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I'm in the initial process of starting this build and will be posting pieces here and there so be patient while I come up with a game plan and get my parts lists posted here. BTW...that's a single bed fitted sheet on my kitchen table...I didn't want to scratch up the table or the case and I didn't feel like ironing it either.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Why...What...and When (an overview, current and proposed parts lists, will I finish before I die?)

2. Additional crap

3. Here's Johnny! (or the delivery of the cases - main and pedestal)

4. What's in the goody bag so far & the damaged goods

5-??? (reserved threads)

Why (I got a wild hair up my....):
Over the years I've put together a few cases, but none on the scale of what I'm about to attempt: basically, I've never attempted water cooling. Why am I doing this now, with such a HUGE case, multiple radiators and pumps, enough fans to run a wind tunnel, etc? Well, because I'm bored with my car (Evo VIII), hunting season is over, and I'm just plain weird. So, after reading a lot, playing with MS Visio a lot, and drinking a few beers I decided to build a case to be remembered--either a nightmare or a dream-come-true. Either way it will be journey.

What (I could afford so far):
Current Parts
  • Intel i7 2600k
  • Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
  • XSPC Raystorm CPU water block
  • EKWB Maximus Extreme chipset & Dominator RAM cooling blocks
  • 16GB Corsair Dominator GT Memory (2133Mhz)
  • 1x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Hydro Copper 3072MB
  • Mountain Mods Extended Ascension case (damaged in shipment - awaiting replacement panels)
  • Mountain Mods Pedestal24 (delivery soon)
  • 2x Corsair AX1200 PSUs
  • Win-7 Ultimate

What (I can't afford right now):

Future Parts
  • 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Hydro Copper 3072MB
  • X-Fi Forte 7.1 Sound card - low profile - 192 kHz - 24-bit
  • 2x Vertex 3 Series 240GB SSDs in RAID0 (may add a 3rd for the swap disk)
  • 8x 3TB HDDs in RAID0+1 (brand TBD)
  • 2x Koolance TMS205 & TMS-EB205 fan/pump controllers
  • 4x Laing DD12V-D5 Fixed-speed pumps
  • 4x Monsoon D5 Premium - Black with Red Trim - Dual Bay Reservoir
  • 6x XSPC 360 Radiators
  • 1x XSPC 120 Radiator
  • Lots of fans (either Scythe or Noise Blockers)
  • Lots of Koolance and Bitspower connectors
  • Tygon Tubing
  • Lots of sleeving of wires (MDPC-X)
  • I'm sure something is missing and I'll add it later, but all the main parts are listed

Additional Crap
There will be changes to this build as I go along...I'm not sure the radiator setup I envisioned will work due to the spacing of the fan mounting points, but that's a subject for future discussion. I expect a few flames over my choices, my setup, etc. but I don't really care: I'm older than a lot of you and stubborn. I will listen to advice that's given, don't get me wrong, and weigh the possibility that I'm wrong, but in the end it's my money, my vision, and if I choose to ignore your comments, sorry, but that's life. I will give credit for any advice that I follow and I will be your adoring fan until the end of my days (which I figure is another 30 years or so).

This build will not happen overnight. I don't have anyone cramming money down my throat, I don't expect a windfall from taxes from last year (I expect to pay over $5k), and nobody died and left me any money. So, that said, it will probably be a few months before this odyssey is complete. If you get bored, go play a game or watch TV...I'll still be here until it's finished.

Here's Johnny!
01/10/12
For those of you that are old enough to remember those words, glad you're still hanging around to read this! I received the Extended Ascension today, 10 Jan 2012, but there are some issues to be resolved--several panels were damaged during shipment. Apparently UPS had a small issue with my package and someone poked a hole in the side of "both" boxes, both the inner and outer box, during shipment. Needless to say, one corner or both side window panels were damaged. By damaged, I mean that they were bent a few degrees out of whack, and some of the anodized surfaces, namely the edges were scuffed down the metal.
But wait a minute....that's not all...it gets better! The bottom panel got hit so hard that one of the tabs was bent so bad that the threaded mount separated from the tab--i.e., the threaded mount that's welded to the tab was ripped halfway off because of the degree of bend. See the pics in the next post.

So far, Ben @ Mountain Mods, has been rather receptive to my complaints. I sent a lengthy e-mail to him, complete with multiple photos of the damage, and he said I should be sent new panels within the week seeing as it's only "partial shipment" damage and not a complete loss. Hopefully the next parts make it here w/o incident.

The Pedestal 24 is still being anodized; it's been on order since early December due to a shortage of rear "triple" fan panels, but I'm fairly patient and told them to keep pressing on.

