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Small update

On track to receive the cache vault / cabling monday for the raid card/drives.

I need to relocate the inverter box for the top panel as the second PSU is now in the way, So to work around this I had to order some different cold cathodes with longer and thicker wiring (50cm instead of 30cm). They also have a better inverter. They should arrive this week.

I've tracked down some M1.4, M1.6 and M2.4 screws to find the correct screw size for the raid card.

Other than that I've been working long hours at work ($$$$$$$ overtime!) and making my way through the cabling wire replacement / shortening.

Now because of my new found fascination with acrylic and case modding ,I've also ordered the following other toys:

Dremel Trio + associated TR563 cutter (for plunge cutting acrylic and sheet metal)
Dremel 4000 + carbide drill bits and cutters.
20 different sized Metric specialized acrylic drill bits (coming form the US)
4 Metre's of various colored 3 and 4mm acrylic (uv blue / clear / grey)
Makita MLT100 260mm Table Saw
Acrylic bonding solvents and syringes
Helicoils (screw thread inserts)
Carba-Tec 16'' Variable Speed Scroll Saw
Some acrylic tapping parts
Assorted sand paper grits
mnpctech tech modders ruler
Lasercut radiator templates

All of this gear is obviously not for this build (besides building the small acrylic stand/case for the raid card).

it is all for my next project which will begin shortly after this one is completed.

The new project will be to build a completely custom case using acrylic and sheet metal.

It's going to be a long term project and it won't have any PC hardware (CPU/pumps/fans/etc) purchased for it until at least December 2013/Jan 2014,

Once i have the design sorted out in my head, received the above parts and have completed this build, I will create a thread/work log for it smile.gif

Anyways, that's it for now, more updates monday smile.gif
post #402 of 782
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Just about finished removing all the yellow wire from the 8pin/pciex,

here is just an example of some of it (a lot more was removed), and an example cable that no longer has any color bleeding through the sleeving.






I'm not sure if you can tell because my camera sucks, but here is the difference in cable color.



It might not look like a big deal in the photo, but when you have all 8 pciex cables next to each other it looks pretty bad (and yellow).

I'm shortening the 24 cable today and running the wires for the 2nd PSU.

Fedex is dropping off the cache vault and cables from LSI today . Acrylic will ship today and should be here tomorrow and I'll start building the mounts for the raid card / cache vault. When that's sorted its just fixing the tubing in the places I described earlier in the thread and a little bit of cabling and we're done.

Next pay I'll order a DSLR camera and put more effort into high res photos of the final finished build. Will also be important for my acrylic case project which will be starting after this smile.gif
Edited by soth - 1/20/13 at 1:28pm
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Sleeving looks awesome.
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Sleeving looks awesome.

Thanks Man smile.gif

LSI toys arrived... bit of a teaser pic, will have more time later tonight after work to take lots more.



Edit,

First new toy is the Fast Path Hardware Key,

What is Fast Path? Well this link explains it.

TLDR : Provides high-performance I/O acceleration for SSDs connected to a 6Gb/s MegaRAID SATA+SAS controller. Supports full optimization of SSD volumes to deliver up to 3X improvement in read and write I/Os per second (IOPS) compared to controllers without FastPath enabled

So I received this box thinking there would be some sort of dvd with software and a substantial sized add-on card. Especially considering how many expansion slots there are on the raid card (14 slots).

The box



First piece of foam:



2 manuals that contain no information about the hardware key for the 9271-8i controller or how to install it. (manuals are for cards 2 models below mine)



Second piece of foam :



So all that's in the box so far is 2 pieces of foam and some documentation (no dvd in sight).

At this point I started thinking they had just sent me an empty box by mistake, but under the final piece of foam was a little anti-static bag.




Inside the stat bag was a chip no bigger than a 5c piece. The actual FastPath hardware chip itself is about 2mm x 2mm and the other part is just the connection pins.

$160 USD and this is what they sent me.... most expensive piece of PCB ever.... The box probably cost more to make tongue.gif










Time to eat dinner, more updates in a bit smile.gif
Edited by soth - 1/21/13 at 12:51am
post #405 of 782
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Sata 3 twin axial breakout cables:






I love these cables as they are very easy to cable manage and sleeve. You can have one cable neatly sleeved rather than a large mess of 8 individually sleeved sata cables..

I have 2 sizes of sleeving for these, the larger size will sleeve from the raid card end until approximately 3-4cm from the Sata port. I will then use a second smaller size of sleeving between the sata port and the large piece of sleeving. Heat shrink will tie it all together in the middle.

This might not make sense at the moment but it will once I sleeve them up shortly smile.gif

Now on to the Cache Vault module.

What is a Cache Vault module? Link here

TLDR: Nand flash memory, powered by a giant bank of 4 capacitors rather than a battery. This means you can turn off windows write cache buffer without fear of losing data if your power goes off. (increases raid array performance).

Do you need this in a gaming PC? Absolutely not, but I think you'll agree its pretty damn cool biggrin.gif























Sleeving the capacitor's power lead is going to be a bit of a challenge because the capacitors may still hold a charge.

I think I'll either get a multimeter so I can remove the huge connector one wire at a time, or just live with it and sleeve either side of it.
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Holy mother of jeebus. cigar.gif

Should call this thing Frankenstein... It's going to be a monster.
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Truly spectacular job thumb.gif
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So its time for the most unexciting update ever.

...
Oh and there's a picture of the screws I had made up... exciting stuff...



....

on a different note the custom screws reminds me these Japanese beauties that I recently used.

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TLDR: Nand flash memory, powered by a giant bank of 4 capacitors rather than a battery. This means you can turn off windows write cache buffer without fear of losing data if your power goes off. (increases raid array performance).

Do you need this in a gaming PC? Absolutely not, but I think you'll agree its pretty damn cool
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Originally Posted by ShortAlieN View Post

Holy mother of jeebus. cigar.gif

Should call this thing Frankenstein... It's going to be a monster.

Let's hope everything lines up this week so I can finish it, I desperately want to see how fast these drives will be smile.gif
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Truly spectacular job thumb.gif
on a different note the custom screws reminds me these Japanese beauties that I recently used.

They do look very very similar, did you pick them up in the U.S or order them from abroad?

While I'm waiting on some toys to cut the acrylic plates to hold the raid card and capacitors, I've started sleeving the raid cables,

These pics should give you a better idea of how superior these cables are to sleeve and use in a highly visible case. (As discussed a few posts earlier)

A long piece of sleeving covers the majority of the length of the cable.

Then 4 smaller pieces of sleeve are added to each individual cable and heatshrink.

This ones half finished, I'll finish it later tonight and add another image to this post.






Edit : Finished smile.gif




Edited by soth - 1/22/13 at 2:40am
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All I know is my wife would have shot me if she'd seen that tiny piece of PCB with a $160 price tag on it lol. My jaw hasn't come up off the floor since I first read this thread.
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