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Old 18-04-04, 10:33 AM
Phil Stanbridge Phil Stanbridge is offline
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Aesthetic Spec: Mach II (panaflow 120mm fans @ 7v), PC65 modified (chrome effect finish), Lian Li kit modified (chrome effect finish), Asetek Waterchilled' GPU (& possible Northbridge), blue display, blue cold cathodes.

System Spec: Undecided at present - likely to use a volt modded Asus P4C800-Deluxe (droop mod and vdimm to 3.3v) & the 3.0C SL6WK cpu.

Powercolor 9800XT (waterchilled'), 2x256MB PC3500 Corsair 1.1 BH5, Aerocool 550w PSU with blue neons, Samsung spinpoint 7200 HD (Sata), 54g wireless.

Primary Target: 4.3ghz stable & silent.

Secondary Target: 4.5ghz

18/04/04

The aim of this project is simple. To produce a Mach II powered rig that can run at 4ghz + virtually silent. I want to prove that it can be done. The problem with a lot of powerful systems is noise - take the Vapo LS for example - you have no choice but to run the fans @ 100% if you want to overclock your system. With this project I want to prove that you can run a phase-change system virtually silent (24/7) and still have a powerful overclocked pc. I want it aesthetically pleasing also, so I have decided this is a good project to introduce to you my new design - a chrome effect. Now I could have chromed the unit properly - but this chrome effect anodising is much more durable and will not chip or scuff like real chrome. This is important to me. There's nothing worse than replacing an optical drive for example and having part of the chrome "chip off" and ruin the effect.

I started out with a bog standard PC65 - I stripped the case down to the chassis and removed all the rivets. I've removed the HD cage and all the internals, including the speaker. I want to keep the speaker attached however, so I will replace it at a later date in a different position. I cut the aluminium for the Mach II and trim the edges with rubber. I drill the four holes for the 5mm screws. I remove the top panel. The first thing to go is the fans - The stock fans do a good job with cooling but they are noisy at full speed, and this project is primarily aimed at silent performance so I decide to swap the fans with Vantec Stealth 80mm silent ball-bearing fans.




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Old 18-04-04, 11:41 AM
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LianLi 65

Phil

Has that case been modded for the Mach II rig with the cut out? (with the black edging)

How stripped will it have to be to chrome up? You'll need sunglasses to USE the beast when its finished - or is it just to look at and listen to the silence?

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Old 18-04-04, 11:54 AM
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Hi mate, yes I've already done the Mach II mods to the case - The panels are being anodised this week. Should be good.

I'm not anodising the chassis as such, purely the outer panels. To chrome up you need to make sure it's totally 100% alu and that it is totally clean and clear of any steel or plastic. It's a lot of work.
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Old 18-04-04, 11:57 AM
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Here is the chassis with the new vantec stealth fans in place - I've just tested these with my 550w psu - they are surprisingly powerful and very very quiet, even at full pelt. I'm very pleased with these.

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Old 18-04-04, 12:07 PM
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Here's the first pic with a 70% complete chrome panel.

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Old 18-04-04, 12:34 PM
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Airflow..



1. The 120mm Sunon low-noise fan will be responsible for cooling the Thermochill 120.1 rad which will be mounted in the top panel. This can be run a 7v or 12v. The fan will blow cold air into the rad.

2. An 80mm Vantec fan expelling air from the system.

3. Two Vantec 80mm fans blowing cold air over the res which I will mount underneath the HD cage.
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Old 18-04-04, 03:06 PM
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shiny pics

It looks great! Trouble with digital images is that really shiny stuff like chrome never looks quite realistic. Are you planning to keep this, Phil? You'll be able to hear the Mrs hollerin' you if it's TOO quiet!

Keep posting - if I see a Mach II GT b4 mine arrives I'll be dead jealous!

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Old 18-04-04, 03:36 PM
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I am planning on keeping this one but the chrome effect will be available as part of my "Extreme Machines" for those that are interested.

Here's another little update. I have placed the pump and res now - hopefully the 80mm chassis fan @ 12v will keep the res at less than ambient temps and the sunon fan will keep the rad nice and cool so I can expect temps not dis-similar from my Danger Den setup.

I've also braided my Bulgin "Bl00" switch which will take residence in the front fascia panel of the PC65.

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Old 18-04-04, 03:39 PM
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I need to take into consideration which cathodes to use in this system. I need something that complements the chrome - obviously blue is the colour, but do I go for UV bright neons or standard blue cathodes.. Hmmm



Edit: Notice the Aerocool 550w psu there - it's cables are pre-braided in UV material so the UV cathodes might be a good option here.. But then they dont really glow like the others..
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Old 18-04-04, 04:56 PM
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another little update..

I've started popping the periphs in now, just to give me some idea of space when I get the watercooling in. The only problem I will have is cable management - normally I route the cables from the psu up by the top panel - in this case I will have to be very tidy as the rad and 120mm fan will be in the way. It shouldnt pose too much of a problem though.

As you can see in this pic, I have two HD's installed, two optical drives, a floppy drive and the pump and res. I've opted for the Hydor L20 as this is powerful enough to pump enough water around for my GPU and Northbridge (if I need it) without vibrating too much - remember this is going to be a very quiet system.



I've also braided the USB cable and I've used cable wrap over the wires.
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