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  1. I will show you a little update, just in time for the week end. Let´s start with another nice package. I want to thank notebooksbilliger.de for the kind support and for the trust. I wonder what´s inside? Every PC needs a brain or in this case, a suitable CPU. I got a Intel Core I7 7700K CPU. This is the boxed version which doesn´t include a heatsink. If you want to mount such a CPU in your PC, I´m pretty sure that you won´t care about a simple heatsink which is included with some specific models. In order to get the best performance you would use some heavy metal Air Cooling or a strong Water Cooling. I´m sure that I don´t have to explain why the K-Series is nice to have? This Intel Core I7 7700K CPU is the Flagship for S.1151 systems and a ideal partner for this Project. It won´t sweat too much. The Water Cooling will take care of the heat and hopefully will also be silent enough for my taste. Do I have to mention that I´ll try some Overclocking too? I´m going to mount the CPU later, test the Water Cooling for leakage and fire up the PC for the first time. I´m still lacking a real graphics card but this is not a huge problem for now. I´ll test the whole system with the integrated GPU of the CPU. You´ll get a big update in the next days if you´re patient.
  2. This week I have a smaller update for you. The Asrock Logo was pretty rough to handle and I needed several tries with different types of sanding paper and some Aceton in order to smoothen the surface. Obtaining a 100% smooth surface out of a middle resolution 3D Print is not easy to achieve. If you don´t grind enough you end up with a rough surface. If you use too much sanding paper you end up with visible gaps which are filled with air. Well, not too bad after several tries? I went on with further tries and used some more Aceton in order to get the best possible results. After a while I was ready to use a few layers of clearcoat. Now this is starting to look more interesting. The "AS" part needed some extra adjustments since I had to include a gap between these 2 letters. This Logo is pretty done the way it is. It is attached with transparent silicone adhesive to the glass panel of the main chamber. I´ll have to create other Logos too but first I need to create the suitable files required for them. I think that this Logo looks pretty good and has a shiny touch. I´ve spent quite some effort on it. Similar Logos require a higher resolution, better material and a lot of Try & Error. Don´t expect a 3D Printer to deliver 100% perfect results. Expect the material to be rough and to need extra adjustments, sanding and some layers of paint. How do you like the results so far?
  3. Here´s another update. The transparent CPU Cooler has 4x holes which are meant to be used by 5mm LEDs. Why not try something out? Since I still have some 5mm RGB LEDs left, why not build something suitable out of them? I made these 2x RGB modules which will be connected later with the RGB Header of the Mainboard. The heads of the LEDs are shortened. These LEDs fit into the 4x holes as expected. Let´s take care of the cabling. I had to use one of the Noctua extensions for the longer cable. Also recycle some of that sleeving material. Next I tried my RGB modules with my DIY power supply. First some Red. Next is Green. What about Blue? Or you could also mix some Pink. Or Turquoise. Yellow might also look nice. And White. The lightning is really bright.
  4. It´s time for another update! I received a nice surprise package from Aquatuning There was another CPU Cooler inside: Alphacool Eisblock XPX CPU - Intel/AMD - polished clear version This is the newest version of the Eisblock XPX which is new on the market. Let´s have a look at it. 100% transparent Plexiglas, it looks a lot different than the Eisblock XPX I´ve chosen for this Project. Clear vs Solid looks: I´m pretty sure that the clear version will look awesome in combination with my LED lightning. Which one of these CPU Coolers will be used in the end? I´ll use the clear version now. The other Cooler will be reserved for another Project. And here´s another picture of this Eisblock XPX I also received this Phobya LED PSU 100-240V AC to 12V DC - plastic case. This power supply will be adjusted in order to make a nice tool out of it. I had this small plastic case laying around for a while and some other components. Let´s add some openings first. Not too bad, eh? This sort of "adapter" will be connected with the power supply in order to fill the cooling fluid into the Water Cooling. You don´t have to remove the plug of the power supply. No warranty void of the power supply this time. It can also be used for other purposes too This adapter can also be adjusted to use eg. other connectors for other devices. And another perspective. I also made a suitable cable for the adapter. The DIN plug + socket can withstand the max. current of 4A without any problems since many pins are connected in parallel. The pump used in this Project only draws about 1A. That´s how this ensemble looks like. Just imagine that you have eg. to transport the Project to the DCMM 2017 with the cooling fluid removed. This tool will come in handy for future Water Cooling Projects too. Soon I´m going to work on other details like eg. this logo. I´ve created a proper STL file out of a graphic found on the internet and had a friend of mine print this logo with a 3D printer. This logo looks pretty rough and is not smooth and shiny yet. I will try to smoothen the surface and also use some clearcoat later. I´m still lacking a CPU and GPU in order to finish the Project. That´s it for now!
