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alpenwasser 23-04-13 03:40 PM

[COMPLETE] ZEUS (Fractal R4 | blue/black | internal UT60 Rad) - by alpenwasser
 
http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...logo.png/h163/

Table of Contents
  1. 2013-APR-24: Drilling: The Insane Alternative to Dremelling (Starting the New Back Panel)
  2. 2013-APR-29: Back Panel - First Test Fit
  3. 2013-MAY-06: The PSU Mount
  4. 2013-MAY-20: PSU Sleeving/Modding & HDD Tower
  5. 2013-MAY-21: PSU Sleeving - Continued
  6. 2013-MAY-22: Making a Custom Fan Controller
  7. 2013-MAY-29: Fan Controller & PSU Finished
  8. 2013-MAY-29: Back Panel Progress
  9. 2013-MAY-30: Reservoir Modding
  10. 2013-JUN-23: Complete! (For Now)

Prologue

For those few who have actually read the entire introductory novella for HELIOS, don't worry,
this won't be nearly as long ;).

The purpose of this rig will be to serve as our new server/HTPC and possibly do some BOINC
computing. It will be placed in our living room in a sideboard, which is why it's not in a bigger
case.


The Name

Zwieback Exceeding Useful Specifications.

Because: Why not? Zwieback is a hilarious word, and in English doubly so :lol:
(I don't know why I think that, I just do.)


Main PC Guts
  • M/B: MSI Z77A-GD65
  • CPU: Intel i7 2600k
  • RAM: TBD
  • GPU: Onboard
  • SSD: Intel 335 60 GB
  • HDD's: 4 x WD RE4 2 TB
  • HDD's: 3 x WD Red 3 TB
  • PSU: BeQuiet 550 W
  • Case: Fractal Design R4 w/ window side panel

One thing missing here is a dedicated audio card. I will be running the optical SPDIF
from the M/B to a Denon AVR-4308. The rig will mainly be used for watching movies,
so it does not require the best of the best with regards to audio. If sound quality does
indeed prove to be lacking (my dad is quite the audiophile, so he will surely inform me
of that), I can always add it later, using a flexible PCI-E riser card (see below for why
that would be necessary).


W/C Parts
  • CPU Block: EK Supreme HF Acetal/Copper
  • Pump: Aquacomputer Aquastream Standard
  • Res: Aquacomputer Aquainlet blue anodized
  • Rad Fans: 3 x SP120 quiet
  • Radiator: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 360 mm


Modding

The R4 is quite a roomy case and would have ample room for an internal 360 radiator in
60 mm thickness with some minor modifications to the front. However, since seven
HDD's take up quite a bit of room, that's not an option.

Therefore, I will be replacing the entire back side of the case with a custom panel
modded to fit the radiator (next to the back I/O panel). Since I won't need any add-on
cards, besides possibly an audio card (see above), this should work nicely.


Pictures

As with HELIOS, I will be hosting the pics on my server, hyperlinking each picture
in my posts to its full resolution version.

To get a custom resolution, for whichever reason, use:

Code:

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/imagename.extension/w000/h000/
Where w000 and h000 are the desired width and height in pixels (you do need
the preceeding "h" and/or "w" though). It's sufficient to use one of the two. If
you use both, the image will be resized proportionally and the pixel values given
will be treated as maxima.

Tripp 23-04-13 03:50 PM

nice man didnt think you would be starting another project, so soon i look forward to seeing how this turns out

The Orange One 23-04-13 03:52 PM

Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

alpenwasser 23-04-13 04:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tripp (Post 635955)
nice man didnt think you would be starting another project, so soon i look forward to seeing how this turns out

Haha, yeah I will actually be doing three builds more or less concurrently. However, this one
and the third one will either mostly be parts which I have cannibalized from my previous ZEUS
(see the HELIOS log for a few shots of that) or for which my dad has paid. After all, this one
will be a machine for all residents of our apartment (I paid for the HDD's and the W/C for the
most part though), and the third PC will be dad's new office machine.

So I'm not swimming in money or anything, it's just a general upgrading of our apartment's
IT infrastructure, hence everything more or less at the same time.

