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So that explains where all these lovely ideas come from, it's the Keebler Elves, lol!biggrin.gif

The panel and window mods came out great, as always.

And a simple addition of casters certainly wouldn't do, no.
The RGB panel gives the base a whole new dimension, really looks good.

Looking forward to seeing it "in synch" with the upcoming midplate.

That's gotta merit a Rep+!thumb.gif
Edit:
Did I forget to mention the 360 in the side?
Can't not mention that trick! lol.
Edited by DerComissar - 3/8/17 at 6:07pm
    
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Originally Posted by DerComissar View Post

So that explains where all these lovely ideas come from, it's the Keebler Elves, lol!biggrin.gif

The panel and window mods came out great, as always.

And a simple addition of casters certainly wouldn't do, no.
The RGB panel gives the base a whole new dimension, really looks good.

Looking forward to seeing it "in synch" with the upcoming midplate.

That's gotta merit a Rep+!thumb.gif
Edit:
Did I forget to mention the 360 in the side?
Can't not mention that trick! lol.


Thanks for the kind words,

This little S3 is fun to work on . . .
post #103 of 110
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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

Thanks for the kind words,

This little S3 is fun to work on . . .
Well it's always fun to see what's happening with your CL stable.

I bet that cutting out the back of the S3 side mount box, for the triple fans, wasn't fun though!
But it came out really well.
    
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post #104 of 110
Don't take this the wrong way (I think it's coming along great):

That picture with the LEDs on pink/purple makes me think you need those casters to be wire wheels in gold or chrome with some airbags on them and a remote control unit. biggrin.gif

I'm very impressed with the 360 fitting in there, I'm sure if I tried (despite having an S3 and a ST30 360 on hand) I would wind up crying myself to sleep after having to order half of my S3 in parts over again from CL to repair the damage.
post #105 of 110
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Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL View Post

Don't take this the wrong way (I think it's coming along great):

That picture with the LEDs on pink/purple makes me think you need those casters to be wire wheels in gold or chrome with some airbags on them and a remote control unit. biggrin.gif

I'm very impressed with the 360 fitting in there, I'm sure if I tried (despite having an S3 and a ST30 360 on hand) I would wind up crying myself to sleep after having to order half of my S3 in parts over again from CL to repair the damage.



Be careful about planting ideas in my impressionable brain . . . .

A Low Rider S3 that dances to music might be kinda unique, though an S8S would be much better suited to such a mod

Now that I've done one, it wouldn't be that hard to make a template of the cutouts or sketch them with dimensions added so that it could easily be done again. . . . .


I did the front panel first, and once the rad came thru the front panel properly, I made up a little jig to position the front panel in alignment with the rear panel, and traced the front cutout onto the rear panel to cut.

Just needed a slight change in the rear cut to account for the screw for the PCIe cage, and then make a little cutout in the PCIe cage to match the rear panel cutout.
Edited by IT Diva - 3/10/17 at 3:23am
post #106 of 110
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Taxes are paid, . . . the anxiety has subsided, and I've been back at work on the little S3 . . . .

Also decided to go with the new Z270I Strix mobo since it has aura and the new Trident Z RGB ram since I had a few $$$ left after taxes.

Pics are still with the original Impact VIII, which I'll use later for another build. Had to order a 960 Pro for the Z270 since it has a M.2 slot, where the Impact has U.2


The S3 is a bit unique in that the mobo tray dos not extend all the way to the right edge, so I changed the lighted midplate a little to extend along the right side of the mobo to light up the GPU and match the light pattern from the 360 rad below.

While I'm using RGBW LED strips, I can alternatively connect the RGB portion to the aura header so that the mobo can control the midplate color.


I don't have any days off for the next couple weeks, so as soon as I get some time, I'll work on the transfer block that the pump mounts to and has all the passages bored for all the liquid to flow thru.

In the meantime, . . . Here's a few pics of the lighted midplate:















Darlene
Edited by IT Diva - 4/23/17 at 5:15pm
post #107 of 110
No point in posting a simple thumbs-up, that wouldn't begin to do this build justice.

How about if I just drool, lol.
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post #108 of 110
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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

Taxes are paid, . . . the anxiety has subsided, and I've been back at work on the little S3 . . . .

Also decided to go with the new Z270I Strix mobo since it has aura and the new Trident Z RGB ram since I had a few $$$ left after taxes.

