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Old October 5, 2011, 04:59 PM
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Project “Folder Holder” - Custom Open Air Bench for a 2P 24/7 Folder (Fold-Tron 3.0? still working on the name)

I’ve got the folding Bug; I love the idea of contributing to finding the cure for a Disease like cancer. The big C has been a huge part of my life, My Mother and Father have both Battled cancer and for the time being (fingers Crossed) beat it, my mother has had Cervix Cancer and Breast Cancer, My father had Lung Cancer and half of his lung was removed. My Grandmother Recently passed away after battling cancer for the last 10 years. One of my really good child hood friends just passed away after battling cancer from his 20’s until a few days before his 30th. My best Friends Mom passed away a couple of years ago after a long battle with cancer (she was like a second mom to me)
My mom’s best friend passed away from cancer (super close family friend). I could go on and on, but you get the picture, it’s been a big part of my life and I’ve always wanted to do something to find a cure, I’ve fund raised (Michael Cuccione Foundation, Movember, Walk for Breast cancer etc...) Volunteered etc… then I found F@H, with every work unit returned I feel a huge amount of accomplishment, I feel like I’m really contributing. I have a passion for Building computers, and a passion to find the cure. F@H has given me an outlet to fuel both my passions.

So the reason for the “Folder Holder”; as I save up money ($161 and Counting) for a 24/7 dedicated folding rig, I will slowly put together an open air bench to house the computer.

My Idea is a 2 level/tier basic bench, using smoked Plexiglas and aluminium and some pvc parts. I’m looking at a custom SSD Bracket (like the one featured on MNPC Techs Fuzion Build “UN Designs X Bracket”) and Case feet like the MNPC Black Groove Billet Aluminium feet. An on/off switch built in to the Bench.

Pictures to come, this will be a slow build.

Things I need are in Red, lots of red down there

Parts for the Open Air Bench “Folder Holder”

2 x ľ” 14”x16” pieces of Smoked Plexiglas (thanks to Archer Plastics here in Vancouver)
4 x ˝ inch Aluminium square/round tubes / PVC tubing (Still trying different methods)
4 x Black Aluminium Grooved Case Feet
1 x On/off Switch (Might pull from a chassis at work)
No slip mat for PSU (I have rubber sound dampening material left over from other Mods)
Mother Board Standoffs (rubber insulated rivet nuts 6-32)
Thumb Screws
3’ ˝”x ˝” Aluminium L for PCI slots (not sure I need this the KPGE has on board VGA)
120mm Fans



My Wish List for Hardware Parts:

CPU’s - AMD Opteron OS6128WKT8EGOWOF X8 6128
(Sure Id love the 12 core P’s but 8 is more in my budget, AMD has provided me with great GPU’s and CPU’s in the past hence the reason to go with them again)

Motherboard - ASUS KGPE-D16 Dual Socket G34 LGA1944 Motherboard
(Asus has always been reliable in my experience; all my motherboards (4) are Asus.)

RAM – 8GB I plan on using Kingston RAM, it has always been reliable, and all my current Machines have Kingston Ram.

PSU – Undecided, I want something Power Efficient (not to keep my power bill down, but in keeping with doing something good for the earth and for science, folding and
power conservation)

CPU Coolers – Noctua NH-U9DO ( I love Noctua stuff, All my CPU Coolers and Fans Are Noctua)

Hard Drive – Undecided, I do have some Western Digital Black Drives in my Home Server I could Use I know a SSD is Overkill but it would look sick using a custom SSD Bracket

Video Card - HD3450


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Just Some Scribbles, heading to see the parents this weekend, gonna grab a pop-rivet gun and some aluminum pieces this weekend... might get a start on saturday or monday.







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Old October 5, 2011, 05:09 PM
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With the KGPE, no need for a power switch, since you can control the board via the iKVM chip (BIOS access, remote start, remote viewer). Also no need for a GPU (even the onboard), since you can RDC using a remote computer.

PSU-wise, a good 650W will do. Deux is pulling a little over 250w at full load. I wanted to use the Seasonic X560W, but the board needs dual EPS 12V. There are splitters out there, but in the end I chose the Corsair AX750W.

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Old October 5, 2011, 05:14 PM
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Those are good ideas, I am currently trying for the same thing but am trying to figure out the enclosure and which PSU also .
At least you have a place to build and access to the Mats I will probably just end up Butchering an old case or three hehe.
Good luck on your build
Edit I see that I am a slow typer since Charlie posted some suggestions that answer some of my questions also.

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With the KGPE, no need for a power switch, since you can control the board via the iKVM chip (BIOS access, remote start, remote viewer). Also no need for a GPU (even the onboard), since you can RDC using a remote computer.

PSU-wise, a good 650W will do. Deux is pulling a little over 250w at full load. I wanted to use the Seasonic X560W, but the board needs dual EPS 12V. There are splitters out there, but in the end I chose the Corsair AX750W.

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Are you saying that can access the server kind of like you would access a router? or is this a windows thing?

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Old October 5, 2011, 05:30 PM
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The Corsair AX series is a very good choice. Efficient. I had the 850HX folding 24/7 in my rig...wonder where it is folding now??

Looks like a cool project! Keep the updates coming.
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Old October 5, 2011, 05:55 PM
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The Corsair AX series is a very good choice. Efficient. I had the 850HX folding 24/7 in my rig...wonder where it is folding now??
Take a look at my sig, and it's been folding non-stop for 19 days...
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Old October 9, 2011, 01:21 PM
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Small Update, Set up my workshop in my office/spare bedroom. Happy Thanks Giving!!



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Old October 10, 2011, 03:01 PM
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Update 2011-10-10

I've started work on the aluminum frame.







Test fitting the plexi















Still Lots to Do, in no particular order:
Pick up some Chicago Screws to attach the plexiglass to the aluminum.
Connect the Cross Beam for PCI Cards
File and Polish my cuts
Attached Hard Drive Holder
Wire On off switch
Make / Buy End Caps for the Open Aluminum Tubes
Attach aluminum fan Holders.
Im sure there is more but im still reeling from my turkey hangover from last nights Canadian thanksgiving.

I hit a snag, My order from McMaster-Carr for Well Nuts/Rivet Nuts (motherboard Standoffs) was canceled by them:

"Aur Exports Distribution to me show details 8:43 AM (4 hours ago)

Due to the complexity of U.S. Export regulations, McMaster-Carr only accepts orders from our established customers in Canada. We’re sorry we can’t help you.
Lauren"

This is a Load of manure, I order products form the US all the time, I ship things to the US all the time, its not complex at all. So back to the Drawing board, there is one company here in Canada i can order form its just double the price.

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Old October 11, 2011, 01:45 PM
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Update 2011-10-11

Just a small Update, One step closer to completing the “Folder Holder” thanks to Dave at UN Designs for his Donation of a UN Designs SSD Bracket.



I wanted to mention every CPU sitting idly by can make a difference if you get your “Fold” on ( Folding@home - Main ) for those that don’t know about folding have a read.
Let’s make a difference together, you might not think your one Computer can make any difference but it will and that’s the beauty of Distributed Computing, your 1 + many = super computing. Help when you can, every work unit returned is one step closer to a Cure.

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Old October 11, 2011, 02:34 PM
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Shoot, I missed this while I was away. I have an aluminum/plexi test bench I built a couple years ago I would have given away to a folder. Yours looks nicer anyways.
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Old October 22, 2011, 02:20 PM
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Small Update:

I've attached the Plexi Using Chicago Screws to the Aluminum Frame, the structure is pretty sound now.
A few pics (sorry they aren't great)






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