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Leak Test!

So, it's happened! I've gotten to the leak test stage! Been a long time coming!


Got 4 gallons of DI water and some loop pre-treating solution, serious over kill, but better safe than sorry right?

Used one gallon to flush out my radiators and get them as clean as possible. the first two flushes a lot of junk came out of them, but the 3rd flush seemed to be very clear on both of them, so I was happy to start my leak tests!

Both loops filled, after starting off with just the front two pumps, and giving it time to fill the gaps I started up the rear pumps and let them go for 24 hours (starting yesterday)

Was very happy, only had one small leak on one of the rear pumps that I guess I hadn't tightened down the fitting well enough.
Love the flow indicators on the front, give a great visual and spin affect :) Also, not sure if you noticed the ROG logo on my Aura Control box lit up. I was playing around and wanted to see what it looked like in person :) I think with all the other RGB's going it's going to fit in really nicely :)

So, woke up this morning and went out to the garage to check on my system and... blah. Found some crazy debris clogged up in my GPU block. I'm hoping by reversing the flow I'll be able to jar it loose and get it out of there when I get home tonight.

I have also discovered that this case is a beast!! I'm probably going to have to reconfigure my desk/room situation to get this thing in a better position. I don't think having it up on my dresser like my current PC is going to fly...

Welp... it continues!!
 

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GPU Block Tear down

So I was unable to get the debris to dislodge by reversing the flow (even stuck a shop vac on it to see if i could get it to come out lol)

So, time to tear it down and get that gunk out of there!!

Some pics of my tear down, and some of the naked PCB :)

Kind of glad I had to remove the water block, looks like I used to much thermal paste, so glad I was able to fix that before putting everything back together.

Everything is back together, and going to be adding my white coolant tonight, get the pumps running over night to double check for any leaks, then hopefully I'll be able to start installing the OS!!

PROGRESS!!
 

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White Coolant Filled!

Progress! Got my white coolant topped off and ran for 24 hours to retest for any leaks after reassembling the GPU water block.

I think it looks amazing! Can't wait to get this guy powered up and get the RGB's up and running.

A few extra pictures of the GPU and CPU blocks, no bubbles, and looking pretty slick!!!

Next step - MOVE THIS BEAST INTO MY ROOM AND GET THE O/S INSTALLED! WOO!

Oh, speaking of that. I did have to re-arrange my whole room to fit this beast in it. Also had to lose a small storage cabinet that I was using for all my software and DVD collection. So... this thing will now have it's own zip-code in my room lol

Can't wait to get this thing going!!!
 

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Wow that looks really cool. Milk coolant ;)

Good job. Cant wait to see all the lighting as well.
 

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Looking awesome. Yea I was a little bit worried when my turned up it's a monster...
 

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DONE!

Wow that looks really cool. Milk coolant ;)

Good job. Cant wait to see all the lighting as well.
Thanks :) I was extremely happy with out it turned out. When I had the clear DI water in there it made me a little nervous because I honestly didn't like the way it looked and I was worried it would carry over when I flushed and then added the EK White coolant. It looks amazing IMO.

Looking awesome. Yea I was a little bit worried when my turned up it's a monster...
Thanks! And yeah, I didn't realize how big it was until I got it in my room and was trying to find a spot for it!

Well, I'm done! Got everything finished up this weekend and installed the O/S and was even able to game a little. This thing is not only a physical beast, but it's a gaming beast as well. I'm so happy that it held up to my expectations.

Now to find some sweet ray tracing games to test out. :)

Here are some pics I was able to take before my attention turned to just playing with the PC.

The first is of me finally getting a place for it in my crowded room. As you can tell this thing takes up some space, but at least it fit perfectly on my former night stand. I gave it enough room around the edges so that I can take advantage of being able to turn it freely when I need to gain access to the rear of the case (already has proven it's worth several times during the initial setup). Nothing hooked up in the first pic, just me getting it placed. And yeah, I forgot to weigh this monster, but it's freaking crazy heavy lol

The second is of it powered up and me messing with the RGB lighting, I went for orange to start with but it looked horrible, donno why RGB orange looks so bad, but meh... I do like the green as well. Also, not very pleased with the RGB ring fans I have on my radiators. I'm not sure if it's because I have them sharing an RGB signal from the MB or if they're just meh as-is, but they just seem like they're starting to die an early death? I don't know how else to describe it. I'm going to keep messing with them to see if I can fix the issue, maybe give them their own RGB header straight off the MB. For now, they're turned off (at least they have that feature), if that doesn't fix it I might have to end up replacing them.

In the next pic I was able to get my desk straightened out and then snap a shot of all the pretty extras I've been waiting to get going with this new system. :)

I only had taken these three before getting so wrapped up with installing the O/S and checking out a few of my games that I forgot to take some more final shots for ya'll. I'll take and throw up some more pics tonight when I get home. I've decided to forgo the glass panels, as I like it open like it is now. I'm thinking there might be a few small cosmetic things I'll be updating in the next week or so, but for the most part this thing is done.
 

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Haha epic, because of the white coolant, you first pic..it kinda looks like some fancy coffee machine (not a bad thing) haha

And then the lights come on and it looks even more epic.
Great build, really neat and clean.
I like it.
 

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Best beauty shots a Tolk can take...

Hey all, so more pics as promised, and a small bonus video!
I know it sounds loud in the video, but that's just my three room-fans going full boar cause it's hot as heck in SoCal right now, it's actually pretty quite with all the fans off.

I did fix the ring RGB fan issue. It was what I thought it might be. I pulled them off the splitter and gave them their own direct RGB port off the motherboard and it cleaned everything right up. They look super clean now and are matching everything the MB does, including the breathing effects when I turn that feature on.

Here's the Video! Hope you like!

Final pics below, some are with the lights off, some with them on. Oh, and I threw one in of one of the major contributors to the noise you hear in the video. It's my "Tolk cooler" :)
 

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It came out great! Nice work :thumb:

Thanks!! I'm rather proud of it, though the modder in me is never satisfied. I've been messing around in sketchup and I'm probably going to work on a newer version here soon.

Though, my next project is a sort of star wars theme build with all my old PC parts for my nephew. He wanted to get into PC gaming so it was a good system for him to start out with. He's already got the Lain Li PC-001 white case, and I'm going to be setting it up for him with full water cooling loops as well. So that'll be my next project :)

So far I have an idea in my head for a cloud city theme, but we'll see how it evolves as I'm working on it. They don't call me Capt Do-Over for nothing ;)
 
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