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First pass at designing a fan grill . . .


At least I'm in the ball park. I'm torn about what to do with the center of the grill. I could:

  1. Leave it open
  2. Fill it with a pattern
  3. Fill it with the HOF crown

Feedback and inputs appreciated. GALAX seems to be willing to let me give it a go as long as I'm not trying to make money off the design. I hope to have a final response from them by the end of the week.
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I like HOF crown biggrin.gif
    
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post #83 of 104
One on the left is the HOF ye and the right is for? Maybe the HOF logo in the centre of the one you did. Or maybe the S for the Inwin S case. biggrin.gif
post #84 of 104
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The top of the case really needs a grill or some hardware improvement. The Airplex Radical can be tricky to install because it uses threaded inserts. Even ignoring that, the top of the case just doesn't look right with the cap nuts and washers. I can tile the design and have a triple grill that looks something like my rev1 rendering, or I can scale up a HOF face and have the top of the case look like an air cooled HOF.


One other place I am considering is over the interior fan cage on the main compartment side. It's not that the NB's look bad, but there is an opportunity for a theme. GALAX inspired a lot of what I am doing here, so it seems to make sense to pay homage.



GALAX gave me the green light - as long as I am not doing the designs for retail or mass production thumb.gif
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Note to self: remember that sometimes the little components can cause big problems.

Details, details, damned details. I thought I had made some good progress then I looked at this little black bracket in the X99 Deluxe box. This is the bracket for the M.2 drive. A tiny piece of metal you can throw away if you aren't spending money on a blazingly fast M.2 drive. Of course even if you do, you could always use the PCIe M.2 card as well. This is a version of a dream machine build, so of course I bought a Samsung XP941 (512GB) for my boot drive.



The PCIe M.2 card option went out the window with my tilted GPU installation plan. At first I was only worried about covering up my sterling silver cooling plate (Cuplex Kryos). I solved that then I ran into (literally) the M.2 bracket. It extended right through the back plate of my top HOF.

Now the plan is to have each HOF at a different angle. The lower one will be closer to horizontal and the upper one closer to vertical. Of course this does a better job showing the standard (LED backlit) HOF logo on the side AND the face of the HOF, but it is a lot more design work.

The angle between the HOFs improves air flow that much more, so in a sense it is a good thing (just a head ache). Here is a rendering of the latest configuration. You can just see the M.2 bracket just about the right side of the top HOF.


In the mean time, I also noticed that DDR4 prices have fallen and that as expected higher performance chips are available. I am upgrading my RAM to 3000 MHz CL15. Overall, a 12.5% performance improvement over 2800 MHz CL16.biggrin.gif
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post #87 of 104
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First update in a while. I've had some more legal work keeping me busy and I'm also waiting for CNC time. The drive cage assembly components are going to be the first set of parts completed. That will let me start to put the system together and I can at least rig some flexible tubing for the cooling loop to get the system operational.

I did some more work on the brackets for mounting the 980 Ti HOFs. I will probably post those over the weekend. I also took the opportunity to revisit the reservoir. I am still up in the air about doing a tribute to the GALAX HOF product line. I will be using some of their theme elements for fan grills, but I can also add elements to the reservoir (if I choose) and the DDR 4 heat sinks.

Here is a rendering to show one of my concepts for redesigning the reservoir. Expect something different and something with lighting. Comments are appreciated.


Now image the sides with the HOF wave type grill pattern and maybe the HOF crown logo in the middle. Something like this maybe (apologies for the crude cut and paste, but it will take a fair amount of time to get the HOF crown right)
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I have to say, I am a little surprised no one seems to have noticed (or at least commented on) my first attempt at designing custom DDR4 heat sinks. Here is a closer view.



I will add in some lighting somewhere and somehow to the DDR4 heat sinks. Of course that probably means a driver somewhere for light effects. Always on lights are so boring. I would love to install Avexir Raiden memory, but I can't find the release date for the DDR4 version. The lights are truly awesome (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMb5_HV1iOw) .

If I can catch them in stock at Newegg, I would probably be willing to buy a set of 8 DDR3 (4GB) sticks just for the lights and mod the heat sinks. Expensive, but it just might be worth it. I blew past my original $7,000 - $7,500 budget quite a while back. About $360 for heat sinks that I would still have to mod, but not too far off from full custom heat sinks.

I played around with the idea of matching the curves from the Cuplex Kryos cooling block. I ran the linear pattern I showed above first just to see what it would look like. This is where I really discovered what a pain the M.2 bracket is. It absolutely killed my first design for heat sinks.mad.gif

The fin pattern was supposed to be reversed and I even considered extending the DDR fins almost to the acrylic lines I will be using for my cooling loop. Chalk it up to another beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact.tongue.gif

I still might do something along those lines if I don't get my hands on some Raiden sticks. It would let me (literally) frame the cooling block.

I even bought some silver leaf for the heat sinks, in case I go this route. It would help tie other parts of the build to the Kryos silver edition. Stay tuned. Comments are welcome and appreciated. I'm spending the money, please feel free to chime in and help me with the concepts!thumb.gif
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The DDR4 heatsinks framing the kryos would be pretty neat. Have you by change considered a M.2 extension/riser cable to remote mount that drive? I'm not sure how common/reliable/readily available they are but a quick google pulled up a few results. Maybe someone with better knowledge about them could chime in? If it worked out, it could open up more possibilities for some of the stuff you want to do with the 980 TI's and the DDR4 heatsinks.

What kind of work did you do to the GPU mounting brackets?
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GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

My CNC guy has been too busy to even look at my CAD files. I have been waiting months now with no progress. Soooooo

Change in plans. I am completing a rather mundane build so I can at least start up my system. The extra CPU and rendering horsepower frees up my work time so I can actually spend time on the build.

Second part to the change up is that I just ordered my own CNC router. It isn't quite as good as a professional Haas CNC system (that my way too busy CNC guy uses), but I don't care if a part takes a day to complete. It will also let me try some acrylic prototypes for mounting hardware.


A few other changes in the works as well. I will be posting some more updates in the next few days.

APOLOGIES to those who subscribed to the build and got left hanging. I do not feel good about that and I will do what I can to make it up to you. Thanks for all the support
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