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post #2261 of 3986
Very nice go at the USB 3.0!
I'm still contemplating changing out the mobo connectors for the ones I bought. In the middle of the process I should be able to sleeve the cables before attaching the new connectors. Actually I picked the idea of the connectors up from adi518, although I don't think he has actually tried them yet it seems on the surface like a good idea.

Do you think the double USB 3.0 connectors could be taken apart and keep the pins intact? If not I have pins to crimp, but would rather not if I didn't have to. Would mean making a chart with all the pin outs and extra work but could be worth it.
post #2262 of 3986
Itching for those blocks pictures....time for some studio time!

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post #2263 of 3986
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Originally Posted by Bloitz View Post

Amazing patience you (and your wife) have. I'm pretty sure I couldn't spend so long on one build without going bonkers, but the result will be more than worth it I'm sure. Keep up the good work. I have been following this thread for a while now (still having sweet dreams about those fan colour combinations )
EDIT: Damn it Chrome, colour is with "ou" ... stop correcting me.
EDIT2: OMG, I just realized the ATM machine in the library makes the same sound as those suit-recharging stations in Half - Life specool.gif

Edit3: You are giving me ideas. What if I did the whole build log in one post...and just kept editing it every time I had an update? thumb.gif Also, my girlfriend will be horrified to learn that I have a wife. Actually....me too. wink.gif



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Originally Posted by mandrix View Post

Very nice go at the USB 3.0!
I'm still contemplating changing out the mobo connectors for the ones I bought. In the middle of the process I should be able to sleeve the cables before attaching the new connectors. Actually I picked the idea of the connectors up from adi518, although I don't think he has actually tried them yet it seems on the surface like a good idea.
Do you think the double USB 3.0 connectors could be taken apart and keep the pins intact? If not I have pins to crimp, but would rather not if I didn't have to. Would mean making a chart with all the pin outs and extra work but could be worth it.

I won't say "never"....because every connector might be a little different. But I did play with several brands...and none of the ones I bought would be possible to take the motherboard connector off and keep the pins/wires intact. The waxy plastic molding is strong. I thought about making my own...but the inside of a USB cable is not simple:



So I don't think you can just cut your own wires to length and pin them. At a minimum, you'll need to start with a real USB 3.0 cable, and maybe just clip the connector off? If you successfully do it...make sure and post some pictures. I would think that getting getting everything shielded properly again would be difficult. But you might be the first to do and teach us all a new trick!


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Itching for those blocks pictures....time for some studio time!
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Definitely this weekend....but it will be just the blocks. Not on the board yet. Still need to record my stock temperatures on air before moving forward.
post #2264 of 3986
Nice - I always like it when chipset ram and cpu all match. Nice that MIPS were able to copper plate the block hold down for you too. I'm intrigued to see the EX11 board all dressed up. I'm tempted to upgarade but then I'd have to upgrade my GPUs to justify it. And then I'd have to upgrade my monitors too rolleyes.gif Not sure I can get another 5K past the wife right now tongue.gif
     
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Those blocks are a beauty! The similar color theme is kicking major... well you know what biggrin.gif The custom iceforce is especially nice.
Also that USB 3.0 cable looks pretty complicated inside, almost as bad as CAT-7.

I found some USB 3.0 plug for soldering in some random shop over here. It's not even expensive but you'd still need the cable. Nevertheless, there are plugs out there so maybe some store over at your place might also carry them

speaking of packages.. did DHL ever find your lost one?
Edited by mosi - 10/26/12 at 10:59am
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my wallet blames you for making me buy a SM8 by the time i get my rig. my brain blames itself because of not thinking of a caselabs before. also, i will need lots of sleeving biggrin.gif
 
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post #2267 of 3986
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Nice - I always like it when chipset ram and cpu all match. Nice that MIPS were able to copper plate the block hold down for you too. I'm intrigued to see the EX11 board all dressed up. I'm tempted to upgarade but then I'd have to upgrade my GPUs to justify it. And then I'd have to upgrade my monitors too rolleyes.gif Not sure I can get another 5K past the wife right now tongue.gif

Thanks. I hope to start my loop NEXT weekend, so I'll have lots of pics of the AE11 all dressed up. Mips actually copper coated the base of the Iceforce block also. Looks real good in person.


