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Rockcrawler X99 [Finished]

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Hey everyone,

I'm back with a new build. I'm making a companion for the Sabranco humvee. It will be a fast build as it needs to be finished by 22nd of May. As soon as it is done it will be joining the Humvee at Computex 2015.  

As parts arrive i will let you know what the specs will be.  

But i want to give a huge thank you to Corsair Johan and the people over at Asus (won't name you but you know who you are ;)) for believing in this project.
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I got myself a GoPro camera and will be doing a complete time lapse video of the entire build. I hope to add every bit separately as the build moves forward
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The concept. A very rough render of what it will look like. Have made some small changes but nothing too big.
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The Truck at Asus HQ
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First step to drill some holes in the 6mm aluminum sheet so i can fasten it on the bed of the mill.
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Wish i had made my mill a bit bigger. Sheet fastened
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Ready to roll
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Turned out pretty could, some tiny marks on the alu but will be easy to sand away
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Over to the acrylic
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Next update in a couple of days,
Alex

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Sweet setup you have there, the build looks very interesting:)

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I can't wait to see this all said and done.  :lol:

Cheers!

 

Sweet setup you have there, the build looks very interesting:)

Thx! I hope it will be :)

 

This will be great Ace, I just started playing this game called Spin Tire and this looks like its right out of the game.

lol, awesome!

 

Always loved those Russian box-trucks. I never thought to make a computer out of one, though. -Maybe an RV, but not a computer.

yeah, they are pretty cool. It's quite hard to fit a full size atx in an rc car so there are not many options out there. Also when it had to be a military vehicle the choices were even less. If you build in an RV you need to have a whole family with computers, like atx and itx :D

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Back with another update,

Hardware for the mod:
 - X99 Sabranco motherboard
- Intel I7 5960X
- Titan black
- 8 x 8Gb DDR4 2400Mhz Dominator Platinum Ram
- H80i GT watercooler
- Neutron GTX 240GB SSD
- SP120 PWM Quiet fans
- RM 650 PSU
-Corsair sleeved cable kit

First some hardware pics (Sorry for the bad photos, have great camera but not very good at using it)


Think most of the pics speak for themselves but i have to say i really like the corsair water cooler.

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Last but not least, def my favorite ram! (It just arrived so that's why its not in the first picture)
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On to some modding!

Assembled all the pieces i milled and did a quick test to see if even the motherboard would fit
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Motherboard plate
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The mill was too small so had to mill it and turn it around and mill again.
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Someone did a great job gluing this together, decided it was safer to cut it rather than trying to pry it apart
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Made som support bars for the underside of the truck bed, just for show
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All assembled
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A quick test fit
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After the quick test fit i wasn't very happy. The overhang was just too much and it did not look like it was meant to be there. So i decided to make some small changes. Stripping everything off.
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Decided to cut the frame and extend it with 50mm.
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Milled some brackets that mounts flush with the frame
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Much better
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Everything is still very rough but want to be sure everything is right before i start cleaning up all the parts.

Next update in a few days!

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Back with another update!
Deadline got shortened a bit so i didn't have time to do any updates, but on the upside i can finish the build log now.

After trying a quick assembly i realized that the suspension and tires were too soft. I filled the "hollow" tires with some stiff foam and upgraded the springs with some "heavy" duty ones i found in the shops.
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Now it sits straight and no flat tires.
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Made a bracket for the PSU, a bit rough looking but cleaning all bits at once when i know everything fits.
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Time to make the PSU shroud/Radiator holder
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Milled some slots and some grooves for easier bending
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A bit of bending
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Turned out pretty good
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Next up is to drill holes and tap the sides of the aluminum frame. Decided to make a template of lexan so i could drill all holes quickly and get them perfectly in the middle.
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After a lot of cleaning it was time to powder coat all the aluminum. Just love the black texture on the parts.
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Cabin painted (sorry for the crappy photo)
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Let the assembly begin!
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Sanded the acrylic with 1200grit paper. Didn't want it completely see through and i didn't wanna see the scratches, turned out ok
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Tail lights installed
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IO panel test fit
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Forgot to take pictures on painting the gpu but here it is in all its glory (titan black)
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I found three M3 holes on the back of the GPU, so it was easy to make a bracket for it so it hovers over the motherboard.
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Sneaky gf
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Not much left now
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Everything fits nicely, Only one dvi port that's not really usable. I only ever use one monitor so not really an issue. I didn't wanna raise the whole structure just for the dvi port.
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Lights working
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Running nice and cool
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Had to take it outside
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If you happen to be at Computex be sure to check it out over at Asus!
Thx for looking!

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I'm sorry if you addressed this in your log, but how do you connect your graphics card to your motherboard like that? Almost all the risers and extensions I've seen are sort-of dodgy or have extremely mixed reviews and I'd like to know exactly what you used.

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Got a few nice pics from Computex and some that Asus took. Thought i would share them with you aswell. NordicHardware also made a nice video of it. It's in Swedish so it might not be for all of you :)

Thx to Richard for the photos at Computex!
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That's all for now :)

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