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First of all, i have replaced the HDD cages, as the ones i had previously were for 10x3.5" HDDs and one had some cracks in a plastic which i later on Repaired, im going to sell them both on ebay.
I have decided to get the following thus:IstarUSA Drive Cages
, one 5xHDD and one 3xHDD, for a total of 8x3.5" HDD, after asking ISTAR USA if they were willing to build me a Custom HDD Cage
, and the answer was no.
The main reason is the ARECA Raid Card card has 6 x SFF-8643, each supplying 4 HDD Ports, so its easier to drive 8 HDD than 10. This allows me to free one 5.25" drive and thus i searched for a 8x2.5" Drive cage that fits in 2x5.25" Slots.
The said Project of mine involved 10x3.5 HDD and 6x2.5 SSD, for a totalof 16 drives, (multiple of 4). The soution i endedup employing uses 8x3.5 HDD and 8x2.5 SSD, also for a total of 16 drives.
The best one i could find, and its quality surprised me once i received it, since on internet it doesnt look so interesting, its the SUper Micro M28SACB Drive Cage.
Interesting is the fact that by using this cage i can connect 8 SSDs to the Areca Raid Card (the Gaming Partition) using only 2 SFF Cables namely through a "SFF8643 to SFF8087 (mini SAS HD to mini SAS)" Cable
The SFF8643 Connector are the Connectors available on the Areca Raid Card and
The SFF8087 Connector are the Connectors found on the Drive Cage
The other 8 x 3.5" HDD are going to get connected through one of these SFF 8643 to 4xSATA Cable
1)So here is the SuperMicro Drive Cage Front View
2)Super Micro Drive Cage Back View
3)The 6xPower Adjust and the AquaAero 6 XT with the previous Keyboard
4)Here i tried to see if the 140.1 doulbe Loop Radiator from AquaComputer fits in the back where the 120 Fan slot is.
This one is to a 120 Fan Connected through a Koolance Fan Adapter
, and the Fan gets connected to the Chasis. The only Downside is that i loose the first PCI-Express Slot.
5)One can see here that the Ram fits just good, a fancy Ram with Heatspreader would have probably not fit, thats OK, since the DDR4 ECC Registered RAMs are mostly blank without heatspreaders at all. At first i have pondered the Koolance Ram-33 Adapter, but you can see here there is no chance for it at all
6)Here is a front view again of how the Radiator will look
7)The only problem is that once mounted the whole contraption cannot fit through its normal way to the inside of the case. That means the only way is to mount it from the inside. Once the 120mm fan is mounted through the Adapter to the Radiator, my wife will need to hold it, and i will have to screw the screws from the back
8)I have ordered DemciFilter from DemciFilter.com
, they shipped directly from South Africa. This is how they look sticked to the Case Parts
9)And this is how they look installed in the Case
10)Here are the Parts from Istart USA, i had to order them from Amazon.com, you can't get these anywhere in Europe. There is also a drive cage for a single 3.5" Hdd, and a Laptop Drive Adapter, which also has 2xUSB 3.0. Together with an Akasa HdD -Rack i get another 2 USB 3.0 slots in Front, this way i spared a slot which had the USB Hub.
11)Finally i have received the Mechanical Keyboard i have so long waiting for, at first i wanted the Corsair K-95 RGb, then Logitechg announced the Orion Spark, and i had to wait some more. After a few more months of waiting, i could finally order it. I changed my Mouse as well since i could get it on offer from half the price from logitech.de Its good to have a single software for mouse and keyboard
12)And this is how
On 17 Januar 2015 i placed an order at ModDIY.com for Connectors, pins, wires, sleeve heatshrinks, and cable management Stuff.
Such a PC requires custom made cable, otherwise it looks horribly, and you may possible have not enough connectors to connect everything
Then came the problem of splitting the FAN power cables. How do you go about and connect 6 Fans to a single PWM output of the AquaAero ? Using multiple Y-Adapters would make a complete mess out of it.
Luckily for me i found an ingenious solution to splitting power cables without using tons of Y-Adapters. I have to thank the Husband of the sister of the wife of my best friend who is an electrician, which recomended that i use WAGO Connectors.
I initialy saw this connector at his house,
when he housed me when i had to run for the Kevelaer Marathon
, and after that i went to the Wago website and found its next generation of Connectors. Here is my time here
, finished the 256th, in 4H33min.
My Next Target is Raping the World Record this Year in September at Berlin. But enough of that for now.
As you can see these connectors are somehow round and they could have posed a problem with mounting inside the case.
Luckily the next Gen Wago Connector will do the job perfectly. Smaller, and Flat, they can be sticked to the inside of the case using a 2 cm wide Double Addesive band, the connectors themselves being 1.8 cm wide, they can take wire from 12 to 24 AWG, are this way perfect for 18 and 22 AWG wire i will be working with.
Here are some pictures of the Connectors:
Close Up Photo
, they can be found on amazon.de also.
The 2 Way Connector can be used to extend wires.
The 3 Way Connector functions like an Y-Splitter
The 5 Way Connector functions like a 4-Way Spliiter.
As you can imagine each wire would need its own connector for splitting purposes, even so i believe it to be more elegant solution than Y-Splitter Adapter or any other multi Fan port splitter.
As you can see from the Skema above, i will plan to make the Fan Wiring this way, i shall connect the Pump Power cable direct to the PSU connector, extending as needed using the 2 way Connector, the Aquabus Cables AquaComputer Products, at first through a 3Way Connector, and after that using the 5 Way Connector.
Asking at Aquacomputer Forums, i have learned you can control PWM fans using the PWM output of the Aquaero 6 XT, even if the Fan connected to siad channel would draw more than 3 Amps, the limit set by AquaAero, by connecting the Power and MASS directly to the PSU, and their PWM signal cables only in the AquaAero.
This way i can use 6 140mm 3000 PWM Noctua Fans on the 4th CHanell, instead of 4 x 3000 Fans and 2 x 2000 Fans as depicted in the picture, and i can be sure i can use the 4 x Noctua 40mm fans on a single chanell also, since their rated startup power draw exceed 3 Amps for 4 Fans, even if their continuous power draw is lower than 3 Amps.
And thats because the Manual of the Aquaero 6 XT states that if the power draw per Chanell exceeds 3 Amps it will shut down.Edited by Bytales - 1/25/15 at 3:48am