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Project Sestren Worklog - World's First Back/Outside Mounted Tri Loop Cube!

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    History:

    Computing in general has been a hobby ever since I was young. I started back in Dos/Windows95 era at the tender age of 8 years old. Since then I have always been trying to evolve and exceed my previous work. Computing to me is a journey, so I am not worried about the end result. This build has been in the making for a little while now. I figured it was about time to see how far I can currently go. The computer is named after Sestren, the main computer/entity in the Panzer Dragoon Universe.

    Theme:

    Performance and Elegance, and Pioneering the World's First Outside Mounted Triple Radiator Cube!

    Phases:
    Phase 1: Computer Case Modifications, pre-planning, and 70% parts acquisition. [Complete]
    Phase 2: Computer Case painting and assembly, test run on previous hardware [In Progress]
    Phase 3: Rebuild with next generation hardware, ala i7 etc.
    Phase 4: Multi-monitor Display Expansion to Hex Monitors

    Parts List:

    -Sestren’s Core-

    • Optical Removable Media:
    [1] Pioneer DVD-RW​
    • Solid State Removable Media:
    [1] Koutech Floppy/Media Reader​
    • Processor:
    [1] TBA​
    • Motherboard:
    [1] TBA​
    • Solid State Drives:
    [4] TBA Raid 0​
    [4] Icy Dock 2.5 to 3.5​
    • Hardrives:
    [1] 1 TB External Hardrive​
    [1] 250 GB External Hardrive​
    [2] 300 GB Velociraptor Hardrives Raid 0​
    [2] 640 GB Internal Hardrives Raid 0​
    [1] 1 TB Internal Hardrive​
    [1] 500 GB Internal Hardrive​
    • Raid Controller:
    [1] Areca 1680IX Raid Controller​
    • Hot Swappable 3.5 Drive Bays:
    [2] Athena Power Backplane​
    • Memory:
    [2] TBA 12 gigs of DDR3 Ram​
    • Monitors:
    [6] Dell 3007WFP-HC 30in Monitor​
    • Monitor Stand:
    [1] Custom Hexa Monitor Stand​
    • Video Cards:
    [2] Multi Card GPU X2 Series​
    [1] Single Slot GPU​
    • Power Supply:
    [2] Enermax Revolution85+ 1050w​
    • Computer Case:
    [1] Lian Li PC-343B​
    .......Removable Motherboard Tray​
    .......Window​
    .......Side Panel​
    .......Top Panel​
    .......Top Radiator Mounting​
    .......Front Panel​
    .......Lian Li Black Universal Bezel​
    • Cooling:
    [3] Swiftech Pumps with Reservoir Tops​
    [1] Hardware Labs 360mm GTX Radiator​
    [1] Swiftech 360mm Radiator​
    [1] Swiftech 240mm Radiator​
    [2] Swiftech Rad Boxes​
    [1] GTZ CPU Waterblock​
    [2] TBA GPU Waterblocks​
    [1] TBA Single Slot GPU Waterblock​
    [60 Ft] Clear 7/16” ID (5/8” OD) Tubing​
    [1] Kama Bay​
    [X] Various Fittings, Rotaries, Clamps, Multi Card Water Links​
    [X] Heatsinks
    -Accessories-

    • Fan Controllers:
    [4] Zalman Black Fan Controllers​
    [1] Lian Li Black Fan Controller​
    • Fans:
    [12] 120mm Yate-Loons Fans​
    [6] 120mm Scythe Ultra-Kazes​
    [3] 80mm Coolermaster Riffle Fans​
    [2] 80mm Silverstone Fans​
    • Fan Grills:
    • HTPC/Visual Display Units:
    [1] Antec Multi Station Premier Pro​
    • Cables:
    [1] Rounded Red Floppy Cable​
    [1] Sata Cable​
    [3] 4x Sata Octopus Cables​
    • Cable Organizers and Accessories:
    [X] Red/Black Male-Female Connectors​
    [X] Red/Black 3 Pin Fan Connectors​
    [X] Red/Black Various Wire Loops​
    [X] Blue/Black Velcro Ties​
    [X] Zip Ties​
    • Lighting and Misc:
    [500 Ft] Sleeving/Heatshrink​
    [1] Logisys 12v Relay​
    [2] 15in White CCFL​
    [1] Bubble Blue CCFL​
    [X] Velcro Strips​
    [2] 7-Port Hubs​
    [2] UPS 850 Watts
    • Operating System:
    [1] Windows 7 Ultimate x64​
    Notes:
    * Must keep HT
    * Target 4.0 ghz on all 4 cores
    * Temperatures under 50'C Idle
    * Ram @ 1600 mhz

    Front Bay Configuration:

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    2. Zalman Fan Controller............. 11. Zalman Fan Controller
    3. Athena Bay........................... 12. Athena Bay
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    [2. PCIE 16x - Graphics Card
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    [4. PCIE 16x Graphics Card
    [5. PCI
    [6. PCIE 16x Graphics Card
    [7. PCIE Areca Raid

    Sponsors:
    My Nuclear Family, Mom and Dad

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    Petra's Tech Shop - www.petrastechshop.com/ Thanks to: Alex Venz, Quoc

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    Enermax USA - www.enermaxusa.com Thanks to: Wei Yang, Tom

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    MNPCTECH - www.mnpctech.com/ Thanks to: Bill Owen


    Thanks!

