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The acrylic tubing looks WAY better man. thumb.gif
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Yea I think so too. I'm glad you brought it to my attention. Thankx.specool.gif
    
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I received some EK fittings and tubing I needed to take the cooling loop to another level. I think that is just what it did too. I had to spin the EK CPU waterblock 180 degrees because I had this bubble that would not exit the block. Now the "Out" port is on top and air bubbles can't park in the block. The 16mm tubing is a breeze to bend with the new heatgun. I also broke down and bought the EK cutting and bending kit. I have worked on some lighting but it isn't where I want it to be yet. I am thinking more and more about that light box for the shelf. I have done some searching around the net and found some cool light box applications or designs that seem like a fit for my plan. I have to think some more about it so it will be a while to come. So here are some pics of the build now.







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I really like the top picture! Gives a nice atmosphere thumb.gif
 
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Thank you. The picture really is not what it really looks like. It does have a nice glow and everything inside is lit enough to see well, not like the picture where it's so dark you can't tell what's going on. I still feel it could be better and I'm working on that. I ordered some more LED holder plugs for the graphics cards. There are two ports that have standard plugs in them and I'm thinking, hoping, that if I stick LEDs in there it will light up the front clear Bitspower plugs where you can see a hint of the green liquid but it's just to dark right now. I would like to make something happen with the Nvidia design windowed main door. I think it's going to take an artist to figure that one out. But the main thing that I think would make this case dazzle is a shelf of soft light, maybe something green or maybe some contrasting white, I don't know.
    
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post #36 of 45
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I got some time this morning to work on the build and change some of the graphics cards loop. I added a piece of acrylic to the exit side of the GPUs going into the res. I reserve this to only being temporary because like I've mentioned before I have a third GPU card to install once I get a new mother board. I am so anxiously waiting for the X-99 platform. I'll do my first raid config with a couple of Samsung 840 pros and with DDR4 memory and some other bells this rig will be my pride and joy for gaming. Anyway, back to the present.



You'll notice that there are two plugs on the ports of the GPUs. One on the "In" side and one on the "Out" side. These plugs are for LEDs. I did all this work getting those in and it was a fail. They don't light up the front plugs evenly and there are some terrible hot spots outside where the LED is. I have tried some ideas like covering the plug and LED with a black rubber cap and that works but I still don't get much in the way of lighting the four front plugs. I left the LED holder/plugs in there for now because I may work on this idea some more but for now this rig is for gaming and I want use it.




I don't think I ever did post any picks of the back door panel now that it's complete.




Never done.rolleyes.gif
    
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Here is what I was talking about with the LED lighting. I put some lights in the ports to show how this looks. Not very good. I do have an idea though. Right now the loop for the two cards is in parallel. If I change that to serial it would free up two more ports for two more plugs to hold LEDs. I don't think that it would be a problem for the loop because I'm getting plenty of cooling. The cards run at about half the temp they would run with air right now. So I would get enough cooling I think. I don't know, what do you folks think?Is it even worth it to light up these plugs?

    
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Well I jumped the gun a bit with the upgrade and ordered a Z97 motherboard.

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The ASUS Z97 WS.

I did what research I could and under good advise decided not to wait for the X99 platform. I think this board should serve me well for the next couple of years if it works and doesn't break down. It is going to be some time before I can install it because I'm waiting for the Devils Canyon Chips to be released. I also picked up some ram.


I had a great experience with Mushkin in the past and decided to stay with them. Plus I like to buy from American companies as much as I can.
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Got my new board yesturday. I got to say I'm impressed. The ASUS Z97 WS is one beautiful board. Up close and personal the gold is rich looking and the marketing photos don't do it credit. I can't wait to get this thing running in my rig. C'mon Intel start releasing Devil's Canyon. I've also decided to take the leap to Windows 8.1 64 bit.
    
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Well here is the last addition to the Snot Box completed. It was a lot of work mainly learning the new Z97WS BIOS features and Windows 8.1 OS. The thing is so much faster and quieter. I install the i7 4790K and cleaned the water block, it needed it pretty badly and that was only after a few months. I got Mushkin RAM again, this time 16GB @2666MHz so it will be good for some time to come. I've been lucky I haven't had any problems with the motherboard I got from Newegg. Well one problem with their Turbo LAN utility not working properly but it's not a necessary program. The 3 GTX680's have a butt load of power the one thing I don't like is the cable stretched across the bridge to provide extra power for the PCIe lanes but I will remedy that in the near future. I got a new Lamptron CW611 controller to control the lower compartment fans and the pumps all off of the temp sensors. The case fans are controlled from the mother board. I got a Samsung 840 Pro 512 GB SSD and got a long way to go before that thing ever fills up, so all this new M.2 and such stuff coming out I can wait for everyone else to test. Don't know what else I can say except it was a great upgrade from the X58 platform.

    
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