Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by barfastic, 7 Jun 2011.
Looks promising. However, one of the rules is that the first post in a project log must show pictures of actual progress. And you can't use your own font
“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”
As such, i wanted to put my idea into action. This build is based upon my other build "Freshly Squeezed". While the MM Pinnacle 24 was a nice case, it was a behemoth to have on my desk. So i thought, what would be big enough to fit all my components, yet, small enough to fit on my desk without looking out of place.
Cases came and went, ideas were thought, put down into paper and re evaluated. and i finally came up with a case that could fit.
DIMASTECH DUAL EASY 2.5
Once the case was selected the rest was as simple as pie...
THERMALTAKE Tough Power 1000W
EVGA X58 SLI3
INTEL Core i7 920
SAPPHIRE HD 6970
ASUS XONAR DX
CORSAIR 12GB Dominators
OEM DVD Burner
INTEL "510 Series" 120GB x2 in RAID 0
WD Black 2TB HDD
HW LABS SR1 120.3 x2
ALPHACOOL D5 x4
EK Dual (Serial) D5 Top x2
KOOLANCE 80mm Res
XIGMATEK XLF-F1253 x6
EK White Acetal X58 Mobo Block
EK Ram Block
EK Supreme HF Cpu Block
EK FC6970 Block
For reference this is my previous build "Freshly Squeezed"
There's a lot of orange and white builds about at the moment and I can see why, it works so well, another good looking build.
I've noticed from you project names that food seems to be the way you're going again...lol
Ok, Lets get the show on the road
Whats in the box?
If you thought this.... you are PARTIALLY correct... There is more inside
Proud italians! MADE IN ITALY
Playing around with different lighting scenarios
The quality of the bench is superb. It feels sturdy! Unfortunately, the paint is nicked in 2-3 aprts, fortunately, in places where it is not viewable.
I also have to say that even though i ordered it white, all my accessories came in black. Im not sure if this is normal, but i would assume that if you order a white case, you get white brackets, etc with it. None the less, i will get these parts powdercoated ASAP.
I also didnt like the screws that came with the bench, and im trying to find replacement parts
On to the 2nd item that was in the box
2 Χ SR1 HW Labs 360 Rads!
The finish on these radiators is amazing. it feels like a chalkboard, but more smooth...
Unfortunately i didnt have any decent Allen head M4 screws to use to mount them on the bench, but i did order a few and im waiting for them in the mail.
(PS. If you want to see more pics of something/detail, please let me know, and ill do my best )
A small "Teaser"
The bench is starting to fill up very fast! in a couple of days i will have an update....
Are you going to mod the case at all, or keep the changes to paint? And that is an interesting hovering fan bracket - never seen something like that before.
The Dimastech Bench is a BEAUTIFUL peice of hardware, and i cannot see a reason to heavily mod it.
In general i like keeping the case the way i got it. Adding radiators left and right, can take away from the beauty fo a simple and clean build.
The floating fan bracket wont be used, it was part of the bench, and i put in the picutres for illustrative pictures.
So, i was thinking of how to make it so, that when i want to change a peice of hardware, i could make it as easy as possible. Everyone who has ahd watercooling in the past i am sure knows what a @@@@@@@ it is to add and remove hardware!
So i got to brainstorming and came up with an idea.
I attached the pumps vertically to the radiators on the inside using some small metal panels.
This way, the entire bottom tray can slide in and out of the bench table, without me having to take apart the watercooling loop
Here you can see the metal plate in place. i am going to cut it so it doesnt block too much air coming out of the radiator.
and here is a total shot of the back side, with all 4 pumps mounted on each radiator
but do you see anything strange?
What do we have here?
2 screws???? hmmmmm.....
I had to find my SSD's a new home because the front panel is already filled with HDDS and Fan controllers, etc...
Thats it for now... more soon
I know, i know.... i have to sleeve, but im looking for a new power supply, and until i find it you guys will ahve to put up with naked cables
As for updates go...
i ordered some new parts!
I got myself a new PSU because i had only 1 modular cable to connect peripherals (Molex specifially, no sata, no extra cables, and the PSU 12v line was dying slowly. its served me VERY well for the past 4 years, but i think an upgrade was finally due)
New Hardware :
Corsair AX1200 + Custom Power Plugs
Aquaero 5 + bunch of monitoring tools
Indigo Xtreme TIM (have high hopes for this)
Lamptron Fan-Attic (to be able to turn off the pumpsif not needed, and control lights)
3 X Western Digital Caviar Black (2Tb) (waiting for a fourth)
so on to some pics
and this strange peice of metal that showed up in the mail...
that apparently multiplies!
What could it be?
Next update you will know
I like your presentation style.. It makes me want to see more
I'll be watching
I finally got organized and managed to arrange some one on one time with my build...
Welcoming the newest member of the family... Mr. Corsair Ax1200. Unfortunately it underwent surgery MJ style, and is now white!
For such a PSU, ahving a plain black power cord bothered me. So i found myself a nice pair of schuko connectors for high quality audio gear. After some white electrical tape, some sleeving, and a blonde moment ( iw as trying to figure out what cable to connect where, green, black, red, and i was stupid. in europe we have two prongs, so no matter which side i connected, it would work because the polaritys switch by user.)
the end result? A nice looking power cord, capable of powering my new PSU and my computer
I know, i know, i took too many pictures of it... but i really msut admit, that i am in love, and that i have ordered another 6 pa
And the big case update.
Finally mounted my reservoir, with a custom bracket made by a fellow member and modder in Greece (SlackerXL).
Thats it for now, until next time...
most awesome power cable ever?
I like those custom brackets! very useful and they look great!
Are the two screws enough to hold the SSDs stable and secure? And you'll need to remove the motherboard to swap them out, correct? good stealth placement though.
Where did you buy that power cable?
Cheers and keep the great work ^^
Hehe... i really like it too!
Yes, they are very secure, i mean, ive been flipping my case over and over again countless times and they have not moved.
And yes, if something happens i am going to have to remove the motherboard, or get really long pliers.
Find the difference... hehe
ok, the outcome might not be amazing, but its the first time i tried this, and i must give credit to anyone whos done this before, it was painful. i can barely feel my wrist...
More updates en route, im in the very boring part of sanding, priming, and painting. it took 2 weeks t find a clear coat that IS actually CLEAR i kept getting ones that made my white yellow...
Power cord modding.. ...
No, seriously.. Awesome job !
This power cord looks gorgerous and you did also a really nice job on the rest.
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