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Orange One (Post 635957)
Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

Thanks! :)

pcjunkie429 23-04-13 07:15 PM

Subbed. The rear-mounted 360 rad mod sounds interesting. Can't wait to see how this turns out. :notworthy: :lol: :boink:

Cheers, AW. :beerchug: :downit:

UkGouki 23-04-13 07:54 PM

subbed looking forward to the pics and the inevitable updates of awesome hardware :D

Volume 23-04-13 08:15 PM

I'm looking forward to this! Subbed

alpenwasser 23-04-13 10:58 PM

Starting the New Back Panel: Drilling for Insanity
 
Starting the New Back Panel


The Case

I'm sure all of you have seen an R4 before, so I won't be posting pics of it in its stock form.
Here it is after removal of the back panel.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...-back.jpg/w600


The Back Panel

The old back panel out of its natural habitat.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...anel.jpg/w600/


Rivets

A few rivets had to be sacrificed for the greater good :)

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...vets.jpg/w600/


Paint Jobs

Ah yes, the happy coincidence of this build :)
The new back panel will be made from the Caselabs SMH10's bottom plate. I have replaced
the stock bottom plate in my SMH10 for HELIOS with a meshed version, so this one is no
longer needed. It has the perfect width for this and is high enough (the unneeded height will
be cut off, naturally).

Besides the good dimensional fit, the Caselabs bottom panel also has a very nice powdercoat
job that matches the R4's very nicely. Not that this will ever be seen (placed in a sideboard),
but it's still nice to have this matching.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...paint.jpg/w600


Dimensions

As mentioned above, perfect width.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...idth.jpg/w600/


Tape

Low adhesion tape. Sadly it is not available here in a wider version, but this will do nicely.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...-tape.jpg/w600


Edges

Starting the tape job at the edges.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...taped.jpg/w600


Corners

And the corners.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...etail.jpg/w600


First Tape Layer

The first tape layer completed. Over this will come a second layer since this one alone does
not provide very good protection against mechanical damage during drilling work.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...ayer.jpg/w600/


Second Tape Layer

The second layer serves as the main protection from mechanical damage.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...ayer.jpg/w600/


Radiator - Corner Bolts

First I drilled the corner holes for bolting the radiator to the panel.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...olts.jpg/w600/


Mesh Pattern

Here it is: The masochist inside me has spoken :lol:
Instead of going the usual route of just dremelling (or jig-sawing) out the opening for the radiator,
I've decided to go a different path and "simply" make the relevant part of the new panel into
mesh by drilling lots and lots and lots and lots of wholes. :crazy:

I made a pattern which I printed onto sheets of paper and then taped onto the panel. This
served as a reference for drilling the wholes.

For those interested: Pattern Link (pdf)

For different spacings you can easily scale the pdf up or down.

Anyway, on to the work:

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...aper.jpg/w600/


Overlay

Since the radiator is longer than a sheet of A4, I needed to compose the pattern from several
sheets of paper (well, two).

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...rlap.jpg/w600/


Red Zone

The red zone denotes where I should not drill :lol:

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...zone.jpg/w600/


Drilling - Start

I soon realized that I would have to overlay the entire paper with a protective sheet of adhesive
tape. It just tore up too easily. Should have used adhesive paper.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...tart.jpg/w600/


Nooo! :cussing:

Right before the finishing line of phase 1, the drill bit broke! Aaargh!

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...nooo.jpg/w600/


Phase 1 Complete

After about four hours of drilling (ouch, my wrist :( ):

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...lete.jpg/w600/


Phase 1 Complete - Naked

And without the tape. Clearly I have made some mistakes, but it's not screwed up too badly.
Since nobody will ever get to see this anyway once the rig is in service, it doesn't matter
that much if it's not perfect (although my pride would certainly have liked that :lol: ).

I have not yet counted the wholes. The bigger and smaller wholes are from where I had to
improvise due to the best suited drill bit breaking.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...lete.jpg/w600/


What's Next
  • Making the entire mesh to the correct hole size and fixing mistakes where possible.
  • Deburring those holes.
  • Painting them black.
  • Making the mounting rails for fixing the new panel to the actual case structure.

