Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Build Logs › [Build Log] - IRONBEAST - A fully water cooled, X99, Quad GPU, 900D build
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

[Build Log] - IRONBEAST - A fully water cooled, X99, Quad GPU, 900D build - Page 89

post #881 of 1307
Stick with the original plan, you've come to far to abandon it now. Soldier on, it'll all be worth it in the end.
Backbreaker
(25 items)
 
BRUTALIS
(19 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K @4.8 RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming  16 GB GSKILL RIPJAW Z 2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
256gb Samsung 840 pro 1 X Samsung 2tb HDD OCZ Vertex 2 60GB OCZ Vector 128GB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm Copper edition  XSPC RIVE Chipset and VRM block  3 X XSPC RAZOR Titan Blocks and Backplates  2 X Alphacool D5 pumps  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower Dual pump Top  2 X Alphacool UT60 480 Radiators  1 X Alphacool XT45 240 Radiator  Phobya Balancer 250 Black Nickel  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit Acer X34 Predator CORSAIR K90 VENGEANCE  CORSAIR AX1500i 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CORSAIR 900D Razer Deathadder black edition  Razer Goliathus XL ROG Xonar Phoebus 
Audio
Sennheiser PC363D  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
I7 980X @ 4.5Ghz - 1.36 Vcore ASUS RAMPAGE EXTREME III EVGA GTX TITAN EVGA GTX TITAN 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
12 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 2000MHZ TRIPLE CHANNEL OCZ VERTEX2 60GB and Samsung 2tb HDD LG BLURAY BURNER XSPC DUAL BAY LAING D5 PUMP RES COMBO 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
XSPC RAYSTORM COPPER CPU BLOCK BLACK ICE STEALTH 240 RAD WINDOWS 7 64BIT ULTIMATE ASUS VG278h 120Hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CORSAIR K90 VENGEANCE  CORSAIR AX1200 CORSAIR GRAPHITE 600T WHITE RAZER DEATHADDER BLACK EDITION 
Mouse PadAudioOther
RAZER GOLIATHUS XL SENNHEISER PC360 G4ME ROG ASUS XONAR PHOEBUS 
  hide details  
Reply
Backbreaker
(25 items)
 
BRUTALIS
(19 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 3930K @4.8 RAMPAGE IV EXTREME Gigabyte GTX 1080 G1 Gaming  16 GB GSKILL RIPJAW Z 2133 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
256gb Samsung 840 pro 1 X Samsung 2tb HDD OCZ Vertex 2 60GB OCZ Vector 128GB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC Raystorm Copper edition  XSPC RIVE Chipset and VRM block  3 X XSPC RAZOR Titan Blocks and Backplates  2 X Alphacool D5 pumps  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower Dual pump Top  2 X Alphacool UT60 480 Radiators  1 X Alphacool XT45 240 Radiator  Phobya Balancer 250 Black Nickel  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit Acer X34 Predator CORSAIR K90 VENGEANCE  CORSAIR AX1500i 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CORSAIR 900D Razer Deathadder black edition  Razer Goliathus XL ROG Xonar Phoebus 
Audio
Sennheiser PC363D  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
I7 980X @ 4.5Ghz - 1.36 Vcore ASUS RAMPAGE EXTREME III EVGA GTX TITAN EVGA GTX TITAN 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
12 GB CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 2000MHZ TRIPLE CHANNEL OCZ VERTEX2 60GB and Samsung 2tb HDD LG BLURAY BURNER XSPC DUAL BAY LAING D5 PUMP RES COMBO 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
XSPC RAYSTORM COPPER CPU BLOCK BLACK ICE STEALTH 240 RAD WINDOWS 7 64BIT ULTIMATE ASUS VG278h 120Hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
CORSAIR K90 VENGEANCE  CORSAIR AX1200 CORSAIR GRAPHITE 600T WHITE RAZER DEATHADDER BLACK EDITION 
Mouse PadAudioOther
RAZER GOLIATHUS XL SENNHEISER PC360 G4ME ROG ASUS XONAR PHOEBUS 
  hide details  
Reply
post #882 of 1307
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input everybody, seems most of you favour holding to the original plan. I am keeping my options open for the moment, so all the work using the new test frame will be very carefully undertaken on the assumption that it could become the basis of the final build. (More importantly I will be attempting to avoid doing anything that would prevent me from using it that way, in the event I/you subsequently decide I should go with Plan B/C). So if I’m doing stuff that seems a bit obsessive and unnecessary for a proof-of-concept prototype, that’s probably why.

