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Scratch Build – In Progress The BumblBuild

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by GiraffePencils, 13 Nov 2014.

  1. GiraffePencils

    GiraffePencils New Member

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    Hello all :D

    Here I am with my first build log!!

    Now before I go into this I warn you;

    I'm not the best photographer

    I'm not the best with render settings

    So bare with some of it, and I'm open to any and all advice.


    This build will be a '2 part' build:

    Firstly I will be building my case, and transporting my current PC into this case.

    Secondly I will be adding all the pretty new hardware and polishing the whole build up.

    Depending on money availability (damn you Christmas!!!) these parts may blend into one :D


    The Case:

    Here are a few renders of the case, I'm really not an artist so the settings are all fairly default :(
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    The case is an aluminium frame which holds the components and an acrylic shell that keeps it all looking pretty :)


    The Hardware:
    Current hardware that'll be moved in stage one is:
    i7 920
    XFX 290x
    6Gb corsair Ram

    The Stage 2 Hardware will be:
    i7-4790K
    Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H-BK
    XFX 290x
    Avexir Golden Blitz 16GB
    SuperFlower Leadex GOLD 850W Fully Modular- Black


    The Cooling:
    The watercooling I will be putting into this build is:

    Fittings: Monsoon hardline and soft tubing (spattering of other fittings for drain port etc)
    Pump: EK PWM D5, With EK top.
    CPU: EK Supremacy Clear
    GPU: EK original CQC 290x block (Which I will polish clear)
    Rads: EK 240 PE
    Res: Bitspower 170mm tube
    Controller: Was going to be an EK Acendancy but email from EK today says it's shelved so Aquacomputer aquearo
    Temp sensor: XSPC G1/4" Plug
    Fans: currently have 4 Piranha's in their boxes. But I've bought EK Vardars instead

    Now This project started for me a while ago and I've been motivating myself through it.
    I thought I should share my progress as I'm starting to lose track of what I've done for writing up later :p

    Progress So Far:
    Metal arrived:
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    Tools too:
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    Case will be constructed of Aluminium angle screwed into 25mm square bar.

    Cut all the angle down to size(Thanks Dremel):
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    Drill and Tap all the Square Bar:
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    DISASTER!!!
    3 holes to go and I get a little too excited and:
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    Snap my tap......
    So annoying, that tap end is in there tight, nothing I can do is getting that out with the tools I have. It gouged a chunk out of my pliers :eek:

    Lucky the bar could be turned around and I drilled the other side and it went together fine. A bit of filing flattened out the tap bit.


    Countersink the Angle so the acrylic can sit flush on top of it, I didn't have a drill slow enough, so I had to do these by hand turning the chuck :(
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    It FITS!!
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    Sides together:
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    Work going well :D

    I am currently in the position of having incorrectly drilled 12 holes (measure twice, always measure twice) so I have filled the holes and tonight am going to get them in the right place.
    These holes will be for mounting the internal components and motherboard tray etc.

    To Tide everyone over I will finish with my first attempt at taking component pictures (photographers should look away now! )

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  2. Mockingbird

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    I like it! The amount of tubing visible in the renders looks very busy but quite orderly at the same time - I assume that's a deliberate 'look' rather than just the easiest pathing?
     
  3. GiraffePencils

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    Thanks :)
    Yeah, I was originally intending to use chunky 16mm hardline, but went down to a 13mm due to it pretty much blocking the window :p
    The tubing is meant to be parallel straight lines, distinct angles. I wanted to do something you couldn't achieve with soft tube, and show that off to the full effect.

    I'm a bit unhappy with part of that render (CPU tubes) but I decided to just move on rather than fiddle with a model for ages.

    Mini update from last Night:

    I went to get my prototype MoBo Tray cut and my file was not right :(
    Some problem with the .dxf export.....I Dunno but a bit disappointing.

    To console myself I finished off drilling and tapping the last mounting holes for the panels and countersunk the mounts for the Mobo tray and window.

    Getting there :p
     
  4. Hukkel

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    I am liking the pipe layout. The radiators like that give it an interesting twitch.
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    That's a really good start for a first log. Your holes are accurate, etc. Don't worry about a few mistakes. Some of us make them their trademark.:worried:
     
  6. GiraffePencils

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    Thanks, the rads sort of make it a wind tunnel, hopefully keep things cool.

