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About Birk

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    Lethbridge, AB. Canada
  1. Just got some horrible news. I had for sure chosen the Caselabs mercury S3 case for Calico and was going to probably get the STH10 for Apollo. Looks like I'll have to reconsider these as I'm not skilled enough to do a professional paint job on this, nor do I have any use for a grey or black case and I'm not paying hundreds for a paint shop to paint my case. Looks like It's back to the drawing board in terms of cases.
  2. Hey Bill! any chance of getting 2 120mm fan grills made out of this image for these builds?
  3. Hey Bill, I'm from Lethbridge, Alberta. I do love the Caselabs stuff. I love how customization it is right from the get go. I don't have a whole lot of experience in working with metal and don't really have a lot of tools for it either so outright modding is something that doesn't happen often. I'd love to be able to do it with more confidence and have been watching your videos so who knows maybe I'll take a swing at something in this log. I do have some ideas. I'm really looking forward to getting these builds under way, I'm running on a crippled 2500k build on a P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 board at the moment.
  4. Project "Calico" & Project "Apollo" For the past 15 years that I've been building computers I've always had a few big upgrades that have earned names. These names are Traditionally based on some of my many horses over the years. Some living, some who have passed. These two builds will both have names and I've carefully considered who I'm using. Build 1 Project "Calico" Calico (aka Callie). This was one of my first miniature horses. She was about 33" tall full grown. I trained her from quite young and she ended up a nice little driving horse. She was quite a friend to me when I was younger and has always stayed with me even after passing suddenly of Colic. With this in mind I think I have finally found a build that this suits. Tiny horse, Tiny Platform. CPU: - Intel Core i7 4770K - Already Have MB: - Asus Maximus VI Impact Ram: - Corsair Dominator 16gb - (For now 2x4gb vengence Already Have) Vid: - Radeon 6970 2GB - Already Have PSU: - Corsair TX750M - Already Have SSD - I have a 240 GB Mushkin SSD and a 2tb WD HDD for this but might go with one of the new WD Black2 drives. Case: - Still thinking. Might be Caselabs Mercury S3 Cooling: - Full MITX Board block from Bitspower or EK as well as a 2 Dimm block on the Ram. there will be a block on the 6970 which I've already got mounted. Cooling will depend a pit on the case but it will have at least a 240mm rad. Everything will be completed using Acrylic tubing. Build 2 Project "Apollo" Apollo - Now this boy is still with us and is one hell of a boy. He is a Belgian Draft horse meaning that he is the type used for pulling plows and farm equipment and such. He is about 6 feet tall at his shoulder and weighs 2500lb. I rescued him about 2 years ago, He's 6 now. He was still a stallion meaning that he wasn't fixed yet which when combined with his size made him quite dangerous. When I got him he was very malnourished and had never had any maintenance done This meant that feet and hair were awful. On top of this he also had a broken mandible that had never been treated in over 2 years. I might elaborate through out the build log and I'll have pictures through out also. Needless to say he is now healed up very nicely considering. Anyhow Very big horse, Very big platform. CPU: - Intel Core i7 4930K - Already own MB: - Asus Rampage IV Black Edition Ram: - Corsair Dominator 32gb Vid: - SLI 780ti TBD PSU: - 1200watt, Still undecided. SDD - I have a 240 GB Mushkin SSD and a 2tb WD for this but this might change. Case: - Caselabs - TBD (or might grab a 900D) Cooling: - This will of course be water cooled. I plan to block almost everything. Full board block, Ram Blocks, CPU of course and Graphics cards. There will be 2 separate loops in here and I want to really go overkill on the rads. The reason there is Two builds here is for a couple of reasons. I work from home as a Software Developer and I also game at night although I haven't in awhile cause of many things but now I can again. So I want to get back to having two separate rigs for each thing so that I can have some separation between work and play. Next reason is that both of the CPUs used here are from the Intel Retail Edge (RE) Program. I got both processors for under $400. This build will really get rolling once the CPUs arrive which should be very early in the new year. I think Calico is going to be the primary objective as I really need to get off this dying board lol. Thanks for stopping by!
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