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post #1361 of 1629
Glad to hear you are getting those leaks sealed up. With a water loop like yours, it must be nerve racking. Now you know how Rickover must have felt when he was trying to cool those reactors, LOL. One note though, using the silicone sealant was an excellent idea, I would recommend using an automotive grade RTV for future repairs as it will stand up to the temperature extremes better. Most household sealants aren't heat resistant.

As most have mentioned, you have gone above and beyond a master build. If you ever find the time, it would be great to see this build log edited and reposted (The Complete Evolution of "Classy"), as a blog maybe, and made a sticky. With this build I think you cover just about everything needed to mod and build a custom water rig. Might even be worth some bonus points for a class at school.
post #1362 of 1629
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still no leaks after waking up at noon!

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Glad to hear you are getting those leaks sealed up. With a water loop like yours, it must be nerve racking. Now you know how Rickover must have felt when he was trying to cool those reactors, LOL. One note though, using the silicone sealant was an excellent idea, I would recommend using an automotive grade RTV for future repairs as it will stand up to the temperature extremes better. Most household sealants aren't heat resistant.
The caulk I used it intended for use in showers, and I guarantee that hot water coming out of a water heater is far warmer than any part of my loop will ever get.

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As most have mentioned, you have gone above and beyond a master build. If you ever find the time, it would be great to see this build log edited and reposted (The Complete Evolution of "Classy"), as a blog maybe, and made a sticky. With this build I think you cover just about everything needed to mod and build a custom water rig. Might even be worth some bonus points for a class at school.
thanks man!

I do intend to re-post the work log in a more condensed form when everything is done. I will probably go and post it on some other forums if Repo says it is ok (because of the whole MOTM thing).

I doubt any of my professors would give any extra credit for anything though, my high school teachers may have, but not the up-tight doctors ODU hires.
post #1363 of 1629
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two part update, Ready for this?

first up is the issue with the front panel connectors not fitting. this is how they are supposed to look:



unfortunaly, that little door assembly takes up about 4mm worth of space that I need for the front RAD. so for now, this is what I am stuck with:



I will do something to make that look better, I just need some good ideas of what I could do. I am thinking I could make a faceplate out of the black aluminum, but idk how good it would look...

next up: TUBING! and lots of it...





oh, and I sleeved the fan wires on the front rad's fans at some point in there:



I was real excited about getting all the tubing up in here and getting the fittings tight... /sarcasm



tube that connects the top rad to the front rad:



after pushing the rad back in place I have that loop there. It doesn't look great, but i couldn't get anything better without kinks:



and all the tubing installed:



the loop goes like this:

res > pump > bottom 240mm rad > GPUs in parallel > 120mm rad > mobo block > top 360mm rad > front 240mm rad > CPU > res



bottom compartment:



at this point I began to fill the loop but very quickly realized I had some problems. this is when I noticed that water would not flow through the res's bottom port and that what little water did flow was pooling in the bottom of the case!

I was able to determine that the leak was from the fittings on the bottom rad, so I pulled it out and put some teflon tape of the threads:



well, after some quick testing, it became clear that the teflon tape was not enough! IT STILL LEAKED! so, I got out some handy silicone caulk:



that fixed it up. it also dries clear, so it doesn't look like crap. although, i did mess up those two fittings pretty bad tryinng to tighten them down with a pair of pliars...

next issue up for repair was the res port issue.

you can clearly see the problem here:



on to taking the res apart and straightening it up:











you can see the issue in this pic too if you look close:









took it almost all the way apart. although, TAKE NOTE OF THE SINGLE PART I DID NOT TAKE APART, it will show back up again in this update...



and I got it all back together with everything lined up nice and straight:







now that that was fixed, I decided to check the PSU placement again since I seemed to be having issues with some of my other plans...

set it in place:



it fits, although I will admit it is tight, and that piece of tubing is very close to screaming in pain.





got the res put back in and get ready to fill again:



part two coming shortly!
post #1364 of 1629
That tubing looks like hell! (In a good way )
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WOW!!! That is looking really nice! Now put that TV remote away and get back to work.
    
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Its the perfect build for the owner of the watercooling club

I really like it Kevin, its only red and black in there
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got me some cooling juice:



and a little something to make it better :-P



and on to the filling!











and after about 30 minutes of adding a tiny bit of water, turning on the pump, watching the water disappear, upluging the pump, and repeating, I finaly got to this point:


You have no idea how excited I was to finally see water going back in to the res! after adding almost a liter and a half of water and not being able to tell where it went I was beginning to think there was a black hole in my loop somewhere! (btw, sorry for the terrible quality video, it is just from my iPhone, but I felt it was worth posting just for the added perspective even poor video gives)

well, after about 15 minutes of it running like that, I began to notice what looked like air bubbles floating DOWN along the inner tube of the res... I soon realized that it was actually water leaking down the inside.

so, after getting all excited about having the loop full, I had to take it apart again.

however, I had a stroke of genius that saved me a TON of work.

if i have the rest of the loop sealed and break it in just one spot, and keep the water from flowing out of one of the broken ends then the water cannot move because of the suction, sooooo:



with that plug in there, I was able to keep all the water in the loop and was able to drain only the water out of the res when i pulled the return tube to the res off.



and now is when you remember the single part i did not disassemble in the res before:



I wrapped those threads with LOTS of teflon tape and put everything back together, and no more leaking res. (tested out of the loop this time)

and once again I hooked everything back up and began to continue my leak testing:



got the res to fill up all the way to the top, and damn is it looking good

these pics I took when I woke up today after checking for leaks:



















and that is all I have for now.

tell me what you think!
post #1368 of 1629
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That tubing looks like hell! (In a good way )
haha, thanks? I think?

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WOW!!! That is looking really nice! Now put that TV remote away and get back to work.
thanks man!

remote is my roommate's, I don't really watch TV.

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Its the perfect build for the owner of the watercooling club

I really like it Kevin, its only red and black in there
Thanks man! and yes, that is the point...
post #1369 of 1629
Time to make up a nice little D.I.Y photography/lighting studio and take some good quality pics for the finale methinks

She's looking so hot!! (am not a lesbian kthx)
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(am not a lesbian kthx)
You just make us think about it. To be honest it didnt even cross my mind, though by posting that everyone will notice it
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