Alright everybody, here's a couple teaser pics. Tomorrow I should have time to take the final pictures. Atto is all together and working fine now!
But wow, it was a rough
ride. I had many, many leaks. It was terrible. First, my front radiator was leaking. I emptied the loop, removed the radiator, and inspected it, assuming I had punctured a hole in it by using the wrong screws initially. To my surprise, there were absolutely no marks on the radiator. No holes. Turns out, it was actually the 90 degree fitting that was leaking. EK states that it is acceptable to remove the included extenders and mount fittings directly into the radiator, so that's what I initially did. Nope. It didn't work at all. So, I replaced the extenders and then put the radiator back in the case. Filled the loop again. Aaaaaaand... more leaks. This time from the top radiator. Same story. Extenders had to be in place for a good seal. Oh, yeah, and I dropped the whole case, with everything in it, in the sink while I was draining it. It broke 3 ceramic plates on the way down.
After I fixed all those leaks, here's what it looked like:
Pretty ugly, sorry guys! I hadn't received my power cables yet, and thus didn't even have a way to power my GPU (this PSU doesn't include two 8-pin connectors, which I needed). So the GPU was actually unplugged from the motherboard completely. Luckily everything else was humming along nicely.
Then I received my power cables from ModDIY. After a two month wait, I was sad to find out that they aren't sleeved! They are the proper length and color, but it's just bare wires. I'm disappointed, but there's little I can do to remedy the situation. I'm certainly not sending these things back to China.
Shortly after I installed the power cables, though, something terrible happened. Excited to finally have my watercooled GPU powered and running, I popped open a game of BF4. As the map was loading, I heard the sound of dripping water to my right. I looked over, and there was a pool of coolant on top of the GPU. Right there on the PCB, directly above the GPU die itself. I panicked, and ripped the power plug out of the back (there's no switch!) and rushed to dry up the leaked coolant. We're not talking a few drops here. It was about to spill over the front edge of the GPU before I mopped it up. I did some spot drying with some q-tips, cursing and angry. The PSU had put too much pressure on one of the tubes going to the CPU block, and it had partially pulled out of the compression fitting. (I later checked all the fittings, and it turns out that the tubes are relatively easy to pull out of the compression fitting, no matter how much I clamp it down. Is this normal? A moderate amount of lateral force will pull the tubes out.)
4 hours later, I had drained the loop, completely re-arranged the tubes and re-checked the compression fittings, and re-filled the thing. That was yesterday. Today I turned it on and was happy to find that my GPU, somehow, wasn't damaged by the ordeal.
Again, I'll have some better pictures up eventually, but thanks for following along, everybody!Edited by Heuristic - 1/7/14 at 8:16pm