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About Quantor

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  1. Before I show the final pictures after both systems were flooded here are the full specs: System 1: Ryzen 7 2700x CPU MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Mainboard MSI Vega64 Airboost OC graphics card XPG 16GB Spectrix D40 DDR4-3000 MHz RGB RAM XPG Gammix S11 480GB M2 SSD Alphacool XPX CPU Cooler Alphacool GPX-A GPU Cooler Alphacool Cape Corp Coolplex Balancer Alphacool Eisbecher Helix Balancer Alphacool Eisbrecher Radiator Alphacool XT45 360mm Radiator Alphacool VP655 Dual Pump Cooler Master V850 Gold Power Supply 1x Cooler Master Masterfan SF360R ARGB 3x Cooler Master Masterfan SF120R ARGB Aquacomputer Farbwerk 360 RGB Controller with 10 LED stripes (150 LEDs) 2 TB Seagate HDD 500GB SSD 250GB SSD Length of Loop: around 6,5m Capacity of cooling fluid: around 4,8 litres System 2: Intel i7-8700k CPU MSI Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Mainboard MSI RTX2080 Duke 8G OC graphics card XPG 32GB Spectrix D41 DDR4-3200 MHz RGB RAM XPG Gammix S11 480GB M2 SSD Alphacool XPX CPU Cooler Alphacool GPX-N GPU Cooler Alphacool Cape Corp Coolplex Balancer Alphacool Eisbecher Helix Balancer Alphacool Eisbrecher Radiator Alphacool XT45 360mm Radiator Alphacool VP655 Dual Pump Cooler Master V750 Gold Power Supply 1x Cooler Master Masterfan SF360R ARGB 3x Cooler Master Masterfan SF120R ARGB Aquacomputer Farbwerk 360 RGB Controller with 12 LED stripes (180 LEDs - Can bey synched with the Main Screen - Ambilight Effect) 2 TB Samsung HDD 1 TB Western Digital HDD Length of Loop: around 8m Capacity of cooling fluid: around 5 litres Environment: Flatlift Germany Dual TV-Lift System (can be controlled manually and with an App over Bluetooth) Samsung 28" 4K UHD Screen (Main Screen - connected to both Systems) 2x Samsung 24" FHD Screens (Sidescreens - connected to both Systems) 2x 64x256 Matrix LED Displays (can display Status informations, Newsfeeds, Movies, eMails and much more by Custom Software) 1x Elgato Stream Deck (usable for both Systems through KVM Switch) 1x 7" Touchscreen for System Informations (usable for both Systems through KVM Switch) Aten USB3.0 4-port KVM Switch 1x Cooler Master Masterkey MK850 Keyboard (usable for both Systems through KVM Switch) 1x Cooler Master MM830 Mouse (usable for both Systems through KVM Switch) 1x Cooler Master MP860 RGB Mouse Pad (usable for both Systems through KVM Switch) 1x Sound Blaster Katana Soundbar & Subwoofer Nanoleaf Aurora Light Panels (can also be synced with the main screen - Ambilight Effect by Custom Software) Holographic 3D Advertising Projector Flashforge Finder 3D Printer 2x QNAP NAS Systems with 16TB and 12TB Now have fun with the final pictures:
  2. Finally a few more holes for the loop needed to be drilled. For marking the right spots I've used an Alphacool Laserpointer-fitting: Another holes was need at the left side of the bridge: Balancer, Sensors and some more LED-Stripes were installed: And finally I was bending the last hardtubes and completing the loop for the 1st system: Now also the 1st system was ready for flooding.
