PC Rebuild – Part 2

All the parts have finally arrived, including one or two things I forgot about. I had to order a few extra connectors as the 1/2″ ID tubing was slightly less easy to route as I expected (coming from 3/8″ ID tubing currently). Also worth mentioning that neither Aqua Computer’s D5 pumps or XSPC’s twin D5 dual bay reservoir include O-rings for the pumps (they are usually included with pump tops though by the looks of things) so they had to be ordered separately but are easy enough to find.

A small amount of initial assembly is required. Firstly, mounting the fans to the radiator:

Then the pumps to the reservoir:

Finally the Aquaero block:

Fitting the Aquaero block is a little more complicated. You have to remove the circuit board, take the screws out holding the heat sink in place, add new thermal pads and then attach the block with the different screws provided. As the block is quite small it’s also a bit of a pain to attach the compression fittings, I used a 10mm extender on the left and a 45 degree angled fitting on the right to give clearance from the block.

I’ve got a fried ASUS P9X79 board that I’ve not got round to getting an RMA for yet which is a handy way to mount the CPU block in the right place. This case is so big that the full ATX board looks tiny:

This is a full height radiator plus fans and there is still room above the board to see the cable management, a huge improvement over my current case.

Finally it’s time to put everything in and add the tubing. At this point after I’ve fiddled around getting everything in and my hands start to get sore from tightening up the compression fittings, removing bits and adding them again to make things easier, I get a bit slack with the pictures and just want to get things finished!

Here are a few during and after photos:

Fill with distilled water and away we go!

At the time of writing I’ve had the system running for about 48 hours, I only ordered 1 litre of coolant and it took 1.5 litres to fill it with distilled water. I’m waiting on a new order of Mayhems Aurora fluid which will arrive on Tuesday!


PC Rebuild – Part 1

Lately I’ve been trying to reduce noise in my desktop PC, but the knock on effect of this has been at the expense of cooling performance. I’m also bored of the case (which looks pretty grubby now) and the system colours as well as being fed up with the mess of cables inside (no cable management back then). As the case and complete water loop are in their 6th year of use the’ve had a good run and it’s time for a change.

Initially I’ve decided against pulling my brand new GTX 670 card apart to add a water block to it, it also runs very quietly anyway. For now I’ll cool the CPU and Aquaero fan controller with water, with a nice big rad that can support a GPU later and run fans at lower RPM and noise. I’m sticking with BitFenix fans because they look great and don’t make too much noise and a bay res with integrated pump to save space.

Parts list
Corsair 800D full tower case

Cooling components

XSPC RX360 radiator

XSPC twin D5 dual bay reservoir

Aqua Computer D5 pumps with USB/Aquabus

EK Supremacy CPU block

Aquaero 5 block

Aqua Computer inline temperature sensors

1/2″ ID compression fittings and various other G1/4″ fittings

Mayhem X1 red fluid


An experiment in purchasing Twitter followers

There are many sites now offering Twitter followers for sale for anything as low as $5 for 5,000 followers.

I was curious to see if this might be a viable method to boost the presence of a new website or online business and more importantly would it hold up under scrutiny.

I bought 4,000 followers from someone on Fiverr and expected my followers list to soon be filled with eggs! Once the order had been completed I was surprised to see that actually the vast majority of the profiles looked fairly genuine, all had pictures and bio which is a good start. Unfortunately this is where the illusion ends, as soon as you start to look at the followers accounts a very familiar pattern starts to arise. Most of my latest 4,000 followers have zero followers (some have 1 or 2), they’re all following the same number of people and most of them have never tweeted. Look even further and I can see that they also all follow the exact same list of people!

What I find very interesting is that looking at the people each of these accounts are following is obviously the client list of the person selling the followers, many of which include everything from new businesses and companies to verified users and minor celebrities. Looks like everyone is at it?

To conclude, clearly it’s easy to identify fake followers, even those that look good on the surface. For public figures and B2C companies I can see that this might be a nice way to boost your figures and “look” popular. For a B2B company it seams like a bad idea, especially if your customers are likely to perform any kind of due diligence checks on you.