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John Morrison

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About John Morrison

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  • Birthday 08/06/86

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    Auckland, New Zealand
  1. Not really Small Form Factor - SFF is defined as total volume being at or below 19L. This unit is 21.6 litres. Also, why the choice of 3.5" drives. They're big, hot, loud and you could fit so many more 2.5" drives in a chassis this size (or make the case smaller!) Each to their own though. (before someone mentions performance, I benchmarked a year ago and 2.5" 5400rpm drives had similar throughput and seek times to 7200rpm 3.5" drives!)
  2. I've been busy. so busy.. LooseNeutral knows why :P
  3. You want this thing: http://www.protostack.com/connectors/dupont-connectors/2x5-pin-dupont-connector-housing Known as Dupont connectors. They're uber easy to depin then just pin the 10pin in the right order. as a cheap hack, just drill a small hole thru a 10-pin usb2.0 connector (assuming it's keyed) and repin it with the front panel stuff.
  4. Hmm. thanks :) I may have taken a different direction in the build now ;)
  5. Hey folks, Requirements: Must fit am3+ socket Hey folks, am wondering if y'all have any experience with low profile air coolers. Looking for one that is relatively quiet, relatively easy to find, and can cope with 125w of Piledriver goodness. Not looking to overclock, but may undervolt to help temps if required. Not willing to drop clockspeeds though. Looking for the shortest unit that can keep a stock FX-8350 under 60c under load :)
  6. _TechPuppet_'s build name reminded me of something. The 'Ridler' is a trophy in the world of car modification - mostly hot rods. https://autorama.com/awards/ridler-award/ The winning car of the prize each year oozes perfection. Every nut, bolt, fitting, hose and the like are clean, and polished or painted within an inch of it's life. I'm curious - why haven't we seen a competition or event with the same exacting standards for computer mods? (possibly much smaller market :P) I have seen builds/mods which I would classify as 'Ridler Potential' though. Atilla's Cygnus X1: Slipperyskip's Addison - G69T's Dark Blade - Devin Spratt's Acronym - Now to discuss! Would you like to see a quality based case mod contest - i.e. not popular vote, but judged on quality of workmanship and creativeness? What is your perfect mod (what would you like most to be sitting on your desk, ignoring specifications, basing judgement entirely on quality and design)?
  7. build your own controller card - pull power from the PCI/PCIe slot. plug the trackball into the back of the card like the example, pick your own connector :P maybe even integrate a fan controller unit into the same card via either the teensy or an arduino chip. roll your own PCB with OSHPark or similar :) PCI hardware dimensions for PCB design from page 155: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~harris/ics216/pci/PCI_22.pdf PCIe hardware dimensions from page 60: http://read.pudn.com/downloads166/ebook/758109/PCI_Express_CEM_1.1.pdf
  8. Update...-_- My HD5870 Eyefinity6 2GB GPU is dead. UGH Soooo, have to save for either a HD5850, 5870, 6850, 6870, 6950 or 6970 (these are the cards compatible with my BIG GPU cooler) Will update when I find a new card :S
  9. Don't panic, I will still be around :)
  10. The budget doesn't allow for a mod :P Nor does my mum want a mod, she just wants the case that I selected for her :)
  11. Kids are of the tablet generation unfortunately! (Although my son figured how to get out of 'kid-proof' games on his kindergarten's iMac a year and a half ago when he was 4!) I will continue to watch the happenings in modding and tech, but I won't be building anything for myself. I do have a HTPC build for my Mum to do before Xmas, but that's not a mod, just a build
  12. The end can also be seen as a massive change - I may return to modding later, but it will be at least a year. I already have a hobby - 'restoring' my car (i.e. keeping the 'old' thing going so I actually have a vehicle), as well as maintaining and servicing the vehicles that my family and friends own. Did an engine swap a month ago for my sister, a full suspension replacement at all four corners for a friend, and next week I have my Dad's car booked in for a front brake replacement :P
  13. Like the purple sky at dusk, before a mid night storm, an ominous sign. Sometimes the end is but another beginning, but the new beginning may be in another world. Sometimes we make a decision that changes everything. And with that, begins the worklog of my final casemod. Why my final? I'm almost 30, I have three children, a long term partner, and a plan. It's time I moved on from certain things, mainly because of budgeting - money and time. Hardware: Corsair 230T Rebel Orange, windowed Gigabyte 970A-D3P Motherboard CPU - meh, whatever I can afford, currently a 555BE Phenom GPU - unknown brand HD5870 Eyefinity6 Edition 2GB Memory: 8GB Corsair Sound: Sound Blaster 24Bit Ethernet: eBay special GbE card CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 GPU Cooler: Thermalright Spitfire Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX Hard Drives: 2x Hitachi 250gb 2.5", 1x ASUS DVD-RW, and whatever else I find and throw in The case: The window cut: The painting: The test fit: The GPU: The Hardware Layout: Getting closer: More to come, maybe a PSU change, plus final assembly. I plan on finishing this before the end of October.
  14. Thanks guys :) Unfortunately I don't have the time to worklog this thing, so I will just post final pics when it's done :)
  15. Just a generic Purple from the range I linked above..'Claret' (yeah, they totally messed that one up... claret is supposed to be a dark red!) NZ$7 a can XD Still need to buy some fine grit sandpaper and another can of paint to get the whole thing finished properly.