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Project Sulaco

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by tobyak, Aug 11, 2011.

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    Can't wait to see it done... :toast:
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    thanks for the subs and kind words guys.. and remember every sub saves a panda.... well it might not but we have no proof that it will not
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    UPDATE TIME!!!!!!!

    So this week its been all about the PSU cover and res holder combo
    BUT.. there was a problem, when i could have ordered some nice smoked (very easy to cut and bond) Acrylic, i messed up and ordered the nightmare to cut and bond that is Perspex (plexiglass) so there was some serious outside the box thinking to get around it

    First up getting all the pieces together (couldnt get pics of cutting wayyyyy to much airborne dust) )
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    First off i tacked all the pieces with superglue that i gelled with a little water...... it fell apart 3 times resulting in a LOT of swearing, finaly the main shell was tacked

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    The task began of finding a way to bond the perspex in a way that could take the stresses as obviously superglue will fracture if subjected to a shock....... so..... an hour of wandering around the house searching for old stockpiles of tools and misc decorating odds and ends when an idea struck me..... why not use the car body filler that i used on the side panel...
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    SUCESS!!!!!!! It aint pretty but it sure is strong

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    and the starting of the res holder an front plate
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    more later when the glue and filler fully cures and i can go mental with a sander


    IN THE MEANTIME...... another....... SUPPLY DROP

    This time Enermax who have been good enough to assist me with this project with some amazing Vegas Duo fans

    And here they are
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    so whats in the box i hear you cry... well ok i dont but here it is just incase you did cry it
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    side by side 120mm and 140mm Vegas Duo fans, and the accessories from the the packs

    Each fan comes with an attacked micro speed control and mode button
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    each fan also included rubber mounts and a 3pin to moles adapter

    Now on to the 2 main features, the first is the brilliant click blades, a simple puch of the back of the blades and the blades unclip from the body of the fan, brilliant for cleaning and modding
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    at this point i need to point out that the blades are clear with a silver stripe to reflect the led arrays around the housing
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    and the second main feature of these amazing fans... the LED array, with the Vegas Due this is a twin array (blue red), the big brother to these the Vegas Trio have triple arrays of red, blue, green and more then 11 modes on the Duo alone
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    the Vegas range in action

    And to finish off this supply drop the back of the box
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    and i simply had to add this as it just caught my eye.. there is a tab on the top to make it easier to open the fan packaging so you dont destroy the package... kinda cute
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    A massive thanks to Enermax for the fans

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    MORE COMING SOON.......................
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  5. tobyak New Member

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    Big update in the works, another supply drop ASUS this time and more work on the PSU shroud
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    After 10 coats of paint and clear the side panel has finaly been MOSTLY put together, stll have the brushed accents to fit over the bevel gaps but the majority is done

    Durin the undercoat and fitting of the bevel i noticed that i had forgot to redrill one of the bolt holes that go through the window, metal and resin bevel to hold it all together.... so i grabbed my trusty drill and used the origional holes as my guide

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    HOWEVER, whilst drilling, the drill dropped to fast and shattered the body filler on the covered cutouts, so it was back to the filler for some quality swearing and repair work
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    Then it was time for more undercoating and then several layers of metalic black paint and then several layers of clear enamel, and then the headache of putting it all together
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    Building the side and making it work as a structure has been a long road, i dont have the tools most do for a fast job so it has been slow and steady work, there is still some finishing to do on the door but that will wait until i get the top and front bezels almost done and fitted​

    To finish off today's update here's some LED fan porn courtesy of Enermax Vegas Duo fans

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    For all those interested, the fan grills i am using are 120mm Nautilus 'Overkill' grills made by MNPCtech.com

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    Nice recovery from that drill incident. Looks very interesting. :D
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    Just before the festivities i managed to get a rare nugget of time to finish the PSU shroud

