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Planning Project: Helios - Concept, Planning and Design

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Langer, 30 May 2010.

  1. Langer

    Langer Jesse Lang

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    Hello everyone, Langer here.
    I'm close to wrapping up my last mod - some of you may know about it, PrometheusCU.

    Being that I'm all excited about modding again I spend yesterday planning out my next build; Helios.

    Some of the more unique design considerations:
    - Helios will be made entirely from plated 6mm thick aluminum
    - The entire chassis construction will use no screws/nuts/bots/glue/fasteners/etc
    - 90degree motherboard mounting format
    - The motherboard will be exposed as the entire chassis is 'doughnut' shaped
    - 2-watercooling loops with 4 radiators
    - Extreme minimalist design will hide ALL non-essentials


    I'll leave the rest to more-or-less speak for itself:

    ISO View:
    [​IMG]

    Exploded View:
    [​IMG]

    Open side view with cooling loops and airflow:
    [​IMG]

    Open side view with cooling loops:
    [​IMG]

    Open side view:
    [​IMG]

    Open top view:
    [​IMG]

    Bottom view:
    [​IMG]

    Parts schematic PDF:
    [​IMG]


    One thing that I learned this past year, and a major focus in my life at the moment, is project management. What that means is that unlike PrometheusCU this project will be planned to the T before commencement, and it will have an incredibly rapid timeline... I'll also be building 3 of them.


    All the drawings were done in illustrator.
    The isometric view and the exploded view were created using a projection technique as old as time itself used in perspective drawing.
    [​IMG]

    Please leave your comments, suggestions and considerations.

    I'm still trying to decide what exotic material to plate this beast with - if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

    There's a small chance that I may bite the bullet and build it out of pure Titanium. I've been speaking around, and would be able to aquire the necessary Titanium plates for only ~10% of retail.... unfortunately that's still about $2800 in raw metal costs alone.

    Speak your minds, let me know what you think.

    *j
     
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  2. Langer

    Langer Jesse Lang

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    Here's the part's list so-far. Some ordered, some not:

    3xGigabyte GeForce GTX 470
    1xGigabyte X58A-UD3R
    1xIntel Core i7-960
    1xCorsair Dominator CMD12GX3M6A1600C8
    1xCorsair HX1000W
    4xCorsair Force Series 120GB
    3xAsus VW266H 25.5IN
    1xEK-Supreme HF
    3xEK-FC470
    1xEK-FB GA X58
    2xEK-Multioption Res100 v2.0
    2xWatercool Dual DDC Top
    4xLaing DDC-1Plus
    1xMips RAM Kühler6
    4xSwiftech MCR320-QP Stackable
    7xDelta EFB1212SHE
    20'xTygon AS600038
    25xBitspower BP-MBWP-C13
    20xBitspower BP-MALRIIM
    10xBitspower BP-MBWP-C09
    2xBitspower BP-CLTAC-S2
    2xBitspower BP-MBWP-C47
    6x2024T3 Aluminum Plate 0.36” x 28” x 28”
    8xDisk Magnet 0.138” x 0.118”OD
    8xDrill Bushing 3/8” x 3/32”ID x 3/16”OD
    1xSS Dowel Pin 1/2” x 3/32”OD
    1xSS Dowel Pin 1/2” x 1/8”OD
    1xSS Socket Head Screw 4-40 3/16"
    1xSS Flat Head Socket Screw 4-40 1/2”
    4xSS Knurled Thumb Screw 1/4-20 x 1/2”
    1xHinge / Lid Support 1.744” x 5.313”
     
  3. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    How are you going to get it together without nuts/bolts and stuff?
     
  4. forester joe

    forester joe shhh. can you hear your PC?

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    where is the storage?
     
  5. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Looks awesome Langer, love the design.
     
  6. skreenname

    skreenname SFF Forever

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    To the flippin' T!

    The design is great, I can't wait to see you start work on it. :thumb:
     
  7. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I like the idea, but it's a bit TOO minimal for me. -'specially since you have access to that cnc.
    I'm worried the radiators will be starved too. *Just saw what fans you are using...I know the intake is too restrictive now.
    -The list of magnets and dowel rods have me intrigued...
     
