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sindre2104
24-03-2015, 11:21
Jeg har Drevet på i over 2 uker nå med å bygge en ny pc til TG15.
Desverre kom jeg ikke på det forumet her før nå -.-
Er nesten ferdig, men fikk likevel lyst til å dele :)
Kommer til å dumpe det jeg har til nå i flere poster .
Hele greia er på engelsk, siden jeg har brukt engelske forumer ^^
Bare kom med spørsmål/ideer/kritikk, svarer på alt! :D
Enjoy!

EDIT: kan visst ikke ha mere enn 10 blder per post, så dere får bare trykke på linkene -.-


Introduction
It's that time of the year again; Only 2 months left until the beggining og The Gathering 2015 (April 1st-5th), Norways biggest LAN.
Of course this means i have to upgrade my computer!

My plans
As of right now i have a Prodigy m-ITX build with watercooling and Custom sleeving (http://imgur.com/ZLb1j9L,diy8pVn,KQBtsq5,E3bJB3o,QXl3FK6,MOZnXdX,Om Rob7D,RIOxBxG,uzJkmb7,5JESYtN), getting all the stuff in there required some modding and i am not too happy with the results.

My plans for this build:

With My last build i had to do some extensive modding to make all my parts, espessially the radiators fit.
I wasent quite happy with the results, and feel i can do better :D

So just in time for the bigest LAN of the year (The Gathering 2015) i am rebuilding/moving my computer over to caselabs

The parts i will be reusing from my old computer:

CPU: I5 4690K
MB: Asus Maximus Impact VI
GPU: Zotac GTX 780 ref.
RAM: 8GB Kingston Anniversary edition
HDD/SSD: 2TB Seagate / 120GB Kingston

Waterblocks: EK Titan/780/770 Full cover nickel/plexi
Radiators: Alphacool Nexxos 240/60 , Coolgate 240/60
Reservoir: Aqualis 450ml w/D5 pump top
Pump: D5 pump, pwm controlled
Fittings: Mostly Bitspower barb fittings
Fans: 2x Noiseblocker Eloops 2xCorsair SP120 quiet edit.

The reason i went for the Mercury S3 is that it has a simple beautiful look with all the features that i modded into my prodigy.
Caselabs also has a reputation for making high quality cases that are easy to mod and has a very good support team

The new parts i have either ordered or will order:

New Parts
Case: Caselabs Mercury S3, two tone white and black, extended top, small window left side, big window right side.

Sleeving
Black, White and ROG Red 3mm PET sleeving.
Cable Clamps
ATX, Fan, molex and SATA terminals
Fan connector's
M3 screw's and nuts for the cable clamp's

PSU: Cooler master V750s
Waterblock: Full cover EK Motherboard and CPU block for the maximus impact
Water: EK White pastel
LightingWhite led's and White led strip

Tubing: Primochill Clear
Reservoir Kit to make the aqualis 450 ml res into one with the waterfall function. Mainly doing this to increase the rotation of the water in the res.
G1/4 inch led holders

Where i will be working
I will be using my workplace after work hours.
We produce PCB's so i have all the necessary tools and equipment to Get this build done quick and efficiently.

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 11:22
As i said i have aready started building, so i have two updates backed up of the process :)
Here is the unboxing of the case:

The box had no dents or rips, and all the plastic packaging was well (hoping for no scratches when i assemble it).

Here are some quick pictures i took of the panels before i put them back in the box:


http://i.imgur.com/tTiDG42l.jpg (http://imgur.com/tTiDG42)
It has travelled a long way

http://i.imgur.com/1dSbEFtl.jpg (http://imgur.com/1dSbEFt)
The accesories, manual and front panel IO; using an old nikon D200, wich doesent take good low light pictures, will try to do better when i put it all together :)

http://i.imgur.com/iGZynhll.jpg (http://imgur.com/iGZynhl)
Very well protected with this paper on the top and some styrofoam in the bottom

http://i.imgur.com/iGZynhll.jpg (http://imgur.com/iGZynhl)
The front and back panel, you can see here what color layout i chose

http://i.imgur.com/QA2YNvbl.jpg (http://imgur.com/QA2YNvb)
Top, bottom and extended top

http://i.imgur.com/AZ1yoaNl.jpg (http://imgur.com/AZ1yoaN)
The drive bays and side panels

I will firstly be assembling the case too see if there is any damage too it, then wait for the rest of the parts to arrive.