I can't put my Ascension together until I get the Pedestal since it's the one with the "smiley" panel that will actually go on the bottom of the main case. The damaged bottom panel you saw above will go on the bottom of the pedestal...well the new bottom panel will. Hopefully both shipments will arrive at the same time, again, w/o incident.

In the meantime, I will play around and try my hand and putting sleeves on some spare cables I have laying around. Lutro0 recommended to stick with the MDPC-X sleeves, but if I can find paracord locally I'll try that instead...I said I was stubborn.

Until later...

01/11/12
Made a last minute change to my order of the Pedestal24: instead of mounting the pedestal on the bottom of the main case, I'm going to mount it on the top. The main reason for this is for access. Once I put the smiley panel on in between the main case and pedestal, the only way to get in the pedestal is either through the side or back panels of the pedestal, or disconnect all the hoses and take the main case off of the pedestal (and that's not happening). So, by mounting the pedestal on top, I can get to it by removing the top "triple/quad" fan top panel or through the bottom from the main case--they will remain open between the two...basically one big case. I've seen a double Ascension before, but that's really whacked...a four foot case is not what I need in my office...then I might as well as put in a half rack. The change to the order consisted of ordering the Pedestal24 with two (2) sets of pedestal support braces vice a set of pedestal braces and case braces. Ben @ MM was a big help with this.

Edited by scubadiver59 - 2/2/12 at 7:44pm
   
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CPU & Water Block and 16GB of goodness
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All I wanted for the holidays were my two front...
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EKWB Part(s)...waiting for the return of the Maximus4 Chipset block that was defective...I'll post that when it returns
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Didn't feel like painting the "solid" plates
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Part 1 of the Ascension
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Part 2 of the Ascension
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Part 3 of the Acension
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At least these came in unscathed!
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I foresee a lot of sleeving in my future...times two actually
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Received a shipment of black oxide screws from Fastenal and MDPC-X this past Saturday, 28 January via USPS. I'll think about adding pics later or you can just visit Nils' website.

Received my replacement bottom panel for my Extended Ascension on Saturday, 28 January via FedEx. The panel came in unscathed this time; Mountain Mods packed it slightly differently than before, but the box wasn't damaged in the least so I wasn't expecting any. The case is together, with the Pedestal24 on top.

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Received the first of my three EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified Ultra Hydro Copper 3072MB (P/N# 03G-P3-1597-AR) graphic cards on Monday, 30 January.

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Received some preliminary Bitspower adapters and Koolance compression fittings from FrozenCPU today, Wednesday, 01 February. Bought two of each of the angled adapters (90/60/45/30deg )so I could mock up some of the tubing runs w/o committing to purchasing all of them and getting some of them wrong and have to make returns...a calculated cost that I would be keeping some I wouldn't need but maybe I'll use them later or pawn them off on someone as a holiday gift.

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The drama series....

The first six pics are from the shipment of the main case. Damage is courtesy of UPS.

The two side panels of my Extended Ascension got bent out of shape by UPS...
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The bottom panel took the worst end of the damage...notice the bend where the "pem" is almost ripped out
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The holes in the box reveal the source of the damage...

Outer box
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Inner box **note - this is THREE layers of cardboard that were penetrated, not just two...there are sidewalls between the two boxes!
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The second replacement shipment of the bottom panel...this shipment was also damaged...only this time it was ALL FOUR corners. It appears as though the bottom panel tabs, where the 'pem's are pressed in, are rather susceptible to bending and then damage. A weak point is probably the hole where the 'pem' is pressed in. UPS again...go figure!

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The money will be there in the end...but it will take a little time to pull it all together. I've got like 3000+ 6m Cat-5e cables in the garage I need to sell, a salvage I got my hands on when the warehouse management was emptying out abandoned goods from other warehouse bays.
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Sorry to hear about your case! Mine was packed like a tank so UPS must have really wanted to damage yours.

On the GPUs - maybe wait till Kepler comes out? You could then get cheap 580s or even go full Kepler (I know I am!)

On the sleeving side - take a look into paracord. I am a recent convert from MDPC sleeving. Numerous reasons to do so - availability (no need to wait on the German post!), cost ($7 for 100 feet? I'll take it!), colors - wider selection available, just as easy to work with and no need to worry about heat shrink (well you don't with MDPC either really if you don't want to.)

So wait - is that NINE 3tb drives?!?!?!?!? You're insane or you have a TON of porn! biggrin.gif

Looks good!
   
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Ah...now the drama really starts...

UPS dropped off my two Corsair AX1200 PSUs and left a note that they also wanted to come by and pick up the damaged panels and box today--luckily I wasn't home.

Called Ben @ MM about the attempted pick-up and he said that normally a partial shipment damage claim isn't treated in this manner; so, he said he'd give his UPS representative a call and see what was going on.

