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Scratch Build – Complete SISU Wallmount

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by SisU, 14 Mar 2019.

  1. SisU

    SisU New Member

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    Hi all,

    I’ve been reading these forums for a while now and been impressed by so many builds. But I never signed up. Well it’s about time I did and why not introduce my Orange SISU wallmount at the same time.

    I want to start with saying that this is my first ever scratch build/mod and also my first water cooled PC. So be nice. :)

    I first got the inspiration to build a wall mounted pc from the MAXXPlanck’s build ages ago. That thought kind of faded after a while until it was reborn about 12 months ago when I stumbled across the BUMBLEE build (If you haven’t seen them go and check them out). I really didn’t know what I was getting in to when I made the decision to build this. But with a whole lot of reading and asking around I’ve managed to complete it. I remember the first thing I ordered was the riser cable for the GPU. That was like the carrot and stick that forced me to begin building as I would’ve not had any use of that expensive piece of cable. :p

    As this build is finished upon writing this I’m going to start with posting a pictures of the result and will continue with pictures taken throughout the build process. Unfortunately I’ve lost some material as I recently got a new job and most of my stuff was saved on my old work drives. But I think I have enough material anyway.



    But first I want to thank some people.

    First of all the people (Lanu, Flamso, Tvelander, ImWasp, Vzano, ggalaxyy, Andra94 etc…) at Sweclockers modding channel on Discord, for answering all the million questions…

    Thanks to Janne and Erkki the technicians at my former work place for giving ideas to help me get forward.

    Also want to thank Sven at Aqua Computer, EKWB support and Davina at Pexon (Even though I didn’t end up using hand sleeved cables), for being super helpful.

    Finally an enormous thanks to my family for their support and for letting me put all those hours in to this.

    Ohh! And thank you Oscar for kicking me back on track when I got stuck in my thoughts! :D


    With that out of the way, let’s get to it.

    So here it is!
     
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  2. SisU

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    I went with orange and black on a white base. Most wallmounts I’ve seen use black Vinyl and I wanted to do something different. Also I think the white is really crispy.


    Parts
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    • Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 7
    • Intel i7-8700k
    • EVGA GTX 980 SC
    • CORSAIR RM850i
    • 2 x 8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000MHzRGB
    • Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 1TB

    Watercooling components

    • 2 x Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 X-Flow 360mm
    • 6 x Corsair SP120 RGB LED
    • EK-Supremacy EVO – Acetal
    • EK FC980 GTX
    • EK-RES X3 250
    • EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM -Plexi
    • EK Fittings
      • EK-AF T-Splitter 3F G1/4 – Black
      • EK-AF Ball Valve (10mm) G1/4 – Black
      • EK-CSQ Plug G1/4 – Black
      • EK-HDC Fitting 16mm – Black
      • And more…
    • AquaComputer Flow sensor high flow USB G1/4
    • AquaComputer Aquaero 6LT
    • AquaComputer 2 x splitty4
    • Alphacool Eisrohr HardTube 16/13mm PETG

    Extra
    • 9mm HDF board 108 x 71cm
    • Wooden frame
    • Acrylic Sheets 6mm - custom cut and 45 degree edges
    • Carbon fiber rolls – White
    • Various screws, standoffs and metal pieces.
    • Double sided mounting tape
    • Custom made cable grommets
    • Corsair LED stripes
    • Corsair commander pro
    • 2 x Corsair lightning node pro
    • Riser Cable


    Drawing made in Visio
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    I made a whole lot of them. It finally ended up with this as I wanted the radiators to kind of frame everything in, so I had them as a starting point and tried fitting everything else in between.


    Placing out the components
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    So these were the first components to arrive. I placed the radiators at the max length of the tube. I drew the outlines with 5cm margin on the board. I took the GPU from my old PC because I didn’t want to buy a new expensive one in case I would break it.

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    More components arrived. I bought the GPU water block second hand. This is where I made the final decision on placement and marked all the placements of the components on the board.
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  3. SisU

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    Acrylic sheets

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    I had to move all the stuff to work where I had more space and tools. I used Acrylic sheets cut with 45 degree egdes to get the edges glowing behind the components. They also have a cut on the backside where the LEDS go. I got the acrylic sheets cut by a supplier as I didn’t have the necessary tools to make the 45 degree edges.

