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Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ALXAndy, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. LePhuronn

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    Awesome work as always, and I'm looking forward to seeing your vinyl in place as I've been looking at hidden patterns and effects myself recently.
     
  2. ALXAndy

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    Cheers dude. If it looks good you'll see it, if not I will bin it lol.

    I've been trying forever to find Alienware's new font, but it seems it is custom and private. I used to get the others when the old staff used to work there but they all moved on now :(

    So I took what I could find, blew it up and then drew the letters.

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    It took a while but I now have it in a good resolution and good size. If you send anything lower than 400 pixels per CM to the plotter you end up with a rounded mess.
     
  3. ALXAndy

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    OK back at home. Been really sick, so have been gone over a week.

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    I'm playing with something. Smoke and mirrors..

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  4. ALXAndy

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    The bottom is now complete, with magnetic dust filter and all put back together.

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    Bottom panels are back on.

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    And have started connecting up the board.

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  5. ALXAndy

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    Two hubbys fitted as well as both RGB controllers. However, there is a problem. I can not mount the Farbwerk or Poweradjust and Splitty there. I need to put them in the bottom.

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    I've done far more than that, but there is no light now. I found out that the USB slide cover was actually broken, so spent two hours fixing that. I also wrapped every last wire for the case too. Very good progress, actually really enjoying this bit as it's a bit of a challenge. Ordered more SATA runs (Alchemy) and lots of fan extensions etc so I don't get caught short (literally).

    More soon :)
     
  6. ALXAndy

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    Ugh, didn't go bed til 3am lol. Even when I was in bed I got up again to hunt through the wardrobe for cables. I found some too hahaha.

    So as I said I sorted out the clock. Basically what I did was cut the hole to the exact OD of the clock, then pull some masking tape tight across the front, lay the clock in it (level with the front) then bead glue it down the sides from behind. Then I just cut a nice clean black edging to sit under the mirror (if I ever get a reply on that ffs)

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    Most of the front is now done, including wrapping all of the wiring for it. Somehow I missed it.

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    It turned out that this was broken. I wondered why the flap had been staying down. A spring had pulled through the plastic that was supposed to support it so I had to take it off of the vents, take it all apart, plastic weld back the plastic that had cracked and then cut a slither of supporting plastic from black acrylic and weld that on. Leave it an hour to sit, then put it all back together.

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    But it is working better than ever now. Wrapped the wires for that panel too.

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    Then modified the hard drive carriers to be benign so that I can use two drives in one (remember, all SSD no spinners) I may have also done an absolute crap load of wiring too.

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    Fitted the rear fan, with one of my custom BP decals. I like it.

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    OK then I hit a snag. This was around 11:30 last night. When looking closely at the SATA run (the only one with the PSU) I noticed one of the plastic housings on the plug was broken. I did manage to fix it using an old SATA plug I bought, but it doesn't work 100% as it is ever so slightly different. So at midnight I went through a box of wiring, found a SATA run, grabbed those pins and plugs that arrived with the PSU and set to work. As you can see (there's one hanging over the side in black) I have now made one. I also found another in the wardrobe @ 3am lmao. I will get onto that later, though I feel like I have been hit by a truck today. I also need to trim some of the case panel away (the very front one) as it's stopping the pump sitting properly.
     
  7. UnLuckyBenski

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    Are you wanting to work with glass mirror, or mirrored perspex?
     
  8. ALXAndy

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    It's 2 way mirror acrylic mate. When light is shone on it it becomes transparent, then turns into a full mirror when no light. A few guys on Youtube have made "smart mirrors" using the same stuff with a monitor and a Rasp Pi. Not seen it used in a mod yet, though that is not why I want to use it. I bought a sample, she says contact her with my order. I do so and she seems to be ignoring me (maybe it's not the 10,000 pieces she thought it would be? IDK). There are others selling it cut to size, so I'm sure it will get done before the build is complete :)
     
  9. LePhuronn

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    2-way mirror film over clear acrylic will do just as good a job, but it depends how how you want to fix it. You can't weld a sheet if it's edge-to-edge film, as I'm trying to work out :p
     
  10. ALXAndy

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    Mirror and see through is not acrylic. It is perspex, and it is made up differently to coloured acrylic. Like you I found that out the hard way. When you use alcohol on perspex it hairline cracks.. It's also a sod to cut, as instead of turning to powder it merely melts along the edge. So yeah, I wasn't planning on welding buddy. I was going to put the black outer frame (3mm acrylic) down with glue, then set the mirror part in with bolts :)

    More "werk".

