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Just had to say this.Nice work!
Edited by netdevil - 11/12/11 at 6:20am
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MISSING!

Have you seen my Bear907?

He is Cuddly and very Friendly, A Guru in Computercase modifications.


If you have seen Bear907, Please report back here!
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Greetings again OCN. My apologies for my absence on these boards the past couple of months. Life & work hit hard the past couple of months, and this project got put on hold. After the holiday, things should calm down a bit and I can finally finish this project. I have a few new projects waiting in the wings, but this one is going to be my priority. As has been from the begining of this thing, I'm working on it as time allows.

My thanks for the few msg's I've gotten, and posts on here. I appreciate the interest, and the finished project will be worth the wait.

/Bear
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Can't wait to see the finished product biggrin.gif
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250 GB Samsung 840 240 GB Kingston 3 TB USB 3.0 Drive Custom Loop 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Preview BenQ GL2450 Filco MajesTouch2 Ninja PC P&C Silencer Mk III 600 W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Core 1000 Mionix Castor Monoprice XXL JL Amps + Custom Morel Bookshelf speakers 
Other
Scythe Kama-Panel 3 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8150 @ 4.6 GHz Fatal1ty 990FX Pro 9800 GTX+ 512 MB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1866 CL9 
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120 GB OCZ Vertex 3 1 TB WD Black 5x 120mm + MCP350 + EK Supreme HF + MicroRes Windows 8 Consumer Preview 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2x Dell U2212HM Logitech G110 Cooler Master 850W Silent Pro Cooler Master 690 II Adv. 
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Razer Death Adder 3.5G Staples Gel Cushion Asus Xonar DG + Senn. PC333D 
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Q6600 Acer X1800 ATI 5670 2 GB Kingston 
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2 TB WD Green Asus BD-R Windows 7 Home Premium Sony 50" LCD 
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Finally, it's alive!!

I fixed a wiring issue with one of my video cards that was causing some boot issues. Turns out I had swapped a ground with a 12v pin in one of the connectors I built. Once that was corrected, it booted up just fine. The next issue I ran into, was the cooling loop didn't seem to be working. The CPU and Video water blocks would heat up enough to burn your hand and then the system would power off. Temp monitoring showed the CPU would go from 30C -ish (ambiant) to about 70C and then shut down.

A water loop is a simple bit of plumbing, so I was really frustrated that I couldn't get it running right. I checked the pumps and they were vibrating so I figured they were pushing water ok (may get a flow meter at some point). I had been rocking the case to remove air and filling the res quite often, but still had the same overheating issue. I also checked to be sure the tube routing was correct in and out of the pumps and the CPU water block - and it was.

At this point, it could only be one of two things:
1) there was still a lot of air in the loop - most likely due to the two 360 rads on top above the filling point in the res
2) the jet plate on the CPU water block was put in backwards. I inspected the block before installation, and could have possibly installed the plate in backwards in error resulting in the path being blocked.

I disconnected all of the PC equipment except the pumps and the fan controller, and then let it run for a day and a half. Before and after work and bed times, I would rock the case around and refill the res as needed. Finally, I laid the system down on it's side for a few seconds, and the res emptied completely. I'll admit I was a bit shocked to see it drain so quick. I refilled the res again and repeated this process once more. There must have been a huge air pocket stuck in one of the reservoirs that couldn't clear until I laid it completely over.

I tried booting the system again, and I am happy to report that the CPU is holding at a steady 29C at idle (ambiant) and all of the blocks are cool to the touch. I haven't done any benches or OC's yet, but those will be coming.

I'm elated, and my wife was almost in tears at the thought of getting all the parts of this project out of the various rooms of the house. No real pics at the moment. The wiring is a mess as I was doing a lot of testing so everything needs to be rerun again. I'll be spending the next week or so getting the lighting done and the server up and running.

I'll post some pics of the lighting process and final pics soon.

Thanks for sticking around - this was a long one . . .

/Bear
Edited by Bear907 - 12/28/11 at 12:37pm
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Congrats on getting it all up and running. Must have been a momentus occasion.
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post #308 of 313
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Yes it was a momentous occasion! All the delays, injuries, work, life . . . I had no idea this project would take so long. Oh well, it's coming to a close now.


After playing around with it the past couple of days, I noticed that even with 18 fans running, the loudest noise in the whole rig is the HDD. I decided it was time to finally bite the bullet and get an SSD for my main boot drive. I've ordered a 120GB Corsair Force GT from the EGG, and will install when I do the lights and final touches. Then I'm pretty sure my computer budget will be shut down for a few months by the missus.

/Bear
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Originally Posted by Bear907 View Post

I've ordered a 120GB Corsair Force GT from the EGG
/Bear

I have had the same SSD for about 6 months now. It has been fine. However, I believe it has been the source of a few BSODs and some instability, nothing major. I have not been able to update its firmware because of the well-known update utility problems. Because of these issues, my next SSDs will be Crucial M4s.

Just wanted to give you a heads-up in case you wanted to cancel and get something more stable. Good Luck on the rest of the build, been watching for some time now, and empathize with much of your travails....
post #310 of 313
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Originally Posted by ahriman View Post

I have had the same SSD for about 6 months now. It has been fine. However, I believe it has been the source of a few BSODs and some instability, nothing major. I have not been able to update its firmware because of the well-known update utility problems. Because of these issues, my next SSDs will be Crucial M4s.
Just wanted to give you a heads-up in case you wanted to cancel and get something more stable. Good Luck on the rest of the build, been watching for some time now, and empathize with much of your travails....

Thanks for the comments

This will be my first SSD. After much review reading, I settled on this one as it's a brand I know and trust. I can live with a few issues here and there, but we'll see how it goes. . . Not to mention it's already shipped . . . lol. From what I read, the 240GB version fixed some of the stability issues and overall was dubbed a better drive then the 120gb, but $400+ for a boot drive just wasn't in the cards. The cost is still a bit high for my liking for all SSD's, but no better time then the present to jump in and see how it works out.

I appreciate the final comment as well. When you plan a project like this knowing it will take a couple months, you never can quite be sure of everything else that will happen over the course of a year. A few posts in this thread and a few PM's from folks have shown some frustration / anticipation for the length of time this has gone on. While I share much of that frustration, sometimes . . . some years . . . life throws more at you then you expect. Them are the breaks eh?

/Bear
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