    Danny Bui [H]
    silent-circuit [H]
    enginurd [H]
    Zero82z [H]
    PradaG [H][XS]

    Special Thanks to!
    My Parents, for believing in me and helping fund this wonderful project.

    My Aunt Marly for driving me around to get the Cube painted.

    Built in the USA

    Copyright Information:
    I am not affiliated nor work with neither this forum, nor any on the sponsors directly in any way. I am an Enthusiast, and thus want to share my passion through this build log. Sponsored, and donated items are courtesy on the sponsors. Logo's and other copyrighted information belongs to each respective owners! My opinion and build is my own. Thanks!

    Please feel free to suggest changes, ideas, etc! Criticism welcomed, also feel free to help shape/change the layout etc.

    Sincerely,
    PC1X1
     
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    Update 1:

    This is the first part, basic building conceptualization and mods.

    Shout out to Petra's Water Tech Shop, for great customer service.

    This is a work in progress, and I am on a strict deadline, and thus this is a temporary build. Also due to cost of this build, it will take a while. This is merely phase one. I presume it will be worked on / finished within 3 months. So far theres only one radiator mounted, but more are coming. Work will resume in early May. Please keep in mind theres finger prints, reflections, case wasn't cleaned etc, etc, since I know this is temporary, so it will look much better in the end, I promise :).

    Current Temperatures are great, OC'ed CPU at 39'C idle, and mid 40's on Load. Radiator with 5x 120 H CFM Fans.

    Many more parts, including i7 920, 12 gigs of ram, Geforce 280 GTX's, etc coming at a later date.
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    Anyhow please let me know suggestions, nothing is set in stone, I have no deadline for this build, so feel free to suggest anything :). I also made two more holes for all the wires to come through they are on the right of each radiator mount (aka the back 120mm fans), Came out pretty cool. Minor scratches on the back when the drill came off my hand, the damn thing is a pain to drill through, but overall I think its pretty cool.

    I am short on time, and Ill format this thread much better later :).

    Thanks for checking out Phase 1. There will be around 5 phases total.

    My only current problems is that its to loud, and I am not sure which fan is causing it, I will look when I have time.

    Also this is super strange, but my Smart Coils, just broke off by themselves. I am not sure if they were stored for to long prior to coming to me, but they cracked in lots of pieces simply by touch. Very strange. Heres a pic of whats left XD.

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    Please Feel free to criticize, just keep in mind its a work in progress. I can always use new ideas. Thanks again! This is my first build log, so pardon my newbness at this, Ill work on making it better as I go along.

    Computer powers several monitors including my main 30'. More Monitors one day :), but thats for another build log ;)
     
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    So what does 290 ft of sleeving look like ?

    See below :).

    Had a bit of a hard time making sure it was all correct though as the pictures on MurderMods do not match the description, theres more sleeving in the photos than actually comes with it, or at least looks that way. However it came in as described in text and thanks to Kirk for great customer service for checking with me. Had the poor guy on the phone with me for a while, last time I had him for 37 minutes, this time he ran away at 16 ;).

    Poor Alex from Petra's is also a victim, I had him for 40 minutes before as well, heh!

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    I am working on getting the parts for the other 2 loops, will keep ya posted!
     
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    Thanks! A major update is coming in a few days, right now I am working on the logistics for migrating to Windows , so around the 16ish or possibly sooner, I should start working on the cube again.

    Meanwhile more parts came in :)

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    Here's a small teaser update:

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    And that's it for now, more stuff coming soon!
     
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    Here's a quick update on the sleeving.

    The computer parts for now is actually done. Instead of the Areca 1222, I opted higher and went with the 1680ix + battery back up. So I can hook up to 128 hardrives, which isn't happening, but at least I can plug in all my 10 :). And I should have good performance whenever I run 4x SSD's in Raid 0. Plus I can run Raid 6, 5, combos, etc,etc.

    Also my original motherboard the Asus P5WD2-E Premium, unfortunately decided to die, when I sent it in for Asus for RMA, they couldn't fix it, and instead sent me a P5WDH Deluxe, theres some trade offs, and I miss my old board, but this board opened up a cheaper upgrade path for me. So instead of getting an I7 for now, I am going to wait a little longer. I spent a bit to much on this upgrade as it is, and it will be cost beneficial to wait on the following, until prices drop.

    This is what's left to get, which I'll get at a later date.

    CPU: i7 or better, whatever is available.

    Motherboard: EVGA X58 Classified or whatever is best OC'er period at the time.

    Ram: 12 gigs of Corsair Dominator GT or better.

    Graphics Card:
    GeForce 295 GTX x2 Quad SLI or Whatever Quad Fire, or Quad SLI gives the best performance.
    GeForce 260 216 PhysX If I go Nvidia, I'd like to add Physics support.

    Power Supply #2:
    Enermax Rev 85+ *This I want to buy ASAP, whenever I can afford to.

