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  1. 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 :)
  2. Hello everyone! :lol: i'm new in this forum and i'm from Italy.I've joined this forum to follow worklogs and to share mine! So here we go: BLACK & GOLD 600T Asus Sabertooth 990fx r2Amd FX 8320 (VID: 1,1875 / Clock 3,511 MHz / Idle-Full = 19°C-55°CCorsair h100i + Gentle Typhoon AP15 120mmPalit GeForce GTX 770 Jetstream 4gbKingston HyperX Beast 16gbCorsair AX750 Gold SeriesSSD Samsung Evo 120gbSSD Corsair Force 3 120gb (cache disk)HDD Segate Barracuda 3Tb 2 months ago i started modding my case (Corsair Graphite 600t SE), by modify some small things as the top mesh, the 5,25 bay cover and an homemade clear side panel. But after a bit, i wanted to start a real project, so i modeled and fast-rendered an example to follow: Cut off the 5,2 bay, and varnished all in matte black... I started to cover all internal surfaces with carbon fiber effect film, studied a metal grid to attach the SSDs, and re-made the interior wall and covered with carbon fiber film... ...and to the grid i cutted an hole in order ro re-utilize the original 600t rubber grommet Now my rig looks like this: I also started to model the side panel in 3D for a futur remake (maybe), and i had fun with 3D compositing :P Next mods will be: Frontal intake 140mm fanBlack sleeved cables installationLED illlumination systemRemake clear side panel I hope you like my workog, and i apologize for my not perfec english :unsure:
  3. Aye guys, Found this forum through the mod zoo facebook page and thought i should share my pride and job on this forum. How it is at the moment: It is a Antec P180B with dual internal 240mm radiators. One front mounted RX240 and another middle mounted Blackice GTS240 with a MCP655 pump and various blocks. Alot of thought went into everything, and although it doesent look like much, in my mind i have achieved perfect form and function. Its cramped if you think about it, but it runs well. This project is ongoing, currently in its second stage, with a third stage planned when i have time again.
  4. After at least two years of complete silence from my side, it's time to get back into casemodding once again. The case which the mod is going to based on, is Phanteks Enthoo Primo, a one-hell-of-a-beast case, suitable for high performance water cooling. I don't do 3D sketches of how my mod is going to be, as most of you guys are doing. I'm more into doing the whole thing as the project goes, at least that is how i work the best. :) Here is some list of what the overall theme is going to be, and what kind of hardware there is going into it: Color theme: Black, White and Blue Hardware: Motherboard: MSI Z68A-GD80 G3CPU: Intel i5 2500K @ 4.2 - 4.4 GHzMemory: 4 x 4GB @ 1600 MHz (Might be changed)GFX: Gigabyte HD7870 OC (Looking for another one, for a CrossFire setup)OS Disk: 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS (Either I'm going to buy a 240GB og getting another 120GB, for raid)PSU: 1200W SilverStone Strider Gold EvolutionWell, let's first take a look at the actual case. That's how it looks right from the factory, but lets get started on the modding part. :) I'm really eager to get it going. First off, i removed all the mesh, and there is a lot of that on this case. Sanded it, primed it, and painted it white. Looks quite good, better than i had expected. :) As i don't own any optical drives, I'm going to remove the bottom of the 5.25" cage, to get more room for the upcoming water cooling, and some other stuff. But as Bill told in his video review of the case, the 5.25" cage is attached to the actual case with both screws and rivets, so firstly i removed all the rivets, and drilled the holes a bit larger, and cut a 4mm thread into the holes, so i don't have to rivet it together once again. That's it, for the first update, and thanks for peeking. And also, thanks a lot to my sponsors, for letting me do this, and making it all possible. :)
  5. Hello everyone! I suppose it is about time that I unvieled the project that I have been working on for about 3 weeks now. I present to you the victim... This particular powermac G4 was on the way to the scrap heap when I rescued him. I have never really liked macs, and so I am going to enjoy tearing this one apart and building it into a usable windows machine. I originally planned to strip paint off of the inside of the case, but as you will see, it isn't fun and doesn't look all that great. So anyways, let's clean her up... I don't think you need any of that... Important! I need to save a few crucial parts from my tear-down. First will be the front panel connectors. My friend Design for Paragon helped me immensely with his guide on how to properly re-wire this connection so it will work on a standard motherboard. He also helped me by sending me some motherboard standoffs that he used in his build here. In addition, the power supply is an important piece to save. Depending on my configuration, I may choose to buy a small form factor power supply that actually can fit within the original housing, therefore eliminating some problems. (need to check if feasible though). So onward! This time, I get to have fun trying to get this daayumn paint off. Well, this looks fun... Super clean! might