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Case Mod - In Progress Enermax Ostrog - CES build - Finished - Final pics 12-28-2012

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by BOBDBONE, 11 Nov 2012.

  1. BOBDBONE

    BOBDBONE Owner at BS Mods

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    Thanks guys.

    @ Waynio - I'll get some good shots with the DSLR camera when I'm done. You will see how nice the paint is..



    I've been very busy so here is an update finally.


    I'm using white Enermax fans to keep the red and white theme going. Plus, they're great fans.

    Gigabyte was kind enough to step up and sponsor the build with a 990-FXA - UD5. THey are really great about supporting the gaming and modding community so please support them as well!


    ADATA provided some RAM - 16 Gb AND a XPG SSD - 256 !!!!! Thank you so much to them as well. If you haven't paid attention to ADATA you might want to start. Especially right around CES (hint hint)

    AMD has provided the dual 7950 GPU's. They are totally awesome obviously.

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    I'm spending quite a bit of extra time with fine details on this build especially since it will be seen by thousands real soon at CES.


    The front grille looks good when I out it back in but this case needs something with a little more flair...

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    So, using some white 1/2" acrylic I cut a piece to fit where the grille goes.. I polished it up really good on all sides.

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    That took a lot of time and fine tuning. :?

    I bought a NZXT pre-wired led 2 meter strand and stripped the sleeve off of it to expose just the wires and led's.

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    Drilled some holes through the back..

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    Then I glued the led's into the holes spacing them evenly. Hooked up the juice and gave it a test run.


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    That should work!


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    Now I'm back to wire management, and I'll be making a piece for the back of that front bezel to hide the wires to the led's and stuff.


    More coming soon.
     
  2. BOBDBONE

    BOBDBONE Owner at BS Mods

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    I wrapped up the whole build now. It looks fantastic and I am super proud of how clean it is. This will be a great piece to show off for them at CES. It will definitely get some attention.

    Here are some more progress shots....

    I am using the factory psu cables for anything that is modular. I would normally sleeve everything but these are the nice black wires and they look really clean and nice. The only thing I didn't like was the length of wire in between the 2 connectors for the gpu's. You can see in this pic that I shortened one already and the one I'm holding is the stock length one.

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    Shortened them up and they look much better.

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    Here's a shot of my 24 pin I sleeved with red paracord.

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    The inside of the front panel was looking pretty crusty from adding all the lighting and stuff so I came up with a way to dress it up. I grabbed some of my perforated aluminum sheeting and cut a piece that I could wedge in. I cut around the mounting tabs.

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    So once I snap the front panel back on this gives you an idea what I am up to. There will be no optical drives so this is one very empty rig. Dressing this up will make it look so much nicer.


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    Painted white and now it's time to button it up...

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    Ahhh so much nicer.

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    So I thought I was done and was so proud of myself. I set it all up to get some great photo's of it. Took some pics with it off, then powered it up and took some more pics, then hit the button for the lights on the front and........... nothing...... absolutely nothing! :evil:

    Remember on the movie where Clark Griswold gathers his family in the front yard to turn on the lights he was so proud of that took several days to do, and then nothing happened. SO he had a meltdown.? Replace Griswold with me and you'll get the picture.

    First thought.... Aww man a wire came unplugged...
    Nope

    Second thought.... I pinched a wire somewhere while tucking it so tight that they'll never show...
    Nope

    Third thought.... The metal piece I made for the front cut into a wire...
    Nope

    W T F man!

    I unscrewed the controller and looked at it and it seemed fine. I then plugged it in to power outside the case and the lights came on perfectly. So I thought it was just a freak thing that might have happened and I re-installed it. And..... again..... no lights.!!!!

    Again.. W T F man!!

    I jiggled the wires ... jiggled connectors.... etc. and still nothing.

    I unscrewed the controller and pulled it out of the slot and.... lights on!!!

    So now really WTF!!

    As soon as I touch the controller bracket to metal... lights out...
    So it's obviously a short. But where???? Bad controller??? PCB cracked??? Nope.

    Hmmm

    It all looks ok right??

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    No cracks and I can follow the path of the power and it looks fine but... hhhmmmm

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    Insert every filthy dirty word you've ever heard and a couple more and you will understand my frustration...


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    The sharp edge of the bracket cut through the paint and into the power leg. So when I touched it to a ground. bzzzzttt. Lights out!

    3 hours.... gone... never getting them back...3 hours.

    :cry:


    Final pics coming soon.
     
  3. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    3 Hour frustration, just don't suspect things like that thinking it's all good. :wallbash:

    Got it sorted though. :D:rock:
     
  4. BOBDBONE

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    Yea, I ended up just putting a piece of electrical tape in between and screwing it back down. Works great.


    All back together and finished up now. I still need to throw a coat of wax on the paint but that's it.

    I'm pretty happy with how it all came out. It's nice and clean, really bright, and will definitely get noticed anywhere it goes.


    So here are some final pics -


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    Thanks for watching the build.
     
  5. SilveR_172

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    Nice Tidy build , i must say im not a fan of the LED's , theres just too much of a gap between them i like a strong fluid band of light i must admit but thats my own taste , Looks nice !
     

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