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#1 would look more consistent with your 24 pin...

Damn, our rigs are going to be so similar, I might have to go ratx...

Sorry! Great minds think alike!

But that's a good point. I think what I'll do is finish sleeving the pci cables, take pictures of both orientations and post them.
    
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Alright. Here are some variations on cabling. I'll clean it up on the final version but I didn't want to spend time training the cables just to try each one out.

Straight up and down:





Hard to see, but this is where the cables rest on the rad:



Routed from the side but with enough length to come up:





And, from the side, tightened up so its more horizontal:





I actually am digging the third option right now, it looks less crowded around the cards. What do you guys think?
    
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I like the first one rolleyes.gif
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Alright. Here are some variations on cabling. I'll clean it up on the final version but I didn't want to spend time training the cables just to try each one out.

Straight up and down:



Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Hard to see, but this is where the cables rest on the rad:



Routed from the side but with enough length to come up:





And, from the side, tightened up so its more horizontal:




I actually am digging the third option right now, it looks less crowded around the cards. What do you guys think?

#2 pic for me
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Good work going on here, I likes it thumb.gif
A silver/grey wire can make a nice transition between the black & white sleeving.
And here's another option for your GPU cables.
This is how I did mine on build last year. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


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Good work going on here, I likes it thumb.gif
A silver/grey wire can make a nice transition between the black & white sleeving.
And here's another option for your GPU cables.
This is how I did mine on build last year. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Thanks! I like the way the grey matches your silver fittings. I'm definitely going for a pretty pure black and white. And that's some unique cable routing, I like it! Very unique. I'll play around with them more this weekend and see what I can come up with.
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I like the first one rolleyes.gif

Yeah, I love the clean lines of it, I'm just concerned about how it crowds the cards and the tubes on the left, and leaves a gaping void to the right.

Next up, I'll be working on my led light ports. I had originally thought I would just leave them their stock length and sleeve them. And I did. But I sleeved the wrong ones. Each port comes with a narrow angle led for tubes and a wide angle for reservoirs/everything else. I sleeved the wide angle leds. Oops. So now I'm going back and sleeving the narrow angle leds, and while I'm at it and now that I've become more experienced with custom cables, I might as well cut these to custom length too.
    
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So I did some experimenting with LEDs. First, I compared the narrow angle LEDs and wide angle LEDs that are included with the Monsoon light port fittings.

Wide Angle:



Narrow Angle:



As you can see, the narrow angle LED lights up the tube much better.

I also picked up some 55000 mcd white LEDs to try out that I thought might be even brighter than the monsoons. While they were in fact brighter, the white color was too warm, producing a yellow effect in the tubing, very dirty looking.



So I decided to go with the Monsoon narrow angle LEDs for my setup. If I come accross some brighter, cooler white LEDs in the future maybe I'll swap them out. But here's the overall effect with all LEDs installed:



And the rig as it currently stands:



I moved the pump down and rerouted my tubing for better aesthetics. I know this doesn't exactly follow the shortest route rule of thumb, but the large diameter tubing is hard to squeeze into tight corners, and I just like the look of it as is.
    
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So I did some experimenting with LEDs. First, I compared the narrow angle LEDs and wide angle LEDs that are included with the Monsoon light port fittings.

Wide Angle:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Narrow Angle:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

As you can see, the narrow angle LED lights up the tube much better.

I also picked up some 55000 mcd white LEDs to try out that I thought might be even brighter than the monsoons. While they were in fact brighter, the white color was too warm, producing a yellow effect in the tubing, very dirty looking.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

So I decided to go with the Monsoon narrow angle LEDs for my setup. If I come accross some brighter, cooler white LEDs in the future maybe I'll swap them out. But here's the overall effect with all LEDs installed:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

And the rig as it currently stands:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I moved the pump down and rerouted my tubing for better aesthetics. I know this doesn't exactly follow the shortest route rule of thumb, but the large diameter tubing is hard to squeeze into tight corners, and I just like the look of it as is.

It looks good to me and as long as you like it is what is important.

I am a question about the led's how do you tell which one is narrow and which one is the wide. i got the blue leds and 1 led has black heat shrink and 1 has blue. can you tell me which one would be the narrow the blue or the black?? I know I will have to test to make sure but this would help!!
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It looks good to me and as long as you like it is what is important.

I am a question about the led's how do you tell which one is narrow and which one is the wide. i got the blue leds and 1 led has black heat shrink and 1 has blue. can you tell me which one would be the narrow the blue or the black?? I know I will have to test to make sure but this would help!!

For mine, the black sleeved LEDs were the narrow angle. You could also test by plugging both in and placing on a flat surface so the beam points horizontally, or slightly downward. The wide angle will look pretty diffuse while the narrow angle is substantially more focused.
    
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I should also note that while the tubing is a little brighter in person, the lighting effects are nowhere near as bright as a naked LED or an LED fan. It really isn't visible in the daylight This works perfectly for what I want in this build, but maybe isn't what everyone wants. I'm planning to connect my LED rig to my fan controller so that I can control brightness manually, as well.
    
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