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    Sanding the acrylic sheets. I used 240 paper first then 1200 paper with water. I didn’t want to polish the edges too much because I wanted them to be foggy.

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    I used aluminium tape on both sides of the acrylic sheets to reflect the LEDS to the edges.

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    I had to redo this a couple of times to get the hang of it. It was particularly important close to the edges because if the tape wasn’t smooth and cut properly you would see it clearly when the edges lit up.

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    Now this was better!

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    My first attempt on the logo was really bad. I wish I had tested this without spending hours cutting the letters first. [​IMG]I only had aluminium tape on the backside in this picture because I thought that the vinyl would block the LED, It did not…

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    On my second attempt I used aluminium tape as on the other pieces. I then printed the logo on the vinyl and cut out the letters after I had glued the vinyl in place.
     
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    Making the frame and cutting out the holes for LEDS, cables and screws.
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    For the frame I used wood glue, screws and metal angles.

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    I cut the holes on the board with a jigsaw.


    Vinyl time
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    This part was though. I got help from a friend, but it was still hard to get it smooth without wrinkles.

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    I’ve lost the pictures of the custom grommets. But I used a sheet of a silicone/rubber mix. The colour of the material was vanilla white, so I used white spray paint to get a better finish. Later I also sprayed the visible screws white.



    Testing the LEDS
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    Looking good!

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    Mounting
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    I had 1cm standoffs for everything except the reservoir and pump

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    For the PSU I had metal angles supporting the weight downward and then I made a solution with Acrylic sheet to prevent the PSU moving sideways. It’s not mounted in any other way beside from that.

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    Mounting the GPU was one of my headaches from the beginning. I decided however to use the backplate mounting holes on the water block with standoffs. Later this resulted in me short circuiting the GPU.
     
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    Bending the tubes…
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    This turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. So I built this model to make the bending more easy and precise.

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    U-bend from GPU to CPU.

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    Radiator to flow sensor onwards to GPU.

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    This was by far the hardest bend, this piece was scrapped and remade a couple of times.

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    Model came handy for that bend. I would have not made it without this.

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    Reservoir to pump. For these bends I measured the difference on the outer measure and created a path in the model.

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    Really tight bend with 90degree angle and then a drop down to the pump.

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    I used a lot of tubes before I got some of the bends right.
     
  6. SisU

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    Backside
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    Temporary LED mounts with tape that more or less became permanent.

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    Aquaero 6LT. Made a mounting plate of acrylic.


    Leak testing with dr.drop
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    I’m happy I got one of these, first try I had forgotten to tighten the reservoir. Had I used water to leak test with then the board would’ve been soaked.


    Mounted on the wall.
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    Mounted a small “shelf” with metal angles below the frame to give extra support.

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    Snake pit from hell! [​IMG]I used hinges so that I can open and get access to the backside easily.
     
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    Extras
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    This is when I fried the GPU. I turned on the power, pushed the start button and I had fireworks coming out from the GPU. [​IMG]This was a real set back. I was so happy when I had made the second leak test by filling the system with water. And then this happened. I went ahead and installed windows 10 anyways to make sure nothing else took damage.

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    My theory to why this happened is that I had tightened the screws too tight. I was in a major dilemma. Should I buy a new card? If I would have done that it would probably have meant new mounting holes for a new block and so on. So I bought another card of the same model second hand.

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    I must thank my family again for not killing me considering the mess they’ve had to live with the last 6-10months.

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    If you’ve reached the last picture I thank you for reading/looking and hope you enjoyed it. I knew this was going to take time but geez. The first order with components that I could find was 10months ago. It feels like longer though.
    But now it’s sitting here on the wall and I couldn’t be more satisfied.


    //SisU
     
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  8. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Welcome to BitTech. :D That came out really good.
     
  9. SisU

    SisU New Member

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    Thanks Cheapskate.
     
  10. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Welcome, like the wallmount. Alot.

    Bonus points for having the same name as my cat. :thumb:
     
  11. SisU

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    Thanks, appreciate it.
    Really? Cool ;)
     

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