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I am quite happy with these reservoirs, and prefer how they look compared with the Heatkiller Tube reservoirs which is why I choose them thumb.gif

I'm the complete opposite as you can see in my THW10 build(I really like the style of Watercool HeatKiller tubes, It's a bit different then the normal boring basic tube). I find WaterCool products much higher quality compared to what other companies offer. EK GPU waterblocks feels like cheap plastic when you compare them to Watercool.

I just brought it up for those who do mount theirs side by side. The 1mm can cause issues for people who have theirs side by side, still the tubes should have been exact same size.

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The First Tube - More cutting on the case

Originally I was planning to connect the top two radiators together from inside the case, through the rear pass though of the case. I keep a fairly decent supply of fittings on hand, and after trying many different combinations of various 90 degree fittings, extensions, snakes fittings, and whatever else I had, I realized that it was not going to be easy to connect the top radiators from the inside. There is not much room there to put a pass through or even a hole for a tube to got through, so I did not want to go that route either.

So I decided to connect them from the top. This is one of the reasons why I insisted on using multi-port radiators! Remember previously I made rounded cut-outs for fill ports. Now I'm going to change this to connect the two middle ports, and I'll use one of the outer ports for a fill port on one side, and an air bleeder valve on the other side.



The single rotary fitting on the left is too short, the dual rotary in the center is a little too tall, and the top panel of the case won't fit, it just rocks on top of the fittings. The other style 90 degree fitting on the right is a little shorter than the dual rotary and should work. Of course I didn't not have any of those, so I had to make another fitting order.



I need to cut a little more out of the top of the case so the fittings on this first tube will fit. Part of the fittings will be below the top of the case. Now I get out my saber saw... haven't used this tool on this project yet biggrin.gif



I removed the 40 screws to take out all six radiators again! Strip the case back down, mask it off, and mark where I want to cut.



Make the cuts just inside the line, so I can finish it up with a file.



File it smooth.



Here we are back together with the first tube in place thumb.gif



The tube just barely clears the top of the case. You can just see light under it.



I still had to put an extra small washer under the ball studs on the top outer panel to raise the top outer panel just a smidge. The top panel now fits. This first tube is in and I'm currently air pressure testing the top rads together. I think that is the last time that I'll have to cut on the case... never know though.



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I didn't know you built??!! Im here footer. thumb.gif

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Installing Reservoir LEDS and Wiring the Fans

While I had everything apart again to cut more on the case, I figured now is a good time to install the LEDs into the bottom of the reservoirs. There is six holes in the bottom for up to six LEDs, I am only going to use four LEDs per reservoir. I started with Darkside White 12v LEDs, I cut the little two pin connectors off and removed the sleeving. I put the LEDs all the way into the holes, then bend the wiring around the channels. One piece of heat shrink on each side near the LEDs just to hold it together. Here is the Aqualis Pro reservoir without the fill level sensor.



Here is the Aqualis XT with the fill level sensor.




Now I take two red wires from each side and two black wires each side and crimp them onto one fan pin terminal each, and then sleeve them together. So two LEDs per sleeve, two sleeved cables coming out of each reservoir. I am going to plug these fan connectors into a Splitty to power all the LEDs.




Here's the Aqualis XT, I shortened these wires. Be careful, there is a resistor in there. If you cut that out you will smoke the LED as soon as you power it up.



My original plan for the fan wiring was to make custom fan harnesses that would have all plugged into the Aquaeros. The main reason I wanted to do this was to try to keep the fan wiring as clean as possible. Because I am only able to power six of these 140mm fans per channel, I would have had to use six channels and made six custom fan harnesses. I have made custom fan harnesses before, and they are a major pain in the neck to make! That was one thing on this build that I was not looking forward to doing.

After much contemplation, I have decided to go the route that @ruffhi and @ITDiva suggested earlier and use Slitty9 splitters and power them from the power supply, sending just the RPM and PWM wires to the Aquaero for control. I have found a layout for the Splittys I like that will still keep the fan wiring fairly well hidden. Another benefit is that I will only need four channels to control all the radiator fans, as I have plans for the other four channels.

Here is the lay out of all the Splittys. Starting in the upper left that will be for the six upper radiator pull fans, to the right will be for the eight upper radiator push fans. The next one is going to be an Aquabus splitter, next to that is a Hubby to split all the USB cabling to all the Aquaero devices. The Farbwerk in the upper right is for RGB strip lighting control. The bottom row of Splittys starting on the left is for the eight bottom radiator fans, the middle is for the LEDs in the Reservoirs and other blocks. Finally the on the right will be for the eight front radiator fans.



I re-sleeved all the fan wire harnesses using Titanium Grey MDPC, it is a very close match for the Gunmetal Caselabs color. I used Titanium Grey on all the fan wiring because I want that wiring to blend into the background as much as possible. I'm also going to tuck as much of the fan wiring behind radiators and fans as I can. You can see that I'm only sleeving up to the fan frame and not all the way to the fan motor. I've sleeved all the way to the fan motors before, but the problem with that is that usually the sleeved part sticks up from the fan frame and if it's mounted in push against the radiator that fan doesn't sit flat and rocks on the sleeved harness.

