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Richi

Richi

Member Since 16 Sep 2006
Offline Last Active Jun 30 2018 07:33 AM
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#188283 Project Timeless Warriors

Posted by Richi on 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.




#188281 Project Thorne - Bringing some happiness back to some kids

Posted by Richi on 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.

 



#188280 Project Timeless Warriors

Posted by Richi on 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.




#188279 Project Thorne - Bringing some happiness back to some kids

Posted by Richi on 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.



#188275 Project Thorne - Bringing some happiness back to some kids

Posted by Richi on 01 May 2018 - 07:50 AM

Hi there all, sorry first of all if I am running two build logs, but this one is kind of special and I’ll give you a small rundown of the build, my neighbor who was the general mister nice guy in the area (would give you the jacket of his own back to help you out if he could), was 63 and despite this he had two young boys both 8 and 13, he saw the sort of rigs I build and asked me what the sort of cost. This was at the tail end of last year. He said he would love to get his kids one and hopefully would get enough together to do so for Christmas this year. 
 
A couple of months ago his eldest son knocked on my door saying there was something wrong with his dad and I rushed in, I gave him CPR until the ambulance crew arrived and they took him to hospital, the next day they turned life support off and he did not make it through and will be missed by all.
 
To honor him I decided to reach out current and past sponsors and see what would be possible to try to organise the rig he wanted his sons to have, so a Big massive shout out to all involved who helped support this project and help me finance it through donation of the parts. So a big thank you to the sponsors listed below, you are true saints for stepping up and helping bring a little bit of joy to two young boys that have lost their father.
 
I only ask one thing of anyone that likes this or fancies sharing some of the images as I have seen some of my other builds floating around on social media, please keep anything away from social media as I will not be even sharing on my own pages and only adding pics to groups that I know they will not see it’s for them, or belong too.. This is a going to be a surprise for them and we are going to set it all up so they will first put eyes on it when they get home from school once it’s done.
 

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A Big thank you and an honorable bow to Lian Li for stepping up and providing the Case and PSU for this.

 

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A big thank you to Gigabyte and an Honorable bow for not only supplying the motherboard, but also supplying the keyboard, mouse and headset too.

 

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A big thank you to Apacer and an honorable bow for supplying the memory, ssd’s and M2 drive for the build.

 

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A Big thank you to Zotac and an honorable bow for supplying the GPU for the build.

 

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A big thank you to the guys over at Intel for supplying the CPU  for the rig an honorable bow of course for you guys too.

 

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A big thank you to LG and an honourable bow for offering the support of supplying a monitor.

 

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A big thank you to Bitspower and an honorable bow for sorting out the WC components.

 

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A Big thank you goes out to master yoda ;) over at MNPCTECH a big thank you and honorable bow for you sir.

 

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A big thank you and another honorable bow goes to the Black Ice Disti here in the UK thank you for supplying the radiator.

 

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Thank you to Nanoxia to who are the disti for Li-Heat cables for supplying the PCi-E riser

 

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A Big thank you and an bow also goes out to Michael over at To The Wire for supplying the cables for this project.

 

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A big thank you to Dremel for always being around for support on projects, be it bits or perishables that we go through on builds.

 

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Thank you to Liquid.cool for supplying the fluid a bow to you guys too.

 

So let us start off with the first parts of this build, the case, psu and the gpu.

 

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I will gather from this photo alone you will see that I have gone down the mini ITX route as I know their mum won’t want too much space taken up.

 

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This case is Perfect for the build as it fits the small footprint in mind but also supports watercooling, although not the sort of stuff I want to put into the build lol, but hey I don’t see making it all fit being a big issue.

 

Also from Lian Li is the neat little PE – 750 SFX psu, this is quite a step up from the normal 600W SFX PSU’s I am used to seeing.

 

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Still enough of a omphh to support the GPU.

 

Next onto the GPU, if anyone is not familiar with Zotac amp series here is what it looks like stock.

 

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I will post some more tomorrow of the other parts that have turned up, then get onto the actual modding of the case, despite most of it being internal to support the hardware (d5 pump anyone squashed in there lol).

 

Thanks again to all involved.




#188274 Project Timeless Warriors

Posted by Richi on 23 April 2018 - 10:13 AM

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.



#188223 Project Timeless Warriors

Posted by Richi on 11 November 2017 - 08:56 AM

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.



#188218 Project Timeless Warriors

Posted by Richi on 21 October 2017 - 03:27 PM

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.



#188216 Project Timeless Warriors

Posted by Richi on 07 October 2017 - 08:36 AM

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



#188194 Project Timeless Warriors

Posted by Richi on 03 August 2017 - 10:06 AM

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.



