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Hard for me to tell if that's blue or gray on the heat sinks. Might be the "blue/gray" color like on the UP4 TH, not sure.
Pretty sure the RAM slots are gray and black.


2x Intel LAN ports this time. Yippee! Finally both are Intel.
10x SATA III ports.
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that is a workable board should be able to make it look good easy!!!
post #1283 of 2434
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Test fit. This is with mirror acrylic on bottom, followed by the clear (not etched) acrylite, and translucent white on top of the sandwich.
The led strip runs continuous on three sides.
Now that I know it works, I need to get out the hole saws and place some holes for my pedestal bulkhead fittings. I do not have a tap for them, so starting from the top section I will make a 7/8" hole, with subsequent layers of acrylic having 1" holes so the fitting can be threaded in place with it's own piece. Then I'm thinking of securing the 3 sheets of acrylic together by drilling and tapping for some #6-32 allthread. I thought of trying to use acrylic adhesive, but I'm not sure it would turn out well so I'll go with the allthread instead.
Lots to do in days to come, I'll try to get pics where and when I can.


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I think that provides the perfect amount of light not bright but still some light.. biggrin.gif Good work as usual thumb.gif
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I think that provides the perfect amount of light not bright but still some light.. biggrin.gif Good work as usual thumb.gif
Thanks. I think it will work out OK. Just got to get those holes cut, and get the sections attached. Tomorrow sounds like a good day for that. biggrin.gif
post #1286 of 2434
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My HDD cage is full and I wanted to put this SSD together with the rest of the drives. Formerly it was mounted behind the motherboard tray on a sheet of acrylic.
So anyway I ordered this dual SSD drive from CL. I used a screw in one end and some double stick tape at both ends and lined it up with the rest of the drives. Now the 3 HDD/ 3 SSD's are all in the same location, at the front of the top pedestal.
No air blowing directly over it, but hey, it's an SSD. It'll be fine.
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What brightness level are your LEDs set at for that picture? It does look really good, but it's quite a bit less diffused that I was expecting... and your EndLighten panel is even thicker than mine. thinking.gif

I think it looks really good, but I am kind of disappointed at how visible the LEDs are along the edge compared to the overall luminance of the panel itself. Maybe it's just the way the exposure makes it appear and it's less dramatic in real life - but it looks as if the effect from grid etching actually provides a more even light overall. Ah well, it's going to be a fun experiment regardless, but I really was hoping to have a very diffuse and even light panel - and that is starting to make me think I should have just etched clear rather than paying the extra for these panels. redface.gif

EDIT: In addition, since my case is all black... it's going to be even less light as there will pretty much be zero reflected light at all. Guess it's a good thing I've added LED fans for general air intakes.
Edited by DiGiCiDAL - 6/3/13 at 7:30pm
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What brightness level are your LEDs set at for that picture? It does look really good, but it's quite a bit less diffused that I was expecting... and your EndLighten panel is even thicker than mine. thinking.gif

I think it looks really good, but I am kind of disappointed at how visible the LEDs are along the edge compared to the overall luminance of the panel itself. Maybe it's just the way the exposure makes it appear and it's less dramatic in real life - but it looks as if the effect from grid etching actually provides a more even light overall. Ah well, it's going to be a fun experiment regardless, but I really was hoping to have a very diffuse and even light panel - and that is starting to make me think I should have just etched clear rather than paying the extra for these panels. redface.gif

EDIT: In addition, since my case is all black... it's going to be even less light as there will pretty much be zero reflected light at all. Guess it's a good thing I've added LED fans for general air intakes.
I just basically threw everything in the bottom of the case and turned it wide open to get a quick idea of what it looks like. The brighter light around the edge is the gap between the case and the acrylic sheets most likely. If you can see individual led's in those pics then you have much better eyes than I do! smile.gif

I went back and looked at the pic and I think that's the gap on the edges, plus maybe the mirror sheet on the bottom wasn't completely flat, it's sort of flexible.
Today I have to remove some material from the corners of the acrylic sheets to make a little more room for the led's, and get my holes cut for the bulkhead fittings.
Edited by mandrix - 6/4/13 at 3:19am
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the more I look at this the more I want to do it. But i am going to try to control my self that will have to be a later project... need to finish the one I have now. resist... too much coffee and it is almost bed time and I am talking to myself!!! bad sign!!!

I really do like this!!!!!

Also let me ask a crazy question the swiftech 35x2 with the PMW pumps can they be ran without a PMW signal?? Reason I am asking is I was sent a Swiftech MCP35X2 Housing - White and 2 Swiftech MCP35X-BK™ 12 VDC Pump's and I am wanting to test them on the bench. Do you know if it is possible to at least run these pumps at full speed on the bench?? or do I need to get the 2 non PMW pumps??
Edited by seross69 - 6/4/13 at 3:23am
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the more I look at this the more I want to do it. But i am going to try to control my self that will have to be a later project... need to finish the one I have now. resist... too much coffee and it is almost bed time and I am talking to myself!!! bad sign!!!

I really do like this!!!!!

Also let me ask a crazy question the swiftech 35x2 with the PMW pumps can they be ran without a PMW signal?? Reason I am asking is I was sent a Swiftech MCP35X2 Housing - White and 2 Swiftech MCP35X-BK™ 12 VDC Pump's and I am wanting to test them on the bench. Do you know if it is possible to at least run these pumps at full speed on the bench?? or do I need to get the 2 non PMW pumps??

They run on full without a PWM signal - they essentially just become 'normal' 12V pumps and it's perfectly fine to run them that way. I do that every time I bleed and leak-test my system since I don't put power to anything but the pump and the fans - just in case. biggrin.gif
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