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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.

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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.

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Alright...

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I guess I have some work ahead of me.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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. :)

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I'm guessing Mod/Smart or something based on the housing. Oh well; it works fine.

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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...

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Oh, and hey, a couple more slow CPUs! Wow, four CPUs? Must be something going on.

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Found a Bigfoot NIC in the box too.

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A box full of some waterblocks from some company called MIPS... Never heard of them. :rolleyes:

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And an overview shot of most of the modest gear going in this build... See? Not a lot of money in this at all!

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Some RAM or SSDs or something...

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Some kinda motherboard or two for stuff...

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I guess these are video cards? Is that right? :shrugs:

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Some kinda RAID card for stuff...

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Some kinda modest PSU for like, power, or something...

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Sound cards? I dunno.

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Some more RAM and stuff.

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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:

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I'll be checking in periodically with more modest stuff to share. Toodles!

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lol loving the "i dunno what this stuff is" lines - cracking me up... and wow what a ton of $$$ going into this build - going to be rad.

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holy cheese genitals batman! (notice no cheese balls.. only genitals) that is what dreams are made of lol my rig just went to cry itself to sleep.. will be looking toward the end result.

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lol loving the "i dunno what this stuff is" lines - cracking me up... and wow what a ton of $$$ going into this build - going to be rad.

Heh heh... but seriously, I don't know what you're referring to. :|

Is this Performance - Pc Yes I'll need 4 of everything and do you have someone that can put it all together?

LOL

holy cheese genitals batman! (notice no cheese balls.. only genitals) that is what dreams are made of lol my rig just went to cry itself to sleep.. will be looking toward the end result.

Dreams or nightmares considering the sheer amount of stress this thing has put me through...

must share link with Jim @ CaseLabs, during our podcast with him, he will love this

Absolutely, bro! Jim will know exactly what project this is, I'm sure. :)

Dang... I can't even afford one side of what's in that case...

You and me both, man!

Hubris... That's the bone that isn't in the "leg bone connected to the..." song, right?

Where's the backup generator to replace a standard battery backup? :lol:

LOL!

the only thing that could define hubris better would be 4 titans instead of 680s... holy frijoles. shouldn't there be a dragon protecting all that loot?

Sure, now. This project was started at beginning of January, so the Titans weren't streeted quite yet. :)

Some countries don't have this much computing power...

LOL, soooo true...

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Continuing on with this modest build...

You know, EVGA really needs to make these boards a little bigger and little more cool. I'm just not impressed.

Such a modest board.... Probably set the client back $50 or so, right?

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I need to install the CPU(s) on the board here and toss a couple of blocks on them. Let's do that.

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Nice and clear socket area too. Free of obstructions for, you know, waterblocks and stuff.

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Socket cleared and ready for CPU.

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And dropped in one of the slowest-of-the-slow CPUs on to the board. Rinse, repeat.

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There we go. Now, just need to install the posts for the waterblocks...

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Nice that there's some threaded holes here on the socket for that. A minor convenience, I suppose. *yawns*

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Thermal-pasted and just about done.

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Dropped a twin of that slow CPU in the other socket and installed the block as well.

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All done!

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Moving on.

Client wants to watercool this lower-tier motherboard's components, among other things. I don't know why, personally. I mean, it's not like it's overclockable or anything...

I need to do some prep-work for that. Let's pop off the stock cooling and have a look under the hood, shall we?

A few screws removed and the stock cooling comes off easily.

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Nice. Kind of reminds me of the surface of the Deathstar...

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Argh! Just my luck! The blasted German waterblocks' instructions are in German! Yeah, thanks, guys.... Falsch THIS!

Oh, wait...

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One of the FET blocks to be tossed on here. Nice block! Nice and modest to match the rest of the build.

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Clean machining.

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A couple screws holding on the stock FET sink. Pop those off...

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I'll just borrow that from you there.... thanks.

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And installed. Nice and clean. And modest.

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Dropped on the chipset block as well after cleaning the components and putting down some TIM and/or tape...

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It's almost like you don't even notice it on the board, being so... modest. Yeah, that's the word that works.

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One board done! I have another one to do as well.

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I'll check in soon with more. Thanks for reading this modest log. Toodles!

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Continuing on this odyssey...

Time to start some prep-work on the modest graphics cards. After popping the stock cooling off, need to clean off the stock thermal paste and get the waterblock seated.

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Nice, clean layout. That's how I like my modest video cards.

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Beautiful blocks, EK. Very...what's the word I'm looking for?.... Ah, modest.

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Very clean and attractive. I've been using Eddy's stuff for ages. For the record, I happen to like the CSQ design, but to each their own.