#188171 Project ITX Treasure

Posted by Richi on 23 May 2017 - 11:35 AM

May I introduce you guys to my finished home hub/casual gaming rig, Project ITX treasure
 

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It’s been a tough road getting this all to fit inside, but one thing I do love is the fact it sits so well inside my living room.
 

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Finished just in time I think to ensure I can move onto the next huge build I have coming up, love the way this came out. A big thank you to all my sponsors for helping out with this build, without you this would of took much longer.



#188165 Project ITX Treasure

Posted by Richi on 11 April 2017 - 12:40 PM

So a long way off from getting this completed when I wanted but never less back on it now, spent the last week or two prepping the chest for radiator and components and getting layout sussed. First up time to glue the feet onto the chest.
 

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Once I was done with that and had added some fake looking water seal tar into the chest as well as paint it black.
 

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Still more to paint, but before I do the lid, I think its time to make the mobo cut out and PSU cutout.
 

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Cut outs done for these sections, plan is to actually have a hole for the cable to come through but cable braided with twine to make it look like a rope, I can picture it, but best to show it in the future.
 

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Now most of the cutting work is done, time to mount the radiator to the underside, there will be about a 2cm clearance off the surface.
 

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After this time to mount fan and PSU in place and check the layout options again.
 

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Now next on the agenda was making supports for the motherboard to screw into, these would have to be done via 3d software as well they would need to be different heights.
 

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So a quick design in sketchup for the supporting mobo mounts and then export them as STL files.
 

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Loaded up in dremel print studio and let’s get printing
 

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Of course 3D Printing is not perfect, but after some sanding and painting black to match the chest here is how they look in place.
 

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Before I do any more it is time to see how the layout will work in this build.
 

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Just a rough plan, still have to design and print custom mount for the GPU but finally getting there, need to tidy up a few things and touch up some of the blackboard style paint in place but finally finishing line in sight (of course apart from cable tidying and such). Got to love this black board style mat paint though it takes the work out of making stuff look old and worn, and trust me those that have done the worn and old look know it’s quite hard to achieve, but this black paint makes it simple.
 
Until the next update.



#188160 Project Tattoo Flash (tower 900)

Posted by Richi on 16 March 2017 - 01:20 PM

Well it was a quick build so here are the final photos of project tattoo flash.
 

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Just from this photo alone I believe you can see that I managed to hide the cables as much as possible
 

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I like the way it came out in the end and enjoyed using 3d Printing for the first time in a build, I know this build wont be someone's cup of tea as the saying goes but I am proud of it and learned some new things with regards to 3d printing. I hope you enjoyed this quick build.



#188098 Project ITX Treasure

Posted by Richi on 26 July 2016 - 01:14 PM


Project – ITX Treasure

 
Hi all its been a while since I have done any mod project, but that’s down to moving from London to Kent and popping out my best mod ever my son AJ. Anyway back on track and welcome to the new build I am about to embark on this time.
 
Back in 2010 before mini ITX gaming was even a thing I scratch built a mini ITX gaming rig, since then I have done quite a few mods, but have yet to venture back to mini ITX and with so many sexy and great looking mini ITX builds coming around and on the web, I thought this time round I would try something different and by different I mean scratch the case, scratch any ideas of making my job easy and put myself into a corner.
 
So I present to you my latest build based on a pirates treasure chest, first off though I would like to give a big thanks to the sponsors of this project without who this would of never got off the ground.
 

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A big thank you goes out to the guys over at ekwb for stepping up and supplying the watercooling solution for this product, they were kind enough to supply everything that I needed for this build and more. 
 

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Also a massive thanks to gigabyte for supplying the GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 mini ITX motherboard for the project something that will be needed in such a small form factor due to limitations I have on size.
 

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Thanks to Dremel who seem to step up on every build and supply me with accessories and tools.
 

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A Massive thanks to the guys over at XFX too for managing to grab me a AMD Fury NANO for the project, this again is another important piece due to the size limitations of the project.
 
Well let’s begin shall we and show you what the plan is roughly, first off let’s take a look at what is going to house all these products.
 

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Yes that’s right I chose a small treasure chest, to give you some context on how big this chest is in real life here is a picture of the chest with some of the boxed hardware and products that have arrived.
 

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Yes already you may be thinking I am crazy, but in all honesty I am thinking the same thing too and all that is meant for this little chest and that’s without taking into consideration I have to fit a PSU inside this chest too.. let the fun begin as well as the headaches as I attempt to do this. Until the next post :D



#187896 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 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.
 

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Will follow up with more as soon as I get desk built and change over a few things, for now enjoy.