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Richi

Richi

Member Since 16 Sep 2006
Offline Last Active Jun 30 2018 07:33 AM
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In Topic: Project Timeless Warriors

30 June 2018 - 07:34 AM

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.


In Topic: Project Thorne - Bringing some happiness back to some kids

02 June 2018 - 05:09 PM

And so she is complete and the final handover happened, did not get many final pictures due to them going on holiday the 2 days after the surprise reveal. So here is what I have.

 
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First off yes hardline in such a small gap and fitting it well ermm, not something I want to attempt again unless 100% necessary, my hands did not appreciate it one bit ;).  A big thanks to all brands involved for making this happen, it was very appreciated you are stars, oh before I link the to the video here are some shots of me making the res RGB and working in tandem with the gpu block.
 
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And last but not least you can watch the video explaining what this was all about and of the handover surprise of this rig, there dad will be missed and the kindness he showed people is so rare these days.

 

In Topic: Project Timeless Warriors

14 May 2018 - 03:56 PM

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.


In Topic: Project Thorne - Bringing some happiness back to some kids

09 May 2018 - 02:34 PM

So a bit more work done over the last few days on the build, still unsure of how everything will tie in together on this build, but first let’s start fitting the hardware front side

 
 
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Placing everything in the front of the rig, it was becoming very apparent that this was not going to be a very easy task, choosing a d5 for a SFX build was always going to be difficult but it is something I wanted to do for the quietness compared to a ddc.
 
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I would love to say thanks again to MNPCTECH for this as without it I don’t think even fabricating a vert mount would of worked just because of the grill nature of this area at the rear it really helped out a lot.
 
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So what’s this pic, well really its blurry for a start, but its just a quick one to show you guys that even us modders can make mistakes from time to time as I seem to have got my rad measurements out by a few mm, the card simply will not fit, with the thicker rad in place.
 
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The card in its spot, without rad, and added a support at the front, I should point out that the gpu bracket is strong, but the Q37 case is very thin on the back and probably was not intended to ever have one of Zotac’s AMP cards mounted like this. So much so with weight of this card, the bracket does not move the back panel does
 
Now all it needs is some pipework and some fluids and a non motherboard power up (only the pump and fans and rad connected up to run through fluid flow and leak test checks.)
 
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yes this is the part were I say my hands are fat and got cut and scratched to shreds putting the pipework in.
 
Urmmm ok I forgot to connect up a fan lol and god sake man, look at all the dust.
 
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Ok that’s better, just need to make some other checks on res placement and look with yellow fluid.

 
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And the res in place with window and logo on show, will have to do a few more things to get it finished, but now I have to drain it, clean it all out and start prepping for final assembly and cleaning the rig before final assembly. things on lost to do, follow the thorns around front of case, add a rgb strip that will run from mobo into the rear of the case to try to add some light in there, I wont be adding a strip to the front area though as the fans and the RGB gpu block and cpu block should be enough.
 
until next time.

In Topic: Project Thorne - Bringing some happiness back to some kids

03 May 2018 - 10:43 AM

So another day and another update on the build for the kids, first off let’s show off some of the goodies the sponsors sent

 
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The motherboard for the project is actually quite shocking seeing as it’s not a gamer, or overclocker branded, not only did it come with two m2 slots, one rear and the one on the front. The front one is actually supplied with a heatsink, it also has Gigabyte’s RGB fusion, which supports not only rgbw strips and normal rgb strips (both of which support pin rearrangement) there is also a digital RGB strip header on board, this I found surprising especially at price point.
 
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Next up we have the bitspower package which comprises, hardline fittings, Zotac AMP gpu block, CPU block with rad bracket, a hex tank (res), a mod kit for d5 pumps in red, and all the red fittings I will need for front open side of case. I will use some gold fittings in the rear that wont be seen, but I will show you guys a picture of this later on.
 
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Black ice Nemesis GTR 240 radiator and yellow fluid, yes yellow and red, an unusual combination but these were Johns (the kids dads fav colours so only right I used red and yellow in the build.
 
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Next up we have the superb Vertical GPU mounting Bracket from MNPCTECH and some cable clips (which I did not think of really, but will come in very handy)
 
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Mnpctech.com have various designs of these brackets and even do one that would not require any case cutting at all really as they mount to fan location.
 
I won’t rattle on about the quality of the finished product on the vert GPU mount really as most people know anything coming from mnpctech.com is always of a high quality, but without this little baby this build would be not possible and would you like to see why.
 
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With the card in the normal location (due to it being the Zotac amp and huge width) there would be no way to put the window on, let alone the power cables either, so the Vert GPU bracket is a 100% needed.
 
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So this will be rough location of this gpu with block.
 
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Apacer supplied two panther SSD’s, a m2 PCIe SSD and a 16gb dual channel kit for the build, all with some type of red added to them apart from the m2 of course.
 
Now onto the case part of the build, as you guys no this is not going to be easy really, as you can see from the pics, the GPU wont fit normally (yes it’s a lot wider than most), but even so you take that into consideration, then add a radiator, 4 fans hardline, then add a d5 with mod kit into that front chamber and well, we know what to expect… a bloody hard time for me :P
 
First up I had to take the measurements I needed from the planned drained port were I would locate the hex tank (res) and mark up some points for the fill and exhaust ports, no anyone that knows this case knows the top panel is removable to an extent so that was not an option for this, so above the HDD rack was really the only viable option.
 
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Left are the lines for the fill and exhaust port and right is in the bottom of the case for the drain port.
 
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This is how it came out, the fill port on the right and exhaust on the left, know that was done it was time to measure up the side panel for placement of the hex tank so I could cut a window so it was viewable.
 
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The Plan here is to make sure I get the hole just slightly smaller than the tank to hide the other fittings I will be using in order to keep the yellow and red theme going as I decided to use some left over gold ones from last project around the rear, I was also going to vinyl this panel rather than engrave to keep the yellow and red theme going, and also put all the nice sponsors logo here too.
 
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So rear panel is done and just needs wiping down and cleaning, have mock up window rubber in place, which I always advise anyone to do before going down this route as just doing a mock up first gives you the exact length needed and also will show you were you may need to file down a bit on your cut.
 
So with all that in place I moved onto mocking up some things and get ready for a complete mess to be seen cable wise.
 
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How about that for not sugar coating anything during a mock up, tubing and tank in place thought with all fittings, and god I want to cray at all them cables these are the exact about need for everything in the PC and I am going to have to tidy that up somehow lol. Anyway back on track I need to get the back panel on to see if it lines up properly.
 
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 TBH, this was quite a scary moment in the build as I was worried it would not line up, but thankfully it did, next time, I will show you what is happening round the front side of the rig.