To cut a long story short, MM requested an "on-site" inspection vice a pick-up and wait for their decision. I never did receive another call from UPS--I did receive an earlier call regarding pick-up, but not for an on-site inspection--but one thing I know is that I'm not releasing that box nor the panels until I get an inspector on-site at my home or at a local UPS delivery depot...I'm not giving up the evidence until either MM or I get some kind of settlement from UPS.

We'll see what happens tomorrow.
   
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Round #2
UPS called and left a message that they'd like to schedule a damage inspection for my case. I called UPS a little while later to discuss setting up an appointment but was told that I can just provide pictures to them and they'll make their decision off of the pictures. I was like, whoa, that's nice!! Sure it is...not! All I have to do is re-wrap everything back in the packing materials, that neat "stretchy" film that MM uses, and then put it back in the box the exact way it was packed. Yeah, no problem! #$%@!!!!

Well, I have all the peanuts, and the cardboard for the layers in between the panels, but the "stretchy" stuff? I can't unravel all of that. Luckily I have my own source, due to car parts I've sold in the past, and Staples around the corner, so the wrapping will just take a little time. But the order in which it was packed? I found a few pictures on the Internet, and Ben @ MM, has provided a paragraph outlining the packing order, so hopefully they will be enough to put this back together in some semblance of how it arrived. Hopefully Ben @ MM can find a video of the packing.

Once I get everything back together, I get to provide pictures to UPS, e-mailed to their specific e-mail address for this kind of thing, and then I guess I wait. Oh, and how specific those instructions are as to the size of the photos, what they need to see:
  • A picture to show the damaged merchandise, inside the original box, with all of the original cushioning (picture should show the placement of the merchandise and packaging inside the box)
  • the "...box manufacturer’s certificate (BMC), if available. The BMC is a round stamp that details either the bursting strength of the box or the edge crush rating of the box. The BMC is generally found on a bottom flap on the outside of a corrugated cardboard box"
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  • Two pictures displaying all 6 sides of the package (1 photo should display the top and 2 sides, the 2nd photo should display the bottom and the opposite sides)
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  • the photos in jpeg or bitmap format
  • make sure the UPS tracking number is included in the Subject line of the email
  • "...UPS can accept up to 5 megabytes of information in each email. As a result, if the file size exceeds 5 megabytes, or is subject to any local system limitations, you may need to send the pictures in multiple emails, to prevent complications. If you have any difficulties, let us know and we will be happy to work with you to find a resolution

So, I know what I'll be up to this holiday weekend. I need to get outside with the boxes to get some really good light, but since I go to work when it's dark, and come home when it's dark, I won't get to it until Saturday at the earliest.

Hopefully MM will take my plan into consideration and just mail three replacement panels up front, I've offered to pay for them if need be; and when we settle with UPS we'll figure out the disbursement of funds then. I need some more stuff from MM anyway, so a store credit would be okay with me if they get the check. I just want my panels so I can start putting this thing together.

The moral of this story? Don't buy anything that you can't pick up yourself and TAKE PHOTOS, OR A VIDEO, OF THE ENTIRE UNPACKING PROCESS!!!

Until later...
   
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CPUCPUCPUCPU
E5-4640 (8c/8t) E5-4640 (8c/8t) E5-4640 (8c/8t) E5-4640 (8c/8t) 
MotherboardGraphicsRAMHard Drive
SuperMicro X9QR7-TF+  On-board Matrox GPU Hynix HMT151R7TFR4C-H9 D7 AB-C Samsung 840 Pro SSD 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
LG USB 3.0 External 14x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter M... SuperMicro SNK-P0034AP4 SuperMicro SNK-P0034AP4 SuperMicro SNK-P0034AP4 
CoolingOSPower
SuperMicro SNK-P0034AP4 Ubuntu 12.04LTS Linux Corsair AX-1200 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-5930k Asus X99-E WS MSI GTX-970 Gaming 4G MSI GTX-970 Gaming 4G 
GraphicsGraphicsGraphicsGraphics
MSI GTX-970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition MSI GTX-970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition MSI GTX-970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition MSI GTX-970 Gaming 4G Golden Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin... Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F60GBLS Corsair Force LS Series CSSD-F60GBLS CORSAIR Hydro Series H105 Extreme 
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Ubuntu 14.04.1 V7 KC0A1-4N6P Keyboard Corsair AX-1200 Spotswood Deep Mining Tray - Custom 
MouseOtherOther
V7 M30P20-7N Standard PS/2 Optical Mouse  3M Twin Axial PCIe Extender Cables Add2PSU-Delay Multiple Power Supply Adapter w/ ... 
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