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If you buy parts from AliExpress, you have to get use to the delivery schedule being 'fluid'.

Here is the schedule for my first order ...

  • 2016-03-02 Processed Through Sort Facility, March 2, 2016, 9:53 am, SINGAPORE S06, SINGAPORE
  • 2016-03-06 Your item has been processed through our sort facility in ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS) at 9:14 am on March 6, 2016.
  • 2016-03-09 Arrived at USPS Facility, March 9, 2016, 3:45 pm, LOS ANGELES, CA 90052
  • 2016-03-11 Arrived at USPS Facility, March 11, 2016, 4:25 am, BROCKTON, MA 02301
  • 2016-03-11 Departed USPS Facility, March 11, 2016, 5:24 am, BROCKTON, MA 02301
  • 2016-03-11 Arrived at Unit, March 11, 2016, 7:24 am, NORWOOD, MA 02062
  • 2016-03-11 Your item was delivered in or at the mailbox at 11:24 am on March 11, 2016 in WESTWOOD, MA 02090.

Pretty good. Three days to get from the LA sort facility to USPS and then two to get across the country.

My second order ...

  • 2016-03-09 Your item has been processed through a facility in SINGAPORE S06, SINGAPORE at 2:32 pm on March 9, 2016.
  • 2016-03-13 Processed Through Facility, March 13, 2016, 12:40 am, ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS)
  • 2016-03-21 Arrived at USPS Facility, March 21, 2016, 11:22 am, LOS ANGELES, CA 90009

Sniff. This one took 8 days to escape from the sorting facility in LA. frown.gif
post #122 of 601
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Here is a question ... see that lovely plate I made ... the one with 8 holes in it ... each hole has some very slight burrs ... how do I remove them without damaging the rest of the plate? I have some flat files / sand paper ... but that won't work as it would scratch up the plate.

Suggestions anyone?
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I usually just use my drill with the drill bit that was used to make the hole and just go in and out and if needed alittle round circle motion to get rid of them
    
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post #124 of 601
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My second order ...
  • 2016-03-09 Your item has been processed through a facility in SINGAPORE S06, SINGAPORE at 2:32 pm on March 9, 2016.
  • 2016-03-13 Processed Through Facility, March 13, 2016, 12:40 am, ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS)
  • 2016-03-21 Arrived at USPS Facility, March 21, 2016, 11:22 am, LOS ANGELES, CA 90009

Sniff. This one took 8 days to escape from the sorting facility in LA. frown.gif

Success. I got it today! Now to see if I can wrap up the drain port.
post #125 of 601
If you don't mind. When ordering how did you get the shipping down (for narrow fittings) when I bought my fittings recently I had all the barrow from aliexpress in my cart but the cost of shipping was 60 usd at the cheapest so I went with bits power because it ended up with shipping to be a few dollars difference
    
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If you don't mind. When ordering how did you get the shipping down (for narrow fittings) when I bought my fittings recently I had all the barrow from aliexpress in my cart but the cost of shipping was 60 usd at the cheapest so I went with bits power because it ended up with shipping to be a few dollars difference

I placed two orders with the same seller. I also traded about 30 AliExpress messages with him ... discussing availability, color, etc. Once I had settled on what I want, I asked for a shipping discount.

My first order came to 51 fittings costing $US 172.84. The quoted shipping was $US 43.75. That total comes to $US 216.59. I paid $US 206.59 ... he gave me a $10 discount.

Looking at it now ... $43 for shipping seems high. About 15 of the fittings were plugs. The same items in BitsPower would have cost me over $400. There is also the option of buying from ModMyMods (they have barrow fittings) - the individual fittings are slightly more than AliExpress but the shipping is less and in some situations, you can get them for less from ModMyMods.

How did I get this discount? By talking to the seller a lot. I covered this in the Barrow Fitting thread ...
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Yeah, I've seen that option. Just wondering how the prices would come down when ordering through ali express if him/her and me was to make a deal on the shipping price.

I've never ordered anything through ali express before, that's why I'm asking rolleyes.gif

I discussed a shipping discount while the goods were in my 'cart'. AliExpress has a multi-stage ordering process ... namely ...

