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Scratch Build – In Progress Casebuild - 29TB gaming rig - 5th. gen - upd 3 apr 09 - Second waterloop installed!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by grevaeg, 17 Oct 2008.

  1. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    Project : 5th GeN
    Building a 29TB monster rig

    Hi guys, my first time signing up on these forums ^^

    Gonna do some copy paste around here, hope you enjoy this project this far....

    Well... the time has come to yet again start on a new project, the old one just didnt fit my needs anymore, so decided to give it my all to build a awesome dual pc case, with a additional atom rig to run the upcoming touch screen =)

    Anyways, have set some personal goals for this build


    * 2 Mainboard spots
    * Watercooled
    * Removable harddrive rack
    * Enough space for atleast 40 disks
    * Good radiator
    * Only use 250mm fans where its possible
    * double PSU area
    * Aluminium frame, welded
    * Plexiglass exterior
    * Silver and black finish, go for style
    * Buildt in 2 sections, 1 for main pcs, 1 for radiator and atom PC



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    Sponsors!
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    Huge thanks to EK for good prices and awesome products =)

    Stuff are still being planned, but have some decent ideas on what i want, and how i want it executed

    Might as well start with the hardware list

    PC1 :
    Asus p5q Premium x48
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
    4 GB OCZ Flex, pc 9200
    Radeon 4870x2
    1200w Thoughpower PSU


    PC2 :
    Asus p5q Premium x48
    Inte Core 2 Quad Q9550
    4GB OCZ Flex, pc9200
    Radeon 4870 - 1GB
    1200w Thoughpower PSU

    PC3 :
    Intel Atom 1.6 ghz
    Intel mITX d945gclf2
    2GB OCZ, pc 5400
    300w Chieftech PSU


    Harddrives :
    6 x : WD500GB, 7200rpm, IDE
    16 x : WD500GB, 7200rpm, SATA
    8 x : WD750GB, 7200rpm, SATA
    4 x : WD1000GB, 7200rpm, SATA
    2 x : WD1000GB, 7200rpm, E-SATA
    4 x : SG80gb, 15000rpm, SAS
    4 x : Seagate 1.5TB, 7200rpm, SATA

    Should be ready before The Gathering - 2009 - Norway


    Watercooling loop1 - Mainrig, gfx :
    Apogee GT cpu blocks
    EK 4870x2 and 4870 gfx blocks
    1/2" hosing
    Iwaki MD15 pump
    2x 360 rad's
    2x 240 rad's
    Custom watertank


    Watercooling loop2 - Memory, atom :
    Cooltek 80mm rad
    3/8" hosing
    OCZ twinflexxlm memory blocks
    aquacomputer chipset cooler for atom
    some random pump in plexi tank :p


    Concept - frame

    Afraid i havent made a concept for the exterior of the case yet, but atleast have some plans for the looks on the frame itself, have allready been working on the case for a few days, so it didnt really turn out the way i though it would... a sudden burst of creativity came in the way for that part

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    - Christer Grevæg
     
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  2. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    The water tank
    Concept


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    Would really love to have a watertank that can fill most of the front space of my upcoming rack, and create a nice waterfall effect, guess the total height would end up around 95x5x30cm some place

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    The main idea behind this one would be to cut out 40mm holes times 4 in a thick piece of plexiglass, get some rubber rings down there, mill out some space for em, and hopefully get it watertight. The water would travel trough drilled paths and enter / exit in the middle of the block on top and bottom. Plexi with that thickness can easily be mounted to the case too...

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    Allready found a suitable block of plexi 50mm thick -.- god its heavy....
    anyways, found a circular saw, and cut it into usefull pieces
     
  3. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    The weld

    Had the chance to do some welding the previous days, using a mig welder for aluminium, at high voltage, welding corners is a pain, the alu tend to melt in ways you dont want it to

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    4 x 25x25x5000mm square profiles... a total of over 20 meters alu, this would be the base of the case

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    After running them over the cutter, we got some decent cut pieces, in the lenghts required

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    The amount of time this will take is probably endless....

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    Had to get a few pics of the rig doing some of the work too =)

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    The alu lined up and ready for welding

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    Welding in action

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    One part of the top part of the case done, NEXT!

