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I am going to be working on two major mods this year, one is the overhaul of my own Sig Rig... but delayed due to cash constraints and waiting for Bulldozer so I thought I would get started with this one as parts are arriving. Just a warning, I anticipate this build to go a couple months at least as I am a freak when it comes to details, and I am still saving up some $ along the way to throw at both systems as items go on sale.

Purpose: To build a personalized rig for my two daughters with Autism (5 and 2). They spend a lot of time on the computer playing simple educational games and watching countless hours of netflix, might as well give 'em their own setup. I wanted something that could grow with them for the elementary years, and even upgrade to better graphics/cpu in the future if necessary. But most of all, I am looking for clean, simple, reliable, and quiet... but fast enough that I won't get annoyed if I have to use it.

Inspiration:



Yes, it's my daughter's dirty shoe, but I wanted to go with something I haven't seen a lot on this site and something that will get the girls psyched about PC's... pink and purple

Components:

Case: Lian Li PC-Q08B
Mobo: Intel BOXDH67CFB3
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100
Ram: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory
HDD 1: Crucial C300 64GB
HDD 2: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5"
PSU: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold

Keyboard and Mouse - Pink/Purple
Sleeving and Connectors - Pink/Purple
Case Interior - Pink/Purple lighting accents with some Pink/Purple Carbon Fiber
Fans - Xigmatek Purple LED 120mm and 140mm

Photos

As often as I get new components. Camera is a Nikon D3000 DSLR, so pics should be decent and abundant.

Schedule

I will try to add updates weekly, but bare with me if things are moving slow. I hate doing things twice and am a psycho with regards to project planning, so there is a method to my madness

First Work Days - Cabling:

Power Supply ordered via NewEgg, ETA Wednesday.
Case Fans and slim sata adapter for dvd drive ordered via NewEgg, ETA Thursday.
Purple Mod/Smart sleeving and molex connectors ordered via FrozenCpu, ETA Friday.
Purple Carbon Fiber Vinyl ordered via Metro Restyling, ETA Saturday?
Pink 450 Paracord orderedvia LightHound, arrived today.



This stuff looks high quality and it was super cheap ($10 for 100 feet). Thanks to Lighthound.com for getting here fast and for throwing in a free keychain light to boot! Pulled out all the inner cables and cut to lengths of 15 feet to make it easier to deal with. Toasted tips with a lighter to prevent frays.

Here is my thinking on incorporating multiple colors into the sleeving scheme - I was able to score UV purple connectors for all of the connectors from my PSU... except for the Sata power, which I could only get white. So I am going to mix and match in some purple sleeving/purple heatshrink with some pink paracord/white heatshrink with purple and white connectors.

Toss this all in with a black interior case and *mostly* blue components and hope I can play some tricks on your eyes by the time I get the custom graphic side panel cut for my case.

I have been chompin' at the bit to get to the sleeving, as I used to build cable assemblies for a living (aerospace) and am excited to see what I can do in a PC.

More on Wednesday, thanks for lookin.
Edited by dutchgenius - 5/23/11 at 10:51pm
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post #2 of 59
Photo's not displaying for me... they're links.


Glad I read the post carefully. I was about to bash you for such a horrible colour scheme; then saw it was for your girls! I'm sure they'll be over the moon

GPU? Onboard? Hope some glitter's going to feature somewhere
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Photo's not displaying for me... they're links.


Glad I read the post carefully. I was about to bash you for such a horrible colour scheme; then saw it was for your girls! I'm sure they'll be over the moon

GPU? Onboard? Hope some glitter's going to feature somewhere
photos fixed.

Going onboard GPU until the upgrade is warranted. No sense in wasting the dough on a card that wont get used.
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post #4 of 59
Very cool! I am sure they will love it.

Sub'd for a good dad.
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I'm looking forward to this build; an idea with great motivation usually turns out fantastic!
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Subbed =D
Nice to see other colors than black xD
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good luck for your project
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As promised, something came via UPS today. My first ever Seasonic PSU via Newegg, and let me say this thing is choice. yes it was pricey, but the fully modular design was a must and the quality is clearly apparent. The packaging is so nice, I thought I was opening a bottle of scotch underneath that velvet bag:







It is easy to see why Corsair uses these PSU's with their own name on it, no doubts about quality. This is how she looks before being covered in Purple Carbon Fiber Vinyl Wrap (hoping before the weekend). So immediately I start unsleeving, extracting, and labeling the pins for sleeving which should be here Friday to join my Paracord.



The sleeving was actually half decent with adhesive heatshrink... but no match for a scalpel and a clean razor blade. Here are the other tools I will be using for this as well:



... and a close up of my homemade extractor:





If you have ever worked with building engineering/aerospace cables, you recognize this extractor. It is the industry standard for inserting/extracting 20 AWG D-Subminature pins/sockets. Back when I was at Honeywell, we ran into some particularly small Molex mini-fit Jr. sockets that were a pain. We took some flush cutters to this round one, and it worked like a dream. I have had it going on 3 years now (always hang on to a good tool).

So the plan for the rest of the week is to get all the wires prepped for the sleeving on Friday. I am still deciding if I want to use the stock cable lengths or if I want to cut them for my exact case... sadly I dont have the case yet to measure (fingers crossed for next week). Seasonic was smart in designing the daisy chain cables like the molex power and sata power in alternating length intervals, so each one applies to a different case size/application.

Purple Xigmatek case fans tomorrow, boring stuff for now. Thanks again for checking in.
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Oh I'm subbing this! this looks like it is going to be good. But there have to be better boards for less? Newegg has an H67 ITX board for ~$90 from Asrock.
Edited by animal0307 - 5/25/11 at 10:11pm
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This looks like it will be good!
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