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Old 8th Oct 2014, 01:01   #41
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Old 12th Oct 2014, 03:09   #42
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Quickie planning update for those as lost as I am:

-Things are getting hella-snug. I'm drawing up a curve-friendly mobo tray. I'll have to come up with something to connect it to the radiator cover. the single angle bracket plan seems kinda floppy now. I still gotta poke a video card in there somehow.
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Half-height or angled connector?
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I think i need to find a flexible riser, since block clearance determines my component distances.
I've been told there may be a custom gpu block needing to be made, but I'm not certain yet.

-Yes, I left hardware choices up to fate. -They don't make 15" long video cards, do they?
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Old 17th Oct 2014, 03:15   #45
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-A little to the left, now down... This is why washers exist.

-So I noticed a standard motherboard tray ate a whole lot of room in a curved tank. I drew up a little something to get as close to the sides as I could.

-I started with a bunch of risers. These originally were for the above tray. It's hard to see since the camera doesn't pick up purple at all, but this is a sandwich of clear, blue, and purple.

-The old mobo tray was glued down and laid before the mill. A sacrifice was needed to appease the mill. It thirsts for aluminum.
What? -anyway, session one and two. One bit change for the holes that need to be tapped. The holes are too small for a standard 1/8" bit.

-Session 3. I slowed the spindle back down so it didn't throw the oil. The grill must have used a whole pint.

-#4. A quick soak in water and the MDF could be pulled off. Note the color of the newspaper. -Yeah, a LOT of oil was used on the grill.

-There was a lot of cleanup again. I didn't get all the way through in places. I need something to smash the silicone SUPER flat, or a better glue option.

-Well, I think the new tray is too small for ITX. :X I see SSD mount holes too.

-I call this one, "lost opportunity." If I was doing a bench, I'd totally mount it on a swivel like this.

-I have lots of wacky options for mounting this to the radiator grill.

-Some of the cleanup involved making the holes ROUND. There was an ugly flat spot on both near where the bit plunged. -Not sure how that happened. Mounting was solid.

-Thingies, session one.

-All thingies cut. Time for some cleanup. (I should totally do that cleanup thing... before the oil makes it to the carpet.)

-I think I have to re-do this one, once I figure out which one it is... Something went wrong. I suspect the first past was too aggressive. It got one side shaved down since this area was mostly on an air pocket in the glue.

-Someone wanted to make silicone gaskets? I think I nailed it

-Those combine to form this splayed out drunken robot spider-thing.

-Oops. I should have numbered them or something. I had to boot up the rig with the model and decipher my work.

-Much better! I just have to hope this clears the chip mounting bracket. This dead atom board made this look easy.

-That's all for today. I gotta degrease the rug.
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@B -The smokes or the critters? -Either way they are stinky... ^Neat way to hide a small cutting window right?

I've been hinting around about sponsors, but until a big box showed up, I was clueless myself.

-Green peanuts?! Oooh no! I only just finished eating the last batch. I sent supermunkey in to investigate....

-1st: a small box. I think you can figure this one out as fast as I did.

-2nd: A medium-sized mystery box.

-3rd: A really big mystery box. So if the motherboard is in the smallest box...?

-Call the National Guard! Munkey went too deep!

-Well, There's a pretty big video card in the medium box. Gigabyte were nice enough to send the F2A88XN-WiFi board and this Windforce R9 270.

-This was unexpected. The biggest box was a bunch of small stuff. AMD have kindly sent an A10-7600 chip, as well as a 120 gig harddrive, and 8 gigs of their DDR3-1600 memory.

-COOOOOOOOOL!! A bulk OEM tray! I'm not one of those liquid nitrogen types, so there's only one chip, but what a neat way to ship it.
I get some big rubberbands to shoot at people too. I'm easily entertained like that.

-Unboxed Gigabyte F2A88XN-WiFi motherboard. The heatsinks are tiny. I don't think I will be making any custom blocks for this one. The ITX is just too small for my clunky waterblock work.

-The Gigabyte Windforce R9 270 OC. This will be the next big challenge for this build. I plan to watercool it, even if I don't need to. The problem is no one makes a R9270 block. I gotta figure out which bits need copper on them first. In the meantime you get stock hardware porn.

