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Discussion in 'Die-hard Overclocking & Case Modifications' started by L3p, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. L3p

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    Also an incredible package from Corsair.

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    Back when I had all time in the world : D

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    Ordered 3 extra, not for performance, for the looks.

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    Thanks Gareth!


    And some extra products I ordered.
    The first prototype RF RGB ready-to-go LED-kit for the desk : )

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    And off course a socket.

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    Which I made smaller to fit inside the desk.

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    Raid card with external ports.
    Works perfectly in a 'desk' build, no cables in sight.

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    And some extra accessories cause of cable length/management.

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  2. L3p

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    We've been really busy with the final design the last 4 weeks again.
    The last week I've been busy with this particular build too.
    Bit of a weird buildlog for me too cause some photos are already here for months : )
    Also because I decided to do the dual-pc-build a few weeks ago.
    I completely understand some people want to see some desk photos but first have to show the hardware cause they will be in the next photos with the desk too.
    This week there will be multiple updates, already got 100+ pics waiting of the desk : )


    So first a last hardware post, then some first 'fails' in the desk and some build/block mounting pics.


    Asus package.

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    Love the size.

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    Somehow those aircoolers got something...

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    Thanks a lot Asus Benelux and specially Rogier!


    Lamptron package.

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    Also for next 're-builds'

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    Comes out handy with the Bitfenix extension cables.

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    Was going to use 2 controllers but because I'm using 2 pc's it will now be one.

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    Thanks Lamptron!


    And the ultra package EKWB.

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    Still like acrylic most.

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    But have to say these look awesome!

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  3. L3p

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    Huge!

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    Pump tops.

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    All unpacked.

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    Mounting the pumps.

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    Changing for stainless steel bolts.

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    Test cause I was (back then) bored : D

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    Package that arrived later.

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    This build will have 4 EKWB reservoirs since our own reservoir isn't ready yet.

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    And extra fittings for the reservoirs and 2nd pc.

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    All together.

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    Gregor ... again ... your awesome! : )
     
  4. L3p

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    And from Cooler Master for the 2nd pc.

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    Love these PSU's!

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    Also thanks again a lot Marco and Ruud!


    Corsair also insisted on doing something extra.
    I can work with this : )

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    For the 2nd pc.

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    Already have a cool plan for the speakers.

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    Don't have much to compare, used a Cambridge 4.1 set for over 10 years and have a Bose 2.0 set now.
    I can say the sound is WAY better, and twice more volume :)

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    Corsair also thanks enormously!!

    On to the pics of the desk and block mounting!
     

  5. L3p

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    The first inspection of the desk.
    This was so important for us, some times I forgot to take pictures for the buildlog.
    Here are the first issues I walked into, we're human too : )
    (All these things have been changed in the new design)


    Again this is a real old design of the legs, still had to test some stuff for the acrylic.

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    A weld at the top of the desk .. oops, the cover wont fit like this..

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    And a funny one .. the holes and grommets for tube or fillports to big.
    This should have been changed but slipped through.

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    Without a grommet the fillports fall through.

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    I'll find something on that for now.

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    Also a funny one, after assembling the supports they aren't horizontal.

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    PSU mount fits almost every PSU ... except this one : )

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    HDD trays really look good, personally won't use them in this build.

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    When I removed them.. oops .. no covers.

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    Also raised all fan/rad holes, more space for cable management.

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    And me as the only European in the team.
    Off course the other side of PSU plug fits, but for in case people want to have their power socket inside.
    Sometimes pretty exhausting... "what if they"... : )

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    Personally going to use these instead of the PSU mount. Less noise and easy to move.
    We will supply these too.

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  6. L3p

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    Inspecting the desk, best is to just start building a pc inside.
    So lets start with the fans and rads.
    For this setup I needed over 160 bolts and nuts : )

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    Back rads.

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    Side rads.

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    Lighting not overdone, I like the Cooler Master fans.

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    Another way to feed your PC.

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    Lets take care of some working light : )

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    And installing some grommets.

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  7. L3p

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    Here I was still planning to do a single pc build, still had all the space for 2 fan controllers.

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    Pump controller from previous project for the looks : )

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    Rads seem to be brown with flasher on.

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    Had a spare fanguards, might be nice to keep it there.

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    This is something I'm REALLY happy with in the design.
    In my previous desk it took me dozens of hours cause I didn't have this.

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    The first cables.

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    The bridge also has mounting options for 12x2.5" HDD/SSD.
    Personally I'm not going to hide them. : )

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    And the rubbertape for under the glass panel that will be used to protect from scratching, breaking and noise.

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  8. L3p

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    Mounting blocks ... love it!

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    First the mainboard.

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    And the cards on it for a picture..

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    Added some extensions.

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    Glad I took time to test the hardware in front ; )

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    Ordered an EK-Bridge for the GPU's

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    Never used them before.

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    I like it.

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  9. L3p

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    Cut out the grommets.

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    And put them backwards in the 'firewall'

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    Seems the BP fillports stay in place perfectly now.
    In the new design the holes and grommets have been changed.

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    First fittings in place.

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    The mess.

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    Might be an idea for a drainpoint in the bottom later.

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    Another funny thing ..... Glad this will be solved with the rubbertape under the glasspanel. : )

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    First cables and extensions.

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    Flipped all fans from rear radiators. (again 64 bolts...)
    Did this so the airflow from the fans work with the PSU flow.