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Those blocks are a beauty! The similar color theme is kicking major... well you know what biggrin.gif The custom iceforce is especially nice.
Also that USB 3.0 cable looks pretty complicated inside, almost as bad as CAT-7.
I found some USB 3.0 plug for soldering in some random shop over here. It's not even expensive but you'd still need the cable. Nevertheless, there are plugs out there so maybe some store over at your place might also carry them
speaking of packages.. did DHL ever find your lost one?

That type plug is a challenge also....but its the big 20pin motherboard connectors that are next to impossible to sleeve. And no...I've actually never heard from DHL or AquaComputer again regarding status of my package. I guess since the credit card company reversed my charges...they just assumed that I didn't need any additional communication. Handled very poorly. I love their stuff...but will never ever buy directly from them again.



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Originally Posted by barkinos98 View Post

my wallet blames you for making me buy a SM8 by the time i get my rig. my brain blames itself because of not thinking of a caselabs before. also, i will need lots of sleeving biggrin.gif

I accept blame, but require pictures of your endeavor. thumb.gif
post #2268 of 3986
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Finished up the front panel power/reset buttons tonight. The front panel switches are pretty well designed. Bulgin style switches....and the whole front panel comes off with 4 screws...





and then the switches are released with two large nuts.....





once you have the switches off you can simply unplug the wires because of the disconnects....





like this......





....on the other end of wire...the connectors are easily removed. Pictures from prior post...so not repeated here. But the thing to notice is that there are 3 individual connectors here. And since the second switch is idental in the wire layout, you end up with 6 separate connectors to plug into the motherboard. Lots of builds don't have a ton of room in the case for "hands"....so plugging in this many little connectors is a great big pain in the arse. I'm going to try to fix that with this mod....





I removed the plastic connectors from the end of each of the wires...





Next I just clipped this end of the wires off, ....with the connectors....because I need to extend the wire and make it longer. I soldered on an extension of the wire to make it longer...





....and then sealed up the solder join with some really small heatshrink.





Then I lifted up the clear plastic connector and used some small heatshrink on the disconnect end of the wire. I took it all the way up to the butt of the connector.





Once shrunk...I pushed the clear plastic connector back down. Now you can't see the wire color like before!





Then you can just plug the disconnects back into the switch.





Taped up the entire wire assembly with red electrical tape.





Next comes the sleeve.... I used my custom dyed crimson MDPC-X small sleeve...Then the heatshrink...





For the other end of the cable...I waited until I had done both cables. I crimped new pins on the end of the wires...and then plugged all pins into a single 10 pin connector. For those AE11 owners who have had to plug/unplug these cables a lot....you'll appreciate how nice this mod will be. it's a pain to have to plug in all 6 of these connectors every time you have to pull the motherboard out. Having only one plug...and a bigger target..is really nice.





Some more leather and sleeve for my friend Bloitz. Here is the whole cable...





...close up of the motherboard end....





...closeup of the switch end....





...in the case.





Slowly...but surely....all of the non-sleeved cable is disappearing. Now if I can just get the 24pin to sleeve itself. redface.gif
post #2269 of 3986
Very nice on the FP connectors. I have one heck of a time plugging in those tiny things in my , uh, "advanced" age. THAT is something I'm definitely going to copy from you!
Do you have a part number for the 10 pin connector?

EDIT: are you using two of these for the mobo side? HARWIN - M20-1061000 - CRIMP HOUSING, 10WAY
Edited by mandrix - 10/27/12 at 4:44am
post #2270 of 3986
First Off, BOOMER SOONER! With athat said, I love your build! I wanted to do a similar idea with my 600t. But now seeing your build I will go ahead with plan B.
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