    Accurate.....hmm, they're close enough :p
    A bit of wiggling and filing, I'll hopefully be able to compensate overall with the acrylic, it'll be alright in the end :D

    It's Time for a Mini-Update, It's a:
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    At the weekend I wore out my last cutting disk for the dremel :(
    I have other not Ideal ones, but they're slow going :(

    I was trimming the metal that holds the Rads in place, allowing more airflow. I was also measuring up the holes to mount the Rads.

    I am going to have another bash at getting this laser cutting done on my MoBo Tray. I have saved this DXF in just about every blooming way I can and if it doesn't work I'm at a loss really.
    I'll have to bring my laptop down and plug myself INTO the cutter and make it while plugged in, and that's gonna eat into the cost of the rental :(

    Also I will try and get some feet made for the case. cutting them out of a spare piece of Bar. I might try for some step by step shots, but it'll be on the phone :( not taking the dslr to the workshop :p

    FINALLY (In this update with no fancy new pics)
    I am debating with myself weather I should move my current PC or bite the bullet and just buy the new hardware sooner. What do people think?

    Thanks :)
     
  7. GiraffePencils

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    So I'm here for an update :D
    Sorry for the photos, potato phone :(

    I've been to the workshop tonight, I got my files right on the laser cutter (yay!)
    LASER(trust me, it's in there)
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    so now I have my first pass mobo tray:
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    It fits in:
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    I also drilled my rad mounting holes:
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    Now it's hard to see there, but I'm well happy with those holes, they line up freaking perfect :D

    Last but not least I cut up some bar that will be filed down to make feet:
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    I will file these into hexagons to follow the 'bee' theme and either polish them up or paint them :)
     
  8. GiraffePencils

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    Update Time.

    I have to say my enthusiasm is a bit dead today as the bank froze my Credit card and a bunch of payments didn't go through....
    Silly bank, like I don't have a history of buying expensive electrical components online :p

    Anyhoo, on-wards!

    I drilled the rest of my Rad brackets, still need trimmed for increased airflow.
    Need to file some bits down for neatness and evenness.

    Speaking of filing:
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    FEET!!

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    3 hours of filing and they are all the same size and flat.

    Need to get the corner's off, drill and polish and they'll be done :D

    With regards to the Motherboard being purchased early....this is going to be tightly linked to funds:
    I'll buy my son and partner their Christmas presents and then my family will have to wait and see if I love PC more than them :p

    Until next time :D
     
  9. GiraffePencils

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    Right all,
    I'm here to give you all a wee update and to throw what's going on with me, and what I'm thinking about right now.

    So first things first, I'm a games dev by passion. I'm currently doing a game jam to 'make a game in a month'.
    This jam ends on Saturday so I might have to park updates till I'm done, but we'll see :)

    This weekend I got far less than I wished to get done, Christmas shopping etc. so the feet aren't done :(

    Also some of the screw holes need a few 'adjustments' with a file :/


    On the hardware front (the fun stuff) it's looking like I'll grab the CPU, Mobo and PSU this month (Don't tell my other half and I'll hide the credit card bill ;) )
    I'll try and take some decent pictures this time, any advice? I'm thinking higher f (f20?) more light.

    Also I may add a 'to do list' to the OP, score off as we go, for your and my benefit :p

    ANYHOO!

    Here's some pics from the weekend, not the most Ideal location in the spare room so pics pretty meh:
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  10. MarkVarley

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    f20 will give more depth of field, which shows more of your work but looks less fancy. Use a tripod and either timer or remote to allow longer exposures (f20 and low ISO (200) mean long exposures).
    Let auto white balance do it's thing. Keep your backgrounds clear such as in the corner of a room.
    Best to use ambient daylight.
    Photography had been my day-job for a decade so let me know if you need more pointers on that.

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  11. GiraffePencils

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    Thanks,
    A tripods on the Christmas list (so's a couple of new lens's but I doubt they're likely to be got)

    Should I take the ISO as low as I can? (I'm pretty sure it's lowest is 100)
    I'll try some in the bedroom, it's got the biggest window.
     
