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Case Mod - In Progress My Project - The Rise Of The Triad.

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Vault-Tec, 13 Jul 2016.

  1. Vault-Tec

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    Here's what I have been up to today :)

    Firstly the completed nose cone assembly.

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    I'm very happy with that. Especially as it literally came from junk.

    Here is the back/side PSU cover and the radiator covers (they are numbered :) )

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    The front of the PSU box / control panel.

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    The SATA port cover.

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    And finally the "main deck"

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    The only panel I have left to do now is the upper deck where the SSDs will live. However, I now need to focus on wiring and fitting lots of LEDs (and of course the cathodes) so I will probably tackle the SSDs last.

    I absolutely love this phase of a mod. It's when all of the ideas you have had comes to fruition.
     
  2. Vault-Tec

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    Part two of today's fun !

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    And with the grommet in place.

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    And lit.

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    I'm probably one of the most morose, melancholic persons alive but man, seeing that really made me smile.
     
  3. Vault-Tec

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    Last update for the day as I'm knackered now ! The SSD platform is now being made.

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    So basically both of the SSD plinths (the UFO mod and a standard 5mm) are now fitted. I need to then make a comb that can be bolted down, as there will be quite a lot of wiring running over this panel.

    The message on there is how I feel about modding some days :D

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    The front intake panel is now complete.

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    Just waiting for the glue to dry, it should be good tomorrow. Then I soldered the loom onto the switches. This loom provides two +/- 5v for the LEDs in the switches, as well as 12v switched (for the cathodes) and 5v switched (for the SSD UFO and nose cone).

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    I've promised myself a new XXL mouse mat and wrist rest but only when the build is complete. Here it is all lit up.

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    And all working as it should :)

    I have decided I want custom GPU cables made up with a 14 pin comb x4. So they should be in some time next week, then I can press on and build it all :)
     
  5. Cheapskate

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    That's the best looking wire snarl I've seen, and I make a lot of bird's nests. :lol:
     
  6. Vault-Tec

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    My birds pass round the champers and caviar :D
     
  7. Vault-Tec

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    So I just placed an order with a chap on Ebay, who makes up custom cables. It was quite expensive, but I wanted four 14 pin combs in there rather than the two he does normally. These cables need to be as straight from their source as possible, hence me wanting more combs.

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    So hopefully they (well it, it should be one thing) will arrive soon, then I can break the rig down and start building it back up :)
     
  8. Vault-Tec

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    Can't believe I'm actually posting this.

    Well guys and girls, this will be the penultimate post in this thread with work in it. I really can't believe it's actually almost finished.

    I started out today with the rig moved around so I could work on it easily.

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    After some jiggling I realised that the SATA cables Tom sent me (hail the Tom) were not long enough to loop around and then go to the SSD floor. It was OK though, as thankfully I had a couple of joiners left kicking around from an old project.

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    I then fitted the SATA port cover.

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    And finally completely built the SSD panel.

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    And fitted it.

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    Then I started to wire up the side panel but catastrophe hit and the positive wire for the nose cone snapped off :( so it was out with the soldering tools ! the nose cone also decided it wanted to fall off too.

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    Then I fitted the main floor and glued the nose cone to the fan.

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    Then I fitted the radiator covers.

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    And then the back side PSU cover.

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    Then I powered the rig on.

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    And pressed in the two buttons whilst holding my breath...

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    And tidied everything up.

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    Then tested the lights again.

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    Wicked, nice and subtle ! let's take a peek in the rig..

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    And a rig pic.

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    So all I have left to do now is fit the new PCIE extensions, fit the mobo cooling cover (for the top fets) and well, that's really about it. Hard to believe that in one more hour or so of modding this will be all done !
     
  9. Vault-Tec

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    Couple of night shots. Sadly there was only so much I could do as my phone has no ISO adjustment and my camera that does is knocking on ten years old.

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  10. Kviker

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    Omg! The cables and light looks really good!
     
  11. Vault-Tec

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    Thank you ! it should look a little better once the proper PCIE power cables are in there :)
     
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    Now with added cableage.

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    Sadly it's still not 100% finished because I haven't painted or fitted the cooling shroud.
     
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    Wow !!

    It turned out very well !!
     
  14. Vault-Tec

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    Thank you :) I will get up some comparison pics once I have done the shield. It's come a long way, that's for sure !
     
  15. Cheapskate

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    Came out great. It definitely doesn't look like anything dell*cough* would make.
     
  16. Quantum-192

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    Love the shape and design of this build - very unique in style :thumb:
     
  17. Vault-Tec

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    Thanks guys appreciated :)
     
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    Really neat! Gotta love that.
     
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    Came out really well :thumb:
     
  20. Vault-Tec

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    Thank you very much :)

    I also want to thank every one who voted for this build to be mod of the month.

    Since 2007 it has been a dream of mine to have a rig nominated for MOTM. I wasn't after winning, I never thought I had any chance of that so I was shocked to discover that I had won.

    But that is thanks to you guys.

    One love, mod on ! :thumb:
     

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