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Re: Project X-8 (times 8) Hackintosh. Feat White Lightning.

Post #26 by SuffolkBoy » Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:15 pm

Awesome buddy!!! Keeping an eye on this beast :D :D


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Post #27 by ALXAndy » Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:25 pm

Thanks SB.

All I will say now is wait until you see the cooler. I've made all of the parts for it now, just waiting on the bits I need to assemble it :)
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Post #28 by ALXAndy » Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:39 pm

Update. So today I needed to do some pretty intensive cutting. The top area where the fans fit in was pressed so it faced upwards into the top. The issue I had with that is that it fouled my floating fans. Time to remove it...

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More pig iron.

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And then....

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OK that's two coats inside and out :)

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And my liberated floating fans. These will become part of the top when I'm finished.

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I also removed the power supply I need for the build today, simply switching it out with the crap one I bought.
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Post #29 by ALXAndy » Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:45 pm

OK so today I had two jobs to do. 1. Rewire the San Ace fan to comply with a regular 4 pin PWM. 2. Build the cooler.

So first up I rewired the fan.

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And then have some fun with it. I connected it to BPM and installed MSI Command Center.

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And videoed the testing procedure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxvvANL ... XkBAZ48IxQ

Trust me, it's not for the faint of heart.... Thankfully I can make it no louder than the ambient noise of BPM, so I may shove a 7v resistor on the live wire..

And then it was time for the cooler.

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And here is where the fan lives.

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Post #30 by ALXAndy » Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:00 pm

Afternoon all. Been another busy day for me yet one with a little disappointment.

The parts I need to finish the top are not here. The parts I need to start braiding the PSU are not here and then yesterday I ran out of solder and heat shrink. I should have prioritised all of that before I started building but that stuff lasts a while and I just didn't check.

Any way, as I said I am very busy, and here is a teaser of what's to come.

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Post #31 by ALXAndy » Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:01 pm

Finished :)

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Post #32 by 1Day » Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:35 pm

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Dam dude you have talent!!!!
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Post #33 by SuffolkBoy » Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:35 pm

Wish I could do stuff like that.. looks the nuts :D
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Post #34 by ALXAndy » Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:55 pm

Thanks guys.

The hardest part has been keeping it Apple. Ergo, make it something that looks like something Apple make. The top of the cooler strongly resembles my Iphone 4. Everything else has been done to add a bit of panache.

I've had comments on the cooler on other forums about it being insufficient, needs water etc. I must say, I LOLed a little. It is, Prime 95 willing, a 90w CPU. At desktop idle it eats 13 watts and under regular use it never went over 30.

I should be able to wind the fan down to practically nothing, and still run a safe rig. No water, nothing containing liquid and thus, no worries - just as an Apple is.

I'm still waiting on that glittered vinyl, which is preventing me from being able to complete the top. Annoying....

I'm also still waiting for the two sheets of 5mm acrylic I bought last Tuesday (both black and white) and that has yet to matierialise either.

Next up is making the Cosmos 2's drive swap unit fit the front. It's not quite two 5.25" high, so I will have to likely mod the slatted panel a little.

Thanks for your kind words ! means a lot..

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Post #35 by ALXAndy » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:34 pm

Update. Yesterday the glittered vinyl finally came. This morning I decided to cover the top.

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Closer..

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And here are the floating fans, finally set in place. Obviously I've not routed the wires yet but all fitted and ready for wiring.

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And finally getting the vinyl meant I could finally cross another small job from the list..

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Post #36 by ALXAndy » Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:13 pm

Mini update. The postman came with these..

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7v resistors and protection for the fan, which fits as such.

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Remember kids, safety first ! - Danger Ehren. And I also ordered another of these.

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Dodgy pic C/O Scan. That will be going in the back. The control for it will be fitted to the back of the rig.

I also think the postman actually tried to deliver my acrylic today, so I can collect it Monday, yay.

Also.. The front panel is now completed. The sides have been covered and the fan plate and controller are in. More pics later :)
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Post #37 by ALXAndy » Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:36 pm

I started the braiding on the PSU today. I can't do any of the GPU cables or the 24 pin because they are going to be running through holes in panels, but I did get the 8 pin EPS done.

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It went well. Thankfully a guy over at Bit-Tech sent me a tool he makes which makes it pretty straight forward.

Didn't take too long either, so has enthused me for the many cables I have left to do (24 pin, then two 8 pin GPU and a six pin GPU).

And did this last night.

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Post #38 by ALXAndy » Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:21 pm

OK so it's time to remove the veil of mystery and finally show some pics of the case. As I mentioned, when I bought it the top and the sides of the front were in the most nasty gloss plastic I have ever seen. It really put a dampener on things. Thankfully the case was only £28, and it had plenty of scope in it for making it right.

