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Old December 3, 2008, 08:35 PM
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I just made another YET ANOTHER order from Performance-PCs today. Now I'm onto the wiring stage, so I finally know what I'll need.

Power Connectors:
4 x Connectx™ SATA 90deg Connector Female - End Cap
4 x Connectx™ SATA 90deg Connector Female - Pass-through Cap
5 x Connectx™ 4-Pin Floppy Connector Female
8 x Connectx™ 6-Pin PCI Express Connector Female
8 x Connectx™ 8-pin PCI Express Connector Female
10 x Connectx™ 3-Pin Fan Connector Female
5 x Connectx™ 3-Pin Fan Connector Male
2 x Connectx™ 24-pin ATX Connector Female
7 x USB 2 X 5 Header Connector Female
Power Pins:
80 x USB Header Female Pins
200 x Connectx™ ATX Female Pins
100 x Connectx™ Molex 4pin Female Pins
100 x Connectx™ Molex 4pin Male Pins
60 x Connectx™ Floppy 4pin Female Pins
Data Cables:
4 x E-SATA II Cable w/ Metal Latch - 6'
4 x SATA II Cable w/ Metal Latch - Straight to 90deg - 18"
2 x A.C. Ryan Dual Internal SATA to eSATA PCI Bracket
Cooling:
36" x PrimoFlex Pro LRT Clear Tubing - 1/2"ID X 3/4"OD
36" x PrimoFlex Pro LRT Clear Tubing - 3/8"ID X 1/2"OD
16 x Clamps for 1/2" Tubing
10 x Clamps for 3/8" Tubing
2 x Bitspower G1/4" Stop Fitting
6 x Bitspower Premium G1/4" Fitting Spacer
1 x Bitspower Rotary "Q" - Dark Nickel Plated
Misc:
10 x Cord Clips 3/8" x 3/8"
24" x Heatshrink 3:1 - 1"ID
50 x Black Aluminum Pop Rivets 1/8" X 1/4"


Suffice to say, there's more coming. Tune in soon.


PS:
In this picture:

You can see the difference in colour between the two tubing sizes - the colour difference is much more apparent to the human eye... luckily I'll be sleeving the tubes.
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Here in the early hours of the morning I came up with a method of running the ATX and 12V lines between the motherboard and the mobo-tray - only to emerge right next to the PSU. (I even have custom made 1-off wire to do it with)

What I have come up with will involve soldering the power lines right to the mobo.

Also I'll be making a cut though the mobo tray beneath the ethernet port - I intend to solder a second port onto the bottom of the mobo, making it easier to wire the mobo to the Alix router.

Here's a very quick and dirty diagram to roughly show my intent with soldering the ATX and 12V lines to the bottom of the mobo.

I had a short run of 24conductor 18agage 'PrometheusCU edition' ribbon cable manufactured by ITW Pancon especially for this purpose.




Quickie update:
After a lot of measuring, scoring, snaping, drilling, and filing I have this:


1 down, 1 to go.


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2of2.
Note that this one was made with a tilt to it to reflect the graphics on the GPU block better.

I've not yet installed it, it's just a friction fit with the ramsinks.



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Old December 3, 2008, 08:37 PM
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Just ordered the 4x 64GB SSD's from NCIX.com

G.SKILL FM-25S2S-64GB 64GB 2.5IN SATA2 SSD
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First up: I decided on my RAID card.
I'm going with the super capable HighPoint RocketRAID 3510 4channel card.
This is no toy, this is a real enterprise level card with it's own processor and memory - I'll be adding a battery backup unit to this card as well as an added security.






My cable/tube sleeving has arrived - finally!
I will be using Nylon Multifilament sleeving - built to military grade specifications.

The 'wire harness' coming out the back of this machine will be manages with DuraWrap sleeving - made from ballistic nylon.


Here's my order, 2.5"ID durawrap, nylon multifilament sleeving (75' - 225' spools), and 4:1 heatshrink (25' - 50' spools).


Some crappy pics showing off the goods:




The quality of this stuff is incredible... and it's very hard to cut (w/o a hot knife). I'm positive that it will definitely suit the build.

I forgot to order 1" heatshrink (but compensated by adding it to my PerformancePCs order which should be here any day) so I can't jump right in and start sleeving my tubes just yet. But I am going to start sleeving the items that I can.

Thanks for reading, more coming soon.
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I did a couple of short sleevings tests:
I sleeved the tubing and the anti-kink coils... the sleeving WORTH EVERY PENNY in my mind. The look turned out fantastic.




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I'd like to hear your opinions on the look.

Thanks
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Old December 3, 2008, 08:39 PM
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I decided to do some test sleeving (after all I have a couple extra feet of sleeving).


Still missing the heatshrink, 'tidyness', clamps, and copper antikink rings.


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The ripples are anti-kink coils beneath the sleeving. This material doesn't ripple like that. As I stated before once the copper shrouds arrive the case will have a very different look - I'm just testing the materials, learning the best way to use them.

I did a quick sleeve job on a test cable. This 4conductor ribbon is a very tight fit inside the 1/4" sleeve.





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I get the feeling across my worklogs that some people don't understand that the majority of this case will be shrouded in laser etched, waterjet cut, copper plate.

I've taken the liberty of colouring my part diagrams, and illustrating what they will look like after bending, and assembly.

I hope this helps some of you visualize the final product.

Orange = Copper
Grey = Carbon Fiber

*click for big*













I hope that helps. =)


Thanks for reading.
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Old December 3, 2008, 08:41 PM
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Cheers mate.

Quick update:

I WANT THESE!

evil-98 from XtremeSystems is making them... I'm not sure about availability just yet. I can't wait to hear back from him.

here is his thread at XS



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