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Gotta love green and black- great color combination and that's a beauty of a case and mainboard too!

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Looking great!

And subbed.

Thanks!
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Looks awesome! I've also had a really frustrating time with sleeving after i snapped my sunbeam tool trying to get a pin out....how did you go about soldering the broken pins? Keep up with the great work subbed!

I sacrificed the PSU-side pin of a molex power cable that I knew I wouldn't use. Stripped about 1/8" of the sheathing off of the wire and left the ends untwisted (that's important). Then I simply pushed the two ends together and tried to get the individual strands of wire to slide together (imagine lining your fingers up and sliding them together side by side and that's the idea I was going for). Then I carefully applied just enough solder to hold the joint securely without creating a huge bulge in the connection. Covered that spot with heat shrink and the paracord hides that section perfectly.

If you want more detail, let me know and I can sketch something up and/or do it again with some pics!

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Gotta love green and black- great color combination and that's a beauty of a case and mainboard too!

I approve thumb.gif

Thanks! I'm excited for this build because I'm really trying to make this color scheme shine. Past builds i've never really worried too much about color but this will be different.



Pros & Cons of getting parts delivered to your job:

Pros:
  • I get to drool over them. drool.gif
  • Parts are safely in my office, not waiting outside my door.
  • I get to post pics.

Cons:
  • I'm at work and can't really do anything with them.

That said, enjoy some pics smile.gif


Wait a minute...what did I order again??



That's better thumb.gif











The next purchase (which has to wait a few weeks) will probably have to be the case and motherboard. However, I still have some power supply modding ideas to work on thinking.gif

Thanks again for reading!
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Placed another small order today....





I guess we'll have to wait and see what this is used for biggrin.gif
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No major updates or pics today. Ordered the case over the weekend - paid $143 with a promo code and also get a $20 mail in rebate. Not bad thumb.gif

Should be able to get some work done on the PSU this weekend and hopefully i'll have the case to mess around with.
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Well is looks like the case has been delivered!! wheee.gifwheee.gif

I'll be happy to finally get a look at it and get some good interior shots so I can start planning the layout. This will also give me a chance to do some spray can paint accents on certain parts. Hopefully the vinyl wrap will be delivered today or tomorrow and then I can figure out what to do with that biggrin.gif

Also, I think I'm going to be polishing the EK blocks to remove that frosted finish - I want to be able to see that Mayhems coolant flowing through the loop!

Thanks for following along and I promise more pics coming soon!
Edited by Slider46 - 3/27/14 at 11:50am
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Got a good bit done today thought not as much painting as I had hoped. It's been raining non stop all day and looks like more of the same tomorrow which is not ideal for spray painting. I took on a little side project that I completely finished so that's a plus! I apologize in advance for the crappy quality pictures. I need to pick up a small folding table so I can have a better workspace and better angle and lighting to take pictures.

Unpacked the 750D, standing next to my PC-7HX (mid tower) for scale biggrin.gif
It's actually almost the same size as my mid tower with the radiator on top..





PCI covers ready for paint.



This will take a few coats...



Voila, the perfect shade of green.






Next up for paint will be the SSD cradles...once the weather cooperates. I also got the green carbon fiber vinyl in the mail but it's not as impressive in person as it is online. I tried fitting a small piece to the power supply to cover up the labels (since they don't really go with the green/black theme) but didn't like the way it looked. I'll shelf the vinyl idea for now unless I can think of some other uses for it.

Next idea for the PSU is a partial cover of green acrylic. Something just big enough to sort of hide the labels on the PSU but not a full blown cover or midplate. I'll order some acrylic this coming week.



Bonus Side Project!

With it raining all day I focused on getting my mini ITX system up and running. I originally built it as a multipurpose HTPC for the living room but it never really got used for much of anything and adding a storage drive and trying to run backups over wifi was just too slow for my liking. So I decided to setup a NAS server!

Things to do:

  • Strip the chassis, clean and reorganize
  • Drill the front panel so I can fit a 22mm switch and HDD status LED
  • Sleeve the switch and led wires...just because
  • Reassemble and Load FreeNAS


Stripped down to parts..






