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  1. I've been following everyone's builds and suggestions on this site, but this is my first post. I must say, everyone here is on a much higher level of case modding that I've ever seen, so now, after finally receiving my new CaseLabs Th10A, I want to mod the case, and I figured this would be the best place to find an answer. Like I mentioned, my TH10A has arrived, and it's still in the box while I finish some painting, sleeving, and other projects. I bought the 120mm extension top for my case, which has ventilation for both 480mm rads up top,but I'd really like to either cut and install a window around the majority of the top or I thought about replacing the entire top with acrylic but leaving the sides of the 120mm top as they are so the rads and fans can only be seen from the top. I curious to know if anyone has done this before, if so, could you please post a link to your build/build log. My only concern is ventilation. Is it possible for me to do this and either cut slits to provide ventilation for my rads & fans or should I cut quarter size holes, maybe smaller or larger, randomly on the entire piece of acrylic, or whatever type of material is recommended, to provide ventilation in the top of my case? I would really appreciate any advice on how the best way to add this see through top. If it's just a window, then I could use the window mounting hardware on the underside of my original case top, but if I wanted to replace the entire top (1 large sheet to cover a double magnum case), what's the best way for me to attach and secure this top sheet to the original sides of the top? Either way, I still face the ventilation issue, so what's the best way for me to provide ventilation, and is acrylic the best to use in this situation or will another type of material work better? The color theme of my rig is white with blue trim, and if I decide to go the route of replacing the entire top, how could I add Edge lighting that will light up the piece of acrylic from all 4 sides. If anyone has any suggestions/input, links to any build logs to someone who might have done this, or something similar before, or if this isn't even possible because I'll need ventilation for 2 x 480mm rads, I would greatly appreciate input. I figured if this job is doable, them someone here would be able to give me a little advice or lead me in the right direction. Thanks a lot!
  2. Table of Contents 01. 2013-APR-27: The SMH10 - Unpacking and Assembly 02. 2013-APR-28: Radiators 03. 2013-APR-29: Making a New Workshop 04. 2013-APR-29: My Old Rig 05. 2013-APR-30: The Raystorm CPU Blocks 06. 2013-JUN-16: PSU & Pump Mount, Making the 24 Pin Cable 07. 2013-JUN-21: Small Cable Progress Update 08. 2013-JUN-21: Cable Lacing Tutorial 09. 2013-JUL-06: What 40~50 Hours of Cabling Will Get You... 10. 2013-JUL-18: Various Smaller Bits 11. 2013-JUL-22: A Copper Face Plate for the Lamptron FC5V2 12. 2013-JUL-25: The Aqua Computer Aqualis Copper Edition 13. 2013-SEP-14: Prototype: The Bitfenix Spectre Pro Copper Edition 14. 2013-SEP-15: Painting the M/B Block Screws 15. 2013-SEP-20: Fan Disassembly: How-To 16. 2013-SEP-22: Quick Status Shot of the Unfinished Rig 17. 2013-SEP-23: The Bitfenix Spectre Pro Copper Edition (cont.) 18. 2013-OCT-01: Colour-Coordinating the Kryographics Titan 19. 2013-OCT-08: Loop Planning 20. 2013-OCT-09: Colour-Coordinating the Raystorms 21. 2013-OCT-13: Deciding on a Backplate, Small M/B Teaser 22. 2013-OCT-13: The EVGA SR-2 Black Edition 23. 2013-OCT-28: Requesting Opinions on Fittings 24. 2013-OCT-29: Colour-Coordinating the RAM Blocks] 25. 2015-SEP-03: Progress! Motherboard Looped Up 26. 2015-SEP-06: Assembled! Current Status Introductory Blabla Yes, yes, the SR-2 is old news by now, I'm well aware of that. However, it was not yet when I started this build in early summer 2011. My health troubles intervened soon after that (again) and put a stop to my plans. Since I really did not want to sell the hardware I had already bought (the SR-2 among it), I decided to stick it out and finish it when my health and funds allowed for it. Originally, this was going to be a scratchbuild, but the nice thing about having such a long delay is that Caselabs have brought out pretty much the perfect case in the meantime. My own box would have been pretty similar in its layout to the SMH10 and also made from Alu. But buying all the raw materials and the tools necessary to do it properly would have probably cost me more than the SMH10, so I just decided to go for that. The Name Hysterical Excess Labouring Independently Of Sanity, aka HELIOS. Because: It's been going on for more than two years. And I am definitely starting to question my sanity . Also: I've been naming my PC's after Greek deities since forever. The first PC I built was an AMD Thunderbird C 1.4 GHz machine