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Old 05-05-17, 03:10 PM
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Stuff like this is why I'm glad the Darkside fittings I buy come with extra o-rings. I have TONS of o-rings laying around, and they come in handy, especially with hard tube. All part of the fun of water cooling.

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Old 05-05-17, 03:15 PM
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Stuff like this is why I'm glad the Darkside fittings I buy come with extra o-rings. I have TONS of o-rings laying around, and they come in handy, especially with hard tube. All part of the fun of water cooling.
Yeah I had a 20 pack of Barrows at the ready. Just didn't expect them to leak was all.

Mind you I should have known... The company I bought the fitting from is the same company I used for two of them before. Any way, the first two come packed in a small plastic baggy as you expect with fittings. The last one came "loose" so to speak sandwiched between two pieces of cardboard. That was the problematic one, however I replaced two of the three O rings. Last one is pretty easy to do if I feel like it as it connects to the arse side of the drain port.

I guess in a way it's kinda my fault. I bought all of the Bitspower stuff on clearout for peanuts and the size is very old (11/8mm IIRC) which means it's all very old stock so no wonder one of the Orings had perished.

Ah well, hopefully now I can move onto the cosmetic stuff and make it look good
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Old 14-05-17, 01:07 PM
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Still waiting on bits from Hong Kong. I did map out the cover panel though.



It wasn't as simple as drawing around the existing one because it was all sorts of levels and thicknesses so it took a while. The two reservoirs are now finish fitted and the cover panel is on and well



I had to cut the bolts down and so on but only took a couple of hours. I now need to make a 5.25 bay cover.

I've also ordered a button I can solder to the EL wire to cycle on/off effects etc.



And some clamps for when I am routing wire guides.

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Old 15-05-17, 03:28 PM
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More work done. As the cover panel is the only area I can really sort of show off with I kinda want it to be pretty cool. Hence the EL wire etc. In order to route the EL wire I am going to machine channels into the 5mm acrylic that are exactly 2mm deep. This means that the EL wire will literally go into the acrylic. In order to plot out the route lines I needed a scaled replica in Photoshop. This took me a couple of hours but I got there in the end. So this -



Basically becomes this -



Now. The logo needs to start at a given point and the letters need to be 30mm max (in height, but they are laid on their side). So I add the logo.



That runs into hidden guides. This means that my plotting out of the channel area goes around the design As you can see here I have already began planning out the reverse.



When I am done that will meet the work bench, clamps ETC.

It's slightly more of a challenge because my plotter can only cut A4. This is larger than that, so I have had to plan all along with A4 dimensions in mind so that I can cut the decal out of a large sheet but still leave enough to cover the piece. I am not decided yet on all brushed black -



Or Candy Metallic Red -



Or a combo of both.

I am 99% going to create a EL based cover for my sound card too. Something like Deblow did with Tron.
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So this kind of went off the boil for the last week or so. Few reasons, mostly personal, but still waiting on parts too. I'm pretty sure the vinyl landed and I have arranged to collect that from the local post office but the router set still isn't here. However, when I returned back home last night I found a card so that has to be it.

Hoping to crack on with this next week.
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Sorry about the gargantuan delays. I was mostly waiting for parts etc. OK so finally yesterday I went to the post office to pick up my router attachment for my Dremel. Wasn't expecting much but was very pleasantly surprised. OK so in this pic you can see some lovely candy red metallic vinyl that has the BP business cut out of it. Also the cut cover.



And in this pic you can see what I was waiting to do. Here I have routed out a 2.5mm wide and 2mm deep set of lines that surround the outside of the cut out logo.



If my calculations are correct then the routed lines should be around 5mm away from the cut outs so you shouldn't see the EL wire at all.
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It's not dead, honest



As you can see I have made some progress. Now I just need to paint the edges black and paint some of the back black also, so that you can't see tape etc under the letters or logo.
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Old 11-07-17, 11:29 AM
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Nearly there. Fitted Klevv Urbane memory and done some major cleaning/tidying inside.



Still left to do - clean the outside, make a 5.25 cover and get some decent pics.
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