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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:52 pm 
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That looks awesome so far!!! Cant wait to see the end result! So many things there that I would like to try. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:01 pm 
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Big update this time, I got a lot done this weekend!

I got the top 3-way splitter's mounting holes drilled.

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I also got the Phobya pump top mounted. Damn is that thing heavy!

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Then I got the res and pump temporarily installed to check fitment.

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Then I made up a pump mount plate from black acrylic. I used the 4 120mm fan mounts in the bottom of the chassis to mount it, along with 4 rubber dampers.

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Then I ran into an issue with the rear radiator. I thought just the single Phobya rad spacer would be enough, but it wasn't The fittings still wouldn't fit in the holes. I found that if I used a 140mm fan on the outside of the case then put the rad spacer and rad on that they fit perfectly. So I decided to not use the 120mm turbine fan and use the 140mm fan that came with the case because it's still got that look I want. I decided to cut out the rear of the case so you'd be able to see the fan.

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Now the fittings line up nicely! I had to run to the hardware store and get some 10-28 x 3" SS screws to hold everything together. I drilled and tapped the rad to accept the larger screws (for strength) and cut the screws down to about 2.25".

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I also picked up this cheap momentary key switch off eBay for $3.

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I drilled out the stock power button mount and installed the key switch. It fits in there perfectly.

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I had to cut the stock button mount in half to clear the key switch. I'll still need to either modify the steel part of the case or bend the tabs on the switch to make it fit 100%

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That's it for now! Once my motherboard comes back from Gigabyte I can get the bottom 3-way splitter mounts done, then it'll be time to drill out a TON of rivets and paint the case! Stay tuned :D


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:51 pm 
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Minor update.

I got the case disassembled (mostly). I plan on leaving the drive bays as a single piece like they are for ease of assembly later.

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I also got the EK waterblock mounted to my 6870.

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Bye bye warranty!

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All cleaned up and ready to go.

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MMMmmmm shiny :D

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All ready to install!

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I should have the case painted this weekend. I've got to steal the garage for a few days to paint. Scuff, primer, sand, primer, paint!


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:33 pm 
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HUUUUGE update today :D

I got all the parts hung in the garage ready for primer and paint.

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Here is the paint I used. It's from Arctic Cat. I saw a 4-wheeler come into my dealership in this color and immediately thought it'd be perfect for this mod! 3 cans of primer and 5 cans of paint later, it's all done!

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And I was left with a whole lot of overspray dust to clean up as well.

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Here are the front and top panels with the masking tape removed.

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Next it was off with a box of rivets and my rivet gun to reassemble the case. I think it looks pretty damn good, no?

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Then there was a point in time in the basement when I was just running through putting stuff together without snapping a whole lot of pics, but I did get some taken :D

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Kingston 96GB SSD mounted to one of the hotswap trays.

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And more assembly pics :D

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Here you can see the side panel and it's windows and frames mounted. I also mounted the NZXT Sentry 2 fan controller into its place on the front side panel.

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I also designed, etched and assembled a circuit board to hold the two RGB LCDs. The spacing is perfect so they fit centered into 2 5.25" bay covers.

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I also got the plastic frames for the bay covers fit to the LCDs. Next I need to cut the foam filters and the outer mesh to fit the LCDs as well.

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That's it for now!


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:39 pm 
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WOW!! I love how that color turned out for the case! Beautiful!!


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:44 pm 
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Looking SWEEET!!


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:54 am 
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Got some airbrushing done :D Thanks again to Auto Air Colors for providing the paint!!

Still have more to do on the smaller bits. Enjoy :D

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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:13 pm 
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having been inspired with your work, I decided to paint my case too :D One question though, did you sand down the paint on the metal parts and apply primer on it or did you just paint over it?


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:04 pm 
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maxthresh0ld wrote:
having been inspired with your work, I decided to paint my case too :D One question though, did you sand down the paint on the metal parts and apply primer on it or did you just paint over it?


I lightly scuffed everything with a brown scotch-brite pad then went over it with a yellow tack cloth to remove any dust, then used primer :)


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:28 pm 
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Update time!!

I cut a piece of mesh to cover the holes left in the side panel and put some trim on it to dress it up a bit then hot-glued it into place.

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I also got a bunch of random parts soldered to the ProtoStack dev board to make it look more industrial-ish. All I need to do is wire up the LEDs that this board will be controlling.

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Thanks again to NZXT for sending me a 2M red LED strip!! I removed the module from it's PCI slot bracket and mounted it to a spare standoff hole on the backside of the motherboard.

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Then I removed the motherboard and hot-glued the LED strip to the case under it.

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Looks pretty sweet :D

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I also tested the fans and my fan controller and found that for some reason the Sentry 2 wouldn't even get the Turbine Master fans to even start spinning. :? If you tapped the blades by hand they'd spin right up, but not from a dead stop. So I replaced them with a pair of Gentle Typhoons and a sweet ACRyan radgrill

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I also got my Indigo Extreme TIM installed on the CPU

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Next up I got all the UV LEDs sleeved. I started with the 2 3mm ones that go into the CPU block, then did the 5mm one in the res and also swapped out the 2 3mm blue ones in the flow meter with 2 3mm UV ones. The camera makes the UV look super bright, but with the coolant I'll be running it should look perfect. :D

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I also got 3 more WD Caviar Black 500GB drives to go with the one in my current rig. I plan to put the OS onto the 96GB SSD then do a RAID 1+0 with the 4 500GB drives.

