setup in some of the following pics showing the dual 35X setup running from one of my little manual PWM controllers.
Anyway . . . .
Time for some piccies;
New white LED fans, bags of Bitspower fittings, some temp sensors, and a fat bundle of E22 tubing so I don't have to bore out the multilinks to fit 1/2" tubing.
The new Lamptron CW611's
Here's the new 35X's with the Watercool pump top:
Here's the heatsink, left screws shifted right a tad, and right screws shifted left a bit:
Here's an important detail; The Bitspower reseviors and watertanks come stock with a tiny little excuse of an anti siphon fitting. 3 Tiny little frickin' holes for the pump(s) to suck all you flow thru.
*** were they thinking!
Always order the large size anti siphon fitting, that one large hole has several times the cross sectional area of the 3 tiny ones combined:
Here it is fully assembled:
And a detail of the flowmeter:
Here it is powered up for testing:
And finally, showing the controller it's running from, the translating controller running the D5's from the 611, and the flowmeter from the dual 35X setup reading out on the CW611 at 2.10 GPM
Hope you like the direction this is heading,
DarleneEdited by IT Diva - 6/28/13 at 5:40am