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post #1 of 16
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this is a worklog that someone asked me to post here, it is copied/pasted as i went along, and is still on-going - anyway, enjoy

I am ecstatic to reveal that i have been sponsored by one of the best names in the business PHOBYA

thought i;d put together a nice image



i hope i am not breaking any rules as Phobya is the manufacturer and are not direct competitors


i sold my old rig, and got myself some shiny new parts - had a budget of £450 and went slightly over (~£25)

specs are:

- i7 2600
- MSI H67 E45
- 4GB OCZ Platinum
- TX650
- CM 690 lite
- 5850 Extreme
- H50
- Sharkoon white ccfl
- E700 tv card
- two sata dvd drives

I bought the components AGES ago, but due to family commitments, am starting the build today!

Right then, ive printed off the guide, got the cat out of the room and here are the pics so far:







I had a PITA replacing the 120mm coolermaster fan with the 140mm Xigmatel because the screws were of such poor quality that the teeth were gone in seconds - i need to see where i can get more of these





Got the bottom drive from MM, when i test it, ill leave feedback



i had to really think about the order of installation because of the h50 with push/pull

i ended up doing it like this:
1) screw rad into case with standard case fan
2) ram, and backplate onto mobo
3) install mobo into case
4) install cpu and h50 retention plate
5) connect h50 pump block and screw down
6) connect other fan for push/pull

it was quite hairy at times with such a small board, but here are the pics so far






















i think it is looking good now, but one thing i dont like is the h50 backplate - why is it wonky with 1155/1156!?

also, i bought a spare set of h50 screws from the bay for the push/pull config

the h50 isnt set an an intake, still as an exhaust, but from my readings, it will make little difference, especially with pushpull

i have put in the hard drives

ill be contacting coolermaster about the drive bays though as the rubber grommets have started to disintegrate already

i had a few thoughts about the ssd:

1) stick it under the mobo so that it could be seen - but becuase of where the leads go, it would have to updise-down.... nope

2) stick it on the psu somewhere - trailing leads aroung?... nope

3) stick it on the hdd cage - the nobules were in the way... nope

4) no 2.5/3.5 bay adapter so just used double-sided tape - result below






the reason for the backup OS drive is that this will my uni machine and i really need stability so if the ssd starts to BSOD or whatever, i can just swap the cables to the backup drive and get back to work

right then, what i did was to install everything i wanted onto the ssd, then use clonezilla to clone the ssd onto the backup OS drive

Clonezilla took about 15mins to copy ~30GB which i think is pretty decent

after, i unplugged the backup OS drive and connected my two 2tb storage drives

ive since attached the white sharkoon ccfl with the same take, but they kept falling down, so i cable-tied them to holes in the case

i have also bought a dremel and am practicing cutting with it as i intend to cut a window out - i know i could have bought a windowed sidepanel, but i wanted to do it myself - if i was going to go down the easy route, i would have bought a pre-built pc

anyway, this is the machine as it is currently (minus the ccfl's)



i will post a FINAL final picture when i have cut the window and i can show you the lights as well

since the last time, i have gotten a proper ssd bracket, removed the double sided tape - i no lenger recommend it beucase it took off the warranty sticker as i was taking it off

anyway, i have used cable ties to secure all the ccfl's and the inverter and that is all nice

I finally got delivery of the masking tape - i ordered it on the 15th of august!

That is the last time i buy from that "powerseller"

i am mid-way cutting the panel for the acrylic, ill update with pictures tomorrow

Tools for cutting:

- Dremel 300 - £40
- Dremel Speedclic mandrel - £8
- Dremel Metal 38mm cutting discs - £12
- 3M Scotch 4010 masking tape for car respraying - £6.50
- 3M Double sided tape (cant remember code) - £4.50
- U-Channel piping to go around window edge - £3
- Perspex Acrylic whatever its called - £9

Total cost: ~£80 when a windowed panel is under £20

i am doing this for the experience and the tools, not the window - i already have a windows side panel and i dont like the acrylic they use

The BIG problem with the window was that the fan vents are very high at the top of the panel so it is very difficult to cut enough so that it will but a strip of double sided tape in there

anyway, im trying the lest i can and if i bodge it up - never mind - its my first time doing something like this!

I have left 1.5cm from the perspex edge to the window edge for the double sided tape, if the tape doesnt hold, ill use rivets - but im hoping that is avoidable

What i have done is draw the four straight edges and then use a compass to draw the rounded corners, i am cutting the straight edges first so that i can get my eye in and also so that the disc wears down so that it is smaller and easier to cut the corners - a tip i gleaned from many youtube videos

also, the BIG tip is to but from the back and do small touches with the dremel along the length of the line and then go back over doing deeper touches, if you try to force it down, you can shatter the disc, chip the paintwork, etc etc

it is better to do it bit by bit than rush and try to do it all at once - i frequently stop to have a drink and stretch my back - it is very tiresome using the dremel as it is ALOT of concentration and alot of vibrations going through your hands - not to mention your holding it at an odd angle for prolonged periods of time!

