- Wiring complete! Well, almost . . .
Welcome all to another update of my Fire & Ice build. It's almost finished, but there are still a few things to do. In this update, I have completed all the wiring for the NAS and the main PC with a few exceptions. I still have to install and wire in all the lighting and the dual water pumps, but otherwise everything else (wire related) is finished.
Lets get into it!
I started this update by wiring up all the fans. In total, there are 17 fans all GT AP-15's. There are 4 sets of 3 fans each - 1 set under each rad, and 1 set under each side of the main case along with 1 single over the motherboard and two in the FIRE side front. They are all wired into a Sunbeam Rheosmart 6 fan controller. I originally was going to run sets of 6 fans across 3 channels as each channel of the controller pushes 30W. Since they only use about 1W per fan, shouldn't be a problem. However, I forgot to consider that at startup, each fan draws roughly 4.3W each. This is still under the 30W cap, but a little too close for my taste so I broke it up into groups of 3 fans. Now each channel pushes about 13W on startup or half the cap - much more comfortable.
A lot of technical lingo there, but I felt it necessary for those that may follow in my footsteps. Math doesn't lie - always check the numbers on your gear.
Here's a shot of the front lower corner on the FIRE side. In this space below the fan controller, I'll be installing the dual pumps eventually.
The wires will also be tied back to resemble how I'm holding them now
In case you missed it a few posts back, I had some troubles during my fan testing that I had to correct. You can read about it HERE
if you like. Short story, I installed a spring upside down causing all the fans to tick - several hours later the issue was resolved.
Here's a few shots of the fans in action - tick free
Next up, I began work on the final wiring of the main case. What needs to be completed:
x1 24 pin motherboard main power
x1 8 pin CPU power
x2 8 pin video card power
x2 6 pin video card power
X2 SATA power cables for the HDD and ODD
One of the tasks I had in this project was to keep the colors segregated to their own area. This is a challenge when you power supply is on the opposite side of the gear and the only thing in between is an 1/8" wall of metal. Here's how I accomplished this task.
I've already measured my wire run for the 8 pin CPU power on the top of the motherboard, and have begun to sleeve it. It's all about the prep!! All wires, sleeving, and heat shrink are precut to the lengths I need, and all pins and tools are laid out. BE ORGANIZED!! You'll save yourself a lot of headaches and time.
Each cable set was a bit different in length, so the sleeving had to be measured for every run. The transition will take place on the ICE side. I ran my sleeve of each set of colors to about the mid point of the run depending on length.
Since this transition will be hidden anyway, I wasn't concerned with it being "pretty" just needed it to be functional. So, I opted for electrical tape instead of heat shrink here.
These two ends are from the same cable set - opposite ends of course. One for the FIRE and one for the ICE sides.
This is the top of the ICE side, and shows the 8 pin cable coming from the FIRE side.
I repeated the process 4 more times for the x2 6 pin and x2 8 pin cable runs for the video cards. Trying to keep the visable wiring as clean and organized as possible. I have secured the wires with a zip tie temporarily to "train" the wires to the shape I want - out of the fan essentially. It will be removed later.
And now a shot of those 4 cable runs from the bottom of the ICE side
Finally, I repeated the entire process yet again for the massive 24 pin motherboard main power. Like it's twin in the NAS underneath, this came in at almost 3.5 feet long - or about 84 ft of wire and sleeve total. Prep is key!
Finished with the FIRE sleeving
I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of the finished cable . . .
Here it is installed as seen from the top of the ICE side
And finally a pulled back shot of the entire ICE side sans power supplies. What a mess!! Now how do we hide the FIRE colors??
If you guessed a sheet of aluminum, then you would be correct!
Bust out the clamp and Dremel tool again - then the clamp broke just after this photo was taken, so my wife assisted in the dangerous job of holding it in place while I work the power tool
A quick test fit to be sure I measured correctly . . . and it fits nicely!
To mount the aluminum plate, I opted to use a strong double sided tape. There really was no way that I could see to mount it with rivets or screws without doing a few bends to get it to a mounting point. The tape I used is NOT the regular indoor crafting double sided tape, but rather an outdoor rated tape that is MUCH MUCH stickier. The reason for this, is that the wires bulge just a bit out of the areas they are in putting pressure on the mounting points. Stronger adhesive was necessary.
I cut a few strips and adhered it to the main case after scuffing the paint up with some sand paper.
Before I could mount the aluminum panels, I had to wrap them in the CF vinyl and paint them both. I placed a small piece of the golden vinyl on each piece where it might be viewable through the hole on the FIRE side. I also cut a hole in the top plate for the tubing pass through.
And here they are both installed.
You can see a bit of the golden vinyl on the ICE side top where the new plate doesn't quite cover it. I'll have to cover that with a small bit of the ICE vinyl treatment later.
For the final photo tonite, here is a shot of the FIRE side fully wired up. You can see the 8 pin CPU on the top left, the 24 pin main power on the right side, and the x2 6 pin and x2 8 pin for the video cards.
Overall, I'm very happy with how it has turned out. The sleeved wiring really adds some pop to the FIRE side, and I'm very happy with how clean it turned out.
Only another couple updates left and this thing will be done!! This week will be the start of the water cooling build, and a few misc wiring projects - a few 4 pin molex, SATA power for the FIRE devices, etc. Lights will be done last.
Thanks for following along with me from week to week. It's been a long time, but this project is finally wrapping up soon. As always, questions and comments are encouraged. I like to know what people are thinking good or bad!!
Until next time . . .