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 11:42
starting up

The day i started building was a hectic day.
After work i had to run to make it to the ferry, we have so many fjords here that almost no matter where you want to go you have to take one of these


Queue rush hour for 1 hour to get my package with some watercooling parts and a new PSU
http://imgur.com/MYoaCFO (]http://imgur.com/bGYb2ip[/url)

Next up was dinner, then back to "work" to finally get some building done (and a lot of photos, seriously if it is too much tell me and i'll slow down :P )


I am borrowing a desk from one of my colleagues whom will be away for the next couple of weeks

Let me show you around the facilities

http://imgur.com/wpHoknC (http://imgur.com/Upa7NMz)
Xray machine to check soldering points, and the inside of CPU's and what not.
Three soldering machines, that uses a wave of tin to solder a large amount of components fast


[url=]http://imgur.com/h3spf3C (]http://imgur.com/etHcXx1[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/3unBaR1 (]http://imgur.com/0Z15eOK[/url)
Washing machine for PCB's, to remove all the flux from the cards after production. I will be using this to wash my motherboard and GPU before i assemble the computer
Just a small example of one of the cards we make. We produce about 30.000 cards each month for various companies
ESD protected area, so when using "ESD clothes" there is no need to worry about grounding myself


The most important part of it all. Three "Pick and Place" machines, wich takes resistors and diodes and such and place it onto a bare PCB. they can handle up to 30.000 components an hour. each.

Unboxing time! :D
[URL=]http://i.imgur.com/ZTgIH7Hm.jpg (]http://imgur.com/q8pMFyb[/url)
These are the parts i picked up today, New PSU, Waterblock for MB and CPU, LED strip, EK pastel White coolant, 3 and 5mm LED's for waterblocks and the reservoir
Quick look at the PSU. Its a Cooler Master V750 S, Its semimodular so i will be breaking the warranty to sleeve it

http://imgur.com/YDrpdGUhttp://i.imgur.com/YDrpdGUm.jpg (]http://imgur.com/fSXCzYp)
The waterblock. EK made, and cools CPU, VRM's and the northbridge, will be putting led's in this block

[url=]http://imgur.com/IcgMLzq (]http://imgur.com/Zxnx6nP[/url)


Trying out the macro lense for the camera, excuse the blurriness. im not experienced with using a camera

[url=]http://imgur.com/dXFkSV3]http://i.imgur.com/dXFkSV3l.jpg[/img (]http://imgur.com/7peg3x6[/url)
Some fittings i have left over from my previous build that i will be using

[img]http://i.imgur.com/yJGs7vZm.jpg (]http://imgur.com/yJGs7vZ) http://imgur.com/LNkwaHq] (]http://imgur.com/kxWjUtO)
I ordered some sleeving and crimps and other sleeving from a new site.
I have never used this sleeving before, so i am curious about the quality compared to mdpcx
Screws, cable combs, and a lot of crimps

[url=]http://imgur.com/KZjlaIa (]http://imgur.com/vASpsq6) [url=]http://imgur.com/SGCz7RP (]http://imgur.com/rSBEZad[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/L65wmqN (]http://imgur.com/6Esmoy8[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/SDFJ16Q (]http://imgur.com/DcHny3p[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/hWCZ9H7 (]http://imgur.com/Q8MvxWW[/url)
As i already have unboxed the case, this is just a colalge of the parts in better lighting :)

Assembling the CaseLabs Mercury S3

http://i.imgur.com/VdTYJOOm.jpg (http://imgur.com/VdTYJOO) [url=]http://imgur.com/LHcPQYy (]http://imgur.com/rrii2sW[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/iPgrkTl (]http://imgur.com/Ky4Nmzh[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/zSqJpiQ (]http://imgur.com/5BsVQlc[/url)
Keeping the paper on the windows until alter to avoid scratches

[url=http://imgur.com/qk9ycOb]http://i.imgur.com/qk9ycObl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/jBNKLTs[/url)
Still have some screws and other spare parts left. Also have grommets, mounts for 5.25 bay

After having assembled this case for the first time i must say i am very pleased with it.
The machining is precise and i had no problem matching the screw holes or following the manual.

