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<img alt="w600" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--logo.png/w600"><br><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Table of Contents</b></span><br><br>
Note: For those posts which are retroactive, the date reflects the date of<br>
the post, not the date when I did the corresponding work.<br><br><span style="font-family:courier;"><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes#post_20315196">01. 2013-JUL-01: The SMH10 - Unboxing and Assembly</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes#post_20315237">02. 2013-JUL-01: Radiators</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes#post_20315306">03. 2013-JUL-01: PSU & Pump Mounting, Making the 24 Pin Cable</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/0_100#post_20348144">04. 2013-JUL-06: What 40 Hours of Cabling Will Get You...</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/0_100#post_20433551">05. 2013-JUL-18: Various Small Bits</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/0_100#post_20456306">06. 2013-JUL-22: A Copper Face Plate for the Lamptron FC5V2</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/0_100#post_20478067">07. 2013-JUL-25: The Aqua Computer Aqualis Copper Edition</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/0_100#post_20501187">08. 2013-JUL-29: Interlude: A Retroactive Build Log on My Previous Build, <b>ZEUS</b></a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/0_100#post_20800638">09. 2013-SEP-14: Prototype: The Bitfenix Spectre Pro Copper Edition</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/0_100#post_20806921">10. 2013-SEP-15: Painting the M/B Block Screws</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20836716">11. 2013-SEP-20: Fan Disassembly: How-To</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20842904">12. 2013-SEP-22: Quick and Messy Status Shots</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20849025">13. 2013-SEP-23: The Bitfenix Spectre Pro Copper Edition (cont.)</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20852481">14. 2013-SEP-23: Copper Paint vs. Actual Copper: A Comparison</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20900943">15. 2013-OCT-01: Colour-Coordinating the Kryographics Titan</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20948926">16. 2013-OCT-08: Loop Planning</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20953683">17. 2013-OCT-09: Colour-Coordinating the Raystorms</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20976980">18. 2013-OCT-13: Deciding on a Backplate, Small M/B Teaser</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/100_100#post_20978556">19. 2013-OCT-13: The EVGA SR-2 Black Editon</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-black-edition-gtx-titan-copper-tubes/150_50#post_21078442">20. 2013-OCT-28: Requesting Opinions on Fittings...</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-black-edition-gtx-titan-copper-tubes/200_50#post_21086511">21. 2013-OCT-29: Colour-Coordinating the RAM Blocks</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-black-edition-norprene-tubing-copper-fittings/200_50#post_24376452">22. 2015-SEP-03: Finally, Progress!</a><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1405988/helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-black-edition-norprene-tubing-copper-fittings/250_50#post_24386061">23. 2015-SEP-06: Assembled</a><br></span><br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Current Status</b></span><br><br><br><img alt="aw--helios--2015-09-06--27--overview-front-side.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w1024/aw--helios--2015-09-06--27--overview-front-side.jpeg"><br><img alt="aw--helios--2015-09-06--28--overview-front-side.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w1024/aw--helios--2015-09-06--28--overview-front-side.jpeg"><br><img alt="aw--helios--2015-09-06--29--overview-back-side.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w1024/aw--helios--2015-09-06--29--overview-back-side.jpeg"><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Prologue</b></span><br><br><br>
Hello everybody. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I hope I've put this in the right sub-forum.<br><br>
Many, many years ago I first came across OCN, but since I was out of the<br>
PC building game for a few years (military, college, bad health) I only got back<br>
into it earlier this year, and finally decided to join up here.<br><br>
A very short introduction: 27 years old, male, Swiss, finished high school<br>
in 2005, army 2005~2007 (Lt, infantry), worked in Logistics and accounting<br>
2007~2008, studied mechanical engineering 2008~2012. Unfortunately<br>
I was befallen by bad health for extended periods of time during my studies<br>
(nothing life-threatening, but it did prevent me from working for college as<br>
much as I should have) and had to drop out last summer (I will be starting<br>
a degree in electrical engineering next September if all goes according to<br>
plan though).<br><br>
Since then I've been recuperation (still one more operation required next<br>
August) and did some web development work from home. Finally, this spring<br>
I had the money and time to start putting together a rig which I'd been planning<br>
for a very long time.<br><br>
Yes, yes, I'm aware: The SR-2 is old news by now. Originally I started putting this<br>
build together in late summer 2011. Shortly afterwards, everything was put on<br>
halt due to health troubles. After it became clear that the pause was going to<br>
be significantly longer than expected, I considered selling off the hardware I had<br>
