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Scratch Build – In Progress [Scratch Build] 'Completed' Project Ethos & Cube - The Baby Grand

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by SavellM, 19 Mar 2013.

  1. Mechh69

    Mechh69 I think we can make that fit

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  2. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Yep & I've got to say the vinyl CF looks good to me, almost stealths the mobo too in that last shot, it's an awesome look with that mobo. :D
     
  3. SavellM

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    So something small but a good start has turned up:
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    So pwetty:
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    So to get further I'm still waiting on:
    Asus VI Formula
    GTX 780 (not sure which yet)
    Asus 27" PB278Q
    And 1 more 256GB Samsung 840 Pro
    Lastly the Acrylic tubing :)

    I can then get both machines up and running including starting the Watercooling...
     
  4. sprintdmc

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    Your getting close to completion. the deciding factor for me on how awesome this project will be is in the finishing touches and small details, where you route the acrylic tubes and cables, lighting etc. Take your time and continue with the high standard of workmanship and we will all be in for a treat. look forward to the final pictures...
     
  5. SavellM

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    I plan to take my time to get it right :)

    I've had to order more wire to get things moving again.

    Used over 100m of wire in this build so far.
    Sigh
     
  6. SavellM

    SavellM New Member

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    So got a bit of time this afternoon to work on the beloved!

    Was finishing off testing and installing some LED's, making and fitting the HDD holders, and testing out the fittings for the CD/Fan Controller cover.

    We tried a few things for the LED's.
    Under the tray shining up, above the tray shining up under the mobo, and on the bottom of the mobo shining down into the tray.

    I found that shining it down worked the best and made the whole try ping up nicely.

    So fitting:
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    Test pic in bright day light:
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    Getting the HDD's started for the mounts.
    But whats with the mobo standoffs?!
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    Nice bit of rubber washers to hopefully dampen any vibrations:
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    4 HDD's primed and ready:
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    Umm say what?
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    Starting to take shape:
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    Little recessed notches to stop the HDD's from moving around:
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    You can see how it sits in place:
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    Can see the rubber washers acting as a spacer and hopefully stop vibrations:
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    Getting the CD cover sorted.
    Screw hole counter sunk:
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    All sorted...
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    Now a nice night shot of the LED's:
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    The tray needs a big clean so excuse the dusty look:
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    That's all for now...
    Been trying to finish off the PSU cables man its a nightmare and takes forever...
     
  7. Shurika

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    Great idea with HDD mount! Like it
     
  8. SavellM

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    Thanks :)

    They fit in nicely...
     
  9. Pierre3400

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    Looks really amazing, such great craftsmanship. This will be one of the most powerfull desks out there when its done!
     
  10. SavellM

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    So I know I have been neglecting the desk a little.
    Life has been busy, and I have been away.

    But I got back at 2am Sunday morning, and slept a little.
    Then decided to get the PSU cables for the Server finished.

    I am still waiting on the Seasonic PSU connectors to join them all up but at least the cables are done now.

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    I tried to make a start on getting the Sata Power connectors done for the server too, but it seems my 18awg wire is too thick to get pushed in without damaging the cable itself.

    So I have ordered some more wire to try to get it to fit nicely.

    I have also ordered the acrylic tubing and a special pic for the gaming side of things:

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    Enjoy ;)
     
  11. SavellM

    SavellM New Member

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    Got a bit of time this weekend.

    Firstly might have mislead you slightly, one of those GPU's was for a mate so not both for this build. But I will probably get another 780 in the future, not right now.

    Installed the EVGA Classified backplate on the GPU.
    Put it all in the Mobo tray and installed the CPU.
    Im using the stock Intel cooler for now, as still waiting on EK to release the EVGA Classy 780 Waterblock.

    The Acrylic pipe should be here shortly so I'm almost ready to go.

    Testing it out for now to make sure it works OK.

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    Just a quick shot more to come soon :)

    But the story goes:
    I put it all together, the mobo lights up and shows power.
    Pressing the start button and the PSU clicks and nothing...
    Mobo still has lights but no fans or anything.
    Spend a bit more time trying and nothing at all.

    Replaced the 8pin mobo power cable and tried again and nothing...

    Took out the GPU, and tried using onboard GPU, and works perfectly...

    Oh man DOA GPU?!

