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About cgipson1

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  1. I have no pictures (and way late to the party).. but I was cutting a 140mm blowhole in steel case door with my trusty 3/8" drill and a Bosch 140mm Hole saw. The case door was secured pretty well, and I was being careful to keep that drill under control (lots of torque, lol! But have done it many times, successfully!). I was in my basement work area, right next to the washer / dryer. Usually a great area for me to work! I did have the stereo cranked up... sort of maybe rattling the walls a little bit.. if you know what I mean? What I didn't take into account was my girfriend coming the corner with laundry basket full of clothes, and bumping into me while I was trying cut the hole (she didn't hear the drill because the Deep Purple was blasting Speed King at a gazillion decibels! (yea, I am that old!)) And she didn't see me kneeling on the floor, because she is only 5'-2" and that laundry basket (which she proceeded to drop on my head) is bigger than she is. That hole saw got off level, and dug in before I could get my finger off the trigger, crawled over that case door and bit my left hand pretty good (holding the door to brace myself)... as well as chewing up some ugly spots in that case door. I got it under control before it did much damage, but it definitely scared the X&)S&(*^ out of me... those hole saws are SHARP! Of course, the girlfriend freaked out... and dealing with that was worse the the pain in my hand, and the agony of looking at the big silver gouges in that brand new black case door, lol! No stitches (although I probably should have).. but we just cleaned the wound well (she dug out some of the shrapnel with tweezers) and we steri-stripped it, and wrapped it. After a couple of day, I finished off the blowholes, dug out my sander, and hit that door pretty hard. Got most of the gouges out... and painted it it to match the case as best I could. Doesn't look too bad.. ;) (just sharing.. I know the prizes are gone! :P! Belated Congrats to GraphGrenoble!!)
  2. Thanks Mosquito! I checked out some of your stuff in your sig... nice work! Love the woodwork... sweet!
  3. Hey all, Sort of new around here... so thought I would share this.. Need to start a build log also, lol!. I am building a new Watercooled Rig, and am trying hard to optimize the cabling. I wanted to use a Fan controller to control all of the fans... and since there 18 fans total (three rads with push/pull), I needed to use some Multi-Fan ports that I could hook up to the fan controller. That mean a fan port with a fan pigtail on it...3 or 4 pin, and I wanted 4 to 6 fans per port. I chose the Lamptron FC9 Fan Controller... it has four channels that can handle up to 50 watts each. It uses standard 3-pin male fan plugs to hook the fans up. I looked at every multi-fan port I could find, and didn't really like any of them. I did find a few.. that with a few mods.. would do the job. Particularly, the Phobya 6 Fan port http://www.frozencpu.com/products/14094/ele-936/Phobya_4-Pin_Power_Distribution_PCB_6x_3-Pin_Block_81097.html?tl=g47c121s424 It is a very small unit.. easy to fit anywhere in a case, and easy to modify also. It has a four pin Molex adapter on it for power, soldered to the PC board. Easy to remove and replace with a fan pigtail, by anyone with basic soldering skills. I planned on using the pigtails supplied with the Fan Controller... as they are already sleeved.. and easy to work with. Like so: Fan port with 4 pin Molex still installed: Circuit board after I desoldered the 4-pin Molex... and have the fan pigtail in place, ready to solder A closeup of the back of the circuit, with sidelighting to show the detail. Soldering the pigtail is completed. Covered the new connections with Heatshrink to add an extra layer of protection: Replaced the Velcro on back of the boards and mounted them in the case, and plugged up the fans. As you can see, I am also cutting the fan power cables to the shortest length possible and reterminating. Just trying to reduce the cable clutter as much as possible. Both of the ports here only have four fans each... but I did plug an empty plug onto the other ports, to ensure nothing "hot" could be touched to anything metal. Close up of the Front Fan port: Inside front of case: Close of of top Rad port: I hope someone finds this helpful, and look forward to hearing what you think! Thanks Charlie
  4. Thank you! After checking out some of the builds on here.. I am feeling like maybe I should just stay in my corner and be quiet, lol! There is some awesome work being done here.... very nice! Inspiration, for sure!
  5. Beautiful work.... and creatively done! And jealous of the workshop! lol!
  6. Hey all, new guy here, thought I would do a intro! I am 54, with over 30 years of IT behind me. First system I built was a 286 when they first came out, and have done lots of little mods for better air cooling through the years. I've built one water cooled system before this... back around 2004 or so. Didn't mod that case much, but built an external case for the rad, res, pump, etc.. and tried to make it look sort of like a piece of furniture / speaker. So I guess that might count.. and it did cool the rig really well! Just got the H2o bug again.. so picked up a Lian Li D600, and will be modding and tweaking that for a while. Going to try rigid acrylic this time... and am already cutting the case up a bit. Going to throw two 420s and a 280 at it and see what it will do. I have been finding a lot of good info here... and it is appreciated! Look forward to getting to know everyone... Charlie
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