Damn. I can't believe it's been a month since I've started this endeavor, and I apologize for the late update. The past few weeks I've been battling a bad eye infection, on top of working my PC, and helping out family with other stuff, all while working full-time. I was hoping to have everything done about a week ago. So much for that...
I have work in about four hours and want to get some rest, but I'll share some potato quality pictures before I log off. I've made some pretty significant changes to my plans for this build as new challenges arose. It's been pretty daunting and stressful. I have, however, learned a lot from doing all this work/fabrication which means a lot to me. As stressful as things have been, I'm remaining optimistic and I think I'm going to be quite pleased with the results. I'll try to get my hands on a higher quality camera as I finish things up here in the next few days/week.
This is the last photo I took of my beautiful, untarnished, 750D case. RIP.
This is where I began my dremel work. I used painters tape to give me a guide for my cuts. This was my first time using a dremel, so my initial cuts are not that pretty but as time wore on, I became more confident with the dremel and my skill improved. One thing to mention is that I knocked out 90% of a vertical support, which you can see in the second picture. I had to do this because the MDF backboard I planned to use looked like crap when split into two pieces. Removing that vertical support made the MB tray very flimsy, but I was able to resolve this by creating one whole MDF backboard that attached to the MB tray as well as a sidewall on the front of the chasis. If anyone is curious I'll share more detailed pictures. In its current state, the MB tray/backboard is sturdy as can be. I don't have it pictured here but I removed the bottom of the HDD cage as well. At the end of the day, the not-so-pretty cuts will be getting painted over, and covered, so it will all work out.
I believe this is all of the parts I ordered, minus my NZXT controllers and Corsair fans. I've decided that I'm using copper pipes, and I'm waiting to get all my parts fitted and painted, before I decide whether or not I should order some 90 degree rotary fittings. I've heard they have potential leak issues. I also don't think they would look as nice as if I were to use ONLY copper tubing between parts, but the downside is that I can only bend my copper so tight before it kinks, and a 90 degree fitting would look much nicer when making a tight angle coming out of my reservoir. Ahhh, decisions...
The picture on the left is where I began the majority of my painting, while the picture on the middle is the theme I was hoping
to maintain. My rings turned out fine, however I have to say attempting to paint the rubber dampeners was a major mistake and I regret ever removing them. The first coat of paint turned out crappy because I had the parts too close together and sprayed from too far. After applying a second coat, the dampeners looked alright, however somewhere between having too thick of a paint coat and having to squeeze them back inside the fan housing, the rubber rips apart and/or the paint is full of spiderwebbed cracks. I have Plastidip down as the base coat, but removing the paint from just one dampener takes forever, and its not worth the mess/hazard of removing so much paint. I've ruined about two fans worth of dampeners trying to fit them back in nicely, and I'm afraid I'm going to have to buy new fans all together. Thankfully, I was able to reuse some of the fans from the initial build, and I won't be losing too much money. Stressful nonetheless.
On the left I have the NZXT Hue+ and NZXT Grid+ V2 that I will be using to control my fans and lighting. I want to minimize the connections I have to my MB, and after weighing my options I decided to go with NZXT for my controllers. I've read some not so great reviews on the CAM software, but in my experience with PC parts negative reviews on highly rated parts are generally exaggerated. If a part has hundreds of reviews with an average of 4 out of 5 stars, it's probably a good part to use. In the right picture, I have several metric sized bolts, nuts, and spacers that I'm using for the backboard, reservoir collars, and radiators. I've lost count of the number of changes I had to make to my backboard as I started test fitting parts. Oh yeah, on the left I also have an air pressure test gauge I created to check for leaks before filling my loop (credit goes to B Negative
for the idea).
Here is a quick shot of the initial fabrication of my SSD housing. On the right are all of my fabricated parts, of which I hope I don't have to make any more
changes. I started by sealing off the backside with Kilz Complete primer so that I can hopefully avoid future problems. Tomorrow I will turn the parts around, apply a nice coat of primer, and paint them a matte black with a matte finish to make them more dull. Note that below my PSU cover, I have two options for the HDD cover. One of boards just covers the HDD cage, while the other extends out another three inches and is inline with the backboard/motherboard and will do a better job of hiding my tubing. I plan on using the extended HDD cover, which may also get some sort of decoration down the line.
Lastly, I have some updated shots with my radiators and reservoirs in place. Bear in mind, the order of the pictures are not sequential (the backboard here is quite different than the one shown above). I've looked through other 750D builds and I haven't seen many dual loops. For one they're kind of overkill and two the 750D isn't that spacious. I have a feeling that when I get things painted and the tubing inside that my build will look flippin' amazing though. One other thing that has been stressing me is the proximity of the right reservoir to the front radiator. I plan on using the front radiator in a pull configuration, and I'm concerned as to how much it will heat up that reservoir, if anything. I'm also concerned about how much airflow be chocked off with the radiator and res so close together. There is literally ONE mm
of space between the pumptop and the fins of the radiator. The reservoir tube has about an inch of space which is a little better. If worst comes to worst, I can use the fans in a pull configuration, or use a 30mm thick radiator instead since I'm hoping to stick with this dual loop.
Welp, three more hours until work. Night all.Edited by lvl1k0n - 6/29/16 at 12:57am