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Post #51 by ALXAndy » Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:47 pm

Little bit of cutting and drilling and....

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And what I'm going to be using to braid the PSU wires that come through the holes.

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Post #52 by ALXAndy » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:20 am

OK guys so this will be the last update before I go on a little hiatus due to lack of funds. I do have some things to do but none will be worth picturing.

So here is the case.

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As you can see, it's quite heavily cut now. And here is where the project stands.

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I now have to repair both the power and reset buttons as the wires got caught and they both ripped out. Doh.
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Post #53 by ALXAndy » Thu Oct 02, 2014 2:34 pm

I've ordered some paracord. Should be here tomorrow with any luck.

Today paranoia got the better of me so I did this.

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Memory.

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And the CPU.

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Now obviously I've never taken a motherboard apart before so I was pretty para. Turns out everything made it through and works fine. Phew !
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Post #54 by ALXAndy » Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:08 pm

Oops. forgot all about this lol. Today I decided to tidy up the bits and bobs. Everything was in a bit of a mess.. Any way, allow me to introduce you to Mr Skull.

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This part actually took me about an hour. What I did was stuck it down and then used the Dremel to carve around the edges.

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So that's my light blank. I've polished the edges since but the sun has gone in.

Here is how they fit.

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They're now setting, so I got on with this.

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Mark.

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And...

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As I say, glue setting so that's it for now but this will become the centre piece of the front of the case. 5 white LEDs :)
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Post #55 by ALXAndy » Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:05 pm

Centred and stuck.

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Few hours and I can fit the LEDs and light him up :D
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Post #56 by Fireball180 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:12 pm

Oh my god, you must have spent age's on this project. Good work :clap: :thumbup:
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Post #57 by ALXAndy » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:02 pm

11:30 AM braiding starts...

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To be continued.......
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Post #58 by ALXAndy » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:05 pm

Then it was time for the PCIE wiring.

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And finally in. Pic is crap as sunlight has gone now :(

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Post #59 by ALXAndy » Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:26 pm

Fireball180 wrote:Oh my god, you must have spent age's on this project. Good work :clap: :thumbup:


Yeah it's had some time. I reckon about three weeks full time work.

Nice to finally have a rig I don't need running so I can do all of the silly over the top mods lol.
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Post #60 by ALXAndy » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:16 pm

Build time.

Was pretty painful tbh. The wound I had on my thumb had closed and stopped bleeding. Then by freak accident I picked up the hot swap bay and something inside it was very sharp and went right into the wound on my thumb. I yelped, it had gone in pretty deep and it started to bleed profusely again. Quick thinking I sprayed on some cold Iodine and stemmed the bleeding. Then I wrapped it in tape and tissue. It hurt like a fly sliding down a razor blade using his balls for brakes, but I had to continue.

So, here is the case with the panel mounted and everything sort of hanging loose. You can see the rear fan now.

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Time to fit the hard drive.

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Here is the mess of wires I was talking about around the back.

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There's about 5mm if that on the outer edges. The panel bulges out offering a small area to go thicker but for the most part this was the hardest wiring I've ever had to do. All of it needed to be forced into the areas where the side panel allows more room.

As you can see here, it was hard. Front panel now on.

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Fit the hot swap bay.

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And turn the case around.

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Remember Mr Skull? well here he is all wired and set.

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OMG, bad-ass.

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Problem is there's now even more mess to contend with.

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OK, so with everything all wired and connected it was time to fit the side. I did some final management and used a few ties. Then I laid it on the floor and evenly pressed the panel in.....

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WOOHOO ! she fits !! I'm still not sure how lol.

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And finally time to spin it around again and set it to one side so I can mod the PSU box.

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Still a ways to go......
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Post #61 by 1Day » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:40 pm

Sorry about your war wound.

This has really been a treat to have been allowed to be part of the journey. Have loved seeing how things developed and evolved. You have inspired me to try a more creative build in the near future.
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Post #62 by SuffolkBoy » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:49 pm

Just awesome! Very interested in how the operating system goes :)
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Post #63 by ALXAndy » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:52 pm

1Day wrote:Sorry about your war wound.

This has really been a treat to have been allowed to be part of the journey. Have loved seeing how things developed and evolved. You have inspired me to try a more creative build in the near future.


Thanks. It's been an honour to share this build.

I always try to make modding cheap. So that every one can do it, without spending thousands of pounds on exotic case designs.

I remember once seeing this guy who showed up on Bit-tech. He was building a Lenovo desktop for a competition that they'd allowed him to enter. Basically they supplied some lame all in one desktop for people to mod.

Any way, he starts showing his build. Basically he moulds some epoxy into a crinkled mould he had made and then let it set, so that it looked like a block of ice. People asked him where he'd bought it etc, he ignored them.

So I see on the side of the can what this stuff is called. I then run it into Google, and find it. It cost him $900 for the amount he used, and that was simply to make the outer shell.

Preposterous !!!

My mods are all affordable. Heck, some even work out close to free. That PSU box? that cost me about £4. The black panel? £4 also. They both used about 2/3 of a sheet of 5mm acrylic that was £6.30 shipped.

My dremel was £35. I used to use one that costs £25.

The problem with modding as I see it is that it's one of the snobbiest hobbies you could ever do. No one wants to see me modding a £28 case. The threads with $900 Caselabs cases? all about that. And triple SLI 780ti etc etc.

And it's ruining it. All about money and tools. S***, some mods I've seen? they have like $9000 worth of bloody tools to work with..

