Yesterday, we had another cleaning job to do… the fans, which we wanted to use inside the chassis and on the radiators, had already been in use in a different project. As a result, they were very dusty. And with some, the label in the middle was beginning to peel off.
Here is our complete stack of red Phobya NB-eLoop fans:
The great thing about the NB e-loops is that the rotor blade and the rubber buffers in the corners can be removed easily.
Therefore, we could clean the parts easily with a brush, compressed air and dishwashing liquid. After that, we applied a drop of oil on the axis, so they would run smoothly again…
We peeled off the labels in the middle very carefully and used some simple UHU to glue them back on.
Now, all fans are ready to be used in our current project.
Thanks, yesterday we continued with the pump... We have always made good experiences in previous projects with the DDC pump, so we decided to use one in this project as well. The only problem with the DDC is the blue and yellow wire, which is not exactly beautiful for the eye.
Here we have already dismantled the original housing.
The wires are soldered directly on the PCB – so our soldering station was used once again. All three litz wires should be replaced by uniform black ones.
In order not to confuse the three litz wires later, we have dipped the ends of the new ones into blue or yellow color. This marks them clearly when we cut the wires to the required length and install a new molex plug later on.
After a small compulsory break – parts of Archangel’s apartment were being repainted – we could continue with our PC project. Now, we were finally turning to the installation of the water cooling components. At the chassis front, we had a planned to have a 360-radiator with 6 fans. The reservoir (Heatkiller Tube with DDC-pump) should be mounted on the inside of the middle fan. We had tried this at the beginning of the project – now it was getting serious.
Since it is quite narrow in the chassis, we had to think about what to install when. First, we assembled the Heatkiller Tube completely, including the brackets to screw it directly on a 120er fan. We also put on the fittings for the tubing.
The mounting kit from Watercool makes it easy to mount the reservoir on top of a radiator as you can see below. We also installed the flowmeter on the left. From there, a tube will go up to the GPU.
The complete setup measures 18 centimetres in height.
We aligned the inlet on the top of the reservoir with the CPU cooler, so that the tube will pass beautifully straight through the chassis. However, we had to do this before we screwed the radiator in, because otherwise we could no longer reach the screws of the reservoir bracket to loosen them.
Here, the first tubing is done – from the pump directly to the radiator.
Before we could continue with the tubing, we had to take care of some other things. One of these was the installation of the two SSD in 2.5-inch format.
As SSD, we had decided on two Samsung SSD 850 Pro, because we had always had good experiences with them (and their predecessors) in recent years.
For the installation of SSD, the chassis provides two mounting points on the back. The SSD is screwed onto brackets, which are then held with a fixing screw on the backside of the chassis.
Next, we turned to the aquaero. To screw it into the fan grill at the top side of the chassis, we had made a small metal plate and sprayed it in black. Finally, could screw aquaero and plate together. We also used 4 small spacers to keep a little distance between plate and grill.
Here, the aquaero is already in its place, the left case fan and the 24pin cable from the mainboard are also installed.
What you do not see in the picture so clearly, is that it became very narrow inside the chassis. The numerous cables, which were connected to the aquaero and the motherboard used up a lot of space – sure, you have made the same experience.
And just above the motherboard, connecting all the cables was a real precision job, especially because the top radiator was still waiting for its installation.
Some cables were created from scratch, others were cut to the length needed. The black and red cable strings were taken over from an older PC project.
All the cabling, we tried to stow it at the back side of the chassis as good as we could, to make it look as tidy as possible.
After we had finished the cabling, we went on with the tubing. First, we installed the 30mm-radiator (240er) at the top. Together with the fans it completely conceals the aquaero, so you cannot see it from the front.
The rest of the tubes was set relatively quickly. On the image above, the connection between CPU and reservoir still makes quite a strong curve outwards. We shortened it later on before the filling.
As always, we covered all the components for the filling process. As a liquid, we had chosen Mayhems Pastel Red.
We filled the loop with the help of a filling bottle and the thin green tube you see at the front. Since we had chosen the (optional) top with two G 1/4 threads for the Heatkiller Tube, we could use the second one very easily as a fill port.
We gave power to the pump only, in order to check if everything is alright. We let the loop run for a while – and so far there are no leaks!
Now, we will take some final photos of the completed rig, which we will post here as well. This is how the complete PC looks now:
As promised, here are the final photos of the complete rig. But this not mean, that our project is finished. Assembling all components was only the first part, it will be followed by a review of the Heatkiller Tube from Watercool, which we installed.
Afterwards, we will install two operating systems – for this, we have the two separate Samsung SSD. Aside from Windows 10, we will also install macOS which means building a „hackintosh“. We will then report on our experiences in the following articles.
But before we do that, let us first take a look back at the beginning of our project. In the very first post we presented our plan with two radiators, the Heatkiller tube and the installation of the aquaero at the upper ventilation grid. After the system is now complete, we can say: Our plan has worked: The aquaero is not visible from the front. However, the positioning of the radiators – and thus the tubing – has changed over the course of the project. The connectors of the top radiator now point to the rear of the chassis, those of the front radiator face down. This gave us a good opportunity to accommodate the mps flowmeter.
With the screws (for radiators, fans and mounting of the aquaero) it was important to us to have a uniform dark look with flange head screws. Although you cannot see them so well in the pictures, it makes an overall better impression than a collection of screws from different materials. The Fractal Design Define S Window has proven itself as a good chassis. It is quite compact, but has enough space for our hardware, although reservoir and GPU are only a few milimeters apart. The back side of the chassis provides enough space for the entire cabling as well as two 2.5-inch SSD.
In retrospect, the placing and creating of the cables during the assembly of the system was the most time-consuming work, the tubing for the watercooling actually went quite fast.