actually work if you don't dilute it like I did... So... long ...really... long story short, this is a pain in the butt. I tried sandpaper, steel wool, acetone and a steel wire attachment for a drill (that was fun lol), but they all seemed to have their own problems. Sandpaper and the steel wire scratched the plastic to hell, and acetone took forever and left the paint in sort of a grey residue. I did the front and top panel and painted them after a combo of these methods got them almost black. However, once the paint dried, I knew it simply wasn't worth it. There were blemishes and scratch marks from prior abuse (lived in a school for crying out loud). So I decided (at the time of posting this actually) to forego my idea and simply coat the outer shell in whatever colors I decide. This has another benifit. The apple logo on the side of the case can not be removed, and this allows me to paint over it or cover it in another way. For your viewing displeasure... AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW? All that paint scrubbing took up like the past two weeks of my life and I just decided to undo all that work. Oh well, live and learn. So a few things... 1. Do you think I should go for a matte finish to contrast with that sexy mirror dual 5.25" door?2. I just realized I haven't talked about why this thing is going to be star wars themed?!?!?!3. Recommendations for hardware? (no I don't think water cooling) SO WHY STAR WARS?Well for one, It's awesome. And more informatively, it is one of my favorite movie series. Ever. I grew up watching these movies and I love sci-fi in general. One problem you may have noticed is the lack of windows in this design. The side panel can't be used due to the motherboard being mounted on in and the other side panel houses the power supply! How could you possibly remedy this situation?! In my sleep-deprived mind at about 12pm a few nights ago, I finally figured it out. Basically, the top of the case is relatively debris free.As you can see, there is a nice open area, good for airflow. That bottom cage had a fan mounted in it, but it can be removed if necessary. Still not catching on? I plan to cut a rectangle (with rounded edges) through the top of the case (plastic and metal) and cover the opening with some sort of clear acrylic. After that, I plan to angle a mirror located along the bottom of the case that reflects the image of the motherboard and GPU back up at you. Ironically, in physics class the next day we started our unit on mirrors and lenses. Tell me what you guys think! :) P.S. I kinda am crazy/creative
  6. Oi lads! After months of wedding planning, moving to a new apartment, new job and everything else Im back, and this time with a casemod, usually Im working from scratch. I will hopefully learn a lot by this small project and get more modding experience. In my opinion I've found the ultimate mini-itx case, the Cubitek Mini Cube. Ever since I installed a computer for a friend in this case I have been in love. It is clean-looking, has A LOT of space behind the motherboard for both cablemanagement and harddrives. My idea of this casemod is to make a "stealth" mod. Everything will be black except for some small details that will be the small contrast to all the black. So I will start by taking the case in two parts and paint everything that isnt black. Then I will be installing a 240mm radiator in the front, yes you heard me, I will be making a big hole in that nice-looking frontpanel. But dont worry, I will be covering it up with one of the most awesome-looking radiator grills from Aquacomputer. This is the hardware Im aiming for, most of it I already have. MB: MSI Z87I CPU:Intel I5 4670K GPU: Zotac GTX 760 RAM: 2x4gb Corsair Dominator Platinum SSD: Samsung 840 120gb PSU: Be-Quiet! Dark Power Pro P10 550W CASE: Cubitek Mini Cube _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Thats all for now. Im currently planning and measuring out where to put the radiator and window and stuff like that. But I will update as soon as possible. I hope you like it. While you wait I would really appreciate if you liked to check out my facebook-page. There you will find more updates, giveaways and other computer related stuff. With kind regards Johan Nyman
  7. Hello everyone! You might have seen this build before, why? Because this project log was started in 2012. But then, why are you here again? Well this project is kind of a never ending story for me, I upgraded the hardware along the way and changed it, I still have it and I still change it. But I never was totally satisfied with it. AMD also released their A-10 7850K a while ago and I really wanted to have this in this small build to make it a really awesome HTPC, but how should I be able to cool 100W in this small case? I will watercool it, first with a Corsair H75 and further on I will make an entire custom loop in this small case. That is what Im going to show you now, but first, if you have time, go through the worklog to see how I built this case from the beginning. I will list all the updates further down. The new hardware in this case will be: MB: MSI A88XI AC CPU: AMD A10 7850K RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 2x4GB 2400MHz PSU: Streacom ST-NANO150 SSD: Corsair Force LS 120GB FANS: 