- The Pedestal NAS is done - almost
So there have been a lot of things going on this week (funny how busy you get when you take time off work . . .). I made sure to set aside some time to work on this build however.
In this update, I completed the Pedestal with the NAS! Well, almost . . . but let's get on with it.
A couple shots here from our July 4th camping trip. Was another great year at the beach, and could you ask for a better view?! That mountain across the bay is the volcano Mount Redoubt - it erupted last year.
A small project to start with . . . The acrylic has been cut, so it is about time to finish the panels for the new windows. I have 3 panels that I cut the mesh from that now have a rough jagged profile.
A razor and some rubber C-channel molding should do nicely!
An example of the jagged edge left behind
A bit of patience and the sharp edges are gone. In order for the windows to match, I also did the border on the two stock windows - they originally don't have any rubber bordering.
The acrylic panels will be going out for etching next week hopefully, so they are not yet installed.
Next up is the NAS in a box . . . er Pedestal.
What is a NAS? Well in short a NAS = network attached storage.
It's an easy way to say a home server with lots of hard drive space for storing everything from computer backups, DVD's in digital form, MP3's and other media, install files, etc, etc. Similar to what companies use, but much smaller to be used at home. The purpose for using this in a home is same as a business. I have multiple PC's, laptops, and smart phones that I want to have access to the same media and files/backups. This will allow a central location for all my family's devices to connect and share resources.
The pedestal was originally designed to house additional cooling equipment such as radiators or even a small phase change unit. Since I was planning on doing a NAS anyway, I wanted to try and include it with the PC all in one tower. Let's get started . . .
Note - Some of the pics are a little dark. My workshop / living room is a bit dim, plus I'm working on black table. I took as many outside as I could, but it isn't practical to walk everything outside for a pic.
First up is the donor PC. It's an older HP with a microATX motherboard and an Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB of RAM. This should do smashingly!
Freed from the tiny HP case
Removed the stock cooler
Motherboard in the nude
Next, even though I measured it out, it's time to be sure this board will fit.
Pedestal bottom plate - it's mounted to the pedestal via 6 screws
A perfect fit!
While I have the board and plate out, I taped off part of the plate, and using a pen - marked the mounting hole locations for the motherboard standoffs.
The standoff thread size is 6-32. To achieve this, I drilled the holes with a 6-64 drill bit which is slightly smaller then we need. Then I used a 6-32 tap bit to manually cut in the threads.
Now for a bit of color . . . I finally get to start playing with vinyl!
For this project, I of course am using Green. All the vinyl I'm using is similar just different colors. The carbon fiber pattern isn't as prominent as with say the black/white 3M Dinoc, but that is exactly how I wanted it. I will be using it for another visual element, but didn't want it to be the focus of the build. In many applicates, the CF vinyl becomes the prominant point you see . . . I am going for a more subtle appoach.
The CF vinyl
I cut out a section that was about an inch bigger on all sides then the tray.
I then smoothed out the air bubbles, and pushed it in around the ridge I wanted to highlight. Finally I used a razor to make a small cut at the opening for the screw holes, and then installed the motherboard standoffs.
Another issue I ran into with installed a motherboard in this pedestal, is height. There is barely enough clearence for the drive cages to clear the top of the components on the board. The only solution was to drop the center tray down.
For this, I had a local plastic shop create a box frame out of acrylic. Now before you jump on me . . . I didn't attempt it myself as I have nothing to cut it with. A previous build I had tried a dremel and burnt myself from the magma droplets that were created. no thanks.
My only complaint is he used screws instead of a glue. Since it's going to be on the base of the tower and hardly viewed - I'm not going to worry about it.
The final result turned out quite well I think. Once bolted in, this should give me the necessary clearance I needed - and looks cool too!
Now we go back to the motherboard to install the water block on the processor. For the NAS, I will be using the EK Supreme LT. I didn't go for the HF simply to save $20 as this won't be putting out much heat anyway, but couldn't leave it stock with the rest of the build going under water.
It's a pretty simple block to install. I first cleaned and prepped the processor with Arctic Clean 1 and 2. Then following the instructions in the box - installed the four mounting posts and misc washers and nuts
I then applied MX4 thermal paste, and slid the block into place over the mounting posts.
My camera doesn't do close ups well, but rest assured it has a good fit, no over spill of thermal paste off the processor, and the motherboard is not bending.
Now to mount the motherboard in our new tray. Clearence underneath is perfect
Note - The brass standoffs CaseLabs supplied are size 6-32 male (installed into the tray) and size M3 female (top threading to mount the motherboard). CaseLabs included a handful of the M3 screws with the initial purchase.
The only thing left is to mount the tray back into the bottom of the pedestal. I used 6-32 x 2" screws, and painted the heads white.
A shot of the tray and a side window panel reinstalled. The CF vinyl looks good yes?
Now to gain some clearance on the bottom of the tower, I will be using a set of case feet made for me by our own FannBlade. They are 2" diameter and 2" tall.
The feet are installed. They will give the tower a nice wide stance for all the weight it will eventually have. Also note the tips of the tray mounting screws are a touch too long - these have since been grinded off giving about 1/4" - 1/2" clearance.
The final shot for tonite is the finished NAS in a pedestal with all the sides reinstalled.
Now for the Almost part I mentioned . . . I did not install the hard drive cages or fans yet, as I haven't sleeved or reassembled the fans. So for now, picture this pedestal with 2 white cages with 4 hard drives, and white tubing piped in. It will look great!
Thanks for looking, more to come this weekend!
BearEdited by Bear907 - 7/7/11 at 10:05pm