- find the goods you want
- put them in your cart
- order them from the seller
- pay the seller
- wait for them to be shipped
- wait for them to arrive
- accept them (or lodge a dispute)

This might look exactly the same as other sites ... but each of the above steps can be done independently. The main difference is that you can place your order but NOT PAY. Contact the seller and ask for a discount (or other). If he wants to give a discount, he will adjust the price. Once that has happened - you pay and wait.

My second order was only 3 items ... fittings cost $US 28.59, shipping $US 3.92 and no discount ... total $US32.51.
post #127 of 601
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Radiator Mesh, Part II

Remember this?
For Memory Refresher ... (Click to show)
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Well - that was a piece of scrap mesh that I picked from custom car grills. I recently picked up 6 other pieces, all scrap, all in sizes that will go very nicely with this build ... thank you very much. Even better ... four of the pieces were powder coated matte black. smile.gif

I used one of the larger pieces (silver) to cut out a second radiator grill cover. I also dropped in on Home Depot with a little bit of fluro lime green sleeving and asked the paint guy if he had any spray cans to match. His first reaction was to laugh ... but then he said 'follow me'. He showed me a pretty good color match but it did look a little like baby puke (no, thank you). Next he showed me some fluro that wasn't a good color match. But right beside it were fluro orange and fluro yellow. SNAP! Sold!

Here is what I did with those cans ... picture dump follows ...


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It might have looked better if I had used one of the black mesh ... then I could really make it look like liquorice allsorts ... next time for sure!

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post #128 of 601
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Installing The Drain

You thought there were a lot of pictures in the last post ... there are heaps in this post. Ready?

Before we dive into the pictures ... I initially was going to plumb my drain at the front. I hit a snag in that the pass through and the plug would measure 10mm to 11mm and the pedestal cover would not sit flush. I estimate that there is about 10mm between the outside of the inner panel and the inside of the outer panel.

That changed the plan to putting the drain at the back and running tubes from the front all the way under the radiator ... the long way.

Good thing that I didn't install the rear drain straight off ... because I thought of a way to put the drain in the front and avoid the clearance issue.

Firstly ... here is where the pass-through will go.


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Also ... has anyone noticed that the front of the pedestals can go either way ... flex-bay to the right ...

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... or flex bay to the left? I couldn't remember which way was 'standard' so I looked at the pictures on the CaseLabs web site. Then I wrote some instructions to myself on the monkey tape.

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The barrow pass throughs are just under an inch wide ... 24.85mm according to my measurements.

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I measured off how big the whole had to be. BTW ... these progressive drill bits are the bomb. Get them started and drilling a dirty great big hole in your new, shiny case is ridiculously easy.

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Part way ...

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A little further ...

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Looking good Billy-Ray

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But wait ... isn't that hole too big for the outer rim of the pass through? What has Ruff done?

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Don't you worry about that. Time for another hole in another (custom made) sheet of aluminium.

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Ahh ... there we go. Now that looks better. Not really sure why such a small piece of aluminium needs a pass through ... I am sure Ruff knows what he is doing. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
He doesn't


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Finally - one fully constructed drain leading from the bottom of one of the radiators to a pass through at the front of the pedestal. With a valve.

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Front view. Note the pedestal is outside down here.

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Time to drill some little M3 screw holes in the little sheet of aluminium.

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Holes drilled. Little piece of aluminium attached to the front of the pedestal.

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Here is the back. Putting the pedestal together, I realized that I had attached the little piece of aluminium too low. The bottom panel wouldn't sit flush against the front as the little piece of aluminium was in the way.

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Final product. Plugged with a nice orange Monsoon plug.

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Interior view. Do you see the the bit of the bottom panel that I had to cut away?

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Outside view of the valve.

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And the inter-panel clearance ... all good. smile.gif

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post #129 of 601
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My pedestal is pretty much done. I attached the painted mesh grill to the inside of the radiators. I also ordered some casters (thx Mermad for you recent caster posts smile.gif and required screw size info +REP). Once I have those, I'll put it all back together and take some final pictures of the pedestal.

After that, unfortunately, I'll have to suspend this Build Log for an unknown period while I acquire the funds for the Mercury S5 case and other computer components.

One last purchase before I put the credit card away for a while ... I ordered a Samsung S27E591C 27" LED Curved Monitor ... now I won't have any chance of seeing what is going on behind the monitor.

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post #130 of 601
I have that monitor, except in black, and am very happy with it. I always thought curved was sort of a marketing scheme but I can tell a difference in games with my periphi.
 
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