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post #21 of 33
Please leave the cpu and ram exposed. That would look sweet with just a water block right in the middle and maybe some Avexir sticks thumb.gif . Hopefully with it being up on a desk, you wont have to worry about dust getting in there.
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If you can make it look anything like these sketchups then I am just going to be floored...

Wowsa!! Cheers for the complement thumb.gif

I've been pretty amazed by Sketchup. While one version or another has been sitting on my Hard Drive for a few years, I literally only dipped my toe in to it to achieve what I needed to achieve and nothing more. Literally just building a room and bed with rectangles to figure out the position of a new bed. Building a stairs like stacked pieces of pie to see if a quarter turn full staircase would fit in the space we have a cheap steal spiral now etc etc. Did a slightly more detailed model of a bedroom to convey an idea to someone last year but that too was quite simplistic...or so I thought.

A few weeks ago I came across a rendering tutorial by chance on Youtube. It was all double dutch to me but what hit me was that the Sketchup model of a room they used for the render tutorial wasn't much more complicated looking than what I was able to achieve after watching about 2 hours of sketchup tutorials. I was very confused. The model went from Sketchup cartoony to much more realistic looking.

I did some more research and found out that the cartoony look is by design so the model can be rendered real-time by the sketchup engine. Run that same model through an off-line rendering program when you have completed your model and you turn that exact same Sketchup geometry into something much more realistic. I learned that when you import the model into the rendering program or use a plug in render in Sketchup like I have, you go about clicking on your surfaces basically and telling the program what kind of material it is so the program can calculate how the light bounces off it. Its literally like the eye dropper and paint tool in your paint program in the renderer that I am using. "This is Leather, This is Glass, this is Gloss Varnished wood...." etc etc

As for my sketchup model of Density³. Most of the modeling work was done by other people. The case was done by OCN user pcF00. Most of the component parts were done by other people and are on the Sketchup 3D Warehouse. Motherboard, Ram sticks, PSU, Fans etc etc.With a bit of work with my current skill-set I could manage the first 3 but for instance I wouldn't know where to start on the fan blades biggrin.gif I did build my own Noctua NH-C14 heat-sinks because I couldn't find one in the warehouse. I also built the CPU block and heat-pipes. Theres loads of great user created plugins that make complicated tasks in Sketchup easier. Pipe/Tube creating tools etc. Same with the room in the latest renders. Terminator T800 by someone else. Batman Tumbler, Dell Monitors, Logitech MX Performance mouse, Corsair K90 keyboard.

I've only been playing around properly with Sketchup and the rendering program for about 3 weeks now. Theres a lot less work involved than it looks and its a lot easier than it looks. I am but a humble Shop-keep who never went to college with no background in graphics or design, so if I can create models/renders like this then anyone can. I've literally just watched the beginner tutorials on sketchup that show you how to use each tool on the tool bar and what its generally used for. I haven't learned any advanced sketchup techniques yet. I haven't even watched a render tutorial. Knowing the general principle behind it that I already talked about of telling the program what type of materials you model is made from, by trial and error and button clicking, I've figured out what a lot of the buttons do. biggrin.gif

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Please leave the cpu and ram exposed. That would look sweet with just a water block right in the middle and maybe some Avexir sticks thumb.gif . Hopefully with it being up on a desk, you wont have to worry about dust getting in there.

The CPU Block and heatpipes will be exposed. I'll have a render up shortly. Should be much quicker because I'll do it with more room light. The dim room renders posted recently are to show off the case lighting. Those typically seem to take longer to render cleanly than better lit scenes. ie. I've settled for 'good enough' with these Case LED renders after a few hours. The previous bright scene renders came clean after about 20-30 minutes.




Edited by Calibos - 4/2/14 at 10:06am
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The following render shows the size comparison between the 3x GTX 780 heat-sinks and the 2x Noctua NH-C14 heat-sinks that I talked about a few posts ago.

As you can see, it doesn't look like much more cooling capacity but as the pair of Noctuas is an inch or so taller, 2 inches longer and about 3/4 of an inch thicker than the trio of GTX 780 heat-sinks, the surface area is actually larger by a factor of x1.89 by my calculations. Certainly a non intuitive result but appearances can be deceptive. Then the is the much increase heat removal efficiency I talked about a few posts ago about heat-pipes and direct Heat-sink Block contact. The stock heat-sinks will remain in place with the GPU stock blower fans on very low speed to cool the GPU VRMs and memory but I'll cut out the centre portion of the heat-sink over the GPU's IHS to accomodate the CPU block from the Noctua Heat-sinks.

Also in the scene is my modded CPU block which combines the heatpipes from 2 Noctua NH-C14 Heat-sinks into 1 CPU block. Well 11 of the 12 heat-pipes at any rate. 6x heat-pipes from 1 heat-sink are as they would be with just the polished CPU block shim between them and the CPU IHS. Then 5 heat-pipes from the other Heat-Sink are nestled on top of the first 6 with the top layer of the sandwich being an aluminium block with the holes drilled out for the top 5 heat-pipes. Finally, Solder is used to fill the spaces between the 6+5 heat-pipe stack.