On most of my fans that side will not show anyway, and I actually like the nice flat black harness that comes on the fans. I just picked up this black table cloth, it's a little better than the ugly green table biggrin.gif



The way the Splittys are laid out, the eight top radiator push fans were the perfect length, so I just re-sleeved those. The top radiator pull fans I had to shorten five of the fans wires, and make one short extension a few inches long that you can't see because it's behind the radiator. The bottom radiators I had to shorten three of the eight fans wires, and just two of the front eight radiators fans. The rest I was able to use as they were, just take the connector off, re-sleeve, put the connector on and some heat shrink.



Here's the top row of splitters. I've been testing each channel of fans as I go. I had one of the top pull fans wouldn't turn on, so I took it out to test the connections. I thought I had a bad fan terminal crimp, I put new fan pin terminals on, still did not work. It turned out to be a bad solder joint at the motor, one wire just hanging on, sometimes it had connection and sometimes it didn't. Anyway I painted two extra fans when I did all the fan painting, so I just set that one aside and grabbed another one. Out of around 35 fans, one was noisy and one had a bad solder connection.

You can see I have some of the Aquabus cables done too.




Here's the bottom row of splitters.



I'm going to have a cluster of cables from the bottom that go up to the top splitters and/or the Aquaeros, and will be secured to the back wall of the case behind the front radiator.



Looking through the back of the case with the Motherboard tray out.



Here's the reservoir on the other side with the LED wiring in place. You can see I have the tube in place connecting the two front radiators together.




This is a 38" extension I made to go to the rear exhaust fan. It will have it's own channel. I also have the 120mm fan in the hard drive cage re-sleeved and on it's own Aquaero channel also.



The fan wiring is pretty much done. I have the RPM/PWM harnesses that go from the Splittys to the Aquaero channels done, with a temporary molex power terminal on the power side just so I could power up and test each channel as I went along. All fans have been powered up with the Aquaero. I'll finish up the power side of the harness after I get the power supply.

Here's how the Aquaero channels will be set up.
Channel 1 - Top Radiator push fans
Channel 2 - Top Radiator pull fans
Channel 3 - Front Radiator fans
Channel 4 - Bottom Radiator fans
Channel 5 - HDD cage fan
Channel 6 - Rear exhaust fan
Channel 7 - LED control
Channel 8 - thinking.gif I wonder what this channel is for...



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Cooling
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Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
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2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
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After much contemplation, I have decided to go the route that @ruffhi and @ITDiva suggested earlier and use Slitty9 splitters and power them from the power supply, sending just the RPM and PWM wires to the Aquaero for control. I have found a layout for the Splittys I like that will still keep the fan wiring fairly well hidden. Another benefit is that I will only need four channels to control all the radiator fans, as I have plans for the other four channels.

Here is the lay out of all the Splittys. Starting in the upper left that will be for the six upper radiator pull fans, to the right will be for the eight upper radiator push fans. The next one is going to be an Aquabus splitter, next to that is a Hubby to split all the USB cabling to all the Aquaero devices. The Farbwerk in the upper right is for RGB strip lighting control. The bottom row of Splittys starting on the left is for the eight bottom radiator fans, the middle is for the LEDs in the Reservoirs and other blocks. Finally the on the right will be for the eight front radiator fans.

I re-sleeved all the fan wire harnesses using Titanium Grey MDPC, it is a very close match for the Gunmetal Caselabs color. I used Titanium Grey on all the fan wiring because I want that wiring to blend into the background as much as possible. I'm also going to tuck as much of the fan wiring behind radiators and fans as I can. You can see that I'm only sleeving up to the fan frame and not all the way to the fan motor. I've sleeved all the way to the fan motors before, but the problem with that is that usually the sleeved part sticks up from the fan frame and if it's mounted in push against the radiator that fan doesn't sit flat and rocks on the sleeved harness.




The Splitty9 & Hubby7 are a godsend from AQ.

Also you are aware there is sleeving that will match Gunmetal Color?

Link: https://www.dazmode.com/store/product/14-6mm-darkside-high-density-cable-sleeving-gun-metal/

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Yes the Splittys and Hubbys are awesome! I was not aware of the Daz Mode "Gunmetal" sleeving. I have always used the MDPC sleeving, so I've never really researched other brands. The Titanium Grey is a real close match to the CaseLabs Gunmetal color, I already had a bunch of it, plus I will be using three different colors of MDPC sleeving for the main cables.



This weekend I'll be able to get some final pictures of what is going to be plugged into Channel 8 of the Aquaeros.
This is something pretty cool that you have not seen yet in this build log.



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2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
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EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
Case
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
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Yes the Splittys and Hubbys are awesome! I was not aware of the Daz Mode "Gunmetal" sleeving. I have always used the MDPC sleeving, so I've never really researched other brands. The Titanium Grey is a real close match to the CaseLabs Gunmetal color, I already had a bunch of it, plus I will be using three different colors of MDPC sleeving for the main cables.



This weekend I'll be able to get some final pictures of what is going to be plugged into Channel 8 of the Aquaeros.
This is something pretty cool that you have not seen yet in this build log.

MDPC-X is best sleeving you can work with. Hopefully you got some quality cable combs.

I have one off Brand sleeving for USB 3.0 sleeving, However it's possible to get MDPC-X Sata Sleeving over USB 3.0 just a real PIA to fully sleeve it.

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