-Pretty awesome heatsink, though.

-Top down...

-It's good to see that the AMD heatsink mount is only 1/8" high. The other sink screws are about 1/4", so my odd motherboard tray needs to be checked.

-The AMD A10-7800 Kaveri. What a monster-sized chip. I bet they shipped in in a cage to keep it from breaking free and hurting smaller chipsets.

-The 120 gig SSD. I took the included mounting bracket out long enough to confirm I milled the holes in my motherboard tray wrong.
Official mistake count:2 -radiator mounts off, SSD mounts off, and I'm just getting started.

-Sweet! Low-profile memory. I suspect AMD knew I was having space issues.

-Some of you are only here for the modding. Please be patient. I screw up a lot until I get back in the groove.
In order to clear the board, I have to countersink these holes.

-At this point, I'd call this a success since I tested this sink on the part I had to re-cut, but I went ahead and did all of them like this.-On the wrong side!
Official mistake count:3
So I have to make a whole new batch of these arms. At least I know now I can countersink the end with the uneven thickness around the hole. I was worried it would take the path of least resistance.

-Now that the screws are sunk into the arm, I clear the heatsink screws.

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At least your mistakes are fairly minor, I always seem to mess up at the worst possible moment. It would be boring if it all went together perfectly
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I mess up at the worst possible moment too. -Just wait...



A SFF PSU looks like my best option. With one I can fit one of my reservoirs and this big GPU.
Now, tube routing...
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Try again. The fittings for the chip would be against the back of the GPU.
-I fear it will need a manifold of some kind.
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Well since you are making your own video card block, what if you rotated the gpu 180 and you could have the inlet/outlet in the middle of the block instead of on the edge. You would need a longish ribbon riser tho.



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Well if you are going the route of custom GPU block way not a monolithic water block and combined the CPU and GPU. Reduce tubing required.
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Damn, Cheaps! I always admire your sense of creativity - all those shapes, patterns.
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This is awesome, love how much you have crammed into a tube.
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@Shinji -Having a bit of trouble finding risers that long.
@Dr. Coin- That was similar to my original idea, but that would require changing the setup so I can bolt the CPU block on from the underside, and doing an extensive mod to a sponsored block. I don't think they'd go for that.
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Oh, dear. I have a hallucinogenic effect on people, an I think it's kicking in. Are you seeing monkeys elsewhere too?
@Bill - In every shape and size. I never would have got such a perfect fit with a rad 5 years ago.
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Cutting this stuff is taking forever!!!! I'd estimate it's like sawing 1/2" aluminum.

-Imagine dremelling a Jamaican steel drum, a really loud one. I managed to get the neighbors' dogs across the street upset and howling even though we were inside our houses with the doors and windows closed. -That loud. After about five minutes of that I had enough cut to fit a hacksaw blade. Even using a hand saw on this sucker was loud. I put on some full-ear headphones and some metal, (It seemed appropriate,) and got to hacking. I was totally deaf to the world. I could barely hear the music.
Anyway -The metal is under tension. When the end was cut free, it went, "POING" and flattened out a bit. I will have to make some braces for between the fans to keep the tube round probably.


-Much sawing later, I was ready to bend. I use this monster crescent wrench and bend it a little at a time.

-There was an awkward bit where I jammed the end of the wrench in the carpet, balanced the tank in the other end by one of the tabs, and hammered the bend. Next I put the fan on top of the tabs and scratched the hole positions with a needle file. -No pics of that. It would take four hands. Despite what the rumors say, I don't have opposable thumbs on my feet.

-Hey, three out of four isn't bad, right? This could be a THEME for this build.

-I need to get the old hole banged into shape now. Drilling this material isn't a picnic either. I killed the battery with a new metal-cutting bit.

-Ooooh look what I found! Not the drill. I think it can be rewired. I was cleaning the HELL out of the garage and found this seized fan clutch. The voices tell me some of it would look really good on the end of my tank. I just gotta figure out how they come apart. I bet a sledgehammer would be the fastest way to pop the back off, though. It certainly sounds like the most fun way.
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