Originally Posted by greywarden
Sweet, my Air 540 will be in on Tuesday
Nice! You will love the case, it is my favorite ive worked with so far and ive had a few.
update time! loop is all done, leak tested all night going to finish assembling hardware, do some cable management and add my mayhems to the loop today, and the LEDs.
removing the EVGA ACX cooler on the 770.
sexy EK waterblocks, they are of great quality/craftsmanship. im impressed with all of the EK products.
naked cards! NSFW!
notice what looks to be wet on the innerbackplate on the acx evga cards? at first i thought there was moisture/water in my cards! upon further inspection i noticed the thermal pads on this card seem to be bleeding or coated with a sort of oil? strange either way.
the quality of the machining on the blocks is the best ive seen. thumbs up to EKWB.
shot of them installed on the two cards!
next up was adding the convenient EK terminal, i went with the paralell dual 3slot, as thats the spacing on the sabertooth board. all assembled the product is very sturdy, and was easy to tighten up.
water block assembled! backplate rubber for this waterblock pushes into a resistor/soderpoint on the back of the motherboard, but the rubber is soft enough it shouldnt make a difference even tightening this all the way up. and this thing tightens down very securely. more quality work from EKWB. reminding me again why i chose them for this build.
next up i had to figure out where to put the harddrives (one ssd one wd disk) for this build because they damn sure werent going to sit in the front of the case where corsair designed them (silly design really), another reason was the speeds i was getting through the sata hotswap cables where significantly less than the previous installation (normal sata cables). not sure if mine was defective but who cares, unscrewed and easy as pie to remove. i mulled around where to put them, and since i wasn't going to use my 5.25 bays this was the right spot! the divider between the two bays provided the perfect push stop for the harddrive, and its sata power and data connectors lined up perfectly with the hole below! perfect!
using some rolled up packing foam to make sure it doesnt jump around, and also absorb some vibration. looks shoddy but this is actually very very secure and it doesnt move at all.
next problem was figuring out how to put the SSD in there, i thought about using the SSD tray that comes with the case but imo its of poor quality so decided against it. what i ended up doing was taking the hotswap tray from the front of the case, and cutting the thumb pushes off the front (scissors, its very soft), spacing worked perfectly, wedged it inbetween the foam pieces.
picture of the case pre-tubing! i didn't take many pictures of the tubing process, as i was more worried about getting my loop right. i ran into a few problems maybe others can look out for: first, the fat radiators and certain motherboards will make it impossible to use the top right wire hole of this case to route the tubing. there was just no clearance on this 58mm radiator. i had to redesign my whole loop to make the return go back through the bottom, ended up making it look okay though. second, alphacool compression fittings. and primochill advanced tubing (3/8id 5/8 od) i went with this thick tubing because of the original plan of a sharp turn in the top corner of the case, and i wanted it to be somewhat rigid. this tubing did not like these compression fittings at all, was hard to get over the barbs, and even harder to tighten the outer sleeve over the barb, my fingers are not happy.
and lastly, my two EVGA 770 backplates for the video cards ended up sitting in the corner, so i dont think i will even go with a backplate now. i had all types of screws but sadly none of them fit, so i couldn't mount them to the ek vga block. im sure i could do some research and find the same size as the ek stock screws, just longer and i could make it work. but i was ready to get this done. sad because they looked great next to the ekwb and terminal.
filling and leaktesting time!
good news everyone! NO LEAKS! the extra work on my fingers must have paid off! i papertoweled the whole loop up expecting the worse and.. nothing. 15hrs no leaks, im going to drain the loop and refill/bleed again.
sorry for the lack of detailed shots of the fittings, drain t-line, pump, etc. but i was more interested in building it and i only have my phone camera. sorry for the crap quality, maybe ill take more with a better camera when its completely done! stay tuned for color/lighting shots later!