L3p - SteigerWood

Discussion in 'Worklogs' started by l3p, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Here a new 'little' project which I wanted to do quite a while.
    My wife wanted to get rid of the black Ikea home cinema cabinet, preferred something new with scaffolding wood.
    And I .. wanted a new HTPC :)

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    So why not combine with a cabinet which meets my demands..
    And off course a liquid cooled HTPC / Steam Machine ;)

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    This was going to be an 'off the record' build but decided to show you guys what I'm going to do :)

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    Hardware:

    Steiger Dynamics ERA
    Intel i5 4690K
    Asus Maximus VII Impact
    Asus GTX970 DirectCU Mini
    Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB
    Corsair Neutron XT 480GB
    EKWB Waterblocks
    EKWB Pump & Rads
    Bitspower Fittings
    LiHeat Pci-e Extender

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  2. HeavensCloud

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    Oo I loved the L3p desk, following this.
     
  3. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Thanks HeavensCloud :)

    At first this wasn't going to be a build + buildlog but just 'a little job' at house and an aircooled htpc in a clean case.
    Well that turned out differently .. and now I've got to catch up :)

    First the cabinet. Longer then a year ago we had plans for a new home cinema cabinet.
    A few months ago my wife came with the idea to do something with scaffolding wood as a relative creates furniture with it.

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    Together with my friend Mark who's really good and specially fast with sketchup we sat down a few nights.
    It took quite some time before we implemented my wife her wishes and my own.
    Thanks Mark!

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    So we started on the cabinet.

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    Exploded view:

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    And the 36 parts where I had to add all measurements to make building it much easier.

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    All of a sudden it was in the living room :)
    (Sawn sides and table will be finished later)

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    Old Ikea cabinet ready for dump.

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    Lets swap.

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    Under the hood.

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    Temporary up and running!

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    Relaxing after a long evening :)

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  4. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    First some pics from the ERA and the hardware.


    Mau has been waiting all day for me :)

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    Love it!

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    And a wonderful present hidden inside the case.
    Thanks Martin!!

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    And the hardware I will be using.

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    Thanks again Asus & Corsair!

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    Lets check the hardware first.

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    And a bios update from 0020 to 2702 :D

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    Like a charm!

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    Next update .. the liquid cooling .. and stripping the case.

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  5. KazeoHin

    KazeoHin [H]ardness Supreme

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    Man! That is a sexy case.
     
  6. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    This update some more reading.
    For this build I really needed all the material because of the space inside.
    The height on the sides is 64mm and in the middle 76mm.
    Lots of measuring and fitting!

    First the Pci-e extenders from Li-Heat.
    These do work with Gen3 and even on a 65cm length :)

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    Off course I had to see for myself with a 50cm extender :)

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    And with the 25cm extender. This is how I want to show the GPU.

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    And 2 other nice packages from EKWB and Corsair.

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    Memory where you can easily take off the heatspreaders.

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    Corsair Link to control the fans and lighting.

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    And the EK package!

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    Several radiators (also something for the future) to measure and fit.
    (Did you know a single 180mm rad has more surface then 2x120mm? ;) )

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    I often use Clear blocks but this time Acetal.

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    The kitchen table is ready!

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    Naked Nvidia GPU

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    And done!

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    Now the puzzling can start.
    This way I wouldn't need to change much on the case.
    (Bit scared to saw in the thick anodized brushed aluminum front panel)

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    Maybe do saw in frontpanel and use 50cm extender?

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    Still not sure about it all, I need every millimeter.
    Lets strip the case even more.

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    There you go.

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    About 2mm space on all sides, products and blocks .... I think this will be it :)

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    Borrowed fittings from other project to see how the loop could go.

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    My first idea was, because of the height of the case, to have the loop come out of the top of the case.
    But it seems that I can keep it all inside (1mm space above fittings) just not the memory block.
    Looks like a challenge .. maybe skip the memory block?

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    Until 'somebody' offered me a solution on facebook ... more about that next time :D

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    Vacation started! :)
    Now first further on project 'L3pipe'!
     
  7. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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    Hot dang!! Sub'd!!
     
  8. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    And 2 nice packages arrived.
    First up .. Bitspower!

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    A lovely night of cutting bags :)

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    Nickel plated pipes .. just not sure yet if I will use them this build.

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    Thanks again Vincent!

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    And then something really nice from Parvum and JR23.

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    Thanks Joe, Justin en Shaun!

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  9. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    First of all a happy 2016 everyone!

    It has been quiet here for a while, I'll try to explain :)

    First I had to make a start on an other project.

