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Welcome to " DIVA'S DEMENTIA " . . . . . the build log

My therapist says that at my age, getting senile and being "not always all there", is just more chances to have new adventures and make new friends, but just to prove the dodgy quack doesn't know Facebook from feces, ( I guess they can be easy to confuse . . .) I'm going to produce a perfectly normal buildlog to follow my latest build project

He must think I travel a lot more than I do, . . He's always going on about how I leave the lights on, but nobody's home. . . .

Like I said, . . . . dodgy quack, usually full of Facebook.

Anyway, . . . .

Welcome to the build log.

My last build was my first chiller build, and the concept was that I could build a nice everyday/gamer rig with rather minimal rad space, in a pretty standard sized full tower case, and have a chiller kick in when the delta t exceeded a preset point, or when I manually brought it online to allow for higher clocks and GPU loading than would otherwise be possible with the limited rad space and case size.

For low load tasks like emails and surfing OCN, the XSPC AX 360 is all that's needed to keep the 4.6 GHz, 2600K and a pair of 7970's happy. Start gaming or benching, and it isn't long before the chiller kicks in.

I really like how it works, but it has 2 chillers, ( I went overkill crazy) and since I only need to keep things at dew point so as to avoid the downsides of condensation in a daily rig, it really only needs 1.

That means I have a chiller available and needing a home.

Having impressed myself, perhaps too easy a task, with the first chiller build, my overkill gene seems to have asserted itself, and I'm about to see how well the "Hybrid concept, (watercooling / chiller), works out for a quad R9-290X setup with an i7-E.

I'll be building in a white Caselabs TH10A.

The GPU loop will have two EK 480's, while the CPU/mobo loop will have a new HWL NemesisGTX 280, . . . one of the new gloss white ones with white fins from PPCs.

That should be enough rad space to not have the chiller need to run, except during heavy gaming/benching sessions, making for a pretty nice daily driver rig.

All 3 loops, the GPUs, CPU-mobo, and chiller, each get their own dual 35X pump/res setup.

The CPU/mobo loop will be cooled via a single Koolance plate exchanger when the chiller is on, while the GPU loop will be cooled by a pair of Koolance plate exchangers in parallel during chiller operation.

My prevuios chiller build used a pair of paralleled exchangers for the 2600K, dual 7970 loop, so I know the parallel setup exchangers works well.

I've also expanded on the custom chiller controller I made for that build, so that it's more sophisticated and manages everything much better.

There's actually quite a bit of custom electronics in this new build, as there's finally room for it.

I'll be posting pics in the next few days, and offer more details of how I have things planned and what unique Diva Bits to be watching for.

In the meantime, here's a couple pics of the last chiller build, that I'll be trying to surpass by orders of magnitude with Diva's Dementia.





I believe I have my work cut out for me. . . . .

Ooooops . . . .

I forgot, you can't start a Caselabs build log without a pic of the ceremonial unboxing:



I also made sure to order the remote controlled power doors option:
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Darlene
 

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Welcome aboard guys.

I'm really liking the white 280 Nemesis already.

One thing I didn't realize until working on the build this last weekend, is that the fan spacing on the PSU side is actually on 140mm centers, so that a 280 with 3 bays spaces above and below in the flex bays, matches the 2 fan positions on the PSU side.

I was going to use a 360 in the flex bays, but couldn't find an alternative mounting position for the flow meter displays, and it really jammed me up on the Aquaeros mountings, so as soon as I picked up on the PSU side fans being on 140 centers, I ordered the 280.

Now I have room at the top for the 3 flow meter displays, with the A6's at the bottom and 1 blank at the very bottom position.

Here's the new white Nemesis 280:



Here's how it centers vertically from the front:



And here's the 3 white bay brackets for the Koolance flow meter displays to go in the top 3 spaces:



I have a regular HDD cage and an SSD cage for the center positions on the PSU side, and fan mounts for the top and bottom positions, so all 4 positions will have fans showing.

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I'm in... I love the chiller ideas... I fell out of the loop on the last one!
In truth, I dropped the ball on the build log on the last one . . . . . I keep promising myself to go back and flesh it out . . . . hopefully . . . one-day.

I had a week and a half of vacation, and wanted to get it all together, since I had everything I ordered come in and on hand ready to build.

I put in a lot of long days fabricating all the acrylic mounting systems for the plate exchangers and pumps, and then the electronics, and the control box for the dual D5 Strongs on the 24V supply, and that whole module . . . . Some mods to the case too, to make it all shoehorn in there.

I was too tired at the end of the day to write up the log, and once I got it online, I spent some quality time on the Harley and forgot about the log.

I'm not on a timetable for this build, so I shouldn't have a problem keeping the build log up.

Darlene
 

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In truth, I dropped the ball on the build log on the last one . . . . . I keep promising myself to go back and flesh it out . . . . hopefully . . . one-day.

I had a week and a half of vacation, and wanted to get it all together, since I had everything I ordered come in and on hand ready to build.

I put in a lot of long days fabricating all the acrylic mounting systems for the plate exchangers and pumps, and then the electronics, and the control box for the dual D5 Strongs on the 24V supply, and that whole module . . . . Some mods to the case too, to make it all shoehorn in there.

I was too tired at the end of the day to write up the log, and once I got it online, I spent some quality time on the Harley and forgot about the log.

I'm not on a timetable for this build, so I shouldn't have a problem keeping the build log up.

Darlene
You sound like me... I get so excited and caught up I forget to do it, then get distracted by other things! OOOOO SHINY!
 

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Goodbye Phantom 820, hello TH10A.

You must have plenty of space, with the limo & frost in mind. What will you do with them? Use them as server or as backup?
 

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Subbed. Hope you are going to show us how to do the powered doors. That is just the coolest!
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I'll do a more detailed post on them with dimensions, hopefully this weekend maybe, but in the meantime, this should give an idea as to how it's set up.

The actuators are Firgelli L16 S series, with 140mm travel, and 150:1 gear ratio.



You could use the faster 63:1 gear ratio for a faster swing, but I like it slow enough to be sure I can stop it before it hits something if I haven't paid enough attention to clear the area before opening.

They also still lift off the hinges once you release the actuator arm from its pin at the bottom of the door bracket.

I'll be using 5/8" hardline from the pass thrus on the back for the chiller connections, and you can see there's plenty of clearance under the plexi panel between the actuators to run it so it has some protection.

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You using the Hailea chiller?

Are you going to strip it and get it in the case?

Now THAT is something I would like to see!
 

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You using the Hailea chiller?

Are you going to strip it and get it in the case?

Now THAT is something I would like to see!
That makes two of us . . . .

Yes, it's a Hailea, but it'd take a TX10 or a double tall pedestal with the TH10 to integrate it into the case itself.

The way the build is set up with the plate exchangers and rads, it really does make the chiller optional, so in that respect, it makes good sense to keep it as a separate unit.

If I did a radless setup where the chiller was part of a single loop with everything else, there'd be a lot more reason to work out a way to physically integrate it.

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Something new to peruse from the Diva.
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