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Okay, I'm down to the final purchasing and I need some help deciding on a few things. So far the rig consists of:

Caselabs SM5 White (yeah yeah BNeg, I wanted the LD PC-V7 but it actually didn't work out the way I wanted due to limited space behind the motherboard tray)
Rampage IV Gene
3820
4x4GB Corsair Dom Plats
Some SSDs
GTX690
Corsair AX760i

for the WC bits:

D5 Vario
XSPC AX240
XSPC AX360
Koolance 690 block (got the card and block from a friend for $700 - would prefer heatkiller but another $200 is a bit hard to swallow as I add up the price of everything else)
Noiseblocker eLoops all around
Duralene tubing
Mayhem's Pastel mixed to be dark grey, might use aurora for contests/shows

The tube routing is going to be fairly complex from a 'bit' standpoint. I'm planning on putting my CPU and GPU in a parallel configuration, and routing nearly all of the tubing through a midplate I'll be installing and on the back side of the motherboard tray. Pretty much, the goal is to have the only tubing visible be the midplate -> GPU -> CPU, and then rad->rad->res. Probably less than a foot all together (that is visible).

Ultimately I'd like to go with 7/16x5/8" compression all around, the reason being is that if spacing is just too tight in a certain area, I can swap in a 1/2" barb in a spot or two to get that extra few mm of clearance.

What I'm undecided on is CPU block, bits, and D5 top. This entire build will be monochrome but leaning towards bright rather than muted. With this in mind, what I'm leaning towards is either black sparkle or shiny silver Bitspower comp fittings, the Koolance CPU block and D5 top.

So couple of questions.

1) Anyone have experience using the Koolance D5 top?

2) If the answer to the above is 'avoid it', which D5 top should I be looking at? I'm not fond of the Bitspower or stock tops, I prefer the ones where the mounting plate holds the pump in place rather than a big ring. I've used a few XSPC bay res's and the EK D5 X-Res, so this will be my first time looking at getting a stand alone top.

3) Are the Alphacool comp fittings cheap looking in the flesh? I'm enticed by the price, I'd be saving well over $150 with these guys. Plus they are low profile, which I'm keen on with the fairly complex routing system I have going on.

4) Where can I find Bitspower angled comp fittings in the US (7/16x5/8) at a good price? Both PPC's and FrozenCPU seem extremely limited at the moment. I'm going to need a total of 18-22 fittings, about 6 of which will be 90, 6 will be 45. I'll probably buy 8 of each just to be safe.

I'm probably forgetting to ask a few things as I have been distilling thousands of ideas over the past few months to get me where I'm at now. I'll be posting up my build log and early photos soon.
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Awesome! What about the fans? Do you use a controller? If so, slowed to 1000 RPM are the fans loud?

edit: Awesome avatar dude, rofl.
edit2: your fans are painted? D:, If so, how did you paint them perfect like that?

Yes Yes and Yes!

I use a Corsair Link Module to contol all the fans via the Corsair link software....

And they are conciderably quiet if slowed, but I really dont care if it sounds like a Jet lol, as long as its Cool! biggrin.gif

Yea I painted them my self, I used Krylon Plastic paint, this is how to do it:

1. Remove back sticker
2. Remover rubber stopper
3. Use a small flathead screwdriver to remove the retainer ring that locks the fans blade shaft in place
4. Carefully and evenly remove the blade from the motor and backing
5. Use a Heatgun to slightly heat the top sticker then remove the sticker carefully with a blade.
6. Paint in a zig zag pattern leaving a very light coat
7. Dry on high with heat gun then apply the final coat
8. Dry again
9. Apply the same coat on the back if needed but use a baby food jar or something similar to protect the shaft, magnetic runner, and grease from paint contamination.

PICS:





post #38853 of 105850
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Quote:
Originally Posted by B NEGATIVE View Post

Seeing as they are small pics i wont spoiler them,Thats such a nice clean build.....i hate you. thumb.gifbiggrin.gif
I need to change my handle......


We can do that?????

I'm kinda leaning towards "Asshats & Biscuits" for some unfathomable reason.

Asshats & Biscuits

Its mine,I saw it first!!

biggrin.gif

Obviously I would have to consult with my canine overlord first.....

I think you can get your name changed by Admin if you ask and send chocolate.
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Originally Posted by Michalius View Post

Okay, I'm down to the final purchasing and I need some help deciding on a few things. So far the rig consists of:

Caselabs SM5 White (yeah yeah BNeg, I wanted the LD PC-V7 but it actually didn't work out the way I wanted due to limited space behind the motherboard tray)
Rampage IV Gene
3820
4x4GB Corsair Dom Plats
Some SSDs
GTX690
Corsair AX760i

for the WC bits:

D5 Vario
XSPC AX240
XSPC AX360
Koolance 690 block (got the card and block from a friend for $700 - would prefer heatkiller but another $200 is a bit hard to swallow as I add up the price of everything else)
Noiseblocker eLoops all around
Duralene tubing
Mayhem's Pastel mixed to be dark grey, might use aurora for contests/shows

The tube routing is going to be fairly complex from a 'bit' standpoint. I'm planning on putting my CPU and GPU in a parallel configuration, and routing nearly all of the tubing through a midplate I'll be installing and on the back side of the motherboard tray. Pretty much, the goal is to have the only tubing visible be the midplate -> GPU -> CPU, and then rad->rad->res. Probably less than a foot all together (that is visible).

