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post #51 of 194
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WoW, I didn't notice that before. That is a really wild looking effect.

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Well, the parts are slowing coming in.

Got 4 fans in from Newegg (and tracking information of the other 4 which shipped separately).

UPS hasn't come in yet, so hopefully the RX240 (which I will now not be using) as other items will be in today as well.


I have no idea how Aquatuning can ship this fast, but the tracking number they gave me shows that the D5 pump, adapter, and reservoir left Germany on the 2nd, and is due to be delivered this Wednesday the 4. thumb.gif

The LED's will be here on Thursday.

The Phanteks Enthoo will be here Wednesday.

All the Primochill fittings and acrylic tubing and misc Bitspower stuff will be here Tuseday (tomorrow).

The 2 EK GTX 780 water blocks and the new 480 radiator are listed as "packing", so maybe Thursday or Friday.

No word yet on the Aquaero 6 yet.

Well, the 480 radiator just shipped, that comes in Thursday. They must still be waiting on the blocks to come in from EK. doh.gif
post #52 of 194
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As expected, the goodies are slowly coming in ...





Still gotta wait for the case to come in before I do any major work.

I did chat with TLHarrell from White Light Laser and most likely I will be getting him to do some custom acrylic work for me. He has all the acrylic and CNC laser cutter to make an insert (after I do a ton of measuring) for the Phanteks Enthoo Primo case and my 2 EVGA GTX 780 Classified video cards. He even came up with a very cool idea on how to color match it with the rest of the paint that I use for the radiators. thumb.gif

After doing a bit of thinking, going with the white would show every littler imperfection, and this would be especially true with a glass mirror (not to mention, I am forever dropping screws in my case, and my luck, I'd shatter the mirror in no time).
post #53 of 194
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Another day, another batch of rig builders pr0n. biggrin.gif




The Phanteks Enthoo Primo case, XSPC EX480 radiator, as well as about half my Aquacomputer order came in (D5 pump, pump top, 880mL reservoir, and a bracket) all came in. I haven't opened the case box yet, but I'm hoping the bottle of Mayhem's Orange Dye is in there ... not to mention there is no case damage.


Well, my hopes were dashed. madsmiley.png

I pulled the case out, and the part that I was worried about, the clips that hold the front panel on, are ok. Unfortunately, there is a 2" dent on one side of the case.





Time to call FPCU and see what they say. Looks like just a replacement side panel will "fix" it.



(Edit)

Well, as bad luck would have it, it appears there is a bit more damage. I got around to pulling off the translucent plastic "thing" that they used to protect the plexiglass LED strip on the top and front part of the case and when I did, I found this ...



I don't know if I can replace that. Looking around, it doesn't seem to be able to come off without some serious instruction and trouble. There is a distinct possibility this case will have to go back and be swapped out. frown.gif

On the good news, FPCU said that my 2 EK-FC780 Classy - Nickle water blocks might be in by the end of the week, so maybe by the middle of next week they will be in my hands. biggrin.gif
post #54 of 194
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Ok, so I got everything home, and pulled out the DSLR and took some real photos, and here they are ...




Such a nice pile of items to start off with. I am absolutely floored by the quality of the Phanteks Enthoo Primo case. Is is solidly built and doesn't "wrack" like some cases. The paint quality is very good and the aluminum accents are very nice. Yes it has a little bit of plastic, but it in no way feels "cheap".




Well, it's official. After having the Aquacomputer reservoir in my hands, I don't think I can ever go back to another reservoir ever again. This this is a marvel of German engineering. The quality is top notch, and the fit and finish is second to none. The fact that it is made from medical grade glass and not plastic or acrylic and uses stainless steel parts is a testament to that.




A stockpile of Primochill Ghost rigid fittings and 1/2" OD rigid tubing, as well as 2' of silicone tubing insert to help with bending the acrylic tubing, and a bottle of Mayhem's dye, in orange of course.




More of the Cougar fans. Not the best fan out there, but I've been using them for over a year now and they are pretty quiet, push a good amount of air, and best of all ... they are orange. thumb.gif
post #55 of 194
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I just couldn't wait to start planning the layout, so I started placing components around, and right off the bat, I ran into some troubles.

My original plan was to put an XSPC RX360 radiator in "push/pull" down below (ie reuse what I had already), but getting that 360 in there would be a bit tricky, and would cause me to lose at least the lower set of drive bays. I was then going to fabricate a 120mm adapter and put the the Aquacomputer pump and 880mL reservoir on top and proudly display it in the window. Well ...





