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Keep up the good work, love what I'm seeing
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Keep up the good work, love what I'm seeing

Thanks biggrin.gif

Im tryimg to see if i can get the whole thing lit up soon to see how everything looks together. Might be able to take a picture of that. Lol
   
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ANother small update just to give you an idea of what I'm working with. biggrin.gif

This next picture is of the splitter harness I made just for the LED's. THis will connect to all the fans, cpu block, both gpu blocks, pump/res combo, everything that has a blue LED in it. THe plan is to have all the blue lighting fully adjustable as a whole. Meaning I can either have it on or off along with changing brightness anywhere in between. Even though blue is my favorite color, too much blue is sometimes annoying. lol










I know that might not seem like much but I probably have about 8 hours into that trying to stagger all the LED leads from all the components to make this harness. I've also made a couple more splitter harnesses for all the fans leading to the Aquaero 5LT.


Here are a couple of better shots of the pump/res as well.








I'm getting close to the end with the wiring I believe. Probably about 65% done. I just need to make a couple of wires for the aquaero and sleeve the pretty bits. Lets hope that is a little less time consuming. lol
   
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great progress so far.. I totally understand the tediousness of the wiring phase
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great progress so far.. I totally understand the tediousness of the wiring phase


Thank you biggrin.gif

Good news is that I'm done with all the odd fan and case wiring/sleeving.

Next up is the power supply so I'm probably gonna get started on that next week. I have to step away from the wires for the weekend or I'll go crazy. Lol

If I can get the whole power supply done next week I can get it assembled loop filled etc after that. Then on to the case mods. wink.gif
Edited by sinnedone - 7/17/15 at 3:48pm
   
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Did a little bit of work today since it didn't require much. (just shortening one of the acrylic bends) I managed to figure out and mount the Aquaero MPS400 flow meter. I decided to mount it down in the basement to try and keep it out of sight. Keep in mind that this case is very limited in space with everything that I'm trying to shove in it. lol.

Heres a couple of pictures of where it is mounted.









I'm actually not to happy with all the knurled extensions and how they stick out....alot.

I will be making a false floor soon and am hoping that is enough to tone that down. The false floor will have a vented center section to allow airflow from the bottom 140mm rad and lower fans to push up into the main chamber so that whole assembly down there will be slghtly visible.

I'm thinking it it really bothers me I might paint all the knurled extensions to a matte black, but we'll see when the time comes.






On a side note, the Cooler master V1000 power supply is NOT going to be a pleasure to sleeve. I would avoid it if you are planning on sleeving your wires.
Edited by sinnedone - 7/18/15 at 3:13pm
   
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Small update with pretty pictures. biggrin.gif


So I actually started sleeving the power supply and made pretty good process before running out of supplies. I originally planned to use the original wires and simply cut them down to size and add the crimp pin on the side of the cable I cut. That plan changed as the atx pins on this particular power supply are a pain to remove. I decided to just make my own sleeved wiring instead and that's where I am at right now.


This is the Aquaero 5LT and MCP35X pump power harness:





This is the harness for the hot swap bays this case come with:





In this build because of the hot swap trays I really wont be using any sata power leads except for the motherboard PCIE auxiliary power, and here is what that looks like.


I decided not to use heatshrink on the sata end to try and keep it cleaner looking. The way it mounts you won't be able to see the burned ends and I added some heatshrink to the cable before the sleeve making a small lip to grab onto so it wouldn't get pulled back. It should look rather nice when installed.





Up to this point all the sleeving has been black for a reason. Most of these cables wont be seen and I would like to keep it that way. If I would add color to those they would distract from the rest of the build and draw attention to them which I do not want.
The only sleeving that will have color are the 24 pin, pcie, and 8 pin cpu.

These are the colors I will be working with for the most part. biggrin.gif





I ran out of supplies but I managed to finish one of the dual 8 pin harnesses:







As soon as I receive the rest of my supplies I should be able to knock out the rest of the harnesses in a day, so heres to getting them soon lol. tongue.gif

I've also been using the Performace pc's crimp tool for this harness duty and so far so good. There is one small issue where the pins arent grabbing into the rubber sleeving of the wires as tight as I would like to see but I account that issue to the fact the pin "wings" arent long enough to properly bend. I'll try and get some good pictures of the kind of job it does when I get my supplies in. Cant wait I'm so close to finishing this thing finally. redface.gif
   
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While waiting for the rest of my sleeving supplies (which should be here tomorrow) I decided to tackle a project I've been meaning to do for a while. biggrin.gif


Ever since motherboard manufacturers started using black capacitors, I've really enjoyed the sleek look it brings along with it. Well..... I'm not planning on buying a motherboard right now but I figured I'd give it a go. The results are the following: wink.gif










I figure by this weekend I can finish the sleeving then its back to assembly and hopefully have it runnning with some halfway decent pictures by the end of next week. THen its some slight case mods to the front and rear for better airflow and possibly aesthetics and I might just wrap this one up! biggrin.gif
Edited by sinnedone - 7/23/15 at 1:29pm
   
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Still alive here boyz and girls! biggrin.gif

So all the sleeving is finally done. tongue.gif I'm on the home stretch now lol. I have a lot of cable management left to do including some sort of custom brackets for the rear of the motherboard tray and some training of the wires. I,m also trying to figure out the color of the fluid I want, and man that aurora 2 is tempting. If it would last at least a month I think I might go for it.


Regardless heres some quick pictures of the sleeving, gonna take some real pictures when I finish, but there's still lots of odds and ends to take care of before that. wink.gif









Gonna have to figure out the fluid of course cause UV blue is not doing it for me. I had an idea about adding uV lights to make the fluid pop but that idea was scrapped. I actually added some mayhems purple dye to the x1 uv blue also by mayhems to get this color




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