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Alienware Aurora ALX-XL

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by kier, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. kier

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    Thank you guys :toast:

    Think it's a nice gadget, internal is always dark even with the lights on. So never have to use a torch. Also on the back there's a light for the IO and GPU's...also very handy.
    Btw. batteries are NiMH and rechargeable
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    looks awesome man, sub'd!
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    I remember constantly bitching about alienware being overpriced. Seeing this reminded me of why i still want one xD

    EDIT: I'd still never buy one, just checked, the option of adding a 1TB HDD would cost £160 on alienware, vs buying a 2tb seagate for £67 from ebuyer...
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    Nice build :toast:
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  5. kier

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    Update!!!

    Received a beautiful package today. This time GLS did a good job ;)

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    Early christmas

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    EKWB your the best :)

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    Unpacking can begin

    First some EK-PSC Fitting 10mm - G1/4 Black

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    No build without EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black

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    And offcourse the EK-PSC Adapter 45° G1/4 Black

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    Two beautiful EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360)

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    And for the great Nvidia GTX680 GPUs 2x EK-FC680 GTX - Acetal + Nickel CSQ

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    Linked with a EK-FC Bridge DUAL Serial CSQ

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    And don't forget the EK-FC680 GTX Backplate - Black CSQ (QClass2)

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    This time I will use the new EK-BAY DCP 2.2 Combo Reservoir - Acetal

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    With this the EK-DCP 2.2 (12V DC Pump)

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    Filled with EK-Ekoolant CLEAR (premix 1000mL)

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    Thanks Gregor and everyone from EKWB who made ​​this possible.

    Don't forget to look at the great new site from EKWB CooledPC and show your system to win great prizes
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  6. ALMOSTunseen

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    EK Christmas! Can't wait to see all this installed.
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    The thing i really like about the case is that the HDD trays are made of metal and not cheap plastic,also the hotswap is pretty nice.
  8. kier

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    Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:

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    Update!!!

    To start with I have placed the EK bayres to see how it looks

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    Installing the pump onto the bayres

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    Small tutorial about this

    Installing pump/ Bayres tutorial

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    Time for the Nvidia GTX680

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    Also made a tut for placing the EK-FC680 onto the Nvidia GTX680

    GPU/ Waterblock tutorial

    Don't wanna see the vid!!! Thank god we still have pictures ;)

    Removed the plastic

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    Also removed the block

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    Dismantled the bracket

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    The EK block

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    First cleaning up the GPU

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    Placed pads and compound

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    Mounted the EK block

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    Also installed the EK-FC link

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    And backplate

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    Second GPU finished

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    Connected all together with the EK-FC Bridge Dual Serial

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    And offcourse....placed it right away

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    Made a minor adjustment into the CPU cooler. Placed LEDs for a nice effect, bright Alien eyes

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    I was still searching regards the radiator recesses on both sides. Here's the first idea.
    Playing with some mesh and air outlets

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    But no...didn't like this.
    So cut an aluminium strip, bended a lot of vents and assembled

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    Made it black

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    Next ..... The Nvidia Logo should come back. Therefore I made ​​a little cover where the Nvidia logo is displayed.

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    Like this

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    Frosted the piece

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    Just to see how it will look I cut out the name by hand.
    This is NOT the final logo, soon there will be a better one (with Nvidia claw)

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    To give this a bright shine, I have used a piece of glowpad

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    Placed a small piece

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    For the cables, I cut out a recess

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    This will no longer be seen through the cover

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    And another recess for the remaining connections mobo

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    And a recess for the GPU power. Bottom PCI-e power is tight, but possible

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    And last... Busy again with acrylic tube

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    After some measuring, Made 2 holes ​​for the fill ports

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    That's it for this weekend ;) To be continued!
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  9. kier

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    Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:

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    Update!!!

    It took a while but here is a new update of the Alienware Aurora. After some doubt what I would do, paint or powder coating I decided to do it myself.
    purchased a number of cans primer and Black.