Too bad it will be staying at work until i get the rest of the parts so i can start tearing apart the computer i am writing on now.

I have a question tho. In the bag with the spare parts; there where some thumb screws and what looked like rubber isolators for screws/fans to stop vibrations, would be nice with some tips to what i can use the rest of the parts for.

Until next time :D :wave:

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:21
Cleaning Time

I realized two days ago that there was to much to be done, and i couldnt wait for the parts to arrive, so i started :D

I realized about half way in that i didnt bring the charger for the camera, so there arent going to be many pictures :(

The computer was brought from home, and i commenced a complete teardown:

http://i.imgur.com/8TUB5t1l.jpg (http://imgur.com/8TUB5t1)



[url=]http://imgur.com/5DQKVBz (]http://imgur.com/L12BGmF[/url)

When i drained it, i culd see that the fluid had stained the tubing so it had become yellow, it had also stained some of the fittings blue, and the waterblock kinda whiteish. There was some gunk stuck in the fins of the GPU block.

http://i.imgur.com/hn0GifVl.jpg (http://imgur.com/hn0GifV)

So after the complete teardown, i made a makeshift waterloop and flushed it first with tap water, then destilled water.
I didnt have an vingar, so i cleaned the GPU block manually afterwards, and will be cleaning all the fittings and the reservoir too.

http://i.imgur.com/4IL2xw6l.jpg (http://imgur.com/4IL2xw6)

http://i.imgur.com/jfpApwEl.jpg (http://imgur.com/jfpApwE)

Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning.
The Motherboard and GPU got a stripdown of all small, and plastic parts. Then i put them in the washing machine for about an hour.
In the meantime i installed the only thing i could in the new case: The hard drives

http://i.imgur.com/2ZeMwDgl.jpg (http://imgur.com/2ZeMwDg)

The washing machine discolored some parts, but removed all stains and remaints of coolingpaste

http://i.imgur.com/zChO9Y6l.jpg (http://imgur.com/zChO9Y6)
The blue on the USB 3.0 ports became a slightly lighter shade

http://i.imgur.com/De3kkqhl.jpg (http://imgur.com/De3kkqh)
It also removed some of the markings on different components.

The new CPU block got mounted to the motherboard, the cleaned GPU block to the GPU, then i filled the loop with destilled water and let it run for a leak test of the blocks through the night.

http://i.imgur.com/O3RI2oGl.jpg (http://imgur.com/O3RI2oG)

More closeups of the new block and hard drives will come once i find that charger ^^

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:23
Test fitting

I still cant find the charger for the camera -.-

So i have taken some very bad photos with my phone just to try and illustrate some of the things i have done the past 2 days.

After Having the loop rund for 12+ hours and no leaks i concluded that the blocks were good.

Since i was basicly done with cleaning all the parts i decided to do a test fit with the rads, fans, motherboard and GPU

Everything fit without me needing to make any modifications to the case.
But there are a couple of details i need to address:


[url=http://imgur.com/CZ2zAQG]http://i.imgur.com/CZ2zAQGl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/yqXpqkp[/url)
The Sata cables are too long, so i need to either order new ones, shorten them or hide the excess cables.
I opted for the last option. I have not yet test fitted the power supply tho, so i don't know how well this will work out.

http://i.imgur.com/kPj4dA5l.jpg (http://imgur.com/kPj4dA5)
The fan cables for the front fans are too short to get to the CPU header with a clean route (not hanging in the air :) )
Also there are 4 fan headers on the motherboard. The CPU header and two chassis headers are top left of the board, and there is a last one just below the RAM slots.

Im trying to not use the last one as it makes for a much cleaner setup. Therefore i made a Y-splitter/exender for the CPU fan header, hoping that i an power the two front fans of that.
Then i can run the top two fans of the chassis headers.

Next up is that the PCI bracket in the case doesent line up correctly with the PCI slot on the motherboard, making the craphics card stand at an angle.
The motherboard is too far to the right when you look at the case from the front.
I hope that i can fix it by loosening a few screws and moving the parts that the motherboard plate is attached to.

