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[Work Log] StompBox (Lian Li mITX--Watercooled, Caseless PSU)

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As of February 27th, I have changed the color scheme of this build!

Surprisingly enough, it was my mother who suggested the change! I will be keeping with the original brushed red aluminum case. That means new cables, no paint, new heatsinks, etc. Because of the change of color scheme, I had to rename the rig: StompBox (yes, after the Qemest song!)

 

 

So how did this project come along? Well I had an absolute blast creating my ACU Camo big rig, however after putting in most of the components and fluid it weighs in somewhere around 50 pounds. I'm at friends houses for LAN Parties and other shenanigans almost every weekend and transporting this massive rig in both back seats of my small VW Jetta was a pain in the butt. A lot of people are doing mITX builds lately, and I wanted to join the crew to create a small but powerful LAN box to take to friends houses and whatnot. 

 

This build is going to be relatively short, as there aren't even close to as many mods as my previous build. However I'm definately going for cleanliness on this one. Because everything is so small, even the smallest details need to be attended to. Another thing to note about this rig is that most of the parts are going to be bought used, I have a very strict budget of $250USD. The catch is that trades don't count, so if I trade somebody a waterblock for a CPU, that won't count towards the $250 budget. The final and most important thing: I am aware that some parts are overkill and other parts cause bottlenecks. I have enough experience to realize these faults, however like I said before, this is a budget rig and many if not most of the parts were actually traded for. So hopefully I have your attention, I'll turn you over to the parts list:

 

Case: Lian Li Q06R Mini-ITX Bench-Purchased from FrozenCPU

Motherboard: Foxconn G-41S-K "Extended" ITX Motherboard-Purchased from eBay

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600-Purchased from Schmuckley @ OCN

RAM: Not Purchased

Graphics: PNY GTX480 XLR8-Traded with dmanstasiu @ OCN

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 650W Power Supply-Traded for at TechPowerUp!

Hard Drive: Not Purchased

Cooling: Black Ice GTS 120, Old EK Copper/Plexi Blocks, Alphacool Ceramic Pump-Half Purchased...

Other: PCI-e Network Adapter-Not Purchased

 

 

Planned Mods:

 

Cut Display Window: FINISHED 2/6/13

Modify Power Supply Asthetically/New Power Supply FINISHED 3/6/13

Modify Bench to fit GTX480: FINISHED 3/5/13

Custom audio speaker front panel

Custom Water Cooling Loop

 

 

Here's are some beginning pictures of the case. I'll post personal pictures when I get a chance to update this this weekend:

 


Edited by WebsterXC - 3/6/13 at 6:10pm
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cool, havent seen a build in this case yet thumb.gif
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First time I hear about the Q06, nice one!
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Thanks guys! I'll have the windows cut soon, the GTX480 is on the way as well. Updates to come blushsmiley.gif

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Sorry for the lack of replies, I've been very busy as the end of the semester is tomorrow and I've been busy with college application work. I've finally committed to a college (Iowa State University, Electrical Engineering), so that free's up a lot of time for my favorite hobby thumb.gif

 

Anyways, the case is currently disassembled and waiting on windows to be cut, so I don't have pictures of that right now. However, I did get a chance to snap some pictures of the motherboard, video card, and sleeving. To begin, the motherboard is a Foxconn G41S-K. It's considered a mITX on some websites, and a mATX on others. This is because of the dual slots on the board, giving it extra length and therefore incompatible with some mITX cases. I like to call it "E-mITX" rolleyes.gif. I purchased this board off of eBay for $15+$7 for shipping for a total of $22, which is a steal in my book. The CPU cooler installed is a Zalman all-in-one, that can be used as either a CPU cooler or VGA cooler. This will be replaced later down the build, but for now it works for testing, etc. The processor under the HS is an Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo. Purchased from a member here on the classifieds for a mere $25 shipped, again another great deal. The graphics card, as many of you will already see is a PNY XLR8 GTX480. It's a reference model card and the colors match this build perfectly. It was completely traded for by another member here on the forums as well. It's a monster of a card, but lovely, just lovely heart.gif. Finally is the sleeving work. I have alot of experience in sleeving to say the least; I've sleeved nearly every day for the past year and am constantly purchasing power supplies and cable sets just to single braid them. I find it relaxes me and lets me unwind at the end of a long school/work day. Because of this, I take great pride in my sleeving abilities, and I hope you guys enjoy my paracord work this time around. I single braided the 24 Pin ATX, 4-Pin CPU, and 6-Pin/8-Pin VGA cables in black reflective paracord. Most of the time the paracord is not reflecting, however if it gets hit with a direct bright light such as a flash, or if it's put in the right angle, it's shines fairly bright. I picked this color both because it matched the power supply and the video card both quite well. Enjoy! (Can you guess the case I took pictures on? wink.gif)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No I have not forgotten about this build! Sorry to everyone who had subscribed and didn't recieve updates. Just about the same time I got the case, I decided to cancel my ACU Camo Rig. I switched over to a purple/black SilverStone Raven, as well as made the transition from AMD to Intel Processors. I had to RMA the motherboard (even when it comes back that build is basically done), so I now have time to work on my Lan Box. At the same time, I've been reaping the benefits of being a senior in high school: my little to no homework every single day puts me at friends houses almost every weekend, and my laptop just won't do the job! I'm eager to resume work, and I started today. As many of you may have noticed, I've changed the color scheme of this build. It was originally going to be textured black/chrome, however I decided to KEEP the brushed red finish from the Lian Li factory. This means I'll need a couple new things, especially cables. However this didn't stop me from continuing my build for tonight:

 

First things first, I got the window cut! Although I won't be using the Platimax anymore, I'll be making the new Thermaltake PSU casing from scratch/heavily modding it so it's appealing to look through the window.

