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Everything posted by Nitemayr

  1. Thank you! Every time I see it in my living room now I really like it. TIME TO GAME ON IT!
  2. First off.... A HUGE thank you to the sponsors. ThermalTake, for their generosity with the case, PSU, watercooling gear, and putting this whole thing together. Newegg, for the components that will get MANY hours of gaming use. Avexir, for some of the sickest looking RAM I've seen. ASUS, Intel, Samsung - Amazing hardware. Quality components, I couldn't ask for more. Specs on this bad boy! Case: ThermalTake Core P5 Power Supply: ThermalTake Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250W Titanium GPUs: 2x Asus 980 Strix SLI CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA
  3. Wonderful finish. Way to go, you should definitely be proud of this build. It's great, and I love mods that really dig in to all the little details. They're so easy to overlook, but really give mods that extra personality.
  4. Strange, they show up just fine for me. Try this link for an album of them: http://imgur.com/a/Sf254 I'll be taking some better shots and doing a write up tonight too.
  5. Quick photo post of the finished case... better write up to come tomorrow when I've had some sleep. ModMarathon... complete!!
  6. To steal a phrase from Mike Petereyns... #modmarathon Last day to work, and boy do I have some pictures coming after today. For now... enjoy the wood. It's the little things.... the white on the stock SATA cables clashed horribly....
  7. In crazy get this done mode, so only a real quick update while I take a short break in the work. Cut the back panel for the window design: The painting isn't done yet, but a rough idea of how it looks: I also took off a little black on the PSU to make it fit with the black/silver I have elsewhere. And back to work. Tons of wiring to do yet!!
  8. Ok... I've had an airbrush for a couple months now and haven't REALLY gotten into using it yet, so I figured this was a good project to break it in with. I'm going to mount this on the back of the case w/ some carefully placed lighting to emulate a 'stained glass window' look on the back of the case. The actual window panes will be cut out of the back panel, and the acrylic mounted behind it. Still have more to peel and paint, but all told, for my first major airbrush project, I'm pretty pleased. I need to get in there and refine the black lines though, they peeled when I was pee
  9. I hear that... dang day-jobs getting in the way! Good luck, can't wait to see it finished!
  10. Things are coming together! Cable combs were all installed last night, and they did wonders for the cable runs. I also took a moment to tear open that awesome TT power supply and swap the LEDs in the fan for the same ones I used elsewhere in the build.
  11. A first pass at removing the excess resin via a nice end-mill on the cnc. The CNC basically helped keep things level and smooth, without tearing tons of resin off/out of the grooves. Folowed that up with some planing, sanding, and general cleanup. I can't wait to see this with the wood stained dark!!! I ended up having to add another layer to the center support. Sadly, the original was just too narrow to allow all those sleeved cables to run inside. Despite extra pocketing, bending, pushing pulling..... it just wasn't happening. The extra layer was added and h
  12. Quiet night, but the PSU cables are cut, crimped, sleeved, and threaded. They just need their cable combs added and stuffed into the center support. Side note... center support pocket did not account for the additional volume of the sleeves.... have to make it a smidge bigger
  13. Clear resin was successful. I used blue painters tape on the top side of the lid, this allowed me to pour the resin from the underside and have it sit flush on the top edge. It also adds a neat crackle/antique glass looking effect to the resin, which should pop really nicely once lit. Cable sleeving for the power supply cables is about 90% done. I have a few splices to make now, which will actually sit between the 2x brackets and under the center support.
  14. For those of you who are enjoying the mod, thanks for the support!! For those who are commenting for the raffle, thanks for the support, I wish you luck! This is the unsanded clump of resin from a test board I was working on. It was primarily to get the mix of resin, hardener, and aluminum powder right. Here's another test spot with the resin (very roughly) sanded off. A couple small voids, but overall the resin filled in good! Now time to do the bigger pours.... This is the resin I used. It's really my first interaction w/ resin and powder, and I had only real
  15. Continuing the wiring. Doing a pre-sleeve run to ensure I get the proper lengths. I don't have a ton of room in the pocket of the support, so the less excess cable I have to deal with in there the better. Here's a shot of the pocket, and the holes that the screws nest into. The cables for the motherboard are test run... And with the GPU cables in there too... it's tight. REALLY tight. I do look forward to the sleeving and the cable combs making all of that look somewhat manageable though.
  16. Yes, the cablecombs are pretty much purely for aesthetics. They were actually my original cable management plan, and a first attempt at milling aluminum. The Cable brackets came a little later, but I still like the alum+black look so I'll keep the combs too. The screws on the top of the brackets nest into holes in the cutout on the center wood support. It keeps the top of the bracket lined up and stable when I slide the center support pocket over the cables and brackets. I didn't originally think the screws holding the brackets to the case would be strong enough to keep them sturdy wit
  17. Thanks for all the feedback everyone. It's crunch time now... MAXIMUM EFFORT! Began the arduous task of cabling. Here's a quick test fit I did before sleeving on the 8pin ATX plug: Then MDPC sleeving applied... And then test fit in the cable bracket in the case. I didn't feel like tearing apart the GPUs again, so here's a quick render of the parts and how they fit together:
  18. Last night I spent the evening tearing everything apart and reassembling it. I needed to get the wall mount bracket out of the way inside the case, and the screws for that were behind the motherboard. It gave me an opportunity to actually apply the thermal compound to the CPU (the block was just sitting there temporarily), and do some wiring from the case front panel to the motherboard. I also tossed the RAM in there to see how it would look. I think it's going to need some tweaking but overall it's cool! It'll really pop when everything is powered on and lit up. This
  19. Me too! Truth be told, there's only so much hiding I'll be able to do, the rest will have to be neat and clean looking. Probably the most challenging part of all this will be getting all that to look nice. I've done a lot of edge-lit acrylic stuff in the past, and when I was describing some of the things I wanted to do with the GPU blocks, a good friend mentioned it would be cool if I could do the edge-lighting on that somehow... so there it is. The 3d effect is just a matter of laser power I'll post up a layer-by-layer breakdown on the GPU block in the next day or two so pe
  20. This worklog was all about the woodworking. Using some cedar from a tree that was downed within the 40acre area around the shop, I did some initial cuts on the shape, and then it was over to the CNC to pocket out some holes for the fan grills. The center piece is actually double width and has a pocket on the inside. This will be where a lot of the PSU cables run to keep things clean and organized. I used tape to mark the areas that were going to be covered by the center support, and then punched some holes for mounting it. The left and right supports needed s
  21. Last night I finished up wiring the LEDs in the fans on the radiator and did a quick test: (I know... I still haven't figured out how to embed the youtube video in the post itself yet..) I also think I've got my wood color narrowed down finally... Not much to do tonight, but tomorrow... full shop day!
  22. Finished wiring up one side of fans and did a quick test. All the LEDs work and respond! LEDs in action:
  23. Yesterday I spent most of the evening working on the fans. The LEDs need wired up in series, so I began the arduous task of figuring all that out... it's a mess
  24. A quick test at a method to do an aluminum inlay in some cedar... Considering I totally screwed up my mix, it actually turned out tolerable!! The next step is to do an iron acetate wash to age the wood and see what we're working with. I also cut some cable organizers. These will be mounted in the middle of the case and help route the cables. Lastly, did a first run on the tubing. Happy with it for the most part, need to tweak a couple small pieces but otherwise things ended up where I wanted it to!
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