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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Cold lava~A custom WC'ing project -1st Oct- The cursed log part 2

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Bad_cancer, 17 Dec 2009.

  1. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Those blocks look like candy bars. Thanks for the dibs too:D
    I never really got to test out my blocks because my mobo died. Right now there packed away to ether be sold to a friend or for a future build.
     
  2. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    Thank you! Coming from you thats a high compliment. :blush:

    Thanks! Ive got a bit of slowdown this week with loads of work to do at home :sigh:
    But i'll try to keep at it :thumb:

    Thanks. :D

    Thank you! I'll do my best :D

    Thats a shame, I would have liked to have known some temps and stuff :D

    Oh and.....

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    Mmmm candy!


    Like I said earlier, I ran into a high workload, but i'll be working on cold lava as soon as I can.
    Thanks for watching guys :D
     
  3. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    I'm guessing the temps would be around room temperature due to the radiators size (300mm x 300mm x 100mm)
     
  4. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    @llamafur:

    Hey, sorry to say that I hadn't read your log yet, but i just did.
    Don't know how i missed the link in your sig :blush:

    Great job! Seems like you beat me to and on everything :D

    That Gpu block looks Real heavy! Doesn't it stress the card?

    Otherwise its really good. :thumb:

    (I didn't want to do a thread revival so i didn't comment over there, hope you don't mind)
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Good call on using the RTV automotive silicone. The aquarium stuff failed on me.
     
  6. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Thanks, I actually think the tubing was holding it up to some extent. Those PCI cards are actually pretty strong. I couldn't see any flexing in the board. I'm going to fire up that computer again with a different power supply and see if it'll work.
     
  7. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    See I do pay attention when you say/type stuff :p

    Cool, it would be a shame to let it go to waste, specially with that tasty orange wood :D


    Update time

    Completing the Waterblocks

    I had some free time so I decided to seal up those water blocks and bolt them together.

    My first plan was to tap the copper and then bolt the plastic to the copper with silicone sealer.

    But try as I might with the tap in hand, I couldn’t thread the holes in the copper. In the acrylic it was pretty easy, but the copper was a no go. And the next size up drill I had was too big. :sigh:

    So as any Modder would when faced with this kind of situation, I improvised. :D
    I had already drilled pilot holes for a 4mm tap to go through.

    So starting with the Peltier block I drilled out holes to let the bolts go through, then I followed with a bigger drill to countersink the bolt heads

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    Then I applied the silicone to the block

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    Threaded the bolts through and bolted them in

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    And I left I over night for leak testing.

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    It looks kind of industrial but I left it as it was…

    Next up was the cpu block.

    So after having slept properly I realized that I could have tapped the acrylic tops, threaded the bolts through the bottom and not use nuts.
    that way there would be nothing sticking out the top. :duh:

    Sooo I did just that but when I tried to countersink the holes for this block, the heads were a little too close to the edge,

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    Some even overhung. But the contact area was not affected at all.

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    And the block is still watertight. So it will do :)


    Last of all were the gpu blocks.

    When I looked at them, there was no way that I could countersink bolts into the bases.
    Seeing as I had not planned to bolt them in that way, I didn’t have enough room in the base plates for this.

    So once again I decided to call it a day and sleep on the problem.

    This proved to be a good idea, because I decided to try something that I didn’t think would work.
    Putting the hand tap into a drill and going for it. There was a risk that I might break the tap, but if I go slowly it should be okay right?

    Well I was pleasantly surprised when the tap just slipped into the material and went all the way through without a hitch. I was suddenly wishing I had done this to the cpu block because it worked just fine. :wallbash:

    Here are the gpu blocks assembled the way I had initially planned:

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    Leak testing them here.

    And a glory shot:

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    And here is a shot of all the blocks together.

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    The Gpu blocks are definitely turning out to be my favourites :D
    The Cpu block looks reasonable.... :D

    Im not sure what to do with the bolts sticking out of the peltier block, should I leave them like that? Or file them all the way down?

    So thats it, the blocks are 90% finished.
    Now all I need to do is match the support holes to the cards and Mobo.
    I have the dimensions, but I’d rather take everything apart and make sure they fit.

    The support holes will wait while I am designing a tube routing solution.
    I can't get my 3d max to work, but I will try and see if i can get a pic of my idea for the tube routing.
    This might be a good time to finally try sketch-up huh? :blush:

    Oh and BTW the blocks are all watertight (On the first go too! lucky me!). No leaks so far and I think they should easily stay water tight when under pressure. :D

    That’s all for now.

    C ya next time…
     
  8. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    You might have clamped the tops down too much there. The fact that you can see the copper means there's no more sealant in the seam.
    I'd also recommend a countersink on the inside of the mounting holes. That way there's a bit of extra material where the leak will most likely happen.
     
  9. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Social distancing since 92

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    Wow the blocks look really clean you could sell them :eek:
     
  10. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    QTF
     
  11. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    @DeadP1xels: Thanks a lot, although I see a few mistakes on them :p


    @ cheapskate and llamafur:

    Thanks for the feedback.
    There is sealant on the inside of the blocks too. Up till now there have been no leaks, but that is with no pressure...
    I will connect them up to the pump sometime tonight or tomorrow and i'll see what happens. :worried:
     
  12. AnG3L

    AnG3L Ultimate Modder

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    Nice work my islander friend, hope the tests you gonna do are successful! Keep up the good work!
     
  13. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    Thanks :D

    I set up a cheap and cheerful loop to test the blocks.
    I also used my traditional food color so I can trace leaks easier.

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    Been running for 3 hours straight without a leak. :thumb:

    I'll wait and see for now. But looks promising :rock:
     
  14. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Those blocks look so slick! I can't wait to see your temperatures.
     
  15. AnG3L

    AnG3L Ultimate Modder

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    That green liquid looks really sick inside the tubings! Its unbelievable, I am amazed cause green inside the loop is may favourite color(though I didnt do a mod with it yet) and so far all the colors I used on the past wasnt even near to that! What did you use?

    Nice to see that the blocks are ok, I think you are rock solid after 3 hours of testing! Go on buddy
     
  16. Pikey

    Pikey What's a Dremel?

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    That's a very nice green, shame that coloured coolant leaves gunk in your waterblock.
     
  17. Bad_cancer

    Bad_cancer Mauritius? 2nd speck east of africa

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    Thanks! I'm anxious too! I'm hoping to wrap this up soon......ish :worried:

    Haha, thanks. Like i said its just food coloring, Moir's I think.
    Its the only color i found in the kitchen.

    I use it because if a little drop leaks out, it will dry really quick in all that tissue and i'll never notice it, so I add a little color to make sure.

    As to the tint itself, its just luck coupled with a flash. :p

    And no leaks!
    Been testing it with the pump on and off but always filled since yesterday night. I'd say it had water for about 18hours and about 5-6hours with the pump running.

    Like I said, its just to trace leaks easier, I've already flushed the blocks. Does all colored coolant leave gunk in the blocks? :worried:
     
  18. Achron

    Achron Cad Pro Quo

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    In my experience, colored coolant looks good for a few months then gradually leaves crap in the waterblocks and tubing. Unless you plan on changing the water religiously, clear is the way to go.
     
  19. talladega

    talladega I'm Squidward

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    distilled water with silver! no growth at all!
     
  20. Pikey

    Pikey What's a Dremel?

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    Or a few drops of pt nuke.
     

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