    Then .... my Bose Acoustimass set died ... :(
    Because of that I was able to find an other set I wanted for a long time.

    5x Bower & Wilkins M1 (2015)

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    SVS SB-2000

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    After that Richard 'kier' Keirsgieter and I were invited to do a build on an Nvidia event in Istanbul - Turkye.
    Quite an honor and experience!

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    After all that I decided to give myself a little treat.

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    But because the Pioneer VSX-S510, which I chose specially for this project, doesn't support 4k 60hz I decided to start 2016 broke :)

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    So a lot happened .. but hopefully soon more updates!
     
  10. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Back to business :)

    In the meantime I used the old PSU and SSD for other projects so I was really happy to receive new parts.

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    I also received a very nice fan grill from MNPCTECH. The same as I still had from a previous project.

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    And finally .. a custom length cablekit for the SF600

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    Safes a lot of time time :)

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    Not sure yet if I'm going to use the cableclips as they are very short

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    So, lets figure things out

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    Always a bit scary with 5mm brushed anodised aluminum.

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    Fits!

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    Also changing the little usb/audio cover under the reservoir

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    And the top

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    By removing this it will have no spacing.

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    Some transparent glue to be sure

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    Quicker drying :)

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    More airflow for the bottom

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    And changing the backside

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    Lots of drilling, sawing, filing and sanding

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    And done again

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  11. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Mounting time!

    First the 4 standoffs for the mainboard. Using a long marker for it.

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    Creating my own standoffs from aluminum pipe and long bolts as the bottom panel is to thin for standard standoffs

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    Painting the shiney aluminum matte black as I don't want any light going in or out.

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    Also had to shange the fans to make them fit with the top panel.

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    Sturdy rubbertape to seal the radiators airflow

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    And mounted them from the bottom to the case.

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    Also used rubbertape on the reservoir to prevent any light going out from the inside of the case

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    This was just an idea to keep the reseroir horizontal.

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    But as how I usual work, changed my idea, using the aluminum pipe again and found some longer M3 bolts so I can also mount the reservoir.

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    Did a lot of other small boring adjustments to make it all fit ... but I succeeded :)

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    And then ... the cables

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    Took me a while but also got it done. Only still need to sleeve the pump PWM cable

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    The SSD was just as wide as the EK GTX970 block .. thought it was a nice spot and it gets cooled a bit too :)

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    Next update .. the loop.

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  12. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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  13. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Thanks mate :)
     
  14. Saint001

    Saint001 Limp Gawd

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    Man, when I saw it in the beginning I didn't think you could fit it all in there. I have been proven wrong. Giggity.
     
  15. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    It's like Tetris :p
     
  16. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Finally a summervacation update.
    After one and a half week I couldn't hold it anymore .. picked up my casemod to work on it in the sun in front of my caravan :)

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    First some covers for the back.

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    Also gave them some color in my special paint cabin

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    Also changed some connectors and cable sleeving.

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    Finally starting on the loop.

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    And some more sleeving and cablemanagement.

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    Loop is starting to get shape.

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    But finally ..

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    Back home some packages were waiting.
    Sleeved power and network cables from Cablemod

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    And the gaming gear by Corsair

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    Just need to assemble it.

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    So later on I will be able to game from the couch :)

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    Next update .. filling it up!
    First had to check it again how it would look.

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  17. CC Ricers

    CC Ricers n00bie

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    That build and cooling loop is looking real boss. Great job fitting all of that in there.
     
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  18. DrLobotomy

    DrLobotomy [H]ardness Supreme

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    You are sick, sick man. /s

    Sweet setup. I like the pic work as you progressed. You get an A.

    Enjoy the Toy!!!
     
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  19. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Thanks guys :)
     
  20. spugm1r3

    spugm1r3 Gawd

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    That loop is intense. Fine work, as always, sir.
     
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  21. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Exciting to finally fill it up!

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    No leaks so first boot :)

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    Still decided to change some about the lighting as I could see a few leds when sitting in front.

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    CPU and GPU 60 degrees stressed, not bad.

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    Next time, final pics!
     
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  22. Jorona

    Jorona 2[H]4U

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    I'd worry about that 970's VRM temps. Looks amazing though.
     
  23. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Thanks!
    I added little heatsinks on the VRM's they don't go higher then 50C it seems.
     
  24. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    It took quite some time, but finally .. Steiger is done :)

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    Happy new year all!
     
  25. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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    Damn, that's nice!
     
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  26. mangapc

    mangapc Limp Gawd

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    Incredible build.
     
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