  5. Update time again! I´ve removed the integrated Fan Controller a while ago and nearly forgotten about it. I don´t really need to use it since most Fans are connected to the Mainboard. Well, all except the 80mm Fan which is optional for the second chamber. I´ve adjusted the Fan Controller. The 80mm Fan can be supplied by a voltage of 5V, 12V or turned off. 5V is already enough for a quiet operation but I´m sure that I can adjust the voltage even lower. The resistor drops the voltage by about 0.5V. Not too nice but functional. I have less cables to hide too The 80mm Fan is only there to prevent the SSD of heating up too much during a hot summer. Aquatuning sent me some extra Goodies since I´ve forgotten to add some parts needed for the Water Cooling to fit inside this case. Such a small case can be tricky and requires some extra thinkering around. I´ve forgotten to shoot some group pictures of the gear I got but nevertheless I´m going to show you the extra stuff. I´m not sure if I´m going to use UV fluid or not and I wanted to have a suitable alternative. Just use some distilled water? Well, this might work but Phobya ZuperZero Clear 1000ml sounds like a better idea to me. I also got some Alphacool HF L-connector G1/4 outer thread rotatable to G1/4 inner thread - Chrome which helped me to solve my problem with the reservoir. Since the second chamber is pretty stuffed, I had a harder time to figure out how to mount the ball valve while avoiding the cables etc. And this is how the second chamber looks right now. Now here´s the deal, the SSD issue with the text and emblem which would have been displayed the wrong way, rotated by 180° had to be modified one more time. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel by eg. trying to create a plotted Text which would look strange since I don´t know which font was used by the manufacturer, why not try to restore the original looks again? I made a label with the right dimensions by using a high resolution picture of the product as a basis, printed it on high quality photographic paper and attached it to the SSD. In conclusion I think that it looks better this way too. The reservoir is dark, the power supply too and now the SSD again. The flow indicator is mounted before the input port of the reservoir. I had to use a Alphacool Eiszapfen L-connector G1/4 inner thread to G1/4 inner thread - Chrome for this purpose. The yellow side is better in the end since it´s easier to spot and also fits the color of the PCBs used for my RGB Controller pretty well. The ball valve also fits inside the second chamber. I used a Alphacool Eiszapfen screw plug G1/4 - deep black as a safety measure since I´ll have to transport this project later. This way I´m pretty sure that the fluid will stay inside the system and the ball valve won´t play any tricks on me Did I mention that there´s barely a distance of a few mm between the Plexiglas and the screw plug left? This is why I couldn´t use a regular L-connector. Barely any space left, just have a look at how close the stuff is mounted next to my RGB Controller. Last but not least I also got some Alphacool tubing AlphaTube HF 13/10 (3/8"ID) - clear. I wasn´t sure if I want to use glossy looking tubing or something else. The other tubing looks a bit more elegant. Just a matter of taste. And now attach the side panel. The reservoir got a small and shiny emblem which looks like polished copper. It´s better than having to stare at a large and dark block? Let´s connect some tubing in the other chamber too. Quite a tight fit. I´m not sure if I´m going to use some L-connectors in the end. For now I tried one Alphacool Eiszapfen L-connector G1/4 inner thread to G1/4 inner thread - Chrome which looks nice. Let´s attach the 240 Radiator. The 120mm Fans could easily hurt your fingers, this is why I decided to use 2x regular 120mm Fan Grills. I also got 2 of these: Fan Grill for axial fans for 120mm - Chrome These regular Fan Grills are still better than the original Fan Grill which I had to remove with the Dremel Clone. Let´s use some more of these nice M5 Torx Screws, even if you don´t see the Fans That´s it for now.
  6. And I got another nice package. I want to thank GOODRAM for the kind support and for the trust. Let´s unbox this thing GOODRAM? Looks more like "Good-Yumm" A nice treat is great in order to perform the remaining modifications. Wait, there´s more! One 16GB GOODRAM IRDM DDR4 RAM KIT. These modules have a frequency of 2400Mhz and 15-15-15 Timings. The RAM Coolers are white and look great in combination with the Mainboard. 16GB of RAM is plenty for this project. Let´s build these puppies in. And there´s another Goodie inside. A nice 240GB GOODRAM Iridium Pro SSD. Just have a look at the Specifications. Let´s unbox this SSD. The design is clean and simple. I won´t need the adapter because this SSD is not mounted into a Notebook. Now here´s a tricky part which triggered my OCD: I cannot mount the SSD the way it is because the Text will be rotated by 180° which looks irritating. I´ve already shortened the SATA power supply cables and cannot stretch them too much. The SATA cables for the SSD are also too short and this is why I had to figure something out, how to fix this problem. Let´s use some force and sanding paper in order to remove the coating. Brushed metal and shiny enough. Attach one of the included emblems. I will have a "Iridium Pro" Text plotted at a later time and attach it below the emblem. I use 1x 3,5" to 2x 2,5" adapter because I wanted to adjust the position of the SSD to my taste. The adapter prevents the SSD from being mounted too far on the right which would have destroyed my window design. This adapter also allows me to use a extra SSD at a later time. You want to keep this Project upgradeable, don´t you? Since the threads of cheap adapters tend to break easily, I´ve expanded the holes and used M5 Torx screws and nuts. This method looks awesome too There are no vibrations at all. The M3 screws used by the SSD have also been replaced by shortened M3 Torx screws. Maybe one small detail to other people but I want everything to look as uniform as possible. The silver SSD is easy to spot and attracts the eyes. Btw, did I mention that Iridium looks somewhat silver too? Silver + Black is a great combination. I cannot repeat this often enough.
