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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:54 am 
Little Foot
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That is the sweetest mini-itx motherboard I have ever seen. Glad to see that your making good progress, when I first saw this thread it looked a tad ambitious so I'm glad to see actual parts.

Keep up the good work.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:38 am 
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Good afternoon everyone.

Once again its update time, though its only a small update this time, but one i think most of you would want :)

Well after my bending brake went tits up and wanted to annoy me more than bend the stuff i wanted bent (not gays were hurt in the making of this pun ;D). Well yesterday i worked around it, though i was annoyed as i know it wouldnt get me the accuracy i wanted, but then it was better than nothing.

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The white on it is toliet roll which stuck to it after i gave it a good clean as it had so much gunk on it)

Then today a kind gentleman name Pseudonym over at overclock3d.net suggested another work around
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you can use a dowel pushed through the hole in your bench, or something similar to stop any lateral movement.


.... so i decided to give it a go. Sadly it didnt goto plan and when i was modding the bending brake one of my drill bits decided it didnt want to help me out.

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Though i slaved on and managed to get it done and dusted


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As you might notice, i didnt have any dowels, but i did have carpentry drill bits that i didnt think would be able to help me with this mod at all.


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Thanks again Pseudonym, was a fantastic idea that got this mod back on track :)

Now that i had the bending brake up and running, i decided to carry on with the work that was meant to be done. I didnt have much time to do things as im a bit pushed for time today, though the hdd caddy is now finished with regards to the bending :) Here are the screenies.


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I was going to post this the other day, but was a bit worried with doing too many updates :P

So i was at work the other day and the delivery man came in and asked for me and geek Nick broke out and a huge cheesey smile was on my face as i knew what had arrived. I shall shut up now and let the pictures do the talking.

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Yup it arrived, and its even smaller than i thought it would be. Im in compelte awe of this motherboard and cant wait until its up and running in its new home.

Anyway guys, until next time, i must shoot. Feel free to leave comments or questions :D.

Regards


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:24 am 
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****** Update Time ******

Well, things still arent going to plan and im not completely happy at the moment. I am thinking about ordering some more aluminium and doing some parts again thanks to the way my bending break works (or doesnt work).

The HDD Caddy worked fine, no problems with it, but im having severe problems with bending short pieces, and some of the caddies and mounts are quite short. Sadly im having to resort to bending myself which isnt the best or easiest way of doing it.

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Ive never done so much hammering in my life. Im thinking of remaking them but bending them before i cut, and then dremel it. That way i know im going to get nice accurate bends. I was able to get it to bend thouggh, but had to remove some of the structural wings which i put on just to boost structural integrity.

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Considering the amount of hammering done, i think it turned out ok. Yet it has taken a bit of a beating on some bits:

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This wont be seen unless you are purposely looking for it, but still.... i know its there so its going to bug the living crap out of me. Sometimes i hate being a perfectionist and a modder, its fantastic when it goes to plan, but if it doesnt i kinda go off the rails.

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As you can see (and expect) its not smooth thanks to the amount of hammering required and im really not happy with it :(

Though, do not despair. There will be an even better update tonight or late tomorrow morning :)

Regards


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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 3:12 pm 
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so how is it going? its been a little while since an update. I hope its going ok.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:45 pm 
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I'm glad to hear you didn't go with the Silenx fans. I'm sure after clicking a couple more links from a google search on Silenx, you've found that their sound rating is very, very untrue. I've heard they're still quiet, but no 11 Dba and pushing 90CFM+. I have two things I think could use a bit more attention.

I've got to wonder why so many harddrives when you can RAID 2 harddrives and be fine? hell, you could suspend 1 74Gb Raptor (or the new Velociraptor) and have it out perform those 1200JS drives. Having 4 harddrives in a case that small will create as much heat as any modern enthusiast video card you stick in there. Also, 4 harddrives are blocking probably more than 60% of your intake fans, which will create the opposite of quiet.

The fan setup is the second thing. You're going to have a total of 240mm worth of fans bringing in air, with only 92mm pushing it out? You're better off with a more proportionate push pull. Also, quiet cases usually don't have a ton of ventilation. With almost 3 times the amount of intake air, you're creating insanely positive air pressure. The whole case would have to be honeycomb vented. And with so much ventilation, you lose direction of air flow, practically canceling your push-pull set up.

Arctic Cooling has some open frame fans that serve as a perfect example. An open frame fan is great because it loses turbulence against the frame, but with out the frame the air just moves haphazardly, creating very little air flow. And moving air isn't exactly air flow. I would stick with 12cm fans, 1 in front, 1 in back.

Other than that, I think your project is very, very, really, really, absolutely awesome. I'm curious to know how much the board cost. I did some light googling on the issue and didn't find much.

-Andrew
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:32 am 
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How did you get ahold of the motherboard. i looked and couldn't find the buy area?


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