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What the deal with the 2 spliced in wires (1 black and 1 teal)?

I believe that it's to jumpstart the PSU wink.gif

Cool photos bro biggrin.gif
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Ok so this is after a few hours, a very aching hand and sore fingers..

A word of advice for making cables from scratch, BUY THE CONNECTOR BLOCK (or whatever that thing is called) !!! Its a real PITA to remove the old one, if you have a new "connector block", all you have to do is measure, cut, strip, crimp and poke...









These are the tools and wiring I used.


These are AWG#18 600v rating and AWG#22 300v rating, you can use AWG18 300v rating, I just couldn't find any in stock in my area, the only difference is the 600v rating has a thicker plastic housing by the looks of it, (WARNING: I'm no EE, if you are going to make your own PSU cables, make sure you know what you are doing.)






As promised, more random nerd pron...

The box on the left is the package from PPC, the right is the Silverstone Fortress, it weighs over 50 lbs and it's huge, lets get unpacking !! The PPC stuff is not for the "missus build", it's for my main rig, planning to do a complete overhaul and preparation of the incoming GTX780, I'm just all ecstatic.. not going to do any of the actual unboxing yet, as that's saved for the upcoming "hamster overhaul" project.. but stay tuned, just checking for any shipping damages.


A overview shot..


Corsair pre-sleeved cables for AX1200 and AX750 PSU.


The new Primochill Advance LRT blue and red tubing, hope they don't plasticize like the old Pro LRT..


Aquacomputer D5 with Aquabus and USB header (used in conjunction with Aquaero XT)


MNPC Overkill Nautilus and SR1 360


Danger Den external triple 360 rad holder.


Silverstone 5.25 to 3.5 bay converter. (this is for my server)


EK D5 dual top, old version because I don't like the new design. The Monsoon are the regular compression fittings (sorry no cabon here), going to go with a full compression look this round.


some DD tube clamps just for kicks..


Phobya 12v to 5v 3 pin converters.


I always wanted some of these MNPC rad grills, but their prices always made me think it was unreasonable as I could put the money elsewhere in my build, but this time, I wanted aesthetics and when it comes to a work of art, no other does it like MNPC so.... Last but not least, I leave you with a close up shot of the BOX, stay tuned for more in close detailed pictures..
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What the deal with the 2 spliced in wires (1 black and 1 teal)?

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I believe that it's to jumpstart the PSU wink.gif

Cool photos bro biggrin.gif

Thanks smile.gif

He's half right, I used it to jump start a secondary power supply when I had this unit in my main rig, the only problem was the whining sound the fan makes when it's under load, warranty doesn't cover it as it's "technically working", so I swapped over to a AX1200, still similar as I have the original PSU green and ground spliced and over to the secondary PSU..

Old PSU


New PSU
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Did you really need that much power or did you just not have enough connectors for the system?
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Did you really need that much power or did you just not have enough connectors for the system?

As for power usage? nope, it was absolute overkill.. The 1200 would have been more then enough to handle it.

at the time, I just did it cause I wanted to segregate the power usage and monitor how much watts does each unit actually pulls.

1200W = GPU x3, CPU + Motherboard (results were 6-700w on load, 150w on idle running stock clocks)
650W = 2 mechanical drives, 1 SSD, 4x D5Pumps, Aquaero XT, PA2 x6, LEDs (results were around 100w)

and erm, the "bling" factor.. biggrin.gif
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Great job on the pics. Subbed
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More Pictures !! More Pictures !! More Pictures !! Enjoy...

This is the 3x 5.25 to 4x 3.5 HD bay.





























The entire front panel pops off and gives access to the drives and easy fan cleaning.






not going to go into too much details on this case, it has been out for a while now and has plenty of reviews of it everywhere, When a case gets multiple positive reviews and a product design award (2010), well.. I'll just end with it's a really good case and go on with a few personal shots of it.




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It comes with sound dampening !!!


comes with (1) hot swap, more can be purchased as an option.






More HD swap-able cages.




The bottom air penetrator with the buttons on top of the case for speed adjustment.


The CPU area and another FILTERED inlet or exhaust. NOTE: the CPU cutout does not work with 1155 layout, you would have to either cut the tray to enlarge the hole or just mount the CPU block before installing the board.


The filter position is very well thought out.


The filter positioned in the rear as a snap on, beautifully done Silverstone.








and in comes the host of the show that's going to keep the CPU cool and happy.


This is my 2nd reserator, was pretty happy with the first one and the box was just as big as I remember it, there lay the GTX670 to give you an idea of a size comparison.


Here's a couple of old pics of my old rig using the Reserator + blocks, think the rig was a P4 with 6800 XT in SLI. It was a nice warm little heater during the winter time as I sat right next to it, my cat at the time (RIP) was pretty happy with it too..








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OK enough of the old days, back to present smile.gif

That tubing looks a bit funky, like it's been sitting around for just a little too long..


and the Zalman branding? oh no, no no... That is not going to work !!!