already bought (the SR-2 among it), since being ill is not exactly cheap for a college<br>
student, even in a country with mandatory health insurance.<br><br>
However, I still would have made a significant loss, and I just have an inherent<br>
weak spot for dual CPU systems, so I persisted. And this spring I finally had the<br>
money to start buying the remaining components.<br><br>
The good thing about having to wait this long is that in the meantime, Caselabs<br>
had come out with pretty much the perfect case for my plans: The SMH10.<br>
Originally, it was going to be a scratchbuild. The case I would have made myself<br>
would have been quite similar in layout to the SMH10, also built from aluminium<br>
(2 mm ~ 3 mm). But naturally, it's rather difficult to manufacture something of<br>
similar quality with only the basic DIY tools, and if I had bought the tools<br>
needed for making my own awesome case it would have cost about the same if not<br>
slightly more than an SMH10, so I just went for that instead.<br><br>
I'm still far off from getting everything I need, so this will take some time to<br>
complete (I hope to be done some time in summer).<br><br>
Before anyone thinks I'm a millionaire or something: I worked before I went<br>
to college. I've been working since I had to drop out last summer/fall.<br>
Besides that, I'm rather frugal with most other things in my life. So this build<br>
is mostly the result of hard work, dedication and lots and lots of patience.<br>
No miracles were worked and no cheat codes used. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>The Name</b></span><br><br><b>H</b>ysterical <b>E</b>xcess <b>L</b>abouring <b>I</b>ndependently <b>O</b>f <b>S</b>anity, aka HELIOS.<br><br><b>Because</b>: It's been going on for almost two years. And I am definitely starting<br>
to question my sanity.<br><br>
Also: I've been naming my PC's after Greek deities since forever. The first PC I<br>
built was an AMD Thunderbird C 1.4 GHz machine back in 2001, which lasted me for<br>
a few years, and it was called Helios (I use the name as the PC's host name<br>
within our network, for those wondering what practical use it has).<br><br>
It died a fiery death at the hands of a water cooling accident: Using the Eheim<br>
1048 I had been befallen by the rattling pump wheel. Naturally, I wrapped some<br>
tape around the axle which solved that problem. Unfortunately, the tape became<br>
brittle over time and eventually, a piece of tape broke off and clogged the<br>
loop. Killed the flow, cooked the CPU (no overheating protection back then).<br><br>
After that, I took that name out of use, until now. It's time for a revival.<br><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>The Inspiration</b></span><br><br>
For the most part, <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=154608" target="_blank">PrometheusCU</a>. I'm sure many of you are familiar with it,<br>
and those who aren't: Go read it, now! I'll wait a few days.<br><br>
Sadly, its creator passed on and never finished it (it did go to a friend of his,<br>
but no activity since last summer, at least not in the original thread <img alt="frown.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/frown.gif">).<br>
I don't nearly have his set of skills and/or tools, but that doesn't change<br>
the inspiration part.<br><br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Main PC Guts</b></span><br><br>
As a side note: The computing power of this rig will mostly go to BOINC (I might<br>
use it for gaming from time to time, we shall see). If [email protected] ever get their stuff<br>
together with regards to GPU folding on Linux (highly unlikely <img alt="frown.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/frown.gif"> ), I might<br>
switch over to folding again, since I'd been doing that for about 18 months<br>
before switching to BOINC due to the GPU problem (and a few other niggles I<br>
have with the project's behavior towards its donors).<br><br>
The O/S will most likely be Arch Linux (since I've been using that for about two<br>
years now and am quite comfortable with it), or if I feel experimental Gentoo or<br>
even FreeBSD. Certainly not Windows. I need my xterm and Z shell and UNIX<br>
utilities.<br><br>
Anyway:
<ul class="bbcode_list"><li><b>M/B</b>: EVGA SR-2</li>
<li><b>CPU</b>: 2 x Xeon x5680 (not ES, normal retail version, got them for half price<br>
on eBay, brand spanking new)</li>
<li><b>RAM</b>: 24 GB of Corsair Dominator 1866</li>
<li><b>GPU</b>: 1 x Geforce Titan (should do well at computing)</li>
<li><b>SSD</b>: Intel 520 120 GB</li>
<li><b>HDD</b>: TBD</li>
<li><b>PSU</b>: Enermax Platimax 1200 W (don't need that much power, but the<br>
weaker models aren't fully modular, more reasoning for my decision later on)</li>
<li><b>Case</b>: Caselabs SMH10, reverse ATX layout, obviously in black</li>
</ul><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b>W/C parts</b></span><br><br>
Well, of course it will be under water!. In fact, all my PC's for the last 12 years<br>
have had to get wet.<br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li><b>CPU blocks</b>: XSPC Raystorm Copper Edition</li>
<li><b>GPU block</b>: <i>Probably</i> the Aquacomputer Titan block in copper with<br>
the acrylic top. Haven't ordered it yet though, so this might still change.</li>
<li><b>RAM blocks</b>: Alphacool Dominator water blocks in copper with plexi<br>
tops. Yes, cooling your RAM with water is absolutely unnecessary.<br>
I just like how it looks.</li>
<li><b>M/B block</b>: MIPS SR-2 block in Acetal/Copper</li>
<li><b>Pumps</b>: 2 x Aquacomputer D5 without Aquabus</li>
<li><b>Pump tops</b>: 2 x Alphacool D5 pump tops in Acetal</li>