Remember to hold the dremel at the grip points and hold it like a pencil, with both hands, and apply pressure very gently with the tips of your fingers for the best finish

I practiced on an old dell side panel before going ahead with this

I WAS using the unbranded B&Q fibre-glass cutting discs and i went through 4 of them cutting a window on the dell practice panel - the Dremel ones are 1000x better! they cut cleaner and i have dont four straight edges and it looks unworn - practically new!

Right then, when i finish the corners, sand it down and stick the perspex ill be doing some updated photos


this is just a quick update to drop off some more photos of what i have been working on this week

everywhere i applied for project sponsorship had been denied - but i am hoping that i can get some for my next build











i am awaiting some PWM fans for spraying and sleeving

I am also awaiting some heatshrink as the stuff i have doesnt shrink tight enough

EDIT: BTW, iv i havent mentioned before, i am doing a black and white build

i recieved my first sponsorship delivery today - this is just something so salivate over





i will be taking temps before and after the GT installation BTW
post #2 of 16
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the fan has dried, ive reassembled it and thank god i didnt lose that small retention ring!

anyway, here are the pics


































i will need to open her up again to incrorperate the Phobya Extension cables so i thought i would also remove the mesh panels on the front and back and spray them white

what do you think so far? any other suggestions?
post #3 of 16
The system is looking really great. Really like the gentle typhoons.
post #4 of 16
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^ thanks

BIG UPDATE:

i reassembled the gentle typhoon, working lovely - what fantastic quality fans!

the way you can tell they are so good is that then they lose power (turn your computer off) they keep rotating for AGES - really top quality bearings - all from my sponsors!

anyway, i also removed and sprayed the front panel section of my CM 690 - i think it looks AWESOME

it actually really reminds me of something from my childhood



ill leave you to make up your own mind though



before the extension cables from Phobya


shaky hands


stock fans


one of the sata power cables




these are fantastic quality


pcie extensions in


huge PITA trying to get these all parallel




4-pin cpu cable as well


the BIG BOYS in as well




after i closed her up






temp sheet


from my temps - stock h50 and case fans

30.0 degrees average idle, 55.5 degrees average load -> 25.5 degree difference

with the GT 1450rpm at 12V

27.5 degrees average idle, 50.0 degrees average load -> 22.5 degree difference

Conclusion about GT:
- make alot less vibrations
- make alot less noise
- move alot more air
- have reduced temps by a fair amount
- but do have a SLIGHT pitch whine

all in all i an VERY happy - thank you to my sponsor Phobya
post #5 of 16
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update people:

- the H50 is making a wierd clicking noise so it is going to be replaced with a D-14

- the 5850 is going to be replaced with an EVGA GTX 580

- the standard window is going to be replaced with my custom cut window

pics to come later in the week
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
BIG UPDATE:

right then, today i thought i would do a number of things:

1) remove the faulty H50 and replace it with my spare D-14 (which would also lower temps)

2) replace the rear exhaust 120mm with a white LED 140mm roof exhaust (which would allow me to use my custom side panel)

so i got to work, this is her when i first started


remove the TV card (which doesnt pick up BBC channels) and the gfx card


leaving a nice void


unplugging everything


ALOT of dust considering it was only built for 2/3 weeks!


removing everything


starting to remove the faulty H50


out of the case


Mrs Mobo after the cooler was removed


taking off the H50 backplate was a PITA! i resorted to gouging it off with scissors VERY carefully


all cleaned up


starting to assemble the D-14, first with the backplate


almost finished with the mounting


ready to put her back into the case


can you see what ive done wrong?


see it now?


yep - i mounted the cooler the wrong way around!

back off -> cleaned with IPA -> fresh bit of MX4 -> reseated the correct way round



can you see the MAJOR issue now?

guess what?! the graphics card doesnt fit under the D-14!

i had two options:

1) buy a cheaper, worse performing cooler, refit the 5850 and then replace with the GTX 580 when it comes

2) keep with the D-14, but a proper ATX mobo, which will fit the D-14 and the GTX 580 and it even does SLI and Gen 3 PCIe

i went with option 2, more expensive, but better in my view

Edited by Greecean - 10/11/11 at 1:04am
post #7 of 16
Looks awesome mate!

Just curious, what extensions are you using? I'm thinking of getting some for my own build (not quite as modded as yours, haha).

Keep it up man
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post #8 of 16
pretty sweet build man. Digging the Typhoons, you might want to change the yellow text to something else though
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by martinroshak View Post
Looks awesome mate!

Just curious, what extensions are you using? I'm thinking of getting some for my own build (not quite as modded as yours, haha).

Keep it up man
They are Mod/Smart extensions from AquaTuning.de - they are FANTASTIC quality, i truly recommend them, the feel of the sleeve is almost like fabric and the connection into the block is very solid - GREAT quality

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Originally Posted by HeWhoDared View Post
pretty sweet build man. Digging the Typhoons, you might want to change the yellow text to something else though
the typhoons are also from AquaTuning.de - incredible fans - such strong air coming out and they are SO quiet! again, i seriously recommend them
post #10 of 16
Just out of curiosity, are you gonna paint the heat spreaders on the RAM at all or leave them yellow? Love Mushkin but I feel the yellow clashes. Everything else looks awesome though!
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