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I ran into image limit problems on the old thread. The old thread is available for viewing here

So, to start off I might have a slight drinking problem... Not an alcoholic problem, just no self-control on the occasions that I do drink. I have now learned that I should never have an internet enabled computer at my disposal after a fifth of vodka. Here's the damage:

  • 1 x ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
  • 1 x OCZ ZX Series 1250W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
  • 2 x XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • 1 x Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 996996
  • 1 x AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
  • 1 xEK-Supreme HF - Acetal+EN (Nickel)
  • 2 xEK-FC6970 V2 Acetal+Nickel
  • 1 xEK-FB ASUS Crosshair V - Acetal+EN (Nickel)
  • 1 xLian Li PC-A71B Black Aluminum Full Tower Case w/ Door
  • 1 xScythe Kaze Server 5.25" Fan Controller - Black
  • 2 xKoolance Dual VID Connect Nozzle, 3 Slot Spacing
  • 15 x*** NEW *** PrimoFlex Pro LRT Black Tubing -1/2in. ID X 3/4in. OD
  • 15 x*** NEW *** PrimoFlex Pro LRT UV Red Tubing -1/2in. ID X 3/4in. OD
  • 1 x*** NEW *** Koolance Radiator, 2x120mm 20-FPI Copper [no nozzles]
  • 2 xKoolance TNK-200-V2 Watercooling Reservoir - G1/4 - 200mm
  • 1 xWatercool HEATKILLER® SB Rev3.0 Nickel
  • 1 xKoolance EHX-1320BK 4-Fan Radiator & Fans/Shroud, Black [no nozzles]
  • 3 xPrimoChill ICE Non-Conductive Liquid Cooling Fluid (32 oz.) - Clear
  • 2 xIandH Silver KillCoils - Antimicrobial .999 Fine Silver Tubing / Reservoir Strip
  • 1 xIndigo Xtreme Clean
  • 1 xIndigo Xtreme for AMD AM2/3 Processors
  • 24 x*** NEW *** EK-PSC Fitting 13mm - G1/4 - Black Nickel
  • 6 xKoolance Resuable Hose Clamp [19mm, 3/4" OD]
  • 1 xDanger Den Premium Tube Cutter
  • 6 xKoolance Swiveling Angle Fitting, Single - Black
  • 1 xDanger Den Red Anodized Aluminum Fillport
  • 1 xDanger Den Black Anodized Aluminum Fillport
  • 2 xKoolance PMP-450S Strong High-flow Pump
  • 1 x Koolance Radiator, HX-422 Single 120mm
  • 4 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C43 G1/4" Fitting Spacer - Mini - Matte Black
  • 2 x EK-FC6970V2 Backplate for ATI Non-Reference 6970 - Black
  • 1 x Akasa PaxMate PLUS Premium Noise Reduction Kit
  • 8 x Bitspower G 1/4" Matte Black Dual Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter
  • 1 x Lamptron Deluxe Shakeproof Washer for Power Supply - Black
  • 1 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C61 G1/4" Matte Black IG1/4" Extender - 20mm
  • 1 x Bitspower G1/4" Black Sparkle IG1/4" Extender
  • 3 x Solid Wall Polyethylene Grommet Edging with Adhesive - Black
  • 2 x Bitspower G 1/4" Matte Black Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting
  • 2 x Koolance Dual VID Connector, Black Adjustable 2-3 Slot Spacing
  • 1 x PrimoCHILL Dye Bomb - Blood Red
  • 1 x PrimoCHILL Dye Bomb - UV Black
  • 2 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C63 G1/4" Matte Black IG1/4" Extender - 30mm
  • 1 x Phobya Angled Clip 90° for 19/13mm Tubing - Black
  • 1 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C72 Matt Black Dual IG1/4" Extender - 20MM
That set my truck replacement portion of my budget back a year or two
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, But I've decided to keep it because it is pretty badass. I just sold my old system and some old computer parts and recouped a small majority of the cost. I've had the computer hardware up and running for a couple months to make sure that all the hardware is solid. So now I've begun modding the Lian-Li case to fit everything. It's a tight squeeze to fit in everything and I'm going to have to make some custom pieces to lay it all out the way I want to. I had some of the parts laying around from previous builds, that's why the parts list doesn't line up with everything that actually going into the computer I started the case mods at the beginning of the week, but I didn't have a camera to take pictures of it with, so some of the beginning shots are going to be leaving out alot of details. I'll try to put descriptions above the pictures so that you can tell what the hell is going on. Obviously I'll be adding more pictures as the build progresses; I'll probably just edit this main post and tack on a bump to the thread to inform everyone of the update.