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  11. It´s time for another big update. Let´s start with this nice package. I want to thank Asrock for the kind support and for the trust. There should be some awesome stuff inside A nice Asrock Z270 Taichi Mainboard. Let´s have a quick look at the most important features since the full Specifications are too much for this worklog. Features: ASRock Super Alloy Supports 7th and 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1151) Supports DDR4 3733+(OC) 4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1 AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™, NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ Graphics Output Options: HDMI, Display Port 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound™ 4 & DTS Connect 10 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3) 2 USB 3.1 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C), 9 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 4 Rear, 1 Vertical Type-A) Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN Intel® 802.11ac WiFi ASRock AURA RGB LED Nice Specifications, high quality components and I´m sure that overclocking with this Mainboard will deliver great results. Just check the contents. Quite a lot of stuff inside. I like the 4x SATA cables which should be enough for most users. Some Mainboards only contain 2x SATA cables. And the usual device drivers, instruction manuals which are needed in order to connect eg. the Power and Reset Buttons and some stickers. That´s a strong packaging for the Mainboard. Black & White design. The color scheme used is great inside the black case. White elements like eg. the gears look awesome. Too bad that this design will be covered by PCIe devices later. One last look before I mount the Mainboard in the case. Not much to say. Next I had to figure out, how to connect the cables with the Mainboard. I had to shorten nearly all cables because I don´t have much space left in the second chamber. I need 3x Molex connectors for the pump, white LEDs, the RGB controller and the RGB LEDs. That´s one example. All other cables look similar after the modification. The same goes for the cable extensions used with the Fans. Here´s just one example. The shorter cable is the modified one and looks exactly like the stock cable. Several hours later. The second chamber is stuffed and it would have looked a lot worse with longer cables. Let´s mount the 120 radiator and the Sound Card. The 240 radiator will be mounted later when I connect the Water Cooling Loop. Barely visible cables. The shiny Fan Guard looks awesome the way it is. This case will also include one Slim Bluray Drive with a 5,25" adapter. I had to modify the rubber grommets in order to prevent the hoses from kinking . Just cut some parts and glue them together. Still not convinced that there´s barely any space available? Finally I got the ordered glass. Well, it´s slightly shorter but I´ll improvise a little. And this is how the glass is supposed to look like in order to fit inside the case. The result. Does it look industrial enough? And here´s a picture of the case, the way it looks right now
  12. I received another package. I want to thank Creative Labs for the kind support and for the trust. Let´s have a look at what´s inside. A nice Creative Labs Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card. Having used a simple Realtek Onboard HD Audio Codec for the past years, I have high expectations. That´s the flagship of the ultra high-performance Sound Blaster Z-Series and it looks awesome too. I´m sure that it fits well together with my project. From a technical point of view it´s nice to use with my DIY Valve Amplifiers;) I could show you some pictures of these too if you´re interested. Specifications: Audio Technology: Sound Core3D Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 124dB Max. Channel Output: 5.1 Channels Platform: PC - PCIe x1 Connectivity Options (Main): Headphone: 1 x Amplified 1/4" jack Speaker Out: 2 x RCA (L/R) 2 x 3.5mm jacks (Rear,C/Sub) Microphone In: 1 x 1/4" jack Connectivity Options (Accessory) DBPro Daughter Board: Line In: 2 x RCA (L / R) Optical Out: 1 x TOSLINK Optical In: 1 x TOSLINK Audio Technologies: SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology, DTS Connect Encoding Microphone: Microphone Type: Dual-array Noise Canceling Condenser Beamforming: Yes (Built into Audio Control Module) Frequency Response: 100Hz to 20kHz Sensitivity: -37dB Sound Performance: Audio Fidelity: Up to 24-bit / 192kHz Studio Attributes: ASIO: ASIO 2.0 Included Accessories: Audio Control Module (with Beamforming Microphone Built-in) Recommended Usage: Gaming, Home Entertainment, Pro Audio, Recording Supported Operating Systems: Windows® 10, Windows® 8, Windows® 7 The components are packed in separate boxes. There are also suitable cables included. The Sound Card has a nice EMI shielding and features golden connectors. The DBPro Daughter Board looks similar and shares the same design. Both Sound Processors have a small cooler attached to them. And here´s a simple envelope. What´s inside? 