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post #271 of 313
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Thanks guys.

@wermad - I agree with you on the res. I always liked how it looked, but now that it's installed it looks much better. I'm looking foward to completing the lighting and getting it to glow!


I heard back from FrozenQ late last night. Alex told me to go ahead and trim the edges of the port and it would NOT void my warranty. It should be an easy task really. So I'll get it all reassembled and the leak test underway again.

/Bear
post #272 of 313
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Ok leak fixed . . .it's ugly but it's fixed. I tried to snap a pic but it didn't show up well at all. Basically I used a razer and carved out the top and bottom edges of the port to allow clearance of the fitting. I gouged the cap a bit when the knife slipped a few times but nothing that will be visable once installed.

I'm about to run the pumps and fill the loop. Leak testing is underway again.

/Bear
post #273 of 313
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So I found two more leaks, but both were easily fixed.

The first leak was the top QDC. The male QDC that is threaded and attached to the 90 fitting was not screwed in tightly and was leaking a lot. Killed the pumps, uncoupled the QDCs and tightened the fitting - problem solved.

The second leak was due to my own forgetfullness. Both of the GPU waterblocks were leaking . . . or rather pouring out of the front of each block. At first I though an o-ring was busted or a split in the tube with as much water that was coming out. Turns out, when I removed the EK bridge pieces, I forgot to add the smaller screws back to the fronts of the blocks - 3 in each. This left about a 4" section of each block with no pressure on the o-ring and water just came pouring out. All the screws are in place now, and the issue is resolved.

First impressions now that the leaks are fixed:
I thought these dual pumps would be louder, but they are pretty quiet. You can tell when air bubbles are passing thru, but otherwise they are very quiet. Since the PC isn't on, they are running full speed also. The do vibrate A LOT! The foam dampeners underneath them are really doing their jobs!

I'm happy I went with the compression fittings over barbs. It is a very clean look, and I'm quite pleased with how the plumbing looks in the case. Being my first custom loop, the experience was challenging, but at this early hour I'm glad I made the leap.

The FrozenQ reservoir. . . is awesome! With the water in it, it magnified the tubing spirals and it looks incredible. Can't wait to see how it looks center lit.

My final thoughts for tonite . . . this thing is DAMN heavy. I'm going to toss it on a bathroom scale tomorrow, and see how much it actually weighs. Rocking this thing back and forth to remove the air bubbles you can really feel the weight. I also discovered it my poor work bench (read folding card table) can't bare the weight of it much longer. It has sagged in the middle a bit and the legs doth protesteth when I am rocking it back and forth. It may be time to move it to it's proper home in my office to a much sturdier base.

enjoy your weekend all!

/Bear
post #274 of 313
I love the unique look of your case, can't wait to see the final result!
post #275 of 313
That looks great bro. I like the theme you went with.
post #276 of 313
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Originally Posted by CrazzyRussian;15132497 
I love the unique look of your case, can't wait to see the final result!
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Originally Posted by liljoejoe54;15132593 
That looks great bro. I like the theme you went with.

Thanks for checking it out guys.


So this morning I woke up and found that loop did not leak over the night. I had some help getting this monster to it's permanent home in my office, and then became very nervous to see if it would boot first go. Press the button, and a loud blaring tone eminated from the board! Well at least I know the wiring works . . .

After about an hour of troubleshooting and having to break my loop already, I found that slot 1 on my new crosshair V board is the problem. By themselves, both video cards will boot on other slots, but not slot 1. However, both cards and even a 3rd spare card I had laying around produce this issue in slot 1. It won't even post to BIOS.

I've posted this issue in the CHV boards and we'll see what they say. ASUS support was no help either. It looks like I'll have to RMA this board and wait for a replacement. I'm a PC tech by trade, and fancy myself a decent troubleshooter - there isn't much else I can try.

I guess it will give me a chance to do the lighting and finish everything else up while I wait for the replacement board. The saga continues . . .

/Bear
post #277 of 313
Good luck w/ the mb.

When my loop is having troubles bleeding:

-rock the case back and forth and/or side to side.
-stop start the pump (fan controller comes in handy here)
-(my little idea on last resort option) fill the res, add a piece of spare tube to the top of the res, blow on it, if the res starts dropping, remove tube and refill (I'm sure your large res has plenty of water to hold smile.gif). What I notice is the that impeller is spinning and air gets stuck there. The standing water fore and aft of the impeller prevents this pocket of air to push through the water. By blowing on the tube, your forcing the aft water to push this pocket and any other pockets of air in the loop. This again is my last resort option. A few good blows is good enough and the last remaining bit of air will slow bleed over a few days. You can hear the loud trapped air pockets, once these are gone, just let the system sit and keep topping off the res if necessary.
post #278 of 313
really looking forward to an update =)
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post #279 of 313
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Another update is probably going to be next week. I'll be able to finish the drain line on the loop, and install all the lighting. I'm going to try and have everything completed in the case so when the board comes in I can just toss the components in and go!

I got the RMA info back from ASUS yesterday. Oddly enough, they don't have any CHV's in stock so I can't do the quick turn around option, and have to do the traditional RMA route. I'll be shipping the board in this week, and they are telling me 2-3 weeks turn around time . . . I'm not happy, but what can ya do?
post #280 of 313
awesome build too bad the pics were too hig res for my connection lol. it took around 45 min to load each page. had to leave the pc on overnight!
INCREDIBLE BUILD!
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