Just remember.. If it moves? mod the ****** to within and inch of its life :D

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I've built mine. I also grabbed the Nvidia drivers..

TBH ? people make it sound an awful, awful lot harder than it really is. You build your boot USB, you then put some stuff on a second one and then you boot from it. Now I've been using OSX when it was version 7 on my Performa. Installation is then down to MAC experience tbh.
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Post #64 by ALXAndy » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:52 pm

And we draw ever closer. First up I want to mention my poor thumb...

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But enough of that gay banter ! let's get right down to business.

So it was time to mark up one of the final panels.

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And using the dimensions I had previously marked..

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So it was back to the rotary tool to create that panel and adjust the psu box.

Just remember, the word of the day is clinical.

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But hey, let's not get carried away. It's not done yet. I still have to make the floor pan.

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But man alive, I just can't get enough of this S***.

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OK so here is Mr Skull..

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And around to the business end. Note the fan controller has been modded into the back of the case shell. This controls the rear exhaust.

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Look in the background... IT'S ALIVE !! ALIVE I SAY !!!

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Oh yeah. Remember those floating fans in the roof?

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.
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Post #65 by ALXAndy » Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:52 pm

OK. So using UseKextCache=Yes(Not use if we will need yes or no) npci=0x3000 cpus=1 GraphicsEnabler=Yes -f -v.

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And then cpus=1 npci=x2000 -v -x UseKernelCache=No GraphicsEnabler=Yes

I get...

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All booting OK but I still have to use the memory stick or I get "Can not find bootable media".

So far I've checked Ethernet and it works perfectly. I can bum around in OSX fine too. Not tested the sound yet but will later.. However...... Safari is just flicker heaven. The page continually flickers and flashes.

Obviously this is very early on in the install process so I'm sure we can sort it out :)
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Post #66 by ALXAndy » Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:23 pm

OK so really getting there now..

The expert who promised to help me has been wonderful. We tried in vain for nearly two days to get the sound working, then I remembered I had this.

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Which hilariously was immediately detected by Voodoo and worked straight away ! so that's the sound sorted.. Time for some fun !

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hehehe

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Also installed and tested...

Grid
Trine
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Then it was back to work. Here is the finished floor pan.

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And my converter for MSATA to SATA 3 arrived, which I duly modded.

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iSSD !
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Post #67 by ALXAndy » Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:25 pm

Oops, forgot to add.

Yesterday I bought a Radeon R290 4gb for £135, so when that arrives I will test it and then set it to one side for when Yosemite launches, with full R9290 support !
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Post #68 by OverFienD » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:26 pm

Nice one Andy. Must be the most powerful mac in the world ;)
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Post #69 by ALXAndy » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:37 pm

haha Carslberg.. Probably...

The guy that's been helping me has a 4670k Hackintosh so we had a 'bench off' his is overclocked to 4.5ghz, his multi threaded score is 8005.

Here is my 2ghz 8 core..

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I'm right up there with the 3.6ghz hex core £3500 mac. All I want to do now is stuff in the 290, but sadly I have to wait for the next OS out 'Yosemite' before the 290 will work.

One definitely worth waiting for I think :)

But my god OSX threads well...
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Post #70 by OverFienD » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:50 pm

How are you finding the os. I haven't been on a mac in donkeys. I think the last time i went on a mac, i was playing moh allied assault online.
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Post #71 by ALXAndy » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:13 am

It's not bad. Must say after using Leopard for a bit this doesn't seem any different at first glance.

I'm probably missing all of the new features so I'll get stuck in once I can set it up permanently :)
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Post #72 by ALXAndy » Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:20 pm

OK so update. Here is something I've been working on for the past couple of days.

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To make that I had to cut two pieces of acrylic, then put them together in a glue sandwich before sanding and cleaning and polishing the edges.

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Like so, and then drilling ten holes through the black side only.

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And the sides, pre fab.

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OK so time for some LEDs. I don't even want to get into how long this took, nor how utterly mind numblingly boring it was.

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OK so test fit.

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Good S***, then glue.

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And put to one side to set. I also made a SATA braid cable/extension/converter thing.

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So not much left to do now... I also ordered a fan for the side intake.

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LEDs, which is kinda nice.

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But the real reason I bought it is this.

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Which should work on the outside of the case. I am going to bondo/filler the Aerocool logo and repaint it in white...
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Post #73 by ALXAndy » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:10 am

Update. So as of now the MAC is sitting with a cover over it whilst I figured out how I can hook it up.

In the end I found this.

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Which has three USB sockets (so keyboard, mouse and sound card) and two inputs from the PC. This way I can just hook my stuff into the KVM and use both computers with one set of peripherals.

My monitor has three inputs so I will simply plug both BPM and X8 into the monitor and switch inputs.

Right now the SSD stand is setting. I have glued on the side parts so theoretically it should be ready to mount once the glue sets and I can clean the edges. Here it is being tested.

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And the side the SSD will mount to.

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Post #74 by ALXAndy » Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:39 am

A short while later...

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Post #75 by ALXAndy » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:54 pm

OK so I decided to get the MAC out and fit the platform.

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Closer.

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Yup, fair to say I'm super happy with that ! So it was time to sort the drive out..

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And what I will be using it for, games.

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And this made me grin like an idiot..

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It went from 2005 - reboot - 2008 - reboot - early 2013 (big alu mac) - reboot - late 2013 vacuum cleaner :D :D
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