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post #31 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 08:39 PM - Thread Starter
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Rad chamber screw up...

Well, it looks pretty?

Ugh, screwed up my placement of the backplate tubing pass-throughs. When I mounted my radiator up to check for possibly adding some pulling fans on the inside of the chamber I noticed that it completely blocked one of the return pass-throughs, and the radiator on the other side would do the same to that one when mounted.

I now have to rebuild my backplate... yay... and I was so close lol

at least I have plenty of aluminum...
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post #32 of 36 (permalink) Old 08-17-2019, 06:55 AM - Thread Starter
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Taking my time on my ride....

Over the last week I've been working pretty hard building a sketchup model of my tt900 and the mods I've made so far.

I should have done this to start but I wasn't really a fan of the web-version of sketchup (if that shows you how long it's been since I've used the program). But after screwing around with it for a few days I started to get the hang of it again and things started coming back to me.

It's a good thing I did, It's helped me with a lot of my placements and planning. I had to order just a few more small fittings, and rearrange placements on a few things. Not only is it looking better, but in the end it'll be even easier to access for maintenance in the future.

So in the next week or two you should see a lot more updates from me as I really get to work on putting this system together!

The only thing that really scares me is the whole lighting/RGB thing. I've never worked with those before because I always thought the whole Cold Cathode or UV thing was cheesy. The RGB's have come so far in the past few years that they not only look good, but they look clean and can be controlled with a mouse click. So I figured I'd give it a shot.

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Impressive.... Most Impressive.

For a while now I've been trying to 'mod' the pannel below the motherboard to allow for a clean path for all the PSU cables, and other misc cables needing access to the motherboard. I've gone through several iterations of the idea I've had in my head and realized that I just don't have the skill to go this one alone.

So I researched and researched some more. I found a few ideas and things that were close but not quite what I wanted. Until I came upon these beautiful custom cable combs made by "CF Nanoxia". I took a leap of faith and bought enough to complete the project I needed them for.

Now the best thing about not being sponsored on a build is that I can rave about a product that I've paid for with my hard-earned cash and it means that I freaking love this product enough to rave about it and even post pics about it.

That being said: These things are freaking beautiful, WELL made, and WAY lighter than I ever expected. I absolutely am in LOVE with these things. Each one comes packed in its own little box, akin to a piece of jewelry. It confused me when I first got the box, I wasn't expecting to open it and see 10 smaller boxes inside. I expected to see a bag with them all rattling around inside, but that was so far from what I got that it made me take a step back and just admire the attention to detail and overall effort the creator's of these combs has taken to make their product stand out. The last pic is all the combs put into one box, but each comb got its own separate box to start with. I just consolidated them.

I'm not sure I'll be using them for exactly what the creator of them had in mind, but I'm sure he'll love how front and center they'll be on my case. The only possible thing I could say, and it wouldn't even be a con, is that they only come in the raw aluminum color you see in the pictures. I would easily have paid a premium to have these anodized black, or whatever other colors people are in love with these days. If the creator of these ever reads my review (going to post one on amazon soon) I hope they'll start making them in different colors.

Enjoy the eye candy, and I can't wait to show you what I have in store for them!!

So, yes. Tolk = Happy
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RGB Test

Just playing around with the RGB fans. Got my two radiators installed and wanted to see what they all looked like powered on.


For just a bit more description, the left side of the case had the cover over the fans, the right side had the cover off to show a little more of the lights. This is just a default lighting program from the maker of the fans, once I get my MB installed it'll be controlled by the aurora software from Asus. I'll also have some RGB strips under the plexi, lighting them up a little more.

This was done in a dark room so that I could see them better, though it still looks good in daylight.

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Pump Chamber work

Today was a good day! Got off a little earlier than expected from work, so I was able to get home and start working on my case.

First, I tore it down. I needed to adjust a few things as well as have it out in the garage so that I can test fit things while working on them.

So, you'll probably be wondering a few things as I'm going along, so I'll update you in advance. I have switched it up a little. I'm pulling out one full loop, and going with just two separate loops. One for my GPU, and one for my CPU/Chipset. It just hit me one night that it was some serious overkill, and there was really no reason to have that third loop in there.

So, that's why you'll only see 4 holes on my passthrough plate. Just in case you were wondering.

Pictures are in order of the steps/descriptions below:

-NEW WHITE PLEXI BACKPLATE!!

With the change-up of just two loops, and needing to re-tool the backplate anyways. I thought I'd try my hand with some of the leftover plexi I had. I've been working in SketchUp for this past week on my design, and I have to say I'm seriously happy with the way it turned out.
Anyways, so I totally wrecked the first one, so this is the second iteration. As with most of the plexi, I'm working with it's something that requires a lot of patients and calculated cuts so as not to have it blow up in your face. Here it is mocked up in the case after about twenty minutes of fine-tuning with a sander and a file to get it just right.

-Passthrough plate:
-Measured out and cut
-Passthrough mount holes drilled out
-Top and bottom ends bent 90 degrees
-Side view of bends
-Mockup and measuring on plexi backplate
-Cut out of backplate and standoff's mounted
-Passthrough/Backplate Mock-up
-Mock-up 1
-Mock-up 2

So, going to stop there and give you a quick description of what I'm doing. So what it is you'll see that there's a gap between the aluminum plate and the plexi, behind the aluminum I'm going to have strips of RGB's running that'll match all the fans and other RGB's, making the white plexi glow with that color. it'll have a nice diffused look to it, I hope.

Okay, back to pictures. Now that the passthrough plate was done, I went to work on the plate that's going to cover the center-console and match the flow of the passthrough plate, with the same intentions of putting RGB light strips under the plate to make it glow as well. There are also a few other ideas floating around in my head about possible cutout designs on the center console plate. Not sure if I can pull it off, but if I can I think it'll look pretty sick.

Didn't get any picks of the center plate while I was making it because I was kind of in the zone, but here it is mocked up.

-Mock-up 1
-Mock-up 2 (with me holding the passthrough plate up for effect)
-The Center plate now off the console, showing off my bends.

Welp, that's it for tonight. My knee was screaming at me to stop. I'll be picking up where I left off tomorrow!

Thanks for checking out my log

-Tolk
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I think going from three loops to two loops is a good idea!

Having to redo the back plate again just means the first one was really just a practice piece right

Loving your mod work here... keep it coming

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