My first computer was a Powerbook "Lombard" G3 in 2003. I moved on to a Quicksilver G4, a white Macbook "Core Duo", and now a 15" "Sandy Bridge" Macbook Pro. I'm currently a system admin who, while confident in things computer-related, is not much of a handyman. I'll be using a first generation Powermac G3 B&W. This machine was actually given to me by a friend whom I used to play Age of Empires II with as teen (on my Lombard) . Lots of sentimental value. Should be fun!
Plan: Dual, roof-mounted water coolers, floor-mounted PSU
Build:ASRock H97M 1150ASUS R9270 2GBCore i3 3.5GhzKingston 2x4GBCorsair H55 & H90Corsair CX600M
A few Samsung 830 SSDsSwifttech Reservoir
Odds and ends include clear Tygon tubing, spring clamps, and coolant from FrozenCPU.
* Note * Since the radiators with these cheaper blocks are aluminum I got corrosion-resistant coolant.
The priority here was cost. List pricing (without the SSDs that I had lying around) comes to around $700. Got the lot for under $400, so... I'm happy.
Shot of components. Mobo still in the mail at this time... * sad face *
Always fun to see how far things have come in a decade or two.
Dumb and in my way
Uncle's workshop. He was kind enough to continue using the word 'we' when he was clearly doing a majority of the work.
No way to keep the original latch with the size of radiators. I figured even if I eventually get one nice, long radiator down the road it still would barely fit. So out the lock comes!
More nubs. Always in the way.
Uncle's solution was infinitely better than mine. I'm learnin already...
Measure 11 times, cut once?
Cut 4 times...
Given the tiny Mobo size the audio ports were completely blocked by a metal separator. It had to come out. Took out a separating PCI card bar, too.
The latching mechanism on the doors of these was actually a plastic sheet that would physically bend with a handle. Needed to carve out some space given the change in Mobo mount points.
Floor cuts to get that PSU close to the wall. It isn't going to be flush, but I'm more interested in the air intake
of the PSU, so if it's exhaust leaks a bit and goes out the roof I'm not sweating it.
To reach from the door when opened across the floor and up the back wall is a bit of distance (~ 5.5 feet), so I thought a quick pressure test couldn't hurt.
Difference in flow rate on floor and over 6 feet vertically with pumps in series was unnoticeable. Also my hot wife.
My low end GPU
Obligatory "object in reflection" shot
I'm working out the Mobo, reservoir, PSU, and radiator mounts this week. Will head back to the Uncle's workshop next weekend to clean up dents, patch some holes, and begin priming the inner case.