As you can see, I should have looked at measurements before I thought about doing this. It's just a tad too thick.



Ok, so it's a bit more than a tad ... more like a LOT. As in I'd lose the bottom 2-3 expansion card slots too big.




So on to "Plan B". Which will most likely be pretty nice none the less. Basically, just by setting the reservoir down on the bottom where the radiator goes, there will be plenty of room for it, and as you can see, still be nice and visible even with the windowed side panel on. I might make the as space to lift it up just a bit more so you can really see the whole thing in the window. Actually with the plexi insert that I'll be adding to the entire component area, having a nice flat bottom will show this off very well.

So now the next question, which way to orientate the pump/reservoir?





So you can see the pump and better show off the rigid tubing that will connect to it? The down side being you will see more wires going to the pump (even though they will be sleeved).




Or with the pump rotated 180 degrees around and mostly hidden by the drive by covers? You will still be able to see some of the rigid tubing, but most of the wires will be better hidden.



Regardless of the orientation of the pump/reservoir, this throws a monkey wrench into the design .... I will not be able to use the RX360 that I was planning on. I can still mount an RX240 (I think, if there is no other clearance issues with the reservoir) with 4 fans on the back side of the case. This shouldn't be the end of the world. An RX240 and an EX480, both in "push/pull" should provide more than enough cooling capacity.

I should have "Measured twice and ordered once." tongue.gif
post #56 of 194
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Well, the wonderful people over at FrozenCPU contacted Phantek for me, and they are shipping out tomorrow a brand new side panel and the plexiglass LED cover that was damaged in shipping. FCPU has always had great customer service, glad to see Phantek does too. thumb.gif

Well, since it looks like the case will be a keeper, I guess it's time to "strip it down". biggrin.gif

Time to pull the Phantek 140mm fans, the HDD cages, and pop the LED covers off (not only to replace the one, but so I can pull out those blue LED strips and replace them with the Amber/Orange ones that will be arriving tomorrow.

I'll also swing by Home Depot and pick up a couple cans of white primer and "Painter's Touch - Real Orange". This stuff worked so well the last time I used it. Pretty much matched the "Gigabyte Orange" of the motherboard.
post #57 of 194
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Well, the wonderful people over at FrozenCPU contacted Phantek for me, and they are shipping out tomorrow a brand new side panel and the plexiglass LED cover that was damaged in shipping. FCPU has always had great customer service, glad to see Phantek does too. thumb.gif

Well, since it looks like the case will be a keeper, I guess it's time to "strip it down". biggrin.gif

Time to pull the Phantek 140mm fans, the HDD cages, and pop the LED covers off (not only to replace the one, but so I can pull out those blue LED strips and replace them with the Amber/Orange ones that will be arriving tomorrow.

I'll also swing by Home Depot and pick up a couple cans of white primer and "Painter's Touch - Real Orange". This stuff worked so well the last time I used it. Pretty much matched the "Gigabyte Orange" of the motherboard.

Looking forward to how it looks painted.

Glad to hear things worked out between you and the companies involved.
post #58 of 194
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Well, I tore down the case pretty good. Aside from a couple pop rivits, the whole thing can largely be torn down with just a single Phillips screw driver.

First up, popping off the edges so I can put the new LEDs in ...




The clips that hold the whole top section where the LED's and the power button are the same sort of round barrel tabs that hold the rest of the top and front on.




Here is a close up of the power switch assembly area. There is a single phillips screw that holds on a plastic cover which keeps things from popping out.




Here is what it looks like with the cover removed ... where you can get access to the 2 blue LEDs on the power switch, as well as the power (or is it HDD activity?) LED.




Also, the last of the orange Cougar fans came in today, but I will still have to place an order with PPCs (since Frozen CPU is out of stock) for some G1/4" Male to Female extenders. Seems that on the Aquacomputer D5 pump top they mill down a recess of about 2mm where the in and out G1/4" ports are. For normal fittings this isn't an issue, but for the Primochill Ghost Rigid Compression fittings, they won't work because they are just a bit too wide. So I'll have to put an extension there first, THEN the fitting. Oh well, it's always something. rolleyes.gif
post #59 of 194
Why no sniper mb confused.gif (selling mine tongue.gif).


Love orange builds thumb.gif
post #60 of 194
Sorry to see the case came badly, mine also has some parts that were forgotten to be shipped
But the customer service from caselabs is amazing

Have you ever oriented the reservoir that way?
Is it hard to bleed?

Cant wait to see more especially the led play
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