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  1. #121
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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    Glad to hear about the Hiper GM, especially since you paid good money for it. I read quite a few reviews on them in the last couple of days, but was holding off on ordering one. I like this better than the Sunbeam, so I'm heading over to FCPU to snab one up.

    UB, good idea on the solder, I was taught to solder the end of each bare wire before soldering them together, to this day, never a failed connection.

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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    Here's what up to date.

    I've been attempting to get ahold of ANYbody that can laser/waterjet cut some final pieces of aluminum for me and haven't heard back from any of them This is what is taking so long to finish up this project.

    In the meantime I've been sitting on some last bits of mirrored black plexi and I've decided to modify my front faceplate design just a little.



    It's a little more simplistic than the first but takes care of a lot of problems I have with the front of this case. Number one being that you can see all the cables I have routed through this area because of the LED in the Evercool fan. In the design the case front will be cutout where the casebadge is now and an 80mm round fan cathode and silver perforated mesh installed in it's wake.

    If I like the way it comes out I'll be even more anxious to get this cut from aluminum. I have a piece of stock coming in that I won off of eBay.The circle cutouts in the large panel will be easy enough but I'm not too confident in my ability to cut that (separate) gear that is also shown on this version of the panel.

    You'll also notice there's no provision in this design for any optical drives. That's because I realized that I hardly ever used them when they were installed anyhow. I removed it and installed it in that clear acrylic Beantech enclosure with another DVD burner so now I have a disk duplicator to play with.

    In place of the optical drive I installed another harddrive in an Ultimate Hard Drive Cooler (minus the crappy plastic faceplate).



    If you haven't tried one of these let me tell you that these work like MAD. It keeps that drive a full 5-6 degrees celius COOLER (26-28celcius idle, 30-32celcius load) than the water cooled one at all times.

    I'll be replacing it with the black version though (minus the crappy plastic faceplate of course).



    I'm also trying to get my hands on some Aquadrive faceplates so if anyone across the pond can help me out I'd appreciate it. I've been trying to get ahold of a an etailer there and I'm just waiting for some responses to emails.

    Well that's it for right now. Later.
    Last edited by grumblemarc; 10-16-2005 at 09:35 AM.
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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    i bet that cooler is pretty noisey though... those tiny little pos fans


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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    Not really. The heatsink is doing all the work anyways. The 120s are the loudest thing in my rig.
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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    Quick update.

    Got tired of waiting since I never heard back from and water/laser cutters for the final pieces I need done so I took a stab at cutting things myself.

    I won a slab of 6"x4' aluminum that was 1/8" thick. I hacked off a 15.5" piece, drilled a couple of holes and attached a stainless Aquabay faceplate to the front of it. Needless to say the measurements are off because I SUCK at it but you cannot tell at all.




    Here it is all polished up.



    Check that near mirror finish.
    I didn't want to take it too far with the level of reflectivity because the rest of the parts are about this shiny.



    Here is how the faceplate gets mounted to the case. The rear end of the Aquabay.
    You'll notice that since I'm not using the Eheim 1046 pump on it I hacked away the pump mounting plate. Actually I did that almost right after I got it.



    Here's what it looks like with it ON the case.
    The FIRST thing you'll notice is that there are no more optical drives and the fan controller is gone too. Actually the fan controller is IN the rig but I don't have pics of that just yet. Now I just need some more gear pieces cut and I'll almost be finished with this thing.

    Overall I'm kinda happy the way it turned out but there are many problems with this version that need to be worked out. A LOT of misalignment due to the lack of measuring skills. I think I've solved that dilemma. I also hated that I had to move the fan controller INTO the rig. The cuts were just too difficult for the tools that I have at the moment. But mark my words it WILL see the light of day again. The way it looks right now is just too plain and PRONE to fingerprints. AAAARGH!!
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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    The polished Aluminum looks great, man! As for the fingerprints, I have your solution... a tad expensive, but you can cover a lot of metal with this stuff and it works great!

    http://www.zoops.com/zoopseal.asp

    just make sure you get all of the fingerprints off before you use this stuff; finger oils can etch aluminum and it would really zuq to have to look at a fingerprint on one of those gears for years to come 'nStuff!



