Project: Tranzfuzion (completed 28/10/09)

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  1. atmo

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    UPDATE: Final pics here: http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showpost.php?p=11068424&postcount=150

    Today I made a start on a new project, based around a Cosmos S. CPU and GPU will be water cooled, with a 2x120 and a 3x120 radiator.


    A shot of the new gear which arrived today:
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    The case, straight out of the box:
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    Test fit of the pre-made windowed side panel:
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    Stripped of all exterior panels (which was quite fiddly and took way longer than I expected it to):
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    A Pioneer DVR-215, which will receive a red LED and a paint job:
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    Disassembled front panel:
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    The original green LED:
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    The new, 12000mcd red LED:
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    Soldered in place:
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    Testing the new LED:
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    A quick reassembly to see how it looks with the front panel in place:
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    The external parts were then painted black, red or silver:
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    The DVD burner may not make it into the case as space will be tight. These mods were done a couple of days ago before the case arrived, so I hadn't had a chance to take measurements. If it won't fit I'll install it in an external eSATA enclosure and just sit it on my desk.

    Things on the to do list for the next few days are to fabricate some brackets to hold the pump and front radiator in place, cut out a section of the motherboard tray to allow access to the back of the CPU socket, new HDD mounts (I don't like the included 4-in-3 module) and cut some new holes for neater cable routing.
     
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  2. the Fan-Man

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    I love the LED thing! if i had those soldering skills i would have changed the load light from green to pink.

    moar pics!
     
  3. Dodge M4S

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    Looks good. ive never thought about changing the LED in the DVD ROM.
     
  4. ford ftw

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    Looking good nice idea changing the DVD led. I will follow this looks like a nice build.
     
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    The LED mod is a great idea.. I look forward to seeing the rest of this project ;)
     
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    atmo

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    Not much to show today, I mainly took measurements and decided on placement of some of the components.

    One thing I did install today was the EK X-Top on the MCP 655-B.


    The pump, and the new top:
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    The pump with it's original casing removed:
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    Installing the X-Top
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    Completed, with the new base installed:
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  7. elstado

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    Change optical drive LED. That's an awesome idea for a quick, simple and effective little mod. Good work. This seems very promising. :thumbup:
     
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    Very nice.. Where'd you get that windowed side panel from?
     
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    Thanks mate, yeah it looks quite nice.

    It's just the other windowed panels I've seen seemed to have the same shape of the mesh etc. And have the Cosmo S logo still there n stuff.

    Looking good, I'm quite interested, I'm modding my Cosmo myself.. :)
     
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    I wanted to replace the standard Cosmos S 3.5" bays, as the module was a little large and made accessing the drives a bit harder than it needed to be, so I decided to use the upper 3.5" bay from a P180:

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    The tabs which protruded from the bottom would need to be shaved off to allow it to sit flush:
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    After a bit of trimming with the dremel:
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    A quick test fit in the case, with the pump and 240 radiator sitting on top:
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    Clearance is good between the top and front radiators:
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    Something I sort of expected from initial measurements; There's not enough room for the optical drive in the second from the top bay, the radiator is just a few mm too tall.
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  12. F3L1X

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    wow really liking this build :thumbup:
     
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    Woah dude, I can already tell this is going to turn out fantastic!

    Keep it up, MOAR UPDATES!
     
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    Awesome so far. Will definitely keep an eye on this. Professional and meticulous...
     
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    Subscribed :D
     
  16. zeropluszero

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    checked out my worklog in my sig?
    looks to be of similar ilk at this rate.

    list your hardware! :)
     
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    atmo

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    Yep, the dual loop you're doing is pretty cool. Any pics of the finished rig?


    At this stage I'll be running:

    i7 920 (yet to buy)
    EVGA X58 SLI LE
    3x2GB Corsair GT 1600 (yet to buy)
    Asus GTX285 + EK FC285 GTX Acetal (bought today, from n3wbi379)


    I've just placed an order with GAM for:

    EK Supreme LT Acetal
    2M PrimoFlex PRO Red 1/2" ID
    2M Tygon Black 1/2" ID
    12x Bitspower 1/2" ID silver shining compression fittings
    3x 90 degree rotary adapter
    25m Black 3mm sleeving
    10m Red 3mm sleeving
    2x LCD temp sensors

    So by mid week I should have most of the parts ready to go.

    I'll be powdercoating the chassis once I'm done fabricating a few other pieces. If the budget allows I may get the outer panels painted by a professional painter, but at this stage it's up in the air.

    The main hold up as far as fabrication goes is that I need access to a bender before I can do much more. I work for a high school with a decent technology dept. so I may be able to use that next week, when the school holidays are over.
     
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    Today I cut a few sections out of the motherboard tray, to allow easier access to the CPU backplate and to make cable routing a little easier.

    Masked up before cutting:
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    The result:
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    The cut's aren't perfectly finished, but they won't be seen as I'm making a cover plate to hide the holes.

    I may cut another small section for PCI-e cables, but I'll dummy the wiring before it goes to the powder coater to see if it's necessary. I don't want to risk the structural integrity of the case by removing too much of the tray.

    Quick question, does anyone know where countersunk rivets can be bought? Bunnings etc. don't stock them.
     
  19. garfield2k

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    try conventry...they have them..

    oh...also remembered last night that i saw some blacn countersink ones at bunnings also....maybe worth goign to a different one too see if they have any?
     
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  20. -Sk3tChY-

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    Hey mate, if you could document and take a few pictures of what you did to prep for powder coating that would be amazing, I'm in the process of getting my own case powder coated so it'd be awesome to know exactly what needs to be done.
     

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