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Thanks! Nice to see you again, where have you been lately? smile.gif

Since you ask: because the PSU is now in the place where pump+res should go; and the pump is on top of the CPU block; then the reservoir must go where the PSU was. I've also got an Aquaero to mount somewhere. thinking.gif
I´ve been wondering for a while now; How are you going to fill your loop? When I originally saw you mention the Apogee I figured you would be using another pump in your loop as it is not intended to be used as a standalone pump due to filling procedures and such. And isn't a res above the CPU block gonna look awkward?
    
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Hopefully one room will be ready for my 2nd baby who's arriving in a month!

Congratulations! thumb.gifwheee.gif

I hope you will manage the mod of your house. I remember when my daughter was soon arriving I was rushing to finish her room. I got inflammation in a tendon on my hand and it had to be operated. So take it easy! biggrin.gif
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I´ve been wondering for a while now; How are you going to fill your loop? When I originally saw you mention the Apogee I figured you would be using another pump in your loop as it is not intended to be used as a standalone pump due to filling procedures and such. And isn't a res above the CPU block gonna look awkward?

Apogee Drive 2 has a MCP35X so it's just the same DDC pump everyone else is using. Filling goes fine as long as you ensure no air in inlet smile.gif

I hope the reservoir won't look awkward, I will do my best to position it nicely smile.gif
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Congratulations! thumb.gifwheee.gif
Thx! biggrin.gif
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I hope you will manage the mod of your house. I remember when my daughter was soon arriving I was rushing to finish her room. I got inflammation in a tendon on my hand and it had to be operated. So take it easy! biggrin.gif
Ouch!
I will surely follow your advice, that's why I am concentrating on one room only, the second will have to wait.
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Slow progress. I procrastinate because I hate filing. Seems to take hours. This power socket bracket idea seemed like a good idea at the time, but each time I made something it was too weak. Several of the prototypes made it impossible to screw in the GPU. Each time bending the metal was tricky because of multiple folds on a small piece of aluminium. I finally came up with this.





Needs to be white of course. Weather is getting warmer here, so hopefully can start all painting soon.



There is going to be something to hold the reservoir in the space where the PSU would normally go. I think I will put a piece of acrylic there. There will be more filing ... tongue.gif
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Ah progress biggrin.gif mind tingling ideas smile.gif

I like!
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I disassembled my rig from its temporary case in order to give myself impetus to get the parts into Splash finally. Weather is good enough for painting and I've been busy with that. Done the power socket, some wiring and sleeving, but not quite finished so pics will have to wait. Also wanted to try painting the PE240 radiator shrouds this weekend, but I'm sick atm with gallstone trouble so might just stay in bed.

So first going to show what I made earlier in the week. I masked off all important parts of my motherboard. Removed the chipset heatsink. Took a can of plastidip and without practicing just went ahead and sprayed the motherboard. Result is so-so, lots of bubbles from impatient spraying. Some parts look okay. I could do better next time. I think it's impossible to remove the rubber safely now. So the motherboard PCB and I/O port housings are mostly white now, sockets and heatsinks are still in the various Asus blues.

Then I took apart my Apogee Drive II. Everything unscrews easily, and the pump itself can be pushed out of the housing with a little force. I cleaned the copper plate inside with some ketchup and a toothbrush because there was some plasticiser sitting between the micro-pin things. Could use some brasso on the underside too, but I'll wait until I am closer to finishing the build. I had previously bought an EKWB DDC-heatsink and wanted to try if it fit on the AD2. Initially that was going to match the stock Swiftech housing, which is why I bought the black one.



Then I looked at it and thought: it's no good to have a black block on this white motherboard. It was a lot of work to sand down the EK heatsink. I even tried using 'afbijt' not sure what it's called in English, but it is supposed to melt paint. That really made a mess of things and it didn't shift the paint at all. In the end I decided just to spray white on black and hope it was good enough. I used a gloss white paint intended for central heating radiators.

Next step was to mask off the pump block and spray it some colour. I agonised a lot about this. White would look cleaner, but with all the blue parts on the motherboard maybe I should make it constrast with the heatsink. I tried to take off the thumb screws before painting, but if I would break any circlips then replacement would be hard to find, presuming Swiftech uses American sized circlips. So I left the mounting screws on. I cut the rubber to allow them to turn, but they are stuck now in the socket 1155 positions.



Last thing to do was get some new screws. The ugly crosshead screws in first picture above were a kind of self-tapping screw with a low TPI. I used an M4 tap and very carefully re-threaded into the pump block. I found some nice M4x20 socket head cap bolts in black.

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In the last picture it looks amazing... could you provide me a link to your plastidip? Because as far as i knwo there are different plastidips biggrin.gif
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In the last picture it looks amazing... could you provide me a link to your plastidip? Because as far as i knwo there are different plastidips biggrin.gif

For motherboard: http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/product/893744/PlastiDip-Fluessiggummi-Spray-Farbe-Weiss-61001002-400-ml
For CPU block: http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/product/893750/PlastiDip-Fluessiggummi-Spray-Farbe-Blau-61001006-400-ml
For pump heatsink: http://www.hornbach.de/shop/Heizkoerper-Spray-Premium-PlastiKote-glaenzend-weiss-400-ml/8518967/artikel.html?WT.svl=artikel_img
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That looks incredible thumb.gif
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