    Water Blocks
    295 GTX x2 or whatever GPU's I end up with.
    260 GTX

    Basically I need CPU, GPU, Motherboard, Waterblocks, and PSU #2

    For now, I'll be running a Q9550, clocked at whatever I can get it to clock, most likely around 2.66-3.0 ghz overclocked (i975x Limitations) and my 3870X2, and 4 gigs of ram, and one 1050w PSU, which honestly for work, runs great, so I am set for now :), and if I happen to be lucky and run into disposable income, then Upgrades happen :).

    Everything else is A-OK, guess I can't complain, Ill be with a pretty decent system noneless, not top of the line, but should run mainstream (I hope)

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    Update: Sleeving!

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    Update:

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    Update: Basically now finishing the extensions, ie Fan, PSU, the actual PSU + cables, then the Sata Cables, the build it, and they will come.

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    And working on that tomorrow, Take Care!
     
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    Update: Well I felt bad for the poor 2 people that are subscribed to this, so I formatted the pictures anyhow, so you can follow my fun. Although I am pretty weary of sleeving hehe... only thing left to arrive is the 165 ft of sleeving.

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    That's it for now, and onward to 3 pin fans extensions, then finally psu extensions, then PSU itself, and I am done with sleeving for PHASE 1 of this project.

    This is a 2 part project, and I hope to get part 1 done by this weekend, not likely but trying.

    Be back later!
     
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    Quick Update:

    Nothing to terribly new, I finished all the extensions, and now just need the 2 Power Supply Extensions, and all the Power Supply and its cables to be sleeved, and then I start on the actual build.

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    I am hoping to have enough energy and determination to finish them today - tomorrow, and start the build by latest tomorrow night. And Monday finish building, and Tuesday be on Windows 7.

    And that completes Phase 1 of the project.

    Phase 2, is new hardware, also I could use some suggestions on Phase 2.

    I am thinking of adding accent LED's, and using Metal Polish and making the inside reflective, need ideas! I can't powder coat it myself, so need ideas I can do at home. Also not to keen on painting the insides with normal paint.

    Alright Talk to you later.
     
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    Anyone have any suggestions on opening the male pins of the sleeves, the female ones I opened, albeit it was really difficult, but the male do not want to come out.

    Also in case one of the pins break, anyone know where I could pick up replacements? Thanks!

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    Quick Update:

    Thanks for Enermax for helping me out with some cabling!

    Nothing terribly exciting, and keep in mind this is a test cabling run, I am going to remove everything and tidy, but man theres alot of wires haha.

    Also I got a new camera, so next update will feature pictures from it :), and Ill attempt to take better pictures haha.

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    Update: Preparing for the rebuild: Meanwhile I am reorganizing again, and will start sleeving the psu extensions, so I won't be idle. I still want to wrap up Phase 1, by latest Next Sunday. Wish me luck.

    Also hopefully the pictures are better :).

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    And thats it, hopefully monday or tuesday Ill get it coated, and continue the madness, be back soon!
     
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    Alrighty, Hows it going Tech Power Up!

    Its been long time coming, due to the spam filter, the log was blocked temporary, but Its not spam, or is it?

    Anyhow I will be aggresively working on it, and be ready for new updates in the coming days, feel free to field any questions, comments, critiques,

    I am working on better pictures, and a few surprises are in store, be back soon!
     
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    - Thread Updated,

    Thanks to SneekyPeet! and Wiz!

    More updates coming soon!
     
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    Looking forward to watching what you come up with. One suggestion is on ur grills, normal perforated grills block quite a bit of airflow but adding another grill on top blocks even more. Since your blue radiation grills are so simple why not mask the design off on your case and paint the radiation symbol on the case instead of using a second grill on each fan.
     
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    The grills are only on the Facades, Mark can you clarify exactly what you mean? Also they will all possibly be changed, I am looking into that, since there was some negative feedback on how they came out.
    Cool idea, I thought of something similar myself, I want to add leds everything, under the GPU water blocks etc! Ill be keeping this mind, though, we would add this part, a bit later on the cycle, I need to get the foundation up first heh!
    They are, are they back yet? Did you clear your cache? Let me know if theres any problems, I am paying for them to be hosted heehehe!
    Yea it was a nightmare, good thing I was working out, because jeez, took everything I had to take them off. I did think about it, I would much rather have stainless steel or something nice, I went to lowes, and home depot, searching online, but didn't find anything really compatible, if you have better luck than me, let me know, I am definitely open to making any thing in this project better :)
     
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    Thanks, I owe you, and I did mention how you helped me alot to Wiz :toast:. Really appreciate it! Although now if I need assistance, I'll prob come bug you heheh!
     
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    You are a cable sleeving GOD :respect:

    Looking forward to the final product! ... BTW: get a tripod!

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    Thanks! It was alot of work, and I have a tripod, I just failed to use it :roll:. Rest assured, next set of pictures will be as pro as possible. I mean I am still a scrubby photographer, but will attempt more heh!

    Sleeving thus far about 400 ft, quite a bit more to finish. :D
     

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