View Full Version : Tiamat Reborn - The End Game

04-30-2012, 10:19 PM
Started on OCN - December 1, 2011


1. Overview, Current Parts, Proposed Parts List (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15829937)

2. Additional Parts List (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15836727)

3. Mountain Mods Case Unpacking/Initial Build (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15837625)

4. Pedestal Assembly (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15838384)

5. Main Unit Assembly (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15839489)

6. Drive Bay Install (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15860715)

7. Liquid Cooling Parts/Reservoir Mockup (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15862897)

8. More Parts/Fan and Reservoir Assembly (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15896011)

9. Pedestal Assembly/Acrylic LED Test (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15928304)

10. Final Acrylic LED Shots (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15946430)

11. MOBO Install and New Toys (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_15962162)

12. The Loop, Part I (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16009133)

13. Water Loop Question - IDEAS WELCOME/NEEDED! (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16057506)

14. Water Loop Drain Setup (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16062834)

15. Sleeving and Water Cooling Parts (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16100178)

16. ARGH! (#@%$&)+@#$*!!! (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16176548)

17. My Paracord Approach - Sleeve it and They Will Come (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16181732)

18. Sleeving is Officially Complete! (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16209016)

19. Pedestal and Pedestal Drain Complete (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16412543)

20. What a MESS! (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16489968)

21. EPIC FAIL! (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/0_100#post_16522720)

22. We Have Water! (http://www.overclock.net/t/1177459/build-log-tiamat-reborn-the-end-game/100_100#post_16643188)

I recently built my sig rig - Tiamat - and had fun up to a point. I am ditching the case and water cooling bits for a new build. The reason for this is I built Tiamat to try and keep my mind off my mother's illness that ultimately took her life on Halloween this year (of all days, right?) I simply cannot look at it anymore. So to cheer myself up I decided to go bigger, better, faster, meaner, etc etc. Tiamat Reborn - The End Game will be based off of the current components in my sig rig, but with heavy mods to the water cooling and case choice. Here is a list of current components and then we will get to the good stuff!

Current Parts
i5/2500k OC'd to 4.8 stable
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Corsair Dominator 8 gig
2 x EVGA GTX Hydro Copper 2 3072mb
OCZ Agility 3 240 SSD + 2 x WD Caviar Blacks 1tb (in Raid 0)
Corsair 1200 PSU
Koolance CPU-370 Block
Koolance Memory Cooling Blocks
2 x Koolance PMP-400 (I may swap these out although they tested decent here - CLICKY (http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?266402-Martin-s-Koolance-RP-402X2-Review-(Working-Thread-)))
3 x Alienware OptX 23-inch 3D monitors (I am in LOVE with these)
Windows 7, 64 bit

CASE - Mountain Mods U2-UFO with Pedestal.
COOLING - Upping the game to 1/2" running 2 360 Rads (XSPC RX360s), 2 Danger Den Reservoirs, 2 EK DDC X-Top Rev 2 pump tops
FANS - Using my Noiseblockers and adding 4 more for the larger rads. I will be using Enermax T.B. Silence fans for everywhere else (all 11 locations).
MISC - I am still trying to decide on all the remaining parts - connectors, tubing, wiring, fan controllers, lighting.

So this is a MAJOR change over what I had going. Check my old build log (http://www.overclock.net/t/1126704/liquid-cooled-thermaltake-level-10gt-build/0_100#post_15680576).

I need to finalize all my wiring needs, screws, what fan controllers to use (I will be using a total of 17 18 fans), and whether to go compression or barb this time. Here are some pics for now. More to come.

My case setup is different than this pic (I cannot pull the graphic off the MM CYO Builder Screen). Mine will have a clear acrylic top with both left and right sides having 1/2 windows. I will also be flipping the front so the fans are on top.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1248660/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1248660/width/600/height/450)

The pedestal - mine has 3 120 fan cutouts on 3 sides and a 3 bay optical cut out in the front
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1248668/width/600/height/426 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1248668/width/600/height/426)

Here is the graphic I put together that will be etched into the top acrylic window.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1248672/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1248672/width/600/height/450)

My case is being delivered tomorrow so I should have pics up soon.

04-30-2012, 10:22 PM
Thanks! I placed a couple of orders this morning for almost all the rest of my parts after I stayed up till 3 am scrutinizing everything (man where does the time go when you are a. gaming, b. drinking, c. with a hot woman, d. buying cool computer gear?) Here's the complete parts list:

From Koolance:
1 x Dual VID Connector, *Black* Adjustable 1 Slot Spacing (CNT-VDA2-BK)
6 x Fan Extension Cable, 3-wire (CBL-TMS05P)
3 x QDC (Extreme Flow) No-Spill, Male [For ID: 13mm (1/2in), OD: 19mm (3/4in)] (VL4N-M13-19S)
1 x CTR-SPD12X2 Dual 12V Pump Controller (CTR-SPD12X2)
3 x QDC (Extreme Flow) No-Spill, Female [For ID: 13mm (1/2in), OD: 19mm (3/4in)] (VL4N-F13-19S)
2 x Nozzle Single, *Black* Compression [For ID: 13mm (1/2in), OD: 19mm (3/4in)] (NZL-V13-19KG-BK)
1 x Nozzle Body, 5-Way Brass [no nozzles] (SPL-XUFY5B)