<li><b>Reservoir</b>: Aquacomputer Aqualis Pro</li>
<li><b>Radiators</b>: 2 x Hardware Labs SR-1 560 + 1 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45<br>
Full Copper 480 (that's ~14.89 120mm single radiators, for those<br>
wondering).</li>
<li><b>Fans</b>: For the moment, Bitfenix Spectre Pros in 140 mm and 120 mm,<br>
respectively. Some people seem to be having bearing troubles, if that<br>
happens, I will probably go for some Noctuas.</li>
<li><b>Fan and Pump Controller</b>:Lamptron FC5v2</li>
<li><b>Flow Meter and Display</b>: Koolance INS-FM17N with the DCB-FM01<br>
as its display. I know flow monitoring isn't really necessary, and the<br>
Koolance flow meter doesn't really look good. This is mostly about satisfying<br>
my curiosity, and there's enough places in the SMH10 where I can hide the<br>
display and the sensor so that it doesn't uglify the build.</li>
<li><b>Fittings</b>: 16/10 mm compression fittings, Alphacool shiny copper and<br>
possibly also in black</li>
<li><b>Tubing</b>: 15 mm OD copper tubing (possibly some normal 16/10 tubing<br>
in some parts, to be determined). And yes, I have figured out a way to fit<br>
15mm OD tubing into 16/10 compression fittings and getting it watertight<br>
(at least according to first tests, let's hope it keeps working).</li>
</ul><br><br>
Although I started this build a few months ago (some may already have seen it<br>
in other places) it is still very much an ongoing project and will be for quite a<br>
while. I will be catching this log up to date over the coming few days.<br><br>
So, for those who have not been deterred by my introductory novella, let's<br>
get to it. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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<b><span style="font-size:24px;">The SMH10</span></b><br><br>
I ordered it flat-packed. Shipping to Switzerland was ~150 USD and it took 13<br>
days from order confirmation until arrival. Jim was very helpful with advice and<br>
making sure what I ordered made sense <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">.<br><br><br><b>The Box</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--01--box.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--01--box.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Unpacking the Goodies</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--02--unpacking.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--02--unpacking.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Guarding the Loot</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--03--guarding-the-loot.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--03--guarding-the-loot.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Always Use Protection</b> (a thick wool blanket in this case)<br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--04--always-use-protection.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--04--always-use-protection.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Ready, Set, Go!</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--05--ready-set-go.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--05--ready-set-go.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>First Steps</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--06--its-a-start.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--06--its-a-start.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Getting There...</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--07--first-success.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--07--first-success.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Uh Oh!</b> <img alt="redface.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/redface.gif"><br><br>
The 3.5" HDD cage collided with the tie down points. I wrote to Caselabs and<br>
sent them a pic. They promptly responded saying they were trying to figure out<br>
what had gone wrong.<br><br>
After a few days Kevin wrote back to me saying that my main compartment divider<br>
(the big vertical plate in the main chamber) had accidentally been manufactured<br>
to an old spec and that they were going to send me a new one.<br><br>
This actually worked out quite well because I'd forgotten a few small parts in<br>
my first order for which I now didn't have to pay shipping <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">.<br><br>
Mistakes happen, what matters to me is how they are handled and Caselabs'<br>
customer service left nothing to be desired in this case.<br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--08--uh-oh.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--08--uh-oh.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Tada!</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--09--aaand-done.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--09--aaand-done.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Out of Curiosity</b><br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--10--didnt-even-take-that-long.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--10--didnt-even-take-that-long.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>A Fine Detail I noticed</b><br><br>
The threads for mounting the acrylic window and the HDD cages are done like<br>
this. You barely notice them. No fiddling around with screws. Just use the<br>
provided flange nut driver (which is a very nice one btw) and mount the nuts<br>
over the threads. Much more comfortable than screws. Very nice!<br><br><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#808080;">(click image for full res)</span></span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--11--flange-detail.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--caselabs-smh10--11--flange-detail.jpg/w800"></a>
 