So as you all know, I covered the top. I also covered those wretched sides and of course the logo. Please note - case is far from finished, it's only because I've been so mean with pics of it that I'm putting these up now.

The window side is still sitting in the box, as it was when it was delivered, but I have plans for that also.

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And that lovely* front slatted panel.

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And finally a frontal shot, showing the 120mm white Silverstone fan that is now fitted.

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More to come soon :)
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Post #39 by ALXAndy » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:04 am

Well sadly there's still nothing happening. The acrylic hasn't arrived even though the seller promised to re-send it.

I did order a fan for the back and have prepped it (braided and made a vinyl cover for the wires) but other than that all I've been able to do really is test the Lightning which works fine :)
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Post #40 by 1Day » Thu Sep 25, 2014 10:56 am

Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Post #41 by ALXAndy » Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:07 pm

Sort of an update. So last week I ordered a new rotary tool. I had a Silverline but the chuck lock went so I couldn't get bits in and out. I ordered another one, and to be fair it did last around 13 months, but sadly it too has suffered the same fate.

Back when I lived in the USA I had a Firestorm by Black and Decker. So I ordered the UK equivalent here.

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Now what I like most about it is the locking mechanism. No more pressing a button you simply pull over a lever. Only issue is the lever on the UK model is plastic, which is kinda disappointing. Ah well, it seems to work any way.

So today after braiding a few cables (power button, reset button etc) I was bored as ****. So I decided to make a cover for the hard drive. First I photocopied the drive, then cut out the covering sticker that I had copied and glued it down to some acrylic. Then I cut it (and carved it) and then polished the black edges before fitting some glittered vinyl.

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I'm very happy with how it came out. All it needs now is an Apple logo and it'll be done.
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Post #42 by ALXAndy » Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:56 pm

IDrive (or something).

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Post #43 by ALXAndy » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:20 am

I gots acrylic !

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Post #44 by ALXAndy » Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:59 pm

PSU box.

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Hole.

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Secondary reset button.

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Clean and dry.

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Clamp it into the workbench and line it up.

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And glue. Don't worry about any excess it is very easy to carve it off.

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So that's it for now. In about two hours I will be able to take it out of the bench and glue on the top.
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Post #45 by OverFienD » Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:06 pm

Fingers crossed everything works,with no hiccups. How much would this setup cost in the Applemac world roughly??
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Post #46 by ALXAndy » Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:24 pm

About £2500 minimum.

Most of the new power macs run Crossfire configs with cards like the 270. The highest end MAC carries a 3ghz or so hex cored Ivybridge Xeon and two R280X. It costs £3500.

There are no 8 core MACs yet. So mine has two cores over them lol.

Don't worry I'm totally going to town on the inside. The PSU box is just the start. Once that's done and set there's a huge panel going in that covers up the entire inside of the case (5mm gloss black) and in it will be 24 holes drilled for the ATX to come through and then 8+8+6 (so 22 more) for the GPU. The hard drive will be mounted onto this big panel.

I actually had a really bad feeling in my stomach earlier thinking "S***, I've really taken on too much and I don't know if I'll have the attention span to complete it" but once the PSU box was done I realised that although I've completely gone over the top it is doable.

It's tight though. It's not a very big case (the 8 pin EPS doesn't even have a cable route) but I'm confident the wedgie will work. I am going to run the 8 pin EPS under the motherboard.
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Post #47 by ALXAndy » Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:26 pm

OK PSU box done.

All I had to do today was basically clean off some of the overlapping glue (scalpel) and give it a wipe over before fitting the power button.

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Very happy with it. The last one I made was a bit messy so needed wrapping. This one shines :D

Am growing a little concerned that the PSU simply has too many wires in it to make the side panel close, so I may have to open it up and remove some of the runs. Either that or cut them off close to the PSU and cap them (easier).

Ignore those wires coming out they have to go up under the motherboard as there is no cable management for the EPS.
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Post #48 by ALXAndy » Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:06 pm

Coming up next is the main IO panel as I've named it. If you look into the case you will see how this will fit. It runs parallel to the motherboard running upwards.

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That is basically what the 5mm black sheet of acrylic is for. Many holes need to be drilled in it (I would say about 70+) lol so I've again created a rod. Not an issue though, I'll do all of those before I cut it out, so there will be a far less chance of any cracking or splitting.

Think that one's gonna be a bit of a headphone job haha. Just get something calm playing (David Gray?) and then drilling frenzy :D
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Post #49 by ALXAndy » Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:03 pm

OK it was time to mark it out. This will not make any sense yet...

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Then drill lots of holes.

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Then cut it out.

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It looks like a dog's arse at the moment but don't worry, I've done the two hours of sanding it needed and polished up the edges.

It doesn't quite fit yet because there's a chunk of metal in the way. I have some serious cutting to do next to remove more pig iron from the shell of the case so that everything fits as it should and I can route the wires.

More to come soon :)
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And in.

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