From FrozenCPU
13 x Bitspower G1/4" Matte Black Dual Rotary 45-Degree Compression Fitting CC5 For ID 1/2" OD 3/4" Tube (BP-MB45R2CPF-CC5)
1 x Bitspower G1/4 Thread 90-Degree Rotary 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting - Matte Black (BP-MB90R2LCPF-CC5)
3 x Akasa 5.25" Bay to 2.5" / 3.5" HDD & SSD Adapter - Black (AK-HDA-01)
1 x Akasa 5.25" Bay All-In-One V2. Fan Controller / Card Reader / Multi Port Panel - Black (AK-ALL02-BK)
4 x Noiseblocker NB-Multiframe M12-P 120mmx25mm Ultra Silent PWM Fan - 1000-2000 RPM - 12-29 dBA
2 x Lamptron 30W - 8 Channel Aluminum Rheobus - Black (FC-8)
1 x FrozenCPU 12V Ultra-Flex 30 LED Light Strip - Blue
1 x PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT Tubing 1/2" ID 3/4"OD with 1/8" Wall - 10ft Retail Pack - Black (PFLEXP10-34-BK)
1 x PrimoChill PrimoFlex PRO LRT Tubing 1/2"ID 3/4"OD with 1/8" Wall - 10ft Retail Pack - Clear (PFLEXP10-34)

I still need to pick up screws for fans, screens, etc. But all in all I think I have everything on the way.

04-30-2012, 10:22 PM
Just a few teaser pics while I finish unpacking.

Big sucker!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259922/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259922/width/600/height/450)

Box within a box - great packing!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259926/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259926/width/600/height/450)

Add some peanuts . . .
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259928/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259928/width/600/height/450)

And everything comes out perfect! Multiple layers of cardboard, peanuts, packing was perfect!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259932/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259932/width/600/height/450)

Here is the etching - looks amazing in person - a little tough to photograph. If you compare to the original in my previous post you can see it's spot on. NICE WORK MM!!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259938/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259938/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259939/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1259939/width/600/height/450)

04-30-2012, 10:23 PM
Waiting on the last set of screws to dry so I can finish my rough assembly. Here are some pics of the pedestal assembly.

The front, back, and side panels:
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260628/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260628/width/600/height/450)

Back going on the base - these three 120s will have exhaust fans only.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260637/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260637/width/600/height/450)

With bracing installed
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260661/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260661/width/600/height/450)

Front on - halfway there!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260671/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260671/width/600/height/450)

It's a roller! Right and left sides will have XSPC 360 rads with Noiseblocker fans
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260683/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260683/width/600/height/450)

Wanna screw?
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260693/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260693/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260696/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260696/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260699/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260699/width/600/height/450)

Heh - had to put all those up. Here's the goodie bag - all the screws, etc.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260721/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260721/width/600/height/450)

Optical Bay - cannot install as I forgot my stubby screwdriver at home
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260728/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1260728/width/600/height/450)

Seeing this thing together makes me oh so excited for all my other parts to arrive. Still about a week away from it all coming in. Ok - my other screws are probably dry by now. Back to assembly. The good news is I won't have any more screw u pics to put up!

04-30-2012, 10:23 PM
Finished as much as I can without my other parts and pieces. Here are the pics.

Base for main unit
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262145/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262145/width/600/height/450)

Front Piece
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262148/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262148/width/600/height/450)

Back Piece
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262160/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262160/width/600/height/450)

Back Plate
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262176/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262176/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262166/width/600/height/449 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262166/width/600/height/449)

Partial Front Shot
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262200/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262200/width/600/height/450)

Partial Rear - MISTAKE - I didn't realize I put this in the wrong way at first!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262207/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262207/width/600/height/450)

Rear - The correct way for my build out
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262222/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262222/width/600/height/450)

Motherboard Pieces, prep, and mock-up
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262235/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262235/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262238/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262238/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262242/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262242/width/600/height/450)

Power, etc buttons sleeved and installed
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262269/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262269/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262271/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262271/width/600/height/450)

Here are some shots with the unit on the pedestal - it's a tad large!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262289/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262289/width/525/height/700)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262291/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262291/width/525/height/700)

I needed to do a fan mock-up so I could measure out for the right screw length. I am using an old white fan I had on hand - I will be using black Enermax fans.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262323/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262323/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262327/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262327/width/600/height/450)

And one final pic since I know you can't get enough screws (I found another bag I had to paint) :rolleyes:
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262334/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262334/width/600/height/450)

04-30-2012, 10:24 PM
I have to laugh since I cannot add - I have 18 fans in this case. :doh: Woo Hoo my case is LEGAL! :yessir: For some reason I was counting up to 17. Luckily I found a spare Noiseblocker sitting around that I will use as the CPU fan.