NOTE: the reserator unit is made of all anodized aluminium, I would not suggest you use this with any other product especially copper based, you will see why later on.. I also plan on using the included Coolant which includes anti corrosion agents.








VGA Waterblock which I won't be using


CPU Waterblock


not sure what that is, I think that's the cap to plug the the reserator when you remove the pump and use it just as a reservoir.


PCI pass through for the tubing and quick disconnect coupling.


Flow indicator, very simplistic and does what its suppose to.


Inlet and Outlet on the bottom of the unit, where the QDC plugs into.


This unit is grey, I didn't know that, I thought they only came in black.. Anyways, it's still nice..


I see they added something that did not exist on my old reserator 1, there is a tiny hole less then 1mm wide for release of pressure build up, good that they thought of this, bad that water now will probably dissipate from the unit over time faster then my old unit. I can always plug it up on the inside with some plumber putty if it really becomes an issue in the future.


The anodizing is poorly done on this unit cover, unlike my first unit which I couldn't see any with the naked eye, I also found a nice chunk of what appear to be paint just inside the reserator unit about the size of a corn flake, I just hope the coolant with the anti corrosion will be enough, since I am only running the Zalman CPU block, it shouldn't be much of a problem, but only time will tell.

Bitspower G1/4 barb for size comparison only.







Pretty hard to focus the inside of the unit.




















A side by side comparison of what the whole setup will look like sitting on the floor next to the missus desk.

A brief description:
her usage is pretty basic, Microsoft Office suite, iTunes, online radio, some chinese RPG that I have no idea what it is, a bit of Diablo 3, a LOT of facebook games, not trying to be a sexist of anything but what's the deal with women and their farmville's and that cooking chef game? That's all her and the ladies can talk about when they are over... "I have to do this to get that reward, I need 10 likes and shares to get this ingredient, got 5 FB accounts to give stuff on a daily basis"... Dear, you lost me at the do something to get some reward bit, oh...

Another hot topic they chat about is what's on the dinner menu.. and it ain't me...

Anyways this rig should last her for quite a while and it's more then overkill for her needs.. As for the aesthetics is concerned, that's where I come in, she hangs out in the living room most of the time, TV and her rig is there, and I am crazy when it comes to being clean and neat.. I get the computer room all to myself as part of the agreement I... well that's our secret.. smile.gif

Enjoy the Pics...



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Bunch of detailed block shots and block mounts.




















Putting it through the tests, prime, heaven, etc.. to make sure rig is stable and nothing is broken, wiring is a mess right now.








This is where the rig and the missus will rest.. err I mean be at.. so far so good.. There are only 2 monitors up, since I can't place all 3 without the stand, still waiting for that to arrive.


In case you are wondering what my room looks like, here it is.


The best part I like about that desk is the slide-able tray part, as you can see, space is kind of a commodity, small price to pay for living in one of the busiest cities in the world.


Need a opening for the tubing to come out, the rear side panel which will be out of sight is a perfect area to cut in.


Every modder should have one, unless you have a whole garage to put in the big stuff.




After the cut, scratched up the edge a little bit, nothing a small black marker cant fix.

In case you are wondering why I didn't just drill a circular hole and use a grommet, then run the tubing through that. I chose this method since the case will be sitting on the side of a desk, the area will be a tight fit and I don't want the rig sitting any further from the desk then it'd have to, a big open hole would allow me to put the rig closer to the desk since the tubing will be able to come out of the case at an angle and not kink while bending to the other side where the reserator unit will be sitting.


Time to add some rubber trim.


and voila..


After about an hour of doing cable management.












All in all after a day's work, hope you enjoyed the pics, this project is almost finished.
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Hamster
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Wheel
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 5930K Asus Rampage V Extreme Zotac GTX 980ti AMP! (3) Kingstone Hyper X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 Pro WD Black EK FC Titan X (3) | EK Monoblock Aquaero 6 Pro | Power Amp 3 (6) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
SR1 240 | SR1 360 (2) BP Z Multi 80ML Reservoir (2) EK Dual D5 Top (2) AC D5 (4) Dual Loop 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Win 7 Ultimate 64 3x Asus VG248 | WSGF Freedom Quad Desk Stand Asus ROG Swift PG278Q Logitech G910 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1500i Caselabs M10 + Pedestal Logitech G600 Razer Goliathus + ME3 Razer Vespula 
AudioOther
onboard Realtek  Astro A40, Logitech G930 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 3770K Gigabyte GA Z68XP UD3R Intel SB integrated Corsair Vengeance LP CML16GX3M4A1600C9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 (2) LSI Megaraid 9265 8i WD4000FYYZ0 (2) span WD2002FAEX (4) Raid 5 
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Corsair H100i Windows Server 2003 R2 EE Remote Desktop Remote Desktop 
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