I also want to clarify that this whole computer was not purchased under the influence, only the big stuff was. That would be things like computer hardware, case, pumps, radiators, etc. All the little stuff like fittings, coolant, tubing, etc... were purchased after the fact. However I might as well have, all the little stuff you have to keep buying because "I forgot that little piece, or I need a fitting to do this, or these xfire bridges are too long, etc..." are really adding up fast.

And now it's picture time!

This was a rough drawing of how I was planning to do the loops, as you'll see later it didn't work out so well.
Legend:
  • reservoir
  • 90 degree swiveling fittings
  • waterblocks
  • fill ports
  • pumps
  • radiators
  • compression Fittings/crossfire fittings
  • tubing
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The front fan mounting on the A71b is 20mm. The 2x120 Koolance radiator fan mounting is 15mm. I needed to make a bracket to mount up the radiator.
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I drilled all of the rivet holes in the front of the case to mount the bracket.
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I began drilling the rivet holes in the bracket. I will testify that clenco fasteners make your life infinitely better...
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This is the finished bracket
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Here I have the push fans and the radiator mounted to the newly fabricated bracket:
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Front radiator is all mounted up temporarily with some clenco's
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I cut the hole in the top of the case for the top 4x120 Koolance radiator. I also drilled out the holes for the fill ports
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I had to cut the front-top brace out of the case and part of the rear brace in order to fit the radiator/fill ports. These didn't serve as mounting points of any kind; the radiator mounts directly to the other structural portion of the case frame so I don't believe this will be a problem.
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I cut that completely by hand using a pneumatic right-angle die-grinder with a cut-off wheel. I'm pretty happy with how straight I cut it. I spaced the fill ports apart on purpose, not sure what I'm going to do with the space though
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Top radiator and fill ports all mocked up and mounted
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To show the clearance and why the front brace was cut out. Notice the mounting tabs on each side. I had to re-rivet the top-most rivet on those tabs because the original rivets were cut off
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Both top and front radiators all mounted up
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Trying to figure out what I'm going to do about hard drives. I need at least 4 drive bays. Original idea was to remove top 3 bays, but I decided to scrap that idea later
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I don't own a metal brake, nor do I have access to one; So I improvised and made my own. Worked out better this way because I could make perfect round bends rather than sharp edges.
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This is my new plan to mount the reservoirs; the tubing routing should be easier. It's mocked up in place with some more clenco's.
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The piece of wood there to simulate height of vibration dampening material that is yet to be determined. I got the height just perfect to have them line up.
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I fabricated the lower support bracket for the reservoirs. Sorry, I'm not very good at taking pictures of items when I'm holding them...
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And here is the bottom bracket all mocked up with yet more clenco's
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This is the rear drive tray. It used to be 3 drives tall and have a fan attached to the back. I cut it down to only 2 drives and no fan.
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Here's that custom made drive tray. I did use some of Lian-Li's parts so that the drives would have some vibration isolation
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I installed some old, failed IDE drives in the trays during the mockup process
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This shows the clearance between the hdds and the top radiator. I was very concerned about the drives being to tall and interfering with the radiator, but I ended up having plenty of room
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Here is a mockup of the build fabrication so far
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Not much work been done on the case, instead most of the time has been spent working on something else... I built a paint booth in the basement!
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It's got a A/C blower in it that will exhaust the overspray. I made a nifty way to get the air outside through the window:
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I made a table to paint stuff on. You can see the blower in the corner.
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I made some vibration dampening material for the pumps out of some silicone caulk. I think it's gonna work well, but when I made it I filled up the tin all at once and it took forever to dry out. They aren't quite tall enough, so I'm probably going to need to make some kind of platform to mount them on.
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And here is my plan so far as to how I'm going to run the power wires. when I get the funds to sleeve the power supply, this should show off the wires and make it look pretty cool.
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***MOUNTING THE WATERBLOCKS!!! ***
Here's a pick of a 6970 and the accompanying waterblock:
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I removed the stock heatsink. It's really easy, just the screws on the bottom and wah-la it comes off super easy. I read through XFX's warranty and changing the cooling over to watercooling DOES NOT VOID the warranty. All that I had to do was contact XFX support and let them know I was changing them over. The tech said that was fine and wished me the best of luck.
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Continued in next post

I'm always open to suggestions; please draw a picture or something, I'm a visual person and I'll understand your idea better that way. I'm happy to answer any questions about the build if you are wondering why I did something a certain way, etc...
 

