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Chibi, this is great work !!! I love it, very clean piping work.

Did you sleeve your cables yourself, or did you buy somewhere specific ?
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Due to the front 360 and bottom 560 rads, I could not mount the Aquaero to a flexbay slot. I improvised and took the screen off to put it near the PSU as per below. The fan is to help direct the hot air from the bottom rad towards the back where I installed the ventilated PSU cover. Also, I think it looks nicer with 4 fans in the front as opposed to 3. biggrinsmiley.gif

Yeah I did the same thing, took the screen of and mounted it in the bottom section on Velcro but I've had some leaks recently and noticed that the Velcro got wet and was thinking this might not be very handy. So i'm considering mounting it elsewhere. But thanks for the reply biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Jubijub View Post

Chibi, this is great work !!! I love it, very clean piping work.

Did you sleeve your cables yourself, or did you buy somewhere specific ?

All fan cables are stock eLoops. They come in an okay sleeve, the only thing I tried to add was some heat shrink. I also have a set of custom cable extensions from Mod-One. Kevin does an excellent job with fast turn around, I highly recommend. I chose the Systemboard + GPU + CPU power extensions.
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Yeah I did the same thing, took the screen of and mounted it in the bottom section on Velcro but I've had some leaks recently and noticed that the Velcro got wet and was thinking this might not be very handy. So i'm considering mounting it elsewhere. But thanks for the reply biggrin.gif

My front flexbay has 1 single slot available, but it requires too much cutting of brackets and the small center plate. I don't have the tools necessary to do the job, but that's where I'd put the Aquaero if I could. thumb.gif
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All fan cables are stock eLoops. They come in an okay sleeve, the only thing I tried to add was some heat shrink. I also have a set of custom cable extensions from Mod-One. Kevin does an excellent job with fast turn around, I highly recommend. I chose the Systemboard + GPU + CPU power extensions.
My front flexbay has 1 single slot available, but it requires too much cutting of brackets and the small center plate. I don't have the tools necessary to do the job, but that's where I'd put the Aquaero if I could. thumb.gif
Mehh, i've been thinking about that. But I don't want the LCD anymore. It doesn't match with my current design so i'm gonna stick with just the connections etc. Maybe i'll stick it around the place where the HDD mount is right now. That would be an okay spot I guess.
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Originally Posted by chibi View Post

All fan cables are stock eLoops. They come in an okay sleeve, the only thing I tried to add was some heat shrink. I also have a set of custom cable extensions from Mod-One. Kevin does an excellent job with fast turn around, I highly recommend. I chose the Systemboard + GPU + CPU power extensions.
My front flexbay has 1 single slot available, but it requires too much cutting of brackets and the small center plate. I don't have the tools necessary to do the job, but that's where I'd put the Aquaero if I could. thumb.gif

Question about your fans :
- eLoops have the reputation to create extra noise when too close from an obstacle : is it OK with your rads ?
- at what speed are you running them ? satisfied with the noise ?

For the cable, I consider building my own to have super cable management...but I guess in the meantime I'll use stock cables for everything smile.gif
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Question about your fans :
- eLoops have the reputation to create extra noise when too close from an obstacle :

This is only true if they are used in a pull configuration. If they are used in 'push' then there is no issue with noise when they are mounted relatively close to a rad etc.
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post #37 of 53
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Phase 2.0 Leak Test

36 hour leak test proved useful in addition to air pressure testing with my Dr Drop. What I thought was a normal psi drop turned out to be two very minuscule micro leaks. They appeared at two Bitspower Rotary L-Blocks as shown below.

I submitted an RMA request and was promptly approved. This weekend will be a drain & tear down... something I did not want to do so early into the build. I was expecting another year of use before maintenance lol.





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Mehh
That's what I said too, and just stuck the Aquaero in the bottom compartment laughingsmiley.gif
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qu
Question about your fans :
- eLoops have the reputation to create extra noise when too close from an obstacle : is it OK with your rads ?
- at what speed are you running them ? satisfied with the noise ?

For the cable, I consider building my own to have super cable management...but I guess in the meantime I'll use stock cables for everything smile.gif

  • eLoops only give off the hum if used in pull config.
  • no idea yet, the system has not been powered on. Hopefully it posts and I can get to that point, haha.
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This is only true if they are used in a pull configuration. If they are used in 'push' then there is no issue with noise when they are mounted relatively close to a rad etc.

Correct on both accounts! I find that if you use a 15mm shroud, it eliminates the drone of a pull config. Make sure to have some space between fan/case grill as well.


Edited by chibi - 5/4/17 at 8:33am
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post #38 of 53
Great build, I have a lot of similar components on my build as well.

What do you think of the hardware labs X-flow rads? I came close to buying them but when I was going over the loop in my head, I thought they had a major setback in that they only include ports on one side. This limits their placement a bit, which is the big draw to X-flow rads. I ended up going with Alphacool x-flow on my build, which have ports on both sides and even on the top for the thicker ones. This makes tubing layout very flexible. I much prefer the quality of Hardware labs, but I think they kind of dropped the ball a bit there.

I also have the same EK pump config. I noticed you put a drain on the service port. I thought about doing the same, but the bitspower fittings are slightly too thick to fit the recess and form a seal. I was also concerend that the threads might protrude too much into the stream, restricting flow from pump one to pump 2. What fittings did you use to connect into this port?
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post #39 of 53
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Great build, I have a lot of similar components on my build as well.

What do you think of the hardware labs X-flow rads? I came close to buying them but when I was going over the loop in my head, I thought they had a major setback in that they only include ports on one side. This limits their placement a bit, which is the big draw to X-flow rads. I ended up going with Alphacool x-flow on my build, which have ports on both sides and even on the top for the thicker ones. This makes tubing layout very flexible. I much prefer the quality of Hardware labs, but I think they kind of dropped the ball a bit there.

I also have the same EK pump config. I noticed you put a drain on the service port. I thought about doing the same, but the bitspower fittings are slightly too thick to fit the recess and form a seal. I was also concerend that the threads might protrude too much into the stream, restricting flow from pump one to pump 2. What fittings did you use to connect into this port?

In my case, I knew that the xflow would only go in the bottom compartment of the SMA8 so I did not have to worry about the extra ports for flexibility. It was an easy choice in terms of which rad to pick because I wanted all of mine to be HWLabs due to the build quality you mentioned. As far as performance, I don't really have a clue because I haven't ran them yet with a functional rig.

As for the pump, that's actually the outlet port I have the fitting connected to. The service port is in the back with the fitting still intact. smile.gif
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Phase 3.0 Build Complete

It took a few extra weeks to get here, but the build is finally done. She's up and purring like a beaut!










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