That's it for today, I have to go hold my wrist into some warm chamomile solution :lol:

pcjunkie429 23-04-13 11:22 PM

IMO, that would've came out better if you'd just cut the big hole for the rad out, then put some modder's mesh or a rad grill behind it. Like you said, no one will see it anyway, but you still would prefer it to look good. :).

alpenwasser 24-04-13 12:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pcjunkie429 (Post 636056)
IMO, that would've came out better if you'd just cut the big hole for the rad out, then put some modder's mesh or a rad grill behind it. Like you said, no one will see it anyway, but you still would prefer it to look good. :).

Haha, but that would have been too easy :lol:

Seriously though, it will look a lot better when it's finished, I promise. Some of the holes will
still be slightly off, but it will be a lot more difficult to tell because they will be painted black
on their edges and their inside surfaces, and the radiator on the other side will also be black.
Also, I will give them a nice cleaning and deburring. At the moment they just really stand out
because of the naked alu and the white background behind the plate.

But I thought I'd post some progress pics along the way to give a better impression of the
working process. After all, it's sort of anticlimactic to just see the end result imho. Besides,
I can always dremel the whole thing out if I'm not happy with the end result, that option has
not gone out the window yet. But I wanted to give this a serious try because I really like the
idea of having the mesh integrated into the panel's structure (that's just the mechanical
engineer inside me :lol: ).

Sir-Weasel 25-04-13 03:05 PM

I think the greek god's and titans will be proud of ZEUS :lol:(when its done ofcourse)

And this rig will be the ruler of them all ( the oder god's and titans that is )
And he will rule over all your storage and he will keept it safe at all costs :lol:
http://images.fanpop.com/images/imag...7_1024_768.jpg
( this picture is from age of empires ( the nostalgia :) ))

alpenwasser 25-04-13 08:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir-Weasel (Post 636595)
And he will rule over all your storage and he will keept it safe at all costs :lol:

He bloody well better, it was expensive enough. :lol:
Although I did buy the RE4's right before the Thailand floods, so the prices I got for them
were actually lower than current ones for their successor (or the RE4 itself, which is still
sold here). But still, enterprise drives cost a #%[email protected]!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir-Weasel (Post 636595)
( this picture is from age of empires ( the nostalgia :) ))

Oh yes, the nostalgia. I only ever got to play the demo for various reasons, but even with that
I had tons of fun. Might have to go play the high-def version if I get the time over summer.


Thanks for the support! :)

Zoot 26-04-13 06:38 PM

That's a pretty overpowered HTPC, in CPU terms anyway. The one I put together recently for example was based around an AMD A4-5300 in comparison. :p

What OS are you planning on using?

alpenwasser 26-04-13 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zoot (Post 637030)
That's a pretty overpowered HTPC, in CPU terms anyway. The one I put together recently for example was based around an AMD A4-5300 in comparison. :p

Yes it is indeed. That's because I will be running BOINC on it (or maybe [email protected]), so the computing
power will not go to waste (it's also the main reason for the custom water loop, not really
needed for a "reasonable" HTPC or server setup ;) ).


Quote:

Originally Posted by Zoot (Post 637030)
What OS are you planning on using?

Probably Arch Linux. I've had pretty good experiences with their VPN setup guide and suite.
And since I've been using the O/S for about two years now I'm pretty familiar and comfortable
with it. Interestingly, despite the constant warnings about cutting edge software and the
stability of rolling release distros (another thing I like about Arch, much more suited to my
preferences than fixed release styles, but that's really just a matter of personal taste for me),
I have in those two years only once had an update bork up a machine so that I had to
reinstall (or rather: reinstallation was the quickest way to solve the problem as opposed to
hours of trying to fix it other ways).

This machine will also serve as our VPN server for personal stuff and business for my dad's
and my own data (well, my backups and his main data repository). My dad is self-employed
and often works from clients' offices or his g/f's apartment, so having access to one
centralized data repository without having to constantly sync between his laptop and his
desktop(s) should make his life considerably easier.