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Continued from post above

I F****** HATE ALL THAT IS THERMAL PADS. It literally took me nearly 2 hours to cut all those damn little pads and stick them all on. there are 3 different height pads and I accidentally used the wrong height of pad on part of the card. I had to take them all off and do it over. I just barely had enough thermal pad to do the card because of that screw up. I used AC-MX4 for the TIM on the GPU.
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Put the stand-offs onto the block. I used a little bit of some cheap AS Ceramique to hold hold the stand-offs in place like the instructions said to.
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All finished with the card. Sure hope it still works when I plug it back in and power on the machine... I followed the install instructions to the letter.
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Next up is the northbridge and MOSFET waterblock
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Pulled off the stock heatsink. I gotta admit, the stock heatsink is pretty cool...
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again I put some cheap AS-Ceramique TIM on the MOSFETs like the directions advised and AC-MX4 on the chipset:
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Again with the stupid amount of thermal pads...
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I got the NB and MOSFET block all installed. not happy about how the block attaches, I'll be looking closer at that to see if I can find a solution
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here's the old southbridge cooler and the new waterblock. Wondering why I got a watercool chipset block and everything else is EK? If you figure that out let me know, I wish I knew.
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All the blocks on the mobo are installed. it's looking pretty badass!!
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I didn't like how the EK mobo block was mounted. I felt the block came incomplete because the stock heatsink was actually covering something that the waterblock wasn't: the voltage regulators on the back of the board. So what did I do? I modded the stock heatsink parts and integrated them into the waterblock. I apologize for the blurry pics on this set, I didn't have the steadiest of hands this time around. Here is a pic of the situation before I started doing anything about this conundrum:
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I pushed the supports out of the stock pieces. It was really easy to do; just a quick squeeze of the pliers.
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Here's those pieces with the studs removed
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The mounting screws that came with the waterblock were too short. I took the motherboard, waterblock, and stock pieces down to the Ace hardware store and spent about 2 hours looking for screws that would work. I ended up finding some countersink head mini-machine screws that seemed to work perfect. The screw size for those who may be doing this in the future is M2.5x8 but remember to get the kind with the countersink head.
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I got it all put together and mounted up. Here's a pic of the final result
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This shows the clearance that the new screws provide and how the stock piece reacts when being bolted down rather that pulled in by the old studs:
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***NOTE***
I began getting all the blocks mounted and getting the fittings on for a clearance test and I came across something that I wasn't expecting. These are two EK PSK compression fittings. The one on the left has on the spacer/standoff from the gfx card waterblock and the one on the right has the spacer/standoff from the NB MOSFET block. See any difference and why the ones that came with the gfx waterblock might be a problem? There is no work around for this that I can think of other than grinding them down (I am NOT going to do that) or get the right ones from EK directly. Does anyone know if there is an EK rep who frequents here on these forums?
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fitting problem aside (they just don't screw all the way) here are all the blocks and such mounted up. I am getting pretty stoked so far.
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I had a thought (I know, /facepalm). My brain said to me, "Self, why have you not checked the coolant tube routing before cutting the motherboard tray? You know it's easier cheaper to route wires than tubes..." So today I spent the whole day mocking up the tubing on the computer. In the process I discovered that I was missing a few pieces because I failed to remember that non-scaled 2-D plans do not account for the to-scale 3-d real life. You'll notice in the pictures that not every tube is connected to something or the tubing is cut too long; This is on purpose because either I don't have the correct fittings on hands, or because I'm not going to do the final cutting until the very end.
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I'm always open to suggestions; please draw a picture or something, I'm a visual person and I'll understand your idea better that way. I'm happy to answer any questions about the build if you are wondering why I did something a certain way, etc...
 

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Looks pretty good, looking forward for the other pics
 

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same here I really like the build, keep'em coming

EDIT BTW on the wires that go through in front of the PSU I would cut the hole as close to the PSU as you can and then make a cover going from the front of the psu to the mother board tray to cover the wires, I made my hole to far forward as your drawing is and it was much harder to hide wires
 

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EDIT: Plus it is hard to tell but did you mount the south bridge chip block upside down? the hoses look like they will hit the GC in second slot
The gfx cards go in slots 1 and 5 to operate at 16x/16x. Besides, if I hadn't done that I would have had clearance issues as you'll see later.

I didn't like how the EK mobo block was mounted. I felt the block cam incomplete because the stock heatsink was actually covering something that the waterblock wasn't: the voltage regulators on the back of the board. So what did I do? I modded the stock heatsink parts and integrated them into the waterblock. I apologize for the blurry pics on this one, i didn't have the steadiest of hands this time around