Here's a shot of the acrylic cover in place - man the lighting in my office makes taking a decent shot impossible!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262494/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1262494/width/600/height/450)

04-30-2012, 10:24 PM
Here's a few updates. Spent the weekend figuring out how I want to cover the gap between the bottom of the fans and top of the HD cages. I don't want to see all the cabling from the top of the case. So I will turn to my old friend acrylic. In this case, I will use some frosted acrylic and drill small recesses along the sides so I can glue LED strips to light the panel. I am hoping this works out well. I have my LEDs coming from Oznium this week.

HD/Optical Cages Assembled
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286278/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286278/width/600/height/450)

HD/Optical Cages Installed
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286280/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286280/width/600/height/450)

HD/Optical Cages From the Inside
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286287/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286287/width/600/height/450)

Planned Cover - Hopefully Will Get Good Color Through It
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286290/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1286290/width/600/height/450)

I also plan on doing a little "rim" of lit acrylic around the MB tray area. Also, I am not concerned with covering the sides since the side covers I ordered are half windows (no pics of the sides I know.)

04-30-2012, 10:25 PM
Received a surprise Fed-Ex delivery today! Glad I was in the office (it was scheduled to arrive tomorrow.)

Box 'o Goodies!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288157/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288157/width/600/height/450)

The Loot
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288161/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288161/width/600/height/450)

Danger Den Reservoirs Will be Mounted in the Top/Front of Case - see pics below (Danger Den always makes me think of the place were Ward was hard on the Beaver.)
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288177/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288177/width/600/height/450)

Very Slick Looking EK Blocks
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288178/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288178/width/600/height/450)

XSPC Rads - Very Pretty
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288179/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288179/width/600/height/450)

Here is a rough idea of how the rads will be installed in the base. Doing mock-ups so I can run out and pick up screws/nuts
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288182/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288182/width/600/height/450)

Here are some really poor shots (sorry) of how I want to mount to reservoirs in the top. There will be fan covers installed as well - just couldn't get it all the fit vertically.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288191/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288191/width/525/height/700)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288192/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1288192/width/600/height/450)

Now that I have an idea for lengths I can head out and get my screw on! Then paint and paint and sleeve and sleeve. But, man is this fun!

04-30-2012, 10:25 PM
Slowly starting to get all the parts in I need to make some headway on this new build. UPS arrived on-time this morning with my Koolance order (Fed-Ex is late!) Here is what I received from Koolance:

1/2" ID x 3/4" OD quick disconnects that I will use at the pumps along with a couple of couplers, my vid coupler, and a T to set up a drain (I will T at lowest point, add a QD, then have another longer line with a QD to drain into a bucket.)
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294904/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294904/width/600/height/450)

Here is my pump controller - I wanted to be able to adjust the speed (and decibels) of my pumps.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294910/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294910/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294911/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294911/width/600/height/450)

That's all I have for now. I will spare you all with more screw pictures (painted or otherwise), but I made a Home Depot run early this morning and now have 160 some odd screws/nuts to paint. Unfortunately, I could not get the exact length I wanted for the front fans so I will need to cut those down. I am ok with that since it's pure busy work and it saves me from having to wait a week for overpriced screws.

I forgot to get a pic of my newest issue, but once I test fit my radiator to the pedestal it dawned on me there is no room for a 25mm thick fan in the back! I can only fit a 12mm fan (and possibly not the fan cover). I know I could mount the two outside fans on the back (well all three I suppose), but I don't want to do that. I will still have a 25mm in the middle location though. One final purchase from last night - two shoggy sandwiches! TASTY! :P

Almost good enough to eat!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294950/width/600/height/409 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1294950/width/600/height/409)

04-30-2012, 10:25 PM
Worked on some sleeving and wiring for the front fans this afternoon. These will draw air into the front/top of the case blowing through the reservoirs (or over around whatever!)

Tri-fans before and after being wired together - I will be painting the center hubs in the a.m.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1296441/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1296441/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1296443/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1296443/width/600/height/450)

I have two sets done - no pics of second set - they look the same! Still waiting on other parts to arrive. I might have some real progress by week's end.

04-30-2012, 10:26 PM
I spent the morning cutting down 40 screws to a custom length since I didn't want to pay 40cents each for them. Weird I couldn't find them local although I only went to two shops. At least they are all cut and getting painted.

Did some more sleeving - here is an example fan extension. You can see the color through it up close, but I don't care since these will be pretty well hidden (I will also shoot the ends with some black primer.) Normally, I would wrap colored wire with black electrical tape (or tape matching my sleeve) to make it appear more uniform - white sleeve for example REQUIRES you to use white tape or the wire will show through.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303373/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303373/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303376/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303376/width/600/height/450)

Prepped and painted my fans (the ones I have on hand).
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303382/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303382/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303384/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1303384/width/600/height/450)

That's all I have time for today - off to watch the Man U game at my local. Man, I hope we don't get bounced! CHEERS!:drink:

04-30-2012, 10:26 PM
A few things arrived today - now I can start making some progress!

