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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Achos

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by dncwalk99, 8 Feb 2010.

  1. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    Achos is Welsh for case, if you're curious about the name.

    So starting off:

    Hardware:
    CPU: AMD 965BE C3
    Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70
    Vid: 2 x ATi 5850's
    RAM: 8GB A-Data Gaming Series DDR3 1600
    HDD: 2 x Cosair 32X SSD (Raid0), 1 500GB WD Black
    PSU: Corsair HX850
    Addon: Dual Parallel Port PCI card

    Water Stuffs:
    Rads: 4 x Swiftech MCR320-QP
    Fans: 12 x Yate Med's
    Pumps: 2 x MCP350's with EK-DDC X-TOP V2's
    Res: TBD (Prolly EK)
    CPU Block: Enzotech Sapphire Rev. A
    Vid Blocks: TBD (Prolly EK)
    Chipset: Anfi-tec MSI 790FX fullcover Waterblock and Anfi-tec UCD nano

    Other misc. stuffs will be used also as the build progresses.

    Now.. The first pics.. :)

    This is the final sketchup model done.
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    Materials and tools here...
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    Don't ask.. You'll find out more on the next post.

    I want to throw out a big thanks to dream caster who showed me that an idea I had was possible. So... Thanks.
     
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  2. voigts

    voigts What's a Dremel?

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    I want to see this turn into reality.
     
  3. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    No worries voigts. I ordered the 4 rads, 12 Yate Loon Mediums, sleeving and heat shrink, the mobo tray and i/o panel, and the Anfi-tec MSI Set-01 blocks today. Once those come in, i'll be able to begin forming the case. I still need a few smaller pieces and tools as well. The 1/4 inch alu spacers, the nuts and screws, a back plate for the PSU, and rubber grommets and nylon washers.

    There are 3 problems so far though. I can't find the lian li v1000/v1200 drive cage. Performance-PCs used to stock it, but not anymore. I'm also in need of a slim right angle 6+7 pin adapter for the slim line optical drive. I found one online, but I may not be able to order just one. I'm also in need of white slim c-strip. If any one here should know where I can find any of these, don't hesitate to drop a link.
     
  4. craigbru

    craigbru Cramming big things in small boxes since 2006

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    Starting already? Excellent! I'll be watching just close enough to make you uncomfortable... :worried: :lol:
     
  5. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    So there I was standing on my front porch looking at the snow, when this guy pulls up in a truck. He offers me candy to come over and talk to him... Sensing something wasn't right, I started yelling STRANGER DANGER and calling for my wife. Then he pulls out these...

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    Needless to say... I feel dirty now.
     
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  6. shakka65

    shakka65 What's a Dremel?

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    Nice sketchup wonderful concept. Like Voigts, I too want to see this turn to reality.
     
  7. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    :rock:

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  8. disturbed13

    disturbed13 What's a Dremel?

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    now im watchin
    this should be good
     
  9. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Heh. 4 MCR320s. I approve :D
     
  10. MugenUK

    MugenUK What's a Dremel?

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    Can't wait to see how this one goes.
     
  11. dream caster

    dream caster just lurking from out there

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    happy for having done it! Thanks.
    Looking forward to see your case.
     
  12. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    w00t.

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    The PSU came in last week. The mobo tray stuff just came in today. I also went and got a new ink cart for my printer so I can print a few templates. Spent the day today moving some stuff around so I can work on this indoors. It's freakin' cold outside.
     
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  13. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    So far today I've put together the stuff for bending my sheet metal. It's just some wood made for steps on stairs, some wood from an old busted drawer, a metal pipe from a portable clothes rack, and some tape. Yea.. I'm going to MacGyver my case.

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  14. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    I tried bending the end of a piece that I was going to have extra material from. It was tough getting things right. I ended up having to go get 2 more clamps to help hold things in place.

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    Not too bad eh?
     
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  15. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    So today I decided to make the front panel piece of the front compartment.

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    :thumb:

    Tonight or tomorrow I'll do the back panel of the front compartment and possibly draw my lines for the rad brackets in preparation for Monday when the optical drive arrives.
    The goal is to have the whole rad compartment completed with holes and assembled with temp screws by Wednesday.
     
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  16. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    Happy day, happy day!

    :D
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    Thanks Nils!!

    PS - My camera sucks. I know it does. But I am actually considering taking my PC case to a local studio for some glam shots when it is done. :naughty:
     
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  17. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    That pin remover is damn pricey!

    I was considering getting one of those along with the crimper and heatshrink I'm ordering but decided against it. If you'd be so good as to give us a little review, I might change my mind :D
     
  18. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    Well.. From what little bit I've used it for so far, it's working out great. I don't see how people are breaking these things unless they are using it as a spear to hunt small rodents... I've used the tool on a few different cables. Some just slid right out of. Others required a bit of pulling. That is when the tool would go flying across the room from the force of the wire coming out of the plug. But it does do the job. I can see how staples would work just fine, but I have a problem with fine motor control of my right hand.. and I'm right handed. This tool works better for me than a staple would. More to hold on to I guess. If I had to choose to buy it again or not.. I probably would buy it. Just remember to practice with a few cable adapters first. They are cheap and you more than likely have a few sitting around. Once you get your technique down, go to work on the PSU.

    The other tool that MDPC-X has is also great. The "Save My Wallet" pin remover. I got one of those too. Makes fast work of 4pins. Just slide it in, give it a turn, and pull the wire.

    On a side note to any one that might be looking to sleeve a Corsair HX series PSU.. you have to pull really hard on some of the wires. I thought I was doing things wrong at first or that the molex connector wasn't standard or something. I double checked this theory by using the tool on two other HX series PSU's. I had to pull really hard on both. On other no name brand PSU's it wasn't that difficult.

    Hope this helped you decide stonedsurd. As long as you aren't hunting mice and you are patient with the tool and what you are doing, you should be fine.:thumb:
     
  19. dncwalk99

    dncwalk99 We don't need no stinkin' Dremels..

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    One last post for today.

    I got the 2 items that were crucial to my build at this point. The slim DVD burner and the 6+7pin angled connector.

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    I wanna drop a big thanks to Cameron over at SCSIStuff.com for hooking me up with the cable. I posted in the beginning that I was having trouble sourcing this. He really saved my butt.
     
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  20. Evenge

    Evenge Minimodder

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    Plan looks interesting.

    I'm looking forward!
     

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