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    3M Velcro for the RGB controller

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  10. L3p

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    Found her spot : )
    Feeds for the fancontroller and pump on their spots

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    Powersocket for 2 PSU's, screens and speakerset.

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    Adjusted the cable length.

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    RGP plug brought to other side of desk too.

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    Preview with 'PSU-cover'

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    A solution for the missing HDD-bay covers .. and a nice spot for the ssd's since I'll be using the other side of the desk for another pc now.

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    Simple ..

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    But effective : )

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    Congratulations on the project, is getting very good, I'm dying to see it all done, all very spectacular!

    I really want to make a system like that, most here in Brazil is a bit difficult to design a table like this ...

    For now I'll be keeping an eye on your project, gostie very ... parabens same!
     
  12. L3p

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    Thanks man!
    And another update with quite some photos : )


    Unpacked the reservoirs and put them on their spot.

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    Also some more changes in the prototype .. more grommets for itx and m-atx.

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    Starts to look like something.

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    Also cut the heatfins again.

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    I personally like it.

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    Also an idea for the speakers.
    I know speakers should be positioned in front but tested it and I don't notice it : )

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    Coincidence the finish of the sub is exactly the same as the desk powdercoating.

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    First some extra holes for the fan/pump controller.
    Next prototype will have some mainboard grommets there.

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  13. L3p

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    Glad those trays are aluminum : )

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    Building in the speakers.

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    There won't be any cable visible from the speakerset when I hide the sub + all cables in the legs.

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    Measuring.

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    Adjusting the speakers for long M4's

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    And finishing it.

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    Too bad the cone is blue, anyone any idea if cones are paintable?

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    A solution so the fancontroller and RGB controller are ALWAYS on, no matter if there's one or two pc's running

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  14. L3p

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    Works perfectly : )

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    Extra power/reset buttons.
    Next proto there will probably be a bracket here.

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    Also finished the holes for pump/fan cables.

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    For this build I will seal the unused 5.25" slots. Next proto this will be different.

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    The glue will be transparent when dried.

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    Cut away some in the grommets, looks better.

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    And some further again.

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  15. L3p

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    Still in love with the bottom mainboard covers : )

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    Time to move on with all sata cables.

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    Also found out I didn't have sata extension cables yet for the right system.

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    So ordered them too.

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    For the SSD rack I will use cheap Velcro, I would damage the SSD's with 3M velcro when removing them : )

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    Works perfect.

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    Because we didn't have PCI-covers yet I ordered these.

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    Because I chose real thick radiators because I thought I was going to do a single pc build I'm having small problems finding a spot for the second PSU.

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    Sleeving the yellow sata extension cables

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    Lets first use some black isolation tape.

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    Even if you only see 3cm .. .yellow .. no way : )

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    Also used the rubbers for the second PSU.

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    Lovely music while modding : )

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  16. L3p

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    Securing the pumps.

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    Tube ready to go, first fittings find their spot.

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    Had to remove mem again, quite narrow to get the fittings in properly

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    And a little further again.

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    Ok ... and then 11 days ago Asus requested if they could show 'Cross' on the Dutch Firstlook 2012 Event...

    not as a desk but built in their stand.
    Off course, I was so honored! This only happens once a year!
    And ... if I could built in the Maximus V Formula....
    I did agree off course, been some real busy days the last week.
    So at this moment I'm a bit behind on the log, so some photos could show up but will make this up this week!
    For who does have pictures .. please hide them for a while : D


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  17. L3p

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    This week 2-3 updates : )

    Because the desk had to be running and presentable I still needed some things quickly.

    Because of the 4 reservoirs and 2 systems I needed more tube and stopfittings.

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    And from Mayhems.

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    And something I had here already a while to flush my other desk, that'll have to wait :)

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    Love experimenting.

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    Thanks for all the support Michael!
     
  18. L3p

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    Also needed for the second pc, again Bitfenix extensions.

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    And something new I got from EK.

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    My first CSQ design block.

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    Again thanks a lot Eddy en Gregor!

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    The package I got 3 days before the event.

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    Very nice and complete package.

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    Ready to swap.
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    I do like it.

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    Tomorrow another update with tubing and filling.
     
  19. L3p

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    Quite a puzzle with what I wanted with the in and outlets of the multi reservoirs and both loops mirrored.

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    It became a multireservoir extreme : )

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    Measuring the reservoir brackets.

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    Going to have the tubes to the pump of the left loop in the bottom.

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    Again happy this part is aluminum.

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    Done!

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    And the first tubes.

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    Also quite a puzzle again with all the small distances.

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    Pump for the left loop.

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    Might change this later..

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    Mainboard done, reservoirs next.

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    With flasher.

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    Left loop with flasher.

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    And just the RGB LEDs

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  20. L3p

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    Exiting for me .. first time filling.

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    And another adrenaline moment for me, first time enabling the pump. : )

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    Also need to find another solution for this, now that i'm running 2 pc's I don't need the long sata cable lengths to the raidcard.
    Maybe will order other cables later.

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    Great feeling when you don't have any leaks.

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    The Mayhems Pastel and red dye additives.
    I was warned this could fail with such a big loop ; )

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    Here I forgot to close one stopfitting after disabling the pump...
    Glad is was easy to clean : )

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    Adding the Aurora, it was a bit scary at the start.

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    But got the result I wanted one minute later.

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