The front panel IO wasent an eas one to route.
I ended up using small loop with screws and nuts to make the Power/reset switch go over the top of the gpu and to the headers on the motherboard that way.
This ends up being a tiny bit too short, but i have a small extension that i sleeved from my last build that fits perfectly for the last part :D

As for the USB 3.0 in the front panel, i bundled it up and zip tied it behind the radiator so all you can see of it is whats in this picture and the cable running from there, across the backplate of the GPU, to the header.
Please tell if you have a better way to do this as it doesent look very elegant.

http://i.imgur.com/Q7uBzCpl.jpg (http://imgur.com/Q7uBzCp)
In my last order i had two 3mm led cables and one 5mm.
The 3mm ones are for the GPU block and the Mobo block.
The 5mm one is for the reservoir.

Apparantly the led holders in the motherboard are only accessible when the block isnt attached to the motherboard itself so i will have to reapply that a third time before completing the build.

http://i.imgur.com/50x8Wf4l.jpg (http://imgur.com/50x8Wf4)
In my last build i managed to break the knob on my D5 vario pump.
I have been using a screwdriver to adjust the speed ever since.
The only place could find the knob was at big stores overseas or in germany, so i did it the DIU way ;)

Inside the pump there is a variable resistor soldered to the PCB, and the red knob is attached to that.
I soldered off the resistor so i could add wires instead.
Then i went to our storage area and found the same resistor and sldered that to the wires, outside the pump housing.
This way i can hide the cable behind the pump and adjust it when needed as i wouldnt be able to get to it otherwise.

The other way i could have done it was to "transform" the pump to a PWM controlled one, but after looking into it i would need a separate PCB to convert the PWM signal to analog, then amplify it up to the level needed by the pump.


http://i.imgur.com/Zja2S3Gl.jpg (http://imgur.com/Zja2S3G)
The last "problem" i found is that the 90 degree fitting on the top radiator, closest to the GPU, doesent line up with the 90 degree fitting on the GPU.
There was about 1cm of vertical difference between them. The closest extension i could find is 0,75 cm, so i ordered that and will let the tubing take care of the last 2 mm's.

Here are some picture's of the fans seen fom the outside of the case.
http://i.imgur.com/bQachOSl.jpg (http://imgur.com/bQachOS)
http://i.imgur.com/Ua1Rnehl.jpg (http://imgur.com/Ua1Rneh)

I will try to update all these pictures with pictures from the camera once i find the charger ^^

Until next time family!

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:30
Big updat with small changes

I am still waiting for The last parts, and so i am making small adjustments and getting ready for the big task of watercooling and sleebving the computer.

http://i.imgur.com/LWG59fzm.jpg (http://imgur.com/LWG59fz) http://imgur.com/GU2bBpe (]http://imgur.com/yFMiie1[/url)
Heatshrinked the ends and vandal switches. Also found a nice routing for them.

[url=http://imgur.com/hJbc7vT]http://i.imgur.com/hJbc7vTm.jpg (]http://imgur.com/xn4xKgT[/url) http://imgur.com/scuhPrx (]http://imgur.com/ffyH2Tt)
How the USB and SATA cables will be routed.

[url=http://imgur.com/YHRaVs7]http://i.imgur.com/YHRaVs7m.jpg (]http://imgur.com/Wtjy5it[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/V6prrsO (]http://imgur.com/U8985pk[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/W4tOy4W (]http://imgur.com/XAyJxvr[/url)
Checking the lengths of the power supply cables, seems like i will have to shorten them a bunch.

http://i.imgur.com/ifFGaqxm.jpg (http://imgur.com/ifFGaqx) [url=]http://i.imgur.com/WSbh8lVm.jpg (]http://imgur.com/WSbh8lV[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/vCnYkbp (]http://imgur.com/zMgOW54[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/gBkzFmN (]http://imgur.com/wnb7hyq[/url)
Opened and checked that all the values on the 24pin, eps and atx. Breaking them waranties :D

http://i.imgur.com/1jl9CSbl.jpg (http://imgur.com/1jl9CSb)
I dont know if you can see it but there is some bleedthorugh with the white sleeving. Espesially over a black cable.
There are alot of things i can to counter this.

http://i.imgur.com/1jl9CSbm.jpg (http://imgur.com/1jl9CSb)
One option is to replace all the 18 AWG wires that will be sleeved black and red with 16 awg to increase the tickness, then heatshrink the ones that will be sleeved white, with white heatshrink.
The white cables might get a bit siff tho, with heatshrink and sleeving...
Anyone got any ideas?

http://i.imgur.com/v0CpuwHm.jpg (]http://imgur.com/GNMaW0S)
This is the mounting i will use on the pump/res combo.
It will be a little taller, but this is about the placement of it.

