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Old 10-08-2014, 07:11 PM
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Couple of quick pics on polishing progress before I head to the Pearl Jam concert tonight. Looking forward to it. With Eddie Vedder, ....you're never quite sure exactly what he's saying....but you know it must be important.

Worked on the GPU's and CPU yesterday. And yes....that means more GoT. Not enough of the dragon girl in the last episode. She's my favorite. Anyway....here is what the block looked like to start...





Disassembled it....





This is a before polish picture. The face of the block was already very smooth. But you see all those machining marks in the water channel? Those have to go....





....and.....they're gone. :D





The CPU block came out like glass. Crystal clear. The Supremacy EVO is an amazing looking block. The design of it is really nice also. I polished up the plastic innards also.







These are going to look AMAZING with the pink coolant. Soon. Very soon.

Now....I'm off to hear Eddie mumble.....
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:31 PM
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Got the board blocked up. BOOM!





She's a pretty lil' lthing. Pretty and powerful. And Pink. And it processes. Yeah.





I wanted to keep the I/O cover....cuz it looks boss. So I dremelled off the pipe that led to it from the VRM Heatsink.





Man....EK blocks really dress up a board.....





Love this shot.....





The EK Supremacy EVO. This block is what had the black van outside my house for days while it was still under NDA. :)





Mmmmmm....the southbridge block for the RIVE BE is sexy.....







Sponsor shot! ASUS, EK and Corsair all well represented in this shot. Thanks for the support guys!







Got some more pictures coming soon......having some fun with the EK Nickel. :D
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EK Clean CSQ waterblocks look great in nickel......











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Old 10-23-2014, 01:03 AM
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Got the EK blocks on the ASUS DirectCUII 780Ti's!





ASUS + EK = <3







The EK backplates are also sexy as hell....and fit my theme perfectly....





Again I say......ASUS + EK = <3





The board is starting to take shape. It will be processing the latest Pinterest pins before you know it....













I swapped out the black terminals for some of the new'ish clear terminals. They look amazing and I can't wait to see some pink fluid flowing through here....








Still lovin' my custom black and pink Dominator Plats....







With the cards in slots #1 and #5 positions, you can still get a great view of the southbridge block right between the GPU's.









More soon!
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Fitting shots are almost obligatory these days.....so here goes....





Probably a good time to thank EK again for being such a fantastic supporter of this build. Blocks, rads, pumps, pumptops, tubing, fittings, backplates......EK has been a great partner. Thanks!





Crazy kitty.....





I fell in love with these EK fittings back when PCModderMike used these in his last build. I just think they are fantastic looking fittings...and a refreshing change from the usual.....





B-Neg's latest photo set inspired me to see if I could put a little color of my own in the fittings. On my first couple of attempts (the 45 degree fittings) I was using an exacto knife to scrape paint remants off the fitting. You can see the scratches this left. My last attempt was the 90 degree fitting shown below....and it was virtually scratch free. For this one, I just painted a glob of paint into the recessed logo....and then used a straight block of wood to scrape across the top of the fittings....leaving a pool of the paint inside the fittings. I let this dry and then q-tipped the paint that was left on the face of the fitting with some acetone.

I think I could do the remainder of them, if I choose, with this method and no scratches.











What do you guys think? Make the logos pink? Or leave them black? Or randomly do just some of them for a touch of pink....
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Old 10-26-2014, 06:40 PM
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i like them with the logos a different colour not necessarily pink but maybe grey?

loving the pink and black you have inspired me to do my own custom build.
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Okay... So I stumbled across this threat at around 4 pm and have spent the last 4 hours admiring your art post by post. You are a true artist... But why have there been no updates since November?!?! Where is the rest?!?!
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Okay... So I stumbled across this threat at around 4 pm and have spent the last 4 hours admiring your art post by post. You are a true artist... But why have there been no updates since November?!?! Where is the rest?!?!
Agreed! What gives? This thread is inspiring...
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Hard to know exactly where to jump back in here. I'm out of practice. :o I was greatly amused at the rumors of my possible incapacitation. And even more amused as some theorized that I must be busy doing taxes. Truth be told....there have been no accidents or illness that has sidelined me. Yes, work is busy....but no more so than for most of you. I am a CPA, but I don't do public accounting anymore, so it has nothing to do with year-end or tax season. What it really comes down to....is that I took a break. I never intended it to be this long....but it's easy to sink into different routines, habits and hobbies....and hard to change once you are there.

