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[WORKLOG] OFFICIAL RIP - 22/4/20 | Project: TITAN [Nickel Plated Copper in CaseLabs TH10A]

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    What false promises? It's all starting to get together. Soon...soon...soon...

    It'll be worth it, I promise!

    Here's a mini-update: I got my case, and the rest of my hardware arrives next week. It's a real shame I don't have time to do a massive update next week because I have many uni assessments and essays to study for and hand in, but I'll definitely whip something major up next next week.

    Sorry for always baiting you guys into thinking that this has finally started - it's all just a massive pile of hardware lying at the corner of my room.

    Thanks to mad_mic3 and Mrfocals for helping me with preparations and thoughts for the build thus far, and thanks to the people whom I've purchased parts off to get this thing going!

    As for now, I'm starting to lean towards stainless steel because it's cheaper, but I don't want to forego saving a few hundred for something that's not good quality...
     
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    Long overdue 2nd update.

    Alright folks, enough ran out of excuses, time for some dick pix

    Sorry for not posting sooner, it's actually worse because I now have to post a fucktonne of shit instead of regular small updates, but hopefully you guys can lower the pitchforks and enjoy what I have in store instead.

    WARNING: POTATO PICTURES.

    I have most of the parts with me already, they're lying in an (expensive) scrapheap in the corner of my room:

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    Let's get unboxing! Here's some fans:

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    I'll be getting 12 more Cougar Red LEDs to complement the build, haven't done a flashy LED build in a long time ;)

    Another 980, makes two :)

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    The case box:

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    Open up the case box:

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    Truly a man's jigsaw puzzle:

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    Thanks to Mrfocals for shipping this over to me from the Gold Coast, came a bit dirty so I put it in the jacuzzi and gave it a big spraydown and soak and dried it overnight, now it's just a tad dusty from the Sydney air

    Some cables (I don't have enough, need to order more) :

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    Potato quality photo of my storage drive. My boot drive will be an M.2 Kingston Predator 480GB SSD, but I have yet to buy it. Can't let that PCI-E bandwidth go to waste!

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    The mobo. I won't be using the front panel, waste of a feature :(

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    Assembling the case (without instructions, RIP)

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    It was actually surprisingly easy, I spent more time figuring out which screws to use instead of figuring out where each part went. Took around 30 minutes, not bad...

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    DONE!

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    Gotta have some stickers on the case:

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    Some more glory shots of the complete case:

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    The doors to the case are surprisingly handy, I love the design of the case overall. Modular, sturdy and big. Really happy with it!

    It's pretty empty at the moment, but only for a limited time...

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    The bottom compartment has already been filled up:

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    So has the motherboard tray:

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    TBC, gotta go somewhere...
     
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    and so the other day, aquacomputer shit arrived :D

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    i love the german watercooling stuff, it's just top notch and beyond words.

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    Got my CPU block, 2 GPU blocks, another aqualis res and an aquaero...time to block!

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    Gonna teach these newborns how to swim. The one on the left hasn't even had its stickers peeled off yet.

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    Dual GPU block goodness.

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    What's in this package?

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    A Kryos!

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    Very shiny...

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    I wore gloves this time so I wouldn't get fingerprints or oil marks on the blocks...you should see the state of the blocks on mono. :upset: I guess there's just no lazy way out...

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    Gonna have to reseat the block though, it's not in the correct position!

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    Time to block the cards!

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    All done, for now :)

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    The blocks came with some rather lacking backplates for even heat transfer apparently, but they still look decent on the cards so I can't complain

    Would you like some RAM with that, sir?

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    The Aquaero in action (forgot to buy faceplate) :

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    Got the fan and USB cables all ready:

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    Now to do some test fitting to see the amount of room I have left to work with...It's a big case but you'll be surprised at the cutoffs between the stuff inside...there's like 1.5cm between the 480 at the front and the Aquaero, and 5mm cutoff between the front rad and the bottom 560...And I haven't even tested the top 480 yet. It's definitely gonna be a squeeze :Paranoid:

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    Note: I am not using these fans.

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    Plenty of space for dual reservoirs next to the mobo tray!

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    As I'm typing this, I've come to the realisation that I should have done the entire front panel first before assembling the case so I could actually put everything in...gonna have to strip the case bare and reassemble it FML :thumbdn::thumbdn::thumbdn:

    The back is coming along neatly, I love it when there's no rainbow wires running across places, the back is no exception

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    And this will be the last photo in a lengthy update... ;) Stay tuned!

