Update 7: Acrylic Tubing Installation
Now that the first acrylic tubing has been laid down, time to get to work on cutting, bending and sanding the remainder of the acrylic loop. I find working on the acrylic tubes to be the most relaxing, theraputic and enjoyable part of the build. I do the acrylic part of the build late at night after the kids are put to bed, wife is asleep or watching TV in the bedroom and it's just uninterrupted ME time in my office with the TV on the background or some music playing.
I decided to tackle the second hardest part of the acrylic loop. Not because of the complex bend (that one will come later) but the challenge being the small amount of space I have to work with inside the case.
The tube in the back will go from the Radiator to CPU.
Radiator to CPU and CPU to GPU.
Reservoir to Pump.
Now the hardest part of the loop...
I wanted to use a single 20" acrylic tube & not use a connector to go from the Pump to GPU. This is going to be a 4-bend single tube. One of the concern was whether the 20" acrylic tube was long enough. Measured and measured again and I should barely have enough. The other concern is the complex bend to fit through the little opening to go from the Pump to GPU.
4-point bend is complete.
This needs to go through the small opening and behind the GPU.
...and it also needs to go between the Reservoir and the GPU.
The problem is that the tubes that are already laid down won't let me fit the 4-bend tube to where I need it to go.
I need this tube to go where again??
With such small space, after having looked at all options, there was absolutely no room so I had to basically uninstall the entire loop, put in the 4-bend tube then re-install the loop.
Pump to GPU loop is finally in!
Loop Complete!!Post-acrylic-tubing-installation thoughts:
At the moment, I'm not too crazy about the layout of my tubing. A good portion of the tubes are hidden behind the reservoir so you cannot see a good chunk of the tubing once the reservoir is filled. Especially if I used a pastel coolant that is completely opaque (still haven't decided whether to go with a pastel coolant or a colored, clear coolant).
If I moved the reservoir back closer to the GPU and re-routed the tubing to be in front of the reservoir, that might showcase the acrylic tubing more with an XL sized window side panel...
However, doing that might make the inside of the S3 look more busy and less "clean"...
Hmmm. Decisions. Decisions.Next Up: Filling the loop and leak testing.