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    Which was sent to a stencil then taken to the Dremel. Et Voila !

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    Note to self, when stuffing as much electronics into a build as you can it gets a bit tight.. Not only does the Farbwerk have to live there but so will the PA-3 and Splitty 9 (for the pump and fans etc).

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    Yes, it's very very dusty. I only stripped it all out about 2 months back, but cutting acylic is a sod. So it will need to be cleaned when removed. But yes, those two will live next to the Farbwerk. Hardly ideal, but then neither is putting them both in the side panel only to realise it won't close.

    Confucious say man with 14 USB ports has a lot of USB.

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    I have only one more to run (to the PA-3) and hopefully that is all of them. It all goes back to a single USB that will go into the mobo.

    My challenge of stuffing as much electronics as I can into this case continues..
     
  11. ALXAndy

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    From last night.

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    Yay, still works :D

    Quick mock up. Now I was certain this would all fit (even with a PSU 20mm longer that I am not using) but it's always a bit windy lol.

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    Seems to fit OK. I do need to be mindful of what I am stuffing underneath it, though.

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    Unfortunately the fan extensions and SATA cables are going to my mother's house, as I forgot to change the delivery address back. Mind you, there is lots I can do before that. I have also ordered a whole load of bolts from Ebay and my pal is making me the stand offs I need. So yeah, won't be done this week. Not that I would want it to really. I would rather have time to think about my next move, rather than just rushing through it. I know I am probably going to need some shorter RGB extensions too.

    Oh, and if I didn't say it already I officially hate RGB connectors. 4 very thin pins, what could go wrong?
     
  12. ALXAndy

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  13. Distracted

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    Looks like overclocking does get you some after all. :cool:
     
  14. ALXAndy

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  15. ALXAndy

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    Quick status update.

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    And the other side.

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    Needing parts now so won't get those 'til the weekend. Has been a good week for modding though :)

    Ignore the upside down Bitspower logo. There was nothing I could do about it, and besides it gets fully covered by the top.
     
  16. Distracted

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    Wasn't easy to find (on mobile at least) but once you had mentioned it it was all i could think about.:)

    I can't wait to see this finished. So much stuff packed in there already!
     
  17. ALXAndy

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    It's super annoying (the logo). You would think they would think about every orientation before putting them on. There's just no way to get it the right way around, though. Even if I flip the rad the logo is still printed on upside down on the other side. You'd think they would put it on both ways so you could get it right?

    Ah well, probably a good thing you won't be able to see it then.
     
  18. ALXAndy

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    Quick update. I am going to need a rig for when I am doing the final part of the build. I have an old board that apparently works, and I've ordered a Pentium for it (Ivy). That will then become a server/NAS. I need the CPU and cooler, then I can begin the strip out of the Triad.

    I also needed more cabling (now got) to finish wiring up the fans and then the hard drives. I will probably get back to work on Monday..

    Any way, in the mean time I got this.

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    Basically the PA3 works great, but the way I have it set up everything gets the same voltage. So that means even if my fans are silent at 12v I need to run them at 7 if I want to run the pump at 7. So I decided to get that ^ as it was on special for £29. Delivered.

    At that price I have no qualms about just literally using it alone to run the pump separately.

    I'm also waiting on the laser cut acrylic I ordered so I can finish and fit the front panel. Hopefully that (or a red "we missed you" note) will be waiting for me when I get home.
     
  19. UnLuckyBenski

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    I'm pretty surprised Perspex behaves that way, it is just acrylic technically. Obviously coloured acrylics will have different chemical makeup to clear though. When using acrylic weld I've seen some pretty weird behaviour as it's sucked into joints.

    Where on earth did you find an Aquaero for £29?!
     
  20. ALXAndy

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    OCUK :D

    B grade, but so was my Hubby and some other bits. It only needs to run the pump (with the alarm, I like that a lot) so I didn't bother with the heatsink.

    This build would not exist without OCUK. Seriously they are bloody excellent.