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post #11 of 45
Looks good so far Wasupwitdat1. I was thinking about using some carbon vinyl in my Mercury S3. Not sure how it would look, but I think you convinced me to give it a try. Thanks!
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I think the next thing I'd like to accomplish is the plumbing under the shelf. I bought some Primochill Rigid Black tubes and fittings for that. I think I'm going to give my tube bending skills a workout. I have plenty of fittings as a fail safe if it doesnt work out. I guess once I get that part done I could use my external power supply and do a leak test before I tackle wiring up the system.
    
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It wasn't as difficult as I thought to install the Primochill Acrylic tubing. The hardest part was dealing with the crowd of people at Home Depot. I had to go buy a heat gun because the one I had wasn't more than a powerful hair dryer. I got me a nice Milwaukee 8975-6 Heavy Duty, arh arh arh!biggrinsmiley.gif I only ruined about a foot of tubing in the process. Take a look,




I also got the drain valves installed. They swing in and out for access.




I think I'm ready for leak testing on both loops. I'd better get at it before I go much farther.
    
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I remember the first mod over at [H]

Here we go again. tongue.gif
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Those bends look nice and clean. thumb.gif
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I guess you could say I did a good job, both cooling loops passed the 24 hout leak test. Not a drop anywhere. Every part, tubing, pumps, rads, etc are tighter that a witches *#@*%. LOL! I feel alot better about this build for the long term holding up to being moved around, kicked, and abused. It seems like it will be easier to keep dust cleaned out, I really got alot of dust in the other config. Now down to wire management. The reason I took so long to update this post is because wiring up the components was a big job. I was fortunate because I found that underneath the rads was a channel to route cables I never expected to be there. It worked out great. Most of the cables lengths I have fit right in place too. The only problem was with the Corsair 8 pin CPU cable was to short. I don't know what the PSU makers think but that cable is always to short in every build I've done. I'm not particularly fond of the PCIe cables for the graphics cards either, but they'll do. I'm not that crazy about doing all that special sleeving because I guess I just feel that it isn't necessary and it's hard work. I achieved very nice cable placement and eaze of access down the the road with just using common cables that are sleeved and nicely put together. I didn't zip tie anything down, I just use all those black tie wraps wires that come with cords and cables. I have gotten so tired of using zip ties and turning around only having to cut them back off for some reason. Well here's some pics,






    
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Now I have to go to work on cutting the door panels. I can't do this until the end of the week. I also have a choice to make. The cable side panel has vents on the top and bottom portions that are going to be a problem for the rad cutout. I am thinking of just ordering a new door panel with no vents. They aren't that much money and I think would be better in this case. I have to think about this a bit.
Edited by Wasupwitdat1 - 4/18/14 at 2:54pm
    
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I got back to it this morning and went to work on finishing up the main door panel opening for the radiator exhaust. I filed and filed until I got it perfect then painted it to match. Then I used some Modright modders mesh to provide some protection to the radiator.



I used some 3M super strong double sided tape to make the bond for the mesh. I thought of a lot of ways to do that but none work any better and since this is an area that isn't highly visible I'm satisfied with it the result. I could bolt on some nice aluminum trim but why. I also used some Rubber Foam weatherseal 3/8" I got from Home Depot to eliminate any air gaps from air around the vent hole.



It looks nice from the outside and does it's job.



I went ahead and ordered a new rear back panel with no vents from Caselabs. It's not here yet, should be a week at least. I'll do the same thing as I did to the front. In the mean time I tend to work on the lighting. It's pretty dark in there and definately needs lighting.


    
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My decision to do all this work paid off. OMG did it ever. My CPU temps used to go close to around 70c when gaming and heavy demand on the CPU. Core Temp says I haven't gone over 60c yet. My GPU cards ran around 30c minimum and now hover at 25-26c. That's significant as far as I'm concerned. I have to give thanks to the guy in my other build log thread " Prof Aronnax " for bring to my attention that link to information and test results on stacked radiators. It pays to use these forums and listen to what some people say.thumb.gif
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I think the 90 degree motherboard looks great. All your cuts are clean and well done.


I personally think the build would look a lot better if you used acrylic up top instead of all the extensions though.
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