Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by SpikeV, 13 Feb 2020.
Are you going to use screws and O-rings, or plexi fuse the whole thing?
Love this hand made approach!
... the plexi fuse approach is most likely the best logical solution ... of course, I've never let that kind of thinking get in the way of executing a project
I think screws and O-rings has a bit sexier feel and will better fit the overall motif.
Cheers mate !
What can be more fascinating than preppin' radiators
... so just a note on methodology
- 3 rinses with demineralized water - shake,shake,shake
- 3 rinses with HOT demineralized water- shake,shake,shake
- 3 rinses with demineralized water - shake,shake,shake
- leave wet
*** actual interesting observation - since the frame (side rails) is solidly attached to the caps, the frame itself is dissipating quite a lot of heat ... absolutely experienced during the HOT shake sequence
. . . a little teaser on some upcoming concepts
The focus in the recent days has been on the wiring diagram ... followed by attempting to source very targeted Hubs and LEDs.
And after more than a week of trying to bring this step to a close ... no success as yet . The vision is there, for sure, but sourcing is now beginning to become a challenge - so will leave it for the moment and get back to a little general planning.
First order of business is to remove the front starboard side panel . . . will need to do a bit of surgery on that ... and with it out of the way, we can begin to get a sense of how things will be managed internally. I've got some ideas on hiding a good portion of the cabling, which is always a challenge in this cougar case, so I need to take a good look at how the major pieces will be oriented in order to start to think about - solutions.
Now, for the first time, physically introducing the Rads to see what kind of space they will demand.
And, place in the distro panel mockups to get an idea of clearances and any other potential surprises
I'm excited to move into the next phase of the project . . . I will be doing some work out of the FabLab here in Vejle, Denmark . . . and start working with the laser cutter, the CNC, perhaps some vinyl cutting, and a bit of 3D printing - should be FUN!!!
Watch out. If the fab labs are anything like the local hardware stores, they will be packed with people with extra free time.
... spot on !
the good news is I know the director and he appreciates - getin' er dun !!!
Now for some real mental exercise - Dead-reckoning in 3D
Nailing the port placements for the 2 one-off distro panels and the 2 side reservoirs is turning out to be a great three dimensional challenge ...
- consider final pump placements and fitting configs
- consider radiator(s) orientation - and gravitational orientation toward pump location(s)
- consider both logic and aesthetics of tube routing
- consider clearances and fitment
- consider flow direction requirements
- consider associated cabling requirements & routing (power & lighting)
- consider attachment and fastener requirements
- prioritize a "clean" approach
. . . so, off we go
Design mounting 'sleds' for the pumps to allow micro adjustments for placement
Starboard side distribution panel ...
orientation ... routing ... 3D clearance
Are you other interests air or sea based...?
I follow with great interest.
. . . and then, the Port side
this guy is critical - it will require a couple of accurate holes drilled into the aluminum motherboard panel . . . and, the aesthetics of the CPU loop will be determined by nailing these dimensions
Hey JH ... many years ago - this was my 'Day job' ...
. . . ahhhh yes! . . . them were the days . . .
... but, I digress
enter ... the LEGEND !!!
Thank you bro.
So, now a quick check on what the wiring configuration might look like . . .
sometime last year I took the decision ($$) to go - Corsair LL fans . . . and of course, that meant that I was then 'married' to the Corsair proprietary connectors and controlling software . . . (so that will make the overall strategy just a bit more interesting)
and, MAJOR rainbow effect is fine enough ... it's just not me
another consideration is - I do not want three different lighting software packages all running at the same time to achieve the desired result - so hopefully that can be avoided
... in that effort, I'm looking to create a somewhat static base cabin light environment - that will be with a combination of UV and Blue constant illumination (but based on some RGB strips - in case, Blue eventually gets Old) - then allowing some of the components to be highlighted
The moving parts:
right now looking at coordinating lighting on the following
- 5 Corsair LL120 fans (ARGB)
- Taichi motherboard (ARGB)
- CPU block (RGB)
- GPU block (DRGB)
- 2 pumps (UV x 4ea)
- 2 Blue (RGB) LED strips
- 2 UV LED strips
- 2 Reservoirs (ARGB)
- 2 Distro panels (ARGB)
- 2 DDC pumps (Molex)
- 2 LED Hubs (Corsair) (SATA)
- Lighting Pro (Corsair) (SATA)
- 5 fans (PWM)
- PCIe lighting controller (Lamptron CFM36) (Molex)
... in addition to all the normal PC stuff !!!
so, lighting concept complete . . . and product - in the mail
[we will revisit with a deeper dive once everything is in-house]
... here's a fun teaser on - things to come . . .
"Open the POD doors HAL"
Turning attention on Powering-up
I was excited to be able to acquire the Seasonic Snow Silent 750W. I had always loved that PSU as one of the best looking units made . . . and with it comes a great reputation ... and, now, along with the EK Nickel Backplate, a bit of a Chrome theme is starting to come together. It took some tracking down since this model had just gone EOL.
So great power and great looks . . . hummm, but something seems missing . . .
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