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(In Win 901) Asteria II: Rearmoured



Welcome one and all to my very first build log. Hopefully this will be a great experience to share with you all as this is a project of many firsts: first extensive case mod, first foray into custom water cooling, first hardline loop too, and first time putting everything out there for public display! Exciting and terrifying in equal measure

Asteria II: Rearmoured is based around the stunning In Win 901 Mini ITX case, and was inspired by Laine's "Clarity". It was great to see a custom loop put into this case, but I felt more could've been done with his radiator placement. A year of planning and exploring later I've bitten the bullet and giving it a shot of my own.

The Name
Asteria was a Greek goddess associated with falling stars and prophetic dreams. She was also a Titan and, frankly, that's why the original Asteria was named as such - all of my computers are female and she had a GTX Titan inside The Titan and a few other parts of being reused in this new project, and hence Asteria II: Rearmoured was born.

Hardware
  • i7 6700K
  • Maximus VIII Impact
  • 16GB Dominator Platinum
  • GTX Titan
  • Silverstone ST45SF-G V2 PSU

Water cooling
  • EK Supremacy EVO Acetal
  • Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X3 Titan LT with EK FC Titan backplate
  • Alphacool UT60 360 primary radiator
  • Alphacool ST30 120 secondary radiator
  • Alphacool DDC310 pump with Aquacomputer DDC top
  • Aquacomputer Aqualis ECO100 res
  • EK 12mm hardline compression fittings

Fans still TBC


Since this has been in the planning stages for over a year, there's no starting pics of the case I'm afraid since it's all in bits for measuring!

Where I can though I do intend to give some stock shots of components before they're modded. Right now though I only have my phone camera available, some cheap lights and a black bed sheet that refuses to have the creases ironed out of it, so don't expect miracles in the photography department

Thanks for looking, progress will be updated as it comes.

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Maximus VIII Impact motherboard

To get the ball rolling here's a quick tour around the motherboard.



It's a great looking board, but I think the Z97 Impact VII actually looks a little better. What bothers me is the different textures involved on this board.


For instance, the chipset heatsink has a matte grey sticker with subtle ROG embossing, however the shroud for the SupremeFX sound card is a very reflective shiny silver, and fingerprint magnet to boot.



And the same grey matte is applied to the Impact Power daughterboard heatsink:


Yes, the ROG logo is embossed with that crosshatch style. Very nice, but I'm not sure I can retain it.


And, frankly, a £200 motherboard should have a more elegant way of connecting a BIOS battery!



Also, since Asus decided to put a U.2 port on the board (why?) rather than M.2, the I/O cluster for me looks a bit haphazard now with varying heights of ports and big gaps and whatnot.


A silly thing to fixate on? Of course


All of this is going to be corrected. The red is going and all the textures are being unified. Bring on the vinyl!

(now that I have this first post out of the way I can actually get on with some work )

Catch you soon.

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I'm curious to see how you're going to fit a 360 thick rad in such a big-but-tiny case, especially after having read the Clarity build log!

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Thanks HZCH, it's precisely the 360 rad that's taken 6 months in Photoshop and Illustrator to work out. Without spoilers, I have my final quotes for laser cutting so should be starting on the actual case work soon.

Motherboard and GPU mods are up next on the log, but having to rework some vinyl before I post.

Hopefully won't be too long!

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Hello to all, back with a minor update.

I had intended to post content in more complete, thematic blocks, but life has gotten in the way recently so I've not made much progress. Still, here's what little I've been up to.


Motherboard work, part 1
As said in my opening posts, first thing I really wanted to do was balance the colours and textures on the motherboard.


All laid out ready for some love. You can really see the difference between the heatsinks and the sound card shroud, and already in its naked form the board is looking a bit more unified.

So let's break out the black matte vinyl wrap...


The wrap is a reasonably chunky 0.2mm thick with a nice texture not too dissimilar to the stock heatsinks so it's covered well without too much effort. Need to tidy up a few edges here and there.


SupremeFX III soundcard. It turns out the lettering and red design lines are slightly embossed, so I may well give it another blast with the heatgun to bring the details out a little more.

And yes, I'm too much of a coward to invalidate warranties on my very first proper project, so I just wrapped over the serial number label it'll be face down towards the GPU though so you won't see it.


Impact Power heatsink. The embossed ROG Eye logo came out really well, but unfortunately the Republic Of Gamers text just wouldn't take - looked lovely and crisp when the vinyl was warm and being rubbed down, but it just relaxed a bit too much as it cooled, losing definition.

Not overly fussed right now because, again, this will be facing down and obscured by the CPU block. Plus this took me 4 attempts and is still a little scruffy, so I'm walking away for a bit


Chipset heatsink. The ROG branding came out really nicely, lovely and crisp embossing. Excuse the dodgy edge, I was a bit excited by how well the ROG turned out and had to take a pic!


All together then...

Maximus VIII Impact Black Edition anybody?

Much, much tidier now I think. I did think about covering the capacitors on the power daughterboard similar to B Negative's Celestial, but I think in my case the little flashes of silver here and there serves as nice accenting.

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Motherboard work, part 2
The red and the textures have been tidied up now, but the I/O cluster bothers me as well. It's not the colour this time, it's the haphazard spacing and heights - I just don't want to see it at all.


Bit of measuring, bit of Illustrator, wee drop of ink on some paper and...


Test fit an I/O shroud. It also covers up the serial label on the sound card cover too


I think I can extend that wall a few more mm just to get a bit more coverage.

I'll be honest, the EVGA Z97 Stinger is my inspiration for the I/O shroud (and probably my entire board rework too).

I love that it's not just a hard-edge plastic box you slap on top of the I/O cluster, but much more organic with a nice bend radius at the ends and all folded from a single cut piece. That also ties in nicely with the smooth, sweeping corners of the 901's aluminium external skin, so I'm rather happy at how my own bend radius has mocked up.

Of course, it needs to be done in something that isn't paper yet. It also doesn't need to be done in 2mm thick acrylic


Now this was always more playing with the material rather than making something final, but 2mm is (for me anyway) a bit too thick to get some intricate cuts and rounded corners, and also to fold evenly. Bit of a pig's ear really.

So I'm changing to 1.5mm thick PETG sheet, but will have to wait until I've made up my DIY metal brake to get more accurate, even folds.


Thanks for looking, hopefully be back soon!

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Just a quick note to say I had a tumble off my bike last night and banged my wrist up. Nothing broken, just very sore and a bit useless right now. Apologies for the lack of updates on this.

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I'm doing something, honest!




Wrist is healed, but now lacking strength. Strapped up I can just about cut some MDF. OK, it's not a computer, but it is an integral part to the project.

"One-off job" he said. "No need to buy a circular saw" he said. Yet when your pre-cut MDF isn't squared up properly like you thought it was, a dodgy wrist isn't helpful when you're trying to get some right angles!

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Look what I just collected from the awesome guys at Congleton Engineering...
 



 
 
Lots of cleaning to do, I need to true up the sheet bender because it's a bit off and do some test runs with some scrap alu, but the core stuff has finally arrived.
 
Quite excited now to get going properly

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