back in 2001, which lasted me for a few years, and it was called Helios (I use the name as the PC's host name within our network, for those wondering what practical use it has). It died a fiery death at the hands of a water cooling accident: Using the Eheim 1048 I had been befallen by the rattling pump wheel. Naturally, I wrapped some tape around the axle which solved that problem. Unfortunately, the tape became brittle over time and eventually, a piece of tape broke off and clogged the loop. Killed the flow, cooked the CPU (no overheating protection back then). I'll see if I can get some pics of the damage to the Cuplex and post them later. After that, I took that name out of use, until now. It's time for a revival. Oh, the original HELIOS was name after the A.I. from the original Deus Ex game, but I've always had an interest in Greek mythology, so it was a nice fit. The Inspiration Originally, PrometheusCU. I'm sure many of you are familiar with it, and those who aren't: Go read it, now! I'll wait a few days. Sadly, its creator passed on and never finished it (it did go to a friend of his, but no activity since last summer, at least not in the original thread ). I don't nearly have his set of skills and/or tools, but that doesn't change the inspiration part. Also, B NEGATIVE's SR-2 rig. The Main Hardware As a side note: The computing power of this rig will mostly go to BOINC (I might use it for gaming from time to time, we shall see). If F@H ever get their stuff together with regards to GPU folding on Linux (highly unlikely ), I might switch over to folding again, since I'd been doing that for about 18 months before switching to BOINC due to the GPU problem (and a few other niggles I have with the project's behavior towards its donors). The O/S will most likely be Arch Linux (since I've been using that for about two and a half years now and am quite comfortable with it), or if I feel experimental Gentoo or even FreeBSD. Certainly not Windows. I need my xterm and Z shell and UNIX utilities. If the Aquacomputer's Aquasuite ever gets useable on Linux I might get an Aquaero, but for now the Lamptron controller will do just fine. Anyway: M/B: EVGA SR-2CPU: 2 x Xeon x5680 (not ES, normal retail version, got them for half price on eBay, brand spanking new) RAM: 24 GB of Corsair Dominator 1866GPU: 1 x Geforce Titan (should do well at computing)SSD: Intel 520 120 GBHDD: TBDPSU: Enermax Platimax 1200 W (don't need that much power, but the weaker models aren't fully modular, more reasoning for my decision later on) Case: Caselabs SMH10, reverse ATX layout, obviously in blackOriginally, I was going to use a Koolance 1.7 kW liquid cooled PSU, but it turned out to be incompatible with the SR-2. I'm not kidding, the PSU is fine, as was the M/B last time I powered it on with a different PSU. Somehow, the initial self-check of the SR-2 is not liked at all by the Koolance PSU, so I've had to get a different one. W/C Parts Well, of course it will be under water! . In fact, all my PC's for the last 12 years have had to get wet. CPU blocks: XSPC Raystorm Copper EditionGPU block: Aquacomputer Titan block in copper with the acrylic top.RAM blocks: Alphacool Dominator water blocks in copper with plexi tops. Yes, cooling your RAM with water is absolutely unnecessary. I just like how it looks. M/B block: MIPS SR-2 block in Acetal/CopperPumps: 2 x Aquacomputer D5 without AquabusPump tops: 2 x Alphacool D5 pump tops in AcetalReservoir: Aquacomputer Aqualis ProRadiators: 2 x Hardware Labs SR-1 560 + 1 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 480 (that's the equivalent of ~14.89 120mm single radiators, for those wondering). Fans: For the moment, Bitfenix Spectre Pros in 140 mm and 120 mm, respectively. Some people seem to be having bearing troubles, if that happens, I will probably go for some Noctuas or something else. Fan and Pump Controller: Lamptron FC5v2Flow Meter and Display: Koolance INS-FM17N with the DCB-FM01 as its display. I know flow monitoring isn't really necessary, and the Koolance flow meter doesn't really look good. This is mostly about satisfying my curiosity, and there's enough places in the SMH10 where I can hide the display and the sensor so that it doesn't uglify the build. Fittings: Alphacool shiny copperTubing: 16/12 mm copper tubingSo, for those brave few who have not been deterred by my introductory novella, let's get started :)
