Black and Orange: First Custom Loop and mod

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    Did a little bit more work tonight. Had an idea while at work, since I am going to have to build a new front for the case, I might as well move the rad to the front and the fans inside.

    Required a minor bit of surgery to front of the case where the radiator ports are as they were going to collide with a bit of the frame.

    Now the fan leds while actually be more useful lighting up the interior rather than the front of the case.

    Now I need to design a new front for the case

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    Looking good. Control panel where exactly?
     
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    Stock one will collide with the rad, so will integrate the new one with the new front when I design it. I’ll also probably exclude the headphone and mic jacks, i use wireless/USB headsets.

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    You prob only need a nice start button and a couple of LED's in the front. Anything else can be pulled off the Mobo.:)
     
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    I do miss my orange themed pc.

    What are you going to use as coolant?
     
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    I’ve got some orange EK CryoFuel
     
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    My extra two fittings finally arrived yesterday, so today I got stuck into doing my loop.

    I started off with the connection from GPU to CPU but my OCD couldn’t handle that it wasn’t going to be perfectly straight up and down.

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    So I started looking at other options, I went through a few different options.

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    I finally deciding on this setup I have now. I like the symmetry of the angles.

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    It was nerve wracking bending the top tube as it was almost a full 500mm length and with two different angle bends. Also I couldn’t fit the 500mm length inside the case to mark the first bend so just had to eyeball it.
     
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    Now I need to get into designing the new front. I started last night in Fusion 360 but didn’t get far...
     
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    Oh and I have some black with RGB leds heat shields coming to replace the stock blue heat shields on the Patriot ram. Hopefully I can remove the stock heat shields without damaging the ram.
     
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    First leak test is underway... been running for an hour so far and no sign of any leaks yet.
     
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    Looking good. Do you plan to put an exhaust fan in the rear of the case?
    I have changed the heat spreaders on Ram. Mine were held on with double sided tape.
    Be very careful not to damage anything.
     
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    Yeah I plan on buying another matching Corsair HD120 fan, that way they all match. I do have the stock non RGB fan that came with the case but I think it would look better if they all matched.

    Yeah I plan on using some heat to help soften the thermal tape. Fingers crossed that it goes without an issue.
     
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    Hmm I just realised my planned drain point is probably not the greatest location. I was planning on using the bung in the bottom of the rad because I was thinking it would be the lowest point. It’s true but I didn’t think about the fact that the pipes connect to the top of the rad, which means I’ll have to tip it on the front to drain the actual loop.

    Wondering if I should get a T junction, a male to male adapter and a tap and put it in the line from the pump to the gpu? Or just stick with what I have because how often will I be draining the loop once it’s running?
     
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    Second flush drained! Coolant is now in! It definitely adds some colour!!!

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    Now with additional rear HD120 fan!

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    Still need to work out what to do with the front panel design.

    I keep wondering about getting a nice piece of wood for the front. If I do that I’ll have to make it sit a little bit in front of the rad and then have air vents all the way down both sides.

    I also keep wondering if I should design something to print on my 3D printer. Thing is it would have to be printed in parts as my max print volume is 200x200x180. So not big enough to print it all in one piece.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Using black and orange filament, print large jigsaw pieces, or honeycone sections with interlocks at the back of the sections?
    I don't have a 3D printer so I don't really know, just spit-balling.
     
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    Yeah that could work, it’s just coming up with a design is the hardest part
     
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    My new replacement ram heat shields arrived this week (first lot I bought through eBay were not addressable leds even though that’s what they were clearly described as... managed to get a refund through eBay), ordered them from Amazon. These look good and should help tie the ram into the colour scheme too plus add a bit more bling :)

    I’ll hopefully install them onto my ram on the weekend then I can actually fire up the pc for the first time and install the OS on it.

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