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Scratch Build – In Progress Omega Desk - [26 January] Project Complete!!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Squigly, 20 May 2012.

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Pump orientation, facing forward or facing backwards?

  1. Pumps facing backward

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  2. Pumps facing forward

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  1. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Nice ;-) i alreadt have a Razer mumba, the charging dock for the mouse also has a pulsing LED :)

    Thanks bud, more to come :thumb:

    Thanks Waynio, I been thinking about it and may need to up the power rating of the potentiometers when connecting big LED arrays.. gonna test that out soon!! will let you know how it turns out.

    Yup a 555 timer integrated circuit.
     
  2. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    May I ask you to lend me that circuit schematics?

    It is quite interesting,and I have two spare 555 laying in the box. ;)
     
  3. Furball Zen

    Furball Zen Shut up and Mod

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    Having the CPU block mimic the CPU load would be great :)
     
  4. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Schematics sent, good luck bud :rock:

    :idea: hmm yessss me likey!! will look into that..:idea:

    On a side note i found this.. by the same chap I referenced for the original circuit.. its for HDD access... but thinking maybe if i can get it to run off CPU load and then add a few more LED's around the CPU for this type of effect... hmmmmmmmm



    Check out the effect at around 1:30...
     
  5. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    :rock::rock:
    Managed to get a fair bit done today so pretty happy with the progress..

    Started off by finishing off all the support struts.. man am I happy that's done with!! drilling in some of these places was death for my back..
    You can see one of the support struts inside the leg here
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    they really brought all the panels inline nicely and removed all lag:clap:

    Then i cut 2 holes that will be used to route cables from mobo and components through the legs and into the back section where the power supply etc will be housed.
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    test fitted the rubber grommets.. fitting perfect!!
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    so at this point i was pretty much done with all the side panels, i still need to do the central tray but the side panels are all fitted :rock:

    So i decided to start double checking fitment of components, i still need to do the io tray for the back so for now its just the cutout but took my old mobo and a really old gpu into the workshop to make sure all fits as it should and check the mobo tray.
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    i will be putting the ROG Maximus Extreme Z into the final build but for the moment its in my current rig.
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    I had ordered another sheet of 2mm aluminium for the front and back panels.. My original intent was to have these laser cut but have decided to actually trace out the shape and cut and file manually to make sure i get the fit and final finish i want.
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    Then flipped it over and traced the other panel
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    Didnt manage to cut them out just yet, or file down the plexiglass for final fitment so still got a ways to go.. There is a good chance my wife will be giving birth this week so may be a pause in the build :eeek::hehe: but will get back to it as soon as I can (probably at first diaper change :lol::lol: )

    So here it is for the moment... really happy all the side panels are done!
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  6. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    Wow,that desk looks relly amazing. :eek:
     
  7. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Brilliant work. Lookin really nice. Hope all goes well with the baby.
     
  8. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Thanks Pranja, still a long way to go

    :thumb: Thanks Crapman, looking forward to it :worried:
     
  9. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    :lol: But Newborn incoming, congrats. :clap:

    1 or 2 man job flipping the desk over safely to mark the front/back panels?. :D
     
  10. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Thanks bud :thumb: definitely a 2 man job, I did it alone last week and spent the week whimpering every time i moved my back...:wallbash:
     
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  12. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Front and back panels rough cut

    Thanks KryptiK, and your 100% spot on, when I was looking at desk designs i came across the same and it just screamed fill me with pc components :p

    So I managed to get to the workshop today (no baby just yet :blush: ) so a bit more progress on the build. I also picked up a scroll saw this week after seeing all of Waynio's masterfull cuts.. I must say its a great tool and have already though of plenty of uses for it!!

