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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 :)