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    Second part all done and god to go

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    First part of the welding done now, would need to get some sandpaper out , and some paint at some point

    At the current state, will the top box be housing the radiator, the mITX, the touchscreen and some fans

    Will also have to make some new "feet" between the top and bottom box

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    Also got some perforated alu for the disk rack, more on this later

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    CPU block, mainboard holders and 10 250mm fans have arrived
     
  4. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    The radiator and the frame

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    Was able to get some fibersparkle(?) (stuff that gets hard after application)

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    Lotsa open ends in the alu, had to fill all of those up

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    Stashed in the "foam thingy" and sanded it proper to get a good surface for the upcoming paintjob

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    Decided to get a used radiator from some bike or something, partly for the looks, and partly for the killer performance these beasts can give compared to standard computer sized ones. Ended up with a radiator from a 94' mod GPZ 600, though, it needs some love to look good again...

    So thought i should make a new shell for it, and spray paint it so it can look somewhat fresh again

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    Perfect! this plate looked to be great regards to what i was looking for

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    Cut it in proper lenght, found a steel tube, and bended it

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    And there we go... a somewhat better looking radiator

    The fans

    After alot of thinking did i decide to go for 250mm fans for the radiator, these are low noise, push lotsa air, and looks awesome =)

    Would also need to pair em up, to ensure that one pair is allways on when one of the computers is shut down... so each comp will be fitted with 2x 250mm for the radiator

    Had some 10x10x1mm alu around in the shop that i used for the framework

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    2 fans tightened up

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    First pair done

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    Second pair done

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    And finally, mounted up on the radiator and into the pc frame
     
  5. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    The harddrive rack and progress pics

    The rack will be build up with steel plates as place holders, self drilling steel bolts, perforated alu for holders, and rubber feet thats isolating vibration. This should ensure a stable , flexible and silent foundation for the disks


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    Bought in a steel plate with 3mm thickness for the base of my harddrive rack, steel can take ALOT more weight then alu, so its proper for this kind of use. Cut it up in the size needed and measured up the holes for the harddrive "slides"

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    Cut up some square alu to fit my needs

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    Attached them to the plate

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    And added a plate in front to keep the upcoming sideplates in place

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    Mounted up with vibration isolating feets

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    Top and bottom holder all ready to use, they are using 6mm bolts to keep them in place

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    Cut out the plates for the drives, and fit em in the sliders, these should ensure decent air flow, and enough possibilities to get some disks in there


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    This is the current progress pics


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    Next update will come on thursday if everything goes by the plans, have 6 square meters of plexi coming in the shop about then =) thx for reading
     
  6. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    Small update =)

    The mITX system has just arrived for the touchscreen, this one will be mounted in the top box and will only be used on the touch. Gonna be sweet to run torrents, remote playlists and media server on, gonna stash in 2gb ddr2 in it too, and install vista or something :p


    Have also ordered another 6 250mm fans for the case, totalling out on 10 250mm fans in the case

    speccs :

    * Mini-ITX form factor 12cmx12cm
    * Dual Core Intel Atom processor 1.6ghz
    * one 240 pin DIMM socket supporting 533/667MHz single channel DDR2 up to 2GB in size
    * Intel 945GC chipset: 82945GC Northbridge with integrated graphics
    * GMA 950 integrated graphics
    * S-Video output via Chrontel CH7021A SDTV/HDTV encoder
    * RealTek ALC662 codec with HDA and 6 channel audio
    * SPDIFF header on motherboard
    * one PCI slot
    * 8 USB2.0 ports (4 on back panel, 4 on two headers)
    * one IDE interface
    * two SATA2 interfaces
    * one VGA connector
    * one S-Video port
    * one parallel port
    * one serial port
    * PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
    * Intel BIOS with SMBIOS support, Rapid BIOS boot, Express BIOS Update
    * Gigabit Ethernet
    * ACPI support, Wake on USB, PCI, PS/2, Lan
    * supports Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows XP Home and Pro, 32 bit and 64 bit


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    CHIEFTEC PSU 300W SFX m-ATX12V 2.0 for P4 with active PFC

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    Did also find a 300w power supply to power it up, its not using more then 60ish watt though, so its somewhat overkill... sizes up to 12x15x6cm



    The plexiglass has arrived too... =)

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    Over 6 square meters in total, god its gonna be a large build ^^

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    started cutting out the plates with my air dremel and circular saw...