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322227/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322227/width/600/height/450)

Fan Controllers
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322229/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322229/width/600/height/450)

Realized I had to do something for a front panel plug in (USB, etc) so here is what I will be using. All in ones are generally fugly, this one not so much (still a little fugly.)
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322232/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322232/width/600/height/450)

HDD Adapters - I am installing my HDDs and SSD where the optical devices would go. I will say these little guys are great! Perfect build, plenty of screws for HDD or SSD and vibration dampening material as well.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322245/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322245/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322253/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322253/width/600/height/450)

Fanorama! Needed 12mm thick fans for the pedestal since the 360 rads eat up a lot of real estate in there. I love Noiseblocker fans - expensive, but well worth it IMHO.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322260/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322260/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322261/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322261/width/525/height/700)

Fans awaiting sleeving and painting. My Enermax fans are all done, these I didn't get to today (I am bored of sleeving fans!)
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322265/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322265/width/600/height/450)

A few pics of the guts - here's the Mobo on the tray awating install into the case. I needed to do the front fans/reservoirs first - more on that below.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322299/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322299/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322304/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322304/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322305/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322305/width/600/height/450)

PSU installed into the case.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322306/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322306/width/600/height/450)

EK pump tops installed onto my pumps.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322307/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322307/width/600/height/450)

Video cards - I love these!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322308/width/600/height/387 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322308/width/600/height/387)

So I am installing the reservoirs over the 6 front fans and man was this a PIA! As I noted in a previous post, I had to cut down all of the screws to special lengths so it looks clean. Then I painted everything gloss black. Without planning out how I was going to attach everthing I went ahead and installed all six fans. Stupid idea. First, the reservoir clamps are sitting on the outermost fans (top screws for the lower fan and bottom screws for the upper). To do this I had special sizes for the front side screw - the one you see going into the case and another size to hold the reservior clamp to the fan. What didn't occur to me is there was no way I was going to attach it all with all the fans in place. So I had to remove all of the fans and actually think this out and go step by step. This job was a royal pain, but the results are great I think. It was seriously tough to hold the front grill, fan, rear fan grill on while trying to get it all lined up. The hardest part was getting the shorty front side screws/bolts on as well as the clamp setup. All in all took about 2 hours to get this all together since I had to take it apart once! I have two fill ports that I may use - it looks pretty close so not sure yet.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322353/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322353/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322354/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322354/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322357/width/600/height/465 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1322357/width/600/height/465)

I need to flush out the radiators before I can get to the pedestal - not to mention sleeve and paint more fans. I haven't grabbed my acrylic yet as I need to know the exact width of the LED strips I have coming in (should be in tomorrow I think.) If I can get the acrylic I can move toward serious completion. More to come.

04-30-2012, 10:26 PM
Not too many updates as I am heading home to do XMas lights - love 'em! Mainly spent my time sleeving, sleeving, sleeving fans. Now everything is painted (ends included.) I will spend this weekend if I can flushing my radiators and completing the wiring for the pedestal. My LED strip came in and man is that sucker bright! Now I need to go get my acrylic and start cutting. Almost everything is in house now to complete this build, just need to do all the detail work (which takes the most time.) Here are some pics.

LUNCH! A Shoggy Sandwich - it's to mount my pumps on to isolate vibration from the case.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326222/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326222/width/600/height/450)

Super bright LED strip from Oznium. Did I mention this is BRIGHT?
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326225/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326225/width/600/height/450)

More fan painting, cable end painting, and painting of the PSU. The PSU was texture-painted to start so it will show through the gloss. I am ok with that since the PSU is covered by the MOBO tray once the build is compete.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326233/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326233/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326235/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1326235/width/600/height/450)

More after the weekend! Later.

04-30-2012, 10:27 PM
I was able to spend some time today working on the pedestal and getting final measurements for my acrylic. Had to cut down 12 more screws and paint (man doing that is soooo much fun) to mount my skinny fans. Here's the pics:

Doing the rad flush!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1346989/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1346989/width/600/height/450)

Here's the work on the pedestal - skinny fans are in
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1346992/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1346992/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1346997/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1346997/width/600/height/450)

Halfway there on the rad, rad install
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347004/width/600/height/489 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347004/width/600/height/489)

All done on the fans and rads installation in the pedestal - pretty slick! I will say there is oh, about 1.5mm gap between the rads and the rear fans - close!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347016/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347016/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347018/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347018/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347019/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347019/width/600/height/450)

Some shots of how I will mount my pumps. Notice the Shoggy Sandwiches bring the pumps up to the perfect level for a straight shot into the rads. Nice!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347024/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347024/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347026/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347026/width/600/height/450)

A couple of shots of the MOBO with the connectors on (except the memory one - not quite sure how I will run that one.)
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347028/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347028/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347029/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347029/width/600/height/450)