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<span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Radiators</b></span><br><br>
As mentioned, I will be using two Hardware Labs SR-1 560's and one<br>
Alphacool XT45 480, or the equivalent of ~14.89 120 mm single rads.<br>
Both the SR-1 and the XT45 are excellent at the low fans speeds I will<br>
be using, according to Martin's Liquid Lab (<a class="bbcode_url" href="http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/04/08/hardware-labs-sr1-360/" target="_blank">SR-1 review</a>, <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/04/15/alphacool-nexxxos-xt45-360-radiator/" target="_blank">XT45 review</a>).<br><br><br><b>Group Shot</b><br><br>
Isn't that 480 just cute?<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--13--group-shot.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--13--group-shot.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>GTX 560</b><br><br>
There was mistake in my shipment of the SR-1's. I got the GTX560's instead.<br>
Had I kept them, I would have saved around 50 CHF (~41 EUR, 37 GBP).<br>
However, according to <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://martinsliquidlab.org/2012/04/09/hardware-labs-gtx-360-radiator/" target="_blank">Martin's review</a>, they are only really useful for high<br>
power fans, which is not at all what I intend to run.<br><br>
Nonetheless, they are a stunning piece of workmanship, so I took a few pics<br>
before sending them back.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-gtx560--01--overhead-shot.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-gtx560--01--overhead-shot.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1-gtx-paintjob-comparison.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1-gtx-paintjob-comparison.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>SR-1</b><br><br>
After a little while, I got what I had ordered:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--01--overhead-shot.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--01--overhead-shot.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>SR-1: Longitudinal Shot</b><br><br>
The fins on this rad are just about perfect <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--01--longitudinal-shot.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--01--longitudinal-shot.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Fin Detail</b><br><br>
Creating more turbulence (for better heat exchange) and preventing dust<br>
buildup (according to HW Labs' PR).<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--05--fin-detail.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--05--fin-detail.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Alphacool XT45</b><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--alphacool-xt45--02--overhead-shot.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--alphacool-xt45--02--overhead-shot.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Alphacool XT45: Fin Detail</b><br><br>
The fins are structured not as excessively as the SR-1's, but judging from performance, it's still enough <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--alphacool-xt45--01--fin-detail.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--alphacool-xt45--01--fin-detail.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Bottom Radiator Assembly: Components, Revision 1</b><br><br>
The 560's will go into the bottom compartment, while the 480 will be in<br>
the case's top.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--01--components.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--01--components.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>SR-1: Nylon Screws</b><br><br>
I ordered some black Nylon M4 hex bolts (to dampen the fans' vibrations).<br>
I knew it was going to be a tight fit (maximum length they were available<br>
in was 30 mm), but I had to try.<br><br>
Also, I very much like the fact that the SR-1 is using M4 threads <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--02--nylon-screws.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--02--nylon-screws.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>SR-1: Slightly Recessed Threads</b><br><br>
I could just about get the screws into most of the threads through the<br>
Caselabs radiator mount. Unfortunately, the threads on the SR-1 are slightly<br>
recessed. Getting a gasket in between was going to be impossible (and<br>
I could only mount about 10 of the 16 screws per assembly).<br><br>
And since the SR-1 uses 20 mm distance between fan threads, I was going<br>
to need a gasket.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--03--screw-holes.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--hwlabs-sr-1--03--screw-holes.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Longer Bolts, Plus Gasket</b><br><br>
I ordered some 40 mm hex bolts and some Phobya radiator gasket tape.<br>
Let's try this again <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--04--second-assembly-components.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--04--second-assembly-components.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Fan Bolts Cutouts</b><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--05--gasket-fan-mounting-holes.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--05--gasket-fan-mounting-holes.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>One Side Done</b><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--06--gasket-one-side.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--06--gasket-one-side.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Sealing Gaps</b><br><br>
