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Hey guys and girls! Welcome to another ATX worklog before I start do some smaller builds again (size wise)

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This will be a somewhat strange worklog, as this build is already complete. I am showing it now as I have not had time to put it up sooner.
This build was a show-rig I did for the Gigabyte Suite at computex 2016, and some of you might already have seen it on facebook or youtube, but for the ones of you that has not, I will make a full worklog here.

To give you a glimpse of what you are going to be seeing in this worklog, I have posted the final filling video here below:

For this build I made a complete sidepanel with integrated cable routing and water routing channels. All cables beside the pump cables runs into this plate, and is neatly routed to the PSU.
The side panel is made from a 25 mm thick acrylic plate that has been CNC machined to make room for the watercooilng and cables.

Specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X99-ULTRA Gaming
Graphic cards: Gigabyte 980TI G1 gaming
CPU: Intel i7 6900K
SSD: Intel 750 400 gb PCIe ssd
RAM: 32 gb corsair Vengeance 3000 mhz
PSU: Corsair HX1200i
Case: Hex Gear R80
Watercooling: EK waterblocks
Fittings: Bitspower
Tubing: E22 solid tubing

First update will come tonight, and they will then roll steadily over the next few weeks as I have time to put them up!
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In to see how it all came together. Beautiful work as always. thumb.gif
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This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this work of art.
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In to see how it all came together. Beautiful work as always. thumb.gif

Thanks man! It will be a bit of a speedrun, but I think that most of you will be OK with that:D
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This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this work of art.

Thank you! It is always great fun to share the stuff with you guys!

I did not have time to edit all the pictures I took of this build before I went off to Computex, so I will upload them here as I get them sorted and edited! smile.gif Gonna be a quick worklog as the build is already done, but I know that most of you enjoy seeing the WIP of these builds as well! To start off, here is the motherboard and graphic card this entire build is based around. Unreleased at the time I got it, and a proper beast of a board!

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More to come soon!
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Very very sexy as always. Man I need to get you to make me something someday..
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Very very sexy as always. Man I need to get you to make me something someday..

I am always open for a cool project if the budget is there:D

So lets get to the fun part! I wanted to make something like I did for the Engineering station, but I also wanted to incoorporate some cable manegement into the distro plate itself. The finished plate has around 150 screws to seal it all off! These pictures are taken straight after milling, so no polishing or anything yet.

First off a few renders of how everything will be added together. This is not just a simple 2 plates bolted together, but a nightmare of different parts that all has to fit VERY tightly together.

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From right to left is:

  • 25 mm milled plate - this is the main plate where all the channels for the wires, and the fluid has been milled into. The loop will be a dual loop, so two separate pumps sits and has each their channels.
  • 6 mm lasercut clear acrylic - These small bits and pieces where "helping pieces" that gave me the option of securing some of the cables as I went along and put them into the main plate.The cables all sit incredibly tight, so without these, they would simply pop out the moment I let them go. These mounts before the main sealing plate, so that I could put in the cables before putting in o-rings, and covering the hole thing up. Putting in the cables and o-rings on the same time, and get everything to sit as tight as it does here would be near impossible.
  • 6 mm lasercut clear acrylic - This is the main cover plate that holes all the fluid channels sealed. This mounts after all the cables has been put in, and helps a little with holding the cables tightly in place.
  • 3 mm lasercut white acrylic - This plate is only there to act as a "distancer" between the main acrylic assembly and the case itself. The case has tiny captive nuts that sticks out of the panel a few mm, and the main acrylic plate has been put together with dome head bolts, so if I just bolted the two together, the bolts would scrape up against the case itself. This is also why there is so many somewhat big holes in the white plate.
  • 5 mm lasercut red frosted acrylic - This piece is where the pumps are mounted, and again acts as a distancer between the pumps and the acrylic plate, so the pumps does not hit any of the dome head bolts.


All in all a nightmare to put together, and it could have been done way smarter, but that would have meant that it would not have looked just as good.

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And this is the main plate. A lot of material was taken off this, and the channels are quite deep.

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Finished milling without polishing.

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And a test of how the cables would fit. As you can see there is basicly no extra space, so the cables are sitting incredibly tight in the milled slot.

That is it for now, next up will be more cabling!
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Have you heard any rumers about Hex Gear coming out with an itx case? Something called the R20? I would purchase day one.
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Have you heard any rumers about Hex Gear coming out with an itx case? Something called the R20? I would purchase day one.

I know for a fact that there will be a mini itx case in the near future thumb.gif
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I know for a fact that there will be a mini itx case in the near future thumb.gif

Just what I was hoping to hear. Thanks!!!
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Just what I was hoping to hear. Thanks!!!

You are welcome:D

Update time again!

Time to get some cables into the distro plate, and get it all done. I got quite a few pictures of this progress as it took SO damn long! I also made a mistake in the 3D file for the distro plate that forced me into manually make a tiny tiny acrylic piece. Who needs a cnc or a laser cutte when you are desperate and low on time:D

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Some of the small parts that will help hold everything together.

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I went with classic black and red for this project. Normally I really like using the Fusion sleeving from Teleios, but I thought that this would look better trough the distro plate.

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This is the lasercut 6 mm plate that will hold all the fluid channels tight, and also keep the cables in place.

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Had to manually tap G1/4" holes in them to support standard fittings.

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Lots and lots of holes to keep the o-ring channels tight!

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Around 150 screws all in all. Glad that I did not have to tap all those holes manually!

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The pumps will be mounted directly to the distro plate, with a piece of 5 mm acrylic in between.

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The small piece you saw in the first picture holds the 8 pin power wires down so that they slide under the graphic card wires. There is actually 4 layers of cables, the first two is the 24 pin + 8 pin, and the next two is the graphic cards.

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The start of the nightmare! I only just made enough room for the cables to be in, so everything has to be squeezed into place!

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Graphic cards done. You can see that I made some small acrylic pieces to hold them down until I got the main plate on. Without these it would be impossible to keep the wires in the channels.

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Here you can better see how the graphic card cables goes over the 24 and 8 pin cables.

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So. Many. Wires! I am actually super glad that I did not go 4 way SLI on this build!

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To keep everything down on the top side I needed some help in the form of a couple of clamps.

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And here is when I noticed that I messed up... I made the arc in the acrylic bigger than it should have been, so there is a gab between the cables and the acrylic wall. Leaving it like this would make the cables loose, which I did not want.

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I could have gotten a new piece lasercut, but I was low on time, so I had to figure something out.

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Lots of sanding, dremeling, and cursing helped me make this thing.

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Cutting and sanding acrylic in itself is not really that hard, but when it is pieces this small, that has to be SO precise, it starts to become fun.

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A few hours later.

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Lots of time, but worth it!

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Like a glove!

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I had to take the connectors off the cables for the next step as there was not a lot of room to work with.

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Down goes the 6 mm plate, and now just to keep everything in place while securing this!

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This plate is going to tighten both the o-rings and the cables down, so quite a few things needed to be perfectly in place before putting it down. I could have made it out of multiple small plates, but what is the fun in that.

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Everything done!

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Now just to mount it on the case itself!
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