In reply to sinnedone, and for the purposes of informing you all, the immediate plan of action is as follows:

The next step will be to finish off all the custom (mostly metal) mountings that the test frame is still missing - primarily the main brackets that will support the motherboard tray. The metal needs to be soft enough for me to bend easily and accurately at home, so I’ve cut some copper sections from some spare 15mm pipe that we had lying around and flattened it out into strips to see if they might be suitable. However it looks likley they might not be rigid enough, in which case I may have to buy some bits of aluminium or thin steel instead. Each strip will need four right-angle folds, plus a set of drill holes for mounting them to the case and for mounting the motherboard tray to them. However because tapping the tiny threads of normal computer-case size screws will be awkward to do, the brackets and motherboard tray may well end up being fixed together using some familiar looking miniature bolts instead…

The other mountings that need to be sorted out are for the lower radiators. Two options here. The stands I got for the radiator testing rig are a little bit too tall, but by a stroke of luck there is enough scope (just) to carefully cut them down to size with a hacksaw. These would be screwed into the baseplate, I’d commission the backlighting spacers in black acrylic as planned, and get a set of longer screws required to mount the fans. Alternatively however I could get the spacers made in the same laminate material used in the test frame (like the front fan mount), extended in length beyond the ends of the radiators allowing it to screw in to the uprights. These could then be cut down to the correct size for the 900D if and when it was subsequently required. I don’t know which of these options would be faster, but the latter approach would definitely make assembly and disassembly of the test rig much easier.

Once these are done, then at long last it’s time for assembly of the cooling loop in the test frame. Phase 3.1 was going to be simple point-to-point connections in soft tubing to test the concept. However I have decided instead to go straight ahead and build the loop in full, with the fittings and rigid tubing - with the exception of those acrylic sections which require bends (like the pump connections) which will initially be in soft tubing. An extra piece of timber work will be made up to represent the motherboard and GPUs, simulating the mounting positions for the EK waterblocks and the Raystorm, thus allowing me to test the cooling loop without risk to the expensive electronics. This stage will also include setting up any components which aren’t part of the core system, like the Aquaero and Neopixel strips. Phase 3.2 will see the soft tubes replaced with rigid acrylic tubes as appropriate, and will also be the absolute latest that I can forestall a decision on implementing the motherboard heat sink design. Finally Phase 3.3 will involve the disassembly of my current Phase 2 rig and the transfer of the Ironbeast system hardware into the Phase 3 (requiring only draining and minimal disassembly of the cooling loop via the D-plugs) bringing the prototype to a fully operational state, hopefully with minimal downtime. It will then undergo leak and thermal performance tests before becoming my main rig until the 900D modifications are ready, or whilst I make up some case panels for it.
post #883 of 1307
Thread Starter 
A small update:

The surfaces of the new test frame have now been treated (using a couple of layers of grapeseed oil) and it is looking really rather good. It hasn't quite dried off completely just yet, but I hope to have some pictures for you soon. The laminate parts in particular have turned out very well; changed from the matt-grey shown in the previous photos to a proper black, much closer to Ironbeast's intended interior colour. It has also given them a sort of ‘satin finish’ (i.e. shinier than matt but not as reflective as gloss) which looks very nice. A final layer of clear waterproof topcoat will go on just as soon as I’ve got some.

In other news the copper pieces that I was trying out for the motherboard tray brackets were, as suspected, going to be just too flimsy to work out properly. As such I’m going to order a length of 1.5mm thick stainless steel strip to use instead, which should do the job much better whilst looking suitably presentable (and, because it comes in 2.5m sections, I’ll have plenty left over for doing any other stuff). I also need to get some self-adhesive felt pads for the bottom of the frame (to replace the piece of cardboard it’s currently sitting on to let it slide more easily on the floor) and some more acrylic tube.