  3. Hello! I should state from the inception that this is not an E.E.L. project, regardless the fact that it has my username attached to it. This is a documentation of a rather high-profile client (that I have chosen to remain anonymous for everyone's safety) of Performance-PCs' system build that I've been charged with handling. I was asked kindly to create a project log for it, so I calmly stated that I would if the person asking would slowly put away the firearm that was against my temple. Now, you won't find the usual muck that you've come to expect from E.E.L.'s foul and decadent project logs. In fact, you may very well find it difficult to find sarcasm. Yes, amazing, isn't it? But what you will find is consummate professionalism. And the word "genitals". Let's get started, shall we? What I, the hired gun, will be working on today is a small, teeny, tiny little case from CaseLabs. Yes, that CaseLabs. And they are known world-wide for very teeny, tiny, microscopic little cases. The case in particular is none other than the TX10-D, with some expansions chosen by the client. See? Like I said, very small! So, some boxes started showing up out of the blue... I really thought perhaps we should have isolated some of these in case of (highly unlikely but probable) explosives, but the odd looks and mumbling from the co-workers put that idea to rest rather quickly. I began to tear into some of these when I had some time to do so like a child on X-Mas morn, only to realize everything was to be assembled. So it really was like X-Mas morn. Alright... I guess I have some work ahead of me. So, a smidge over an hour later, I have this...refrigerator, or something, sitting in front of me. Man, it's a lot smaller than I thought it'd be! But it still beats a Japanese efficiency apartment. Alright, play-time is over. Time to get some work done, right? Right. I began assembly of the motherboard trays which allow you to slide them in and out of the case (innovation!); they have some handy, well, handles present that I need to install on the tray. I noticed something rather interesting... Apparently CaseLabs does things so swiftly that they forget to remove the screws from the handles before powdercoating them. LOL. No biggie. Just a torque-wrench or something will get it loose. Moving on, the usual collection of "vandal switches". ...Notice I didn't say Bulgin? It's because they aren't Bulgins. Bulgin is a brand, in case no one knew that. :) I'm guessing Mod/Smart or something based on the housing. Oh well; it works fine. Moving on. Let's take a look at some of the modest gear going in this build. First up is a pair of rather slow, lower-tier CPUs here... Oh, and hey, a couple more slow CPUs! Wow, four CPUs? Must be something going on. Found a Bigfoot NIC in the box too. A box full of some waterblocks from some company called MIPS... Never heard of them. :rolleyes: And an overview shot of most of the modest gear going in this build... See? Not a lot of money in this at all! Some RAM or SSDs or something... Some kinda motherboard or two for stuff... I guess these are video cards? Is that right? :shrugs: Some kinda RAID card for stuff... Some kinda modest PSU for like, power, or something... Sound cards? I dunno. Some more RAM and stuff. There's more I guess. But let's get started on tossing some of it in here, okay? Should be a cakewalk, right? ...Right? :unsure: I'll be checking in periodically with more modest stuff to share. Toodles!
  4. As requested by Dusty after I ordered some Darkside LED strips from MNPCTECH, here is my build log. After months of planning it's finally getting underway. Most of the hardware has arrived and that means I can start the build. I will post more details tonight after work but for now I will just put this up.
  5. Parts list Asus Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition 32gig G.Skill 2400mhz ram Intel 4930K SSD- Samsung 840 EVO 250gig SSD- Crucail C300 128 HDD- Western Digital Black 2tb HDD- Western Digital Black 2tb EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition Asus ROG Front Panel PSU- Seasonic 1250 PSU- Corsair 1200AXI Water Cooling XSPC Male to Male rotary fitting XSPC RX V3 RX480 RX V3 360 XSPC EX560 XSPC Raystorm XSPC Chipset waterblock XSPC Ram water block twin plates installed Pump -MCP35x Pump-MCP35x Seven 2150 Gentle Typhoons Fans For Cougar 140mm Fans Lamptron FC8 Fan Controller EK 780ti Classy water block Smoked Acrylic Clear Acrylic UV-Resistant Extruded Acrylic Round Tube, 3/4" OD, 1/2" ID, 6' Length, Clear 18ft Soft Silicone O-Ring Cord Stock, 7/16" Fractional Width, .437" Actual Width Tap for British Standard Threads, 1/4 BSPP Pipe Size, 19 Threads Per Inch Time to Install some Water Cooling Goodies Chipset first I dont know what Asus used but it took forever taking the Poopadilly off There we go, this looks way better Chipset installed Ram Water Blocks installed and Raystorm
  6. So I am going to order the new mercury s8 from caselabs and can't decide if I should go the pesestal route or not. If I do I get a pedestal I will stick my rads in it and will get the full window upgrades on the sides and top of the main case and am concerned it will look a bit like a fishtank. If I don't get a ped the rad will go in the top. Just wanting some other peoples opinions before I order.
