Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Build Logs › [Build Log] - The Big Budget Boomer Box (aka, the "BBBB")
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

[Build Log] - The Big Budget Boomer Box (aka, the "BBBB") - Page 388

post #3871 of 3986
Thread Starter 
I never got around to making custom stickers for the little 40mm baby fans.....so here goes nothing.

Used the same process I documented previously in this post....so refer back there if you want to see how it's done. First I started with the same color scheme and logo assets that I had previously, and did some resizing. There just isn't room on the 40mm fan stickers to do anything other than the OU logo, so I took off the NoiseBlocker logo and "BBBB" script. Then I printed off a new page on a sheet of white vinyl with adhesive back, and laminated with a clear overcoat.





The first page I printed was off on the color. I'm using a different printer than I did last time, and the color must not be calibrated the same. Had to adjust the RGB values of the color I'm using to get a good match for the powdercoat. Previously I used 160, 0, 40 with my Canon printer. This Epson printer required 140, 0, 28 to get about the same result once it was printed.

Then I used my Papershapers holepunches to cut perfect circles. You can find these in craft stores or online. The 1 1/2 inch circle works great for most 120mm fans....although those of you with GT's will need something even larger to cover that hub....





...and the 3/4 inch circle fits the 40mm fans perfectly.





Then you just peel off the backing and stick where you want. Here is the back of the computer....





Not sure why I'm missing a screw here on one of the fans. Never noticed that before. Will fix.....






And I used this opportunity to reorient the stickers on some of the other fans now that I'm done tinkering with layout.







Moving on......
post #3872 of 3986
Attention to detail is over 9000!!!
AMD Money Pit
(13 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardRAMRAM
AMD Athlon X2 5000+  Asrock N61P-S Samsung 512MB DDR2 Samsung 512MB DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Seagate 80GB SATA Cooler Master Phenom II Stock Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell Slim 160 Watt 
Case
XBOX Original Casing 
  hide details  
Reply
AMD Money Pit
(13 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardRAMRAM
AMD Athlon X2 5000+  Asrock N61P-S Samsung 512MB DDR2 Samsung 512MB DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Seagate 80GB SATA Cooler Master Phenom II Stock Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell Slim 160 Watt 
Case
XBOX Original Casing 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3873 of 3986
Thread Starter 
About 4 or 5 months ago, in a fit of rage, I removed one of the drives from my 2x disk RAID0 boot volume. The X79 RAID0 was a little flaky on this board, and I kept having one or both drives intermittently get marked as 'failed' and would have to remove the drive from the array. The drive would always scan with no erros, and if I would reload firmware and do a secure wipe, I could then add it back and recreate my volume. This would of course require a reinstallation of Windows. Even with a recovery image....this got tiring quickly. So...I stopped using 2 drives for my boot drive awhile back. Haven't had a problem since. But...I've had this one drive sitting there doing nothing. Time to put it to use.

The LSI chip on this board adds 8 SATA3 ports. I've been using 4x of them in a RAID0 array, that will be utilized for scratch disks, page files, and other stuff that I don't care about backing up...and fast disk access is a plus. I decided to add the unused SSD to this array. First....needed to sleeve it in white MDPC-X to match the other SATA cables in this array....





Then....plug it into the next SATA port....





....and recreate the volume from within Windows. Adding the 5th SSD got me a nice little speed bump for sequential read/writes. Here are the before and after AS SSD benchmark screenies....

Before - 4 drives





After - 5 drives





Think I'm done with the storage now for version 1.0. I'm going to start backing up all the files from my old computer onto some portable drives...and online. Will take awhile because I have about 2TB of stuff I need to move. Here is a summary of the 3 volumes I've ended up with for version 1.0:

Boot Volume - 1x Vertex4 256GB SSD on native SATA3 port
Storage Volume - 10x Vertex4 512GB SSD's on an Areca 1882ix-16 raid card
Scratch Volume - 5x Vertex4 256GB SSD's on the LSI cihp. I'm using Windows to manage the striped volume.