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    Haven't got the fittings nor the Cougar fans so I'm gonna have to order them this week.

    Now for the real question: Anyone in Sydney have a 1/2" copper pipe bender before I get the salt and do it myself? Dad wouldn't let me buy a $40 tool from bunnings :upset:

    Got any tips, comments, hate? Vent below!

    Thanks for staying faithful patient, hope to update this again soon :p
     
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    You have to see the aquacomputer radiator to see real quality.
     
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    Can you get in touch with Saate?

    How long is the drive to Canberra?

    There are some tips on his Rocket Surgery website :thumbup:
     
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    I have, and I would take your rad off you if I had any more room in my rig :p

    I've been on rocketscience.mx more times than I can count with all my fingers and toes :p About to order the fittings off him, I'll also be having a chat to Saate through PM soon. (If you're reading this Saate, be prepared ;))

    I have uni starting today so the drive is probably out of the question, anyone local got a few tools I can borrow for a weekend or two? :s
     
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    You can bend pipe with ice too
     
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    full update to come within 48 hours days ;)
     
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    I'll get the lube ready.
     
  10. GhostXiX

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    i can just see it now...
    this build still wont be done next year xmas time.......:tongue::tongue::lol:
    and he probably be using that case as a storage shed......:lol::lol:

    oh and one more thing...
    where are the Airplex rads??????
    dont tell me your going to use some junk rads when your using such nice bits from Aquacomputer.
    http://shop.aquacomputer.de/product_info.php?products_id=3340
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    Might make the copper pipe a bit shinier ;)

    negative, mum set an ultimatum...if it aint done by the end of the year, it's going to the dump :upset:

    i'm also outta coin, kickstarter for me and i'll do it :D

    should i even bother approaching aquacomputer and asking them to sponsor me :Pirate::thumbup:
     
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    tell them you've built the orange D frame build.....LOL....:lol::lol:
    anyways airplex rad's are not that expensive if you consider the fact that its rebuildable and also customizable....
    or make it a AIO aswell.....
    the build quality far out shines any other rads on the market.....
    don't even try to compare alphacool or any other brand to it.....
    out of all the monsta rads that i have..
    not one freaking one has the freaking top and bottom tank soldered on straight....:thumbdn::thumbdn:
    like over 20 of them lol.....
     
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    Soooooooo...
    i am guessing mum had the stuff all thrown into the dump yes......:lol::lol:
     
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    Actually considering airplex rads...we'll see :p I'll need some extra coin but that's alright HAHA

    Nearly... :o
     
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    Fuck me dead, finally an update!

    Hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Years, one of my resolutions was to get this build completed by February so I had to get off my fat ass and actually make some progress.

    Here's half a decent excuse - I spent Christmas aboard this:

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    Got some nice pictures but an even nicer triple toned tan on my right arm :upset:



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    My three favourite people on board the boat :D:thumbup:

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    Thanks Carnival Spirit, though New Caledonia wasn't as good as I hoped...moving on...

    Somewhere in September I purchased some custom cables from Iceland <Thanks IceModz.com> . They arrived and I can't describe the quality of the cables. They're fucking mint :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

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    Fucked up the order, ended up with this "thing"

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    Did some cabling around, pretty satisfied with the cable management thus far:

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    Got this nifty thing as well, it'll come in handy for some of my fans:

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    A quick look at the bottom of the case:

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    The GPU cables:

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    The Aquaero with the fan cable extenders:

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    Top rad mounted. I had to mount them with the fans towards the back of the rad because I didn't have screws that were long enough :'( time to fix!

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    I also got two more pumps and pimped them out Bitspower style.

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    I hate sleeving :o:thumbdn: Hopefully this is the last time I do this.

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    The finished product:

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    Pump squadron assemble! :D:thumbup:

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    Got another two nifty toys:

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    Probably not the smartest $99 I've spent, but fuck it it looks sexy :leet:

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    Got this thing too

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    Final picture from this update is from my desk, nothing related to Titan, but I got a second Swift :D

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    Now let's go do some pipe bending :)

    Mum's kitchen table turned workbench:

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    Fucking scratched the tempered glass like 20 times, don't tell her please :rolleyes::Pirate:

    My new room, partitioned from the loungeroom just for my PC needs

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    As you can see I decided reluctantly to dismantle the STH10, I got off my ass and decided to start measuring holes that I needed to drill and start cutting some pipe.