1x optical Toslink cable, 1x instruction manual and a CD with Software and Device Drivers. This Audio Control Module can come in handy. It´s nice to use it in order to swap through the In- and Outputs without having to fiddle around behind the case and also to adjust the volume. It also includes a built in microphone. 3.5mm plugs with extra 6.3mm adapters. The golden coating looks nice. I´m going to test the items later as soon as the PC is finished. The Sound Card includes high grade Opamps which can be swapped for other models if you feel the need to experiment. That´s a nice feature for audio enthusiasts. Just remove the EMI shielding and use a antistatic mat in order to prevent electrostatic discharges which could damage the sensitive hardware. You need to be patient and careful in order to remove the Opamps from the sockets. The built in New Japan Radio NJM2114D Opamps are very good, however I had some LME49720NA Opamps from older projects laying around. Having compared the datasheets of these ICs, I decided to use the LME49720NA since these have slightly better specs, at least in theory. It´s not really necessary to change the Opamps but since I have these slightly better ICs, why not give them a try? And it´s done. I´m going to store the other Opamps in case I have to insert them again. Here´s another picture. I like the looks and I sure hope that the sound experience will be awesome too. There´s still a lot to do until I can finish this project.
  13. It´s time for another update. I received this nice package these days. I want to thank Cooler Master for the kind support and for the trust. What´s inside? Let´s perform some Unboxing. Plenty of Cooler Master MasterGel Maker elite thermal grease. I like this thermal grease since this one is considered to be the best you can get these days, like many reviews can confirm. This amount of thermal grease will be more than enough for many other projects too. I´ve used this thermal grease for other purposes too. The package also included some nice bonus items like eg. a Cooler Master keychain, some nice emblems and some Cooler Master blankets. The most important component was a Cooler Master V550 Power Supply. Features: - Fully modular cable design - Powerful and small at the same time - Silent Silencio FP 120mm Fan - 80+ Gold certified - Up to 92% high efficiency - 100% japanese capacitors for a extended lifetime and minimal power fluctuations Specs: Model: RS550-AFBAG1-EU Type: Intel Form Factor ATX 12V V2.31 Dimension: (W x L x H) 150 x 140 x 86mm Input Voltage: 100-240Vac (Auto Range) Input Current: 10 - 5A Input Frequency Range: 63 - 47Hz PFC: Active PFC (>0.9 typical) Power Good Signal: 100-500ms Hold Up Time: >16ms Efficiency: 90% Typically MTBF: >100,000 Hours Protection: OVP/UVP/OPP/OTP/OCP/SCP Output Capacity: 550W Operation Temperature: 0~40°C Regulatory: CE/FCC/UL/TUV/RCM/BSMI/CCC/EAC Fan: 120mm Silencio FP Certifications: 80 Plus Gold Connector: M/B 20+4 Pin Connector x 1 CPU 4+4 Pin x 1 PCI-e 6+2 Pin x 2 SATA x 6 4 Pin Peripheral x 3 4 Pin Floppy x 1 This small Power Supply is perfect for this project and looks nice too. Some more Unboxing. I´ve used a Cooler Master V1000 Power Supply before which is still built in my Modified Desktop PC. Let´s have a closer look. This small Power Supply is available in 550W, 650W and 750W. 550W should be OK for this project though. The Power Supply and the cables are packed separately. A cloth bag protects the Power Supply from scratches. The cables are stuffed into the bag next to it. You also get some cable ties and 4 screws. There´s not much to say about the cables. I like the idea that these are black and I don´t have to use sleeves on them A small Power Supply which will hopefully do the job as expected. 100% modular designs are a must have in this case in order to save as much space as possible. The built in Fan is silent. I guess the cooling will be awesome since the Power Supply gets fresh air from outside of the case. And here´s a look at the Specs and efficiency again. This is just a short description of the Power Supply and not a full review since this one would be too much for a worklog. From the looks of it, it´s a nice Power Supply which also looks great inside this case. Let´s mount this Power Supply inside the case. Now you can see that this case is not as big as it might seem without any hardware inside? In fact it´s a small case which requires some thinkering around. There is a gap of about 3cm between the reservoir and the Power Supply. It´s just enough to insert the cables and to bend them a little. Quite a nice back. And how would this Power Supply look behind bars? That´s it again. I´m still waiting for the ordered glass in order to finish the second side panel.