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[Build Log] Megatron 2.0

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Components
i7 4960x
EVGA 780ti Classi x 2
EVGA x79 Dark (LGA 2011)
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB x 2 (Raid0)
GSkill Trident X DDR3 2400 - 32GB (8x4GB)
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Corsair 900D
Generic Samsung Blue Ray Disk Drive

Cooling
Sunbeam 6 Fan Controller
Scythe Kaze Master Pro
Black Ice GT stealth 240 Rad
Black Ice GTX Xtreme 360 Rad
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 5400RPM x 5
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 4250 RPM x 2
Scythe Gentle Slip Stream 1600RPM x 2
Corsair SP120 w/ Red Rings x 4
Liquid Fusion 250mm Helix two Reservoir (Red, with UV)
PrimoChill Rigid Acrylic Tubing 1/2" OD (Took 6 24" Sticks, Could probably get away with 5)
Swiftech MCP655 w/ EK D5 X-Top Black
XSPC EC6 Blood Red (Takes almost the full liter )
EK Supremacy CPU Block Black
PrimoChill 1/2"OD Rigid Ghost Compression Fittings x 16

Modding
Di-Noc Carbon Fiber film 24" x 48"
Carbon Fiber Sleaving (For Everything but CPU, Motherboard, Vid Cards )
Ensourced Custom Sleaving done for the rest. This guys cables are awesome btw.
I plan on stitching the cables with the "Frank N Stein" style of stitches.
Eventually I would like to get the case air brushed to look like the paint scheme from when Megatron was hiding in Africa and put a tattered piece of cloth over the back like a cape.
LEDS to put in 2 fans with casing around them to look like Jet Engines of a sort.
Going for a industrial look on the inside to kind of look like the guts of a machine?!?!

Other
ASUS VG 5ms LED 250cd/m2 (80,000,000 :1) 23" x 3
Logitech G700s
Generic Microsoft $15 Keyboard (Because My Coke Spilling Skills Go HAM)
Logitech 5.1 Speakers

New to these forums. I have posted a couple build logs on the EVGA forums but I never really got much input other than good job, which is nice and all, but I was really looking for a "Hey don't do that because..." etc. However, "Great Jobs" are always appreciated smile.gif. I would really like to get into overclocking and actually understand it other than someone telling me, "Hey do this and this to get this". I have already started on a lot of this but I would still like to post pictures to get started with this new community smile.gif .
post #2 of 12
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This stuff is really cool. Easy to work with, however it does not respond to heat as easy as the videos that I watched about it. Might be the brand of product that I have, or maybe the heat gun I have is too hot. Anyone that has ever wondered about using this stuff, even outside of pc's this stuff is pretty easy and gives it a cool look. Next up is sleeving.







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Well first I'll say welcome to the forums and i must say the carbon fiber looks really nice. I will be sticking around to see the finish of the build. Feel free to ask question, the people on these forum are very supportive/ helpful. And as always good luck with your build!!! thumb.gif
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So the sleeving was much harder and much easier than I thought it would be. There are so many variables that I didn't originally thing of; wire gauge compared to cord size, cutting things to very exact measurements, keeping the wires and sleeving very taunt, etc etc. I originally had some 550 para-cord, but its just too big. I saw that there is 330 para-cord and it seems that it would work much better. I didnt have any problems sleeving the cables, but I had issues getting the heat shrink with he para-cord in the head that the wires go into. So my next Idea was to get rid of the heat shrink which took some thinking. Super glue ended up being my salvation. I was able to super glue the tip to the end of the metal fitting that the wires attach too and pinch the para-cord. I could then take a razor blade and cut the edges off so it would fit in the plastic head properly. I think the 330 para-cord would fix that issue completely though, and if it didn't It would still be much easier than the 550. I found some different style cabling that looks kind of like carbon fiber and it works a lot differently than the paracord does. It looks pretty cool though. Here are some pics of a few things that I was able to get done.



Few different attemps, different lengths. Just practicing.


I personally thinks it looks a lot better without the heatshrink


Trying out the carbon fiber sleeving and different lengths of heathshrink. This stuff is super easy to work with.
post #5 of 12
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So going into this build I was worried about 3 things. The cable sleeving, the 3M tape, and the acrylic tubing. The tubing has been by far the easiest of the 3. If you watch the videos on youtube about it. It works just as they say it does. However, having a gun with the perfect temp would probably make it even easier. I went to Home Depot and got a cheap generic heat gun and everything worked out great. I ordered 8 24" sticks and used all but 1. Including making a piece to fill up the reservoir. If I had to do it all over again, I could probably do it with 5, so order extra! Here are some pics.

Standard heat gun, they can all usually sit on there back so you can work with something above it, and it doesn't get too hot.


I would def get a kit that comes with the rubber tube. When you start bending things, it DEFINITELY makes a difference at keeping the tube a tube.


Once you have the gun hot, on a low setting, and your rubber tube inside of the acrylic, just start rotating it around like a pig on a skewer until it starts to give a little. I put the rubber tube in dry, because vegetable oil was a pain to clean on out of the larger pieces. I would stick it in and only slide it just past my bend so it wouldnt be too hard to get out. Once it started to give a little i started to flex the tubing back and forth. I noticed if I "trained" the tube it would give me more of a circular bend and not a stretched bend.


Once you have your shape just blow on it for a minute or have a fan ready to cool it off. You can still shape it as its cooling and I had a 90 degree L ruler that I used to make sure my curves were as close to perfect as I could get them.

More to come smile.gif
post #6 of 12
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Here is a finished product of the tubing.


Now it's time to finish up the sleeving and start on the LED's.
post #7 of 12
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Cables came in! Ensourced Custom Sleeved Cables! This guy is great. Cables are super tight and easy to work with. I followed the "Frank N Stein" style of cable stitching. Very easy to follow and a great 4 video guide on youtube. Took about 10 min to do the first row following the guide then about 5 min for each one after that. The only hard part is keeping the wires taunt. Here is a preview.


Easier to see the stitching with the flash on.

Not too shabby, it definitely helps keep this in place lol.

Also started to mess around with the LED's however I am already worried that there light angle width thingy is going to be too wide and there not going to be bright enough to achieve the desired effect. I want to add that my hands are so unsteady. Been quite the learning experience with soldering, wiring, etc...


Adding the holes with a drimmel was a synch.


The lights were too long so I used hot glue and it seems to be working perfectly. However it gets everywhere


Good thing razor blades get up hot glue easy.


Wires were pretty long. Just snipping them down


Soldering skills are def beginner level.
post #8 of 12
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Couldn't wait. Did some initial overclocking. Got it up to 4.7 at 1.4v and jumping around from 28Cto 30C (Although I am wondering about this). Stopping for the evening then I will work on the cards and ram tomorrow. Hopefully hit 5 by tomorrow evening.


Edited by Mjtillis2006 - 4/20/14 at 5:32pm
post #9 of 12
looking good! I like the acrylic tubing bends.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 DO oc'd to 4.25Ghz EVGA 3-way Sli Classified 2x480 SLI 3x2g Corsair CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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LG W3000H, dell ultra-sharp 24" Ducky 'OCN' with brown hx1000 Cosmos II 
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mionix naos 5000 steelseries SX 
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post #10 of 12
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@bob808 thanks man. It took some time to get use to it. Also the bends did not come easy. Slow and steady working it around otherwise the outside edge of the bend would stretch and the inside would clump up. Also a little tug on it as I bent it helped a a lot. Took a few extra sticks to do it but was so worth it in the end.
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