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Can't believe no one has commented on the little in-joke in some of the renders. It's not like I tried to hide them!
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I saw it, but didn't want to say anything tongue.gif Nice renders. Idea's coming along very nicely even before you have started. Some of these cooling ideas are almost on the level of the Mac Pro. It's also cool how you put it in a room setting instead of a plain white background.

Looks like we're aiming for similar things- an 8 core tower of power for fast 3D renders. Are you using Blender by the way? Looks like you're using Cycles to render as far as noticing the graininess.
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For those that didn't notice, the in-joke is the Playboy and the box of Kleenex. In all the 'Post Your Setup Pics', 'Post your Desk Area Pics' type long running threads theres always people posting jokey responses like, 'Is that a box of kleenex behind the monitor?' or 'Eeeewww!! I see used kleenex in the wastepaper bin!!' biggrin.gif

I thought it would be fun to put objects hinting at that type of activity in a 'Virtual' rendered Setup picture set to riff off those jokey comments in the other threads. biggrin.gif ie. If they are there in the real life pictures posted by people in those threads, its because those people forgot to or didn't even think to tidy their desk and remove 'incriminating evidence'. For a render, I had to consciously put those objects there. biggrin.gif

I'm using Sketchup and Indigo. Only started learning and experimenting with them in earnest about 3 weeks ago.
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Like a doofus I only just realised that there's not much point rendering at 1920x1080 if you are going to downscale to 1280x* for posting on forums anyway. Rendering at 1280x* will be over twice as fast. Also realised that glass in front of light emitters in a render increases processing time too. Should be able to rerender my scenes without noise in less time than it took to render the noisy scenes I posted.
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Haha. I discovered the GPU heat-sink is a Vapour Chamber Heat-sink so cutting out the centre to accomodate the Block from the Noctua heatsinks is not an option. It looked like I'd have to go for total removal and buy some ramsinks for the ram and VRM's. However Linus came to the rescue with a perfectly timed tech quickie youtube video.

Turns out Vapour chamber blocks in combination with heat-pipes is already 'a thing' which should make thinks even easier for me.
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i5 4570S MSI H87i Intel HD 4600 8gb Kingston Hyper X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120gb Samsung 840 SSD  500gb Hitachi2.5" 5200 RPM Stock Intel i5 Cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS234 Logitech K800 90W integrated PSU Antec ISK-110 
MouseAudioOther
Logitech Performance MX Darkfield Integrated Creative i-Trigue 2.1 SubSat 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K ASrock z68 Extreme 4 2x MSI GTX580 Twin Frozr II in SLI 8Gb Corsair Vengence 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2 TB - WD20EARX 128gb Crucial M4 SSD Samsung Blu-Ray Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Dell 24" 2405 Saitek Eclipse Corsair HX1050 
CaseMouseAudio
Corsair Graphite 600T Logitech M500 Gaming Mouse Integrated 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700k Asus Z170-A Palit Super Jetstream GTX1080 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
500GB Samsung 840 Evo SSD 3TB Toshiba 7200 RPM 3 TB Toshiba 7200 RPM Corsair H110i GT AIO Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 64bit LG 34UC98 34" 21:9 Ultrawide Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair RM750x 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Air 540 Corsair M65 Pro Corsair 900mmx300mm Onboard 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4570S MSI H87i Intel HD 4600 8gb Kingston Hyper X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
120gb Samsung 840 SSD  500gb Hitachi2.5" 5200 RPM Stock Intel i5 Cooler Windows 7 Ultimate 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS234 Logitech K800 90W integrated PSU Antec ISK-110 
MouseAudioOther
Logitech Performance MX Darkfield Integrated Creative i-Trigue 2.1 SubSat 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K ASrock z68 Extreme 4 2x MSI GTX580 Twin Frozr II in SLI 8Gb Corsair Vengence 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2 TB - WD20EARX 128gb Crucial M4 SSD Samsung Blu-Ray Corsair H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit Dell 24" 2405 Saitek Eclipse Corsair HX1050 
CaseMouseAudio
Corsair Graphite 600T Logitech M500 Gaming Mouse Integrated 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700k Asus Z170-A Palit Super Jetstream GTX1080 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
500GB Samsung 840 Evo SSD 3TB Toshiba 7200 RPM 3 TB Toshiba 7200 RPM Corsair H110i GT AIO Cooler 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 64bit LG 34UC98 34" 21:9 Ultrawide Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair RM750x 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Air 540 Corsair M65 Pro Corsair 900mmx300mm Onboard 
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Wow this build is going to be awesome. I cant wait for the real thing to start coming together. Looks like its going to be an absolute beast. Is there actually going to be a use for all 27 of those drives or are they just there for infinite storage and to look epic.
Edited by hftjmac - 4/9/14 at 8:28am
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