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that PSU is sweet (now)!
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that PSU is sweet (now)!
LOL, thanks nate. Its pretty half arsed though really. The fan isn't mounted, its just wedged in there. I'm going to cut out that top section and re-fabricate it so the fan can mount properly. It's all good though. I'm going to use Li Li panel scraps for the job, and some of that should be visible on the finished mod.

That PSU has been my test mule through ... I seriously forget how many incomplete mods I have out in the ether now, LOL. It's been there since the beginning though. It was the first component I ever bought! Unfortunately as a result it's pretty beat up, and in need of a face lift anyway. The new (partial) skin for it should be just what the doctor ordered.
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EDIT:
I have since determined that this reservoir coupling was an epic fail. I'm not sure if would ever be possible to properly bleed this configuration, but it proved a significant enough pain in my initial attempts that I decided to scrap the whole idea. You might be able to pull some acrylic tips out of this post, the reservoir is indeed water tight; but please, don't take anything else in this post regarding the coupling of the bay res's as sound advice.



Update.

After having a rather unpleasant shopping experience with Delvies plastics (stay away from them if you can), I somehow actually got a shipment delivered to the correct address. A one foot square of .25" thick flourescent orange plexi. I hadn't planned on using it for a while, but as it turned out, my Bitspower 5.25 bay res's original clear acrylic bezels were just a tad bit too thick, and ended up causing clearance issues.

Here's my solution.

First, I used a "tile and glass" drill bit to cut out 12 3/16" holes:



Test fit, a couple are a little snug, but we're a go:



Then, I used my trusty step bit to enlarge the holes to 1/4", and simultaneously cut a 5/16" countersink:





After that, I cut the plexi down to the correct size, gave the edges a quick filing, sanding, and flame polish, and then bolted it down:



It's a perfect fit:



More importantly; with the thinner acrylic and countersinks, the reservoir assembly mounting depth is now a little over a 1/4" less than the original(s).

Here's a shot with one of the fans, the color is spot on:



Here's the plumbing on the back side:



Inlet will be the open upper right hole, outlet to the pump will be the open lower left hole. The 90's will connect the two reservoirs with a bit of tubing.

This is where the whole assembly is going to live:



And this is why I needed to slim it down a quarter inch:



The res outlet and pump inlet will ultimately align with a straight shot and about a half an inch of exposed tubing.

More later folks.
Edited by Warfarin88 - 3/22/09 at 6:41am
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tha reservoir it's a beauty

perfect fit

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loooks good war. didn't know you were using two reservoirs. a little something then. instead of using compression fittings between the reservoirs. i would use something like an SLI connection for easy removability of the reservoirs. or use M-M or F-F connections for them.

let me get a link of that connection.
http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...riable fitting

rotary extender
extender
F-F connection
M-M connection
Edited by nafljhy - 3/7/09 at 10:20am
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Originally Posted by Shiryu_Libra View Post
tha reservoir it's a beauty

perfect fit

Thanks bud. I think I like your response better than nafljy's. He makes me think

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Originally Posted by nafljhy View Post
loooks good war. didn't know you were using two reservoirs. a little something then. instead of using compression fittings between the reservoirs. i would use something like an SLI connection for easy removability of the reservoirs. or use M-M or F-F connections for them.

let me get a link of that connection.
http://www.dangerden.com/store/produ...riable fitting

rotary extender
extender
F-F connection
M-M connection
Thanks naf.

Now help me out. I think I'm missing something. I'm tracking on the use of the SLI connectors, but why would I need to remove the reservoirs? The only reason I'm seeing would be to clean them? To do that I could access them from the facing side, by just removing the faceplate I made. I think?

And yes, I realize the two reservoirs is pretty silly.

I thought it would look cool, and these gave me the ports I needed to remain flexible with pumps in the future. It was also one of the better solutions I could sort for keeping a consistent water level above my pump inlet. (by virtue of gravity and the separation of the two reservoir sections, the bottom of the two reservoirs should always be completely full of fluid, hopefully circumventing any potential cavitation issues)

Beyond all that, is there a problem with the compressions linking the two that I'm not seeing? I'm really only using them over hard plumbing to inject a few more bits of orange around. The choice was purely aesthetic. The plan is to run straight distilled with kill coils, but from all outward appearances, it will appear that I'm running orange dye.
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man that acrylic piece come out awesome!
How did you make sure you didn't accidentally keep drilling through?
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man that acrylic piece come out awesome!
How did you make sure you didn't accidentally keep drilling through?
Thanks!

As far as depth, I just eyeballed it using the steps in the step bit as a guide. I also feathered the drill trigger to keep the rpm's low. When I was drilling out the 5/16" countersink, I just stopped before I started cutting with the 3/8" step.

A drill press with some sort of a stop would be a much more preferred method. My hole depths aren't perfectly consistent. Given that I'm just using a cordless hand drill, and that this part of the mod is in the interior and not on full display; I've decided they're "close enough".
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Thanks bud. I think I like your response better than nafljy's. He makes me think



Thanks naf.

Now help me out. I think I'm missing something. I'm tracking on the use of the SLI connectors, but why would I need to remove the reservoirs? The only reason I'm seeing would be to clean them? To do that I could access them from the facing side, by just removing the faceplate I made. I think?

And yes, I realize the two reservoirs is pretty silly.

I thought it would look cool, and these gave me the ports I needed to remain flexible with pumps in the future. It was also one of the better solutions I could sort for keeping a consistent water level above my pump inlet. (by virtue of gravity and the separation of the two reservoir sections, the bottom of the two reservoirs should always be completely full of fluid, hopefully circumventing any potential cavitation issues)

Beyond all that, is there a problem with the compressions linking the two that I'm not seeing? I'm really only using them over hard plumbing to inject a few more bits of orange around. The choice was purely aesthetic. The plan is to run straight distilled with kill coils, but from all outward appearances, it will appear that I'm running orange dye.
but thinking is a good thing?

umm. i find that using a metal fitting would be more secure than say using tubing is all. tubing will always get loose eventually. so byusing either the variable fittings or the extenders.. you can make it a more permanent structure that you won't really have to deal with.

oh! well if it was an aesthetic choice, then i have no problems with it. a bit more orange all around is always good.
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oh! well if it was an aesthetic choice, then i have no problems with it. a bit more orange all around is always good.
LOL naf.

Yeah, consider the plumbing a work in progress. I'm already discovering the inevitable "forgotten fittings". Somehow I forgot to account for a male to male adapter to mate the pump outlet to the pass through in the tray.

It also looks like I may need to mod the pass through fitting a bit to get everything to play nice. Nothing too major, I just might need to shave part of it down 1/8" or so. It would be hidden side of it, and shouldn't affect sealing at all if I do it right. Just one of those things.

lalala.

I really wish Fed Ex hadn't bricked my Danger Den order. That had all my 45's, most of my compressions, and my tubing. I'm kinda stuck without that. It was tracking a March 6 delivery up until last night. Then poof, that went away and now its just "in transit". Last known location: departing Portland, Oregon at 0700 Wednesday.

Grumble. I placed this order in February.

I should have just went with PPC's. They always treat me right. Why oh why don't you stock 3/8" 5/8" orange tubing Hank?
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