And for me it will be mostly about having a backup repository of my data.

I will probably use SSHFS to mount the server's drives and partitions on my own machine.
It's really convenient and a lot easier to set up than NFS, for example. And since it's very
easy to use there's a lot fewer possibilities to make mistakes with regards to security,
which with me not being an expert is also a big plus.

If I get really adventurous, I might use FreeBSD, with which I've been experimenting since
last fall. The main advantage of that would be ZFS, which is absolutely awesome (especially
for a server). I'm nowhere near to being able to really utilize its potential, but even with the
little I've learnt about it so far it's already rather magnificent. Main drawback: SSHFS has
a bug which produces a segfault after a very short while (as of last month), so I could not
use that, and I haven't been able to get NFS to reliably work between my Linux machines
and FreeBSD yet, so that would be a major source of headaches.

I know that you can use ZFS with Linux, but those solutions just don't seem stable enough
yet, and I really don't feel like putting my dad's business data in the hands of beta software :o
(nor my own, to be hones).

I will probably first install FreeBSD and see if I can get the VPN stuff to work as easily as
with Arch, then check how SSHFS behaves. If all is good, I'll probably start converting my
ext4 Linux HDD's into a nice ZFS pool, because ZFS would be really nice for a server, with
it being able to take snapshots of your FS and stuff.

If it doesn't work, I'll install Arch. The only thing I'd really miss is ZFS, and it's not like ext4
hasn't been working for me (although ZFS would be really nice :wub: ).

For those who are into this sort of thing, the software side of this build will probably turn
out more interesting than the hardware stuff tbh. ;)

mehere 27-04-13 06:08 AM

^too deep for me :confused: on/off button, games , mail and facebook and I'm done:D

alpenwasser 27-04-13 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mehere (Post 637147)
^too deep for me :confused: on/off button, games , mail and facebook and I'm done:D

Haha, don't worry, I won't judge you for that :lol:

Operating systems (especially the UNIX kind) are just something I'm interested in, and if
you're willing to invest some time to read up on stuff there's some pretty awesome things
you can do with/on them.

But I'm aware this isn't everybody's cup of tea, and I think that's perfectly ok ;)

Zoot 27-04-13 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 637059)
Yes it is indeed. That's because I will be running BOINC on it (or maybe [email protected]), so the computing
power will not go to waste (it's also the main reason for the custom water loop, not really
needed for a "reasonable" HTPC or server setup ;) ).

Even then the water cooling is probably overkill. :p

Quote:

Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 637059)
Probably Arch Linux. I've had pretty good experiences with their VPN setup guide and suite. And since I've been using the O/S for about two years now I'm pretty familiar and comfortable with it. Interestingly, despite the constant warnings about cutting edge software and the stability of rolling release distros (another thing I like about Arch, much more suited to my preferences than fixed release styles, but that's really just a matter of personal taste for me).

Out of curiousity, would Arch be a "bit bleeding" edge for a server? Would you be better off with something like CentOS or my friend - Debian Stable?

Quote:

Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 637059)
If I get really adventurous, I might use FreeBSD, with which I've been experimenting since last fall.

I haven't ever tried FreeBSD. Although I see Debian has a branch with the FreeBSD kernel. It might be an OS to tinker with on my AMD Sempron 2600+ system which is currently running Debian Squeeze as a Torrentslave.

Quote:

Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 637059)
For those who are into this sort of thing, the software side of this build will probably turn
out more interesting than the hardware stuff tbh. ;)

Looks like it! :cool:

alpenwasser 27-04-13 12:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zoot (Post 637176)
Even then the water cooling is probably overkill. :p

I've actually run this CPU with this radiator in my previous rig (link), and for an overclocked
2600k it's a pretty good fit IMO. Also, keep in mind that since this will also be an HTPC,
low noise is desirable.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zoot (Post 637176)
Out of curiousity, would Arch be a "bit bleeding" edge for a server? Would you be better off with something like CentOS or my friend - Debian Stable?