I'm on the lookout for a good deal on one or two more 512GB SSD's. I want to expand my RAID5 array by one more drive....and also have a hot spare for automatic rebuilding in case I have a drive fail. Awhile back I even recreated my SATA power harness with additional connections for more drives in the future. Let me know if you have a line on some good deals...or a used one that is in good shape.
post #3874 of 3986
Thread Starter 
Re-plumbed the board back to my preferred layout which included the memory blocks and acrylic tubing on the top side of the board.....





The other changes I finished up today were that I put back in all 8 sticks of memory. I had been running 4 x 8GB for 32GB of memory for awhile now. But I'm going to see if I can keep my same CPU overclocks I reached on 32GB of memory....with all 64GB installed. Those with real sharp eyes may also notice that I redid the homemade backplate for the Areaca RAID card. The first one was buckling a little bit near the edge where it was just a touch too long. I changed the size of this one just a little bit, and made it out of some thicker/stiffer material than last time. I used the same 3m carbon fiber wrap I used on the first one to cover it. Here are a few more shots of the board all put back together.....













Before I took everything apart, I also did a run through to make sure everything was still wired up and working correctly.

- Front panel headphones / check
- Front panel microphone / check
- Front panel USB 3.0 ports / check
- All LED strip lighting / check
- Cold cathode lighting of reservoir / check
- All 53 fans / check
- Aquaero Units / check
- BluRay unit / check
- Card reader / fail

The card reader lights up like it has power....but does not recognize any cards I insert....and when I plug in an external hard drive to the USB port....it says the drive is not formatted, when it really is. Weird. Not sure if the issue is the card reader unit itself, or the USB connections. You may remember that to connect the card reader, I'm using two different adapter/extensions. The card reader is meant to be plugged into a 20pin motherboard header. My 20pin motherboard header is already being used by the front panel USB jacks. So, what I've done is use 20pin motherboard to 2 separate male connections adapter. This is hidden in the pedestal. It's still not close to long enough at this point, so I then use an extender (female to male) that comes out of the back of the pedestal and plugs into two of the USB 3.0 ports on the back I/O panel. But....not working right now...so...I either have a loose connection down in the pedestal that I can't get to.....or the card reader is bust. I've had a bunch of problems with similar units over the years....so I'd like to blame the card reader. Will probably order another since they are relatively cheap....but check the connections next time I have the pedestal removed.

Before I fill everything back up and turn it on again, I have a few more nits I'm working on in the plumbing layout. Nothing big....but I've put off working on them until I had a reason to drain the system. So...now is my chance. More tomorrow......
post #3875 of 3986
Man nice color scheme! Looks amazing.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 CPU 860 @ 3.80GHz GIGABYTE P55A-UD7 2x-ASUS ENGTX470 SLI G Skill 4gig 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Vertex 2 60gig /Raptor 150 Asus DVD Lightscribe Win7 64 bit Pro Asus VW246 24", (2) Dell 20's 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G-15 Cosair 850 watt Custom HAF-932 EXT G-9 
Mouse Pad
Razor eXactMat 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 CPU 860 @ 3.80GHz GIGABYTE P55A-UD7 2x-ASUS ENGTX470 SLI G Skill 4gig 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Vertex 2 60gig /Raptor 150 Asus DVD Lightscribe Win7 64 bit Pro Asus VW246 24", (2) Dell 20's 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
G-15 Cosair 850 watt Custom HAF-932 EXT G-9 
Mouse Pad
Razor eXactMat 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3876 of 3986
Nice
post #3877 of 3986
If it were me:
I'd connect the card reader/USB combo via internal USB 3 and use an adapter on the other case USB ports into the USB 2 connectors.

