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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: MCE V.2 [Update - May 19th - Matrix Orbital mayhem!]

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Sleepstreamer, 20 Nov 2007.

  1. widmod

    widmod Member

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    maybe you want to use a flexible PCI-E riser card to prevent the monitor cable comming out at the top and to make the case slimmer
     
  2. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Glad to hear it :) Nope, sorry. I did'nt bother to make a worklog for it. There are some more pics of it available here though (http://www.sweclockers.com/album/?id=465).

    Yup, some kind of riser is most likely a necessity.
     
  3. HeZ

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  4. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Yeah, I've checked these risers out before, the only thing I'm worried about is the height. It kinda looks like they're a tad to high to fit in the case, but because it seems like it's hard to find these things here in sweden I think one of those will have to do.

    I've done a quick sketch of the finished MCE v2:
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    This is by no means final, but at least I don't have to work out the design 'on the fly' :)
     
  5. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    After your awesome Hanger 101 I really look forward to this project.

    I'm a little confused though - is that sketch showing the front or the back of your mod? (I'm hoping it's the back.)
     
  6. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Obviously it's the back. The front is basically a large screen so...
     
  7. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    :Thumb: That's what I thought it must be. It's just that you have "LCD" written on the back and that confused me. (Maybe I should have another coffee before I start posting :blush:)
     
  8. widmod

    widmod Member

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    flexible Risers!!

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    Flexible riser
    these are PCI versions but i have also seen PCI-E versions
     
  9. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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  10. widmod

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    these look good
    i like the reflecting cable shields
     
  11. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Update


    I made these bars at work, and they're 15mm steel bars with M8 threads in each end.
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    Also bought a pair of UNC 6-32 taps so I can tap the holes on the MB tray. (Why the hell did the manufacturers pick such a strange thread?)
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    Made a couple of Mounts which will slide onto the steel bar. These will hopefully help me mount the back panel. Not sure how many of these I'll use though.
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    Enlarged the holes on the side panels a bit larger so the M8 bolts could fit.
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    Looks good! :D
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    As you can see I've put the hdd cage in place now.
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    I think the next thing to do is a stand for it. Byebye til then.
     
  12. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    6-32 is US electrical standard. Everything electrical in the US uses it, so it got carried over into computers.
    -Loving your design.:rock:
     
  13. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Thanks alot man, you learn something new every day :)
     
  14. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

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    very nice ! did you use a CNC to make those plexi-glass Mounts ?
     
  15. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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  16. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

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    WOW that's a nice tool !!!! I wish I had a machine like this one :waah: !
     
  17. doubble_d

    doubble_d mystery box

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    so nice i saw the v.1 on sweclockers and i love it cant wait to see this one
     
  18. Macros_the_Black

    Macros_the_Black Yup.. I'm a f-ing reptile

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    This project shows great promise! You seem to have the skill to make something awesome. Will keep a close eye on this. *subscribed*

    Btw, did something happen to the threads on top left plexi mount? Used to much muscle power while screwing it in by any chance?

    I hear ya brother! I've been looking around for one of these, and it seems like I will have to order from the states :sigh: ..it's going to cost me an arm and a leg with shipping and customs tax. Especially since I need a really long one. :wallbash: Oh well, like we say in Sweden "it costs to be on top" <=)
    http://www.orbitmicro.com/global/pciexpressx16maletofemaleextendercable-p-759.html (straight)
    http://www.orbitmicro.com/global/pe...exibleextenderforpciexpressx16bus-p-4354.html (right-angle)
    I'm thinking about maybe getting a 7cm flexible riser as cheap as possible, and then modding it with longer flat-cables(?) to get the length I need. Not sure if that would degrade signal quality to much.. will need to research that later.

    Anyway, sorry for rambling, looking very good so far! Keep it up! :thumb:
     
  19. HaoKi

    HaoKi Lleno de anguilas!

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    This project looks great so far. Just wondering what power supply your using here... What about the hardware, can you tell us or is the setup still a secret? ;)
    Really hoping to see more of this project soon.
     
  20. Sleepstreamer

    Sleepstreamer I modded christmas!

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    Sorry about the delay. I'm currently waiting for some lasercut panels, but since it seems like they're taking a bit longer than expected so here's the update :)

    Macros_the_Black: Hehe, yup it kinda broke :blush:, but I'm not too sure if I'll be using those later on anyway, so maybe It's a sign? I've actually ordered one from Linitx.com (http://linitx.com/viewproduct.php?prodid=11679 - Highly recommended!). The delivery to sweden took about 4 working days and I'd have to say that's very respectable! :)

    HaoKi: As it looks right now I've got two options; 1: The 1U 350W psu I've placed on the back of the screen. 2: A 650W Antec psu I have laying around here. And I'll probably strip down the 650W to make the entire project a bit more upgradeable. I've bought an AMD A64 X2 4800+, and 2GBs of DDR2 PC6400 memory. We'll see about the graphics :)

    Okay, so the project needs a stand. I built it from 10mm thick transparent acrylic. These first two parts will hold the screen itself the the legs. Hopefully, by doing it this way, you can tilt the screen a little depending on how high you sit.

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    Got some solid aluminium rods to help me with the mounting of the whole thing.

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    Also got a M8 tap and some bolts.
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    Cutting the rod a bit. Nothing fancy here :lol:
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    Tapping teh ends :)
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    Mounted the acrylic parts on the bars, and put the thing in place on the back of the screen.
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    The legs themselves were also cut from 10mm acrylic. Made a small slide in the acrylic to make the screen tiltable (correct?).
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    And Behold! :lol:
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    That's it for this update, next one will arrive when I get my lasercut panels. Bye til then :)
     

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