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Old 22-07-13, 03:44 PM
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Holy crap that was fast!

Thanks!
It's not like I have better things to do than browsing this forum all day
...I'm not proud of it...


Do I see some B-Neg inspiration here though, or was this the plan all along?


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not sure if you mean the comments or the pant jizzing. oh well
We all know you only need 2 minutes <3

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Old 22-07-13, 03:49 PM
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not sure if you mean the comments or the pant jizzing. oh well
The comments...

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It's not like I have better things to do than browsing this forum all day
...I'm not proud of it...


Do I see some B-Neg inspiration here though, or was this the plan all along?
Tell me about it

Now that you mention it,I do really love what he's done on Arctic Water, but wasn't
actually thinking of that when I had this idea (it was rather spontaneous). But maybe
it was subconscious influence, who know how the hell my mind actually works.


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Old 22-07-13, 04:30 PM
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I don't even understand my own mind...

Either way, it's a great idea!
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Old 22-07-13, 05:32 PM
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That plate is really nice! Might steal your idea and do something very similar to my Kaze when the time comes.
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Old 22-07-13, 05:46 PM
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I don't even understand my own mind...

Either way, it's a great idea!
Hehe, that it is indeed.

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That plate is really nice! Might steal your idea and do something very similar to my Kaze when the time comes.
Thank you! Though as mentioned above, I'm not the first one to do this, so I can't
really claim it to be "my idea". But it's nice to inspire other people, one of the nicest
compliments one can get IMHO.
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Isn't that the Norwegian 20 NOK coin?
Amazing work, sitting here drowning in my own drool
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Old 23-07-13, 04:31 PM
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Isn't that the Norwegian 20 NOK coin?
Amazing work, sitting here drowning in my own drool
It is indeed. My dad has been there for vacation a few times in the past years (in
fact, he is in Norway right now). Unfortunately I so far have been unable to join him
and his GF (I'd love to go as well one day) due to my bad health. But it's not like
Norway is going to vanish in the next few years, so there's still time.

And thank you!
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Old 25-07-13, 05:11 AM
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Good job on the face plate, it looks spot-on from the pictures.
You're such an inspiration, I wish I had the money and patience to do what you do. Ah well, maybe in a year when Haswell-E drops I'll be ready to start my first big project. That's if I'll have enough money by then. The joys of being a student.

btw I'm happy to report two Aquacomputer D5 pumps + pump tops and an aqualis are heading my way. fingers crossed
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Old 25-07-13, 11:45 AM
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Thank you for the kind words!

Yeah, being a student can be a bit of a hindrance for this sort of thing. This project started
in Summer 2011 IIRC. But in the end it's primarily a matter of dedication, persistence and
patience. And a bit of luck

Congrats on the AC parts, they're really nice IMO.
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Old 25-07-13, 05:50 PM
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The Aqua Computer Aqualis Copper Edition


Well, obviously this had to be done, I couldn't just have those naked steel parts
in my build. Pretty though they are, copper they are not...


The Central Pipe


For those unfamiliar with the Aqualis: It's basically a borosilicate glass tube (5 mm
thick, rather heavy, extremely good quality) with two Acetal caps on either end.
The difference when it comes to assembling the reservoir between this and a normal
plexi res is that it's not really possible to cut threads into the glass as you can do
with plexi, hence the central pipe. The pipe screws into the bottom and the top
cap and holds the entire assembly together.

Three possibilities came to my mind for copper-ifying this pipe:
  • make a new pipe from copper
  • paint the existing pipe
  • keep the existing pipe and make a mantle pipe from copper around it

The drawbacks of making a new pipe are that the stock pipe is a very sturdy piece
of steel (presumably). Not only would it be extremely difficult to find a copper pipe
thick enough to cut the required threads into it, but I would also need to go buy
another thread cutter. All of this deterred me from that variant.

Painting the pipe would probably have been the easiest approach, but considering
that copper paint doesn't really ever look like real copper (it can come close, but
when put up against an actual piece of copper you can spot the difference quite
easily) I didn't really like this idea all that much.

So it came down to the third variant. The problem with that was that I didn't really
have a copper pipe with the correct ID for fitting right over the steel pipe, and I don't
think I would have ever found one. Easily visible in this picture:

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Working Around the Diameter Problem


Considering that there is a rather considerable dead angle when it comes to the
visible part of the central pipe I arrived at what you see here. I simply made a length-
wise cut into the copper pipe and sleeved it over the steel pipe. Works like a charm,
the difference is impossible to tell in the final build unless you have x-ray vision.

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Sleeved...


The mantle pipe sleeved onto the stock pipe:

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... and Polished


Since there were considerable scratches in the copper pipe this took quite a while
longer than the copper face plate for the FC5V2.

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The Anti-Vortex Plate - Stock

This is the stock plate on top of the sketch for what was to become its replacement.

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New Plate - Raw Cut


The raw cut for the new plate:

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New Plate - Bent and Polished


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Copper Mounting Bracket


Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of this during manufacturing. Here it is bolted
to the reservoir. You can see that I still need to debur the mounting holes. Also my
apologies about the finger print, didn't catch that until it was too late.

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Bottom Cap Assembly - Back Side


This is the back side which won't be visible when it's mounted in the case. You can
also see that I've replaced the stock screws with shiny copper screws from Alphacool.
The steel screw can't be seen when it's mounted, so I left it as is since I didn't have a
suitable replacement anyway.

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Aqualis - Copper Edition


And this is the current status. There are still a few imperfections I need to file/sand
out, but for the most part it's finished.


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