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post #21 of 55
Subbed! It looks like you basically stole a bunch of my tools, my mobo, fans and cpu block. BRB checking all my stuff is still here biggrin.gif
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post #22 of 55
Subbed, can't wait to see how this progresses!
post #23 of 55
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After a long hiatus, I'm finally getting back to this build. I've decided to go PETG with this, just for ease of workability. I bought the Monsoon bending kit for 5/8" tube, which I'm now (at least a little bit) regretting. The consensus seems to be either Primochill or Bitspower for fittings, and if I go with either of those, I'm locked out of the UV Red color I really want (only available from Monsoon). The UV options in tubing from primochill and bitspower only have UV Red/Orange or Red/Pink, neither of which look right to me. *sigh*

Ah well, so Monsoon UV Red 5/8" tube leads me to basically only the Monsoon economy hardline fittings. I'd also consider the free center fittings, but PPCS is out of them. Ah well, the economy ones look good. I've read some bad reviews of the Monsoon fittings, but I'm not sure I have a lot of other options given the choice of tube. I need to spend a little bit of time thinking about where I want temp sensors and LED lights inline, which will dictate the number of "light port" type rotaries I'll need. I think I'm going to start with four (one LED and one temp sensor for each loop), and then if I decide to do more later, I can always add more. It looks like I'll need 16 fittings aside from the 4 rotaries, so I'll just go with 3 6 packs.

Order placed. Phew. Still a bunch of work left, but I feel good that progress is once again being made.

Now I need to order wood for the cabinet and get that built.
post #24 of 55
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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.

- ZJ
post #25 of 55
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Oh, some brief lessons learned in the bending arena. This may be obvious to others, or may be covered in some tutorial or another that I either never found or didn't watch closely enough, but I'll reiterate them here in case someone else finds them useful. Some of this may also be specific to working with PETG.

  • Make sure you use the rubber insert in the tube before you bend. Yeah, silly mistake. Duh.
  • It helps to wet that rubber insert first. Yeah, yanking on it will get it out eventually, but a little bit of moisture makes that way less of a challenge.
  • Spend some time figuring out how hot your heat gun gets the tube. How far above the gun should you hold it? How quickly should you rotate it and move it in the path of the hot air in order to get an even distribution of heat? How flexible should it be before you do your bend? I suspect these are all things that just require getting a feel for over time, and will vary based on the type of equipment (and tube) you're using. A few test runs and playing around with it will serve you well, methinks.
  • Re-heating/re-bending is a challenge, and probably not advisable. PETG seems to be somewhat tolerant to this. I suspect acrylic probably is much less so.
  • PLAN. Ok, done planning? Now do it again. Yeah, the whole "measure twice, cut once" thing applies here to. I had at least two bends that I could have saved had I done the right planning up front.
  • If the tube starts to bubble and blister, its too hot. Throw it out and start again. Duh.
  • I really like the monsoon mandrel kit. Between the really precise rulers that you can connect to give you really accurate depth and offset measurements, and the mandrels themselves, its made what would otherwise probably be impossible (for me) pretty reasonable. I have *no* idea how people just "wing it" and use beer cans or whatever else to do this. There's no way I could do that.

Cheers,
- ZJ
Edited by Zhinjio - 10/23/15 at 11:00am
post #26 of 55
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Caselabs Mercury S8 ordered.
post #27 of 55
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Trying to wait patiently for the S8. Its going to be a long month.

In other news, I decided against trying to work in some kind of water flow meter. I think its just a little bit of overkill.

I did the planning for all the cables. I'm going to hold off on *any* sleeving for the moment. First off, because while I was assuming the cables that came with the PS were going to be readily sleeve-able, that turned out not to be true. They are "molded" (meaning, all the individual strands in any given cable are all bonded together into by the plastic that shields them. Nice looking and convenient, but decidedly not easy to try and sleeve. So I'll either end up (eventually) getting a casemods kit (like this), or doing it myself once I know precise lengths, etc. For now, I just want the damn thing FUNCTIONAL, and then I can worry about the final "pretty it up" stage after.

I think I've got a decent mental picture of where everything is going to go in the case, and all the fittings needed. Based on my current thinking, I still need about another $250 worth of stuff (tube, fittings, etc). I'll probably order that toward the end of the month just so that it all arrives around the same time the case will.

I'm ready to be done with this build.
post #28 of 55
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Ok, final order is in. I believe this might very well be the last money I spend on this build.