 

 

Couldn't just leave the window all cut and filed down like that. So I opened my bag of moulding. I keep both plastic moulding and rubber U-Channel handy. The aluminum on these side panels was a little too thick for the metal, so I went with rubber.

 

 

Got the rubber installed and flush with the cutout...

 

Perfect!

 

 

 

I had some left over MDPC sleeving from my Silverstone Raven build, so I decided to sleeve the power/reset and light cables with it. Although the other cables will be red sleeving, I think the black compliments it alright:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got the DVD drive installed as well. I have to admit, the Lian Li Optical Drive covers are pretty slick

 

 

Mounted the motherboard for a test fit (please note the Zalman cooler will NOT be staying!):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright here's the GPU sitting in the board. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. I've decided it's too dangerous just to leave it like that and transport it. I'll fabricating a small box out of plastic and foam and anti-static bags that fits the GTX480 inside of it. All that's required is unplugging the power cables from the top, disconnecting the monitor, and it's good to go!

 

Purchased an EVGA backplate for the card on the forums as well. I think I'm going to leave it black, thoughts?

 

 

That's pretty much all I got done for tonight. Had some things going on so I didn't get a whole lot done. Tomorrow I'm going to collaborate with myself, create some shopping carts on various websites and see what I need. 

 

If anyone was wondering what I was doing with the Enermax PSU...

 

 

That's a different build log though ;)

 

 

Stay tuned for more updates later this weekend!

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Updates! Not too big today, since I've been doing a lot of planning work. Today was just installing some various parts:

 

Got some new heatsinks for the Southbridge and other chipset. A small attempt to get the blue board to blend into the red case a little better...

 

 

 

 

Installed the GTX480 backplate as well. It looks sweet :)

 

 

Installed the 24-pin sleeved cable as well:

 

 

 

So if you guys remember the front panel below the power and reset switches, I took out the USB and audio jacks. Originally the I/O ports didn't fit with the Enermax PSU, but with the new PSU they do fit. However I'n not going to put them back in. I have enough USB ports on the motherboard itself, and I have other plans for the front. I'm going to cut two small holes in the front for rectangular speakers. Although speakers this small won't have fantastic quality sound, they'll still play music out loud during get togethers with friends. I'll be making a Digikey order soon ;)

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More progress! I've decided to go to watercooling for the rig! Call me crazy, but I made a great use of some waterblocks I had laying around in my parts closet. I'll be fitting a radiator in here, don't you worry thumb.gif

 

I've made a lot of progress. I've got a research paper I worked on all day, so I deserved some break time!

 

Installed the EK Copper/Plexi block! Don't remember where I got this, but it was old. I may try to pain the brackets if I get ambitious

 

 

Finally got the graphics card mounted properly! Turns out I didn't need to do any modding, the I/O bracket attached a different way. I did however, modify a Koolance GTX480 single slot bracket, rather than use the dual.

 

 

 

 

One of my friends had an FC style NB/SB block! Obviously just my luck, the mounting holes are opposite of my board. Time to get rid of them I guess...

 

 

EK would hate me for this...

 

 

Sides cut with the dremel!

 

 

 

After a light sanding, this was the result:

 

Since there is no bracket, and the board only really cost me about $20, that sucker is going to stay on. Using some thermal epoxy I glued the block to the northbridge of my board and let it dry overnight.

 

 

Good to go!

 

 

 

 

The next part was the most interesting part of my mod. There was no way I was going to fit a standard ATX power supply in my case and fit a radiator. At the same time, the Silverstone SFX Form Factor power supply didn't have enough wattage to safely power my GTX480, so I had to get creative. 

 

First step was taking the power supply apart

 

 

 

Yum yum internals...

 

Next I took the DVD drive tray that the DVD drive sits in out of the case. I marked out drilling holes that coincide with the PCB of the power supply.

 

 

Drilled all 4 holes, then tapped them for 6-32 standoffs.

 

 

The only problem I encountered was that the standoffs went too far through the drive tray and prevented the DVD drive from mounting properly

 

Got out the dremel and did a quick couple of trims...

 

 

After the 6-32 standoffs, I used insulating washers and nylon screws to put everything together. I reinstalled the drive tray into the case, and ta da! There's just enough room for a Black Ice slim radiator and 120mm fan below at the bottom of the case.

 

 

 

 

The last picture I'll leave you with. The pump! biggrin.gif

 

 

Unfortunately (well, not really unfortunate for me), my X79 motherboard comes back from RMA tomorrow, so I'll be putting this build on hold for a little until I get my main Raven rig up and running once more. Stay tuned though!

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I never would have thought to use a thermal epoxy to mount a block lol!
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Well thanks! I've been cranking on it when tightening fittings and it hasn't budged!

I got most of the water cooling installed today. Unfortunately my dads Nikon is giving me an error message and yes away on business, so pictures will be later in the week. I think I may paint the case blue when the weather turns too.
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