A little Thanksgiving update:
I was hoping my new Phantom 820's might be here by now, but it looks like I have to wait a bit longer.
I did get tracking numbers though, which while helpfull, also let me know that nothing had shipped untill this week, so late next week is the earliest arrival time I can hope for.
Well, at least I know they are on their way . . . .
And can be here in time for when I have a vacation week coming.
I was planning to use that time to measure twice, cut once, and be able to get to the machine shop to have the welding done.
Of course the problem with having to wait, is:
1 - that another paycheck comes along, opening up possibilities of yet additional madness, and
2 - that my imagination and overkill gene start pumping steroids like a sports celebrity, and the result can be . . . . . . mmmmm, . . . exotic . . . errrr, better make that . . . almost scarey
I'm wondering at the moment, just how much stretch is, at least sort of realistically, possible . . . .
My original plan was to use 2 cases to get an additional 280 mm of length to allow using 560's in place of 280's;
Front lower portion of one case cut just behind the rad mounting, for the front portion . . .
Rear lower portion of a second case cut just in front of the rad mounting for the rear portion . . . . . .
and adding then together, . . . .
With a similar approach taken with the top panel, cutting the rear portion right in front of the 280 rad mount, and the front portion right behind the 280 mount.
That way the mobo tray stays properly positioned.
The more I thought about it, the more I wondered if I took just the 280 mm rad mount portion, from both the top and bottom, of a third case, and put it between the original plan's front and rear 280 sections, then I could have on board 840's on top and bottom.
I got to looking at these stainless steel and copper beauties, and as they are modular and that two 420's can join end to end into an 840, my overheated imagination has gone into overdrive:
The connecting block:
The dual circuit feature allows the rad to be split 30 / 70 between 2 seperate loops, or combined.
Dual circuit on the bottom with the room for push-pull fans would put the mobo/cpu on the 30% circuit, and 2 of the gpus on the 70% circuit.
Combined, or single circuit on the top, where there's only room for one set of fans, would handle the second pair of gpus.
The real trick is going to be handling the top plastic parts' stretch so it looks like a stretched version of the original.
Somebody quick, . . . . talk me out of, . . . or into , this insanity . . . where's the Xanax when you need it
DarleneEdited by IT Diva - 11/22/12 at 9:42am