Koolance is better. Period. Here is what I don't like about Bitspower - only a single nub on their connectors. Koolance uses two and tubing will not come off even without the compression fitting. Not so with Bitspower. Any lateral pressure and tubing comes off easily. I wish Koolance made 45 degree fittings. :sadsmiley
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347037/width/600/height/366 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347037/width/600/height/366)

Now the good stuff - the Acrylic! Here is a shot of me prepping the distance for drilling out the sides. I will bring in my framing square and drop the marks on the side so I can drill small holes in the edge of the sheet so that the string sits flush with the lights shining into the sheet.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347043/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347043/width/600/height/450)

The relatively dark shots. First one gives you a sense of the light diffusion. I know it appears not so bright in the middle of the sheet, but I will be cutting this sheet in half so it will be REAL bright throughout the thickness.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347046/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347046/width/600/height/450)

I peeled back the covering to get a sense of how it might look. Should turn out pretty cool. I plan on sanding down one side so you cannot see through the sheet since I am using this to cover all the mess that you would see from above (tops of drives, optical bay, etc.) Notice how bright this end is even without the lights being right there - this is 18" away from the light source. My final cut will be 9".
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347053/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1347053/width/600/height/450)

I have my slot dvd coming in tomorrow and will need to get that installed along with all the final bits still. However, I have to get my sheet cut down and drilled out for tubing before I can do the final, final. More to come!

04-30-2012, 10:28 PM
Worked on the acrylic today. Cut it down to the final size and drilled out the holes for the LEDs. I decided to use a piece of frosted acrylic on top to hide the LEDs a little better. What do you all think? Sorry for the crap shots, my phone simply cannot handle the LED brightness (I need to bring in a better camera!)

Prepping for the LED holes
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372743/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372743/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372753/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372753/width/600/height/450)

Here's the mockup with the smooth sheet on top to diffuse the light.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372780/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372780/width/600/height/450)

All lit up! I may need to change my loop around seeing how close the 45s are to the cover. Not sure yet as I still don't have that part nailed down. Once I do, I will drill out the cover for tubing.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372804/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372804/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372809/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372809/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372813/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372813/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372814/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1372814/width/600/height/450)

Getting closer by the day! I am going to finalize my loop so I can finish the acrylic portion of the build. Once that is done, I can start some final assembly.

Still to do (in no particular order):

Sleeve PSU (doing the shrinkless paracord trick found here - CLICKY (http://www.overclock.net/t/1183655/heat-shrink-free-paracord-sleeving-shrinkless-sleeving/0_100#post_15946392). Going with Black, Dark Gray, and Navy Blue.) I have a complete extra set of PSU cables coming from Corsair (for free!) so I can do custom lengths and still have the originals.
Sleeve all extra connections
Install final fan
Mount pumps to Shoggy Sandwiches/Mount sandwiches to case/Wire to pump controller
Clean up wiring in pedestal/Connect to fan controller
Install MOBO
Install PSU
Run tubing
Install HDDs
Have cover cut on waterjet for slot dvd
Mount DVD
Leak test
I am probably missing a few things . . . ;)

04-30-2012, 10:28 PM
Got bored with all the sleeving I have to do for fans and power so I decided to work on the main unit today (still need to clean up wiring in the pedestal). Installed a few things and got some new toys.

Installed the final fans in the rear along with moving the HDDs back there from the front.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392120/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392120/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392122/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392122/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392124/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392124/width/600/height/450)

Installed the PSU, MOBO brace, MOBO, and video cards.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392160/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392160/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392162/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392162/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392166/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392166/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392168/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392168/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392170/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392170/width/600/height/450)

Here are the new toys - paracord in black, navy blue, and gray. Also picked up a new sound card. I have been running without one for years. However, I went over to a buddy's and played BF3 (he has this same card) and was blown away - literally and figuratively! I knew I had to pick one up (thank you Amazon Prime.) This card is much better for music as well although my only reference is how the onboard sound processing sounds. I understand there are better cards for audiophiles (I consider myself one), but I will listen to music only 10-20% of the time on this system.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392196/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392196/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392202/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1392202/width/600/height/450)

I made some cooling loop changes so I am waiting on a few new connectors. I always have the issue of planning and then reality on my builds. Doesn't quite work out sometimes. Not a big deal, just needed some 90s to make things fit properly. Not sure if I will get much done between now and the New Year so Merry Christmas to everyone (or Happy Holidays if you want the PC version - no offense) and have a Happy New Year!

04-30-2012, 10:28 PM
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! I am prohibited by my better half (see avatar) not to work on the sig rig while all the family is at the house, but I was able to steal away for a half hour or so today and lay out my loops and install my sound card (see previous post.) Here are some pics of the initial tubing up top.

Random Loop Shots - Enjoy!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443913/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443913/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443914/width/600/height/429 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443914/width/600/height/429)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443935/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443935/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443936/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1443936/width/525/height/700)

Still no joy on my extra power cables from Corsair even though they say they were sent out. That's good news in a way since I wouldn't be allowed to sleeve over the Holidays anyway (sheesh like I need to spend time with my family or something!)

