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Project – Timeless Warriors

 
So It Begins.
 
Personal Intro
Hi all those of you that know me or dont, I have been modding PC's since the year 2000 give or take a few years, I have been inspired over my modding life from modders of past and even some modders of new, I was modding back in the day when we used caravan window rubbers to put case windows into a PC (i know ghetto but we done what we could back then with what we had) I am known across various forums as rchiileea, Richi and Richie123 as well as r1chieB on instagram. I also have the Lucky advantage of having a wife who is very talented and hand engraving images using only dots that create depth which far exceeds my flat images i used to engrave with the trusty old dremel.

 

 
So let me introduce you guys to my latest project build that will be crazy mad, inspired by the samurai and will be built into Lian Li DK05x Twin PC desk, (hence the timeless warriors name). This project is going to be a labour of love, not only will it feature a lot of engraving by my wife, there will be also a heavy theme on samurai inside as well as engraved on the outside.
 

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A very very huge thank you to Lian Li for supplying the desk for the project, was honoured to be offered it so thank you.
 
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Thank you to intel who stepped up again for me to provide CPU’s for this project
 
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As some of you know from previous mods gigabyte have supported me with motherboards on projects so again thanks to them for being involved and helping out.
 
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A big thanks to Toshiba for coming on board on this one too, with not only the OCZ m2 drives but some SSD’s too.
 
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A big thanks to Razer for supplying the Peripherals for the project
 
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I would like to say Thank you to Sapphire for stepping up with two cards for second side of rig
 
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A massive thank you to LG for offering more than I asked for the build, watch this space
 
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Thank you to bitspower for supplying all the watercooling fittings, pumps and blocks for this.
 
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Dremel need no introduction as they have been around on all my builds from day one.
 
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A big thank you to TeamGroup as well for supplying the memory for both rigs.
 
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Of course two rigs are going to need two PSU’s so thank you to Seasonic for stepping up..
 
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A massive thanks to the Mayhems team for supplying my custom colour mixes for this project, amazing work as always.

 

 
I must say again I have to thank the sponsors BIG TIME on this build for coming on board as it basically means they are supplying double the amount, no pressure to deliver then.
 
 

First off here is the case in question.

 

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Looks great, then when it arrived, well it is huge, here is packaging next to my 1 series.

 
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Funnily enough the desk comes in two boxes, one for the feet and one for the desk itself.
 
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This was the lighter of the two boxes, the second box was not so light.
 
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To assemble the case we have to lay the top section on top of the two boxes, then attach the feet.
 
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Once the feet are attached, it’s a case of plugging the power for the adjustable legs in and raising it above the boxes, then lifting it into place (which is not a one man job :P)
 

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For now that is the start of this build as I have to finalise the design for the engravings on the outside, once I have I will post an image of the plan to give you some idea of what is going to happen to this desk.

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So another small update and in general, most are going to be quite small until engraving is done, actually got started and so it begins.
 
I will not review the full design yet, but here is a glimpse of what has been has bee planned
 

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I can not take credit for the engraving as its my wife that does this part, she asked to try and apply dotting as shading one day and let us just say the rest is history on that, I will add more photos as the engraving progresses of course.

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Another update for you guys, first showing you some stuff that turned up for the build.
 
First up the PSU’s, yes you did read that right as desk will be housing two rigs, it also need 2x PSU’s.
 

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Seasonic stepped up here and provided 2x 1000w prime Titanium PSU’s for the build, solid and reliable power. Ill add some more photos of items when opened.
 

Next up was the gift from intel and very lucky gift indeed, it had me made up.

 
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So both rigs will have almost identical processing power for this build, going to be a long ride I am thinking at the end with final pics and videos.
 
And last of course and not least, before we go of course a little update on the cherry blossom flower shown in previous post being finished.
 

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Only 5 of these left to go and onto the main imagery after that, but going on this alone it’s going to all look amazing when put together.
 
Until the next update guys

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Back again with another small update, as you know this dot shading engraving takes a while and you can clearly see that it is worth it in my opinion, the bottom of the engraving is coming out great.
 

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Wanted to share this before, but I thought I would wait until there is another image of more progress.
 

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I am completely blown away myself, just more amazing every day, this is going to be a superb art piece by the time its finished.
 
Lastly but not least, here is a sneak peak of a packaged that turned up from razer supporting this desk build, I have worked with them before and thought even with that asking for 2 of everything was a massive ask.
 

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They stepped up with two tournament v2 keyboards, 2x wireless Lanceheads, 2x Wireless manowar headsets, 2x mouse mats, 2x base station (head phone stand and usb hub with razer chroma in base). Last but not least I got sent 2x development lighting kits for the project, feeling blessed. I will post some pictures of the stuff properly and others as they turn up. Still doing some 3d work to finalise my block cover plans, SSD cover plans ect before I post them.

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So been a while, but was waiting on some new tips from dremel, some more work has been done on the engraving and this is the result, finally flowers done and onto the smoke and then one of the samurai.
 

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Progress on from the flowers is starting to move along, more than ever

 

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More to follow soon, and its coming out amazing, also thought I would also spill the beans on the design (subject to change of course, but gives you a rough idea of what it will look like.
 

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Was going to leave it as a surprise, but I thought I would share what is going to happen on the image side of things.