Aaah, I see what you're trying to do here ;)

Tbh, if I was an IT professional and setting this up for a client I would probably not use Arch,
but I've decided to give it a shot since
  • I'll be around to more or less quickly resolve any troubles,
  • besides that one screwup (which was related to Gnome, which I'm no longer running ;)),
    I've actually never had any issues with Arch's stability or reliability.

But indeed, your suggestion does not actually sound unreasonable, if I don't run FreeBSD
I might actually have a look at that, so thanks.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zoot (Post 637176)
I haven't ever tried FreeBSD. Although I see Debian has a branch with the FreeBSD kernel.

Yes it does indeed :). There's also an ArchBSD project which has recently sprung up and
uses Arch's package manager (which is pretty awesome IMO), though I don't think I'll be
using that for this machine. Maybe for HELIOS. The biggest plus for ArchBSD for me would
be that it's also rolling release.

Originally I gave FreeBSD a shot for a few reasons, the more important ones being:
  • I had been reading up on the history of Linux, UNIX and all their relatives and since FreeBSD
    is generally considered to be a true genetic Unix (whereas GNU/Linux is merely Unix-like
    in its behavior, but has an original code base of its own) I was just curious about what the
    differences between a true Unix and Linux are and how they translate to user experience.
  • I was also doing some reading on file systems at the time and stumbled upon ZFS. After
    watching several hours' worth of youtube videos on it, I just had to give it a try.
  • FreeBSD being used as a foundation for other devices (the PS3's operating system for
    example IIRC) piqued my interest as well.
  • Quite a few debates have been fought over whether Linux' rather anarchistic approach to
    things is superior over FreeBSD's more focused project leading philosophy. I wanted to see
    if that could even be noticed by a non-expert end user. So far I can't say that I have, besides
    maybe with regards to documentation, tutorials and community culture, but not in actual
    O/S or application user experience.
  • I wanted to broaden my horizons. ;)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zoot (Post 637176)
It might be an OS to tinker with on my AMD Sempron 2600+ system which is currently running Debian Squeeze as a Torrentslave.

If you do give it a shot, there are quite a few tutorials on youtube on it which helped me
with first installation. Driver support actually seems to be pretty good. WiFi, sound etc.
worked out of the box for my laptop (a Dell XT2).

But there are quite a few fine differences when it comes to configuration (config files as
well as config tools), and I have to admit that I don't yet feel really comfortable in FreeBSD.

The biggest difference is probably the portage tree, how you manage your system and
keep everything up to date. On the one hand, it's rather Gentoo-like since you usually
compile most applications (besides the core O/S on first install, but that too can be
re-compiled from source after installation), which is pretty cool. Though technically I suppose
it's the other way around, with Gentoo being inspired by the whole portage tree thing. On
the other hand, I have not yet managed to achieve a clean and smooth full-system update
process that's as easy as simply entering "pacman -Syu"; the process is quite a bit more
involved (understandable if you have to recompile most of your binaries on your machine
of course).

But even if I don't go with FreeBSD for now, the sheer awesomeness of ZFS and my technical
curiosity will probably drive me to further experiment with FreeBSD in the long run.

Zoot 27-04-13 12:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 637182)
I've actually run this CPU with this radiator in my previous rig (link), and for an overclocked
2600k it's a pretty good fit IMO. Also, keep in mind that since this will also be an HTPC,
low noise is desirable.

I hear you about low noise.

For instance I was hoping to get by with the AMD stock cooler for the APU based HTPC I built, but I had to plop my old Akasa Evo into it instead as the cooler was just too loud, plus the board insisted on running the fan full tilt all the time. Can't complain though, it was only 40.

Quote:

Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 637182)
Aaah, I see what you're trying to do here ;)

I'm quite the Debian fan, just in case you hadn't noticed. ;)

Although I wouldn't be of the opinion that *everybody* else should use it though. :p

Quote:

Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 637182)
But even if I don't go with FreeBSD for now, the sheer awesomeness of ZFS and my technical
curiosity will probably drive me to further experiment with FreeBSD in the long run.