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    Allmost done plating the top box now, the screen is also in place, more about that one later :p

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    The current windows will be fine cut later on, and get a clear coat of plexi inside, with spacers between, just to get some air in there

    --the touch screen--

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    All plated up, and taped to the plexi to measure where to put the screen holders and mount

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    cut up a few alu profiles to make the mount, tightened up with self drilling screws

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    --HTPC, miniITX--

    Well... as i said earlier, the mITX is in the house ^^

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    More perforated alu, cut out, ready for mobo mount


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    The psu was in standard greyish metallic finnish, brushed it down and painted it in a more suitable colour


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    The mobo mounted up with rubber rings and m6 bolts, should ensure that it wont get in touch with the rest of the mobo plate


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    the backside


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    And the PSU mounted up in the bottom


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    Havent been able to get my cable sleeves yet, so taped it up for now, just to see how it would fit in there, and to be honest... its a perfect fit ^^ gonna need to make some external USB ports for it though....since the pc will be total enclosed in the top box, invisible behind the black plexi plates


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    That should be it for this time, the case is now ribbed down, all plates taken off, all holes needed drilled, and off to the car paint shop for a final touch of paint to make it look sweet :p

    /copy/paste :p

    Started up with getting the front plates for the fans done too, looks so much better allready ^^

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  7. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    And that would conlude the current position in this project =)

    The case should be ready sanded and painted around the upcoming monday, the watertank is soon done aswell, have a decent 20ish hours to use the next few days, so a new update should be right around the corner, thx for reading

    -Cg
     
  8. Rozzy

    Rozzy I'll get there :P

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    wow that thing is huge!! good start, keep it up :)
    Can only dream of owning that much hardware :O
     
  9. JoHoschi

    JoHoschi What's that?

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    Holy cow, that thing is huge.

    Just two little questions:

    1. Have you ordered your own reactorcore by now?
    2. How will you transport that beast of computing power?

    I'm fascinated!
     
  10. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    Going to be an absolute beast! Great job with that custom frame, any chance of a pic of it next to a standard ATX case?
     
  11. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    This is absolute madness... 40 hard-drives. This is going to be one awesome build! Great start so far. One question, how in the world are you going to move this beast once it's all done? May I suggest a push trolley type thing.
     
  12. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    20TB, who the hell needs 20TB's!

    Thats 4000 DVD's
     
  13. Aterius Gmork

    Aterius Gmork smell the ashes

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    Fixed. Just think about the noise 40 HDDs must make. Plus 10 250mm fans... Will it stand in another room? :p

    Build quality looks good though.
     
  14. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    1. nope, 2700w should be enough :p
    2. read next quote ^^

    Sure thing, heading over to work on this one the first coming monday, ill see if i have some cases around. The total height should be about the double of a normal ATX though, topping out on 125x65x32cm

    That was my idea too, gonna build a custom trolley to lift it up on, with some large ass wheels, so its possible to transport it outside. Had a case of similar size last year, and had no transport in mind when i build it... god it was a pain to move...

    /download internet?

    Well... the disks doesnt make much noise to be honest (beside the 15k rpm ones -.-) and the fans are rated below 25DB, thats some of the reason to be going for fans at that size, they push LOTS of air, at a really low speed, making them silent, and yea, the case wont be standing in the middle of our living room :p
     
  15. Frenkie

    Frenkie Lets mod the world!

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    Where can I find those transparant fans?
     
  16. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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  17. BlackWhizz

    BlackWhizz What's a Dremel?

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    Great concept; but what i was wondering, what r u storing on those disks?
     
  18. bigsharn

    bigsharn Officially demotivated

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    I hope for your sake that you're not running RAID 0



    btw, this looks epic so far *subb'd*
     
  19. Mikle

    Mikle What's a Dremel?

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    Or 570 Blue rays ;-) And maybe he is running serval RAID.

    But why not sell all your 500GB's drives and buy some 1TB or 1,5TB disk? :D
     
  20. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    Holy mother of crazy builds! I'll deffo keep an eye on this...
     

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