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post #11 of 54
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I didn't know people did that! That would be cool, but involves effort haha. Do you have a link to someone who's done it?
post #12 of 54
Pretty simple, and well worth the effort.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1434852/ek-waterblock-polishing-guide
post #13 of 54
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Thanks for that link. Definitely worth my time!

Small update:
The AP182 and 3570k showed up today.
Popped that sucker in and thankfully everything booted up just fine.
Installing the forbidden OS now ninja.gif
Probably 80% operational and running on air right now.

Anyone know what size radiator screws are and where I can get some?

Pics to come this weekend.

EDIT: The AP182 moves a stupid amount of air. I'm talking substantial breeze felt at 10 feet away when it's on full blast. It's honestly a little scary.
Edited by M4ng03z - 2/26/14 at 11:50pm
post #14 of 54
Beat me to it, but yes it looks amazing especially when you run colored fluid through the plexi!
    
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Welp, all the blocks showed up this weekend. I'm about to disassemble my main rig to steal a radiator from it and clean it out (it's pretty gross and idk why).
Pics of the mayhem to follow.
Also pics of the Mayhems thumb.gif

I've decided to wait to polish the EK block as an excuse to replace the fittings later and because Nashville got hit by an ice storm and I couldn't get out and get supplies today and I'm too impatient to wait.
post #16 of 54
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Good news everyone!
(and a long overdue, nice and long, update)

I should now have everything I need to get this up and running*
I'm writing this post from my laptop, so I apologize for the images not being all pretty and post-processed.

Things I've done since the last update:
1)Gotten Blue Jay up and running on air just fine and booting into Mavericks. Pics of boring aircooling (Click to show)
Successfully POSTing

Sexy stock cooler tongue.gif

Test fitting the GPU

Starting to get a little cramped
2) Brought in a table for project space and assembled all the components. Shrunk to make the post a reasonable length to scroll past (Click to show)
DIS FAN THO

New watercooling bits biggrin.gif

A closer look

Looks like it should all fit in there...
The old rig (in desperate need of cleaning) from which I am stealing a rad.

3) Drained the old rig: Shrinky Dink (Click to show)
This is why push-only is bad, mmkay? (can't reach between fan and rad to clean)

The ol' GTX 275 with a universal block

Empty bucket

Might have over-tightened a little tongue.gif I was a nervous my first time.

Bucket after. Gross!
Draining setup

4) Made a trip to the hardware store for a screwdriver for the GTX680. Shrinky Shrunk (Click to show)
Everything was great up until this point

Paste removed

This was the smallest they had in the store! *grumbles*
Finally off!

4a) Also picked up some machine screws for the rads Screws and stuff (Click to show)
1.5" length 6/32nds machine screws fit just right! (The AP182 is 32mm thick)

The Black Ice GTX Xtreme took M4 metric screws. 30mm works just barely for mounting through the case. I may use 35mm and some silicone washers though.

Speaking of which, 3/8ths length (shortest they had) were too long to mount the radiator directly to the case, but two silicone washers fixes that right up and reduces vibrations.

5) Got all the rads and fans test-fitted Last one I promise (Click to show)




So that's it for now. Not pictured is the one fan on the back of the case. I moved it there so I could have two up top.
Let me know what y'all think about the four fans as intake vs. exhaust and if you can think of a better place for the res.

Next on the docket: Cleaning the disgusting old loop and these barbs I bought used and seem to have dye on them. Okay, I lied. (Click to show)



*...except I'm missing a fitting or two to make the T-Line for draining and a drain valve
There's always something rolleyes.gif
post #17 of 54
Looking good man! Will be one nice little power box. Keep it up thumb.gif
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Is the rear fan exhaust? I would have chosen the front and rear as intakes (since those are rads) and the top as exhaust. This also lets you remove the fine mesh inside the metal mesh of the stock filter on the top to remove excessive fan noise.
    
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post #19 of 54
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Is the rear fan exhaust? I would have chosen the front and rear as intakes (since those are rads) and the top as exhaust. This also lets you remove the fine mesh inside the metal mesh of the stock filter on the top to remove excessive fan noise.

It was. That's a better idea though.
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Teaser/Update
Leak testing. Found a couple. Fixed. More to come.
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