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I got the SATA cables sleeved with the copper sleeving from MDPC-X. I must say, their sleeve is THE BEST! Dirt cheap and looks great!

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Speaking of sleeving, I did the PSU. I wasn't going to, but I had to. I did it with a mix of the copper brown and tungsten gray from MDPC-X. I did ALL the wires. I ended up cutting and extending the 8-pin CPU wires so they'd reach without needing the adapter that Tt included with the case. I also cut off the un-needed cables and heatshrunk the ends inside the PSU to keep things clean. Enjoy :D

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That's all for now!


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:38 pm 
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I put some zip ties on the PCI-e cables to clean them up a bit

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I also picked up these sweet aluminum hose clamps for all the 3/8" tubing. I wanted the same ones for the 1/4" but they were all out, so I got the standard plastic clamps

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I picked up this Bitspower radgrill for the rear fan

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But the green wasn't cutting it so I painted it to match the rest

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I also got a pair of Lian Li blank 5.25" drive covers and some military switches.

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I taped, marked, drilled and mounted everything :D

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The other holds a 16x2 LCD and a Bulgin button.

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I decided to go with a single LCD versus the 2 for simplicity's sake, and the fact that I only really needed one anyways. I also painted both panels to match as well.

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Now I figured I'd do something different with the 1/4" clear tubing for the RAM. I wanted them to do something rather than just be there. So I tried some different routing setups and settled on this one. I cut up some spare plexi I had laying around, sanded, drilled and painted, and here is the end result. This will look sick once the fluid is in there :D

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That's all for now. I've been working a lot with the coding for everything lately. All that's left to do really is finish the switch wiring, finish the airbrushing and integrate the flow meter into the coding one the system is up and running!


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:51 pm 
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Another update :D

I designed, etched and assembled the 2 circuit boards I'll be needing now that I'm only using 1 LCD. One board will house the ATMega328 and all it's associated components as well as have all the I/O pins for the accessories. The second board will mount to the LCD directly and allow me to use a 2x5 ribbon cable instead of the breadboard-friendly layout as the LCDs come.

I used Fritzing to create the layouts and the PCBs.

I started off by laying out everything in the breadboard view.

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I used that to create the PCB layouts as seen here. From the breadboard point to the ready-to-print PCB point was about 2 hours. This consisted of moving parts around the boards to get the best possible layout.

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Next I created etchable .pdf's (done with Fritzing) so I can print out the boards. You'll notice one side is mirrored. This is because when you transfer the image it'll come out oriented correctly.

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Here the boards are printed out and cut out. They are printed with a laser printer onto inkjet photo paper. The reason for this is that the toner, which is plastic, will not adhere to the inkjet photo paper. This will allow it to be transferred to the copper clad with an iron.

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Here are the top sides all transferred.

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Here I've drilled a set of holes and inserted pins through them. I use these pins to line up the back side traces for transferring.

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Fast forward a few steps and you've got a pair of freshly-etched and drilled boards ready for assembly! The blobby-ness on the traces is from a sharpie. If you get mostly good transfer but have a few little patches where it didn't stick you simply use a sharpie to draw it in. It works as an etch resist almost as good as the toner itself.

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And here we have the pair of completed boards. I still need to test these to make sure they're working 100%

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That's all for now!


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:41 pm 
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It's aliiiiiive!!!!! :D

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After doing the reflow procedure for the Indigo Extreme TIM Temps are VERY nice :D I'm getting ~34ºC idle and topping out at ~48ºC under Hyper Pi, OCCT and Prime95.

All that's left to do is finish the coding and the wiring! Also, my coolant will be here this week, stay tuned :D


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:42 pm 
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Minor update!

I painted the CPU retention bracket to match the rest of the case

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I also got a pair of 12" UV cathodes installed the the side door. I ended up reusing the touch connector that came with the case for this. it simplifies the wiring a lot :D

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Next up I wired up 4 LEDs and hot-glued them into the top part of the front side window. The LEDs are all warm white colored.

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And it's now finished! But you'll have to wait until tomorrow for the good pics. In the meantime here's a few teaser shots :D

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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:08 pm 
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Here's the final pics and video! Enjoy!

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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:20 pm 
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That looks really awesome!
What did you use for a flow meter and how did you get it to display on the front panel so nice? Is that to do with the arduino stuff?


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:11 pm 
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magnumsrule wrote:
That looks really awesome!
What did you use for a flow meter and how did you get it to display on the front panel so nice? Is that to do with the arduino stuff?


The flow meter is a Koolance unit that hooks into a Koolance frequency adapter that outputs the signal to a standard fan header. The RPM you read is the approximate flow in mL/min. So with some basic maths (and yes, an Arduino) you can get the LPH displayed on the LCD :)


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:41 pm 
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Those arduino boards look really neat but I dont know much about whats required to get them to work. One of the few things I would like to add to my water loop is a flow meter and coolant temp.


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:49 am 
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magnumsrule wrote:
Those arduino boards look really neat but I dont know much about whats required to get them to work. One of the few things I would like to add to my water loop is a flow meter and coolant temp.


well if you're interested let me know, I can tell you what to buy and I've got the code for it and everything, we can make it work :)


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 Post subject: Re: Maximum Security - Level 10 GT mod
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:37 pm 
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Sent you a PM. :mrgreen:


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