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Old January 28, 2010, 10:53 PM
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The Ouroboros (Greek Οὐροβόρος or οὐρηβόρος, from οὐροβόρος ὄφις "tail-devouring snake", also spelled Uroboros in English pronounced /ʊˈɹɒbɔɹɔs/ or /ˌjʊəɹoʊˈbɒɹəs/), is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail and forming a circle.

The Ouroboros often represents self-reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end (See Phoenix). It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished. The ouroboros has been important in religious and mythological symbolism, but has also been frequently used in alchemical illustrations, where it symbolizes the circular nature of the alchemist's opus. It is also often associated with Gnosticism, and Hermeticism.
The name is inspired from a song on Gojira's album "The Way of All Flesh". The name represents the constant cycle of upgrading PC's in a way. The case that will be used is the NZXT Whisper, and the build will be focusing around silent air cooling and hopefully learning a bit about studio photography (on a non-existant budget). The end result will hopefully be MDPC-style results (Style, I don't expect to make MDPC!) on a very slim budget of under $75.
So, here is what the mod will eventually look like from the outside.



The main feature is a mirrored triangle with (possibly) some modders mesh on it, I haven't quite decided yet. I didn't want a side panel because it lets a lot more sound out and I like the simplicity of the design.

The interior will be (surprise) black and white. I like black and white designs because they are easy on the eyes yet still very high contrast. Bright green or blue lights are an eyesore.



As previously stated, this mod will be built around silence to my relatively low standards, yet I still want to maintain enough airflow for a hot CPU and a GPU that can fold 24/7. It doesn't help that this case has terrible cooling - there is only one 120mm fan for the entire top "compartment". The end plan in to add anywhere inbetween 2 and 4 120mm fans. These will be Yate Loon D12SL-12's and Gelid 120mm 1000RPM fans.

Now, what is powering this rig you may ask?

Intel E6850
EVGA GTX260
XFX 680i LT (looking for a sponsorship for a P45 or similar)
4GB Patriot DDR2-800
Corsair TX650 (yep, not a modular PSU. I can make this work! [maybe])
Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Asus Xonar DX sound card
Noctua NH-U12P
LG DVD drive

So, it won't be top of the line exactly. I'm fine with that because I like personality - not many people have E6850's. Potential upgrades would be a new motherboard with a predominately a black colour scheme. I'm looking for some potential sponsorships.

Oh, and finally a bit about me. I'm a high school student from Ontario, Canada with experience with computers and machinery (to some degree). Modding is a perfect match between my love for PCs and tools. I don't have much available to me at home - files, a dremel, sandpaper, pliers etc. but at school I have access to a milling machine and a small CNC milling machine (only good for acrylic really) as well as drill presses and bandsaws. My primary goal for this PC is silence for folding - I want to be able to fold 24/7 without much noise.

So, with that out of the way, let's take a look at the case.







Sadly, thanks to buying used, it does have a bit of cosmetic damage. There is a scratch on the front and on the left side panel. Nothing a bit of bondo and paint can't fix.
I lost most of the pictures from the start of the project due to a hard drive lighting on fire and my failure to back up anything so what you missed out on was the case being disassembled, some of it being painted, the rear fan grills being removed, a 120mm fan mounting in the midplate, and a hole for the 8-pin CPU connector. I also sleeved the 8-pin and 24-pin connectors, of which I only have the finished pictures of.



I decided on a black and white alternating checkerboard scheme because I haven't seen it done before yet it still looks great. Sadly, I cheaped out and went for Techflex so lots of colour shows through. The budget simply could not stretch for MDPC sleeving.



I removed the rear grills because any resistance, no matter how small, creates extra noise and turbulence. They will be edged with some self-adhesive grommet after painting. More on that switch plate later.

Next order of business, a 120mm fan in the divider plate.



This midplate will be covered in PAX.mate acoustic foam (along with most of the rest of the case). I cut the fan hole large on purpose so the foam will make the opening that you see, as it's easier to make a clean hole on the foam.

