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UPDATE 2: BUDGETS

Budgets suck. A lot tongue.gif

So last night I pulled the trigger and bought a HTX One X off of eBay so I can finally ditch this windows phone I have... a true piece of rubbish. Unfortunately that has cut the budget by a good bit and has changed my previous ambitions. In time I'll surely bring these upgrades to light, but for now, here is the definite new plan:

What we'll do in this log:
  • The window, that's essential in my eyes
  • The backplate, that's not even debatable. I mean if I put in a window, I want to look at a pretty and not an ugly pcb biggrin.gif
  • Swiftech H220, I still feel the watercooling loop is justified
  • Edit: here's a fun idea, I think I'll include the rainmeter desktop design in this buildlog, since that is a big part to me and I'll be redesigning the whole desktop, not just a few extra widget's. We're talking a full renovation biggrin.gif


What will have to be axed for the sake of the phone frown.gif
  • sleeved cables
  • painted stencils


So overall it's not to big of a hit, just aesthetics that will be hit the most. Eventually I will get to these, hopefully, but for now this is the new plan. Today I will order the storage hdd and a 200mm front fan. Luckily the H220 has a fan splitter included, so there's a bit of costs saved. The only downside is I'll have to wait to have the front fan connected until the H220 is released tongue.gif
That's it for now, I'll edit the main post to reflect these changes!

Well like I was telling you about Lutro0, you cant beat his prices biggrin.gif You would need at least 50 ft of Paracord which you can get for $6 AND AND AND he has a tutorial on youtube about how to make them heatshrinkless biggrin.gif
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Well like I was telling you about Lutro0, you cant beat his prices biggrin.gif You would need at least 50 ft of Paracord which you can get for $6 AND AND AND he has a tutorial on youtube about how to make them heatshrinkless biggrin.gif

I found his tutorial... that is very nice biggrin.gif
Now it's just a matter of whether or not I can find a nice orange and a bright white paracord. Lutro0's shop has them, but the orange is a bit washed out and the white looks dirty... perhaps that is the lighting, I'll keep investigating tongue.gif


(edit: before I forget, painted stencils are back on and we're adding led's to the mix biggrin.gif!! This gonna be gud!)
    
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I found his tutorial... that is very nice biggrin.gif
Now it's just a matter of whether or not I can find a nice orange and a bright white paracord. Lutro0's shop has them, but the orange is a bit washed out and the white looks dirty... perhaps that is the lighting, I'll keep investigating tongue.gif


(edit: before I forget, painted stencils are back on and we're adding led's to the mix biggrin.gif!! This gonna be gud!)

I bought his Paracord and it is the lighting. The paracord pictured does not do it justice as seen in person. You will not regret them biggrin.gif
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I bought his Paracord and it is the lighting. The paracord pictured does not do it justice as seen in person. You will not regret them biggrin.gif

that's very good to hear biggrin.gif
    
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UPDATE 3: BUDGETS BE GONE (WELL NOT TECHNICALLY tongue.gif)

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Enough has happened that I feel it is a good time for another update, no pictures in this one unfortunately as I'm still on the vacation with the family - but important nonetheless. So yesterday I spent the day being crisped by the sun and burnt to a bright red on the ears and nose, but while sittings there on the beach (which was surprisingly cold) I crunched some serious numbers and have found a way that I think I can make the paint, the sleeves, and even a few leds happen (I've yet to figure the leds out, so throw some suggestions my way biggrin.gif)

I'll be doing paradox for the sleeving, as SonOfJor-El has pointed out several times, paracord is cheaper and will work with the budget. The issue I then faced was a) can I get the color I need and b) how can I get the cables I need, given I lack the proper tools. Well here are the solutions:

A) Lutro0's Customs has a seriously good selection of colors, which has recently updated and luckily, he has both a clean white and a nice orange (I lied, there will be pictures today smile.gif)
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The white is so clean, I love it! But that orange, the solar orange.... oh man biggrin.gif I was debating the neon orange, but I'm not sure if I like how bright it is, it has that property of reflecting light off of it almost, like it has a shine if you know what I mean. The solar orange is much more reserved, which I feel is good for the inside of the case, it's not over the to stand-outish, and it shouldn't look funky when light up by lights (hopefully!)

I'll also be picking up the paracord helper, crimpers, and molex extractor he's got for sale.
Pro help needed: I noticed he sells coreless versions of the paracord, what's the difference and which should I get?

B) So the colors have been found, but what about the cables? Kinda important right?
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Well making my own is very possible, all I would need is a wire striper (got it), some wire (laughably cheap), the pin things for the end (again, cheap), the connectors can be reused foe existing cables, but then crimping the crimping tool itself... ouch. $50?! Ouch... there are cheaper options, like $20, but those seem to mess up the wires. So I hit the chalkboard and some more sun(burn) and found a new solution:



so for $41 I can get the mobo, cpu, and a dual pci-e 6+2 wire set, complete with new connections specifically for my psu. At that price it's hard to say no.

