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CPU Magazine ~ Mad Reader Mod (June 2009)

























Yours truly, Syr



NOTE: The images above are of an ATI-based system. I have since swapped out components to an Nvidia-based system.

Hardware:
  • Q9550 @ 4.0
  • EVGA 780i FTW
  • (2 x) 2 GB Corsair PC2 8500
  • (2 x) 280 GTX in SLI
  • (2 x) Velociraptors in RAID 0
  • (2 x) Zalman MFC1 fan contollers
  • Plextor slot drive
  • Silverstone 1200W PSU
CPU/NB Loop:
  • Laing Vario pump
  • HW Labs 480 GTX radiator
  • EK150 reservoir
  • D-Tek Fuzion V2 CPU block
  • EK NB Block
GPU Loop:
  • Laing Vario pump
  • HW Labs 480 GTX radiator
  • Swiftech Microres V2
  • 2 x Danger Den full-coverage blocks
Build notes:
  • Sliding PSU tray
  • Sliding HDD cage tray
  • Sliding carbon fiber motherboard tray
  • External fill port for GPU loop
  • Trap-door fill-point for CPU loop
  • Modular front panels that can accommodate a combination of air/liquid cooling components to include 120, 220, 360, 480 and PA160 radiators, 120 and 140mm fans, and window-blanks
  • Internal space to accommodate 2nd MATX system on the backside of the existing motherboard tray
  • Top-mount hinged front access

**Note** This thread is volatile and unruly, occasionally it wanders off in odd and off-colored directions.....

Post #2 contains permalinks to all build-relevant posts.
 

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Table of Contents ~ Dated and Referenced.

03.01.08 ~ Carbon Fiber shopping excursion & Homemade Router Table

03.02.08 ~ Script Samples (removed from completed build)

03.07.08 ~ Profiling Panels & Water Cooling Gear

03.09.08 ~ Raw Acrylic Panels, Case-size reference & Window Design

03.11.08 ~ Window Design... re-design...

03.16.08 ~ Side Panel, main window cut

03.22.08 ~ More Panel work and UV lighting experiments

03.22.08 #2 ~ Carbon Fiber Fabrication

03.24.08 ~ Carbon Fiber angle-brace (raw)

03.29.08 ~ Carbon Fiber angle cut... and some idle rambling

03.30.08 ~ More Panel work

04.04.08 ~ Top-Bezel work

04.05.08 ~ Carbon Fiber Day

04.06.08 ~ CF Panel, Radiator panels, and Hinges

04.12.08 ~ Top Bezel work

04.20.08 ~ Front radiator panels, side windows, and shaping implements

04.20.08 ~ Polishing....

04.26.08 ~ Radiator panels' mounting holes completed

04.29.08 ~ Power switch aperture and polishing of round overs and cuts

06.21.08 ~ Right-side panel window and top Bezel (10% polishing remains)

06.21.08 ~ Scale and size

06.22.08 ~ Cutting Day

06.29.08 ~ Feet failure... time to start again

07.04.08 ~ Replacement Feet

07.05.08 ~ Case assembly (test fit) with CF angles; HDD and Optical Drive Parts and, Pillars of Fire

07.08.08 ~ Motherboard support and HDD caddy work

07.16.08 ~ Test-fit of motherboard and optical drive assembly

07.18.08 ~ Motherboard rails, HDD panels and graphite tubes, et al.

07.19.08 ~ HDD cage test-fitment

07.28.08 ~ Random stuff that passes as my excuse to post some Blocks and the Motherboard

07.30.08 ~ CCFL lighting housing and mock-up

08.02.08 ~ Top panel work and lighting information

08.09.08 ~ CF angle hardware runners, CCFL cap and the beginnings of the HDD and PSU tray(s)/slider(s)

08.13.08 ~ Final assembly of the main chassis

08.30.08 ~ Assembly of internal parts begins

08.31.08 ~ Installing the primary exhaust fan

09.01.08 ~ Test-fit for carbon fiber motherboard tray and test for lighting

09.01.08 ~ Carbon Fiber Motherboard Tray test-fit

09.01.08 ~ Expansion slot and I/O block frame, and fan controllers

09.03.08 ~ Controllers, trays and rear panel

09.04.08 ~ Top bezel test-fit

09.05.08 ~ Carbon fiber motherboard tray assembly

09.07.08 ~ Motherboard tray handle, PSU rear panel, and pump support design

09.09.08 ~ Motherboard tray handle, HDD rack

09.11.08 ~ Pump supports, Motherboard tray, and racks

09.13.08 ~ Rear panel fitting and cutting

09.14.08 ~ Rear panel cut-outs complete, verifying fitment

09.14.08 ~ Coving, reservoir door, feet and other stuff

09.14.08 ~ Reservoir trap door mock up

09.19.08 ~ CCFL lighting prep-work

09.21.08 ~ Motherboard modifications, and GPU water blocks... with a little problem...

09.28.08 ~ Fabrication of small parts and fitment of rear panel

09.30.08 ~ Rear Panel and cove pieces bonded, repeated test-fitting of moving/removable parts

10.02.08 ~ Rear trap-door for reservoir

10.04.08 ~ Rear exhaust fans and CCFL lighting installed

10.05.08 ~ Front panel and radiator test-fitment

10.06.08 ~ Pump stands

10.12.08 ~ Rear panel veneer, tray bezels, and tubing supports

10.15.08 ~ Front panels (test-fitment)

10.16.08 ~ Front topside support

10.18.08 ~ Q9550 arrives

10.22.08 ~ Some of the finish work

10.22.08 ~ Prepped for hardware installation, final wiring, and plumbing

10.25.08 ~ Hardware and Cooling components

10.25.08 ~ Hardware assembly (partial)

10.26.08 ~ Hardware installed

10.31.08 ~ Sleeving, fans, and the "dropped" gas struts

11.02.08 ~ Reservoir

11.05.08 ~ Replacement reservoir

11.07.08 ~ Loop assembly and wire management begins

11.08.08 ~ GPU Loop installed

11.09.08 ~ CPU loop installed

Note: Due to anomalies and stability issues with games/drivers/user, I have decided to switch back to Nvidia for now.

This decision was not easy, but in the end I felt that it would be better if I took it down a notch as the system (although stellar in many ways) just did not feel right, and was acting up without any discernible pattern or clear catalyst.

12.19.08 ~ Hardware transplant from ATI to Nvidia

12.21.08 ~ Transplant post #2
 

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Gaah! Quit teasing us!


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Gaah! Quit teasing us!


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.... sorry...

there's only so many people that can "dissapear" in my city before the authorities start getting all nosy.
 

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.... sorry...

there's only so many people that can "dissapear" in my city before the authorities start getting all nosy.


rofl *prepares a bag/box to take this new project when done*
 

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ARG what is it? lol this is going to be awesome as usual
 

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"Thank you." to prosser13


It was over a Chat, tea and crumpets that we were discussing the merits of names and the relevance and impact that they have on the referenced object. "Silentium" was his call. Thanks Mang!

This is another custom case.


The PC hardware is not yet known, or whether I will be the end-user. I do know what cooling hardware will be used, but that is a tale for another day.

This project is about excess: Unbridled, unashamed PC debauchery; completely unecessary, and entirely bereft of conventional wisdom.

It is liquid cooling with extreme prejudice.

Thanks for your interest Gents.

 

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I though all your other projects were too much, and now you theme your very own project "excess". I'm in for a heart attack.
 

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holy crap 9x120mm..
 
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