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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Big E (March 2: Side panel about |---this---| much done)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by llamafur, 8 Jan 2010.

  1. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    It all started with my capstone project. (Getting folding at home running in the mac lab at school.) Some of the funding is coming from my mom. She has recently discovered YouTube and netflix. I wanted to build a system that could fold for me and stream videos for her.
    I already have some parts from older builds and computer scrapping.
    In my parts stash:
    Nvidia 8600gt (Yes, I know it sucks a left one. But for $35...)
    Intel Pentium 4 @1.8 GHZ (Overclock?)
    384 MB of rambus, or 512 MB of ddr
    assorted hard drives, I think 30GB is the largest one.
    Old atx case.

    I'm currently in my fourth year of woodshop. So I have acesses to all the power tools I need and a mill left over from the metal working class. About 10 years ago they replaced the metal class with ceramics, so lame.

    I'll be making a media center case in wood shop, probably out of walnut.
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  2. beginner_modder

    beginner_modder What's a Dremel?

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    1.8ghz might not cut it, i have a Intel P4 2.59Ghz cpu you can have for £2 postage?
    Let me know, might be more use to you than it is to me.

    Thanks and good luck with the mod!
     
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  3. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    I'll take it. I sent you my email.
     
  4. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Small update

    I've picked out a motherboard tray and rear panel.
    Since I'm using a Micro ATX board in a ATX panel, I'll have 3 extra expancion slots. I plan on mounting the hard drive there. I picked out a BIOSTAR motherboard on newegg, its cheap and should get the job done.
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    This is my old 8600 gt. I've modded a small fan on it cause the other one died.
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    At school I will mill out this AM2 heat sync and fit it with the new retention brackets.
     
  5. x_JesusNinja_x

    x_JesusNinja_x What's a Dremel?

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    hm..good start.
     
  6. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Wood picked out

    Today I have chosen to use two beautiful hard woods: Paduk and Walnut.
    Heres what paduk looks like, its a redish wood.
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    And walnut.
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    Those will be put together to make a nice stripe around the case.
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    The dvd drive will be hidden or slot loading if I have enough money.
     
  7. Validus

    Validus What's a Dremel?

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    I really like Cherry woods and that Paduk you decided on looks great.

    What finished are you going to give them? Urethane? Lacquer? Something else entirely?
     
  8. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    I'm actually going to use walnut. For the finish it's lacquer all the way. My uncle has had great results with it. Hes an excellent wood worker.http://www.kolakaukuleles.com
     
  9. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Today I ordered the Motherboard a PSU from newegg. I'm also thinkin about making the power supply external. Tomorrow I will be milling the cpu heat sink. With pics :)
     
  10. clocker

    clocker Shovel Ready

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    Be aware that padauk will gradually darken- a process that's accelerated by sunlight.
    The contrast between the padauk stripe and walnut body will disappear in a few years.
     
  11. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Yea, I know, I have a box right next to me that I made out of paduk and Brazilian hard wood. The paduk hasn't faded... yet.
     
  12. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Milled the cpu heat sink today and I am not happy with the results. Any ways, I'll post some picture. I really wish I could water cool this media center, Oh well:idea:
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  13. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Just got the motherboard from UPS today.:D
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  14. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Today I planed the wood and re-sawed it to around 3/8" or 9.52mm.
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  15. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    Interesting choice of wood. Looking good!
     
  16. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Wow! That's really bright wood. It's closer to orange.
    I doubt the board you got is very overclock-friendly. You would do better to find a 3+ ghz chip.
     
  17. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    This thing isn't going to be pumping out HD video. It's main function is going to be netflix and XBMC. If my amd sempron can do it, so can the P4.
    Another "Update" I'm joining the corners of the case with box joints. Pretty spiffy:thumb:
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    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Well, I found out that the 512mb ddr ram I had laying around won't work with this motherboard. So I put it to use in my moms work desktop. As of right now I still need to harvest ram, a dvd drive, and a P4 socket 478 heat sink. My wood shop teacher brought a old heat sink in on friday but it was an AMD socket am2 heat sink.
     
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    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    Today I got the power supply soldered and put back together. I'd like assure everyone that the wires can handle the current. They are 14 awg so they should be able to carry 20 amps safely. I have also dropped the extra 4 pin connector on the motherboard.
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    The 20 pin power connector will be mounted in this location on wooden case.
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    Here is the soldering, this will be covered in hot glue so the smaller wires don't break. I soldered small wires to carry the power on and other minuscule voltages.
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    Since I'm making the case at school, I've used a similar beige box tray. The CPU power connector will also be sleeved (Ran out of sleeving :( )
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