So that leaves us needing:
  • 1 set of cables (need to verify if 30cm is long enough for the pcie and if duel pcie 6+2 looks like as the cable I'm currently using is a bit different, I may just use that cable and just replace mobo/cpu)
  • 1 order of white paracord and 1 order of orange (25ft each, that should be more than enough if my numbers are right)
  • Cutters, sleeve helper, and molex extractor (edit, I forgot to mention I'll try to make my own sleeve helper first before shelling out $11 for one rolleyes.gif)

A grand total of: $87.25
Honestly there was only $50 left in the budget, but I found a way to add another $100. So the budget we have for sleeving, paint, leds, and possibly a front 200mm fan is $150. Let's make that work biggrin.gif


Oh and in other news, the second HDD is ordered along with a spare sata cable as I don't have another, it's 500Gb which for me is enough, but others is not. That should be in by Saturday, which will be when i'm back home. I also will be picking up the acrylic and cstrip from frozen cpu to save on shipping, I'll probably order that this weekend since I won't need it right away. The tape for the window I will pick up from work, as I get an employee discount and it's time to make that $150 stretch xD That just leaves the Swiftech H220, which I will be patiently waiting to be released and hopefully get my hands on tongue.gif

That's it for now, I'll crunch the numbers on the Leds and get you guys updated. Oh and the paint - I might be able to grab from work if we have the right color, which would be good, save a few more bucks
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With the coreless its just one fewer step to do. You would have to remove the core anyway. And I too also ordered from Moddiy. I am waiting as I ordered them Feb1st and still is in status awaiting fulfillment. Pay the extra for the speedpost as it is wort it. I have ordered from them a few times biggrin.gif The 30cm is long enough as I took precise measurements. Its a total of 11 inches and you really wont need any more than that. with my cables routed, the dual pcie cables measure approx 7 inches. As for the Paracord I would do 50ft total so yeah 25ft of each is enough.Great work on finding more for your budget biggrin.gif
Edited by SonofJor-El - 2/20/13 at 11:48am
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With the coreless its just one fewer step to do. You would have to remove the core anyway. And I too also ordered from Moddiy. I am waiting as I ordered them Feb1st and still is in status awaiting fulfillment. Pay the extra for the speedpost as it is wort it. I have ordered from them a few times biggrin.gif The 30cm is long enough as I took precise measurements. Its a total of 11 inches and you really wont need any more than that. with my cables routed, the dual pcie cables measure approx 7 inches. As for the Paracord I would do 50ft total so yeah 25ft of each is enough.Great work on finding more for your budget biggrin.gif

Thanks for the heads up about modDIY, better order sooner than later! I'll see what I can work out biggrin.gif
    
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Thanks for the heads up about modDIY, better order sooner than later! I'll see what I can work out biggrin.gif
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Quickie update, not really worth an official title tongue.gif

So caselabs announced their new S3 mini-itx, with a plan to start production in the next 2 weeks roughly. While I like my ppcs prodigy.... I LOVE the caselabs new case. Well for the past few days I crunched some numbers and checked the mail ... which surprised me with a check biggrin.gif So it looks like I can make the caselab case work biggrin.gif

What needs to happen, though? The H220 will not happen, it will be replaced by a h100i and the modDIY cables I was going to pick up I'll be replacing with the Silverstone short cable kit, which I can still sleeve without an issue and it's about $15 cheaper, which is nice thumb.gif I also don't need to buy the stuff for the window since that can be added to the case (on the proper side of the case as-well tongue.gif).Then I just need to sell the prodigy. So the build log will be very bumpy in the coming week(s), but nothing can happen until I am back home tomorrow.


Complete plan change, things just got very.... interesting?
Edited by Dmz96 - 2/25/13 at 6:38pm
    
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UPDATE 4: Last Resort Fun!

So I have a fairly final plan, in fact it is much different than the last "unofficial" update said, so I'll leave the plan to myself and not bore you with the consistent changing of my mind rolleyes.gif

On a whole other note, I asked caselabs if their Friday release date was still a go for their mini itx case was still ago and unfortunately.... it's looking to be delayed for another week or so frown.gif
I'm not sure how much longer I can last without a computer, it's been well over three weeks and the possibility of another 3 pains me, especially with all these computer parts teasing me in my room tongue.gif

And so I have devised a plan, "the last resort" plan. And it is not a motherboard box and a prayer... oh no... it's much more fun biggrin.gif!!! I've found my grandma's old computer (and no I did not "inherit it" to put it nicely, she gave it to me last month when I visited her, as she got a new one smile.gif ). So what to do with a decade old computer when you don't have a case? SCRAP IT FOR THE CASE biggrin.gif Yes this is the last resort plan, for the interim I'll be using an old compact computer case as my case tongue.gif, so let the fun begin! (well actually in 3 hours it will begin, I have an event that requires my attendance in the mean time)... SO LET THE FUN BEGIN IN 3 HOURS! *sets watch*

So it's now 4 hours later and everything is together, tomorrow I'll get the pictures up and the details... but for now: Bed redface.gif
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