I'll have to admit I know nothing about ZFS. The buzz was all about BTRFS the last time I was au fait with all the Linux/Unix file systems. I'm still rocking EXT3 for instance.

alpenwasser 29-04-13 04:51 PM

Further Work on New Back Panel
 
New Back Panel - Progress

Today I cut the back panel to size (mostly) and made the cutout for the I/O shield. The fan
grill holes are drilled and deburred, but not yet painted.


Overview

It fits almost perfectly into the R4. I do need to make a few minor adjustments (taking a mm
off here or there), but overall the fit is damn near perfect.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...size.jpg/w600/


Perfect Width

Not much to say here. Width of the SMH10's bottom panel is perfect.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...idth.jpg/w600/


Overview

To give you an impression of the concept behind all these shenanigans ;)

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...view.jpg/w600/


Radiator

A closer look at how the radiator fits in.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...ator.jpg/w600/


Space Left

The space left between the M/B and the rad.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...left.jpg/w600/

That's it for now, thanks for visiting :)

Sir-Weasel 30-04-13 06:51 PM

Wow that is going to look so good when it's done,
the awesome rad placement a fractal desing define r4 is it going to get any better then this:). This really is best storage build ever:lol:.
Alpenwasser you keep amazing me time on time again first Helios and now Zeus.
Keep them updates coming man:)

alpenwasser 30-04-13 09:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir-Weasel (Post 638173)
Wow that is going to look so good when it's done,
the awesome rad placement a fractal desing define r4 is it going to get any better then this:). This really is best storage build ever:lol:.
Alpenwasser you keep amazing me time on time again first Helios and now Zeus.
Keep them updates coming man:)

Hehe, thanks for the very kind words. :)

As long as you don't need any expansion cards, this rad placement is really quite practical,
especially if you still need a lot of HDD's.

And if you put the radiator more towards the side panel and the case was just a tad wider,
you could even get a full fledged GPU in there (double height card) if you used a flexible riser
connection and angled the cards towards the bottom at 90 degrees. As things are now, I
could most likely fit a single slot card in there with that idea (so, a sound card, for example).

Volume 02-05-13 08:08 PM

I wasn't here for a couple of days and i have something to see...

Looking good :rock:

alpenwasser 03-05-13 01:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Volume (Post 638864)
I wasn't here for a couple of days and i have something to see...

Looking good :rock:

Hehe, I strive to entertain, thanks! :)

alpenwasser 06-05-13 05:54 PM

The PSU Mount
 
The PSU Mount

Ok, time for a small update, namely the PSU mount.

External Shot - No Front Panel

As you can see, there's still some refinement required, but this gives you a pretty good idea
about how everything fits together. Since the front panel will hide this anyway, it does not
need to be absolutely perfect.

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...anel.jpg/w600/


External Shot - Front Panel Mounted

The 90 degree plug fits just behind the front door, so it does close. :)

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...anel.jpg/w600/


Internal Shot

Do not worry about the cables at this point. I started to sleeve them to get some practice,
and I was not yet aware at that point that I would be completely changing the PSU location.
Naturally, all the cables are way too long now, so I will have to shorten them to get
everything to look neat and tidy. They will still be sleeved with blue paracord though. As
soon as I get my sleeving supplies from Lutro0 I will start with that (same goes for
HELIOS).

http://www.alpenwasser.net/images/aw...nals.jpg/w600/

That's it for now, thanks for stopping by. :)

alpenwasser 15-05-13 09:15 PM

Crimping Equipment Is Here
 
UPDATE

My silicone wires arrived yesterday and today I got my crimper from Lutro0. So I will be starting to adjust the PSU cables over the weekend.

Until then,
-aw

NeverBackDown 16-05-13 05:53 AM

Very creative thinking on the psu mount! Never would have expected that, only weird part is that it will naturally intake air from it's exhaust:p

alpenwasser 16-05-13 09:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown (Post 643341)
Very creative thinking on the psu mount! Never would have expected that, only weird part is that it will naturally intake air from it's exhaust:p

Thanks! :)

But why would it intake air from its exhaust? The fan inside the PSU is still turning in the
same direction, I haven't changed anything about that. Or are you talking about the case as
a whole?