The SR-1 has 20 mm spacing, so there's a gap between fans.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--07--gasket-between-fans.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--07--gasket-between-fans.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Radiator Assembly, Revision 2</b><br><br>
I will spray paint the bolts with copper later on.<br>
But the painting phase is not quite here yet.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--08--stage-2-complete.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--08--stage-2-complete.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Small Oversight</b><br><br>
Can't have this:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--09--gasket-turbulence.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--09--gasket-turbulence.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>Correction</b><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--10--gasket-turbulence-cutout.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--10--gasket-turbulence-cutout.jpg/w800"></a><br><br><br><b>No Puncturing</b><br><br>
The SR-1 has a 15 mm inbuilt shroud on one side. So there's plenty of room<br>
for those 40 mm screws.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">Click image for full res</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--11--40mm-screws-mounted.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="w800" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--radiator-assembly--11--40mm-screws-mounted.jpg/w800"></a>
 

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<span style="font-size:24px;"><b>PSU & Pump Mount, Making the 24 Pin cable</b></span><br><br><br>
I will be using mostly 16 AWG Silicone wires, which have a few advantages over normal PVC wires,<br>
as well as one major disadvantage and one minor one. The minor one is cost; it is actually quite<br>
expensive. 10 meters of 16 AWG wire cost ~ 7.75 GBP (~12 USD).<br><br><b>The PSU</b><br><br><br>
Not much to say here, it's just an absolute stunner.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--01--platimax-1200w.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--01--platimax-1200w.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--01--platimax-1200w.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
This is how it's mounted to the plate. There's also a cutout to fit the 230 V connector through<br>
and to access the ON/OFF button.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--02--platimax-1200w-standoffs.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--02--platimax-1200w-standoffs.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--02--platimax-1200w-standoffs.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
The pumps are bolted to the same plate. Makes for a nice and compact unit. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--03--psu-and-pump-plate.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--03--psu-and-pump-plate.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--03--psu-and-pump-plate.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
And inside the case:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--04--psu-and-pump-plate-mounted.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--04--psu-and-pump-plate-mounted.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--04--psu-and-pump-plate-mounted.jpeg"></a><br><br><br><b>Making the 24 Pin</b><br><br><br>
Advantages of Silicone wire: It's extremely flexible and can tolerate much higher temperatures<br>
(this one is rated to 200 C). The temperature thing might sound a bit silly for a PC, but it<br>
actually came in very handy during making the wires.<br><br><br>
The tools I used (courtesy of Lutro0 for the most part):<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--05--cable-tools.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--05--cable-tools.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--05--cable-tools.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
Stripping the wire in preparation for crimping. You can clearly see that there are an insane<br>
amount of strands, which is the other aspect that makes this wire so much more flexible than<br>
PVC coated one (besides the Silicone, obviously). The disadvantage of this is that the wire<br>
itself is substantially thicker than its PVC counterpart, coming in at a bulky 3.1 mm diameter<br>
for a 16 AWG wire. The 16 AWG PVC wires that came with my PSU measure about 2.0 mm in<br>
comparison.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--06--stripping.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--06--stripping.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--06--stripping.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
The thickness of the wire requires me to press the crimp terminal onto the wire and then<br>
insert that assembly into the crimper, instead of first fixing the terminal inside the crimper,<br>
inserting the wire into that and then pressing down.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--07--terminal-fitting.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--07--terminal-fitting.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--07--terminal-fitting.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
Luckily, Silicone is very soft, meaning it compresses nicely under the crimping terminal's wings.<br>
Be careful though: There are (at least) two versions of this terminal floating around: One with<br>
longer wings and one with shorter wings. The short winged version is completely unusable for<br>