[url=http://imgur.com/FY8MUVg]http://i.imgur.com/FY8MUVgl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/lkvaEN5[/url)
The margins are almost non existen

http://i.imgur.com/EMGrJP8l.jpg (http://imgur.com/EMGrJP8)
The same amount of space (~1mm) from the pump to the fitting.


The tube routing here will be from the foremoust fitting to the cpu block.
The backmost fitting on the radiator will go to the out port on the pump top.
There will be an inlet about where my thumb is when i have added the waterfall parts to the reservoir.

[url=]http://imgur.com/xliQUuO (]http://imgur.com/HqOjZGk[/url)
There is seriously lttle space there.
I am not so sure about the bend from the out port to the radiator, it might kink a bit.


This is what it will look from the harddrives side.

[url=]http://imgur.com/hq23aMR (]http://imgur.com/mJY14nc[/url)
Recrimped the led wires so they only use 1 molex.

[url=]http://imgur.com/vbrw9Vz
Lengthened the fan cables and resleeved to they both reach all the way to the motherboard.


The last package with the drainage system, extension fitting, tubing and the kit to turn my reservoir into one with the fountain effect will arrive on tuesday.

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:33
Your opinions?

The package didnt arrive today...

Instead i have done some measuring and plannig lighting and sleeving:

http://i.imgur.com/fEaHpd9l.jpg (http://imgur.com/fEaHpd9)
After marking off where the mounting was, i needed to find a way to check that it was "leveled".
We had no levels (stick with a tiny glass chamber with a bubble in it XD), so i used what i could find.

It is a laser leveler typically used by carpenters to level walls and such :D
Works great for this too!

Onto the sleeving


So many different shades of red, but the one i like best there is only 30cm left of...
i will be using the red in the middle for my "prototypes" ;)

[url=http://imgur.com/GpOfYvd]http://i.imgur.com/GpOfYvdl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/JBo0gNo[/url)
Shade 19 and black.

I have made a couple of different color combinations for my 24 pin, let me know wich one you think would fit the build best!:think:

The combination i liked best:
24 pin:
http://i.imgur.com/11tTJw2l.jpg (http://imgur.com/11tTJw2)

EPS and molex:
http://i.imgur.com/N7ezVA4l.jpg (http://imgur.com/N7ezVA4)

GPU (3pin + 4pin):
http://i.imgur.com/u8XRVXzl.jpg (http://imgur.com/u8XRVXz)

The Sata cable will probably be this + one more white.
http://i.imgur.com/nLHRRGJl.jpg (http://imgur.com/nLHRRGJ)


Other ideas for the 24pin i have (also switching between shade 19 and black):

[url=]http://imgur.com/dZKnXeZ (]http://imgur.com/av59aGG[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/w4vEPYA (]http://imgur.com/2xSmqE6[/url)


Last thing i did was to plug in all the leds that are in the bocks, and ghetto mount the led strip to see how the lighting was:

[url=http://imgur.com/pPLvDqG]http://i.imgur.com/pPLvDqGl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/V8zDQZh[/url)

http://i.imgur.com/i61JHJ1l.jpg (http://imgur.com/i61JHJ1)

The led you can see in the first picture will not be visible when it is fastened properly and the doors are on.

See you in the next one!

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:40
Final touch on the water loop

Yesterday afternoon i could not track the last package, and called the post office.
They could not find it in their system either. I called the shop that had sent it, and they said it had been delivered at the post office the 16th.

Thinking it will arrive when it arrives, i started working without the last parts.

Assuming the reservoir was going to be abut 1,5 cm taller with the waterfall option I planned out where i needed to mount it.

