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Thank you for all the replies everybody.

Forgive me for not going through each individually, I haven't had my coffee yet.

I really do need to get liquid in this loop. Every time I look at my tubes again, I re-think how I want to run the plumbing lol. Time to "seal" this deal!
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yep, time to stuff the liquid filled tubes inside her


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yep, time to stuff the liquid filled tubes inside her




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Well, I have an update, kind of.

I'm not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing, but I spent a lot longer tonight snapping pictures than I did working on the case.

I decided to simplify my life greatly, and just go with a push configuration for all the fans. This will give me a touch more room for plumbing, and overall I think its just more aesthetically pleasing. I didn't plan on this, but the end design of my "rad rack" really makes for easy final installation. Mounting up the rads with the M4 hardware was a snap. 6mm bolts handled the rad side, and 30mm bolts mounted the fans.

Enough babble, tonight I'll let the pics do (most of) the talking:















That's all I got for tonight.
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pure win
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Wow I just skimmed through this entire thread, and all I can say is wow. Your ideas, craftsmanship, and attention to detail are simply amazing. Incredible work.
    
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[edit] Thanks bstew. As it turns out, not all my ideas are all that great.

I have discovered that my cool looking coupled bay reservoir, while pretty, is pretty much a total failure. In initial testing, it is all but impossible to bleed proplerly; and by its design, naturally wants to maintain any air in the system in bottom (feed) chamber, rather than the top.

Neat idea, but not so good in practice. I just had my first of what is sure to be many lessons in fluid dynamics.

New res plan is in the works. I'm going to give the Aqua Computer delrin Aquatube a try. I missed it in on my initial survey of reservoirs, but I think it has the features I'm looking for. More to follow.

As for this weekend: I'm going to try to work on a bit of wiring while I wait for the new order to come in; but I probably won't have a ton to show you. Sorry folks.
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I've been following your build for awhile now, all I have to say is suburb job my friend. I still do not understand how you great modders can make cuts that well with metal..

I'm looking forward to seeing all those radiators and equipment mounted. Love the detail my friend keep it up!
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Hey thank you, PhelanJKell.

Cutting aluminum really isn't all that hard, especially a good alloy like that which Lian Li uses. The trick is to remember that you can always take more material away, you can never add it. Files and sand paper do wonders for cleaning up the ugliest of initial cuts with a little bit of patience.

Stupid text update:

I've taken receipt of the new Alpha Computer Aquatube acetal reservoir. It's going to work much much better than the EK bay res solution. It leaves much much more room up top there, without sacrificing any functionality. I should be able to add a second D5 now if I ever felt the need with minimal complication. It's that much roomier on the tray now.

I don't have any updates at the moment. I keep redoing the fittings, trying to find the most efficient solution. When this is done, The central area where the motherboard lies will be easy to access, but the rest of the build, not so much. I'm trying to plan accordingly, so that draining the loop to swap out or add a block somewhere won't become an weekend long ordeal.

It doesn't seem like it should be this complicated, and it probably isn't; but so far, its proving to be a bit of challenge for me. Hopefully I'll have an update this weekend for you though.
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Update time.

I wanted something to monitor air and water temps throughout this rig, but I wanted to keep it fairly low tech, and out of the way. It's not something I'll need to look at everyday. I wanted something that I could look at when I needed to, but would remain totally out of sight most of the time.

This was my solution:



Those are white backlit XPSC LCD temp monitors. They're mounted to their mounting plate with 3M "tape of the gods" double sided tape":



The mounting plate is fastened to the front plate with M4 bolts, and offset with aluminum spacers:



The corner bolts are the only ones in play, the center four I placed to hold a trim plate, but I don't think I'm going to bother with it, so I just filled them with bolts. The black washers are silicon rubber. They don't do a darn thing, I just though they looked kinda neat.

Here's a broader shot:



The wiring fishes through the backside of the mounting plate through holes I drilled. I soldered the power and ground leads together in prep for a common connection, and numbered the temp leads so I would know which one goes to which display.

I'm going to use these BP units as temperature sensors:



The jut out into the flow a lot if you place them in a line, so I'm going to use BP extenders to pull them out of the flow a bit so as not to unnecessarily restrict anything:



Much better:



I plan on taking two water temp readings. One will go in the reservoir, one will be down below, housed in this Q fitting:



I'm going to use the BP pass through fittings to hold BP temp sensors for the air temps as well. I'm still sorting their exact location however, so no pics of that just yet. I want one taking a reading in the main mobo compartment, and one taking a "cool" ambient reading in the lower rad intake section. I just haven't sorted out exactly where I'm going to plant them yet.

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As you can might have noticed, I switched over to clear hose. I'm still planning on using the orange DD tubing in the visible motherboard compartment, but I was starting to run a little short of it, so I figured some clear tygon wouldn't hurt in the areas that no-one will ever see. (including me lol)

Coming off the Q fitting opposite the temp sensor is a drain line, which I capped like so with a compression fitting to a coupler and a threaded cap:



And here's a couple cruddy shots of the final tubing run inside the rad cage:



I ended up losing all the 90's up there, which should help flow. Airflow is looking pretty good too:



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I wrapped up some final metal work to the bottom false floor frame and pump tray this morning. Next up is plumbing and fixing the new reservoir and the trim panels. I should have some more pics later tonight.
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