    Proof that I'm actually doing something

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    Anyone notice the cool fittings here?

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    HUUUUUUUUUUGE THANKS TO SAATE FOR SUPPLYING ME WITH THE ROCKET SCIENCE FITTINGS, THEY'RE FUCKING BEAUT

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    Mr Saate delivers, both buildlog and irl :thumbup: when I head to Canberra one day he definitely deserves a six pack

    First two tubes cut!

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    You'll notice the edges are filed down terribly, but as long as they don't shred the o-rings (or my fingers) they're good to go

    Here's the link for the GPU's, fit inside both the fittings. It fits nice and snug :D

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    My favourite shot of the build thus far. Just makes it look like I've finished it :p

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    Another glamour shot

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    Yesterday I found some motivation to do some more work :) Here's a failed bend that I did, you'll notice that there's no sand or salt so there's 4 or 5 bend marks...

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    The right angle looks decent though, this one goes from the CPU up to the upper rad. I trimmed the sides down a bit to get it to perfect fit so I can use it as a template

    I also made the mistake of bending the tube that was cut, I should have just bent the metre long pipe before cutting it, would have made my biceps hurt less :rolleyes:

    Measured the holes that I needed to cut at the top for the CPU pass through

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    I was planning to use the bitspower fillports to get a cleaner look for the build, and there's a 25mm clearance between the holes that need to be drilled. That's literally just enough space, the fillports are side to side with no gap so I'm VERY stoked that it worked out :D

    Here's a mockup of the connection, imagine that the second pipe is also there:

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    Here's the bottom plate that I'll need to cut for the GPU

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    The hole overlaps into the other 120mm fan hole so this one will be a pain to drill, but the clearances for the fill ports are pretty wide so doing this one won't be too bad.

    Now I need to mount the reservoirs and the pumps:

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    Need to measure out where to cut the holes. I'll also need a midplate to cover the ugly holes that the fan holes leave behind - even with the covers it looks uneven, so I'll probably buy some mirror plexi and cut it myself to size.

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    I need the midplate to extend from the metal to where the pencil is to hide everything, about 62cm x 20cm for the midsection. Acrylic at Bunnings (black) is $55 for a 90cm x 60cm sheet, but I'm still not decided on how to mount the midplate and what colour to use. This brings me to the next problem...

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    These six holes were drilled by the previous owner of the case. Unfortunately for me they are in the worst place possible for my build, so I'll need to cover them up. Does anyone have some bright ideas? I'm thinking of getting the black acrylic to cover the entire motherboard plate, placed on 12 motherboard standoffs and screwed onto the mohterboard plate so it covers the holes. Then I can mount the reservoirs to the acrylic cover plate as well...but surely there's an easier way to do this

    Also stumped on how to mount the pumps, below is a cheap solution on mounting the pumps AND covering the 6 demon holes:

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    I'll most likely be mounting the pumps under the midsection, in the gap left after I place the PSU and the rad, kinda like here:

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    Last but not least, someone with knowledge of the Aqualis can help me with this :D

    Which ones are inlets, and which ones are outlets for the Aqualis XT? Can you label them for me? Because this will help me determine the final water path and allow me to drill the correct holes in my case for the reservoirs and pumps.

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    Now I'm finally up to date with the build log :D

    Let me know what you think :leet::thumbup:

    Sorry for not updating and continuing the false promises...

    More to come VERY soon... ;)

    BTW, FOR PEOPLE IN SYDNEY - THE COMPLETED BUILD WILL BE ON SHOW AT UNSW O-WEEK IN LATE FEBRUARY, AT THE UNSW COMPUTER ENTHUSIASTS SOCIETY BOOTH. THERE MAY ALSO BE OTHER THINGS SUCH AS A VR DEMO AND LN2 OC DEMO THERE, PLEASE DO COME VISIT US :D
     
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    Just realised some pics are broken, I'll fix it tonight :thumbup:
     
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    something worthy of an old watercooling perverts time :thumbup:
     
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    All images hosted on imgur, finally fixed :D

    Thanks, I hope I'll have enough pipe porn to please you ;)
     
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    Looking good mate! The polishing is the most enjoyable part of the process by far, I reckon - get on it! :)
     

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