Ok, time to talk about the annoyances of my last build. As I said in the overview, that build was my first ever attempt at anything watercooled. Some of the annoyances lie in design flaws, others case flaws, and all due to rushing on my part. Most every single issue could have been adverted with proper planning on my end from the start of the project.
With that said, I always like to read really in depth build logs as they can be invaluable sources of info when everything is documented well. This info can be extremely beneficial to the beginning builders and thought provoking for the more advanced modders. The following issues will mainly have some sort of practical reasoning behind them. Hopefully any and all of these can spike some conversation inbetween the slow parts of the build here initially.
Anyways, here's my gripes:
Dual Sided Cases
Initially I thought the idea of a dual chamber sounded amazing. In practice, it really became a hassle. It's not easy to position a massive PC in an office with ample room on both sides of the unit to properly access what is in the case in the need of maintenance/cleaning/etc.
Another main issue I have with dual side cases is that they really don't do the user any favors mechanically for proper fill/drain/startup/bleed. The core reason for this is that gravity doesnt pull fluid horizontally, and a dual sided case requires horizontal runs to pass between each side. This can obviously be overcome with proper pump placement, but without a pedestal on the lower half of the case, multiple pumps could be an issue depending on what else is installed. However, if a pedestal is added which allows massive stacking of rads in a side to side configuration, theres really no need for a double sided case.
Worst Idea Ever! Not only is it way more of a pain to deal with when filling/draining, it adds a ton of clutter in the case. I'm a big believer in fill/drain lines, and doing that on a dual loop system really adds some unneeded runs. This could be less of a pain with a hard acrylic line system, but with normal tubing, I really wish I never did a dual loop system.
I had that idiot aha moment every engineer hates to admit on my last build. When I got my everything into my case, pumps mounted, everything hooked up, I realized that I hadn't thought of how to get the fluid from the reservoir into the pumps to begin pushing the system. One of my loops I actually have to manually suck on the opposite side of the line through a valve to start flow. This could have never been an issue if I would have started my line building up form the pump.
This is why I went with a pedestal style case. It allows me a large vertical distance to use gravity to my benefit when filling/draining the system and getting flow started. Pumps/PSU will be in bottom chamber, res in mid, rads in upper with possibly a rad in the main chamber. Placing the rads in the upper chamber allows for complete drainage if the drain line is at the bottom most point of the loop, which in this build, it will be.
I've always had a loud PC. Maybe it's because I'm getting older but I hate how loud my current build is. That much air flow through the water block area isn't needed either on a watercooled build. This new build I am opting for a low air flow setup which will use 3-5 rads. I need to see the case, and crunch some numbers on stuff to decide the final number of rads. I may be looking at fans in the 800-1200 rpm range. LED vs solid has not been decided yet.
The last build was beautiful when all panels were on and you were viewing it through the plexi window in the door. It is ugly in my opinion once the panels come off. This is one of the main areas I rushed at on the last build, and one of the key focuses for this build. Acrylic hard lines should fix this. I plan on bending the tubing to form each exact run if possible. The entire use of acrylic tubes is new to me and will be a learning experience I am sure.
I Dont Need To Fill Every SATA
I have a home server now, so requiring multiple storage areas on the actual PC isn't needed. The last build had all sorts of RAID setups. This new build will be more simplistic, using only ssd's.
That is all for now, headed to bed.
Edited by Hyperlite - 8/31/13 at 12:25am