this setup. As you can see, this is not a flawless crimp, but the insulation does not come below<br>
the second pair of wings, which I deem good enough for my purposes (otherwise I'd have an insane<br>
amount of wasted crimp terminals <img alt="wink.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/wink.gif">). Still, despite all this, the rate of failed crimps does<br>
noticeably rise when using such a thick wire. The most common fault I encounter is that one of the<br>
rear wings breaks of (the ones which are supposed to crimp down on the insulation).<br><br>
Fortunately the core's large thickness due to the many strands makes most of these still perfectly<br>
usable since the forward pair of wings hold the wire in place quite tightly (much more tightly than<br>
if you had a rear wing failure with a PVC wire), in fact it takes an enormous amount of force to<br>
rip off the crimp terminal (I've tried a few times to test the blemished crimps).<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--08--terminal-crimped.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--08--terminal-crimped.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--08--terminal-crimped.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
The indispensable sleeving tool:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--09--sleeving-tool.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--09--sleeving-tool.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--09--sleeving-tool.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
And with the paracord sleeve. Note that I haven't melted the ends, which is on purpose. Melted<br>
paracord becomes quite hard, which doesn't work for what I'm doing here.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--10--sleeve-fitted.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--10--sleeve-fitted.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--10--sleeve-fitted.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
Distance gauge for what comes below.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--11--gauge.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--11--gauge.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--11--gauge.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
And here we have the trick to the problem of thick wires. Since the wires are much too<br>
thick to fit into the connector with a sleeve on them (they do fit easily without one),<br>
I had to come up with another solution than the usual one of melting the sleeve onto<br>
the crimp terminal.<br><br>
Since I absolutely wanted to avoid using heat shrink I came up with this solution. If you<br>
have a look above at all the things I used for this, you will notice a roll of 0.25 mm Nylon<br>
thread. I took that thread and wound it around the wire's ends, making sure to have the right<br>
distance from the crimp connector's end to the Nylon thread and that each Nylon piece had<br>
the exact same number of windings (20). This is also why the paracord is not melted before;<br>
keeping it unmelted and soft makes it possible to tighten down the Nylon thread much more<br>
firmly.<br><br>
The advantages of this technique are that it looks much better than heat shrink (at least to<br>
me, which is what matters), and since you can tighten it down very nicely, it also holds the<br>
paracord sleeve in place much better than an equal length piece of heat shrink. Also, this<br>
nicely avoids those "steps" one often has to have when using heat shrink. The downside<br>
of this approach is that it takes an absolutely <i>ridiculous</i> amount of time to do.<br><br>
Doing this one wire you see here took me 30 minutes (including taking the pics). Without<br>
taking pictures I usually need around 15~20 minutes for one wire, and up to 45 minutes for a<br>
doubly crimped one (of which there are five in the 24 pin cable, an absolute nightmare).<br><br>
All in all, the 24 pin cable has taken me around 12 hours of work so far.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--12--threads.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--12--threads.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--12--threads.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
This is where the heat resistance of Silicone comes in handy. Taking the extra paracord<br>
off with a heated box cutter (as in glowing red) nicely terminates the whole thing and<br>
secures it to the wire, while leaving the Silicone undamaged. I've tried this with PVC and<br>
the hot blade easily melts through the insulation if I do things identically to this.<br><br>
However, one needs to be careful not to accidentally touch the Nylon cord with the heated<br>
blade, or else the Nylon will come undone and has to be redone (happened four times during<br>
the 24 pin assembly).<br><br>
This is where I was presented with another problem: No matter how perfectly well placed the<br>
sleeve's ends are, there will always be a bit of unwanted colour at the end. Therefore, this<br>
needs to be painted (well, <i>needs</i> is a relative term).<br><br>
Oh, and in case anyone's wondering: They didn't have black wire in 16 AWG in stock and I<br>
really didn't feel like waiting a few weeks for that. Since you can't see through paracord<br>
this isn't hugely important.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--13--unwanted-colour.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--13--unwanted-colour.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--13--unwanted-colour.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
Also see here:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--14--fits.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--14--fits.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--14--fits.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