  7. I am excited to share My latest project here at the ModZoo :D The Plan for the case is to create a horizontal motherboard ,removable and Watercooled Apparition Apparitional experience, an anomalous, quasi-perceptual experience Vision (spirituality), inspirational renderings, generally of a future state and/or of a mythical being Marian apparition, in which the Virgin Mary is believed to have supernaturally appeared Ghost, the disembodied spirit or soul of a deceased person Doppelgänger, the ghostly double of a living person Bilocation, the ability/instances in which an individual or object appears to be located in two distinct places at the same instant in time Update 1 The cases for the build are 2 Antec P180 mini's :blink: I will need to remove Both motherboard trays hard drive bays and completely unrivet one of the cases so I can make the doors work few shots of the general layout of the build Backside before cutting Let the cutting begin :P Few spare parts after the Carnage Using a Caselabs ATX tech bench for the removable motherboard tray and with a temp gpu for testing Build will have dual 7970's with Ek waterblocks :) few shots of what the front will look like Update 2 will be the hardware list :rolleyes:
  8. CL0S3 IMPACT

    Hurro! So,as you would expect,this is another build log but this time (for a long time) its for me for a change! I am working away on a scratch build in the ITX flavour but got held up trying to get stuff actually made up,so i decided to do a build anyway while im ironing out the wrinkles in it. You can see my scratch design here So i started looking at cases,nothing really caught my eye until i saw the S3 from Caselabs.......well,it ticked all my boxes and,even though its not cheap once its imported,I was sold on it. No expense spared on the naming as usual. The basic hardware will be as follows: Asus IMPACT Z87 ITX mobo,on pre order.....still waiting. i5 or i7...not sure yet as this will be a LAN box/daily driver while the SR2 gets its upgrade,i7 is a bit overkill for this purpose. Plus im delidding it,i5 is a bit less of a hit if my hands of meat ruin it. 780 of some description... Corsair Platinum 2400 ram,Scan have a good deal on this right now. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-ddr3-dominator-platinum-pc3-19200-%282400%29-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-10-12-12-31-dhx- Couple of SSDs...The new Samsung EVO drives look a bit tasty. WD Caviar Black for the pron and pizza pics. Obviously wasserkooled,this time acrylic rather than my standard copper tubing (I dont think Magoo would let anything else happen tbh) So,shall we have a mooch around the case? I went for the full fat S3 with pedestal,windows all round and the vented IO panels I bought the pedestal as a precaution in case my cunning plan doesnt work out like i want,i did mention its going R-ITX rather than horizon right? No? Sorry.......= ) The finish is in primer grey as its having a custom paint job......airbrush work not done by myself so it should look good! Whats in the box Mr Parker? Instructions...thrown away....Im asserting my manliness today. All the nicely wrapped panels in a pile.this is the case bit,the pedestal is an entirely different pile.... First panel and the one that is not being used in the mod (R-ITX remember? Im making my own) I did mention to Caselabs about selling front and back blanks and it was well received so maybe I wont have to make one....... Base panel. A bent piece.....nothing a pair of pliers cant sort tho. And the 2 panels fixed up. Another piece im no likely to use...except the mounts for the SSD and HDD Pick of it inside.[...before it all gets hit with the mod stick. Front panel. Nice mesh. More assembly...... And panels on. Thats all im doing today,the light is going and my hand hurts,tomorrow i will be assembling the ped and then showing roughly what im doing inside before breaking it all down again. If you were wondering how easy is it to build this case...... Im doing it one handed....