The place i originally planned would work, but i would have to drill a hole through the HDD bracket to fasten it on the other side.
So i mved it about 2 cm further down:

http://i.imgur.com/C2coBGhl.jpg (http://imgur.com/C2coBGh)
As it is now I only needed to make two small cuts into the bracket to accomodate the nuts.

http://imgur.com/bv7vuGY (]http://imgur.com/9tc7H1w[/url)

Turns out, one of the screws were too long, after filing it down it was time for a test fit

[url=http://imgur.com/l1r0Aak]http://i.imgur.com/l1r0Aakm.jpg (]http://imgur.com/vxw6gA8[/url)
It is very leveled when i have adjusted it, its not fastened in this p

[url=]http://imgur.com/0tfnMBA (]http://imgur.com/dT5F4uC[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/sQpfyNt (]http://imgur.com/jY927qS[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/5FTlvKM (]http://imgur.com/luzR4pO[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/oxCevha (]http://imgur.com/stiyC11[/url)


After that i started to plan how i wanted the cables, using cable ties to shw how i plan it to be:

http://i.imgur.com/EjFX5IZm.jpg (http://imgur.com/EjFX5IZ)
I will have to shorten the 24 pin and EPS substantially, the GPU one is almost the right length.
The molex cables i will see if i can hide in between te res and the PSU, behind the GPU cables that will be running over there.

While going to grab some food i thought i might just check the actual post office instead of checking online, and dont you know, the package was there :D:thumbsup::rofl:

Quick unboxing :D

[url=]http://imgur.com/IQmUyPn (http://imgur.com/BScZZ3o[/url)
Primochill Advaned LPR tubing, the kit to convert the res, some fittings and the drain system

Full speed ahead! :D


Drainage system assembled

[url=http://imgur.com/EoAMAW9]http://i.imgur.com/EoAMAW9m.jpg (]http://imgur.com/7zLuXsI[/url) [url]=http://imgur.com/e7TCM57
Converting the res and attaching the 5mm leds at the same time.

At this point it was 10 PM, and i was getting tired, i managed to asemble the loop so the flow was backwards... :facepalm:

http://imgur.com/xPsdyu1 (]http://imgur.com/eHg6tqj[/url)
This was by far the hardest bend i have done in my entire life, and the thick walls of the primochill tube, although making it not kink, didnt make things easier.
I have mixed feelings about redoing it because of all the hard work i put into it. XD

[url=http://imgur.com/lFw0aPj]http://i.imgur.com/lFw0aPjl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/PISSI45[/url)


Filled the loop and leak testing it.
I have some videos of the actual filling:
[URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkUJU64DPXs"]1 (]http://imgur.com/MzevpqI[/url)
2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhhJjI4KZek)
The res had to be filled 2 times before running by itself, taking about 1.3 liters of water.

At this point i went home, still not realising the mistake i had made. ( I realised it about 00:30 :P )

Today my first task was to drain the system, there was no leaks :D
Drainage system worked surprisingly well ^^

After reconfiguring the inlets and uoutlets of the pump it has now been bleeding for about 4 hours without any signs of leaks.
[url=]http://imgur.com/ft6xPq6] (]http://imgur.com/UgZFznl[/url) [url=]http://imgur.com/INaA5in

I will probably not dissasemble the parts any more now, as it was so muh work putting it together and i am happy with the way that it turned out.
So net up is sleeving, then adding the color to the water.
See you in the next one Family :D :talk:

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:43
Starting sleeving

I didnt have a whole lot of time yesterday, so i just got started with the periferals and hard rives, i also mounted the LED strip ^^

Firstly i shorted down one of the Molex cables, and decided to use it as is, because it will not be visible



thre reason you can see the wies on a lot of the cabls is either:
-multiple wires in 1 crimp, no space for the insulation
-16 AWG wire in 18-20 AWG crimp + too much bend XD

We actually do not have 18AWG black wire, we only have 16 and 20, i am using 20 as it fills the sleeve really well, and if you shave some of the insulation on the end fits nicely into the crimps ;)

[url=]http://imgur.com/uW3WyWF (]http://imgur.com/zwmNONG[/url)

This is heatshrinkless with 16 awg wire, it holds and fills really well and i think it will work fine ^^
That is also the end of the sata connectors. behind that is the modified stock molex harness that came with the PSU.

http://i.imgur.com/uW3WyWFl.jpg (http://imgur.com/uW3WyWF)

None of the harddrives will be visible through the window, so to make the cable as little visible as possbile on the other side of the case, where it enters the PSU i sleeved it black :)

http://i.imgur.com/uW3WyWFl.jpg (http://imgur.com/uW3WyWF)
Here i have cramped two 16 AWG wires inside 1 crimp o.O
It was a tight fit, but it worked :D


Again, tight bend, so you can see the wire...