Again, season's greetings to all you insane OCers out there (go big or go home - if it's too loud, you're too old, etc., etc.)


04-30-2012, 10:29 PM
Got my Koolance parts today so I can work on finalizing the water. I also received the cables I asked for from Corsair. Below are some pics.

Koolance parts waiting to go - I have drilled the pedestal base for the pass-through barbs.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525978/width/600/height/497 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525978/width/600/height/497)

Here are some sleeving shots. I love working with paracord! So much easier than MDPC and shrink wrap. Not pictured are the 5 more fan extensions and some random power cables I got done today.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525991/width/600/height/254 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525991/width/600/height/254)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525993/width/600/height/214 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525993/width/600/height/214)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525994/width/600/height/212 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525994/width/600/height/212)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525995/width/600/height/207 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525995/width/600/height/207)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525996/width/600/height/298 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1525996/width/600/height/298)

The sleeving continues . . . Off for some skiing the rest of the week so no real updates until next week some time. Happy New Year!

04-30-2012, 10:29 PM
Some pics of the acrylic sheet cut and ready for plumbing:

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572094/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572094/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572100/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572100/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572103/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572103/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572106/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1572106/width/600/height/450)

04-30-2012, 10:30 PM
If you have been following this thread you probably figured out by now I HATE sleeving, seriously hate it. So this afternoon I decided I was going to spend some time on the sleeving side of things. My plan was to do the 24 pin PSU cable (then all that would be left are the 4 GPU cables.) Things were going well, had some music going, figured out that the 3M blue painter's tape worked best for me while feeding the wire through the paracord (seemed to be the most slippery of the tape I have on hand and it comes off super easy once it's through the paracord), and then PROBLEM!

Halfway through the cable - BAM! - my molex extractor broke! No problem, I have a spare so I continued with the drudgery telling myself to be more careful.

Apparently I wasn't careful enough! This is broken molex extractor two - second one in an hour and a half!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599179/width/600/height/313 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599179/width/600/height/313)

So I have 22 cables out of 24 done on the PSU - the end cap cables not pictured - and now no molex extractor!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599189/width/600/height/547 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599189/width/600/height/547)

I ordered a couple of spares and in the meantime plan on doing some other sleeving tonight that requires the round molex extractor for power plug ins (not sure what those are officially called.) See - this is why I hate sleeving!!!! It looks like PSU and GPU cables won't be done until sometime next week.

04-30-2012, 10:30 PM
I am not a quitter. I decided to finish this darn PSU cable tonight! I started trying to use the two broken tools like chopsticks, which worked once, but failed a couple other tries (sorry no pics of my fumbling around.) Why wouldn't it work to just stick one side in then the other I wonder? PRESTO! Simply sliding the tool in on each side separately actually makes it easier to remove the pin! Wow! Why didn't I break these earlier?!?!?! I got three wires done in the time it would take me to do one since I was able to pop the cable out in seconds (no multiple tries at getting the tabs all the way in.)

A few final shots of the PSU cable - not a final wire routing job, but you get the idea
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599524/width/600/height/585 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599524/width/600/height/585)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599526/width/600/height/472 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599526/width/600/height/472)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599527/width/600/height/610 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1599527/width/600/height/610)

Maybe the GPU cables won't be so bad now . . . . :rolleyes:

04-30-2012, 10:31 PM
I was asked if I could put up some shots of how I get my sleeving done - so here are some good and bad pics. Sorry, using my iPhone which doesn't like micro shots that much. I also have managed to snap the ends off of the two remaning molex extractors that I had broken last night. I must admit the tangs were pretty well done when I started on the GPU cables this morning so it isn't too surprising they both broke. Oh well, sleeving on hold again. Here's a little overview of my process (your's may vary! ;) )

Inserting the extractor tool one side at a time. This works amazingly well and I am able to extract wires so much easier with this method rather than trying to do both sides at once.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603940/width/395/height/324 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603940/width/395/height/324)

End of the wire wrapped with blue 3M painter's tape - works really well for me I never snag in the paracord with this tape.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603951/width/600/height/320 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603951/width/600/height/320)

Paracord cut, innards removed, and end slightly melted. Keep in mind that by melting down the end a little you do lose a bit of length. I made the mistake of cutting a piece really close to the proper length and lost it when I melted the ends. I am using a little guide for the paracord length cuts.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603954/width/600/height/164 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603954/width/600/height/164)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603955/width/600/height/183 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603955/width/600/height/183)

Ok - so the following shots will be a bit out of focus. This is the distance I start with prior to melting the end down to hold the paracord in place.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603957/width/600/height/145 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603957/width/600/height/145)

Paracord melted and rock solid.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603962/width/600/height/121 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603962/width/600/height/121)

Prior to re-inserting the wire into the connector I pop out the little wings on each side to ensure a good hold.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603971/width/399/height/616 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603971/width/399/height/616)

Here's a little tip on how you know which way to insert a wire into a connector. The little tangs (first photo) always point to the clip on the connector. The smooth side (second photo) always goes to the smooth side of the connector. An example of a smooth side insertion is last.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603979/width/600/height/223 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603979/width/600/height/223)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603980/width/600/height/136 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603980/width/600/height/136)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603982/width/600/height/195 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603982/width/600/height/195)

This is as far as I got this morning before breaking my extractors. The colors will be blue, black, black to finish this card which mirrors my PSU cable.
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603989/width/600/height/690 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1603989/width/600/height/690)

Now that I figured out the best method, for me, to extract the pins I don't hate sleeving as much as before (I still dislike it strongly though!) I may have time to get my blu-ray cover waterjetted (word?) today, we'll see.