  12. MarkVarley

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    It depends on the camera but lower is better.
    I'd shoot on aperture priority at least f8 ISO100 and centre-weighted metering (not spot) and let the sunlight in (not direct sun, indirect or cloudy).
    You don't need a tripod just sit it somewhere stable and level, but tripods do make it easier. You may well be getting exposures of a second or two or even more at f20.
    I've been very lazy with the photography in my build log so far, it's a hassle when it's my day job, but I'll be doing some better when I've finished.

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  13. GiraffePencils

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    It's a Canon 1100D.
    I'll see what I can do, Won't have time till the weekend though :(
     
  14. MarkVarley

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    ISO100 :)

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    Hey all, As I said, kinda slow on updates but It'll come in drips :)

    I am thinking about the mobo tray and humming and haaing about it.
    Something about plastic makes me fear for the mobo etc..... considering making a metal one?
    Anyone with more experience who can instil confidence in it?

    Also I talked about a to-do list, so Here goes:
    -Adjust feet holes so the feet attach.
    -cut and file the rad mounts for airflow
    -file the pillars to make the rads less 'snug'
    -cut and file the PSU hole.
    -sand case
    -Paint case
    -Polish feet

    That SHOULD be the case frame done after that..... I hope :D

    final wee bit, my feet need polished etc, but baby steps :p
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    Hey all,

    Game jam over, If you want a link to my pretty low attempt at a game just ask, I'm not forcing it on you :p
    Here's a quick update, BLACK FRIDAY!!!

    PSU, CPU and MoBo

    Also my new phone in the pics, because why not :D

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    Right,
    So, I got the feet holes all lined up and feet on.
    measured up some of my cuts to allow the PSU to fit and measured my metal for a Mobo tray.
    Here's a wee Idea of what I might do:
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    Paint the metal mobo part yellow, to give a nice wee accent, and have the black plastic behind that. Opinions?
     
  18. GiraffePencils

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    On A wider note, that latest pick has a yellow band on both ends.
    This is a result of feedback from the Parvum boys on the paneling.
    Personally, I don't like it. I found the all black with 2 lines nice.

    There's 2 schools of thought in my head, One I can add more detail, more honeycombing to the case.
    But this would go against the minimalist, almost industrial look of the pipe work.

    I have Ideas, Would people be up for me sprawling some designs? I know this detracts from the 'Build'
     
  19. GiraffePencils

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    A little update from today's progress:

    TO-DO=
    -Adjust feet holes so the feet attach.
    -cut and file the rad mounts for airflow
    -file the pillars to make the rads less 'snug'
    -cut and file the PSU hole.
    -sand case
    -Paint case
    -Polish feet

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    -cut metal mobo tray.

    Can't think of much more progress, one piece of advice for everyone though:
    have the item you're drilling mounting holes for THERE when you drill!

    I have had to needle file adjust EVERY DAMN HOLE! :mad:
    problems of using a shared workshop, have to bring it all with me and take it away.

    Until next time, thanks for reading :)
     
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    Right it's time for an update:

    I have been to the workshop.....
    I have broken all my dremel blades, the hacksaw was useless and the jigsaw had no suitable blade.

    With that in mind I was forced so cut the MoBo tray by bending it against some aluminium bar with my hands (note: Never do that again)
    some drilling later and I Have:
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    yay :)
    Needs painted yellow, and I need a couple finishing touches but another Item off the old list:

    TO-DO=
    -Adjust feet holes so the feet attach .
    -cut and file the rad mounts for airflow
    -file the pillars to make the rads less 'snug'
    -cut and file the PSU hole .
    -cut metal mobo tray.
    -sand case
    -Paint case
    -Polish feet

    We Are getting there :p

    The next problem to tackle is the rad mounts.... They've taken some work, I have grown to hate them for what they've put me through. But Here is one with only it's mounting holes:
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    Here is one with part of it cut away for increased airflow:
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    That took 2 dremel blades and I still need another 15mm off either sides of the mounting holes :(

    I plan to Drill it, lots of big holes, file it flat (god damn I hate filing now :p )
    So more to do, pushing this build back....I wanna turn on the shiny things!!!


    On another note, I had planned to show off a selection of design ideas....as it is I've only done one.
    So Here's an attempt at some further detailing on the case:
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    Let me know what you think :)

    Thanks for reading :D
     

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