New member checking in. Very impressed with the site; long time learner/lurker - finally joined and posted my build here
Here she is
I have a few Photon questions that I’m hoping someone can answer. I've read literally every post in this thread so I’m trying to “fish” on my own but a little help would be greatly appreciated. I’ll say upfront the easiest option would probably be to just buy a 270 D5 photon but… I can’t return my stand-alone 270 (high restocking and shipping fees) and my D5 170’s pump speed dial broke off. It runs at 2/5 perfectly fine, so I don’t care, but I can’t really sell it unless I’m willing to take a loss. Also, I like to tinker so a creative answer may be the ticket.
As you can see I have a photon 170 D5 res. I decided I wanted the bigger 270 and I bought the 270 w/out the D5 thinking I would just switch over my D5 pump base. Unfortunately, the acrylic LED tube has a different mount then what is on my D5 170 and does not fit... XSPC won’t sell me the acrylic tube insert for the D5 270 version as they are specific to each res (blah blah blah). I can put my short acrylic tube into the 270 but it looks kind of weird (too short). Additionally, the mounting bracket that came with the vanilla 270 isn't long enough to add the D5 base; the lower mount on the D5 is further down which increases the distance between mounts on the res and is too far for the included bracket to reach. I see they sell the extended bracket for the D5 270 on Amazon for 30 ( I can purchase that if needed). Since I didn’t foresee either of these issues I went ahead and put my 170 back together for now, but I’m hoping I can somehow obtain a D5 version of the acrylic tube insert. If anyone has any leads on obtaining one it would be greatly appreciated. I saw Eagles a was recently switching from a 270 to a 170 and have already sent him a PM about the 270 he has.
Another option would be to mod the acrylic piece from the 270 to fit into the mounting area on the 170... I was not expecting to find a major difference between the acrylic tubes, and was in a bit of a time crunch, so I didn't get a good chance to compare the tubes or take pictures (ugh) before I put my 170 back together. It’s quite inconvenient to disassemble so before I do I'm checking to see if anyone here has any first-hand knowledge? I would be willing to sand, multitool, dremel or otherwise modify the 270 tube I have. I believe the LED is sealed and the piece doesn’t need to be water tight (I know that’s true with the stand-alone 270, not 100% sure with my 170D5). Any options, even outside the box ideas will be considered.
I am switching to Mayhems pastel blue berry coolant so If there are no good leads/ideas I could just put the rod from the 170 into the 270 and just live with it being super short since it won’t be visible. Or I could not have the acrylic tube insert at all- is that an option? I guess this relates back to if the LED port in the D5 is sealed off or needs the tube (I would think it’s sealed off, but the o ring on the acrylic tube makes me second guess myself).
On a separate note, I want to use the top port as an inlet for my loop. I understand that air will travel up into my tubes when the PC is shut off (never is) and with the way my loop works the pipe would lead to a vertically mounted radiator. It’s very similar to what thegin showed in post 85 of this thread. I also want a rigid fill line going from the top of my case ( I already have the pass-through fitting installed, just waiting for the 270 to be installed). I see two ways to do this
1. I buy a Y valve and have my loop line and the fill line merge (2 into 1) and then connect the y into the top of the reservoir.
2. I take the stand alone 270 and invert it (as people in this thread have done) so that the bottom with multiple ports becomes the top. I run the loop line to one port and the fill line to another. This seems like an easy answer, but I wonder if the mounting plate (the extended one that I will order from Amazon that fits the D5 270) will fit a reservoir that has a 170 D5 base and is using the bottom of the 270 as my top? Hopefully this makes sense (writing detailed descriptions is not a strong suit).
Any insights, ideas, or comments are very welcome, even criticisms. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this.Edited by Hard Five - 9/22/16 at 11:14am