2x Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 New things to do: New front and backplate out of aluminium.Sleeve the new PSU and all the other cables.Cut a bigger hole in the bottom for 2x 120mm fans.Installing the Corsair H75.Sand down all edges and polish them.New case feet.Custom loop? I got the idea for this build when I was looking at some of the acrylic I had left from Cold Winter. Saw some nice shape coming. So I started cutting, and got these two acrylic pieces: I got some nice hifi-looking feet and some hinges to put the two pieces together. Then I made a front and backplate and powdercoated them white. Installed a LCD and a simple power switch. Installed a simple Intel Atom motherboard with 4gb ram and a lot of harddrive space. Installed a intake 100mm fan under the motherboard. And here is the final pictures Hardware pics Right side Left side Back Front Thanks for visiting! Johan Nyman
  8. I have a Red Prodigy and I am looking to trade the Red front for a Black one. Normally, I would run right out and get a Black Prodigy to swap the parts with. Ending up with a Red Prodigy with Black front and a Black Prodigy with Red front. But, I'm cheap, so I'd rather find someone who likes the opposite look of what I want. If you're wondering what it would look like...... This a series of color swaps Overclockers UK did: http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18501819
  9. Table of Contents (Note: I'll be using the original post dates to allow you to get a better impression of the build's progress.) 01. - 2013-APR-30: Why Dremel When You Can Drill? 02. - 2013-MAY-01: Progress On Back Panel - First Fitting 03. - 2013-MAY-06: The PSU Mount 04. - 2013-MAY-20: Modding/Sleeving the PSU & The HDD Tower 05. - 2013-MAY-21: PSU Sleeving - Continued 06. - 2013-MAY-22: Making a Custom Fan Controller 07. - 2013-MAY-29: Fan Controller & PSU Finished 08. - 2013-MAY-29: Back Panel - Progress 09. - 2013-MAY-30: Reservoir Modding 10. - 2013-JUN-23: Complete (For Now) 11. - 2013-OCT-20: Small Addendum On the Aquainlet Reservoir Prologue Hello everyone! suggested I join this place and post some of my work, and he tends to give some good advice in my experience, so I thought I better follow it (we share a crippling addiction to copper). I have also been following MNPCTech on Youtube for quite a while. And what better way to introduce myself than a build log.... :D This is a build I did in spring 2013. Its eventual purpose will be to serve as our HTPC, a file and media server and it will do some computing for BOINC. Until my other build is up and running, it is currently serving as my personal rig though. Some of you may be familiar with it. The basic concept: Replace the back panel of the R4 with a custom one in order to fit a 360 radiator back there (couldn't do it in the front: HDDs). Also, the PSU has been relocated to the front. The End Result I hope this image size works for you guys, otherwise please let me know and I can switch to a different resolution. (click image for full res) The Name Zwieback Exceeding Useful Specifications. Because: Why not? Zwieback is a hilarious word IMO, and in English doubly so (I don't know why I think that, I just do.) I have been naming my rigs after Greek deities ever since I played the original Deus Ex (still love that game). I also might have a slight weakness for Greek mythology in general... Main PC Guts M/B: MSI Z77A-GD65CPU: Intel i7 2600kRAM: TBDGPU: OnboardSSD: Intel 335 60 GBHDD's: 4 x WD RE4 2 TBHDD's: 3 x WD Red 3 TBPSU: BeQuiet 550 WCase: Fractal Design R4 w/ window side panelW/C PartsCPU Block: EK Supreme HF Acetal/CopperPump: Aquacomputer Aquastream StandardRes: Aquacomputer Aquainlet blue anodizedRad Fans: 3 x SP120 quietRadiator: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 360 mmAlright then, let's get to it! :)
  10. Hello everyone! now it's time for me to share the worklog of my latest build. The Titanium S. This is a collaboration work with my friend Ejay Bosquit where he is my first client. He really requested that I should build him a special modded rig and since he agreed that I will void every warranty of the parts that he will buy and I'm the one who will be deciding the entire look of the build, so I said "Yes! Let's build it." I let Ejay choose which hardware he will buy and use for this build since he has the budget to do so and basically he is the financer of this build. And on the modding and design part, that would be my responsibility. So let's start. First, I wanted to create a new Flagship for my Titanium family. And this will be perfect. It has no theme like the Titanium, just pure freedom. But this time it will be better. Better 90degree motherboard tray conversion, unique color theme, better layout and sexier look. That's why I called it Titanium "S". Because for some reason it's Special, Sporty, Sexy and and it's about Speed. Spec List: Rampage IV Extreme (in Black) Intel Core i7 3970X Cooler Master Cosmos II Corsair 16Gb 2400MHz DDR3 EK Waterblocks 2x Aqua Computer AirPlex 420 Radiators with Corsair AF140 4x GTX780 Reference with EKWB EVGA Supernova 1500w PSU Samsung 840 PRO 250GB in RAID0 Custom Copper Tubes (yes, that is copper tubing!) Rotated motherboard mounting Relocated PSU mounting FTW sleeving So let's start modding!!!