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Originally Posted by ledzepp3 View Post

How's your sleeving experience been with the Platimax? Does it have 1 to 1 cabling? I've been interested in this PSU for a long time thumb.gif

It's not perfect, but it could be worse. There are a few caveats. The 24 pin has four double wires for voltage
sensing/regulation, and the GPU power cables have clamps on the ground wire groups. I actually plan on
making a more detailed post about how I did the PSU in the next few days, so if it's ok I'll give you what you'll
need to make an informed decision with pics instead of writing an essay. wink.gif

Spoiler though: It's an excellent PSU, but it does not have 1:1 wiring. frown.gif I did however not encounter any
serious frustrations like some people seem to be having with sleeving their Seasonic units.

EDIT

In the meantime, you may be interested in B Negative's SR-2 build. He also had a platimax which
he completely sleeved. I can't recall how he got around the problem of those clamps, but I do remember
him mentioning them.
Edited by alpenwasser - 7/8/13 at 11:14am
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Thanks man! thumb.gif I'm definitely watching this build every time there's a new post biggrin.gif
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In for s'mo' CL building ;-)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ledzepp3 View Post

Thanks man! thumb.gif I'm definitely watching this build every time there's a new post biggrin.gif

Thanks! smile.gif
Quote:
Originally Posted by socketus View Post

In for s'mo' CL building ;-)

Hehe, thank you. smile.gif


On another note, two small update remarks:
I'm currently experimenting with getting an encrypted Arch Linux installation set up. Since I have the
rig temporarily assembled I might as well do that now before tearing it apart again. I might also go
with FreeBSD, haven't totally decided yet. In any case, fiddling around with Linux/UNIX makes for a nice
change between all the manual work.

I have been experimenting around with the copper tubing. Since 15 mm OD tubing is rather hard to
bend in tight radii, I'm currently thinking that I will most likely do completely straight tubing runs. I
don't really want to use thinner OD tubing. Bitspower fittings are not only very hard to come by where
I live, but also ridiculously expensive (even quite a bit more expensive than Monsoon fittings). So
the next diameter down would be 10 mm with push fittings. And I don't really want to go with that since
for one thing I don't really like the look of those push fittings, and I also think 10 mm tubing is just
kind of a small OD for such a large case. 15 mm tubing has a very nice look to it, plus it would allow me
to use some 16/10 mm Alphacool Shiny Copper fittings (also not at all cheap, but still not as expensive
as the Bitspower ones around here).

Either way, I definitely intend to run copper tubing in this, so no need to worry about that. It just might
be straight runs with sharp angles instead of soft bends.
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Straight runs...will still function and look amazing. 2 x D5 pumps will have no issues with a bunch of right angles.
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Straight runs...will still function and look amazing. 2 x D5 pumps will have no issues with a bunch of right angles.

Yeah, I'm not worried about the pump power, and either way I will most likely be very happy with the
end result, it's just that most copper tubing I have seen was bent. But I really like the Alphacool
fittings, so I'm not worrying too much about it. I just thought I'd share some thoughts on the topic
and maybe get some feedback.

It will still take me a while to figure out how to best route my water loop anyway, and only then can
I make a final decision, so we'll see. wink.gif
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Various Small Bits


First off, as promised some info on the Platimax and what you will run into when/if you
try to sleeve this PSU.

The GPU Cable


The GPU power cables on the Platimax consist of one 12 pin connector on the PSU side
(six 12 V pins and six ground pins) and two 6+2 pin connectors on the GPU side. Since
that's four more connectors on the GPU side than on the PSU side, the additional ground
wires are clamped together on their way back to the PSU.

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aw--helios--2013-07-18--01--platimax-GPU-cable.jpeg


GPU Cable - Ground Wire Clamp

There are two of these clamps per GPU cable, one for each 6+2 pin connector. I haven't
really found a nice way to get around these so what I did is simply remake the entire
cable, as you've seen in my previous post. Since my wires needed to be a lot longer
anyway this wasn't a big deal.

(click image for full res)
aw--helios--2013-07-18--02--platimax-GPU-clamp.jpeg


The 24 Pin + 8 Pin EPS


The 24 pin cable is bundled with one of the 8 pin EPS cables. There is another 8 pin
EPS which you can run separately, and which also has a 4 pin for the CPU on it, should
you need that instead.

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aw--helios--2013-07-18--03--platimax-24pin-psu-side.jpeg


And the other end of the above. There are a few double wires, the most annoying pair
being the ones stacked right on top of each other. Not very nice...

(click image for full res)
aw--helios--2013-07-18--05--platimax-24pin-8pin-EPS.jpeg


My Own GPU Cable - PSU Side

Since the Titan has a 6 pin and an 8 pin on its PCB you end up with 14 wires. I took the
additional two ground wires of the PCI-E 8 pin connector and ran them to a different
connector's ground pins on the PSU side.


