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Modding TT Aquarius II VGA waterblock

Discussion in 'Modding' started by 500mph, 4 Mar 2009.

  1. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    So wondering around one of my local strip malls, I manage to work my way into Radioshack. They have had pc components on clearance for a while, but have seem to have acquired a few new items(or at least found some old ones in the back).
    So for $4.07, I decided to buy this fellow.

    Behold! The wonder of the Aquarius II VGA waterblock.
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    Pretty cute isn't it.
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    The base of it is pretty flat, but I think I may lap it.
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    These are the fittings that came with the block. Notice something? They all have the same ID!
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    (About 5/16")(The smallest fitting actually is 1/4")

    Here are some accessories.
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    Thermal paste, nuts and bolts,washers. And tubing as well.

    Biggest fittings on. 5/8"OD, 1/2"ID", waterflow still limited to 5/16.
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    Look a little big on that block dont they.

    So I took its top off, and behold! Fingerprints! Straight from the factory!
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    No phallic jokes anyone...

    Here is the top, those fingerprints may be mine. Note the small holes.
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    About 3/16" there.

    I guess the fittings ID is good for the block.
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    See?

    Here is a LED next to the block and top.
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    I may drill a small hole for an LED...

    Here is showing you how small the holes in the top are.
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    Smeggin small, thats what.




    My plans.
    -Bore out holes in block to at least 5/16"
    -Potentially mill the block with wider channels.
    -Drill hole for LED
    -replace bolts with socket head bolts.
    -lap bottom.

    Comments? Recommendations?
     
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  2. Volund

    Volund Am I supposed to care?

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    sell it on Ebay, you should get more than 4$ for it :D
     
  3. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Potentially. I might use it as a south bridge cooler for my 680i.
     
  4. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    I got some other bits for water cooling from my friend today. Traded it for a copy of l4d. updates later.
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Hell, man! You could get more than $4 for the copper at a scrapyard!
    You must have some weird, alternate-universe RadioShack there. They normally charge that much for a single LED. Did the people working there all have goatees?
     
  6. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Nope, they all had long hair in ponytails that day. Men and Women alike.
    It is interesting to see the way products flow through there. First they get computer parts out of an attempt to increase their customer base. Then few people buy their products since they are so expensive, or have no idea what to do with them. Since no one is interested in their products, they put them on clearance to get the products off their shelf. Then when it is on clearance, my friends and I buy up all of their products. That makes them believe there is interest in their products again, so they order some more. Then the process starts over again.
    Radioshack is largely overpriced, but has helpful employees. The only time I actually shop there is when items are on clearance.
     
  7. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Liquid Coolant tastes Nasty.

    I'm tired, so I will just post pictures.
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  8. tranc3

    tranc3 ADHD Modder

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    i have to ask, how did you manage to discover the taste of the coolant? Do i even want to know... looks like your having fun with you budget liquid cooling system.
     
  9. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    I was thinking I could blow out the coolant in the pipes, and there was coolant on the ends of the tube.
     
  10. tranc3

    tranc3 ADHD Modder

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    sounds delicious. :lol:
     
  11. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    No. Bad.
    You should be in school.

    Also, the small pump you want has a crack in the clear part, but you can fix that with silicon.
     
  12. tranc3

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    alright, and i have allergys its been nice and i haven't started the singular yet.
     
  13. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    500's getting wet!:lol:
    You should try to straighten the dented fins out with a toothpick or something.
     
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    The fins where worst when he first got it, I was straitening them when he first got them the other day in the car ride to see watchmen. There pretty thin, bout as flexible as paper. :D
     
  15. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    The "OMG MY CAMERA SUCKS IN LOW LIGHTING BECAUSE IT SHOOTS EVERYTHING IN HIGH ISO"

    ffffffffffffff
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    What the deuce are those for?

    Anyways, here are some more pictures.

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    It doesnt fit the way i want it.

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    Potential layout

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    Thinking of doing this for the OS drive.

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    I need to switch those two lines.

    @Cheap, I will straighten them out, but its not high on the list. I may get 120rad and call it a day. But wheres the fun(and frugality) in that?
     
  16. Langer

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    So you can run voltmeter displays of your exact voltages for serious OC tweaking - methinks that's what they are. The new evga crossfire mobo has similar pads for voltage monitoring, the contacts look similar.
     
  17. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Thanks, that what I was hoping they were for. Even though the BIOS pads confuse me.
     

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