04-30-2012, 10:31 PM
THE SLEEVING IS DONE! HOT DAMN! I am really excited to get past all of that I tell you. Here are some pics of the final PSU and GPU sleeves. All the cable extensions, etc are completed as well. Now I need to do the wiring connections and final wiring cleanup. Next up - finalizing the water loop and slot dvd install.

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1631567/width/464/height/326 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1631567/width/464/height/326)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1631569/width/600/height/560 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1631569/width/600/height/560)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1631574/width/389/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1631574/width/389/height/700)

04-30-2012, 10:31 PM
Just a couple of shots while I get the loop slowly built. Been swamped at work so cannot get much done during day.

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1737543/width/600/height/419 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1737543/width/600/height/419)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1737544/width/600/height/489 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1737544/width/600/height/489)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1737547/width/600/height/418 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1737547/width/600/height/418)

04-30-2012, 10:32 PM
Been swamped at work (plus sick with a cold) and haven't been able to do any work on Tiamat. Today I was able to take an hour or so and finalize the wiring in the pedestal. This is as clean as I can make it given everything going on in here.

Radiator Fan Wiring - noticed a non-Scrib sleeved fan :doh:! I hate to say "oh well," but oh well. No one will see this soon enough!
http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1795548/width/600/height/424 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1795548/width/600/height/424)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1795549/width/600/height/420 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1795549/width/600/height/420)

I need to get back to doing the work that pays for my toys, but I hope to get to the main unit later on tonight. I need to swap over a couple of things and finalize wiring. Then I can measure out loop plumbing and start leak testing. The bay drive cover for my slot dvd is still weeks away, but I will get everything else done before then. Possibly more updates before the weekend! Cheers! :cheers:

04-30-2012, 10:32 PM
Finished the pedestal completely today - all wired and ready for leak testing. Here are some pics of the drain setup I have going. The only thing I don't like (potentially) are the QDs showing a tad on each side. I don't think this will bother me long-term since once it's on the floor you won't be able to notice them. If it does bother me too much once the unit is in place I can swap them to a different hole or drill and tap new ones (lazy so I went with what was there. The three lower holes you see in the pic are too tight to get a clamp onto without a ton of slack tubing, which then would hit the ground.)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800247/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800247/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800249/width/600/height/478 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800249/width/600/height/478)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800250/width/600/height/555 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800250/width/600/height/555)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800257/width/600/height/291 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1800257/width/600/height/291)

Doing final wiring in the main unit today (skiing tomorrow! :wheee: ) and might get the loop in for leak testing late Friday. ALMOST DONE!

04-30-2012, 10:33 PM
Found a few hours this morning to work on Tiamat. I am getting close now! However, as you can see from the pics below - IT'S A HUGE MESS! Once I can leak test I will be able to clean up all the cabling. However, I will not be leak testing until Tuesday, but it's almost there (still waiting on a drive bay cover.)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849210/width/600/height/433 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849210/width/600/height/433)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849212/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849212/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849213/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849213/width/525/height/700)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849214/width/600/height/380 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849214/width/600/height/380)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849215/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849215/width/600/height/450)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849216/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1849216/width/525/height/700)

04-30-2012, 10:33 PM
Finished pressure testing the rig this morning and found three bad apples. Two were easy fixes, just needed to tighten a connector down. The third is a lot more problematic. At some point, the o-ring inside the memory cooling block as developed an issue. It won't hold at all. I tried taking some pics, but there really is nothing to see (I cannot see it, but I know it's blowing air from the connection between the two cooling bricks.)

This requires me to re-do my cooling loop slightly so I am going to take my ripjaws from another computer and install them into this one. I needed to order some more tubing as well since I didn't have a piece long enough to connect from my CPU to the reservoir. Since I am reworking the CPU loop I have also decided to ditch the clear tubing and use all black.