Finished off two of these for this side of the rig... And then followed up with two more...

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I have to admit though... I have a love/hate relationship with the FC-Link and bridge system... One slight deviation, and there's a leak. :/

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Installed on the board and in the rig! Looks nice, clean, and most of all....modest.

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The bridge system really pops when done like this.

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Moving on, I also finished up on installing the other mobo's blocks too. Did I mention there were two of these tiny EVGA boards?

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MIPS blocks look nice and cozy.

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Very nice looking blocks in my humble opinion. I love the stark bland kind of look; looks custom to me. Technically, they are!

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Alright, time to install a couple more CPUs on the second board.

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Same, exact steps as the last one, so nothing new here.

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Nothing new, except for the second set of slow CPUs going on this board...

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Quick little drop-in here... That snapping sound when I closed the bracket; is that normal?

I'm kidding. ...or am I?

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...And all done!

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Well, I certainly hope it was manufactured after that date. I don't think the chipset or even the socket-type was on the drawing-board yet! Unless..... ah HA! It's from the future! It's so obvious.

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I'll be back soon with some more stuff. Enjoy!

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Ahhh! Another naked evga video card! Ahhh!

...Sorry, ptsd.

I have to say the EK blocks are much better now. When they first introduced that look, the screw holes were wherever. It pretty much ruined the circles in a grid pattern design.

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...to discover alien porn sites.

I cannot deny love for dual CPU mobos tho...

This is true... Apparently, after using one, you can't go back to regular desktop.

Ahhh! Another naked evga video card! Ahhh!

...Sorry, ptsd.

I have to say the EK blocks are much better now. When they first introduced that look, the screw holes were wherever. It pretty much ruined the circles in a grid pattern design.

LOL

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Continuing the modesty that is this build...

I need to start prep-work for the RAM, which is also being watercooled. So that means popping off the stock cooling solution for something a bit more interesting.

Let's do that.

The client's memory choice is Kingston. Haven't used their stuff in years, but never had anything really bad to say about it.

But the name... Kingston. ...Kings ton? So a kings' ton differs from regular ton? Are they implying that a King has a different class of weight measurement? Or is it merely a saying? And why is there more than one King? Wouldn't that technically mean a poly-monarchy, which defeats the political ideology of a monarchy and is actually an oxymoron or paradox in the 1st place?

Perhaps I'm reading too far into it. Moving on.

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Nice looking sticks! Very modest.

The name "HyperX Predator" really imply a sense of....modesty.

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Alright, enough screwing around. I need to get some of these on the sticks. RAM blocks from MIPS.

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After a few minutes of swearing and careful, light pressure, I was able to remove the stock sinks off the ICs.

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RAM sticks don't look as interesting with the cooling removed. The irony of it all is the stock cooling is probably more like stock heating... RAM seems to run cooler nekked.

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Anyways, I'll be slapping on the 8815 thermal-tape on these which is the perfect thickness for the block's interface. 8815 is a 3M product! Which is a product of Minnesota. So, of course it rocks.

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RAM is encapsulated by the shell held together with some socket-cap screws.

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Machining work is beautiful, as expected from MIPS. Client mentioned they were a bitch to get from them too!

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RAM sticks installed on mobo with the block installed on top of the sticks. I've developed a love/hate relationship with these RAM blocks too.

You need to install the sticks on the board, and once installed, you slap the block on top and align it to the holes on the tops of the stick sinks which contains a square nut, which a set of socket-cap screws goes in to install the block to them. But the nuts tend to "walk" around slightly in the cavity, as I discovered, so it takes a some finagling to get it to finally install correctly. Once it's in, you're home-free.

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Nice, clean and most of all, modest looking on the board. Absolutely nothing to be proud of here!

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Rinse, repeat for the rest of the 8-thousand sticks that are going in this little build, and installed.

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MIPS blocks mesh really well with the EK-Supremacys, IMHO.

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I put one more strip of the 8815 between the blocks and the stick-sinks, which worked perfect; held the block in place enough for me to play the hole alignment game.

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Quick shot of the main system for the client, side A or left side. Personally, I'm a big fan of inverted ATX myself, but to each their own. Stills looks nice!

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Both sides of the dual-rig will be powered by a pair of little bitty PSUs here...

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Apparently these things are nice. I wouldn't know, however. As long as they're modest.

I like the wrinkle-powder finish on them though.

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I'll be back soon with more to share!

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So... has your client ran a 20 amp electrical line to his computer room yet? :lol: I can see the breaker box labels now: "oven, dryer, AC, computer."

I hope it's not going in his bedroom. The electrician will think he's up to something kinky.

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