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Yoarashi Worklog

So, I've been working on this build for a while now (some of the pics are from a few months ago), but the mod just got serious so I decided to start my log today. I've seen the gorgeous work logs on here, so I'm terribly intimidated, but I want your guys feedback so I'm putting all my noobishness out in the open here. Brace yourself for the wall of text and photos coming at you.

I am totally new to building systems and case modding so I want to start out by thanking this awesome community. Any and all successes I have are due, in no small part, to the members on here who taught me, whether through answering my dumb questions or simply posting up awesome guides and logs of their own, all I know.


Now that the mushy stuff is out of the way, let's get down to business.
This build was going to start out as an HTPC, so that's why I have the case I do. That and being a broke noob. (If you want to see what it looks like stock, it's a Thermaltake DH101, you can google it. You will only see a butchered and hopefully revived one in this thread) After researching more, I decided that if I was going to sink time and money into this, I wanted a rig that would not only play all my blu rays and netflix streaming, but also game and run all my audio programs. Then I met OCN and learned very quickly that my case wouldn't cut it for an overclocked, multitasking beast. So, without further rambling, here's the gameplan:

As you can see, my system name for my sig rig has "alpha" after it. I am a huge nerd and have decided to change its name based on what phase of development it's in.

Alpha: Test build, OS installed
Beta: Sleeving
Gamma: Fan / Routing Holes Cut
Delta: Paint
Epsilon: Water Cooling
Zeta: Cosmetic Upgrades (Window, Lights, Etc)
Ultimate Form: Overclocked

I plan on finishing the steps in that order, but all steps are currently underway. As of this post, I am almost done with Beta phase, so I will share some pics of my adventures thus far. I apologize for the phone pics, I will try and borrow my sister's bf's dslr for some glamor shots of the final product.
I just snapped some random stuff when I felt like it.
Hopefully there will be many more (and better) photos as I go. Here comes the photo flood!

The Arrival:


This can only mean good things.




Shazaam! Boxes O' Goodies!




A Couple Random Parts:







Also my new and improved RMA'd mobo arrived today!




Sleeving Preview:


Another sign of joyous things to come. (Yes, my name is Greg)




A small part of the sleeving I've done.




And a reminder that pulling too hard + sharp ATX pins = having to tape the two halves of a gash back together




Modding Prepwork:



Pop rivets begone! Removing 5.25" Bay.




Started my first round of sanding.




And that's about where I am thus far. (although what you didn't see is that all my psu, fan, and case cables are single sleeved other than a 4 pin molex psu cable and my water cooling fans which I don't have yet.)

Hopefully some folks will stop by to leave thoughts, encouragement, suggestions, advice, etc. This is a pretty slow moving project due to work and cost, but I plan on updating when I have new stuff to show.
Thanks for stopping by!

-SoS
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The sleaving looks good so far. MDPC is great stuff! I'm curious to see how this turns out. Subbed
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Thanks! Yeah, MDPCX sleeving looks fantastic and Nils is super nice. Hopefully I'll wrap up my sleeving this weekend and post some more pics.
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So today I got my fan hole cut and drew up the template for my window. Sleeving is done on all the cables and fans I have. I'll probably redo my sata power cable though. I can't, for the life of me, get it looking nice. If anyone has any pro-tips let me know. I'll update with photos soon. Hopefully next weekend will be devoid of rain so I can do some painting, but this is Seattle so I won't hold my breath.
Edited by SongofStorms - 3/26/11 at 6:15pm
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Ok, here's a few things that I finished up today.

This case doesn't have the best airflow options, so I am going to do a little
modding to rectify that situation.



It needs some filing to round it out and smooth the edges, but the top fan hole is now more-or-less accomplished. Luckily I didn't butcher my case with my first attempt ever using a Dremel.

And here's a fist full o' sleeved cables.



Don't know what's up with the lighting on that one, but I can't be bothered to try and correct a cell phone photo.

Lastly, a gripe I've been having is with the SATA power cable.



I couldn't get the darn phone to focus properly, but you can still see the issue I'm having. The shrink won't stay flush with the connectors and it won't fit inside. I'll probably start a new thread to ask for help if I can't figure something out, but if anyone stumbles in here and has any tips I'd be much obliged.
Edited by SongofStorms - 3/26/11 at 10:20pm
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post #6 of 20
I love the sleeving work! The intertwined cables look awesome

Keep it up, it's lookin' real nice.

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Really nice sleeving job and pick ups bro. Subbed up.
    
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I agree those sleeves look sweet
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Sexy, looking forward
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