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G’day everyone, this project work log will document my first ever build. I’m tired of getting hand-me-downs from the old man so I’ve lashed out and bought what I think is some pretty decent hardware. Since this is going to be a work/office computer, the goal is to make it clean looking and maintenance free. The project name is “Wing It” because that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Shortcuts:

1 - Hardware packaging
2 - Tools of the trade
3 - Cable sleeving
4 - Bits and pieces
5 - Modded matrix's
6 - The beginners guide
7 - A quick getaway
Edited by ontic - 12/12/11 at 7:54pm
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Intel Core i7-2600K Processor

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Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z

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Corsair Professional Series Gold AX1200

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Asus ROG Matrix GTX580 Platinum

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Corsair Hydro Series H80

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LiteOn Blu-ray iHBS212

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Sharp LC-52LE830X
Edited by ontic - 12/17/11 at 8:15pm
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I purchased this little beauty off eBay Iroda Micro-Therm MJ-600, its a flameless heat gun powered by a refillable cigarette lighter.

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A retractable knife I picked up at Bunnings. It should do a nice job cutting heatshrink?

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I purchased this precision wire stripper from DigiKey, it has an adjustable stop for measuring the length of insulation you want to remove. It can strip 18-28 gauge wire.

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Lamptron 5 in 1 tool for removing EPS, ATX and PCI-E connector pins.

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A crimping tool from mdpc. There are cheaper alternatives but I've read that this tool gives the best looking crimp.

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Cordless soldering iron I picked up from Bunnings which runs off butane gas (same as the Iroda heat gun).
Edited by ontic - 10/30/11 at 4:10am
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Intel i7 2600k Asus Maximus IV Extreme Z 2 x Asus Matrix GTX 580 4 x Corsair Dominator GT 4GB 
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2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
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Corsair Graphite 600T SE 
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2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
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Here we have 975.36 meters of stranded wire (300 Volts) in various gauges (18, 20, 22, 26) and colours (Black, Red, Grey, White). I'm a perfectionist when it comes to most things so I didn't want to spend $600+ on sleeve, pins, connectors and all the rest, only to have the PSU wires bleed through the sleeve and look mediocre. Hopefully by having all this wire I can minimise the cable clutter by re-creating all the PSU cables to the exact length needed.

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I've begun disassembling one of my Zalman ZM-SF3 fans so I can rewire it, but I haven't figure out how to remove the circuit board (without damaging it)! Any suggestions? Here's the result after trying to remove the circuit board. For those thinking of doing the same thing to these fans, don't bother! The fan mechanics and circuit board is stuck to the centre shaft using really, really strong glue.

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Time to buy some different fans. I've ordered 1 x NZXT FN-200 fan for the front of the case as well as 8 x NZXT FN-120 fans. 2 will be mounted to the H80 CPU Cooler, 2 will be mounted at the top of the case and the other 4 may or may not be used on the side panel.

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Here's my first attempt at cable sleeving. Encase your wondering, the sata sleeve used is color-x from mdpc

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While I was on a roll, I removed the USB 2.0 ports from the plastic housing and unpinned each of the connectors. They're now ready to be sleeved.

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Here's what the cables look like after sleeving them.

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The power cable for the front IO Panel has been shortened (by 300mm) and sleeved.

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This is 1 of 8 fans to be re-wired. The third wire (Tachometric Signal) has been removed because this fan will connect directly to the fan controller. See the picture below.

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Fan converted from a 3 pin to 2 pin.

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Here's the GPU 8 pin connector partially sleeved. I've seen a few different techniques for sleeving these connectors. Some use allot of heat shrink which I think looks crap, others use 15mm lengths of precut heat shrink, with 5mm-7mm inserted into the connector and the remaining outside, this looks pretty nice. I've tried hiding the heat shrink completely which I think looks even cleaner, but I'm now facing a problem.

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Above is a wiring diagram (which is colour coded) for the Corsair AX1200 power supply, PCI-E connector. As you can see, Corsair does things a little differently, pin 8 (PSU) holds two wires which splits to pin 4 and 8 (PCI-E), this makes it difficult to sleeve using the same technique as the other wires, because crimping 2 wires together, sleeving both, plus adding heat shrink would make it impossible to fit into a single hole.

Can anyone offer some advice (or pictures) on how to best sleeve these cables. After some suggestions from Warsmith and Jingiko I decided splicing two wires together creating a Y connection would be the cleanest option. I used the Tap Soldering technique found here.

I haven't taken pictures of the entire process, just some finish shots. If this is something that you guys would be interested in seeing done, let me know before I sleeve the other 3 PCI-E cables. While I'm waiting for my second GPU and SSD, I put together "The beginners guide" which shows how I sleeved these PCI-E cables, step by step. If your just starting out or considering sleeving your PSU for the first time, this guide may help.

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Edited by ontic - 12/27/11 at 12:31am
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Intel i7 2600k Asus Maximus IV Extreme Z 2 x Asus Matrix GTX 580 4 x Corsair Dominator GT 4GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
Case
Corsair Graphite 600T SE 
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2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
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I had to remove the stickers from all of the fans in order to access the circuit board and re-wire them. I've seen videos on YouTube where people have removed them carefully and glued them back on later, but I didn't like the original stickers to begin with, so....

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I designed my own in Photoshop. The above image is a mock-up I created to get a better idea of how they would look.

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I didn't have any luck finding a local business who could make the stickers (at a reasonable price) so I ordered them through Zazzle. The design, editing and ordering is done directly from their site so it was quick and easy.

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Here's what the fan looks like now after being re-wired, sleeved and having my own custom sticker applied.

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A final shot of the Blu-ray burner with the metal casing powder coated, internal plastics painted and stock green LED replaced with a "Super Bright" white LED.
Edited by ontic - 1/9/12 at 10:16pm
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Intel i7 2600k Asus Maximus IV Extreme Z 2 x Asus Matrix GTX 580 4 x Corsair Dominator GT 4GB 
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2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
Case
Corsair Graphite 600T SE 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
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Thread Starter 
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Here's a close-up of the GPU chassis powder coated. This is the frame which the fans and shroud are mounted to.

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Another picture of the chassis powder coated and re-attached to the radiators.

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The IO Shield has also been powder coated.

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Wiring for the LED load indicator, cooling fans and "Safe Mode" button have all been sleeved.

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Edited by ontic - 1/12/12 at 5:00am
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2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
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2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
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2 x WD Caviar Green 3TB Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 2 x Acer 24 inch P241W Corsair AX1200 
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Originally Posted by ontic;15289914 
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Here we have 975.36 meters of stranded wire (300 Volts) in various gauges (18, 20, 22, 26) and colours (Black, Red, Grey, White). I'm a perfectionist when it comes to most things so I didn't want to spend $600+ on sleeve, pins, connectors and all the rest, only to have the PSU wires bleed through the sleeve and look mediocre. Hopefully by having all this wire I can minimise the cable clutter by re-creating all the PSU cables to the exact length needed.
Great idea!
But why isn't anybody else commenting? confused.gif
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