Here are some pictures of the case with all the lighting, but without the white color :D

[url=http://imgur.com/IL5tCQj]http://i.imgur.com/IL5tCQjl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/2kih2op[/url)



[url=]http://imgur.com/hX83RKo (]http://imgur.com/GxiMjAI[/url)



[url=]http://imgur.com/aM8bwY2 (]http://imgur.com/CoFYuxp[/url)


it looks amost like the tubes are empty

[url]https://gfycat.com/SilverGrandGelding (]http://imgur.com/egMJWyi[/url)

relaxing GIF of the reservoir ;)

After work i will figure out if i am going to use the original cable's o replace them all with 16AWG wire.
I will have to expand the hole in the PSU casing and it might get tight, but if i can get enough stretch so the black doesnt shine through the white, i think it will look good :D

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:47
I decided there was no reason to wait with adding the white color, as the loop is done, and i cant thin of a single thing with sleeving that would require it :D

Here are some awesome (although taken with a phone) pics, and a new video :rocket:


Getting ready

http://i.imgur.com/17wZPj3l.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/br0xxv9l.jpg
Cant see the metal anymore :D

http://i.imgur.com/mNzIjU5l.jpg
Love the look of these acrylic blocks with pastel coolants in them :lovely:

http://i.imgur.com/1oRL1uml.jpg
Looks equaly as good :D

http://i.imgur.com/NJQzrnrl.jpg
Playing photograph with tilts and stuff ;)

And last the obligatory video of the color taking over the loop :D

[URL="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR1stToFeC4&feature=youtu.be"]Awesome fade to white (]http://i.imgur.com/dOcZBjxl.jpg[/url)

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 12:56
Soldering, Soldering, Soldering

By now i have measured all the cables of the non-modular part of the psu, soldered 16 awg wire on, crimped it, then inserted it into its apropriate spot :)
Enjoy! :D

http://i.imgur.com/4MnvUTKl.jpg


This is a comparison between 18 and 16 AWG.
The lower one is 16 AWG.
In the pictures you can see there is more bleed, but i found it to stretch the sleeving much more, so it was much easier to train.
Since the coolant isnt 100% white either i will rather go with a little bleeding, than messy cables ;)

http://imgur.com/eW7hica (]http://imgur.com/2FkINPq[/url)
Needed some food before i started, and this small shop makes the best burgers in my small town


Using a "automatic" isolation stripper to get the perfect length every time.
(not the wire cutter in the picture XD, one of these)
[url=]http://imgur.com/1oDJ1a6 (]http://imgur.com/KqypHwJ[/url)

http://i.imgur.com/SHeBiB2l.jpg (http://imgur.com/SHeBiB2)
Cutting the cables as low as i can, while still being able to strip them.


Here i have started soldering them. When i am sleeving them, i will be heatshrinking the end of the sleeving just over the soldered part to get some extra strengt in the sleeving :)

[url=]http://i.imgur.com/cQbWLdNl.jpg (]http://imgur.com/cQbWLdN[/url)
EPS done.


GPU done.

[url=]http://imgur.com/zUWogNl (]http://i.imgur.com/rNJ7kDvl.jpg[/url)

http://i.imgur.com/U09XM6pl.jpg (http://imgur.com/U09XM6p)
Not wanting to lower the quality of my work by trying to do the 24pin when i was too tired, i called it a night and zip tied the cables so they trained over the night :D


I didnt get any pictures of the process of doing the 24-pin but it was pretty much the same as all the other cables.
Roughly measure all the different cables, solder them on, measure 1 and 1 cable while crimping them to keep the lengths consistent.

[url=]http://imgur.com/k0AO7vL (]http://imgur.com/O0T6QpR[/url)
Only thing i did differently is i soldered the double cables together inside the PSU so i didnt have to deal with cramming two 16 awg wires inside a small ATX crimp ;)



[url=]http://imgur.com/VjiHjyb (]http://imgur.com/F6Hsy0c[/url)



[url=]http://imgur.com/bHTmrKQ] (]http://imgur.com/ORWb79t[/url)

[url=]http://imgur.com/thxdlVw]

Pictures of the "finished" cables.
Next up is sleeving them ;)

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 13:01
Finishing Sleeving

Yesterday i worked long and hard to be finshed with the build, but ran into some unexpected problems at the end, so i will try to finsh it today

I am sleeving heatshrinkless, on one of the sides.
Inside the psu i am heatshrinking both to shield the solderin points and to fasten the sleeving.

