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05-25-2019 12:38 PM
AT0MAC Everything good takes a while, just think of cheese or wine

With the latest developments, I have actually found a purpose for the build, it will end up in the living room and be used for gaming from in there - because it is as good looking as its functional, will be such a shame to hide it away somewhere else.
I do miss a few components that by now almost look like they got lost in the mail, but I have today picked up something that sticks out compared to the rest - I have decided to upgrade the graphics now I have an actual use case.

And I will go with modern graphics to be on the safe side:

PowerColor AMD Radeon RX580 Red Devil Golden Sample!

Before I start using the new card, I kind of have to know how bad the old one is...
So now I am starting to do a mountain of benchmarks, starting with an overall test of the whole system with PC Mark 10

We are not at roads end yet, but now its starting to be actual interesting again!
05-14-2019 12:34 AM
AT0MAC It has taken way longer than I estimated to bug test the rig, but it looks like I can move forward again.
It turned out it would not boote from either USB or SSD as it was, no matter what I did - and I did a lot!

Kind of frustrating, but yesterday I got an idea, maybe it would boot from CD...
So I made an ISO into a disc, only God know when I last did that.

I now have a pretty slow Windows 10 installed!

Next up is finetuning and making it an actual usable machine.

Its far from over yet 😉

04-25-2019 11:54 AM

Today I got a little time to transfer the most basic parts of the build to my "test rig", with a totally standard aircooler on top of the CPU.

Pushed the button and o... m... g...

It's freaking ALIVE! (said in Frankensteins voice)

This is with the little 920 CPU, need to check if everything is A-ok before I install one of the much beefier Xeons.
Need to check RAM, if GPU performs as expected or bugs out and just a general inspection before reinstalling it into the modded case.

Also just remembered that my HTPC have an AM1 based ITX board with a PCIe 16X slot on, so I can install that in the modded case with the watercooled GPU, just to see if that GPU actually survived the mishap I had with the motherboard.

I expect to get some little time in the weekend for more trouble shooting, but at least this was a very nice surprise on an else kind of boring Thursday.

Stay tuned!
04-09-2019 03:56 PM
AT0MAC A status update of where im at now, the mod is actually DONE now - but the first time I turn it on, something starts smelling bad...
I suspect that the GPU I originally got for free is actually broken and I think it has somehow broken the motherboard too, as it is now it dont boot and just keeps turning on and off.
And yes I have tried 2 different CPUs and other RAM, no luck.

To be honest, I dont trust my chinese psu extensions, I might think they have broken the PSU as well, the PSU is afterall about 10 years old so the slightest little thing and it will not work.

I have to get all parts out of the case and test one by one.

In the end maybe I need to replace:
  • Motherboard
  • One GPU (or dont run with Crossfire)
  • Powersupply
  • Extensions

I'll return when I know what to do from here on out.
(I have build PCs for more than 20 year, but I have never build anything this old, so I should for sure have tested it before putting it inside the case, but I trust hardware too much)
04-03-2019 11:43 AM
AT0MAC To give an idea about why there is so many tubes in the system - there is 3 individual loops!!

Red - CPU AIO, the unmarked one right under rad it the fillport, yes a AIO with a fillport. Technically not a part of the loop and therefor unmarked.

Green - one of the graphics cards I got for free, came with an EKWB waterblock attached, so have to watercool it.

Blue - chipset, because Gigabyte back in the day decided this board should be able to be watercooled, so lets do it 10 years too late

A true old school system where looks is not nearly as important as todays builds

...C' ya
04-03-2019 11:25 AM
AT0MAC Sorry but I been a little silent again, for those who follow me on Instagram you know I lately have been struggling with a eye injury, and today I remembered that I totally forgot to update!
So here goes, mega update:

Have drilled the holes bigger in rad, so I can use M4 screws instead of the funky size Swiftech originally used, I even wonder where the original screws are, well never mind....

Mounted the first fans and fill port adapter, true gold digger

When this was done, I realized there is actually not enough space for it all, the fill port adapter is hitting the end of the DVD drive. So what to do, lets mod it! Problems arise, the drive is build like a tank and dont want to come apart, so I have to mod it with whatever tool possible and ended out with a not so great hole, but whatever, will not be seen in the end result.

Fill port finally installed!

Reinstalled the cooling tubes for the CPU AIO, but now much much shorter (the black tubes)

At this point, there are so so many details in this build, its a huge task both in term of work and in size.

No doubt about this PC is heavily car themed, here a picture of the front, top and backside as it looks now:

Next step is to deal with a lot of wires, there are SO many!
Also need to install the light, finish building the psu shroud and mount all the last stickers.
Actually, if all end out working I have a new investment in mind for something really cool to add, but will only do it if everything pans out so maybe you will see it in a later update.

Continues at a later time...
03-18-2019 01:26 PM
AT0MAC Solution for the filling issue? - use more hose!

But need some fittings to do so, these look a lot like im going to do plumbing on some kind of house issue with the design/colors these have

Am now waiting for a package before I can continue...

C'ya later...…..
03-18-2019 12:01 PM
AT0MAC Hehe another thought, did you know this thread is on 4 different pages at the same time?
I can almost fit all 4 in a reasonable resolution on my 32" monitor at the same time.





Daily I converse and write in both English and Danish, so why not share the tech enthusiasm <3
03-18-2019 11:43 AM
AT0MAC Came to think about, I have not shared the latest pictures other than on my Instagram (I'm @_at0mac_), sorry

There was the day I cleaned fans and soldered a broken one

And there was a day I mounted the top panel and test fittet the CPU rad with fans on

The new flat top in metallic blue and chrome air filter looks soo mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm imo. Most likely you have never seen a Corsair 800D like this before
03-18-2019 11:31 AM
AT0MAC Came to think about during test-fitting of CPU loop that its almost impossible to fill liquid in that loop...
  • I can't unmount CPU block because of the way the GPU radiator is mounted.
  • I can not mount the CPU radiator full of liquid, because I cant measure the CPU tubes correctly before the CPU radiator is placed where it should be.
  • I don't want to mount and unmount everything more than I have to.
  • I want to mount the CPU rad so its res is facing towards the front, the res is an eyesore and the CPU tubes will be shortest this was for maximum pressure on the CPU
There is standard G 1/4 in the res on CPU rad, but its placed almost all up against the front, right above the DVD drive.
Im thinking of making a fillport somewhere with some standard water cooling parts...

It just got even more complex and expensive... Let me remind you, I still don't know if the hardware is actually alive (its dang old, and I forgot to test it before I exploded it all to pieces and am trying to make it into a full build again), also I don't really need this PC, its just a hobby when I await some other newer tasks to hit me

Come back later for more............
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