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OK So here is one of the last updates.
The project is finished and I am gathering photos to post on here.

I'll start with the final build sequence.

Thanks to my friend Mory for taking these excellent pictures for me.

Here is my 6950, it is unlocked to 6970 specs.
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This is the ASUS Rampage III Extreme with my memory installed as well as my Archon cooler.
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Here is the HDD cage that has 2 SSDs and 2 2.5" drives. I went with this setup to keep sown on the noise. 2 X Crucial 64GB Sata 6 / 2 X WB Black 500GB 2.5"
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Corsair AX1200w PSU. This will last me a long time and will allow me to add up to 4 cards in this system. I have had quadfire several times before so who knows when I will get the bug again.
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Here are some of the various cables in the system. Including the power cable for the HDDs. I cut them to fit up to 6 2.5" drives.
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OCN!
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This is the HDD cage with power connected. You can see how the cables look pretty good.
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OK, here is the bare case. Only the fans and MB tray are installed.

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Here is a close-up of the strap for the PSU. I wanted something simple yet effective. The strap can easily be undone without tools but it is very secure when tight.
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Here are a few most shots of the case.
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Here is the underside of the case. You can see the cut-out for the PSU fan and also the switch.
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The last part of the case is the cover. It is made completely of wood and it is insulated with sound dampening foam. I have painted it white on the outside with a special white board paint.
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post #12 of 39
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Now I will start on the final assembly.
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First you install the drive cage. It is held in with wing nuts so that it is easily installed and removed without tools.
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Next is mounting the PSU. You simply slide it into place and ratchet it down.
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The motherboard gets installed next.
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While were at an early stage of the build lets sleeve the fan cables.
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And then we start adding some of the power cables.
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Here we see the GPU installed, and some various other shots of the wiring.
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Here we see where the motherboard meets the rear fans. There is a gap where all of the cables fold down onto the lower deck. Once they are installed properly there is no chance of them getting caught in the fan.
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All of the cables leaving the case go through the same hole in the bottom. This give a really clean look to the build as there is no spiders nest of cables on the back.
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Here are two final build shots.
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Now its time to put the cover on. It simply slides on over the top.

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I am going to be doing some temperature test over the next few days and I will share the results. Hopefully the case will perform as designed.
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post #13 of 39
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I recently picked up a second 6950 so these tests will be with 2 cards installed.

I was looking for the toughest benchmark I could find and I came up with this:

Metro 2033
5760 X 1080
DX11
3 runs

GPU fan speeds: 40%
Case fans on high. 100cfm @ 20DB+-

Both tests will use the same fan speeds.
There are no fans attached directly on the Archon cooler, just the 180mm one that's lined up with it.

I think this will stress the system out enough to show its performance.

Here are the results below.
First up are the temps without the cover. Open air.

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And now we see the results with the enclosure on.
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Here are the FPS results on this test.
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Edited by Machiyariko - 6/29/11 at 6:17pm
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post #14 of 39
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So here is the last update before the end of the contest.
I finally got a full set of dry erase markers and I started to have some fun with the outside of this case. I drew the OCN logo in two shades of blue and then I took a cloth and swept it over the logo. It turned out pretty nice for a few minutes of work. I'm planning on having a bunch of my friends come over and draw all over it but for now I'm keeping it simple, just like this.
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I want to wish everyone good luck in the competition. I had a lot of fun and I already have tons of new ideas for next years contest.

Win or lose, I still have this awesome case to play with every day.
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Nice build biggrin.gif
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I love that! Kind of a tech station, kind of a case. The whiteboard is a great touch!
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Looks good. I like the dry/erase idea.
I'd have notes all over it by now.
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i like it!biggrin.gif
post #19 of 39
This really makes me want to build a similar case! +rep.
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Thanks for all of the positive feedback everyone.

I really had a lot of fun building this case. In fact, I don't think I will ever buy a case again.
So expect to see a few more scratch builds this year in preparation for next years competition.
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