    But to start I got working on the I/O panel, got a off cut of aluminium, wrapped it in masking tape and stuck on the template.
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    Then my first cuts with the scroll saw, it was a pleasure to work with and the aluminium actually cut a lot better than i though it would, i only cut the basic shape put as i found the template wasn't sticking down so well. So I re-traced the template with a utility knife to get the design etched on the panel.. MUCH better.. still need to cut out the inserts and then bend it up
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    Since i had traced out the front and back panels it was time to cut up the big sheet, I just used a jigsaw for that. But with the aluminium being fairly flexible it was tricky to get a suitable surface to rest it on and cut.. but.. first cut made..
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    then decided to start cutting the off-cut bits off to try cut down the overall weight of the panel as I was going along
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    After a bit i finally had the panel rough cut and tested for fitment... :rock::rock::rock:
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    This now shows the chamber at the back that will be used for housing power supplies and routing water and cables etc..
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    Ok great, back panel done, then onto the front panel. I also roughly drew another piece that still needs to be cut out of the front panel, that is where the plexiglas will fit
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    So flipped it back over and clamped the back panel on, punched and drilled all the pilot holes for mounting.. will get that done next week.. hopefully!!

    Now.. I had also realized i had screwed up on the Mobo panel.. since when i first started this whole project i was useing the Asus P8P67 mobo in my machine (the mobo i have been useing to check fitment) and while that is all good and well i have since upgraded the board to the Asus Maximus Extreme-Z.. and that board.. is 2.5cm longer... I was not impressed when i first realized this :wallbash::wallbash:

    So have put a fair bit of thought into possible solutions this past week.. from moving the back panel backwards to just shifting some of the holes and have finally come up with a more long term solution. I am going to cut out the mobo tray more or less like this, just along the top and right.
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    I thought, i may very well upgrade in the future and dont want to be running into the same situation, this way i would just need to fabricate a new mobo tray as apposed to an entire panel.. I will also start on the new tray for the ROG mobo next week and get this section cut out..

    Well thats about it for this week
    Thanks for followin :rock::hip::rock:
     
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  13. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Yo peeps

    Since the desk is getting closer to completion I decide to start on some of the other prep work, so finally got around to making the ROG logo blue

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    Just loosely fitted it to check the look... that's money!!
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    Thanks for followin ;-)
     
  14. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Missed the last update mate :duh: good progress & I agree about making the mobo tray so it's upgradable.

    It really can be quite a problem with the template flapping about if it comes loose, I started not laying masking tape & sticking the templates directly to the metal & it completely stays held down, so much so it's a little work to remove it & to clean any sticky mess off, paint thinners or like cheaps said lighter fluid with kitchen roll & it easily comes off leaving it nice & new looking & then I wash it with soap & warm water. :)
     
  15. Bladesingerz

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    I just love that logo inside the mobo, I'm sad that isn't in my crosshair V :(
     
  16. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Thanks Waynio, nice tip there on the paper, i still have a bunch of stuff to cut for the screens and of course the new mobo tray so will give that a shot.. Any particular glue you would recommend or normal paper glue ok?

    Yea , was one of the ooooohhh elements of the board.. pretty dissapointed they have changed it to a rather bland looking square for the new boards.. at least its still illuminated on the new ones..
     
  17. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Managed to get some time to work on the I/O plate today.. and work a little more with the scroll saw.. truly nifty tool this thing!! Props to Wayne for inspiring me to go out and get one!!

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    first cutout done :)
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    Almost there..
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    And done!!
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    all cutouts.. I was impressed to see how uniform it actually cuts
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    Then spent some time giving the edges some luvin with a file... and it really was minimal filing to get it all nice and square.. :dremel:
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    tested the I/O shield for fitment... *happy dance* :blush: :thumb:
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    Right so that is now ready for the press break on the weekend... I am really hoping to finish up with the panels and "main" construction of the case this coming weekend.... now that i have said that, I am betting my wife goes into labor and makes me a liar :naughty: :wallbash:

    Till next time,
    Thanks for checkin in :thumb:
     
  18. bluc

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    Nice work looks great!!
     
  19. Squigly

    Squigly MODfiend.. ~twitch~

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    Sponsor Update

    Thank bluc, appreciate the kind words!!

    Would also like to welcome on board my first sponsor :rock::rock:

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    A very big thanks to Aquacomputer, not only for some excellent components but also for showing support and trusting in my build!!
     
  20. HybridCore

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    Wow, I've missed a lot on this forum after taking a long, long absence. Great job. I wish I had the supplies and skill to do this. Subbed.
     

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