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 Post subject: OCAU member nears completion on from-scratch case project
PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:20 am 
Monkey Bollocks
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Greetings to the MaxPC modders.

We have an exciting from-scratch build nearing completion over at OCAU. It is rather different in looks, but is 100% constructed of Aluminium. It's all cut, bent, shaped and drilled by hand, no laser cutting or anything like that. I reckon it is pure, metallic sex.

One of our members, oldnewby, has built a very elegant, yet striking box. He really didn't have a plan either, it seems to be a very organic process thus far. I know you would all be interested to see the sorts of things that can be achieved, and maybe give you some ideas or inspiration to kick off your own mod or even a from-scratch build.

A very comprehensive log of the build along with great photos can be found over at OCAU (guests can view that forum, register to post). We would appreciate a Digg if you liked it too.

Just one pic to whet everyone's appetites:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:30 pm 
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That is amazing work. I can't wait to see the finished project.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 10:43 pm 
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Finished, apart from the solid wood cover that he is hand carving.....

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:01 pm 
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... Interesting, to say the least. Very modern.

I want it! 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:43 am 
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Me too.

It also begs the question, "How are the thermals?!" seeing as everything is nicely contained in their own sections.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:52 am 
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I love the exposed CPU cooler, as well!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:20 am 
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Can it fly? :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:07 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:31 am 
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That case is fantastic for anyone who has pets they don't care for ... :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:48 am 
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that case is awesome. I really hope it does not get covered in wood.

Jipstyle, would you really put a case like that on the floor?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:03 am 
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It depends on the size of the case .. if it is a full tower, I would put it on the floor.

If I had cats, though, it wouldn't matter where I put it ... those furry little bastards can get anywhere.

In the end, though, that case has way too many exposed fans. It looks nice, but I'd rather have something designed with maximum airflow using minimum fans ... not something that looks like it is VTOL capable.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:00 pm 
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Oldnewby has basically now got it running. Thermals look fine to me, he seems to be happy.

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WOW! Thanks a lot everyone. :):):)

Some of you were concerned that perhaps the cooling solution was insufficient so I've posted some temp results here.

Cygnus X1 has been running for a few days now and no problems have been evident. All the fans have had their speed reduced so it's very quiet, the slot loader works well but you have to be ready to catch the disc when ejecting. :lol:

I've posted links to screenshots of the temp tests for those that are interested but the details are thus; at stock speed (2.4Ghz) at idle CPU is ~30C, Running several programs including transcoding an AVI file, extracting a large RAR file, watching a video, downloading a torrent, firefox with several tabs open etc, the temp was around 40C and motherboard temp varied between 25C~30C. There was no combination of ordinary programs that could take the CPU to 100%.

Bumping up the CPU to 3Ghz gave an idle temp slightly higher at ~34C and running the same combination of programs resulted in ~45C. So it will be left at 3Ghz. I wanted to see the temps for the CPU at 100%, so two instances of Orthos were run and the result here is ~55C for the CPU. So all those temps are fine for everyday running. Ambient temp during all this was 26C.

I never actually run that many programs at once so everyday running should see a CPU temp of around 34C at 25C ambient, and that's fine. I also don't play games so the GPU temp at 52C odd is OK as well. ;)

Here's some pic's because, well, just because. :D

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I like this one the best. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 5:06 pm 
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What are the specs of the machine???

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:58 pm 
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It wasn't quite obvious in the OCAU thread, but he got back to me fairly quickly....

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Complete details are as follows:
    Q6600 @ 3Ghz
    Asus P5KE
    ATI 3850
    4GB Corsair 800 Mhz
    Compro Dual tuner TV card
    OCZ Core series V2 30 GB SSD (soon to be changed
    to Vertex 60 GB SSD)
    Seagate Momentus 250 GB 7200 RPM drive
    WD 500 GB HD.
    Antec Neo 650 watt PSU
    Noctua UH9 heatsink and fan
    Windows 7 Build 7057 64 bit

Having said all that, by far the biggest noticeable
difference I've seen over the years in everyday use,
using various CPU's, RAM etc is the move to SSD, but
the core series is showing signs of "stuttering" so this
needs to be changed to a better SSD.

Hope you find this useful.

Regards, oldnewby.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:46 am 
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Very nice MOD. Looks great. 8) 8)
Shame OCAU won't let me post over there to tell him how great it looks.
I've used Yahoomail and Gmail as my only email services for over 10yrs, and these folks won't let me register just because I only use those email services :!: WTH :?: :roll: :roll: :roll: :oops:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:13 pm 
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tiredoldman wrote:
Very nice MOD. Looks great. 8) 8)
Shame OCAU won't let me post over there to tell him how great it looks.
I've used Yahoomail and Gmail as my only email services for over 10yrs, and these folks won't let me register just because I only use those email services :!: WTH :?: :roll: :roll: :roll: :oops:


Stops ALOT of idiots and/or spambots, believe me.

There is a thread on this over at Bit-Tech also, feel free to comment there.


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