Timpelay Posted April 1, 2017 Author Share Posted April 1, 2017 Finally done with all acrylic panels (still need to paint them and make holes for cables and pipes) and I could start with pipe routing. This was my first ever custom loop and I found out quite soon how tricky it is to bend these large tubes without messing them up. I've choosen Alphacool 16/13 mm satin tubes because I want the tubes to be large and clearly visible even from a distance. It struck me though that satin tubes are extremly sensitive to scratches and grease. Just keep the tube in your hand and you'll have fingerprints all over. They could probably be whashed away but seams to stick in that sand blastered surface. With this new knowlege I continued my work with clean cotton gloves leaving no marks what so ever. I decided to make my pipe routing unique with this "hidden loop" design that I choose to call it. What it means is that all pipes from CPU and RAM will be routed with bends down behind the vertical mounted graphics card. With this I hope to create something eye-catching and interesting. My ambition is to make it difficult to see with ease how the water is flowing. Lets start with renturn pipe from CPU to reservoir. This Alphacool res I'm using also makes this more interesting as I can use both inlet and outlet at the bottom, with no need to route a pipe to its top lid. Second up is the supply pipe that I will route from the pump down below through the mid plate and straight up to right RAM-block. Some hours later and things starting to come together pretty good! Note that the reservoir got this short outlet pipe that's also acts as a support. With this in place I only need a guide bracket at the top and the reservoir will be almost free floating. When satisfied with these pipe I decided to end this mod session by installing hidden LED strips in both sides of my now open front cover. These are UV-strips and it will be clear sooner or later what they will enlight! As I kept the noise canceling foam on what's left of the front cover I could cut slots in it and hide my LED strips. Now they won't be visible but able to create some pretty amazing effect later on. Stay tuned! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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