So here we are, a few months further down the road. I'm apparently not very good at getting the planning work done, and I've been procrastinating for long enough now that I feel like I just need to buy a case, get the damn thing together, and move on. The "open build" concept is great, but its not coming together quickly enough.
So I decided last night to just figure out which caselabs case to go with, order it, and get **** moving again.
Right now, I'm leaning towards the Mercury S8S, but if you give me some reason to change that in the next 12 hours here, I'm open to further thoughts on the subject. I think the two rads will fit nicely on the top of the case, it has plenty of room inside for everything, and will look damn sexy. It is going to mean some adjustment on my desk to make room for stuff and still allow me to see everything (because there's no freaking way I'm throwing this beautiful thing under my desk, all hidden after all this.
FInally, I got back out in the garage last night to make my first few bends. 6 tries later, I had my first successful bend for the CPU block. I had already been flushing one of the radiators with vinegar/distiller water mix (and giving the pump some run time), so I came up with the brilliant idea of trying the first couple bends in a simple loop using the same bucket and flushing I'd been using for the radiator.
I dumped out the vinegar, rinsed out the bucket, hooked up the ends in the loop, and turned everything on. Everything looks good. And then I notice something weird in the "input" line coming from the bucket. It looked kind of like a small white worm or something. Transfixed, I watched as this thing slowly got pulled down and then entered the pump, where it was promptly chewed up. Turns out it was a small piece of thread from one of my shop towels. This, of course, got turned into bits of cotton fluff (or whatever material) and injected into the loop, where it promptly lodged in the CPU block. Awesome.
I may have damaged the pump. Not sure yet, but I definitely have to take apart all the blocks now and clean that crap out. Yet another lesson learned on this adventure.
Finally, a question for y'all (if anyone's reading this...) ... do you put any grease or other sealant on the o-rings before you cinch down on the fittings? I doubt it is necessary, but it strikes me as something that could help keep a nice seal. Also, it seems like the monsoon fittings come with 2 o-rings each. Is this just to give you a spare, or should I actually be using two to make a solid seal? I used one in the two tests bends from the CPU block last night, and they seemed to work just fine, no leaks and a really solid connection.
Looks like progress is moving forward again. Hoping to post more pics and some caselabs love in here soon.