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post #11 of 25
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The parts flow has slowed to a trickle now. Most of the liquid cooling accessories are in, but none of the larger parts. Those are either on back order or are just being slow. So I've been working on the little details and mocking everything up with some spare parts to see how it will all work in practice. So far it's going rather well with only a couple snags here and there. I will be holding off on the water blocks until I get sell my current rig and am able to fully fund this one.

I had to move the front fan mounting points to accommodate for the rad end cap. I could have kept it's positioning, but that would have lead me to having bottom my rad inlet and outlet at the bottom making for a weird looking tube layout. Anyway, the fan reposition has disallowed me from keeping the lower 200mm front fan so I expanded the dual front fan mount to a triple with the fans mounted to another pvc piece that I may still end up re doing as I think I might move it down another cm or so to get the right look. I also received my tubing and compression fittings. Accidentally ordered twice as many fittings as I needed, but they seem solid for a third party fitting so now I just have spares.

Otherwise, I was able to position and temporarily mount some components such as the SSD's and a mocked up res/pump for fitment. Here are those results.





post #12 of 25
Looking great so far! thumb.gif Keep it up. It sucks to wait, but you can always look at it just gives you more time to refine the layout. biggrin.gif
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All of my fans came in today and that gave me some time to fab up some mounting brackets. I ditched the old clunky front mount and made a new more polished one now that I have a good template to go off. I repositioned the fans lower and painted the front of the bracket all black to blend with the black front mesh more smoothly.

For those keen to notice, yes, I have two pressure fans and one airflow fan on the front. This is on purpose. Since I will be running only a dual bay rad, the lowest fan is just cold air intake to keep those temps down and to pull me towards the positive pressure side of the curve. Also, yes that is sharpie on the bottom of the front panel, that bit of white stood out way too much spoiling the look and it's behind mesh anyway so I'll never notice that it's not paint. I'll be able to start cutting the top fan mounting plate soon, once my rads arrive. Then I will be able to cut at least one piece of tubing joining the two rads and finally be able to see some more color in the build. The fans are currently hooked up to a silverstone 8 port PWM splitter that I managed to position just right so all the fans were just barely reaching with no extenders. Should help with keeping things quiet or cool based on my needs.

I also have a buyer for my current system so I'll be able to finance the rest of the build in about a month. I'm proud to say I'm keeping this new case and will be throwing an 8350 processor and a GTX 1080 in it. Still debating on powder coating the water block/back plate red and white, but I can decide on that once I have the parts in my hands.



post #14 of 25
What template did you use? I have to make a mounting plate like yours but for dual 360s. I haven't found a template I like yet, but yours looks a lot closer.
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post #15 of 25
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I actually didn't use a template for my front mount. All I did was measure the total space I wanted to cover and then I positioned the fans where I wanted to. Once I had that done I marked the fan holes and mounted the fans. Once they were mounted I traced them all out and cut the outline with a razor so there wouldn't be any excess space on the side of the fans.

I haven't used any actual templates on this build so far. It's all been through two or three rounds of my own paper to cardboard to PVC progressions with fine tuning in between.
post #16 of 25
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Got my pci vented covers in yesterday and got rather bored today so I threw those in as well as painted my thumb screws matte black. I'll probably order my mobo soon so I can start chopping up my mounting tray and get it ready for cable routing.

post #17 of 25
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More progress made today.
I found a steal of a deal online with a guy cleaning out his water cooling parts bin. I was able to pick up a triple bay rad and an additional SP120 (plus some other assorted bits) for about as much as the fan alone would have cost me. Yeah, the rads a little skinny, but with a total of 5 bays of cooling in my finished build and only a single GPU and CPU planned, I think I'll be just fine.
Also my fans are all mounted. Since I picked up that extra SP fan I was able to move my AF120 to the rear of the case where it belongs. I know it's not ideal, but In order to get a positive pressure situation, I may have to turn my top fans in and exhaust into the case. I will have to see how well that goes, but with a full water rig I think it will be ok.



post #18 of 25
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I'll start off with a resounding and unexpected "Fantastic!"
The rads that I ordered a little under two months ago finally arrived. The latest shipping date was the 9th I believe and on the 10th I asked for a refund which I swiftly received. So I officially have two twin bays worth of radiator for free with two more on the way. I'll be swimming in cheap cooling parts soon.

On the component front, I received my mobo and processor a few days ago. I had to under volt the chip quite a bit to prevent it from thermal throttling with the honestly terrible stock cooler. I'm now running my 8350 at 40mv under stock and it's hitting 58 under full load. I don't really intend to let this chip go over 60, which shouldn't be too hard once I get my water blocks on order.
post #19 of 25
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Both rads Installed and all the white PVC internal shell is in place as well as a few select water lines and the CPU block I robbed off my current build.

I was able to cut a few holes here and there to help keep cable management presentable or invisible. The only things I have left are the SSD's which I'm waiting for a good sale so I can pick up three of them to RAID 0 without breaking the bank, the MSI 1080 aero, which are either sold out or not available, along with it's accompanying water block and the perpetually back ordered photon 170 combo pump/res which I've already been waiting about a month for. Anyway, here's the state I've been sitting at for about a week or so now.

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Edited by millhouse_5 - 7/2/16 at 3:09pm
post #20 of 25
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Finally finished bump.

I recently took a trip down to the USA where computer parts are plentiful and easy to get compared to Canada and I was able to obtain my final part. The pump/res combo. What can I say, after 4 months I was sick of waiting.

I found I had a kind of crappy CPU for overclocking. Only 4.4 ghz without really cranking the voltage, but I was able to get a solid 2101 mhz out of my gtx 1080 and both of them top out at under 40 degrees at 100% load.



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