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post #101 of 313
keep on eye on these ek nickel blocks, if you haven't heard about their nickel failure on a lot of their blocks.

Looking good so far, nice pic of your "backyard" wink.gif
post #102 of 313
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Originally Posted by wermad;14042654 
keep on eye on these ek nickel blocks, if you haven't heard about their nickel failure on a lot of their blocks.

Looking good so far, nice pic of your "backyard" wink.gif

I've been following along the discussions. We'll see how it goes with 'em
post #103 of 313
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I have ordered the GPU backplates, window molding (22ft worth . . .), and a few more vibration dampener products. I'm going to be working OT the next few days and then camping over the long holiday weekend. The next update from me won't be until next week sometime.

Bear
post #104 of 313
very nice build!
post #105 of 313
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Originally Posted by fventura03;14109491 
very nice build!

Thanks for stopping by to look.

I'm back in town after a great camping trip on the beach. While I was away, the EK backplates came in so I'll be able to finish up that project. Doubt I'll get much done today, but I plan on getting as much done as possible this week while I'm off of work.

An update or two will come through out the week.

Bear
post #106 of 313
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Update 9 - 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.

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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!
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An example of the jagged edge left behind
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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.

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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!
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Freed from the tiny HP case
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Removed the stock cooler
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Motherboard in the nude
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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
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A perfect fit!
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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.
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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.
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Finished
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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
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I cut out a section that was about an inch bigger on all sides then the tray.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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
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I then applied MX4 thermal paste, and slid the block into place over the mounting posts.
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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
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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.
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A shot of the tray and a side window panel reinstalled. The CF vinyl looks good yes?
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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.
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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.
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The final shot for tonite is the finished NAS in a pedestal with all the sides reinstalled.
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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!

Bear
Edited by Bear907 - 7/7/11 at 10:05pm
post #107 of 313
Wow that's a great idea using the pedestal as a NAS, good thinking!
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post #108 of 313
Loving it so far, though that green carbon fiber doesn't stand out much at least in th pictures. Nice idea using the pedestal for NAS.

On a side note, the overspray on the front of the mesh on the ice side could make for an interesting effect. if it had been more consistent it would look like the case was frosting over.
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post #109 of 313
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Wow that's a great idea using the pedestal as a NAS, good thinking!
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Loving it so far, though that green carbon fiber doesn't stand out much at least in th pictures. Nice idea using the pedestal for NAS.

On a side note, the overspray on the front of the mesh on the ice side could make for an interesting effect. if it had been more consistent it would look like the case was frosting over.

Thanks guys

I can't take all the credit for the idea though, as it was my wife that suggested it . . . although she did it off hand. I have been planning a NAS and a home theater build for later this year after the PC is done. She got a bit frustrated at the possible expense and the fact of having three more computers and said something along the lines of "Can't you just have one box do everything?!"

The green vinyl is a bit hard to see, but the other applications of it in the main case will be much more visable.

I hadn't thought of the overspray as adding to the theme, but you are right, it would have been interesting. Not sure how I wouldget a consistant result though - airbrush maybe. I may have to toy with the idea for the next build. For this one, I've tried very hard to be sure the outside of the case appears stock.

Bear
post #110 of 313
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Update 10 - Graphics cards are under water

This update will be a bit shorter then the last. I was able to complete the assembly of the graphics cards after starting them last week. Here we go . . .

Taking the dog for a walk around the lake
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So a quick recap - When last we left the graphics cards, I was having a problem installing the stock backplate. It had an extra ridge that was hitting the new water blocks so it didn't sit flush. I placed an order for a couple EK water back plates.


So the EK back plates arrived, and I hoped I could get the cards assembled and off my kitchen table. Off to paint . . .

Freshly unwrapped - black finish
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I wanted the card to be primarily red, and only the FIRE effect on a small part of them.

Primered, base coat red, 2nd coat the gold
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Final coat - red graffiti

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They turned out great!

I knew when I ordered them, that they were the incorrect plates as these are V2 plates, and my cards are the reference design. The correct plates for my cards only cover a small portion and they don’t look good. I liked how these were a full length plate much better. I assumed that enough of the holes would match up that I could make it work and mod it a bit if necessary.

Note: Reference cards are the 1st run of a card from the original manufacturer. When it goes into third party production, they often change a few things for various reasons - often times this causes the mounting holes to change location from the original to the Version 2.

The attached standoffs on the hole that didn't line up were in contact with the board's circuitry which would cause a short. I thought about grinding them off, or insulating them . . . but got frustrated and decided to try something else instead.

Back to square one. 5870 card with water block installed+
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Here are the copper heat sinks I opted to use on the rear memory instead of a plate.
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I also installed the link blocks on each of the water blocks. The links connect the water blocks on the cards to the EK bridge. Don't forget your O rings!
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The links are simple to install. 2 screws and 2 O rings on the water block side and done.

This shot is of the card upside down, but you can clearly see the copper heatsinks.
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This is the 2nd card with the link already installed, and now I've attached the bridge portion. For the bridge, it has 2 screws and 2 O rings per card. This bridge is a 3 slot length - meaning it is measured to have a GPU > empty slot > GPU Note - copper sinks not yet installed on 2nd card.
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At this point I realized I had'nt painted the PCI plates yet. I also painted the door latches for the case

Before
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After
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And finally, I installed the sinks on the bottom card, and then installed the last card onto the top bridge.
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I happy with the look of the sinks and the exposed circuitry on the cards. It looks a bit different then most of the other builds that use the plates. It wasn't my original plan, but it turned out just fine.

However, I am not happy with the big black bridge. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet though. I may give it the FIRE treatment or just straight red . . . maybe highlight the EK symbol . . . not sure yet. Thoughts?


That is all for this weekend. I started on a couple other projects - my mind was jumping all over this week - but will wait to post pics until each project is done. More to come. As always thanks for watching, and comments are welcome!

Bear
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