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Wow an update??? Well in truth its been a bit chilly to go out to shed and be engraving, so a nice little update on engraving now, as you know from last post we got as far as the smoke above the flowers. Well here is where we are now.
 

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It’s been slow but I do expect it to move a bit quicker now, also had some great news on the sponsor front and have to say a massive thanks to sapphire for stepping up on this.
 

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Feeling super blessed with these, and highly appreciated, I will add more pics of these over the coming weeks as my custom designs for waterblocks come to reality with a samurai twist.
 
Until the next post ;)

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Another small little update, its been hard getting into the shed to engrave more because of the extreme weather, but its coming along and side one is getting closer to completion.
 

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Been pretty amazing the fact that lost count at 10000 dots just on this side and that’s before the warrior was completed: O
 

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Loving the dragons head tbh, yes this is taking a long time, but the result is so worth it.
 
Not much left to do on this side, also next week I can start doing the waterblock ect… so more to come sooner rather than later ;). Oh yes for the first time ever Monitor sponsorship on a build from LG amazing, will follow up with some pictures of these when I get the stuff to slightly alter them which is coming from Italy.
 

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So it’s been a while since the last update guys and I am sorry about that, but having a 2 year old and cold days when work is done in a shed has put a brake on things.
 
The engraving is coming along very nicely and we are nearly at the end of side one here is some work.
 

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I know it’s been taking a while but dots have gone crazy and has took a lot longer than anticipated, for example here are some close ups to show this.
 

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As you can see there is not one line in the engraving part of the project, its all dots.
 
On another note let us take a look at a care package from bitspower that turned up.
 

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Yes you can see correctly, that’s four gpu water blocks, two cpu blocks, two hex tanks, two mod kits, every fitting you could ever possibly need and a special package :P
 
Also I thought as the SSD’s would look out of place with something that is samurai, I thought I would make some sort of samurai armour for them, so this is the design.
 

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I actually stacked it like armour so its flexible to curve (even though it will never need too, I just liked the idea of doing it this way) I have also used leather lace to connect them to insure they stay connect, probably going to be a pain to line up straight to stick onto the SSD’s, but hey I like it, this is also the design I am going to go with for the GPU blocks as well.
 
Stay tuned, I will be also adding some more pics in the coming weeks of doing the GPU blocks and moving onto over aspects of the build why engraving is going on.

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Hi all sorry about delays in posting, did not get round to the GPU blocks as I need to take them apart when addressable RGB strips come in and replace the current non addressable ones.

 
On another note though side one of the etching has been complete and is looking like a piece of art to me. I defo think this build is going to cross over between mod and artwork.
 
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I love this and can’t wait until this starts coming together, the theme is coming out amazing, leather is on route from Italy for monitors, some internal stuff and keyboards and mice so, looking forward to starting that. More as soon as it happens guys.


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So another small update with some pieces done for the build, the end is in sight and should be complete by end of aug so not long to go for hardware porn side of things. In this update, ill be showing you some of the right side of engraving, picture being used and memory customization.

 
First up from previous post you saw side one completed, side two has now started.
 
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This will progress a lot faster than other side due to the fact the little one will be going to day nursery in a couple of weeks freeing up more time.
 
Onto the next part of the project, the memory, we all know its very rare to get memory to suit your build and as one side of this build is black with gold highlights and white/silver with black highlights, so I had to do this to the TeamGroup Dark kits.
 
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Yes that is 24 sections of the heat spreaders, which funny enough were attached with 4 screws and 4 nuts each to the main heat spreaders.
 
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Yes so in total I had to take undo 96 nuts with screws this tiny and try not to lose any, Yes it was fun and just as fun as its going to be putting them back on :P
 
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So just gold for 8 of the sticks, and then black for the other 4 and with one side being white/silver I had to do the 4 main sections of the spreaders in white too.
 
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I love the way these came out and suppose most of you can realise why I wanted these kits over other choices I had as the gold and black sections of spreaders, almost loosely resemble the sort of helmet decorations that samurai had.
 
Also why doing all this another idea cropped into my head and I done a proof print to see what you guys think of the idea, having one of the tube runs look like this.
 
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What do you guys think of the idea, yay or no, would be making this out of acrylic though to give a clean sharper look to it.
 
The only other thing I did as well was this
 
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Yes that is a razer keyboard with white leather, more to follow soon as I try to make sure it looks perfect.


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Wow it’s been super-hot lately, but excitement is boiling over as we get to a stage were the etching is getting closer and closer to completed on the other side of the desk. I’ll just leave you with these pics.

 
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I have to say as well as my wife and boy I am in love with something not human its officially gone crazy, but super stoked and pleased with how the design I made is coming out.
 
Also had time to play with some things and just lay down samurai armour style covers over the gpu blocks to get a feel for them, these will be cleaned and polished and put on gpu’s for all 4 cards (2 one side and two the other).
 
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I reckon its going to look lush once done, let just get a move on and in the coming weeks I will be starting internals ect with the engraving so close to being done.


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So guys and gals it’s been a while since I updated, but the exciting news is we are getting very close to the end of the engraving side and onto the building side, ill just through these pics up for you to see how close we really are.
 
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Oh I wonder what the lines to the right are for…………………………………..
 
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So finally getting to the end of the amazing engraving and then onto the building part.


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