Pics are still with the original Impact VIII, which I'll use later for another build. Had to order a 960 Pro for the Z270 since it has a M.2 slot, where the Impact has U.2


The S3 is a bit unique in that the mobo tray dos not extend all the way to the right edge, so I changed the lighted midplate a little to extend along the right side of the mobo to light up the GPU and match the light pattern from the 360 rad below.

While I'm using RGBW LED strips, I can alternatively connect the RGB portion to the aura header so that the mobo can control the midplate color.


I don't have any days off for the next couple weeks, so as soon as I get some time, I'll work on the transfer block that the pump mounts to and has all the passages bored for all the liquid to flow thru.

In the meantime, . . . Here's a few pics of the lighted midplate:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)













Darlene


Looks fantastic as always! Love the parallel runs to and from the res - what are the top-most rotaries going to? I thought roof radiator at first but you've got the window top so... fillport and ??

Don't know if the ASUS implementation is different fundamentally from the MSI implementation - but I'd definitely recommend playing with it first. Obviously, in these pics you're running at full intensity and if you never plan on changing that then it's all good. In my case I found that it was getting distracting having that much light in my peripheral vision while using the computer. Unfortunately (at least in MSI's RGB controller) there isn't any 'dimming' setting - so it's either on or off... although it is somewhat controllable by adjusting to a darker color - it's still not the same as simply calling for 50% output at a given RGB setting (especially when you can't simply use numerical values - either that or I'm too stupid to see where I could). With the external controller I used during testing and building - I could simply dim and/or brighten without changing the color itself.

Because I don't feel like redoing all of my cabling I think I will be 'investing' in a smoked window for my case now - hopefully the ASUS controller is a little more feature rich.



During the day like this it doesn't bother me... but at night it's almost headache inducing. Of course, the reflective glass of the TV isn't helping matters either. rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by DiGiCiDAL View Post

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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

Taxes are paid, . . . the anxiety has subsided, and I've been back at work on the little S3 . . . .

Also decided to go with the new Z270I Strix mobo since it has aura and the new Trident Z RGB ram since I had a few $$$ left after taxes.

Pics are still with the original Impact VIII, which I'll use later for another build. Had to order a 960 Pro for the Z270 since it has a M.2 slot, where the Impact has U.2


The S3 is a bit unique in that the mobo tray dos not extend all the way to the right edge, so I changed the lighted midplate a little to extend along the right side of the mobo to light up the GPU and match the light pattern from the 360 rad below.

While I'm using RGBW LED strips, I can alternatively connect the RGB portion to the aura header so that the mobo can control the midplate color.


I don't have any days off for the next couple weeks, so as soon as I get some time, I'll work on the transfer block that the pump mounts to and has all the passages bored for all the liquid to flow thru.

In the meantime, . . . Here's a few pics of the lighted midplate:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)













Darlene

Looks fantastic as always! Love the parallel runs to and from the res - what are the top-most rotaries going to? I thought roof radiator at first but you've got the window top so... fillport and ??

Don't know if the ASUS implementation is different fundamentally from the MSI implementation - but I'd definitely recommend playing with it first. Obviously, in these pics you're running at full intensity and if you never plan on changing that then it's all good. In my case I found that it was getting distracting having that much light in my peripheral vision while using the computer. Unfortunately (at least in MSI's RGB controller) there isn't any 'dimming' setting - so it's either on or off... although it is somewhat controllable by adjusting to a darker color - it's still not the same as simply calling for 50% output at a given RGB setting (especially when you can't simply use numerical values - either that or I'm too stupid to see where I could). With the external controller I used during testing and building - I could simply dim and/or brighten without changing the color itself.

Because I don't feel like redoing all of my cabling I think I will be 'investing' in a smoked window for my case now - hopefully the ASUS controller is a little more feature rich.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
During the day like this it doesn't bother me... but at night it's almost headache inducing. Of course, the reflective glass of the TV isn't helping matters either. rolleyes.gif


I'm pretty excited to see how the RBG ram works out. . . . Will definitely be playing with it before I settle on a configuration.

The GSkill software looks to be a collaboration with Asus and the ram shows up in the newer versions of Aura, though the GSkill software seems to have a couple more options from what I can glean from YouTube.

The controllers for my RGBW strips control the white leds and the RGB leds separately, and the color leds are not as bright as some of the RGB strips I've got.


Anyway, if Amazon's delivery date is to be trusted, everything should be here by end of next week or so, so I can just stick a fan on it and run air while I try stuff out.


Darlene
post #110 of 110
Looking good thumb.gif

I've got my eye on that Trident Z RGB ram myself. Looking forward to seeing that!
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