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Post #1 by ALXAndy » Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:30 pm

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OK so with my third Titan Black now imminent and a big mistake I need a purpose for it.

When I say mistake I mean I let my heart rule my head and when it showed up at a irresistible price I jumped in thinking Tri SLI. But I'm no fool and I should really have stuck to my guns. More than two GPUs for gaming is stupid, really stupid, and the gains are stupid as is the support and heat and noise. Lesson learned.

Some of you may remember I love DFI well sadly that ground to a halt. I just could not get on with the case at all I think it's a monstrosity of epic proportions. Wow, that guy went there and said something bad about Corsair....

I don't get these ITX cases where the board lies flat down. It just ends up making the case look like a cube which is OK, but it seems to be massively over done. I want something skinny and narrow, that's the whole frickin point of ITX.

I also want something classy that contains zero plastic and will take well to modding. Well, having gotten really bored the other day I spread DFI out on the floor and threw in a hdd then got it up and running. The very next day I got bored again and decided to rip it down to components and throw the case under the stairs with some others. It's kinda like a grave yard under there now. Mistakes....

OK so here is what I got. I got an ITX board with a Pentium Anniversary in it. I also have either 4gb ram (Geil Extreme) or 8gb (team group). 4gb will probably be enough, as this rig only has to run Fallout 3 at 4k. That's literally it. As I embark upon my travels back into the Capital Wasteland I need a rig capable of following me on my travels.

I tell you what, it's been a pigging nightmare so far. Quite simply the case I was looking for seems to be like rocking horse S***. However, if you play Ce Ce Peniston's finally in your head you'll be right back with me. So first of all let's talk hardware.

I already have -

One MSI Titan Black with two years remaining warranty. X1.

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One Gigabyte B85N Phoenix.

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One of these.

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And one of these, which probably won't work in the new build.

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So here is what I am looking to do. Enter the Cooltek UMX1. Obviously in silver.

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And the inside.

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See, now that's what I'm talking about. A case that wraps around the hardware. For PSU I will get one of those Silverstone 500w SFX and then I have already ordered this Mayhem grill.

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And that will be cut into the side, right over the GPU. Then, hopefully, if it all clears I will get two of these.

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To bring air in over the GPU. If the cooler doesn't fit then I kinda like this.

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By Thermalright, or I can always throw in a 120mm AIO for £29 or so.

Colour scheme? it's totally to honour the Titan Black, so green silver and black. Obviously I have already ordered the obligatory sleeving.

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And I also have a few little surprises up my sleeve.

So that's it then. RE the CPU? as I said, I will probably replace it with a Xeon. They're cheaper than their I7 counterparts. The final piece of the puzzle will be to find one of those small carry on suitcases with wheels to put it in to cart it around on the train and so on.
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Post #2 by ALXAndy » Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:48 pm

Back plate made. I need to recut the "Black" part as I had the blade depth too deep and it trashed it.

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Afternoon update. So I have received some cash to get things moving along. First up I ordered this.

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One of only 4 that exist in the UK ! I then ordered this, this should get it moving along fine.

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500w Strider SFX.

Then time for some fans. Now if you look at the case you will see there is a gap in the bottom section. Well, I want some fans on the outside of the case mounted over the fan filters to draw air in and send it upward. So I bought two of these.

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Basically 120mm slim fans. Now I needed paint. So I ordered top quality given I will only need one can.

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And some Montana Power Green.

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I doubt any of you will remember, but Nfenix was painted using the same colour. It's amazing paint with a gorgeous finish.

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And a full case paint.

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This time I only need it for fans and small parts.

I also ordered this, which I'm hoping doesn't break and can make my life a little easier.

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And finally some silver grey fly screen material. I will use this in place of the existing case filters as it's higher flow and will suit the colour scheme.

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That should keep me busy for a while. Next up - prepping and painting the Mayhem fan guard.
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Post #3 by ALXAndy » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:01 pm

Time to sort out the cooler. First up remove the fan mech.

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And clear..

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Then remove the decal from the top using the heat gun.

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Stick down.

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Cut out.

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Flip.

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And fit.

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Now for the fan. Sadly the decal on here was paper and even with heat broke up and got all gunky. So I used my TIM cleaner to get the crud off, then back to the old school to get the right sized circle.

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And a short while later.

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I've also fully sanded (took ages gees, the back side of the grill was awful !) and acid etched the fan grill so I'll up some pics of that later.
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Post #4 by ALXAndy » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:52 pm

Morning update. So the braid is all here.