The mini ITX - MSI FM2-A75IA-E53. It's not a bad board...built in wifi, bluetooth, HDMI, good bios GUI but you know what it doesn't have? Voltage control. I can't change any voltage settings on this board. I wanted to undervolt the CPU and run an underclock so my temps would be low but nope, no voltage control. Oh well. I'll have to hope AMD's Cool & Quiet feature actually works. The A4 5300 is running at 2.8Ghz now. Stock is 3.4Ghz



The 22mm power switch and HDD led from my old Gunmetal Tech Bench build. Need to do something about this sleeving... thinking.gif



That's better! Green & Black paracord I had left over from another project. No one is gonna see this but why not? thumb.gif



Taped up and ready to widen the stock power switch hole. I'm using a dremel and rotary cutting bit for this cut (no pics of the actual process unfortunately). I originally wanted to make it a little easier and pick up a step bit at home depot but they wanted $38 for one....no thanks. I can order a set online for half that. Dremel it is!



Routing the newly sleeved wires and starting to reassemble..





It's a tight fit even BEFORE the PSU goes in..



Perfect fit.



Simple yet elegant thumb.gif



I got FreeNAS installed on a 8GB flash drive and have the whole thing up and running. Nothing too fancy right now, just a 1TB drive for storing backups. Extremely happy with the transfer rate - I'm seeing a consistent 70-95 MB/s upload from my PC to the server using Acronis True Image. I'll eventually upgrade the drives, probably a 2 TB raid 1 array and maybe mess around with plugins for streaming media.


Thanks for following along!
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Minor update - ordered some green acrylic, a new scoring tool as well as polishing compound, microfiber cloths and wet/dry sandpaper for taking the frosted finish off the EK blocks. Everything should arrive by Saturday and I hope to have some pics up!
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I figured I'd make a post each week even if I don't have anything too exciting.

Right now I'm in the middle of getting the acrylic PSU cover in place (yes it's going according to plan so far thumb.gif ) so I'll have some start to finish pics of that once I get it done. I hit a speedbump during this process though - my SECOND $30 Amazon heatgun died while trying to bend the acrylic.

That's why I didn't have any updates from this past weekend. I got a new one at home depot and it works great AND was only $22 so that's a plus. So if you're in the market for a heatgun, do not buy this one. The first one just stopped working after a few uses and the second had something break off inside and rattle around so I figured it wouldn't be safe to use.

Aside from the acrylic, I put a few coats of paint on the SSD trays but the paint I'm using is pretty crappy and didn't look very good on plastic. I put a gray primer coat over the trays and then did two more coats of neon green - which looks a little better. I might try one more coat and if i'm not satisfied i might just sand it down and try again with another green spray paint.

I did get the polishing supplies with the acrylic so I may polish the VGA blocks and bridge soon but not sure exactly when yet as my schedule the next few weeks is rather busy. Thanks for reading!
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What color/brand of green paint did you decide to go with?
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What color/brand of green paint did you decide to go with?

Been using rustoleum flo green - it kinda sucks.



Something with the nozzle or propellent or maybe just the paint but it comes out way too thin and doesn't cover well. The more I think about it the more I think i'm going to sand down the cradles and get a better paint.

The "painter's touch" primer I used is fantastic and i've used it before on other builds. Great coverage. Shame it doesn't come in the green I need.
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Simply Green
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Core i5 4670k Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 - ATX - LGA 1150 Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk Samsung 850 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk EK-Supreme LTX - Nickel CSQ 
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XSPC RX 360 Monsoon Hardline Economy Fittings - Matte Black Bitspower Rotary 90 Degree Fittings - Matte Black NoiseBlocker Black Silent Pro PLPS PWM 120mm (Q... 
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Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 LT EK D5 Vario Pump with X-Top Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150 V2 1/2" x 3/8" PETG Rigid tubing 
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EK-FC670 GTX (Qty 2) EK-FC670 GTX Backplate - Black (Qty 2) EK-FC Bridge DUAL Parallel 3-Slot CSQ Plexi XSPC RX 240 
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