I'd wait until x99 is out to do version 2.0, since it shouldn't be all that long of a wait.
post #3878 of 3986
All the copper accessories make this one of my favorite motherboard looks. thumb.gif
post #3879 of 3986
Thread Starter 
Pictures of progress!

Today I'm working on making the PA2 brackets prettier. As a reminder....I have 12 PA2's connected to 2x Aquaero 5's. For several reasons, I had decided that I wanted to mount these oriented the opposite way that the standard Aquacomputer bracket mounts them. I also wanted to line them up 6 across instead of stacking 3 on top of 3, and I wanted to place them directly underneath a bank of fans. For all these reasons and more, I needed to build a custom mounting bracket to suit my needs. I ended up making two custom brackets out of an aluminum strip and some aluminum blocks. Pictures and dialog for the brackets can be found in these posts:

Click for links to PA2 Bracket Posts! (Click to show)
Today I'm just trying to pretty up the brackets, since they have been in their unfinished aluminum form since I made them. Originally, I had been planning on having these powdercoated white to match the case. Then, I had seen a forum member here put together a copper bracket that I though looked cool, and gave that consideration. I've also thought about making something out of acrylic and lighting it up. After further consideration, I'm gong to go with a white carbon fiber wrap. The brackets are in the upper portion of the case, where there really isn't any copper to speak of. It's all crimson/white right now, and I think I'm going to keep it that way. I opted to use the carbon fiber, instead of powdercoating, just to give the bracket a little bit of contrast from the back of the case. Here goes....

I have two of these brackets. One on the motherboard side and one on the PSU side. Here is a picture of my bracket on the motherboard side after I've stripped off all the PA2's.





And here it is removed from the aluminum legs I used to attach it to the case....





Wrapping with the vinyl carbon wrap is quite easy...and kind of fun.





Then I used a small screwdriver to punch holes through the wrap where the screws will go....





...and below is a closeup to show the texture of the carbon fiber wrap.





Here is the mounting strip back in the case and attached to the legs.





In this picture, look at the screws for the two PA2's on the left, vs the two PA2's on the right. As long as I was going to have to screw these all back in...I decided to play with different screws. The chrome ones on the left are what came with the PA2's. They are sharp....but I really don't have any chrome, or silver, at all in this build. So...the ones on the right are some black M3 screws. Which do you think looks better?





For this build....I though the black screws looked better. Cleaner. They just kind of blend in and disappear. Almost makes the PA2's look like they are floating on the bracket. The chrome screws stood out too much and called attention to themselves. If I had chrome in the build that might be desirable. But not in this one. Here is a picture of all blacks screws.





When I took all the PA2's off and undid the wiring, I also decided to go ahead and label the connectors. I spent a lot of time working on my Aquasuite curve controllers, and didn't want to accidently switch which PA2 something was plugged into....and have the curve working differently. I've done this in some other areas also...but I went with just a simple number system and labeled each connector 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. Now...I can just look at the connector and know exactly which PA2 to plug it back into. Some of these connections terminate down in the pedestal....so the last thing you want to do is have to trace them all back to their source. smile.gif





You barely notice the number labels once they are plugged back into the PA2's.....





All done! Here is a pic of everything back together and in the case.





...and a picture of the two Aquaero units controlling everything.





....AND...as long as I have the camera out....a couple more parting shots of my prettied up brackets. An improvement....me thinks!







Now...I have to do the same thing to the bracket on the PSU side of the case. Probably won't repeat pictures for that...but after I finish that I have a few more tweaks to make.....

I've been letting my online backup run. It's now backed up 540GB of data....and COX communications has already sent me an email warning about my usage for the month. They offer unlimited backup and storage with the plan I'm on....but apparently they don't want you to use all their bandwidth up when you initially backup. Grrrrrrr.....
post #3880 of 3986
Yes the black screws are better than chrome for this build. I like how they blend in.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Build Logs
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Build Logs › [Build Log] - The Big Budget Boomer Box (aka, the "BBBB")