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post #81 of 194
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That looks really good. Makes me want to do mine with white now...

Thank you.

It really isn't that hard. Just take things slow. thumb.gif




Well, looks like a bunch of goodies are "Out for Delivery: ETA 8pm or prior".

The SilverStone 5.25" to 3.5" aluminum bay adapter and an extra Icy Dock 2.5" SATA/SAS drive tray are due in today. Of course Murphy's law states that the Icy Dock hot swap rack is still in Georgia, so I really can't do much with the first package from Newegg. rolleyes.gif

The best stuff will be here from Performance PCs though ... all the Aquacomputer Aquero 6 XT stuff. I can't wait to get my hands on that stuff and start looking things up, even if I just rig up a basic loop outside the case just to test and configure the software.

My order from Frozen CPU is still being packed, and won't be here for a couple more days ... more LEDs for this build and to finish up my other build (Switched Switch), as well as 2 fittings that I need to adapt the Aquero pump/res to the Primochill fittings.
post #82 of 194
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Finally!

FedEx must be slammed. They missed their delivery yesterday, but at least I got both my Aquacomputer gear and the rest of the Icy Dock.


post #83 of 194
More Aquaero pr0n drool.gif





Yup, holiday rush to ship and deliver is causing delays. My fittings came in ~ 6pm when normally the postman is there around noon. A few other orders are being delayed too. I hope they can come in by friday (fedex).
post #84 of 194
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I had to order even more. rolleyes.gif

I forgot to order the special 3-pin to 3-pin cable to connect the flow sensor. The 3-pin on the flow sensor isn't a typical connector and I've asked lots of people if they have ever found it (in black preferably). Alas, they haven't. So I went ahead and oredered the cable and I'll mod it when it gets here (sleeve, etc).

Also, when I was messing with my old Phobya temperature sensor, the wires broke and I can't repair them. So since I have to order the cable, I may as well get a new temperature sensor ... and make it AQ so it all matches. biggrin.gif

And oh what the heck, may as well replace the silver bezel on the AQ6 XT with the black on too.

So today's sell my soul to the Water Cooling Gods is ...

Aquacomputer flow meter cable 3-pin - $3.95
Aquacomputer Front Faceplate for Aquaero 5/6 XT Aluminium - Black (New Version) - $11.95
Aquacomputer Temperature Sensor - Inner/Outer Thread G1/4 - $10.99
USB Internal Female Header to USB "A" Cable - $9.95


Oh well, maybe it'll all be here by Friday. rolleyes.gif
post #85 of 194
Love the ongoing purchase of this build ! thumb.gif

I myself facing the same problem... just put more orders in the last couple of days, difference is I have to wait for almost 2 weeks for the shipping
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post #86 of 194
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Love the ongoing purchase of this build ! thumb.gif

I myself facing the same problem... just put more orders in the last couple of days, difference is I have to wait for almost 2 weeks for the shipping

Yeah, and the worst part is, UPS didn't show up. frown.gif

Oh well, I guess I will have a weekend off. thumb.gif
post #87 of 194
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I finally got the last of the parts in (for now) and I've been spending a lot of time messing with all the Aquacomputer gear.

I will say this, if you are looking for just a "drop in" solution for fan control and other monitoring, you might NOT want to look to the Aquaero 6 XT system. I spent many hours trying to figure out why I could not get the computer monitoring software (which is the best part of the whole Aquaero system) to run.

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling several times. Using different versions of Microsoft .NET (they say you need version 4.0 to run, but I tried 4.0 and 4.5.1 with no avail). Come to find out, after getting it to work on another machine, and noticing that the software had to install Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package (x64) on that machine. I already had that package installed on my rig, but for some reason it didn't like it, so I uninstalled that package and re-downloaded it and re-installed it and VIOLA! everything started to work. thumb.gif

I must say, that with that software installed, you can really see the power of the Aquaero 6 system in action. You can monitor and control a TON of things, and it has given me even more ideas that I will be adding to this build ... like the ability to turn on and off the computer with the Aquaero 6 XT remote control, and control my RGB LEDs.




Here is a little video I shot when I was working through the issues (which will highlight my next "issue" with the system).



As the video talks about, there is a "ticking noise" that comes from the Aquacomputer "High Flow" sensor. This is because that model uses a spinner inside to measure the actual flow rate of the water passing by. In contrast, some flow meters use a pressure sensor to measure flow. While these are silent, you have to calibrate the readout to the sensor, where as this unit doesn't require any calibration at all.

Aquacomputer does make this type of sensor, the Aquacomputer MPS 400 Flow Sensor, and I considered going this route, but since they only have pre-defined profiles for 6mm, 8mm, and 10mm ID tubing, and I'm using 3/8" ID rigid tubing (which is 9.5250mm), I figured there had to be something I could do to make this work.

So after a bit of experimenting, I decoupled the flow sensor from the pump with a small section of flexible tubing (which I might do in the actual build, and wrapping a wash cloth around the unit to absorb the sound, it is a night and day difference, as you can see and hear.



So I think I will acquire some sound absorber and wrap the sensor in that and see how it sounds.
post #88 of 194
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Now to just figure out what sort of sound absorber to get. Most of the kits have way more material than I will ever need, so maybe I'll end up looking at a hobby or local car audio shop first.


SilverStone Silent Foam SF01, Sound Dampening Acoustic EP0M Foam Material, Black, 21"x15", 4mm thick, 2 pcs - $15.99

AcoustiML OEM 3-Layer Soundproofing Material - 12mm - $24.95

AcoustiPack™ EXTRA - Sheet PC Soundproofing Material (7mm) - $21.95

Akust NoiseBuster Pro "Advanced" - $11.95
post #89 of 194
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On another note, I might soon be putting Aquacomputer Pump Adapter for D5 pumps and a matching Aquacomputer Aqalis 880mL tube reservoir (and even a Swiftech MCP655 D5 vario pump) up for sale. New all that gear is $211.93, but I might let it go for a good price, since the adapter and res are only a couple days old. I love the quality of the Aquacomputer reservoir and the looks, I just can't fit it all in the case.

I will most likely be buying a second Aquacomputer D5 pump with USB control and since I already have an EK-D5 Dual Top and and EK 60mm x 200mm mounted on the EK-D5 Dual Top from a previous build that MIGHT fit in Phantek case with minimal modding (basically I'd just have to come up with a brace to hold it just right), I might go that route.

Not only will this give me dump redundancy in case one pump fails, but it should make for a nice strong flow, and even more importantly, allow me to put an XSPC RX360 radiator in the bottom like I originally planned and not the smaller XSPC RX240. Heck, with a little shoe horning, I might even be able to get BOTH. biggrin.gif
post #90 of 194
You might wanna give aquacomputer radiators a try, it suits people like you who have the skill and patience for complicated stuff smile.gif
Your build is getting sexier with all those complicated stuff lol
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