I removed the HDD rack and one of the 2 "pods" - I only will be using 2 hard drives at most. The front bays block airflow enormously.

(sorry, no pic ATM - will get it done tomorrow)

The other pod simply was in the way of the mid plate fan. The sole pod got a black paint job and the tray got white. This won't be a black with white accents build - it's black and white in equal measure.



Now, the rear 80mm fans. I will be keeping the stock ones as they are pretty quiet and will be absolutely silent (to me, slight hearing loss lol) once at 7v or 5v. I was considering sealing off the PSU partition so those 80mm fans just feed the PSU but I decided against it.

More as soon as I can write the log. Which isn't too fast
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Nice start to this build.
Can I suggest hard drive suspension or a custom enclosure for those hard drives? I find that the hard drive noise is the loudest and usually the hardest to silence. Even my WD10EADS with AAM isn't quiet enough for me haha.

Oh and if you're up for some warranty voiding, switch out your power supply fan for a Scythe S-Flex 1600rpm one, it should work quite well in it and remove any remaining noise.
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I think your design is great, I love the whole black and white designs; so elegant. Why didn't you get MDPC-X sleeving? It's only about $1 a meter with shipping and the dollar conversion. To sleeve a 12" 24-pin extenders, or just 24 wires at 12" each is about 6 meters

I myself used techflex, but no matter what angle I look at it, how
much light, and however good my macros are I CAN NOT see any wires through it.

Good luck on this, it's goingto be fine.
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MM... sleeving.. mmmmm.... :p

Nice sleeving there Sushi, looks to be a promising mod.. :)
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This looks very cool. Awesome work so far. I can't wait to see more.
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Nice start to this build.
Can I suggest hard drive suspension or a custom enclosure for those hard drives? I find that the hard drive noise is the loudest and usually the hardest to silence. Even my WD10EADS with AAM isn't quiet enough for me haha.

Oh and if you're up for some warranty voiding, switch out your power supply fan for a Scythe S-Flex 1600rpm one, it should work quite well in it and remove any remaining noise.
I am pretty sure that all the acoustic foam will get most of the HDD noise (I can just hear it with the case open next to me face - as I said, this is silence to low standards). It will have rubber dampeners though. And thatnks for the tip but the TX650 already has a good, quiet fan in it.

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I think your design is great, I love the whole black and white designs; so elegant. Why didn't you get MDPC-X sleeving? It's only about $1 a meter with shipping and the dollar conversion. To sleeve a 12" 24-pin extenders, or just 24 wires at 12" each is about 6 meters

I myself used techflex, but no matter what angle I look at it, how
much light, and however good my macros are I CAN NOT see any wires through it.

Good luck on this, it's goingto be fine.
I bought 100 feet of sleeving for $20. A similar of MM would cost.... god I don't want to think about it. I think for the final photoshoot I will just photoshop the wires to be grayscale - call it cheating, but it's the only way it'll look good for such a small budget.

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MM... sleeving.. mmmmm.... :p

Nice sleeving there Sushi, looks to be a promising mod.. :)
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This looks very cool. Awesome work so far. I can't wait to see more.
Thanks!
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I bought 100 feet of sleeving for $20. A similar of MM would cost.... god I don't want to think about it.
100ft = 30.48 meters. 30 meters of MDPC-X sleve = $30(cnd) Your doing great though
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100ft = 30.48 meters. 30 meters of MDPC-X sleve = $30(cnd) Your doing great though
Well, keep in mind that includes heatshrink. But I would have loved to support Nils....
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Well, keep in mind that includes heatshrink. But I would have loved to support Nils....
Ah, I forgot about that. I guess when you are on a budget, you don't want to spend so much on sleeving. Good luck on this one Sushi
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I disassembled my keyboard (OCZ Alchemy Elixir) today for painting. I washed each key individually, as it was pretty dirty. I hate membrane keyboards - 250+ little parts on my floor thanks to the little dome every key needs. It will be getting a coat of white (or 4).
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