Weekend Computer Cleaning ADVENTURE

This weekend I decided to give my computer a good once over – it’s been like a year since I’ve had it apart and the dust has been accumulating plus I wanted to top off my watercooling loop. I decided to take a few pictures along the way.

So this is the loop – you can see it’s pretty caked with dust. The tubing is filthy too but I didn’t fee like replacing it. It’s a double and a triple radiator with two pumps built into the pump and the one radiator. Reservoirs are built into each radiator. This is way overkill for just a CPU but someday I’ll get a GPU block to add into it (the dream!).
Image

The inside of the beast – looks pretty sparse with everything taken out. I used a full can of air blowing it out right after this photo as well as blowing down all of the components.
Image

All of my fans in one pic! They’re pretty cheap, but quiet. CFM’s aren’t great but they seem to have pretty good static pressure for moving air through the radiators compared to some others I’ve used in the past.
Image

The sparse front of the case belies the cable monstrosity that lurks in the back.
Image

And how do you connect 9 fans and 2 pumps to a single motherboard? With one of these doo-hickies! It kind of surprises me that you can run 7 fans off of a single 12V connector….so I try not to think about it.
Image

Putting it all back together – video card back in place and CPU covered. The radiator in the front is indeed held in place by Velcro – I got some of those glue strips for hanging pictures and whatnot and they keep it in place with minimal vibration. And it makes it a snap to pull the lower radiator if I ever want to bleed the lines. Front looks pretty spiffy!
Image

And the back is still a mess. Luckily I can jam the back side onto it and smash that mess down and then never think of it again.
Image

Success! All the fans are spinning so I didn’t miss any!
Image

And with the side back on, I’m ready to play WoW again.
Image

Overall a massively fun endeavor.  Whenever you get to the end you always have this moment where you’re like ,’Will it come back on?  Did I screw the pooch on anything?’ and then when it does it’s beyond satisfying – doubly so when your efforts have it running better than ever.