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Posted 02 August 2015 - 09:04 AM
Tiny update, please ignore quality of the pics as I took them on phone, first up mock fitting the radiator to see how it sits.
It’s only a mock up (support brackets were made from a bit of hard line tubing temp to get the right size for the job), going to replace with carbon fibre effect steel ones, you may have also noticed the pump and res mounted in ODD bay, this is done like this so I can still open the bay to fill ect ect. The mount is temp (behind pump and res) why I wait for real carbon fibre panel to turn up.
Also, you may have notice the rad has 90 degree connectors, well the tubing will be coming around the side and going into the connectors behind which then passes into the case will go through inside and pop out the motherboard section. This should give you a rough idea of what I am trying to do.
Before I go, I’ll leave you with a shot of how the etching on the back panel is coming along.
So far so good, still some other things to add in there, but these are smaller and smaller things to do and with everything going to plan, I just need to ensure I nail it.
Back soon with more on this build.
Posted 09 August 2015 - 07:19 AM
Sorry about the lack of updates guys, got quite a bit going on including a planned move of home to a bigger place (from 1 bed flat/apartment to a 2 bed house with garden), which off topic means I can only get better with my modding as I now will be able to build a little workshop…
Anyway back on track and first up, I have to say thanks to MAX keyboard for the custom key set, I did want white, but system is not quite ready for that yet so they were kind enough to supply some of their transparent keys for the keyboard.
I only had a few keys customised though, but love the result.
Minor customisations, but I still like it, but of course I will be even more happy once the white backlit keys are ready to be made.
Moving onto the main rig I decided to start doing the hardline, it has been a mad process, due to there being two pipes that are long, twisty and go from inside the mobo section, the return from GPU going out through mobo tray opening along the inside of case to the back of the pass through at the back of the radiator. Then the last tricky one will be from the back pump, all the way from the pump in the ODD bay, out through the gap in this section and along the inside and out into the tray to the memory block.
Thank god for the Primochill bender, made process a lot easier, anyway here are some pics of how the inside of the motherboard tray is looking.
I may make changes to this, but its roughly what it should be, I know the 2 pipe in from mem block is not something that makes sense really, but I like how it looked so I will be keeping it.
There are a few other things I need to test out with this plan, but for now I like it.
Now why I am here I just thought I would quickly test rad grill/model mount to see roughly how it looks.
Looking at this, despite the writing on the model being the right way up, I am not 100% sure it looks right so Ill flip it around to see what it looks like.
Ermmm, see not 100% sure on placement up or down, what do you guys think?.
Before I leave you today to get stuck in with some more pipe bending let me just show you how the engraving is coming along.
Slowly but surely she is coming together, one thing that is on my mind is my own deadline of the 20th to finish the build to get software ect installed to be on display at i55. Let’s hope I match the deadline.
Posted 15 August 2015 - 08:10 AM
So have been quite busy with the project, so I’ll just run through the things I have done.
So as we have seen the poles for window mount on the case, let us attached the windows to it shall we.
One simple task out of the way onto the next one, this time it was back to finishing the loop.
So on this build, I wanted no angle connectors inside the motherboard section and also want to ensure that the tubes were one piece, boy did I not realise what I had let myself in for, do you want a clue… well here are the total tubes including the bends for the build.
So tubing aside its going well, although I have to say its been a bit down heartening knowing that I have to pull all the tubes out to give them a polish after mocking up. Let me show you why. By using an earlier pic before final tube was put in place.
This tube end to end is one piece and runs along the back of the case inside, now look at all the bends after I remove the tubing.
I can tell you straight taking these out and putting them back in was a complete nightmare and a almost like a brain puzzler time to move on from the puzzler now.
Second on the agenda was the front plate for the odd, I had a piece of dark smoked acrylic lasered with Mercedes logo, but there was an issue, due to the way the ODD bay opens, if this was fixed to the ODD it would interfere with the correct operation as the edge would just hit the case when trying to open. Simple solution is to grab out the dremel and table router accessories.
With the 45 degree angle router part in the table it was just a case of taping up the surface that was going to be flat down when using the router and sliding it through the end result is this.
As you can see there is now a 45 degree angle on the edge that sits near to the main part of the case which will make the bay still open as intended.
Faceplate on front of the ODD, not final though as I plan to blacken it out so it’s not transparent, and yes that is the F1 style rpm, gear and info device that reports cpu usage, temps ect.
A couple of other things what had to be done were done, first lay down the vinyl for the build, this luckily for me is a simple one as I have a plotter to do this.
List of participants that helped to create this rig and build…
Now for the vinyl from nose cone from last year’s champion winning team and driver
I am starting to love the way this is coming along, but before I leave you on this post, I think I should show you the amazing piece of hand engraving done, remember like all my previous builds I am lucky to have a wife that is very artistic when it comes to engraving.
All done with 1000s of dots to create what you see, simply amazing, here is the picture she used for reference.
You can see her art on www.xtreme-etching.co.uk. Sorry about late posts it has been hectic around here, but I will keep you updated on the progress as much as I can as I reach the latter stages of the build now.
Posted 16 August 2015 - 08:38 AM
Love it Richie
Thanks, still more to do, but mainly the easier stuff
So after yesterdays work spent a little time messing about with the f1 wheel display behind the ODD panel after blacking out surrounding areas, this is what it looks like.
Posted 18 August 2015 - 08:14 AM
So my last few days were spent leak testing and just ensuring everything was running as it should be.
Few things to do first was a quick power up.
Love the way this is coming out, and the mobo section has surpised me as all that light in there is coming from the CPU block.
I had to drop the ev down – 4 to get this picture otherwise it would be just one big glowing white thing in the center.
This is how you see the block when its all bright, of course once finished I will need to take more proper pictures to show the block and the light from cpu block. The next picture should show you in a better way how much light comes off the cooler into the compartment.
That’s how light it is in there, you may have noticed the backplate nvidia claw logo has change colors. This is because its made out of some nice heat reactive material. I did have heat reactive paint, but it had too much of a yellowing effect. So I rubbed it down and put the heat reactive vinyl down instead. Oops I nearly forgot to put this in, here is what one of the hyperX SSD’s looks like, you may have glimpsed it before but here is a better picture.
Last but not least, added the two tributes to the back panel, the one for #keepfightingmicheal and for the sports most recent sad loss #JB17.
Until next time.
Posted 20 September 2015 - 07:44 AM
Hi guys, really sorry about the lack of updates on this went through big home move and had to take rig (not fully completed to show at i55) here is a few shots of it on display at the show. I will follow up with final pictures once I have completed the tubing change over.
Will follow up with more as soon as I get desk built and change over a few things, for now enjoy.
Posted 13 January 2016 - 10:51 AM
Sorry about any updates, changed a few things round on build (we moved home and popped out a little one).. anyway ill start with some shots of the mouse/keyboard on desk.
will follow up with full shots of whole rig once monitor arrives
Posted 27 January 2017 - 02:05 PM
So its been a massive year for me hence the lack of finished photos going up, one thing leads to another and as things normalise for me again I thought I would add some shots of the rig at the end. To cut it short rig has been to plenty of places (sort of on tour) had a few issues (cracked GPU block) and would like to give a big shout out to Alphacool for stepping in to resolve these quickly. Moved home and wife gave birth to our son Aston John Patrick B (or AJ as we call him). So it has been a very crazy year and only now starting to settle, anyway enough of the issues I have had ill just leave some photos here for you guys.
And that’s all folks, hope you enjoyed the rig, the changes it went through and time to crack on with my other projects its been a crazy year for me, but a very happy one.
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