Ultimately I'd like to go with 7/16x5/8" compression all around, the reason being is that if spacing is just too tight in a certain area, I can swap in a 1/2" barb in a spot or two to get that extra few mm of clearance.

What I'm undecided on is CPU block, bits, and D5 top. This entire build will be monochrome but leaning towards bright rather than muted. With this in mind, what I'm leaning towards is either black sparkle or shiny silver Bitspower comp fittings, the Koolance CPU block and D5 top.

So couple of questions.

1) Anyone have experience using the Koolance D5 top?

2) If the answer to the above is 'avoid it', which D5 top should I be looking at? I'm not fond of the Bitspower or stock tops, I prefer the ones where the mounting plate holds the pump in place rather than a big ring. I've used a few XSPC bay res's and the EK D5 X-Res, so this will be my first time looking at getting a stand alone top.

3) Are the Alphacool comp fittings cheap looking in the flesh? I'm enticed by the price, I'd be saving well over $150 with these guys. Plus they are low profile, which I'm keen on with the fairly complex routing system I have going on.

4) Where can I find Bitspower angled comp fittings in the US (7/16x5/8) at a good price? Both PPC's and FrozenCPU seem extremely limited at the moment. I'm going to need a total of 18-22 fittings, about 6 of which will be 90, 6 will be 45. I'll probably buy 8 of each just to be safe.

I'm probably forgetting to ask a few things as I have been distilling thousands of ideas over the past few months to get me where I'm at now. I'll be posting up my build log and early photos soon.

Avoid the rev 1 Koolance top,the thread on the shroud and top are bad and the pump can (and in my case,has....twice with 2 different tops) literally pop out and empty your loop.
The rev 2 i have in my SR-2 has been great,one of them did sound like a gravel truck when it first started but a few tweaks of the mount plate witha driver sorted it,seems the tolerances are muy tight when the pump is in.

Mine are coming out for a dual loop setup and 2 Aquacomputer D5 tops with the 800ml res's soon.

I dont blame you about the v7,a bit expensive and not the most feature packed case...
Edited by B NEGATIVE - 3/6/13 at 2:40pm
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Obviously I would have to consult with my canine overlord first.....
I can relate. On long modding days, if I'm even 10 minutes late for our run (out in the country, so she gets to chase cows and sheep too), then I get my Border Collie first pacing, then huffing, and finally she will go grab my shoes and put them next to me.

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Obviously I would have to consult with my canine overlord first.....
I can relate. On long modding days, if I'm even 10 minutes late for our run (out in the country, so she gets to chase cows and sheep too), then I get my Border Collie first pacing, then huffing, and finally she will go grab my shoes and put them next to me.


Working dogs are like that,you will flop before they will.

Instead i have a megalomaniac Shih Tzu with plans of world domination and a fetish for cheese and biscuits.

And lasers for eyes.
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The SM5 turned out to be slightly MORE expensive than the V7 with the few accessories I needed. If only there were an extra 15-20mm of room behind the motherboard tray....

V2 it is. The AC top you are referring to is the Aqualis?

*edit*

I didn't realize you could use it without the res attached! AC it is.

Planning on adding the rest of the AC suite of goodies anyway.
Edited by Michalius - 3/6/13 at 3:00pm
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The SM5 turned out to be slightly MORE expensive than the V7 with the few accessories I needed. If only there were an extra 15-20mm of room behind the motherboard tray....

V2 it is. The AC top you are referring to is the Aqualis?

Yup,I have a friend at a lab glass blowers so they may not be stock units after he is done...wink.gif
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2-3 layers would mean it should be fine.
also wetsand with 1500 or 2000 grit sandpaper
in between coats to get a really nice smooth looking end result thumb.gif
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Hi Guys, These is an update of my loop, the paint of back plate is more than i expected... biggrin.gif
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First time watercooling build.

Got my AMD 1090T BE up to 4306Mhz, 1.525V (after disabling an unstable core) idling at ~33*C, load in the mid-high 40s.

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Case: CM 690 II (added the new USB3.0 advanced top panel)
CPU Block: EK Supremacy
Tubing: Norprene
Pump: MCP655-B
Rad: Phobya G-changer 2x140mm
Res: Bitspower 150mm
Fans: 2x NF-P14 (push), 2x AeroCool silver (pull)
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