NeverBackDown 17-05-13 12:39 AM

Well where it exhausts heat from the back of the psu is where the front of the case is, henceforth the intake from the front will go into the exhaust :p

Not a big deal but it will collect dust if it is unfiltered.

alpenwasser 17-05-13 06:32 AM

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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown (Post 643902)
Well where it exhausts heat from the back of the psu is where the front of the case is, henceforth the intake from the front will go into the exhaust :p

Not a big deal but it will collect dust if it is unfiltered.

Ah, now I think I understand what you mean. Actually, the airflow will go from back to
front (intake through radiator at the back) through the case. The air going into the case will
be filtered before it goes into the sideboard. The case will be placed inside that, and I will probably
mount a filtered large fan in the sideboard's back which will supply air to the compartment in
which the PC is. That will allow me to close the sideboard while still allowing the PC to draw
fresh air from the outside.

If that sounds a bit convoluted, it will become clearer once I show the final setup. ;)

NeverBackDown 17-05-13 02:56 PM

I get it makes sense:)

Xenomorphical 17-05-13 09:35 PM

Where is your videocard going to be tho? no way it can fir on the MOBO with that huge rad blocking its normal position? :confused:

pcjunkie429 17-05-13 09:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Xenomorphical (Post 644233)
Where is your videocard going to be tho? no way it can fir on the MOBO with that huge rad blocking its normal position? :confused:

Z77 mobo has onboard video ;). He doesn't need a dedicated GPU since this rig is only going to be used for home server/HTPC duties.

Xenomorphical 17-05-13 09:44 PM

Ah ok nm my previous post then about the GPU part.
Still, isn't the whole watercooling part a bit overkill for a home server then tho?
That unless its meant to be a that, and a watercooling project in one :lol:

alpenwasser 17-05-13 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Xenomorphical (Post 644236)
Ah ok nm my previous post then about the GPU part.
Still, isn't the whole watercooling part a bit overkill for a home server then tho?
That unless its meant to be a that, and a watercooling project in one :lol:

Don't worry about the GPU part, you are not the first one to raise that question (and it is a
legitimate question I'd say), and I doubt you'll be the last. ;)

I'll also be doing BOINC, so the CPU will run @ 100% 24/7 (at least that's the current plan).
So there will be plenty of heat to dissipate. Since it's supposed to be rather silent I thought
some W/C would be appropriate (it will be in our living room after all, albeit hidden in a sideboard
that can be closed). And yes, the other reason is simply that I love to tinker around with W/C,
and I still had the stuff from my previous rig, so why not use it?

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Xenomorphical 18-05-13 12:29 AM

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Originally Posted by alpenwasser (Post 644250)
And yes, the other reason is simply that I love to tinker around with W/C.

All i needed to hear hehe.
But yeah a massive rad with that many fans on low speed should do the trick easy!

NeverBackDown 18-05-13 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by pcjunkie429 (Post 644234)
Z77 mobo has onboard video ;). He doesn't need a dedicated GPU since this rig is only going to be used for home server/HTPC duties.

I know what you are trying to say but z77 does not have onboard video. It supports it and the cpu has the onboard gpu:p

pcjunkie429 18-05-13 12:44 AM

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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown (Post 644297)
I know what you are trying to say but z77 does not have onboard video. It supports it and the cpu has the onboard gpu:p

I meant that his particular z77 mobo has onboard video capabilities. Y u so literal? :p

NeverBackDown 18-05-13 02:05 AM

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Originally Posted by pcjunkie429 (Post 644299)
I meant that his particular z77 mobo has onboard video capabilities. Y u so literal? :p

literal? Ok then...

All Z77 mobos come with onboard capabilities and can be used if the system does not have a dedicated gpu.

That better? lol^_^

njallday 18-05-13 05:05 AM

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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown (Post 644327)
literal? Ok then...

All Z77 mobos come with onboard capabilities and can be used if the system does not have a dedicated gpu.

That better? lol^_^

Hate to be a downer, but the graphics are located on the CPU chip nowadays, not on the motherboard's chipset :p


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