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wytnyt 12-05-2013 11:20 PM

Grease-Monkeys Air 540
I have my first component on its way for a custom loop build that i plan on building here as i proceed
the reason i call it ''Grease-Monkey'' is because ill lack all the high tech tools needed but will be doing this build mostly by hand-as in old school
anyways heres my first bought component.

wytnyt 12-13-2013 12:16 AM

5 Attachment(s)
update as i compile my parts build

HOODedAssault 12-13-2013 02:20 AM

Nice man. Can't wait to see some pics. Be pretty close to my build if I didn't sell off my 2011 socket stuff. Really thinking of grabbing a 4930k but knowing my luck 8 cores will come out the next day :roll:

wa3pnt 12-13-2013 02:45 AM

Well, if we're sharing our parts collections, here's a list of what I have on hand so far:

AlphaCool Light Tower
Aquaero 6 XT Controller
Aquaero 6 XT Console
AquaStream XT USB Pump (Ultra Version)
ASUS Crosshair V Formula (-Z) Motherboard
Corsair Air 540 Case
Corsair ax860i PSU
EK Chipset Cooling Block
EK AMD CPU Cooling Block
EK GPU Cooling Block
Bitspower RAM Cooling Block
G.Skill Ripjaws RAM (32GB)
Koolance N17 Flow Meter (two)
Swiftech MCR-220-DRIVE-REV3 Radiator/Reservoir/Pump
Swiftech MCR-320-QP Radiator
NZXT IU01 Internal USB Hub
Plextor M5P Xtreme 256GB SSDs (three)
PrimoChill Clear Rigid Tubing (a bunch for screw ups)
PrimoChill Rigid Tubing Fittings (28 each - you can never have too many fittings)
Drawer full of Bitpower G1/4 Fittings
Phobya Thermal Sensors (three)
Gelid GC-3 Extreme TIM

Here's a link (I hope) to an album that has the pictures:

And the beat goes on. AND the bank account dwindles. LOL


OBTW, wytnyt, the MCR220-DRIVE does fit (barely) in the top of the 540.

wytnyt 12-13-2013 10:23 PM

i was hoping to finally posting some build progress but another setback ,,, need to make yet another modification to the front 360 rad.
this 540 case is dangerously getting close to being replaced by a larger case:(:

wytnyt 03-09-2014 05:14 PM

Finally am seeing light at the end of the tunnel and thought id post my build specs today and within the week will post pics of cutting and modding a 360 push/pull in the front and a 240 push on top
here are my basic build specs

Corsair Air 540 Case
Intel i7-4930K LGA 2011
ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA GeForce GTX780 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 3GB GDDR5 384bit
Dominator® Platinum 8 ea. 4Gig x CMD16GX3M4A2133C9
4x 128 Gig Ssd's w/ 1 ea. 1Tb Hybrid Drive
2x 2tb Standard Hdd's
LG Electronics 14x SATA Blu-ray Internal Rewriter
10 x Ea. Corsair Air Series SP120 PWM High Performance Edition Fans
AX760i Platinum Certified Fully-Modular PSU
Corsair Link Cooling and Lighting Kit

My Water Cooling List Currently Consists of;

EK D5 X-RES Top 140 w/ D5 Vario Pump (EK-D5 Vario X-RES 140 (incl. pump))
XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block - Intel
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Hydro Copper Waterblock (400-CU-G780-B1)
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Backplate (100-PB-2780-B9)
Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator - Black
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper Slim Profile Dual 120mm Radiator
PVC Rubber Grommet - 0.625" I.D. Hole
PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Revolver Coupler Diamond Knurled Fitting - Single - Anodized Blue
PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Tubing Bending Kit
PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Acrylic Tube - 4x 24" Pack - Dark Blue
PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Revolver Compression Straight Knurled Fittings - 10 Pack - Anodized Blue
Primochill Fillport/Pass Thru Connector - Brass Nickel Plated
FrozenCPU Lighted Crystal LED Plug - Blue - (3 Pin)
Monsoon .999 Fine Silver Bullet Antimicrobial G 1/4 Plug - Blue (MON-PLUG-AG-BL)
Bitspower G 1/4" Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting - Matte Black (BP-MBWP-CT)
Phobya G1/4" Temperature Sensor with C/F Display - (71177)
XSPC G1/4" 3-Way T Adapter - Chrome
Alphacool G1/4 90° Double Rotary Fitting Adapter Male to Female - Deep Black
4 Ea. Bitspower G 1/4" Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting (BP-WTP-CT)
2 Ea.Bitspower G1/4 Thread 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD 90-Degree Rotary Compression Fitting - Matte Black (BP-MB90R2LCPF-CC2)

With my workload easing up due to warmer weather approaching,hopefully i can dedicate more than 5-10 minutes at a time building this...

