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Old 14-12-13, 06:24 PM
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There is always Geekbench http://www.primatelabs.com/geekbench/
That does look like a pretty sweet tool. Not sure how I feel about the proprietary-ness of
it though. Ah well, we'll see. I'm a long way off from getting this baby bench-ready anyway.

But still, thanks for the link!

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Old 21-12-13, 01:01 AM
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The SMH10

Since these long posts are extremely unwieldy for editing: multi-posting.
Also makes it easier to link to a specific section of the build.

I ordered it flat-packed. Shipping to Switzerland was ~150 USD and it took
13 days from order confirmation until arrival. Jim was very helpful with advice
and making sure what I ordered made sense .


The Box




Unpacking the Goodies




Guarding the Loot




Always Use Protection (a thick wool blanket in this case)




Ready, Set, Go!




First Steps




Getting There...




Uh Oh!

The 3.5" HDD cage collided with the tie down points. I wrote to Caselabs
and sent them a pic. They promptly responded saying they were trying to
figure out what had gone wrong.

After a few days Kevin wrote back to me saying that my main compartment
divider (the big vertical plate in the main chamber) had accidentally been
manufactured to an old spec and that they were going to send me a new one.

This actually worked out quite well because I'd forgotten a few small parts in
my first order for which I now didn't have to pay shipping .

Mistakes happen, what matters to me is how they are handled and Caselabs'
customer service left nothing to be desired in this case.




Tada!




Out of Curiosity




A Fine Detail I noticed

The threads for mounting the acrylic window and the HDD cages are done
like this. You barely notice them. No fiddling around with screws. Just use
the provided flange nut driver (which is a very nice one btw) and mount
the nuts over the threads. Much more comfortable than screws. Very nice!

I am kinda torn between this case and the STH10
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Old 21-12-13, 11:02 AM
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I am kinda torn between this case and the STH10
Had to make that decision myself. In the end I went for the SMH10 over the STH10 because
I don't really need that top compartment, and I much prefer the aesthetics of the SMH10
(the STH10 looks too narrow and high for me, I don't really like its proportions, although I
would buy an STH10 if I needed the additional space, form follows function and all that).

But that's just a matter of taste of course.
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Old 03-09-15, 11:11 PM
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Finally, Progress!


Yay, it's not dead yet!


Basically, the build has been stuck on pause for almost two
years simply because life kept interfering, primarily with
my finances. I had planned to finally do the copper tubing
this summer, but then I needed to replace my laptop this
spring and had some HDD issues in my server, so again the
funds just weren't there to do the copper loop the way I had
intended.

So I decided to switch plans and do it with Norprene for the
time being. I'll hopefully be alive for a while yet, so at
some point in some build I should be able to still realise
the concept I've made for the copper tubing, but for the
time being, Norprene it is. I didn't really feel like going
with acrylic since pretty much everyone is doing that these
days (not that it's bad), plus I quite like the look of
Norprene and think it fits nicely with the theme of the
build.

Also, I finally made some cables for the second GPU (which
I'd bought last August actually, but couldn't use because I
didn't have time to make the cables ).

Anyway, first things first: Got myself some pretty
affordable silver fittings, painted them in copper.

Pics!

Since I needed to deblock my CPUs, took a look at the thermal
paste imprints:
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Fittings:
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Also got myself two active back plates from AC. The second
GPU is actually a 780, not a Titan (no need for SLI in
BOINC), so the active cooling is pretty pointless, but I
went for symmetry. As usual for AC, there's quite a bit of
steel. Copperised that too.

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Finally, the current loop layout on the motherboard tray.
The entire thing as it is here weighs in at a lofty 9.3 kg
(that's about 20 lbs for the imperialists :P ).
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Also, painted the outside of the Raystorm brackets with copper
for a bit of added coppery contrast:
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That's it for now. Should have pics of the rig in an
assembled state in the not too distant future. It might not
be what I originally envisioned, but I'm very happy to get
this into a presentable state finally.
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Old 04-09-15, 01:32 AM
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Mmmm it's a strange one, I neither love or hate it. Great crafting though, very creative.
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Old 04-09-15, 05:55 AM
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Mmmm it's a strange one, I neither love or hate it. Great crafting though, very creative.
Hmmm yeah,

I looooooooove copper, but it looks a bit all over the place? Other than that it all looks really exciting!

PS Good to have you back mate
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Old 04-09-15, 07:38 AM
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I actually really like the copper. It's just the hose/tubing that stands out to me.
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Old 04-09-15, 09:30 AM
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Mmmm it's a strange one, I neither love or hate it. Great crafting though, very creative.
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Hmmm yeah,

I looooooooove copper, but it looks a bit all over the place? Other than that it all looks really exciting!

PS Good to have you back mate
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I actually really like the copper. It's just the hose/tubing that stands out to me.

Thanks guys, great to be back!

The original plan was for polished copper tubing and black fittings (which would have actually been more coppery than things are now ). Unfortunately, that would require between 100 and 150 fittings and adapters of one sort or another from Bitspower (they're the only ones who make the sort of fittings I'd need for the way I want to do it), and for the time being that's just not financially feasible (nevermind the ridiculous amount of time it will require to get done right), so instead of waiting another year or so to get the money together and have the build languish in a ghetto state I decided to change my plans for the time being.

I've always rather liked the look of Norprene tubing, and it matches pretty nicely with the Acetal parts, so overall I'm pretty happy with it, even if it's not my original plan.

I did consider painting the fittings black to reduce the amount of copper, but then the black on the fittings wouldn't have matched very well with the black tubing, and I do like copper quite a lot (as is probably evident ), so I thought I might as well go all out. Since the case is black, that provides a bit of a counterweight color-wise so the amount of copper you see in proportion to black shifts in the other direction again when the motherboard tray is in the case instead of just on its own.
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Old 04-09-15, 09:55 AM
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I like the black tubing, it goes with the case, I think if it had all been copper it would have been too much.

I am a bit bias though, that is because I don't like copper piping. I have plumbed up too many central heating systems to look upon copper tube as anything other than something that should be not seen.
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Old 04-09-15, 10:23 AM
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omg omg omg omg I thought this was dead!! !!!

Hmm, the tubing is a little.. .. I duno.. meh?

It looks quite.. old like.. cracked? is that just the photos?

The copperisation is quite nice, I'm glad it's not shiny I think it changes the tone

Sooo glad to see you back and doing this rig.
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