Before starting to coat the timber I also did a brief pre-assembly test for a couple of the pipework sections that I was most concerned about (specifically the very short port 1-to-2 and port 4-to-3 offside runs that are composed entirely of fittings). Whilst they are quite tight and a bit fiddly to assemble, I am delighted to report that they do fit correctly. I didn’t get time to test out any of the other critical sections, so I won’t risk jinxing anything just yet. However, for those bits at least, the CAD modelling does appear to have been sufficiently accurate that this ludicrous plan might just work…
post #884 of 1307
What your doing to treat it sounds amazing, can't wait to see what that will look like! I thought the photos you gave last were of the finished product (of the test build), goes to show how much I know about wood-working...
Ncase M1
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k@4.7GHz, 1.296v (4.5GHz uncore) Maximus VII Impact MSI 980 Ti Gaming 6G Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x 840 EVO 500GB Toshiba XG3 1TB (M.2 NVMe SSD) PE-240 Rad EK Supremacy Evo & VGA 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
DDC 3.2 PWM pump 3x Gentle Typhoons 1850rpm windows 10 Acer Predator XB270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair SF450 Ncase M1 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries Bose companion 20 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710MQ W230SS gtx 860m HyperX Impact 16GB 1600MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOSMouseMouse Pad
840 EVO 500GB windows 8.1 cyborg R.A.T-5 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
Ncase M1
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k@4.7GHz, 1.296v (4.5GHz uncore) Maximus VII Impact MSI 980 Ti Gaming 6G Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x 840 EVO 500GB Toshiba XG3 1TB (M.2 NVMe SSD) PE-240 Rad EK Supremacy Evo & VGA 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
DDC 3.2 PWM pump 3x Gentle Typhoons 1850rpm windows 10 Acer Predator XB270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair SF450 Ncase M1 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries Bose companion 20 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710MQ W230SS gtx 860m HyperX Impact 16GB 1600MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOSMouseMouse Pad
840 EVO 500GB windows 8.1 cyborg R.A.T-5 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
post #885 of 1307
Thread Starter 
As I promised the other day, a few pictures of the newly treated test frame. The room lighting is slightly different from before, but you should get a decent idea of the effect that using the oil has had. The finish will be slightly different once the waterproofing goes on, but not significantly. And yes, this is totally excessive for something which is just intended as a prototype - but then you know what I’m like by now.

So this is what it looks like:


And for the purposes of comparison, this…



Now looks like this…


post #886 of 1307
Noice!

That has to be the best looking test frame I've even seen.

Keep up the good work.

thumb.gif
FinkPad
(7 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2370M @ 2.4GHz Lenovo Intel HD Graphics 3000 Kingston HyperX Impact 8GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit LCD 1366x768 
  hide details  
Reply
FinkPad
(7 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 2370M @ 2.4GHz Lenovo Intel HD Graphics 3000 Kingston HyperX Impact 8GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
SanDisk Ultra II 480GB Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit LCD 1366x768 
  hide details  
Reply
post #887 of 1307
Can't wait to see everything installed biggrin.gif
Ncase M1
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k@4.7GHz, 1.296v (4.5GHz uncore) Maximus VII Impact MSI 980 Ti Gaming 6G Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x 840 EVO 500GB Toshiba XG3 1TB (M.2 NVMe SSD) PE-240 Rad EK Supremacy Evo & VGA 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
DDC 3.2 PWM pump 3x Gentle Typhoons 1850rpm windows 10 Acer Predator XB270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair SF450 Ncase M1 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries Bose companion 20 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710MQ W230SS gtx 860m HyperX Impact 16GB 1600MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOSMouseMouse Pad
840 EVO 500GB windows 8.1 cyborg R.A.T-5 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
Ncase M1
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k@4.7GHz, 1.296v (4.5GHz uncore) Maximus VII Impact MSI 980 Ti Gaming 6G Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x 840 EVO 500GB Toshiba XG3 1TB (M.2 NVMe SSD) PE-240 Rad EK Supremacy Evo & VGA 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
DDC 3.2 PWM pump 3x Gentle Typhoons 1850rpm windows 10 Acer Predator XB270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair SF450 Ncase M1 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries Bose companion 20 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710MQ W230SS gtx 860m HyperX Impact 16GB 1600MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOSMouseMouse Pad
840 EVO 500GB windows 8.1 cyborg R.A.T-5 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
post #888 of 1307
Thread Starter 
Apologies that there haven’t been any updates from me for the last week or so. I’ve been largely occupied doing other bits and pieces of late, so the recent progress has mostly been focused on getting in yet more parts and materials.