Another wire in its painted state, this time with black sleeving. The black is a bit more<br>
forgiving of errors (sand colour is not at all), however it's also quite a bit trickier to<br>
see what's going on. I apologize for the blurry picture, it's quite a heavy magnification<br>
so I didn't realize this until it was too late.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--15--ends-painted.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--15--ends-painted.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--15--ends-painted.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
And finally, the 24 pin before mounting it in the case and lacing it.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-16--16--24pin.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-16--16--24pin.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-16--16--24pin.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
And after mounting it and lacing it for a few hours:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-21--02--24pin.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-21--02--24pin.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-21--02--24pin.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
Also, the CPU0 power cables:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-06-21--01--cpu0-power.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-06-21--01--cpu0-power.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-06-21--01--cpu0-power.jpeg"></a>
 
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Hehe, that will be the next big challenge to solve: Bending the copper tubes so that it all<br>
comes together nicely.<br><br>
Cable-wise I still have to do the CPU1 power cables, the PCI-E aux cable on the M/B as well<br>
as the cooling system (pumps, fans etc.). I must admit I'll be very glad once that's finally done.<br>
Making your own cables is fun and all, but in the end I'll probably have spend about 30 to 50<br>
hours on making cables and doing cable management, so I'll be good for a while. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif"><br><br>
After that I'll get busy with the copper tubing. I'll probably have to make my own bending<br>
apparatus because I haven't been able to find a 15 mm bender that doesn't cost an arm<br>
and a leg (plus, all the ones I've been able to find have bend radii which are way too large<br>
for my purposes, I need to find the tightest radius which doesn't ruin my pipes).<br><br>
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Finally, some smh10 love. I will be ordering my smh10 in 3 days.<br><br>
There are hardly any smh10 builds.<br><br>
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Finally, some smh10 love. I will be ordering my smh10 in 3 days.<br><br>
There are hardly any smh10 builds.<br><br>
Looking forward to this <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></div>
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Yeah, I've seen quite a few STH10 builds, but no SMH10's. Sure, the STH10 is a great case, but IMO the<br>
proportions of the SMH10 are much more pleasing to the eye. The STH10 is just way too high and narrow for<br>
my tastes. Now, of course I won't begrudge anyone the choice to use the STH10 (it is a great case, after all),<br>
but I didn't really need the additional space in that, and I just <i>love</i> the SMH10. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Very nice build.<br><br>
I love the name ... that is the name of my 32' World Cat boat.</div>
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Thank you! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
The original HELIOS was actually named after the AI in the first Deus Ex game (loved that game, still<br>
do in fact). Boats? Sometimes I wish we had an ocean adjacent to Switzerland...
 

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Subbed for this one. I really like your cable stitching. Nice job!</div>
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Thanks! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
It took me a while to figure out since cable lacing is not really as common as it used<br>
to be (the curse of zip ties <img alt="rolleyes.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif"> ), and information is therefore relatively scarce,<br>
but with the help of a few videos and some reference manuals by NASA and a few other<br>
sources I finally arrived at this version. I had also looked at Frank's version, which is<br>
pretty damn awesome, but it just took me forever to do and since I have many cables<br>
in my build which will be visible (and therefore need to be laced) I decided to try if I<br>
could simplify things a bit and find a technique that was a tad faster while still providing<br>
me with the desired look.<br><br>
I've actually made a tutorial on this. The audio is a bit on the low side (I'll fix that<br>
in future vids), but it should be easy enough to follow.<br><div class="bbcode_center" style="text-align:center;">
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>TPE-331</strong> <a href="/t/1405988/build-log-helios-caselabs-smh10-black-copper-evga-sr-2-geforce-titan-copper-tubes/10#post_20317395"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
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Thanks! <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><b>EDIT</b>: Forgot: I just got the crimp terminals I've ordered form Lutro0, so I will<br>
be doing most of the remaining cables this week and should have an update on the<br>
major cabling by the end of the week.