HOODedAssault 03-09-2014 08:40 PM

Looks like a great build. Only thing thats a little iffy to me is the motherboard. Theres newer asus motherboards like mine that solve some of the issues the original x79 boards had. Like vrm throttling when overclocking and stuff. 4930k should be alright as itll use less power than the 3930k I was using. As long as your not going for like 1.4v+ it shouldnt be an issue anyways. I simply placed a 80mm fan above the vrm hs. Or since you've already spent so much anyways.

wytnyt 03-09-2014 08:47 PM

i looked at those chipset coolers alot but i just dont trust how they mount up,but may still get them later on,,but this build is just for internet browsing anyways:D:
my son is calling this my career build.:(:

HOODedAssault 03-09-2014 08:56 PM

I personally would only use the vrm block. The other seams to have issues with mounting from what I've read but vrm one is fine.

edit: looky what I found.

wytnyt 03-15-2014 03:49 PM

Finally after waiting for my workload to slow down and gathering parts I am actually beginning to make a little progress on my build

first let me say that while most builds show the eye candy shots [what we all want to see]
Ive decided to post both ends of the build,that being the money shots and also pics of my build as i progress even showing the ''bloopers'' along the way:D:
Hopefully i can show other potential builders a few good idea's;): on how to do their build and even more important....what not to do
heres a couple shots of my rads after scuffing and fan rings

i only had a 2 hour window being able to use the paint booth which included setting up,painting and having the parts out


even tho i used an accelerate to speed dry the paint,i found when moving the parts they were still somewhat soft and tacky

you can notice that underneath the fan screws there is no paint as i didn't want the radiator cores to have any restriction due to the painting so i sprayed from the outer sides towards the center of the radiator ...

wytnyt 03-15-2014 04:27 PM

ok,as promised allow me to show my biggest duh moment blooper so far but first let me say ive done paint/body work since '78 and have worked on most everything made
i reduced my 2 5.25 drives down to 1 1/4 bays and decided to rattle can it a semi-black,,i bought a couple good brand of paint so here i go doing the usual shake rattle routine to mix the paint,then decided to go get a glass of tea before spraying
once spraying and having dried it came out as shown
trying to figure what went wrong
i realized

I picked up the wrong can and not the one i shook up:o:

wytnyt 03-16-2014 01:35 PM

I have another small mod being done to the Psu location as i need to move it in order for the chamber side sheet metal to properly align.
this will also give well needed space to tuck away all of the rat nest wiring

I decided to glue the metal instead of other available methods.the particular bonding i used is called Fusior,which bonds so well if pulled hard enough the sheet metal will rip before the glue separates...

here i scratched the paint to provide good adhesion ...

I taped the underside to avoid any dripping of the glue and also keeps a smoother surface for less sanding when dry

placing the metal and pressure clamping it

my pliers couldn't get the proper bite so i added a ''specialty'' tool designed for this purpose ;):

a very important step to note is to make sure the tips of the pliers have been lubricated to avoid being bonded also,I used Vaseline...

wytnyt 03-18-2014 07:08 PM

Ive got another small step done i thought id share
this pic is the upper fans where it was cut out.,Ive realized that most any cutting here really weakens the case structure.
Initially i had planned on using 2 straight angled brackets but that would have have put the integrity of the case right to the radiator.

so I came up with bracket below and must say the case is likely stronger than ever

heres a shot of the front fan cutout,,I'm using a flat brackets here ,fortunately as the isn't enough room for an enclosed one

this is the front fan bracket

heres a pic of moving the Psu 5/16'',I must say getting these screw holes has been the hardest 1's so far

Im still debating on if I should smooth the Psu area more,,,but it is the case rear;):

HOODedAssault 03-18-2014 07:49 PM

Just paint whole back of case flat black so u don't see the imperfections.

wytnyt 03-18-2014 08:00 PM


Originally Posted by HOODedAssault (Post 702124)
Just paint whole back of case flat black so u don't see the imperfections.

looking at it,you could never tell ive painted for many years:(:
im just anxious to get it running

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