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  1. #241
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    Sleeve update:



    This side is done now, though I might need more combs to keep it under control:





    Lutro0's store has had so many orders they need to close for a week to catch up on shipping. Sadly I've also run out of wire too, so that's a bummer. Hopefully the store reopens with combs and wire available soon

    I'm not planning on sleeving the Corsair supplies - I worked out how much wire it would be to sleeve all four and it was pretty pricey and a ton of work. I'm also thinking of going back to running two PSUs. Initially I planned to us my NEX1500 on the gaming rig and an AX1200 on the workstation. Then I ended up with 2 more AX850s so thought it would be cool to utilize all four PSU mounts and run 2xAX850 on the workstation (nice because the fan turns off when using little power) and the 2xAX1200 on the gaming side. However I want to bring tube into the lower chamber where the 3/4th PSUs would be so I'd have to make the tube routing less pretty and buy more fittings to jog around where the PSUs would be. So for now I'm thinking just keep it simple. Seeing as the NEX has hugely long cables and is 1 to 1, I may end up creating custom length wires for that.





    For the dark side - I did 3/4 of the GPU extensions before I ran out of 16AWG. I do have 100ft of 18AWG which I could continue with, but 18 doesn't hold the shape as well, and it's more resistive, something that matters when you're really pulling a load of current. When mining with 4x290s on the NEX1500, the power wires to the GPUs would get warm.





    That's it for now. Next up will be more sleeve, res mounting and finishing tubing in the motherboard chambers. I've calculated the remaining fittings I need, so I need to get them ordered and EK have agreed to send more goodies to finish up in style
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  2. #242
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    Making progress - also last EK package finally shipped!



    Finally got the front panels back on - this time with all the radiators in and with longer screws so they are held in place better.



    The thing that is bugging me on the "light" side is that the panel is warped because of the disceprencies in the front/back veneers I used. So you might be able to notice the wood warping away at the back of the case. I may have to do something about that.



    Dark side extensions were finished and tested, just waiting on new reservoirs



    While I wait for the final few parts I just need to finish changing out the white 3 pin headers to black ones which annoyingly seems to mean soldering fatter wires and then recrimping, because my black fan headers don't like the crimps from my white ones for some reason. Then hook up of the fan controllers and I'm really really close.
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    More sponsored parts finally arrived from EK - so much product placement today:





    Even my rug is CSQ



    Got some replacement x3 style reservoirs as my two X2 res's were different heights:





    I already had one white D5 top, but now I had two more:



    triplets:



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    Also since I put the 7990s in EK released the clear terminals - so of course I had to swap those:



    Also took the time to correct the orientation of the EK badges (again). I really want to get some ER badges made instead, but I imagine that would be $$$



    Also dug out the io plate and installed that finally too!

    Mmmmm all the plexi:







    My pump collection (D5's only):



    The black topped varios are for the dark side (2 for gpu loop, 1 for cpu loop), while the white ones are for the light side. Time to also update the dark side:



    Yes you filthy animals had told that air cooled south bridges were for canadians. Or something. So of course I had to comply with your demands:

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  5. #245
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    natemandoo in the house. Time to strip her down:



    nekkid:



    dat port clearance:



    I do wish it was bigger like the original:



    I didn't have a black supremacy, so of course EK couldn't let me use a filthy Bitspower block:



    Goofy style:



    Got me some ram blocks too:



    Because 1.5V ram needs cooling:

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  6. #246
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    Blocks fitted and badges rotated:



    Tempted to plastidip the thumbscrews - I really think EK should sell black versions of these [@]derickwm[/@]

    Sleeved the pumps, though I got incredibly pissed off at the black three pin fan headers I had (I think from lutro0), the crimps just won't easily go in. In the end I gave up and decided to buy new ones and reused the original beige ones:



    D5 POWAH:



    Time to put the motherboard back in the case and hook up the tube:



    Found some problems - the tube is not straight from the GPUs and is driving me nuts, and the tube from the ram blocks to the top chamber would kink because I didn't have enough space. More on that later. Time to make more hardlines:



    Ready for install:



    Can you believe just how much product placement we have today? I should be getting a cut of evo sales right now: Oh and let's not forget the other sponsors e.g. Corsair:



    And monsoon

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    And evga sorta:



    And EK again jeez:



    Dem bends:



    This is the so called infinite loop - no pump required it just keeps both VRM and CPU cool. No radiator required either. Just don't turn it on:



    4 fingers - 2 in the cpu, 2 in the south bridge



    Lovely jubbley:



    dat clearance again:



    The NMD block was a bit of a pain to install, no instructions, no opinion on whether to use TIM or thermal pads, and the base of the block got very close to some caps on the board. In addition there were no standoffs, instead, two washers were used. This is a nightmare, because even one washer wouldn't stay still as you put the block on the board, let alone two. It took a lot of wrangling to install. If a manufacturer had released a block like that I would have torn them a new one.
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  8. #248
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    Rebuilding:



    Block is not quite level, user error I suppose, but I was too nervous to tighten it down on the sata side of the board because it looked like it would touch something.



    All four in:



    I will have to wait to reinstall the 4 way ek bridge, because I'm missing one 90 degree fitting that I have to install first.

    4 way or no way:



    Put back in the case along with the new reservoirs and the bulkhead QDCs:



    Pumps are hardlined to the bulkhead fittings. I didn't want to mount them at all so as to minimize vibrations. Hardline of course will still transmit some vibration, soft tube would be better but always looks ugly.

    Dat chamber - big thanks to alphacool for the rads too!



    FILTER#1



    Also put the mora with the gt's plus adpaters back in - really need to get some ER stickers made for the fans:

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    Light side - the third pump uses soft tube to hang rather than hardline - this will be fixed as soon as I get two more fittings!



    Here you can also see how I rerouted the tube from the motherboard to the top chamber so it wouldn't kink. It does mean that there is an unused hole in the top of the chamber. I may have to plug it with a bulkhead and a stop fitting.

    That's it for now! Today's thief update brought to you by the letters E and K, CaseLabs, Corsair, Alphacool, Monsoon etc etc

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    It was time to do something about the bottom pedestal. So I went and got some more wood.



    Ended up with this chunk which was much larger than I needed - it had pretty grain though and I'll use it eventually:



    The back of it has some sap wood which give a nice contrast, but you can never trust sapwood.



    It's super heavy though, I mean 2-3x as dense as most hardwoods, and a ton more than pine.

    First up let's choose which face to use:









    The last one is the prettiest if we can avoid the sapwood. Time to prep an edge:

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