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[Scratch Build] "Epoxy"

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This the build log of a case I've recently named "Epoxy".


My older brother is the "computer guy" of the family. Around 2 years back, I wanted a small, cheap system to play TF2 on. By his suggestion, I ended up with a mini-itx llano a8-3850. I built it myself, toyed with OC'ing a little, but it ended up stock and playing tf2 shorty afterwards. Now a couple months later is where the OC bug bit me. I ended up scrounging the web for OC write-ups, and doing a lot of trial and error. Along the way, I realized my 1866 g.skill memory just werent good clockers, and I purchased a pair Mushkin Blackline 2133 sticks. Now, these sticks let my llano fly.
With an asrock itx board, scythe big shuriken II cooler and a gelid 120 fan, I baseclocked that chip as high as the board would let me, which was 136. That chip was a good clocker overall, but its memory controller was exceptional. That mem/controller maxxed out the baseclock+ram multi (hitting 11-13-11 @ 2550mhz). Got my best 3dmark11 score of P1517.
Llano got me hooked on overclocking.
So, with news of trinity just starting to appear, I planned my next system. No more locked multi's this time around ( llano's BE chips didn't appear until after my system was well broken in), and with trinity getting module based cores based on BD, it seemed like 5ghz would be possible with good cooling. And so that was my goal.

The parts list
Theres no fancy hardware here, sub par by OCN standards, and yet still overkill for my needs, at least ATM.
It starts with the previously mentioned trinity: an A10-5800k, purchased on release day. It is paired with an Asus F2A85-M Pro motherboard, and topped off with the wonderfully clocking Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb ram sticks. To fit the small form factor case I had planned, a Silverstone 450w SFX. An Antec 620 CLC pump has also been used. I had squired two SSD's at the time, but for the final build a 60gb vertex 3 and a 2.5" 750GB WD black are what it has now.

To try and reach my 5ghz goal (trinity was not at all out at this point, was only guessing based on its core heritage) I had devised a SFF watercooled case. However, its inside out. Its form comes from the inside, with the hardware going on the outside. The left side was going to be a rad, and so I made one.
The rad:

Size comparison to the stock 120x120 rad:

The rad is made of an VW a/c condenser I had kicking around in my shop. Cut/sliced an aluminum tube to make the second tank, and a lot of time and epoxy to make it a functional unit.
To make sure my "concept" would work, and as it was the most critcal part of the planned build, this was done before trinity was released. I did test it out on the llano system.

And the rad worked, so when the time came, so did the new hardware:

Case building
A friend of mine has access to aircraft aluminum and hydraulic shears, and offered to cut me the pieces of the case, if I provided him with drawings. In hindsight, I should have taken pictures of the panels before assembly, but thats what hindsight is for. So no pictures of square/rectangular cuts of aluminum. That same friend is also an aircraft cert welder, however, I chose to continue my build using 2 part epoxy, and gluing the whole case together. The design lent itself fairly well to that, and comp cases don't get very high stresses anyways.
Initial assembly:

Checking and fixing hole alignment (could have been done better - live and learn):

Mounting the rad to the case:

Attaching the pump/hoses to case:

Mid-build assembly:

Now, in real life the case building stalled out, and was in that stage for a couple months. I had "loaned" out my llano hardware to my younger brother at university, and was using it to game on. Since I was/am not really using Trinity any more than llano, I offered to trade. However, he doesn't come home often, and that was two weeks away. So, back into gear.

PS and HDD bay mounting:

Power button, power LED, HDD LED (no reset button needed):

Fan mounting - two bitfenix 230mm x 30mm pro fans - purchased seperately, hence the different colours/one has LEDs):

Hard drive install:

Sata wire modding to fit the with the drives so close/angled:

You'll see an audio port epoxied on in some of the latter pictures, but not in the final shots. I bought an extension cable, without realizing it was mono channel, until I went to wire it for the HD audio plug. No time left to correct the issue, so it was removed.

Final hardware assembly:

The Pcie power wires were removed since theres no room for a discrete card, MB power wires shortened, sata plugs relocated to work. Vertex 3 was removed from its metal case, the plastic cut down and installed ( needed a 7mm drive, wasn't buying one, made it 7mm).
My brother will provide some final shots that I will add later. I didn't realize that there wasn't any great final shots until it was already at its new home. Most pics taken with my lumia 710, so not all great shots.
Hope you enjoyed reading, heres a teaser shot of the next one:

That one will have llano as m-atx (asrock itx burned its vrm plug) a 7770, tfx psu, a 3.5" 1tb hd + 2.5ssd

EDIT: OCing results! how could I forget!
4.54 ghz boinc stable, ~1200mhz gpu 3dmark11, p2074 2450mhz ram 11-13-12. http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5100025

Not the greatest clocker, but it was fun. I was hoping for kaveri drop in, but with it looking like fm2+ not being backwards compatible, I build another case/system with itx-ddr4 kaveri refresh or successor.
Edited by Yeroon - 7/11/13 at 7:10pm
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Probably way too much work for most of us here. Honestly it was something different than most build logs here and it was cool to look at.
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