Originally Posted by neurotix
You can certainly blow your own horn, because it looks absolutely amazing, I'm sure everyone here can agree on that.
Great that it's stable. For a power supply, I'd recommend a Cooler Master V1000. It's been excellent for me. Seasonic unit.
Thanks, Neuro. I think it looks pretty dang great myself. It's a far-cry from the loop I had in before wtih 2x240 rads. That wasn't nearly as "right" as this. It's meant
to have these huge rads. I actually found a post by Syr at the beginning of his log for Silentium that sums this whole case up so well: "This project is about excess: Unbridled, unashamed PC debauchery; completely unecessary, and entirely bereft of conventional wisdom. It is liquid cooling with extreme prejudice." I LOVE that last sentence. Extreme prejudice is right! Just ask my 8320
But here, let me give you guys the final update with my secret project before I post finished pics (got a friend with a DSLR to come by yesterday)!
Here's some shots of draining the water loop. This was when I had to swap over the mobo/cpu and had to swap the cpu block mounting plate which meant taking the block apart which meant draining the loop, lol. The drain plug works fantastically well. And Syr's design with the front panel being removable makes draining really nice because you can tilt the rads around as needed.
Step 1: take bottom bolts out of door that hold it onto case; 2: let door hang open slightly; 3: take plug off t-valve; 4:connect hose to t-valve; 5: open valve and drain. Easy as that!
And here you can see how easy it is to take the door loose from the case to tilt the rads around and get out every last bit of water.
Ok, so it's finally time for my secret project. A few weeks ago, I had the idea to use one of Syr's pump stands for something. Since I don't have D5s, I figured the stands should get used for something
. I had some acrylic Syr cut for me years ago for a project I had that never came to fruition, but I knew they'd work just fine here. I decided to make a thank you/info plaque for the case. Here's my starting point: one pump stand and a piece of authentic Syrillian-cut acrylic.
I took the paper off and started to buff the sides to a high polish. Let me tell you, I spent an hour or so just sanding this thing. 800 grit, 1000 grit, 3000 grit, then a hand polish with a rubbing compound. I cannot FATHOM doing a project as large as Silentium. Just the polishing would crush me. Let alone cutting panels that fit to each other with errors. I really understand the work that went into this case now...
After the 800 and 1000 grit paper, here's what it looks like beside a piece that's rough cut.
And here's what the edge looks like after some fine-grit rubbing/polishing compound.
Next I applied a vinyl I had cut at a local sign shop onto the piece. Here it is.
Then I used some 3M double sided tape to attach it to the pump stand. This whole piece will go inside the left half of the case, right under the mobo and in front of the HDD cage. I think it will look great in there right in front of the red light.
So there you have it folks. This is the last "update" per say. I'm calling this thing FINISHED and ready for QUAKECON! As mentioned in an earlier post, I still have some small things to get finished, but the biggest hurdles are behind us. Thank you all for joining me for the ride and thank you for your support. And as my sign says, a special thank you to @lawrencendlw
, and @underdog1425
for the support, donations, time, phone calls, and pushing you gave me.