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Black Beasty - My Water Cooling Project.

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Well day one of my new build.
Started off by nicking my son’s PC, yep it’s a real old P3 system, just about handles the internet lol, after getting my backups on it, so I can get access to all my bookmarks, and emails I can started to strip down my baby.
Took about an hour to remove all parts from my case, and removing the front panel, and here are a few pic’s to show her naked. , no dreaming over her ok... She’s all mine 




Well out comes the drill and dremel and off to work I go, after a nip and tuck here and there, and some coffee and quick smoke get the front end cleared off to give me full access to my fan, this is where I plan to allocate my PA120.2, should fit in nicely, right in front of my huge 25cm fan. Well I had to trim a far amount of metal out, loads of rivets had to go and a scared look from me as I gone to far.....
I’ve had to remove all 3.5 drive bays, and added brackets to mount the hard drive at the top under my dvd/rw, so that I have plenty of space to mount the Rad correctly, and to open it up for the fan to give best air flow.
Well here’s the metal that’s now removed, yep I thought she was naked before, now she on a diet, hmmm lots of space now for my Rad.




Nice clean front panel cleared of excess junk, don’t she look nice and pretty naked ah!!!!


Well here’s a pic of the case now ready to mount the Rad into, and the space with the front fan in place.




Just need to now tidy up the drive bay and get a plate, tray under the drive bay gap, to make it flush again, and then its time to paint it 




Day 2.
Well first thing this morning I checked my PayPal account, and yep there’s just enough to place my order, so off I went and placed my order with Chilled PC UK. A few double checks on the listing to make sure I got everything I need, I went ahead and paid. To late to change my mind now, it should be a few days before my parts come, and I still got a fair amount of work I can still do, lapping being one of them 
Started to sand down the case where I cut it all, and also the brackets for the hard drive, then cleaned it all out so it ready for painting, next was to mask of the case ready to get my first coat on , Well after a few coats of paint, a little more sanding, and some more sanding, I left it to dry so I can sand it down tomorrow and start with the last coat, there are a few runs I spotted and a couple of area’s the paint not taken so well, but that be sorted tomorrow.
Well after a clean up of my working area, it was time to get ready to lap my CPU, so after checking the many links I have on lapping, I set to work.
Got all my items near by to work from, and set to work, I used 800,1000,1200,1600, and 2000 for mine, I was not to bother with a mirror finish. It took a while to do, but was fun to see the changes as I from grade to grade. Anyways here’s some pic’s of each grade change.
My lapping station, ready to do some working out.



Before I started lapping.... Ah now you see the text.......




Now you don’t...... This is using 600 grit...












Ok now its flat time to tidy her up, this is now using 1000 grit....




1200 Grit......




Using 1500 Grit....




Using 2000 Grit.......




Not to bad ah, well after a final run and then a clean, she all mounted in my Mother Board again.






She polished up fine ah, and no I didn’t use the polish on her. It’s not a mirror finish as said, but it’s not bad on the reflection that’s for sure, I am happy with the out come, and its seams nice and flat now, will be lapping my heat sink when it comes next.




Day 3
Well this morning starts with the sanding of the case again, there is a fair amount to sand still a few runs need to got ride off as well, got to excited and dribbled a bit , I be honest I dislike this part the most, its a real pain to get into all the recesses, but its got to be done, I took a quick trip out last night to get some sand blocks to make it easier, its paid off that’s for sure, allot quicker to get it rubbed down,
Well postman now come and brought me some goodies  Yep my water cooling items are here already, so a hold goes on the case, and it’s time to take a look at what I got, after checking it all off, I decided I may as well get the items ready, so I start with fitting the Petra top to the pump and adding the barbs, yep it was a easy job as you all said , then I thou I would get the Rad setup, so I added the shroud and then tested the fans to see which was they would run, and added the anti-vibration stuff and added the fans, will cut the wires later on to get just one wiring loom for it to run from, once I done all that it was some picture time, so here some pic’s of the parts.






Well after all that fun, I thought I would get the rest of my items sorted, I got a blown led on my front 25cm fan only had the case for a month, so I thought I best get that fixed and replaced, didn’t take to longer to strip it all down and solder a new led onto the pcb, I then did some re-wiring of the case front as well, and some tidying up of the rest of the wiring to get it looking good and make life easy to fit it all. Well that’s taken up most of the day to be honest, so I have to leave the case again till Monday now, as I like to spend time at weekend with the kids.
    
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Day 4.
Today being the weekend and not touching the system, but as the kids are happy placing in the swimming pool, I thought I use the time to my benefit 
I built up the Res today, talk about a real pain, the rubber washer just would not fit due to being to thick, I ended up having to cut them in half to slide them between the plexi glass and bolts, finally did that after 30 minutes lol, but all done now, barbs fitted with the ptfe tape to make sure no leaks. I used the online pictures I took of my computer to see where the mother board fits, so I could work out an idea where the Res can fit, its not so far going to go where I wanted it, on its side showing the large area, but I got a good place now in mind for a front view which is alot more practical and looks good still. Anyways here’s some pic’s of it made up.





I then moved onto the DteK water block, I got out a blade to see how flat it was, but I could see some light at the edges, so I guess it’s more flat in the centre only, well guess that means its lapping time again. So I set it all up, and was under way. I did the same grades apart from started with the 400 grit, again I took some pic’s of the section of it, thou I did marker the base this time to show how it started off as the base was pure copper and hard to see how badly it was.










Using 1000 Grit......



Using 1200 Grit.....




And Final 1600 Grit....









Day 5
Well time to crack on with the case now, I still got alot of work on it, a huge amount of sanding to get it smooth, every time I get one part done I spot another small area that needs to be done, never ending circle I will say, but I hope it will pay off thou, I really want the case to turn out well. I can see this will be at least a few days job to get it right, the drying time is taking a while so I can move the case into a different angle to spray better. Here some pic’s of how it’s now looking to give you an idea how much sanding I had to do.






As you can see there is a fair amount of work to do, but it’s taking shape well now.


Well that's it for now, what ya think ?, i Shall update as i get more done
    
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post #3 of 39
nic man. good job !!!
    
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Looking good
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post #5 of 39
Cool. Can't wait to see those temps after lapping and WC.
    
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Wow, it's all looking really nice. Nice lapping job btw! Hope you don't have to RMA that chip lol .

Very nice though, I'm looking forward to reading/seeing the rest of the log!

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post #7 of 39
O_o
sexy pics.


Srsly, that makes me want to spend all my money on WC...
post #8 of 39
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Cheers for the feedback there all, its something that i wanted to try at least, only been a pc user for 3 months now, but i like to learn and this is one way to do it. I just hope it all works out, as everything i brought here is less than 3 months old lol, so it's not going back if i bust it lol. Oh well can only learn the hard way.
    
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More, more, more! *claps hands*

Awesome work so far, nice case to start with, really looking forward to the next update

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Don't forget to take your FuZion apart and srape away all the remeanent black crap, from their forming... it can hurt your system...


Looks great!
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