    First up a monor admission...... the mk1 broke a bit.. a child of mine who shall remain nameless knocked it on the floor causing the most frantic game of jenga in the history of the universe so the repairs commenced
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    Once it was all reglued and reinforced it was time for some frantic filling and sanding
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    Once the majority of the sanding and filling was done all i needed to do before undercoating was cut a hole for
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    OK i will state the obvious... UNDERCOATING
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    After a painfully large amount of painting and sanding and waiting for cure times i could finaly text fit it... seen here with my georgious EK multioption 250x2 res Basic his res will be the corner stone of my all EK watercooling in this system
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    and yes i know its not lateral to the line of the case its a test fit

    Next post later today the installing of my beloved water cooling

    Massive thanks to EK for all there help i could not have don't this without them and there amazing products and assistance. more coming soon
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    As a little aside i decided to get a table saw or a bandsaw, BUT i cant afford one and my wife will kill me if i do buy one

    So whats the solution..... MAKE ONE

    Heres a quick guide

    You will need....

    • Cheap workbench
    • Old Shelves
    • Spare wood (must be perfectly straight)
    • Wood Screws
    • G or speed Clamps (optional)
    • Cheap jigsaw
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    You dont need to build big in this case the final surface area is 18inch square but use your own size it can be modified

    Take your shelf or left over wood and mark out your cuts to make the working surface in my version as the shelf is 9 inches wide i need to make 2 planks 9x18
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    To make your joined work surface you need to use some more spare wood to make the rails on the underside, just cut your spare to match the length of the work surface and mark up a number of holes to screw the frame together
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    Clamp everything together tight, your final surface mush be perfectly flat
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    And here is how it all looks fixed together
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    With a set square mark up some lines so you can make sure you mount your saw perfectly in line with the sides
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    Drill holes for the saw blade to pass through you can have as many or as few as you want
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    Remove the base plate from your cheap jig saw ans drill some holes in it for your screw/bolt holes
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    Once you have that all put back together and have remounted your saw to its base and then to the work surface you can flip it over and mount it to your cheap work bench... this is where the split top in the bench comes in really handy to put the body of the jigsaw through, then just tighten your bench up it will grip the base of the saw and you are good to test it
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    i tried both free hand and with a guide i made later, i must admit free hand is a little scary you are afterall working with an upside down jigsaw but using a guide it is realy easy and the cuts are perfect. you will be able to see on the pic below which cut is free and which is with a guide
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    Enjoy
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    Supply Drop

    As the project reaches its close and the next project is waiting in the wings I was delighted to hear that Bitfenix wanted to share some of there products with me

    I am usually dubious when it comes to pre-sleeved cables you never quite know what to expect in terms of quality but i was very very pleasantly surprised

    So first things first, whats in the box...

    Bitfenix Alchemy Cables

    As you can see we have a substantial drop here, including, 24pin, 3pin fan, internal IO, USB and 6pin PCIe. And an added bonus or some LED flex strips (chainable)
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    The 24pin connectors are very neat indeed and available in several coulurs, peronialy i like black and blue, an even sleeker look is achieved with a no heat shrink design
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    The same no shrink is also true of the 6pin PCIe
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    Some of the other cables in the range due to there design have some heat shirink but are presented very neat and precise
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    All pins and connectors are high qualty with well deffined pins some are plated for better contact

    The sleeving realy is excelent, unfortunatly i dont have the time or resources to sleeve my HAF90 PSU but thankfully now i wont haft to, the sleeving is both dense and attractive

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    Finaly we have some Bitfenix Alchemy LED Flexstrips
    I have seen and owned many different types of these over the years but Bitfenix have gone the extra mile and made them chain able, several connectors are included to allow you to daisy chain many strips in to one super long strip


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    Each flex strip is supplied with molex connector, power lead, 1inch chain connector and a pair of micro chain connectors

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    Available in a variety of colors and lengths when the description read "Super Bright" they were not kidding, 4 of these can light a large living room, and the LEDs are top notch for quality
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    It is a massive thanks to Bitfenix for sharing some of there brilliant Alchemy series products with me
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