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Poll Results: What option should i take for my R/H panel

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post #31 of 167
Great work on the switch panel very pro cant wait for more updates.
    
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Nice work! looking really good
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Sweet work man. Looks great.
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nice... alot of patience involved in that and some very fine craftsmenship
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that switch panel looks really good mate
Thanks heaps guys...the idea was to bring some steel look into the case and provide a means to do away with the ultra bright blue stock system LEDs

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Nice switch panel! That must have cost at least £50 in switches right there!

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Subbed also! That looks great keep it up and #2 Rep for you.


Side note: lots of pics = awesome.
YAY!!! first rep...thanks heaps.

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Those anti vandals look good with the mesh bezels, well done on that
Thanks.

Next step is to make a contact connection for the left side panel so i don't have to plug and unplug the fan connector. Its the job i have been putting off as I've been trying to figure out what to use.

My first thoughts were to use the connections from battery holders...at the start springs from AAA battery holders. but after i had a look at them decided they would be too ugly. I Then contemplated button cell holders...and bought a few to play with





But have decided they are just too flimsy and will not look as clean as i hope.

Next brain wave was to try and source some cheap spring steel from somewhere...not easy...but then thought of using pen retention clips or hair clips...The pen clip has the advantage of being wider and thicker...which would also make it harder to work with...so I think I will have a decent attept at using the hair clips...I'll keep you informed.

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Can't believe its been so long since i updated this build log...have just made the change from student to worker so have been buggered and had a lot less time to mod and post.

Anyways.... finally got the case parts painted to a standard i was happy with


and am really happy with the way the corner that got all bent up when a panel dropped turned out after painting

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What i wasn't impressed with is how awful chrome paint is. I had grand ideas of having a black/blue/silver theme but after pressing the chrome painted drive buttons watched my nice reflective surface turn grey...



So painted them the same blue and put it all together



Have also managed to wire up the front switch panel

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Good stuff.

keep em coming
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Well its been another week and i have finally managed to sleeve most of my cables.

I was going to only sleeve the PSU-MB cables for the last 20cm...but decided better of it and went the whole hog. This required me to completely void my warranty and open the PSU...not so fun.



However, I'm quite pleased with result. I decided that since I had 32 individual wires in total i would follow my theme with my previous cabling of the GPU cables and group cables together in one big piece of glued heat shrink. Since the cables ended in an 8 pin and 24 pin plugs, grouping 8 wires in each loom seemed like the best idea.





(I have since fixed the stray sleeve that has pulled out of the heat shrink)

I also decided to revisit the GPU cables to try and address the issue with having a ferrite choke on the cable, as recommended by Corsair. I was originally going to use 2 of the supplied chokes for each cable, running 4 wires through each (extra chokes salvaged from the other cables provided with the PSU). However, after visiting the local Jaycar store (now the only place to get electronic components on the Gold Coast ) i came up with what i think is a better idea. Since the wires are individually sleeved, why not put individual chokes on them too...

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Lastly, i painted the SATA data cables black and sleeved them blue;



removed the power, reset, on/off and HDD activity lights from the HAF I/O panel, then sleeved and heat shrunk them to connect easily to my switch panel and fit neatly on my MB;



and changed the spacing on my SATA power cables and sleeved those too

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Now all i'm waiting for is for some LEDs to arrive so i can finish modding my fans (thought i had it sorted, but after some research found that i didn't and that LEDs don't like having their legs soldered, un-soldered and bent too much) so that i can fit them to my case and start transferring my gear from present case to the HAF (finally).

I will eventually also sleeve the fan cables etc...but am waiting for the fan controller that i want to be available in Australia, the Aerocool Touch 2000 (http://www.aerocool.com.tw/peripheral/touch2000.htm). Funny thing is, is that i have seen it available in NZ but not here.....which is stupid.
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Bugger, thats gotta be the neatest I've ever seen that part of the HX1000 sleeved. +rep and voiding warranties FTW!
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Well i finally got forced into moving my gear from my old awful case into my lovely HAF 932...it just happened before i wanted it to.

All started on Sat when I found that my comp was infected somehow with the SWP2009 demo virus thing....I really wish all ppl who wrote malicious software like that were infected with a real life virus so they could experience some of the pain and discomfort I go through every time I have to spend most of my Sat removing the bloody things...grrrrr :swearing:

Moreover, as i was removing said virus, one of my raid drive died. So time to order new stuff. grrrrr More:swearing:

Finally, on Sun my comp decided to go into slow mode and the optical drive was hot to the touch (and making funny noises). This forced me to move into my half-finished HAF. Which proceeded to be an easy job (I LOVE the HAF). However, when everything was in, the system wouldn't power up....just cycled on-off without reaching bios screen. Time to start removing all the peripheral bits, one-by-one to try figure out what was wrong. Even wondered if it was because i messed up with putting pins back into the 24pin plug...so removed PSU from old case and plugged MB in...still no luck. Ended up being the ram not being inserted back in properly (had to be removed so that i could remove the HDs from the old case, so that i could move the MB, so that i could remove the VGA, so that i could get the MB out...did i say yet how much i love the HAF).

So finally got it all working (pictures will follow later. Decided not to install 3.5" card reader into HAF cos i think they look a bit ugly....waiting for USB card reader to be delivered.

While I do love now using my HAF (so much more quite and cool) I did have high hopes of getting idle and underload temps from old case and comparing to temps in HAF. I will just have to assume that they are HEAPS lower, given that i have gone from 2 and 2x0.5 fans (2x120 case fans:1 in and 1 out, the 80mm side fan and the PSU fan) to the wonders of a vented case with heaps of fans. Qualitatively, i used to be able to dry what little hair i have with the exhaust from my old case....now i have a cool breeze.
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Ok. So it was always my intention to give water cooling a go...just somewhere down the track when i had got through all MODs i wanted to do to my HAF. But then the waterblock i have been drooling over finally made it to Aus... the Swiftech ApogeeXT


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So decided to treat myself. Obviously have got said CPU water block...have also ordered:

Swiftech MCP355 (DDC 18w) pump
EK-DDC X-top (rev.2)
Artic cooling MX-3 thermal compound
Scythe S-FLEX 120mm fans - 1600RPM x 3
EK Res
Barbs etc...

Will be using 7/16 ID tubing (will be ordering when in stock)

Still need to order the RAD. Have narrowed it down to the PA 120.3 and the XSPC RX360. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I decided to go with the DDC pump as i eventually want to add another RAD at some point after i upgrade my VGA next and decide to water cool them as well. When that happens i will get a XSPC Dual DDC Top and add another one for even more pressure. Plus i read somewhere that Apogee waterblocks are somewhat restrictive and benefit from higher pressure, which is the DDC, given that the flow should be fine with the aftermarket top.

Questions:

Is it better to put a drain option into the loop or can i do without it...if so how do i then go about draining system?

Any other comments gratefully received.
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I'm just starting my first WC loop aswell and I asked the same question about draining my system in my build log.

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...ooling-13.html

Right at the bottom of that page I asked the question and got some good replys with pictures that might help you out. I only just realised you were an aussie too.
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I'm just starting my first WC loop aswell and I asked the same question about draining my system in my build log.

http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...ooling-13.html

Right at the bottom of that page I asked the question and got some good replys with pictures that might help you out. I only just realised you were an aussie too.
Thanks for that Fallout (+ rep for you).

So the question is...will you be going with a drain??? as couldn't see any pics of your WC loop...I guess you at the same stage as me then. LOL
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