  8. Jux_Zeil

    Jux_Zeil What's a Dremel?

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    With a title like that I can see a ton of peeps re-installing Dues ex again, and it's all your fault you know.

    Anyway, will keep an eye on this one as well.
     
  9. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    I read this and then had to get a cloth to wipe the drool off my desk. Cant wait to see how you pull off a case with no fixings... going to be awesome!
     
  10. nlancaster

    nlancaster Minimodder

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    How will you be building it with no fasterners of any kind?
     
  11. motas

    motas What's a Dremel?

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    im gonna take a stab and say the magnets. Sorry for noob question and hijacking thread but ive seen in movies electromagnets wiping computers. Does that actually happen or can you use electromagnets to hold doors and stuff on?
     
  12. Stormtrooper

    Stormtrooper Shh...

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    I'm curious. Why are you building 3 of these?
     
  13. Langer

    Langer Jesse Lang

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    Here's a preview of how it will be assembled.

    Some parts fit together like a puzzle, while others will be fit together with steel dowel pins, press-fit and stealthed:
    [​IMG]


    And here are the dimensions:
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Langer

    Langer Jesse Lang

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    @stormtrooper - Because 3 is better than 1 of course.
    I like consistency, and populating my office space with identical setups pleases my inner compulsive side. Here's a little insight about me from my website:
    In actuality I have a wardrobe much like superman, it's just the same thing everyday. Many pairs of the same shirts/pants/socks/sweaters; and everything but the pants are white - I'm attempting to carry my brand through to my person.
     
  15. nlancaster

    nlancaster Minimodder

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    sort of like Monk then?
     
  16. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Mmmm biscuits

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    Why you using 3x 470 GPU's? Not still for cuda acceleration, because you may as well save some cash and buy a fecking Quadro FX, i sure as hell love my Quadro.

    Also 3 cases, does this mean you've got your own company starting up?
     
  17. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    A very ingenious method of assembly, very cool :D.
     
  18. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Nice design :thumb:



    Minimal Cheesecake!!!
     
  19. Attila

    Attila still thinking....

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    Hi langer I always like to watch your work but looking at the
    fixing methods, a few things stand out. Where you have fixed
    panels that are held with press fit steel pins, no adhesive is
    necessary, in fact, given the small area in contact with the glue,
    very little adhesion will be gained.
    The same goes for the magnet. If the stainless bush is of smaller
    diameter than the magnet, then no adhesive will be needed here,
    especially as the hold power of the magnet on such a small area
    will be minimal. The pin is not going to pull the magnet and the bush
    out when the panel is removed.
    Looking at the diagram, if the material is 6mm thick then the pins are
    about, well less than 2mm DIA if to scale, so you can see the very
    small surface area on the end of the pins. My suggestion would be to
    skip the magnets and the stainless bushing. get a good quality industrial
    plastic bush to press fit into the panel, one with an inside diameter to
    give a good grip on the removable panels pins. This will act on the whole
    length and surface area of the pin, and will hold better. Another plus is
    then you can use stainless pins here and not have to worry about them
    rusting, expanding and making it impossible to get the panels off.

    Just my 2c. :thumb:
     
  20. asura

    asura jack of all trades

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    Was wandering if you have seen this post but there's some testing you may find intersting. Probably the bigest point for you at this stage is that having rad-rad-fan rather than rad-fan-rad gives better results. You're using much more powerfull fans than he was so it might not be so much of a consern, however I just thought I'd point it out.

    p.s. I'm with oldnewboy, I've used 1, 1.5, and 2mm neodymium magnets in jewellery making. For holding togeather delicate necklaces etc they work a treat; for holding togeather a PC case made of 6mm Al, I see no way and no benefit, friction is your strong friend.

    p.p.s. also agree with burnout21 I love my FX4600 but could never afford a new card (250smackers of ebay)

    p.p.p.s. Nice homepage Langer!
     

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