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And the fan grill is all in acid etch primer.

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Case is out for delivery today :)
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Post #5 by ALXAndy » Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:04 pm

So yay, the case arrived. I must comment on the quality, it's stunning ! So it was time to get serious. First I removed both sides (one pulls off the other is fixed in place with nine bolts) and had a look at it on the desk.

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Right, so I want to remove the bottom. This meant about twenty screws and two rivets.

I drilled out the rivets. Not sure why they used them really given screws would have made it better.

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And now I have this out.

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Which I am going to fit the two Gelid slim fans to. I will even retain the filters !

I also sourced eight nuts and bolts to hold the fan grill onto the side. They'll need some cutting down but it's nice to actually have what I need for once :)

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Post #6 by ALXAndy » Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:23 pm

Morning update. So the PSU is coming later today but the fans are still just saying shipped. No idea when they'll come but it won't be until next week. Until then I can be getting on with a few bits and bobs and next up will probably be cutting the grill in.

For now though let's get the bottom ready to hold two 120mm fans.

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Remove all of the screws and mask.

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Then use the grill as a handy template !

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And drill. Note some of the holes fell into the vent holes but that's OK it's really not an issue.

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Update. Took apart the roof fan ready for painting.

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/good boy scout...

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Post #7 by ALXAndy » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:00 pm

Side panel mod. OK so the first thing you should always do is mask. However, please note, you should mask twice. As you move the jigsaw around it moves in the aluminium shavings. As thus it can scratch the panel so be careful..

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Then I marked the holes first for the bolts.

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And drilled them and bolted the grill down. This is to make sure it's still perfectly straight.

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Now I could draw the cut lines.

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And start cutting.

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TBH if there is one part of computer modding I hate the very most it's cutting metal with a jigsaw. It's just all over the bloody place.

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Remove the masking, no scratches thank the lord.

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And assemble. Please remember there is silver/grey mesh going between the grill and the hole, so any rough edges will be fine. I am going to paint them using a cotton bud and some paint in the lid.

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Talking of which, look what arrived whilst I was in the middle of cutting out the panel.

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Very handy :) Maybe tonight or tomorrow morning I will paint the grill black.

Oh also.. I'm currently in talks with Cooltek who have offered me help with any parts I may need. They're a good bunch of guys !
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Post #8 by ALXAndy » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:56 pm

So this morning it was time for a dry run. Basically I want to make sure the PSU is working properly before I braid it.

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I used a genuine Windows 7 Professional X86. No point going 64 bit with 4gb ram. I did think about upgrading the ram but tbh? I can't be bothered. It's enough for the gaming I have in mind.

So, all systems go !!

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It's now all installed, SP1 and everything else.

Other updates...

I've decided to send the wiring away to Pexon. The PCIE wires are those nasty combined things and I don't think I could make them look nice.

Last night I took the grill off and marked where the case was sticking out under the grill and used my rotary tool with a sanding attachment (grinders just clog on aluminium) and ground the edges back. Next step for that is going to the model shop around the corner tomorrow and buying some black model paint and a small paint brush so I can paint the raw aluminium edges. I know the mesh I have planned quite well and you can see through it quite easily so I don't want any exposed metal on show. I have not painted the grill yet I am waiting until early next week when Easter is done and I'm settled.

Any way, the boring part is done (software) and I will leave you on this note.

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/6494676

Please note - the entire rig is stock. I've not quite worked out how to overclock it yet...
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Post #9 by ALXAndy » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:52 pm

Well the exhaust fan is finished.

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Just the intake fans to do now.
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Post #10 by SuffolkBoy » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:41 am

Looking awesome andy. ;)
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Post #11 by ALXAndy » Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:42 pm

Cheers. I have decided not to put mesh in the side I am going to put in smoked acrylic instead to make it a window :)
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Post #12 by ALXAndy » Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:37 pm

OK so I decided on a window. First up I had an old scrap piece lying around so let's mask it ready for work.

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This is it here. Got a nice smoked look.

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OK so cut.

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Mark holes.

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Drill holes.

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Round off square corner.

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Test fit.

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Ugly silver edging.

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Cue this.

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And paint.

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And a short while later.

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So now when you look through if you look up down or sideways you see a nice painted edge. I have to give it another coat later but it looks 100% better like that.