Oh well, maybe I can get finished before April?!?!?!? Tubing will be here tomorrow so I hope all goes well with pressure testing so I can at least get leak testing! Fingers crossed (man I need a beer tonight for sure.) :drink:

I also wanted to add one complaint - I HATE Bitspower connectors. They really, really, really suck. The reason is due to the fact they only have one barb on the end so any lateral pressure makes the tubing want to come off. This is an issue in my case were I am trying to connect things while balancing the main unit over the pedestal. ALL of my Koolances connectors are double barbed so they never caused me a problem - only the crappy &*# Bitspower ones. Moreover, the barb they do have is so slight the tubing doesn't really "catch". Just my two cents. See the photo below as an example - notice how much deeper the Koolance barbs are compared to the Bitspower one - big difference. I will only buy Koolance in the future (the Waterlogged Skeleton will only have Koolance - I promise Skelley, only Koolance for you. ;))

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1908430/width/600/height/365 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1908430/width/600/height/365)

04-30-2012, 10:33 PM
SNAKE BIT! I apparently didn't do the pressure test long enough or I would have noticed an ever so slight drop in pressure over time. I started Tiamat on water early this morning only to find a very slow drip coming from one of the reservoir lines. I assumed a loose connector so I cinched it down and proceeded to leak test again. Same problem. Ok - so the connector must have a bad o-ring. Swapped out the connector with another one. Same problem. Damn. After taking off the reservoir this is what I find:

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1918918/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1918918/width/600/height/450)

What isn't showing up well in the photo are the small "cuts", for lack of a better word, that make their way through the threads. These plus the small chips on the edge of the thread are just enough to let some fluid through. I am going to use some plumbers tape and see if that "fattens" up my connector threads enough to solve this problem. Of course, I don't have any tape in the office so I will give it a go in the am. Geez Tiamat is dying from a thousand paper cuts! :mad: :mad: :mad:

04-30-2012, 10:34 PM
I am pleased to announce that Tiamat is ON WATER! That's right ladies and gentlemen, this bad boy is a few days away from completion! No leaks so far today and it has been 4 hours running. Man it is soooo quiet! I am stoked if you cannot tell since I have had nothing but trouble getting fluids into this beast. Here are a couple of teaser shots!

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1944073/width/525/height/700 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1944073/width/525/height/700)

http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1944074/width/600/height/450 (http://www.overclock.net/image/id/1944074/width/600/height/450)

I also will be receiving my bay cover soon so all is going to plan (well mostly!)

04-30-2012, 10:34 PM
Had a scare this morning. I am wrapping up transferring over data, etc. from my home system and OCing Tiamat's memory and CPU, doing updates all that neat crap. OC'd my 2500k to 4.7 at 1.345 and ran Prime all night stable temps at 51c with half speed on all my fans. Interesting when I run them all at 100% my temps RISE about 3-4 degrees. Possibly due to the fact that warm air is being pushed into the pedestal and the exhaust fans cannot clear it fast enough? No idea, but 1/2 speed makes this thing almost silent. Love it.

Back to my scare. After doing all my updates (Windows included - remember this hasn't been on in months) I do a reboot and get a Code 58 on my MOBO. That's a bad CPU code! Either a dead CPU or the cache is bad - so same thing. What?!?!?!? After a little troubleshooting, including clearing CMOS, running a single stick of memory, doing all the little tricks to try and post - no joy. I then said, heck why not move the memory into the B slots (you know the ones ASUS says not to use - the MOBO wants the A slots to be used supposedly)?

POST! Weird, but I will take it. When I got into the BIOS, redid all my OC (I always write down my timings, voltages, etc.) and everything is working great. For ****s and giggles I swapped the memory back over to the A blocks, no joy again. Weird. Not sure why that is the case, but apparently plenty of people have this issue.

Still waiting on my bay cover. Mountain Mods is horrible on special order parts.

05-01-2012, 11:51 AM
Looking good :)

05-01-2012, 12:28 PM
My final part should be here tomorrow so I can button this bad boy up and finally take him home!

05-06-2012, 04:51 PM
Whats taking soo long! Work faster scribbles!

05-06-2012, 09:53 PM
no kidding right? Shit, Haswell will be out before I get to use this again!!!!

05-23-2012, 04:00 PM
All done. Here are a few shots before lug Tiamat down to the car. Video to be done soon.




05-23-2012, 04:08 PM
Wowzers. That thing is a beast. Looks great man.

05-23-2012, 09:03 PM
Thanks buddy! I just need some 4gb 680s (since I can cool those on water - still haven't read about any 670 blocks - but if they come out I might just go with 4gb 670s) and I will be happy until Haswell. Then a complete re-do! It is never ending this computer obsession crap.

05-23-2012, 09:10 PM
Well just read that EK is producing the blocks for reference (shorty) 670s. They will be delayed according to the May 18 post here - CLICKY (http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=143&cntnt01origid=15&cntnt01returnid=17) - but that is good news. I will keep an eye out for the 4gb versions!

05-23-2012, 09:16 PM
Yeah after I saw the benchmark showing the difference between 670/680 cards in SLI being under 5%....it's absolutely ridiculous. You'd probably get better performance on 4GB 670's than 2gb 680's.

05-24-2012, 01:49 AM
Very nice Scribby :) That thing must weigh a ton, I am in the process of doing a water cooled build with my Cooler Master CM-690
and with the 3 Radiators I will be adding, I'm sure it will be a biatch to lift lol.

05-24-2012, 09:39 AM
It is a tad on the chunky side for sure. Luckily it is a set it and forget it deal (and it is on wheels). Tough to get into my convertible though!