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Thoughts?
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Well if it were ME, I would use E22 hard tubing... but I don't know if its in your budget to get more fittings. I just think it makes motherboard connections look so much cleaner. I'm just partial towards that look, which is why I dislike the look of those bends. Obviously though, do whatever you think looks good smile.gif

I was thinking you would mention E22. I also really like acrylic tubing, but since I have all the compression fittings, tough to let them sit in a box . I started planning out my next build with a CaseLabs S3 and plan to do all acrylic tubing.
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I know what you mean. I did the same thing, had a bunch of compressions and now they're all stored away, tough to do. But after I redid my whole loop I have to say it was for sure worth the $ hit
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Finally setup the Aquaero 5 XT to see if the PWM output on it could handle all 12 eloops. It worked! biggrin.gif I was able to control all from 750 RPM to max 1850 RPM (Aquaero reading). Subjectively the NB eloops are pretty quite below 1200 RPM, comparable to the Spectre Pro's I used previously at 1200 RPM.




Glad to see that this worked since the alternative was to run 2 additional Poweradusts (3 total - 1 pump, 1 for each set of radiator fans). Space is a bit tight at the top with both the Aquaero XT and 3 poweradjusts above radiator....




GTX 780's installed biggrin.gif (I have white LEDs in both blocks and FC bridge but two didnt work, I guess thats what I get for not testing them before installing mad.gif. Pics with LEDs on shortly.



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Looking good! I'm really diggin that sleeving
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Thanks! I am making up the GPU cables now, they will match the pattern/theme of the 24pin ATX. I now need to decide on what the coolant color will be. I am going with Mayhems but keep going back and forth between,

Pastel White - would match the theme without adding to much red. Only issue is that the 6 LEDs in the res won't shine through the pastel.

OR

Blood Red (non-pastel) - would allow the LED effect from the res to shine through. Video Link
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This is my first build log on OCN, but also my first WC build. I originally started with a Fractal R4 but decided to move to a Case Labs SM8. There is not too much modding since this case is exactly what I was looking for. Build started in Dec 2012 and my target for completion is July 2013. The name is still TBD (harder than I thought it would be biggrin.gif )

Hardware Specs
CPU - i7 3770k
Board - ASUS MF5
Ram - G.Skill Sniper 4x4Gb 1866
GPU - GTX 670 FTW (4Gb) - 2x GTX 780 SC ACX ordered delivered biggrin.gif
SSD - 2x Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb – RAID 0
PSU - Seasonic Platinum 760W PSU
Case - Case labs SM8 - 2 tone (Black inside/white outside)
Hard Drive - 2x WD 3TB Red

Water Cooling Specs
Blocks - EK CSQ nickel (Mobo, pump, GPU, CPU)
Radiator - 2x Alphacool 360 (UT60) White Edition
Tubing - Tygon 10/16mm tubing
Fans - 14x NB eLoop B12-P
Pump - Laning DDC 3.25 18W pump
Fittings - Bitspower Compression – Black Sparkle
Fluid - Mayhems Coolant (Pastel White, or custom Non-Pastel Blood Red)
Koolance INS-FM17N Flow Meter

Aquacomputer Components
450ml Aqualis XT Res w/nano coating
Aquaero 5 XT
3x Poweradjust Ultras (1 pump, 2 for the fans if the PWM signal from the Aquaero doesn’t work out for 12 fans) thinking.gif
2x Inline G1/4 temp sensors

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MDPC Sleeve - White, Black, Color-x (matches ROG red better than the standard Red color)
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White LED's CPU, Pump, and Aqualis

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Nice and Clean. I really like the white rad's. I wish they came in 480's.
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Thanks Freitz! I also really like the white rads. Hopefully they offer more options soon.

Finished up the power wires and sleeving for the fan distribution hubs, Aquaero, poweradjusts, and Bitspower LED x-station.

The Swiftec PWM splitters will be mounted behind the radiators out of sight. I wanted to be able to remove both power and signal (speed/PWM) so the radiators could be removed without much hassle. The 4 pin connector will attach to the Aquaero (fan speed and PWM signal). The 3 pin fan connector attaches to the 2nd splitter and contains only the PWM wire.


The aquaero and poweradjusts (power and aquabus) all sleeved up.



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Finished up the distribution blocks and fan cables.

The eloops come with a long and short extension cables along with M3 screws and rubber isolation spacers.



I was going to make up some new cables since the wires are 4 different colors but with the black MDPC sleeving you don't notice after they were sleeved. Each one of the 12 fans needed a custom cable to get the lengths exact. Results of the first......then repeat thumb.gif





Top rad fan hub mounted and all fan cables installed. I am happy with the result and looks much better than try to organize 6 cables that are too long.




Front rad with fan hub, fan cables, and flow meter amp installed. 12V power for the flow meter amp also comes from the fan hub (eliminated another power cable to the PSU biggrin.gif). I wanted to be able to remove either rad easily if needed, so now only two cables to disconnect ( 1 power, 1 PWM/speed signal).



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Big update.....

One item I was really upset about was the quality of the SMD flexlights from Phobya. mad.gif I had purchased 5 30cm RGB strips and the wires/soldering on the connections were terrible. 2 out of 5 had wires that were not even attached to the strip. For me I had to be really careful to not move the wire/connection to damage the other 3. The main point is that the only way to repair is to cut the LED section (3 LED) to get to a connection spot to solder on new wires.

There is a very thin copper layer to solder on, if this removed you cannot repair on that section.

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- original flexlight with covering
- flexlight with cover removed and copper tabs still on LED stip (ready to repair)
- repaired with new wires
- copper tabs had come off the LED strip (recieved this way) and are still attached to the wires. No way to repair without cutting the strip (3 LEDS to the right)



One problem I have is sleeving the USB3 cables. I split the case labs mobo connector but still cannot get the sleeving (sata or USB size) to fit over. Still looking for a solution. Might try mod the connector and purchase a spare for safety sake.




Ok....So the lighting is now finished and the inside cables are all routed.





Rads back in, all fans connected up.




Now for the coolant and leak testing. I kept debating on the coolant color but ended up with the pastel white.




8 hour leak test with no problems thumb.gif





Benchmarks (GPUs, CPU before and after delid) to come along with final pics.
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about sleeving that usb cable, that's a double cable, innit ?

have you seen cpachris' solution ?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1266202/build-log-the-big-budget-boomer-box-aka-the-bbbb/2240#post_18447473
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