The break started when I had hit a sort of wall. Most of you will remember the supremely cool 3-d printing that I had gotten my hooks into. I have a friend that is in a 3-d print club, which gave me access to this groovy technology. I had quickly learned Google SketchUp and designed a pump stand for my dual pumps, and had even morphed it into a reservoir holder also. It was fun...and I loved the creativity that this new arena allowed. Well during the test fitting of my version 2 of the pump stand, it became clear that I had not allowed for enough space for the fittings that need to come out of the pump tops. The fittings hit the case window on the left side of the case. The pumpstand had to move from the position I had designed it for to allow room for the fittings....and this made it so that the reservoir was no longer centered in the front window of the case. Unacceptable! I started with design tweaks and intended to have a 3rd version of the pump stand printed....but encountered issues with getting it printed timely. My print takes between 30 and 45 hours to print...depending on the fill % used. Since I'm not an actual member of this club....I have to wait for periods of time when none of the members have prints running. That delayed me....and then the 3d printer itself was out of commission for awhile while a new extruder head was ordered. Anyway....I let this down time unfocus my efforts on this build.

But I'm back and ready to get this finished up. 3d printer is available once again. I was close to being done before my break......so my hope is this won't take long. I really only have to finish the plumbing, lighting, and window etching. Everything was running already....and the wiring/cabling was 95% done. This will be my first time bending acrylic tubing, but that will just make it more interesting for me.

I've already sent my latest model of the pump stand to the queue for the 3d printer, and it has been started. So I hope to have it back in a day or two. So.....to start this build thread going again....tonight I'll post some of images of version 3 of the pump stand. If you compare it with the pics of version 2...you'll easily see that the pumps themselves have had to shift back (to the right) so that more room is available between the left window and the pump tops.





Those little plates that say "The PPPP" are not attached to the pump stand at all. There was some extra room within the print envelope, so I thought....what the heck. I may use them to label a radiator....or harddrive....or something like that. We'll see.....





The notch in the base in the picture below is to hold and secure the GPU cabling that goes back down through the midplate.





In the picture below you'll see I had to counter sink the holes for the reservoir mount screws, since they reside right to the side of the pump tops now.




I also expanded the legs in front just a bit....to make sure there was room for the cold cathode inverter(s) that will sit right in front of the pump stand.





I should have the finished pump stand back soon....and I'll have pictures of it up quickly after that. While I wait....I'm going to finish painting the EK logo on those beautiful fittings. I had played around with doing that before....but now I need to finish them. Pictures of that tomorrow!
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Good to see you back,,,Looking forward to seeing more at your OWN pace that is.
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Ok. I've got my helper, my paint, and my fittings. It's time to finish these up.





For those of you who haven't played with these EK fittings, they have a recessed EK logo on the circle portion. It's recessed enough so that you can get some paint down in there, and still have it all below the surface so that it doesn't get nicked up easily. It's almost like EK is begging me to put some pink in there! I'll oblige.





In my prevoius attempt, I was successful, but scraped up the face of the fittings way too much using an exacto knife to clean up the paint around the logo. I've experimented with a few approaches, and have one that works pretty well. I'm using a heavy body paint from Liquitex. Liquitex is awesome because they offer their full range of colors in all sorts of paints. I can use this same color in a soft body, medium body, heavy body, ink, spray paint, etc. For what I'm doing here today, the heavy body paint works best.

Get a little brush, and put a nice glob of paint all over the logo. Use the brush to ensure you've pushed paint down into the entire logo.....





Just a nice thick blob of paint over the logo. That's what you're after here....





Then, while it's still wet.....use a straightblade with a napkin or paper towel pulled tight around it....and scrape the blade over the top of the fitting. I'm using a ruler here....with a napkin pulled tight around it.





Since the logo is recessed, the ruler will wipe the paint off the fitting....while leaving a pool of it down inside the logo. It will look messy, but that is fine for now. You'll be tempted to try and wipe the blade back over the fitting again to get even more paint off. Don't. Every single time I tried this it would then start grabbing at some of the paint in the logo. Wipe it once....and set it down.





Let the paint dry completely like this.....





Here is my entire batch.....





Once the paint has dried completely....you'll notice that it has contracted just a little and pulled away from the logo edge and down inside the recessed portion. This is perfect.....





Now....get you some Q-tips and a bowl of Paint Thinner and a bowl of water.





Go to work by rubbing the Q-tips dipped in paint thinner around the face of the fitting. Just takes a little effort and you'll have removed all of the remaining paint of the face of the fitting......





Viola!





And the whole batch is done. Didn't take that long.....





Now....time for some fun up in the faux studio.....





It's an easy and fun mod to do with these EK fittings. Perfect way to add your accent color to your build if you are using these fittings.

















I've got the 3d printed pump stand back from the printer! I'll show that off next......
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