 

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Hehe, thanks man, I appreciate that. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"> I'm currently doing the last primary power cables,<br>
so I should have an update on that by tomorrow or Sunday, depending on how much<br>
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<span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Major Power Cables Finished</b></span><br><br><br>
So, this is what about 40 hours of cabling have gotten me: One 24 pin, two EPS 8 pins,<br>
one PCI-E 8 pin and four PCI-E 6 pins. I'm not completely done with them (I need to<br>
reinforce the 24 pin's lacing a bit), but the main part is done when it comes to power<br>
cables.<br><br><b>The GPU Cable</b><br><br>
This is what the GPU cable looked like before lacing.<br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-07-06--01--GPU-cable.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-07-06--01--GPU-cable.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-07-06--01--GPU-cable.jpeg"></a><br><br><br><b>CPU1 + PCI-E Aux</b><br><br>
These are the cables for the CPU1 power delivery (8 pin EPS + 6 pin PCI-E) and the SR-2's<br>
PCI-E auxiliary 6 pin for the PCI-E slots themselves. Makes for 20 wires in total. First I crimped<br>
their M/B terminals:<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-07-06--02--CPU1-PCIE-aux-wires.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-07-06--02--CPU1-PCIE-aux-wires.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-07-06--02--CPU1-PCIE-aux-wires.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
After that I colour-coded them to know which pair of wires needed to be sleeved with which<br>
paracord colour. Doing that 20 wire cable is pretty much the only thing I did this week. All in<br>
all it was about 15 hours of work (cutting, crimping, sleeving, lacing). The PSU side crimps<br>
were only crimped onto the wires once the whole harness had been laced so that the<br>
wires had the right length (obviously the outer wires in the bends will have to be longer).<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-07-06--03--CPU1-PCIE-aux-colour-coding.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-07-06--03--CPU1-PCIE-aux-colour-coding.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-07-06--03--CPU1-PCIE-aux-colour-coding.jpeg"></a><br><br><br><b>Main Cables</b><br><br>
And these are most of the major power cables. What's missing here is the GPU power delivery<br>
because I'd already tied that to the case when I took this picture. As you can see the cables<br>
are all stuck together because of the way I had to do the PSU side of things. How I organize<br>
the PSU connectors is determined by the PSU's power rail design and connector layout.<br><br>
The harness is surprisingly stiff (considering Silicone wire is very floppy) and holds its shape<br>
pretty well with all the lacing.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-07-06--04--main-cables.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-07-06--04--main-cables.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-07-06--04--main-cables.jpeg"></a><br><br><br><b>Mounted</b><br><br><br>
And this is how the whole harness looks when it's mounted into the case. The messy bit above<br>
the PSU will still be cleaned up a bit, plus most of it will be hidden.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-07-06--05--primary-cables-inside.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-07-06--05--primary-cables-inside.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-07-06--05--primary-cables-inside.jpeg"></a><br><br><br><b>Hiding the Messy Bits</b><br><br>
Besides the side door, the reservoir mounting plate will hide those bits of my cabling which I<br>
haven't tidied up to insane levels.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-07-06--06--cables-with-reservoir.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-07-06--06--cables-with-reservoir.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-07-06--06--cables-with-reservoir.jpeg"></a><br><br><br><b>20 Wire Run</b><br><br>
And a glamour shot of that 20 wire cable. I know I could have routed this cable through a hole<br>
which is situated pretty much perfectly, but since I spend this much time on my cables anyway<br>
I thought I might as well make them a proper feature.<br><br><span style="color:#444444;">(click image for full res)</span><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw--helios--2013-07-06--07--CPU1-PCIE-aux-run.jpeg" target="_blank"><img alt="aw--helios--2013-07-06--07--CPU1-PCIE-aux-run.jpeg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/w800/aw--helios--2013-07-06--07--CPU1-PCIE-aux-run.jpeg"></a><br><br><br>
That's it for today. I have to admit I look forward to doing something else besides cables<br>
now. There's still some cable work to be done (the pumps, fans and some other small<br>
parts), but the major work is done now. 40 hours of cable work is quite enough for now. <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br><br><b>Next Up</b><br><br>
I'll be starting to experiment with the copper tubing next week.<br><br><br>
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