The clear spray lacquer arrived at the end of last week and I am now waiting on a clear dry day to start waterproofing the test frame parts - which, with it being A: Britain and B: February, is proving a little difficult at the moment (even if the solvent vapour wasn’t an issue I don’t have the space available to work on it inside). Things look a little more promising later this week, and its fast drying stuff, so fingers crossed I should be able to get at least some of it done shortly.

I’m still waiting on a delivery of the stainless steel strip needed to make the motherboard tray brackets, but I have finally managed to get some suitable stainless steel pipe for the reservoir sleeves. It’s of a suitable diameter – without having to buy 6m lengths – and should be here in the next day or so. I have also devised a way to make up some much less bulky brackets for the reservoirs using the same tube (there’s easily enough length left over to do so). If I get this right they’ll match the diameter and the finish of the sleeve and should look really rather sleek; certainly much better than the ugly stock ones.

The acrylic tubing has all arrived and I’m expecting the cutting and bending kit tomorrow, alongside a few other extraneous bits and pieces. Beyond this I’ve been filling in the few spare moments sorting out the sound deadening for the three D5s, and have also been trying to figure out how to get the pump tops to a suitable silver finish - one that doesn’t look out of place (and in such a visually prominent position) against the real metal of the sleeves and fittings. If I can’t get a paint finish that looks good enough, and unless anybody has any better ideas, they may instead have to be done in gloss black or left as-is.

Not exactly the most interesting update I know, but I should have some more photographic progress to report soon.
post #889 of 1307
England has been downright horrific in the weather dept. recently... Non-stop wind and rain since Saturday - it's the talking point of the town. Hope you manage to find your dry window smile.gif
Ncase M1
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k@4.7GHz, 1.296v (4.5GHz uncore) Maximus VII Impact MSI 980 Ti Gaming 6G Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x 840 EVO 500GB Toshiba XG3 1TB (M.2 NVMe SSD) PE-240 Rad EK Supremacy Evo & VGA 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
DDC 3.2 PWM pump 3x Gentle Typhoons 1850rpm windows 10 Acer Predator XB270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair SF450 Ncase M1 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries Bose companion 20 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710MQ W230SS gtx 860m HyperX Impact 16GB 1600MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOSMouseMouse Pad
840 EVO 500GB windows 8.1 cyborg R.A.T-5 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
Ncase M1
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4790k@4.7GHz, 1.296v (4.5GHz uncore) Maximus VII Impact MSI 980 Ti Gaming 6G Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb 2133 CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x 840 EVO 500GB Toshiba XG3 1TB (M.2 NVMe SSD) PE-240 Rad EK Supremacy Evo & VGA 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
DDC 3.2 PWM pump 3x Gentle Typhoons 1850rpm windows 10 Acer Predator XB270HU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Corsair SF450 Ncase M1 Logitech G502 
Mouse PadAudio
steelseries Bose companion 20 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710MQ W230SS gtx 860m HyperX Impact 16GB 1600MHz CL9 
Hard DriveOSMouseMouse Pad
840 EVO 500GB windows 8.1 cyborg R.A.T-5 steelseries 
  hide details  
Reply
post #890 of 1307
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by d0mini View Post

England has been downright horrific in the weather dept. recently... Non-stop wind and rain since Saturday - it's the talking point of the town. Hope you manage to find your dry window smile.gif

Yes it’s been a total pain lately, and right at the most annoying moment. Even on the best days still just grim enough to get in the way of doing anything useful. Regardless I did get a little bit done in the hour or so window I had this afternoon. The fumes are terrible (filter mask definitely required) but it does seem to be producing a good finish without perceptibly changing the colour (the tone on the solid timber is fractionally different, but not enough that you’d notice). Hopefully there’ll be the chance to get rather more of it done tomorrow.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Build Logs
Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Build Logs › [Build Log] - IRONBEAST - A fully water cooled, X99, Quad GPU, 900D build