Here's the order details:
  • 1x Monsoon PETG Hardline Tube 1/2 x 5/8 - 36" 4 Pack - UV Red
  • 1x Masterkleer Hose PVC 1/2"ID x 5/8" OD UV-Reactive Dark Red 3.3m (10ft) "Retail Package"
  • 1x Mod/Smart Black Box Professional Stackable CCFL Inverter - Dual Lamp
  • 2x 12'' Cold Cathode Add-on Tube - Ultraviolet
  • 2x Koolance Nozzle Coupling Adapter, G 1/4 Male-Male - Black
  • 1x Koolance QD3 Quick Disconnect No-Spill Coupling, Male Compression 13 x 16mm (1/2 x 5/8in) Black
  • 1x Koolance QD3 Female Quick Disconnect No-Spill Coupling, Compression for 13mm x 16mm (1/2in x 5/8in) - Black
  • 1x XSPC PETG Easy Cut / Easy Bend Toolkit
  • 1x CableMod C-Series AXi, HXi & RM Cable Kit - White
  • 1x CableMod Corsair C-Series Starter Kit Cable Combs - 8 Piece Set - Clear
  • 2x Bitspower BP-MVV-DBRBK Mini-Valve - Deep Bold Red With Black Handle
  • 4x Bitspower Dual G1/4" High Flow Fitting - Deep Blood Red Finish
  • 1x Bitspower G 1/4" 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter - Deep Blood Red
  • 3x Bitspower Deep Blood Red "T" Fitting - 180 Degree Water Cooling Accessory
  • 6x Bitspower BP-DBRWP-C60 G1/4" Deep Blood Red IG1/4" Extender - 15mm
  • 11x Bitspower Premium G1/4" Deep Blood Red High Flow 1/2"ID (5/8" OD) Compression Fitting

Thanks to OCN for the discount code, as usual.

I got word from Caselabs today that the case might very well ship tomorrow. I'm going to be hitting refresh all day tomorrow to see my status change.

Can't wait to get this thing done...

- ZJ
post #29 of 55
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Originally Posted by Zhinjio View Post

Ok, final order is in. I believe this might very well be the last money I spend on this build.

Here's the order details:
  • 1x Monsoon PETG Hardline Tube 1/2 x 5/8 - 36" 4 Pack - UV Red
  • 1x Masterkleer Hose PVC 1/2"ID x 5/8" OD UV-Reactive Dark Red 3.3m (10ft) "Retail Package"
  • 1x Mod/Smart Black Box Professional Stackable CCFL Inverter - Dual Lamp
  • 2x 12'' Cold Cathode Add-on Tube - Ultraviolet
  • 2x Koolance Nozzle Coupling Adapter, G 1/4 Male-Male - Black
  • 1x Koolance QD3 Quick Disconnect No-Spill Coupling, Male Compression 13 x 16mm (1/2 x 5/8in) Black
  • 1x Koolance QD3 Female Quick Disconnect No-Spill Coupling, Compression for 13mm x 16mm (1/2in x 5/8in) - Black
  • 1x XSPC PETG Easy Cut / Easy Bend Toolkit
  • 1x CableMod C-Series AXi, HXi & RM Cable Kit - White
  • 1x CableMod Corsair C-Series Starter Kit Cable Combs - 8 Piece Set - Clear
  • 2x Bitspower BP-MVV-DBRBK Mini-Valve - Deep Bold Red With Black Handle
  • 4x Bitspower Dual G1/4" High Flow Fitting - Deep Blood Red Finish
  • 1x Bitspower G 1/4" 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter - Deep Blood Red
  • 3x Bitspower Deep Blood Red "T" Fitting - 180 Degree Water Cooling Accessory
  • 6x Bitspower BP-DBRWP-C60 G1/4" Deep Blood Red IG1/4" Extender - 15mm
  • 11x Bitspower Premium G1/4" Deep Blood Red High Flow 1/2"ID (5/8" OD) Compression Fitting

Thanks to OCN for the discount code, as usual.

I got word from Caselabs today that the case might very well ship tomorrow. I'm going to be hitting refresh all day tomorrow to see my status change.

Can't wait to get this thing done...

- ZJ
Don't jinx yourself! tongue.gif This build is going to be awesome!
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post #30 of 55
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Originally Posted by Wolfsbora View Post

Don't jinx yourself! tongue.gif This build is going to be awesome!

Thanks for the encouragement. Order has shipped. Now for the waiting...

- ZJ
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