    Find some original GPU power cable and boom works perfectly.
    Oh crud so my custom cables are messed.

    Trace the cables through to make 100% sure they are OK, and man did I mess up somewhere.
    Some of the cables were going to the totally wrong place on the other side of the connection.

    Removed the cables and re-seated them in the correct position, re-plugged them all in, and powered on fine!
    PHEW!

    Just need to make another 4pin Mobo power cable when I got a second.

    So all working now.
    Installed Win 8 and some games to do a little testing, and man is it good!

    Next need to finish off the server, and get that back into place.
    Make the SATA cables (Still waiting on new wire)

    And ye the project continues but its coming along now :)
     
  12. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    How did I miss this .. I feel embarrassed lol
    Totally awesome man, love the acrylic tray!
     
  13. SavellM

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    Its an honour coming from you bud :)
     
  14. SavellM

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    Hey guys,

    Quick question.
    I have a seasonic 660w Platinum with 1 rail.

    But how many HDD's can I have running off a single PSU connection?
    Im hoping 5 will be ok?

    They are WD reds.
     
  15. Bladesingerz

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    HDD's don't pull a lot of current so you'll be fine :)
     
  16. SavellM

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    Finally update time!!!

    So quick show of the gaming PC as it is.
    Its fully functional :)

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    Next the acrylic tubing has arrived for the watercooling loop:
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    Man it looks good:
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    Courtesy pic of the baby.
    But now should I upgrade to 780 Ti, sucks so much.
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    Test SATA power connectors:
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    Getting the right distance and fittings:
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    Using my test cable to make the proper ones.
    Came out pretty nicely:
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    Cables done and in place:
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    Close up of the fittings:
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    All 5 drives:
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    So curvy:
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    All mobo cables are done for the server.
    Need to put down the cable management bits next and run the cables nicely.

    Coming along now.
     
  17. SavellM

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    Great update time!!!
    Put on your seatbelts and get locked and loaded...

    Started off slowly by tidying up the server cables:
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    Next up taking out the GPU:
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    GPU taken apart!
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    Starting the cleanup:
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    Nice and shiny shiny...
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    Ready for some water block loving:
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    Just a few BitsPower fittings... 1 or 2.
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    And now something slightly different:
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    Yes I did delid my i7 4770K
     
  18. SavellM

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    Getting the mobo ready, removed the CPU holder for running naked Haswell:
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    Looks good in there:
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    Snug in there with the WB ontop:
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    Starting to do the cable setup for server:
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    Nice and tidy:
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    Put Radiator back in place getting ready:
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    Mobo reseated with the GPU in its new block:
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    Other Radiator and Res getting into position.
    Some links made:
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    Starting to sort out the 4 fan Radiator:
    See the little connector just need to make the extension to reach the fan controller:
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    Running excess server cables under the desk:
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    Starting to fix down the Reservoirs:
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    Bending some acrylic tubing.
    Insert silicon in the middle so it doesn't fall in on itself:
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    Loop starting to get there:
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    Nice bent tube:
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    Nice little bridge:
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  19. SavellM

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    Starting to fill the loop!
    Oh yeah!!!
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    Liquid is open!
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    Putting down protection:
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    Nice curve and fittings with the GPU:
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    Water going in!
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    Filtering through:
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    CPU block filling up:
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    Tubes getting full:
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    Res getting there:
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    Looking good:
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    Long pipe looking like its getting there:
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    Looking nice:
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    And then we noticed an issue...
    The way the Res' were setup the pumps were sucking in too much air.
    The pumps were too powerful for that.

    So had to drain the loop! Sigh :(

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    Refilled with the one Res going the other way around.
    This has the Anti-Cyclone closer to the pump and the fitting connecting lower down:
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    Loop testing:
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    Fitted the lights under the mobo:
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    Doesn't look too bad:
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    Not too much left to do.
    Gotta finish the lid to save the pipes from prying hands lol.
     
  20. SavellM

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    Did some quick benching.

    Firstly note that I am only running 3 fans of the 7.
    The Rad with 4 fans is not in use yet :)

    Firsly CPU:
    I ran Prime95 for around 15mins.
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    Not looking so bad.

    Next GPU:
    Let Haven run for around 45mins and then did a benchmark at Extreme preset.
    No overclocking yet!

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    Notice the GPU temp top right.
     

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