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aw--helios--2013-07-18--06--platimax-GPU-power-psu-side.jpeg


The Raystorms


And now for the pr0n part of today's evening. I've polished the raystorms to a mirror shine.
It's not yet absolutely perfect, but it's not much further... smile.gif

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aw--helios--2013-07-18--07--polished-raystorms.jpeg


Other Stuff


I'm still experimenting with the copper tubing. I've needed to order some additional parts
for that, so it will take me a week or two until I can continue. Until then I'm a bit stalled.
Unless I think of something else to do, we'll see... wink.gif


As always, thanks for stopping by. smile.gif
Edited by alpenwasser - 9/27/13 at 8:43am
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Major Power Cables Finished Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

So, this is what about 40 hours of cabling have gotten me: One 24 pin, two EPS 8 pins,
one PCI-E 8 pin and four PCI-E 6 pins. I'm not completely done with them (I need to
reinforce the 24 pin's lacing a bit), but the main part is done when it comes to power
cables.

The GPU Cable

This is what the GPU cable looked like before lacing.
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aw--helios--2013-07-06--01--GPU-cable.jpeg


CPU1 + PCI-E Aux

These are the cables for the CPU1 power delivery (8 pin EPS + 6 pin PCI-E) and the SR-2's
PCI-E auxiliary 6 pin for the PCI-E slots themselves. Makes for 20 wires in total. First I crimped
their M/B terminals:

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aw--helios--2013-07-06--02--CPU1-PCIE-aux-wires.jpeg


After that I colour-coded them to know which pair of wires needed to be sleeved with which
paracord colour. Doing that 20 wire cable is pretty much the only thing I did this week. All in
all it was about 15 hours of work (cutting, crimping, sleeving, lacing). The PSU side crimps
were only crimped onto the wires once the whole harness had been laced so that the
wires had the right length (obviously the outer wires in the bends will have to be longer).

(click image for full res)
aw--helios--2013-07-06--03--CPU1-PCIE-aux-colour-coding.jpeg


Main Cables

And these are most of the major power cables. What's missing here is the GPU power delivery
because I'd already tied that to the case when I took this picture. As you can see the cables
are all stuck together because of the way I had to do the PSU side of things. How I organize
the PSU connectors is determined by the PSU's power rail design and connector layout.

The harness is surprisingly stiff (considering Silicone wire is very floppy) and holds its shape
pretty well with all the lacing.

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aw--helios--2013-07-06--04--main-cables.jpeg


Mounted


And this is how the whole harness looks when it's mounted into the case. The messy bit above
the PSU will still be cleaned up a bit, plus most of it will be hidden.

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aw--helios--2013-07-06--05--primary-cables-inside.jpeg


Hiding the Messy Bits

Besides the side door, the reservoir mounting plate will hide those bits of my cabling which I
haven't tidied up to insane levels.

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aw--helios--2013-07-06--06--cables-with-reservoir.jpeg

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
20 Wire Run

And a glamour shot of that 20 wire cable. I know I could have routed this cable through a hole
which is situated pretty much perfectly, but since I spend this much time on my cables anyway
I thought I might as well make them a proper feature.

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aw--helios--2013-07-06--07--CPU1-PCIE-aux-run.jpeg


That's it for today. I have to admit I look forward to doing something else besides cables
now. There's still some cable work to be done (the pumps, fans and some other small
parts), but the major work is done now. 40 hours of cable work is quite enough for now. biggrin.gif


Next Up

I'll be starting to experiment with the copper tubing next week.


Thanks for stopping by. smile.gif

Your sleeving and cable management skills are fantastic. Can't wait to see more of the build go together.
Also +rep for the cabling tips above, going to use some of those myself. Specifically for handling those dreaded double wires. I started sleeving my AX850 months ago, never finished....but might pick it up again having those tips now.
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Thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated. smile.gif

The double wires were definitely quite a pain, but in the end it was mostly a matter of patience
and persistence, being willing to start over when I had screwed up (which happened a few times
with the double ones mad.gif ).
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A Copper Face Plate for the Lamptron FC5V2

While I really like the brushed alu look on the FC5V2, it doesn't really fit all that
well into the rough powder coat on the Caselabs case. So instead of having two
black things which are not the same sort of black I thought I'd turn the fan controller
into an element of contrast and make a polished copper face plate for it.

Taking Things Apart

First I took the fan controller apart to see how everything fits together and get
access to its existing face plate so that I could fit the new one to it.


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aw--helios--2013-07-22--01--lamptron-disassembled.jpeg


Sketching Things Out


The new plate will be made from a 1~1.2 mm (not sure anymore) piece of copper
sheet I had laying around. First: Use the old plate as a stencil and sketch the outlines
of the new plate onto the sheet of copper.

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aw--helios--2013-07-22--02--new-plate-sketched-out.jpeg


Raw Cut


After some Dremel work it looked like this:

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Current Status

After lots and lots of filing, sanding and polishing (~5 hours), it currently looks like
this. It is not yet completely flawless, but I'll save the rest of the work for when the
build is in its closing stages. Since the surface is very finicky I don't want to spend
lots of time making it absolutely perfect now only to possibly damage it in a mishap
during the build and then have to redo the whole thing.

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The new plate is simply taped to the stock plate. It's a lot easier (and cleaner) than
having to drill holes for the screws into the new plate.

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aw--helios--2013-07-22--06--new-plate-close-up.jpeg


That's it for today. As always, thanks for stopping by. smile.gif
Edited by alpenwasser - 9/27/13 at 8:44am
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