I followed the planned layout for the sleeving on all the cables except some small changes on the EPS.


I didnt take too many photos of the process as it is pretty much the same thing over and over again ;)

-Measure up some sleeving, accounting for the stretch.
-Getting a small piece of heatshrink to shield the plastic so it doesent tear when it melts.
-Melting the tip of the sleeving so it fastens to the crimp
-remove the heatshrink and cuting a longer piece for the PSU end.
-Stretch the sleeve as much as i can, then fastening it inside the PSU with heatshrink.

Since i already had measured up the lenghts, (did not account well enough for the extra thickness of the sleeving tho, more on that later)
it didnt take more than ~3-4 hours to sleeve the entire PSU.

http://i.imgur.com/DxHMpMEl.jpg (http://imgur.com/z36DlhD[/url)
Finished sleeving the EPS. I put a cable comb on it once i was finished with it so it could train even while i was working on the other cables.


The second cable i finished was the 24 pin.
When i made the cables i used a mixture of MDPCX crimps, and some other i bought.
The MDPC crimping tool is adjusted to match the mdpc crimps, so most of the other crimps broke one of the wings when i crimped them...
I changed these, and replaced them wih mdpcx ones as i was going.
A weird thing that happened with the bleedig of the black cables through the red sleeving is that it became ALOT more like the ROG red.
A nice coincidence ^^

[url=]http://imgur.com/EOAU6Ts (]http://imgur.com/iGkWv3N[/url)


Here are both of the cables inside the system.
Its an extremely tight fit. Contemplating changing the tube that goes from the drain valve to the CPU out with a longer one.

[url=]http://imgur.com/i2y5RL0 (]http://imgur.com/4GbxZeI[/url)
Other than that i was thrilled with the results at this point :D


This problem was one that i expected.
I will be making the cutout bigger today to accomodate for the extra width.

[url=]http://imgur.com/1oiAQGc (]http://imgur.com/gpF5sjw[/url)
I heatshrinked the cables well inside the PSU so the heatshrink cant be seen from the outside.

http://i.imgur.com/lBsgISMl.jpg (http://imgur.com/lBsgISM)
At this point all of the cables are completely sleeved.
The stretch was good on all of them but three.
I will be stretching these better when i expand the hole in the PSU.


A little bit messy.

[url=]http://imgur.com/Sj2LFJA (]http://imgur.com/BdCTElL[/url)
There are about as many cables outside the PSU as there are on the inside :o


Computer up and running!
I didnt take any pictures of this, but before this i checked if all the cables where in the correct spot, with the correct volatges etc.
On the GPU cables i just used a multimeter, but on the EPS and 24 pin i have a PSU tester that i used.
The 12V and the sense cable on the 8 pin GPU cable were switched around, so fixed that, then powered it up!

[url=]http://imgur.com/mkS1FWt (]http://imgur.com/PBrCK3s[/url)
Here you can see one of the problems i will see if i can fix later today.
The GPU cables are a little too short/messy.
By cleaning up the mess and sorting them i hope to gain a little more lenght so they dont go at an angle over the block :)


You cant see it very well in this picture, but over 50% of the cables are sticking out of the power supply XD

[url=]http://imgur.com/rzpfKZ1] (]http://imgur.com/WYQ5Oa5[/url)

[url=]http://imgur.com/VUBShhz

Will take better pictures once the build is complete of course ;)

The problem i was talking about earlier is that i cant find the dremel...
A hacksaw isnt the apropriate tool to expand the power supply cutout.
Therefore i had to wait until today and go get my own dremel :p

Crossing my fingers to get done with all the finishing touches of the build today! :D

Then comes the final pictures ;)

GreenRay
24-03-2015, 13:42
Blir stilig dette :)

Hvilke andre forum poster du loggen på?

sindre2104
24-03-2015, 13:47
Takker :)
Her er det andre forumet jeg poster på:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1541295/build-log-caselabs-mercury-s3-watercooling-custom-sleeving

Der er alle bildene og ^^

Dj_Devil
30-03-2015, 07:16
dette ble jo kjempe bra :) :)