Originally Posted by Unicr0nhunter
I'm glad you like it Jack, but I physically cringe every time I see all those fittings like that. I know you had your reasons, you say, but it just screams that someone went and spent what, $200?, on a bunch of gawdy elbows because they were too chicken to do any bending.
That's what makes acrylic so attractive IMHO, is the beautiful bends and not having to waste all that money on ugly & expensive rotaries. But I guess that's just me. To each their own. I'm glad you like it.
Again..... I upgraded my heat gun cause original plan was to do bending but after studying more and more builds in build logs here and in the pipe bending threads I, saw a lot of things that were pretty ....some too much so, but after picturing the final result and laying it out in CAD, the theme and purpose of the entire build was completely lost.
Implying that anyone is "chicken" because they are going for a different look is a bit presumptuous don't ya think ? Would be akin to saying everyone who bends is just "too cheap to buy fittings"
To me, it's all about meeting goals...... As everyone has different goals, no person's build will ideally suit another. If that wasn't the case, we'd all have Dell's. It had nothing to do with being "chicken" ..... no more than anyone doing steam punk theme is "afraid" of having clean smooth paint on their case.
I own an engineering consulting firm whose primary scope of work is plant design .... the goal of the build was to be a reflection of what we do, after all it was the business that footed the bill for it. ...... This machine will be sitting on desk in my office and when I have clients there I want them to be reminded of the care and precision in the work we do. We design waste water treatment systems and power system and the build was specifically designed to be a reflection of that.
It's also one of the reasons why I piped the GFX cards separately ....1. To get identical flow thu the units....no engineer would ever use a block or crystal link type device which fed different flows or different temp coolant to identical units 2. To get an "interesting" fitting arrangement right out there dead center .... I had envisioned mirrored Y fittings but laying length was too long on expansion slot side
I agonized a bit over the additional cost but the all acrylic look just screamed "form over function" .... of course neither choice has an effect on performance (well little bit maybe, do get some extra cooling from metal fittings), but the all acrylic just had a "look" to it that it was "more about "show than go" ....something I specifically tried to avoid in an "industrial look" build.
Getting back to the "theme".....like a steam punk build where the design is intended to make things look old, worn, damaged even "post apocalyptic", the goal here was to make it look like one of the plants we design and build. The most prevalent thing ya see in any plant are piping with hundreds of fittings (represented by tubes and fittings) , heavy duty pumping equipment (represented by the 35x2), hazardous materials and fuel storage tanks (represented by the reservoir), engine cooling systems (represented by the rads).
Now for my son's build which we have started planning ..... assuming he will be gainfully employed come May and no longer living on the typical college fare of Ramen Noodle Soup and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese .... He's a math wiz..... will prolly wind up in back room on Wall Street somewhere so the puter will be home and used primarily for gaming. He has case (hasn't yet decided which) and MoBo (so far wants M6F) on his Xmas list ...we have enough spare storage / optical devices laying around so he's starting to save for rads, pumps and res..... which he'll prolly have after XMas and B'day presents cash in.
Almost bought him that Enthoo last night for that $174 ..... hope to have the basic build done by end of winter break with water cooling on CPU .... the twin GFX cards will have to wait until he's gainfully employed. Rather than being "chicken" ...... we are both looking forward to the experience....nice part (well for him) I already bought all the tools ..... silicon tube bending inserts, saws, reamer. heat gun already in toolbox ..... and the jig I designed is waaay better than Monsoon's new kit. Actually there is one thing I'm afraid of..... I hope I finish sleeving this build before we have to start on his.Edited by JackNaylorPE - 11/30/13 at 11:13am