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  1. Introductory Blabla When doing research for my builds earlier this year, I started to look into alternatives to zip ties. I absolutely love good cable management, but I am not fond of zip ties. They don't look nice IMO (personal taste, I will admit), they can damage a wire's mantle or the sleeving because it is very easy to overtighten them, and they are incredibly wasteful since most of the time a big chunk of plastic is cut off and discarded. After lots of googling I eventually stumbled upon the precursor to zip ties: Cable lacing. It is still used in quite a few places from what I've read, for example NASA lace the wires and cables on their spacecraft and you may still learn how to do this if you work in the telecom industry. I've also found a US Navy manual on cable lacing techniques, so presumably it's also used in marine environments, at least to some extent. In any case, it took me a while to find suitable information on this, but eventually I found a NASA manual, that Navy handbook I mentioned, a youtube vid and a few other tidbits here and there, and I pieced together a technique which works for me when it comes to managing my PC cables. Part 1 - Lacing a Double Layer Cable The audio is a bit on the low side, sorry about that, but if you turn up the volume it should still work for you I hope. I'm still very inexperienced when it comes to vid processing, but you live and learn. :) To give you a better impression of how this can look in the end, here is a shot of the main wire loom for HELIOS, my current passion project: And mounted into the build: Part 2 - Lacing Small Wire Bundles I would have really liked to do a vid on this as well, but at the moment time just doesn't permit that, so here it is in picture form. I hope it is somewhat understandable nonetheless, otherwise feel free to ask for clarifications. I didn't actually know what this knot was called until I did some digging and found out that it's a sort of whipping knot, to be specific the common whipping if I have understood things correctly. It's not very complicated but not necessarily obvious just from looking at it. Also, it's the same knot I'm using to make the sleeving ends on HELIOS' wires: You can find a tutorial for a variation of this knot here. However, since I only found that website after already having taken my pics I thought I might as well upload them anyway. ;) So, here we go: A loop... ...and around the bundle which you wish to lace, over the original loop. Press down where the two ends cross and hold tight. Then wind the red end around the bundle as many times as you deem necessary. I usually do at least a dozen loops. Thread the end which you have been looping around the bundle through the loop from step one on the side towards which you were looping (it sounds a lot more convoluted than it actually is, just put the end, now yellow, through the original loop). Pull on the other end... ...and tighten the original loop until it slips under all those loops you did around the bundle. Then pull on both ends and tighten things down, which should give you this result. Cut off the ends as close to the package as possible and you have a clean looking knot. :) I hope this is somewhat understandable together with the additional websites, otherwise don't hesitate to ask for clarifications. :) It's really not a very complex knot, just a non-obvious one IME. I hope I've put this in the right forum section, and wish you happy lacing adventures. :) Cheers, -aw
  2. Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great day, and thank you for checking out my build log! First off I have to say I'm really excited about being here, having recently found the modzoo hangouts and listened to quite a few of them. I have been working on this project for a while, but progress has been slow until a week or two ago, and I’m stoked to finally be able to post about it! I’ll first lay out everything I’ve done up to this point, and then update this log regularly as I make progress. Without further ado, let’s go! Background: I’m a highschool student in the Bay Area, and really love PC modding. Apart from a relatively simple and small mod, I haven’t done much - most of my interest is perpetuated by reading/watching other people’s excellent build logs. Hopefully this can be my sort of gateway into the realms of PC modding, and be the first of many projects! Goal: I’m a stickler for clean, understated builds. Don’t get me wrong - I love the builds that go all out as well, but something about that slate, flat appearance really appeals to me. In addition, I love SFF stuff - trying to cram all of your components into as small of a footprint of possible is a challenge (plus materials cost less!) With this build, I’m trying to capture the essence of both, creating as small of a PC case as possible given my current hardware, while maintaining a clean and subdued aesthetic - “monolithic” even (which is where the name came from.) As a side note, this build’s name is completely unrelated to MetallicAcid’s Monolith, which I didn’t know of until this build was underway. As of right now, the build measures in at (273.65 x 112.9 x 264.84mm, 8.18L) excluding the feet, and 8.8L with them included. As it stands now, I believe this is on track to be the smallest M-ATX case built that supports Dual-Slot GPUs (255mm Max), and a fully internal PSU (no DC-ATX Converters.) My intentions aren’t to be the first in the world or anything, I just designed the case around hardware I had (either bought used or donated by friends), and it ended up being pretty small. Materials: