Cool GTXas long as the reservoir is mounted higher than the pump ... so pump never runs dry .. do what you want You just need a gravity feed to keep the pump wet with coolant If your willing to drill some holes in the case ... mount the pump anywhere you like I find it best to have the parts on site to do the visual testing, where it looks best & plumbing will not be a pain That should be plenty of radiator for just the CPU
driamOne step closer! What is the small power supply you are using? Looks very convenient for testing.
Nike_7688I don't know how to get the pre-attached heat-sink off my M.2 drive to be able to use the motherboard slots. Heat gun? Any tips there would be helpful. If I could install this drive into one of those places, I wouldn't need to worry about the PCI-e slot usage.
Nike_7688One thing I found concerning: The back of the motherboard has traces around the CPU mounting bracket holes. You have to put a metal nut there to mount the CPU-mount posts. I feel like they needed to leave some more clearance there and it makes me nervous. I may need to find some nylon or fiber washers to put there so I can sleep at night.
Nike_7688OMG...so it has bothered me for years that on the GPU I have, it says "GEFORCE RTX" on it, but there's been this weird "HYBRID" lighting behind that sticker that doesn't line up with the letters for "GEFORCE RTX"...I was like "this is the weirded lighting choice...really don't know why they did that." the "GEFORCE RTX" was a sticker....a STICKER...I did not know that. I removed said sticker and there's a beautiful metal-feature that says EVGA Hybrid. Way better. I can't wait to see what it is actually supposed to look like lit up lol.
Nike_7688I'm not positive my paste application was perfect. I went a little heavier than I normally would have in the past and I don't have a little spreader tool so I did a big blob and cranked it down hoping to spread out the PK-3. I honestly had several plans and when it came time to do the paste something in my brain just shut off when I realized the Pk-3 didn't come with a spreader like I thought it did and went "JUST DO IT TO IT" and a blob of paste came out on the center of the cpu lol.
driamEpic to see that you got it up and running! Also project name checks out, I like the black tubing and vibes. It reminds me of the lighting in submarines, like in the movies when they are on alert and things get red and dramatic. You could use accents in the case or outside like nautical bulkhead lights mapped to the current RGB of your system. Of course smaller ones that can fit lol! You could also make a cage around the reservoir to look like a bulkhead light as well:
driamI wonder if you could place some LEDs on one side of the reservoir that the liquid pours into, this could potently refract and give a cool lighting effect, though I think you did that already on in one of the pictures, hard to tell.
driamThere may be a chemical you can use that wont harm the PCB if it spills on it, but will break down the glue. A heat gun sounds terrifying to apply to a chip lol. You could twist it off, as I think pulling on it would place a lot of stress on the solder joints, but twisting would use force on a stronger axis, after maybe use a knife to carefully remove the rest.