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Poll Results: What type of tubing should I use?

 
  • 66% (6)
    Hard Copper Tubing
  • 22% (2)
    Primochill Hard Tubing in Black
  • 11% (1)
    Primochill Hard Tubing in Clear (please suggest a fluid!)
9 Total Votes  
post #31 of 34
Thread Starter 
Welcome squishy, thanks for the sub! Also thanks for the awesome motherboard thumb.gif

Finally able to offer an update. I was really hoping to paint this weekend, but ran into a host of problems requiring cutting and drilling. I have four main problems I need to solve before I can paint the rig:
  1. Dual radiator is too big and the GX Typhoon LCD Screen doesn't fit.
  2. Pumps still need to be mounted.
  3. Still have no front grill solution
  4. Can't decide on tubing (see poll)

I really can't decide what type of tubing to use. I'm using the RH Gold block, and the paint will be flame orange, with black letters and white reflective strips. I have copper tubing, and both Primochill PETG Hard Tubing in black and clear, in my possession to use. Anyways, on to the update!

First thing I wanted to mimic from the flight data recorder style were the voltmeters. I purchased some cheap voltmeters from China through eBay; one is 12V and the other will be used to verify the PC has power through the 120V socket.


I used a hole saw for the main body of the voltmeters and a bit for the screw holes. Because I used Durham's putty instead of a plexi compound, it was fracturing and breaking when I was drilling into it. Because of this, the drill bit kept splipping, causing my to really mess up some of the holes. Oh well, they can always be covered up I guess mad.gif





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You can see the mistake in this picture especially. The left voltmeter also sits a tad bit crooked, I'll fix this before the paint goes down. I ended up getting frustrated and quitting so I didn't make any more mistakes rolleyes.gif



Grabbed some MNPCTech case feet from home! I'll need to switch out the original screws for the M3 pre-drilled holes on the case, but they'll work perfectly.


Also grabbed the GTX120 radiator for the top fan hole. It'll need some cleaning and a good flush before I can use it again.


Okay, so I ran into my first problem. As you can see, I butchered my measurement numbers and there is no possible way to put the GX Typhoon in the front bay. I could cut a hole in one of the side panels, but I may save it for an HTPC down the road.



Another issue: I need a front grill. I may just have to bite the bullet and buy one from a retailer but I was really hoping to find something at Home Depot that would give rugged, agressive loop. Any suggestions?


Also very happy to annouce that I've picked up some DDR3 RAM. I scored these from a user on the classifieds; 8GB of 2400Mhz memory! wheee.gif



Now all that's left is a processor and a graphics card!


Thanks for reading through guys. Please post in my poll and help me decide on a tubing!
post #32 of 34
Woo!! Awesome update, Will! I love the voltmeters! Such an awesome idea. This is really starting to take shape. I'll try and think of some ideas that you could use for the front grill.

Also, come this weekend I will be doing some airbrushing! I'll keep you posted on how it goes. I'm pretty excited to get it rolling. thumb.gif
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post #33 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I'll be excited to see what you can whip up, and I'll be using your guide as a tutorial tongue.gif

I think I figured out a pump mounting solution. Rather than use 3M tape I really wanted to have them securely mounted; I'll be drilling pass through holes in the HDD cage for the pumps to attach to. Rubber grommets will allow the pumps to 'float' on the metal. I though it was rather clever, but after some drilling, my holes aren't lining up mad.gif

More to come!
post #34 of 34
Thread Starter 
Happy to announce I purchased a processor (finally)! Picked up an FX4300, which should do nicely with a midrange card.


First and foremost, I think I came to a pump mounting solution! wheee.gif

I'll be using the hard drive cage from the server that I decided to use a couple of updates back. As I was cleaning out my toolbox, I stumbled upon some rubber grommets and the idea finally came to me. Why not isolate the pumps and threading slightly longer screws through the entire 'sandwich'? So I got some grommets and measured the pump spacing I wanted:





After measuring the inner ring of the grommet and concluding to use a 5/16" bit, I drilled eight holes on the marks I made.




Unfortunately the pump top screws were not long enough for the mounting I had made, so I'll have to go to Lowe's this Friday and pick up some.



This is a good picture showing how the pumps will 'float' above the steel hard drive cage. I was so stumped on how to mount the pumps because in my experience, using 3M tape or mounting directly causes the pump vibrations to be much more noticeable. Unfortunately, I think my holes may be quite a bit off, so we'll have to wait and see if the pumps line up!


Some hints for next time thumb.gif



Also installed the signature front handle. It's not exactly like the original flight data recorder handle, but I think the MNPCTech one will do just fine.


Thanks for reading! Please vote in my poll thumb.gif
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