here is a pic of the situation before I started doing anything about this conundrum:
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I pushed the supports out of the stock pieces. It was really easy to do; just a quick squeeze of the pliers.
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Here's those pieces with the studs removed
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The mounting screws that came with the waterblock were too short. I took the motherboard, waterblock, and stock pieces down to the Ace hardware store and spent about 2 hours looking for screws that would work. I ended up finding some countersink head mini machine screws that seemed to work perfect. the screw size for those who may be doing this in the future is M2.5x8 but remember to get the kind with the countersink head.
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I got it all put together and mounted up. Here's a pic of the final result
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This shows the clearance that the new screws provide and how the stock piece reacts when being bolted down rather that pulled in by the old studs:
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***NOTE***
I began getting all the blocks mounted and getting the fittings on for a clearance test and I came across something that I wasn't expecting. These are two EK PSK compression fittings. The one on the left has on the spacer/standoff from the gfx card waterblock and the one on the right has the spacer/standoff from the NB MOSFET block. See any difference and why the ones that came with the gfx waterblock might be a problem? There is no work around for this that I can think of other than grinding them down (I am NOT going to do that) or get the right ones from EK directly. Does anyone know if there is an EK rep who frequents here on these forums?
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fitting problem aside (they just don't screw all the way) here are all the blocks and such mounted up. I am getting pretty stoked so far.
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I'm still working on cutting up the mobo tray. The battery powered dremels suck. Or the battery on the one I'm using is just about shot, because it only lasts for about 10 minutes when I'm using the thing. Once the mobo tray is cut, I think I'm ready to put that fancy paint booth I built to some good use.
 

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going to upgrade to BD?

Probably, but I'll wait till the second wave of them comes around.

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I Demand more pics


As you wish...

So before I continued cutting up the motherboard tray, I had a thought. My brain said to me, "Self, why have you not checked the coolant tube routing before cutting things? You know it's easier cheaper to route wires than tubes..." So today I spent the whole day mocking up the tubing on the computer. In the process I discovered that I was missing a few pieces because I failed to remember that non-scaled 2-D plans do not account for the to-scale 3-d real life.

Since I got a bigger bonus check at work than usual, I decided to get a few extra nifty things too. Here's the damage list of all things I ordered today from Performance-PCs:
  • 1 x Koolance Radiator, HX-422 Single 120mm
  • 4 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C43 G1/4" Fitting Spacer - Mini - Matte Black
  • 2 x EK-FC6970V2 Backplate for ATI Non-Reference 6970 - Black
  • 1 x Akasa PaxMate PLUS Premium Noise Reduction Kit
  • 8 x Bitspower G 1/4" Matte Black Dual Rotary 90 Degree IG 1/4" Adapter
  • 1 x Lamptron Deluxe Shakeproof Washer for Power Supply - Black
  • 1 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C61 G1/4" Matte Black IG1/4" Extender - 20mm
  • 1 x Bitspower G1/4" Black Sparkle IG1/4" Extender
  • 3 x Solid Wall Polyethylene Grommet Edging with Adhesive - Black
  • 2 x Bitspower G 1/4" Matte Black Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting
  • 2 x Koolance Dual VID Connector, Black Adjustable 2-3 Slot Spacing
  • 1 x PrimoCHILL Dye Bomb - Blood Red
  • 1 x PrimoCHILL Dye Bomb - UV Black
  • 2 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C63 G1/4" Matte Black IG1/4" Extender - 30mm
  • 1 x Phobya Angled Clip 90° for 19/13mm Tubing - Black
  • 1 x Bitspower BP-MBWP-C72 Matt Black Dual IG1/4" Extender - 20MM

I found some of those spacers that I needed for the waterblocks that I posted about previously; I just hope the ones I ordered are going to work ok because EK was out of stock on their website. They were cheap though, so if they don't work then oh well. I had a single 120mm radiator already, however the one I had has 3/8th fittings on it and when I took off the fittings, I discovered that they weren't G1/4 treads, so I had to buy a new radiator also. I got one that will match the front radiator. The rest of the stuff I either found out I needed and forgot to order last time, or I just wanted it (i.e. backplates, akasa mat, thermometers, etc...)

I also want to clarify that this whole computer was not purchased under the influence, only the big stuff was. That would be things like computer hardware, case, pumps, radiators, etc. All the little stuff like fittings, coolant, tubing, etc... were purchased after the fact. However I might as well have, all the little stuff you have to keep buying because "I forgot that little piece, or I need a fitting to do this, or these xfire bridges are too long, etc..." are really adding up fast.

Moving forward though, I'm glad I decided to layout the tubing first because I discovered that where I was going to cut the motherboard tray wouldn't work. Turns out there is a piece of tubing there that would have blocked the holes. So now I've got to figure out how I'm going to run those cables.

Here are some pictures to hold everyone over until the next update. It will probably be a while because I'm now to the point to where I'm waiting on parts and when I'm painting I won't have time to update the progress. But I will try to take lots of pictures. You'll notice in the pictures that not every tube is connected to something or the tubing is cut too long; This is on purpose because either I don't have the correct fittings on hands, or because I'm not going to do the final cutting until the very end. I'd don't have a lot of extra tubing and I don't want to buy any more.



 

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Looks good so far, I make my best purchases while impaired, I see im not alone;)
 
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