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    Let it dry for a night and then applied several layers of black
    And again, hung to dry. Looks good i think :)

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    Internal also used some black for the heatsink and other small stuff ... still need to exchange the connectors

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    Always fun to play with Alien eyes;)

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    I also gave the midplate a black layer. This to get a illuminated green border using a CCFL. I first made the top ​​white, after that a black layer

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    Placed the CCFL

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    Time to place the PCB for the lighting etc. For this I have cut a aluminum plate

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    Placed like this

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    After extending some cables

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    Power on for testing

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    And it's working again

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    Always good to know before the cable management begins

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    Searched and found my sleeve stuff again :) for sleeving the big bundle

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    I discovered that the pins of the big block are not so easily to remove. 've Tried al kind of tools, but it isnt possible without demolishing. I just miss the slots for the pin remover.

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    So change of plans ... going to use sleeved extenions now. Sorry no sleeve update this time ;)

    I also did the lower back. Because I made ​​the Aurora a bit higher, I also need to extend the back.
    For this cut, bent and drilled an aluminum plate

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    Cut and bent another aluminum plate

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    First plate mounted on the existing PSU cover

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    And made the other plate black and mounted it. Must still bend it a bit and still make some openings with mesh in it..I think, but this is how it fits.

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    Finally the choice of the fans for the rads. The Scythe SY1212SL12H ... pretty thin fans but very noisy.
    definitely need some adjusments ;)

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    More coming up!!!
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    I want mooooreeeeeeeeeeee
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    This is awesome. I want more pics. please, have a performance test and post our the result.:laugh:
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  12. kier

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    Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:

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    Update!!!

    The end is almost in sight. Recent weeks i've done a lot on the Alienware Aurora R4
    Because the sleeving didnt go easy with the large connector I used extensions. It is certainly not MDPC sleeve, but it's not too bad

    Lower GPU power connected

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    And another

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    One more

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    And the last one

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    Some straightening and pulling

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    Looks nice

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    24 pins also some shapening

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    You've probably saw some pictures pass by with the the tubes, but here everything is connected. This time with 12/10mm tubing
    Finally I found them with the perfect size (thanks E22 Nate). Only thing to do is to file a little edge off the tubes just like the crystal links.

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    Was a lot of work, but here one pic of the other side finished lol

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    Time to fill her up and leak testing. Optical drive removed and fill the bayres.

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    After some noise...it became quit ;)

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    And then it was dark ...
    Lights on please!!!

    Oww almost forgot, the midplate: I've got the whole plate illuminated using a green ccfl bar for one half.
    And the other half (left) I've used a glowpad. The PSU cage would otherwise cause a dark spot ... not now :)

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    And power on!!!. Because the side panel is off, 3 white LEDs are shining at the top, which shows the internal

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    Leds off

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    Default color is green, but all original color options are possible

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    Front is looking very nice

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    Still some minor work to be done, such as the Nvidia GPU sticker on the cover, acrylic window and so on. Next time;) Cheers!
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    Looks amazing:toast:
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    Wow, that's some impressive work there! The bottom half of the case(the part you made from scratch) looks like it came that way from the factory.
    Definitely a big 10/10 from me so far!:toast:
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    Alienware Aurora ALX-XL is sponsored by:

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    Update!!!

    This is it ... he's finished.
    Last work is done and now only the final photo shoot. Then he (temporarily) returns to Alienware.
    For the demo room and events ... so maybe you'll see it again live somewhere

    Window was one of the last things that must be done, so I have adjusted the original cover a bit more unnecessary plastic removed

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    Cut a piece of acrylic.

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    The vinyl stickers were in and looks very nice. They gave my some more pieces to try it out. Letterop Advertising thank you very much for this.

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    Applied and tested the light

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    And the Alienware Aurora ALX-XL connected

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    Crysis 3 installed ;)

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    Last update will be the final photo shoot and maybe a nice vid ... until then!
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    Another awesome build sir :toast:
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    Wicked :rockout:
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