Tomorrow I will be painting the grill itself and getting that bit all buttoned up and finished :)
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Post #13 by Arne Saknussemm » Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:43 pm

Looking good Andy! :)

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Post #14 by ALXAndy » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:05 pm

Cheers Arne !

Today I put down the second coat on the edges so that's done. I started painting the grill black with Smoothrite spray paint but I think it may have reacted. If it has (and it's not just peel) I will need to strip it back and start again. Bit of a bummer but I want it right. Thankfully my heat gun would make very short work of getting the paint off of it if I have to.

Must say I am not happy with the grill at all. The edges were awful when I got it and took a lot of sanding and filing to make it good. Not very good on a £13 grill really.
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Post #15 by ALXAndy » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:35 pm

Right that's the grill painted.

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And temp fitted.

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Couple of notes.

It's filthy and really needs to be cleaned.
The screw heads are to be painted black.

Other than that it's almost finished now.

Oh yeah, and the Yates came.

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But sadly the green paint got stopped at the post office so the seller has sent another one out.
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Post #16 by ALXAndy » Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:45 pm

Screw head japes...

Basically I have been using Smoothrite spray paint that seems to be very heavily oil based and takes 24 hours before it stops being sticky. That means that I can only really put down a meaningful coat every day which has slowed me greatly. Can't say I'm enamoured with it but it has put a nice coat on the grill. The screw heads however? well even after three coats you could still see the primer coming through.

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And after one coat of model paint using a cotton bud (Q tip to you yanks)

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Normally I would not become so caught up in tiny little details like this but I want it to be right.
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Post #17 by ALXAndy » Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:55 pm

And done.

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Post #18 by Arne Saknussemm » Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:45 pm

Nicely done...

One of those screws need touching up?

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Post #19 by Ganji » Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:52 am

Looking good Andy, nice job mate :D
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Post #20 by ALXAndy » Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:29 pm

Arne Saknussemm wrote:Nicely done...

One of those screws need touching up?

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Well spotted lol. Yeah must have caught it right at the end.

All sorted now. There was a little bit left around the edge too but I did that also.
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Post #21 by ALXAndy » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:50 pm

Update. Now that the side was finished I can concentrate my efforts on the rest. So today I took the floor of the case that I removed at the start and test fitted the two intake fans to it.

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And the other side, still masked.

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Then braided the fans. I decided on light green and silver grey.

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Then cut a notch so the wires can come into the case.

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Clean and assemble.

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And the other side.

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In case you have forgotten how the case works here is a shot of it assembled, and I've pointed to where they go.

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So now I have something similar to Silverstone's rotated cases with pure intake at the bottom. I know the GPU will block a lot of the air but it's the GPU I am concerned about temp wise in such a small box.

As for the fans? well I have ordered one of these. This will be the main connector for all of the fans I connect.

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I will most likely fit a 7 volt resistor to the 12v molex line that feeds it. I used one in X8 White Lightning and it worked brilliantly, allowing me to do a nice job of the fan wires.
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Post #22 by ALXAndy » Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:36 pm

And put it all back together.. You will notice I cut a relief hole for the fan wires in the wrong side lmao. This isn't an issue, I will just cut a strip of acrylic and put that over it.

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And.

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Gotta say I'm pretty thrilled with that. The curves at the bottom of the panels literally wrap around the fans :D

I just sent the entire loom away to Shakmods along with a couple of colour samples, so they're on their way.

Hurrah :D
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Post #23 by Arne Saknussemm » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:31 pm

Sweet look! reminds me of an old radio...I like it

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Post #24 by ALXAndy » Fri Apr 17, 2015 1:06 pm

Arne Saknussemm wrote:Sweet look! reminds me of an old radio...I like it


Oddly enough I was tempted to track down an old 20s-40s radio and do a Fallout 3 themed build. Right at the beginning of Fallout 3 an old valve radio pans through the camera and the sound sputters. Was really tempted to do a radio conversion but finding one would have been hard.

You're right though it does have that sort of aura going on. I saw a Nazi radio on an antiques show the other day made from black Bakelite and this does share a lot of similarities :)
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Post #25 by ALXAndy » Sat Apr 18, 2015 4:15 pm

Just testing to make sure everything fits. Cue moment of utter panic when I couldn't get the GPU in and realised the PSU must be removed for it to fit. Phew ! I thought I had wasted £600 !!!

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Next up I need to make a stand for two 2.5" drives to go in the bottom and make the cover panels for the rest. Can't believe the cooler actually fits in there !
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