The case is made out of a combination of ⅛ and ¼ inch P95 matte acrylic sheets from Tap Plastics. This stuff looks absolutely gorgeous, the way the matte side catches and swallows the ambient light is really something unique. As far as fastening the panels together, I am using Parvum Mod Cubes, in conjunction with various lengths of button head M3 screws, which make the case look pretty industrial/clean IMO. I also used M3 standoffs and nuts to secure the motherboard to the case, and am 3d printing several brackets to mount the GPU and SSD. Parts: Like I stated above, most of my parts either were free from friends, or bought used (on hardwareswap). I’ll list everything I have now, and update it as needed. PC Portion CPU: AMD A10-7890K (Have) Motherboard: MSI A88XM Gaming (Have) RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 1600 G.Skill Bare Black PCB RAM (Have) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9A (Have) SSD: Intel 320 120GB SSD (Have) GPU: EVGA GTX 750Ti FTW ACX (Have) PCIe Riser: 3M 500mm PCIe x16 Riser (Have) PSU: Seasonic M1U Flex ATX 300w (Have) SATA Cable: 300mm Silverstone CP11 Low Profile Black (Have) Case Parts Laser Cut Panels: Tap Plastics P95 Matte Black Acrylic 1/4 and 1/8 inch (Have) Window: Tap Plastics Cast Clear Acrylic 1/8 inch (Have) Mod Cubes: 2x Sets Parvum Mod Cubes (Have) Screws: 6/10/16mm Black M3 Button Head Screws (Have) Standoffs: 6+6mm Black Nylon M3 Standoffs (Have) Nuts: M3 Nuts Black (Have) M3 Washers: Black 8mm M3 Washers (Have) PSU: Black ABS parts printed with a Zortrax M200 off of 3d Hubs (Have) The Design: The case has certainly been through several iterations, and I would like to believe that the latest design (the one I am using) has benefitted from things I have learned along the way. My first concept is pretty similar to what I have now, the basic form is still the same, as well as the Parvum Mod Cube fastening method. However, the way the GPU and PSU were mounted at the back was extremely inefficient as well as the weird slotted grill on the right side panel. My second design is pretty much what I have now. I tweaked things and changed the placement of the PSU and GPU to create a much smaller and more space efficient case, and changed the right side panel to have a direct grill over the CPU cooler. This is the 3d printed GPU Bracket, which will help support the GPU. Since the GPU doesn't have any stress relief from the motherboard's PCIe slot, I felt I should provide some relief in the form of a bracket. Here is the 24+8 Pin Cutout for the 24 Pin ATX cable and 8 Pin EPS Cable. I think this style of an integrated cable combs looks very slick, and have been enamoured with it since I first saw p0pe do it in his Hex Gear Builds. This is the way the motherboard standoffs mount in the case. The motherboard tray is made out of layering two sheets of 1/8 inch acrylic together, with the clearance hole for the standoff cut into the panel closer to the motherboard. There is a hexagonal holder for the M3 nuts cut into the rear panel, which the M3 nut slots into, and allows you to mount the M3 standoffs without any heat press inserts, or thread tapping. Here you can see the mounting holes for the 3M PCIe Riser. This is the SSD mount I'm going to 3d print. The final mount will be a little more subdued, but the basic idea still remains! What I’ve done so far: At the moment of starting this build log, I have laser cut most of the case panels, and am waiting for the 3d printed parts (I can cut the window on Friday.) Here are some photos of the case as it stands right now! Roadmap/Updates: This is as much for me as it is for you guys, which will help me stay on track and culminate my ideas. 3D model the case (Completed) Laser cut the case (In Progress) 3D print mounts/brackets (In Progress) Sleeve/Make custom cables (Planned) LED light the case (Planned) Finish/paint the case (Planned) That’s it guys! Hopefully I’ll have some more posts up soon detailing the issues I’ve had so far, as well as explaining more about how everything works. It would mean the world to me if you followed along, and I’d more more than happy to answer any questions!
  3. Well, the title basically sums up my question. I'm looking at either sleeving my current PSU, a ZX-850W, or buying a new PSU with better looking cables (i.e. flat stock modular cables). I've had this power supply for about 3.5 years. I've tossed around the idea of sleeving it for some time now, and every time I start to do it again, I realise how much of a mess the pin out is on this thing! It is about as far away from a one-to-one pin out as you can get. Basically I'm looking at getting about a $150 in sleeving supplies or using that money towards a new PSU. And if you're wondering, I will eventually sleeve the new one if I get one. So if you're suggesting power supplies, keep in mind I'd like to find one that is better suited to make custom cables for. If anyone has any input or thoughts, please let me know. It's all appreciated!
  4. Hey guys, decided to give u some pics on my last HTPC project wich is built ONLY on parts i had laying around at home. so the components aren't new but still working perfect. Only thing purchased was the case wich is a Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 case. (inverted) I got this case because it was the cheapest decent looking case in the store, also had possibility to invert this case pretty easily and do some minor tweaking for a sleeker look Anyway i will basically let the picture speak for themselves.
  5. 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:
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