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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    still lookin good, Grumble...
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    Re: Project: Geared Up



    WTG!!
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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluff n Stuff
    The polished Aluminum looks great, man! As for the fingerprints, I have your solution... a tad expensive, but you can cover a lot of metal with this stuff and it works great!

    http://www.zoops.com/zoopseal.asp

    just make sure you get all of the fingerprints off before you use this stuff; finger oils can etch aluminum and it would really zuq to have to look at a fingerprint on one of those gears for years to come 'nStuff!

    Thanks all. Zoopseal huh? I may give that a try when it's all said and done.
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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    Hey!

    Long time no update! And guess what? STILL no update. Just waiting for some response for waterjet cut parts so I'm still hanging in there. I just bought one of these from FrozenCPU.



    I know I don't need to cool my RAM but it looks cool. I'll let you know what I think when it arrives.
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    Re: Project: Geared Up

    Nice!!
    Main Rig: EVGA 141-BL-E769-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 CLASSIFIED/WATERCOOLED ED. cooled by the Monster Water Cooling Setup
    HTPC One BIG Case Asus 8 CORE Monster
    ASUS: 5 * BIOSTAR: 1 * CHAINTECH: 1 * EVGA: 3 * GIGABYTE: 5 * SUPER MICRO: 1 *TYAN: 2
    180+ GHZ total power for PC Perspective Killer Frogs Rosetta @ Home Team as The Uncle B's!!




    Spoiler!

    I'm the Uncle your Aunt won't talk about. Go ahead and pull my finger!

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    Re: Project: Geared Up Back From The Dead

    After a long hiatus from this project I got some free time to try and get closer to finishing up this mod. Although I doubt I'll ever be truly finished this is about as close as I've come.

    First off we have this...



    ...and this.



    This is the front aluminum faceplate that I carved up a while ago.



    I took one of these.



    And simpy chucked the fan away then coupled it with one of these.



    I also chucked the honeycomb grill as it did not fit with the theme.
    It will eventually be replaced with a small geared ring like I planned.
    Right now it's got the regular old fan grills on it but I am whipping up
    the round mesh ones as we speak.

    Here's a shot from the back if you can make this out.



    I also did some swapping out of components and the blowhole rings are
    also getting a nice polish today.

    So here's how the case looks right now.



    AI chucked the Ultimate Hard Drive Cooler and I added the
    Innovatek/AquaComputer hard drive rails to the second drive.
    I swapped out the Danger Den rad for for an Aquacomputer one.



    I added another bulkhead fitting for a PCI-E extension to be run
    through for the vid card.



    And mounted my old GPU cooler onto it.

    Let me tell you this was the most frustrating part of the whole
    ordeal. I thought that simply hacking off the voltage regulator
    portion of the cooler would make it fit onto the new card easily but I was
    WRONG.
    I mistakenly assumed that the only difference between the 6800 cooler
    and this one was the voltage regulator extension. If you notice there are 2
    capacitors right at the lower right hand corner
    of the stock cooler.



    I had to notch out a lower part of the corner of the
    cooler to allow the smaller cap to fit and then found the the cooler was
    still too long across. It hit the larger cap and cost me about 1/8" of
    clearance. So close yet so far. So I took my orbital sander to the right
    hand side of it and sanded off that nearly 1/8".

    Here's what it looks like finally monted to the card.



    You can see the rough spot I left in my frustration. It JUST fits now.

    Here is where the Noise Isolator is sitting for now until I can get my hands on
    an Aquaero.



    So this thing. The pass-through for the ATX connector. Ugly.
    Don't know what I was thinking.



    And this.


    Would not fit my RAM with the heatspreaders on them
    and I wasn't about to void my Mushkin warantee. I sold it to someone
    on the forum who could use it.

    So that is it for now. When I finish polishing up the blowhole rings
    I'll get pics of those.

    Later.
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