  3. Next was installing everything needed into the left compartment: Starting with a Cooler Master V850 Gold Power Supply which was installed into another holder into the middle compartment: Next some more lighted "drive-packages" into the showcase at the left slated plate: Tray, Mainboard, Graphics card and another Cooler Master Masterfan SF360R ARGB were installed into the compartment and cabled: And finally another Farbwerk 360 RGB-controller and some LED-stripes:
  4. After the Intel/Geforce based system was now working it was time to take care about the already temporary used 1st Ryzen/Radeon based system. The following Components were used for this one: MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Mainboard Ryzen 7 2700x Processor 16 GB XPG Spectrix D40 DDR4-3000 MHz RAM MSI Radeon RX Vega64 Air Boost 8G OC graphics card XPG Gammix S11 480GB M.2 PCIe Gen3x4 SSD as a boot drive Alphacool Eisblock XPX CPU cooler Alphacool Eisblock GPX-A graphics card cooler After this system was already in use aircooled for a few month first thing to do was disassembling it completly and doing a complete cleanup. Also the compartment needed also a cleaning pass. First the aircooler needed to be removed which caused nearly a small accident. Removing the cooler pulled also the processor out of the socket. Luckily no pins were harmed: Carefully removed the processor from the cooler and installed it back in the mainboard-socket before cleaing it: Then I've installed CPU-Cooler, RAM and M.2 SSD: Next I've installed a liquid cooler to the graphics card: And combined it with the rest:
  5. Finally I've flooded the 2nd system and brought it into operational condition:
  6. Last component added before I flooded the system was an Aquacomputer Farbwerk360 RGB-controller. In my personal opinion the best RGB-controller avaiable on the market. Up to 360 adressable LEDs could be controlled by it (4 channels - each can control 90 lights). Also up to four temperature sensors and one flow sensor could be attached also. Using the aquabus-interface it can connect to all other Aquacomputer-products like pumps, fan controllers, and so on. But it also works great as standalone device by connecting it to an USB port. RGB-effects can be layered so you can stack several effects over each other by assigning transparencies. Also all effects can be adjusted by a lot of parameters, giving the user unlimited possibillities for individualizing his lighting. After installing it into the top left corner of the right compartment I've attached several temperature sensors and LED-stripes to it: I've added 4 stripes (60 LEDs) to the right side of the bridge containing the components for this system. I've used another 4 stripes for bringing some light to the balancer in the system compartment, to the backside of the tray and down into the bottom compartment hosting my 3D-printer and the custom-balancer. These can be seen later in the thread after the system is flooded and working. The stripes within the bridge are covered by the deskplate. So they're not dazzling the user and spending an indirect lighting. Aquacomputer has named its lighting-protocol RGBpx and one of its amazing features is providing an Ambilight-effect by mirroring and translating the actual content of a screen to its LED-stripes. For that reason I've attached another four stripes behind my main screen. RGBpx in action. The effect can be clearly seen. It would have been much better if I would have a white wall behind it and some distance to it. But even on the black carbon film and the short distance between screen and housing it works very well.
  7. Just in time as I was getting ready to flood the 2nd system the components from Cooler Master arrived: So I started to adding them to my build: I've installed a V750 Gold Power Supply into the already prepared holder: I've cabled it and also installed an USB 3.0 KVM Switch with 4 ports into the middle compartment. This has given me the ability to use mouse, keyboard, the RGB-mousebad and my Elgato Stream Deck together on both systems. Simply need to press a button (cable remote mounted under the bridge) to switch between both systems. Next I've exchanged the temporary used fans vs. the ones from Cooler Master. The ones at the left and the right desk side were exchanged with Cooler Master Masterfan SF360R ARGB units: Before I made the cut-outs on the front plates I was already planning to use Cooler Master Masterfan SR120R ARGB fans there. Whilst the Aigo-ones which I've used till now were standing out a bit, the SR120R's were fitting seamlessly into the openings:
  8. Instead I worked on another lighting effect for the showcases by using some el-lighting foils, corresponding inverters, some transparent colored foils normally used for theatre spots, leftover tinted plexiglas from the matrix cover and some 3D-printed stencils. I combined them all together with my SSD/HDD drives to create some lighted "packages": I've placed them then into the showcase area of the slanted plate and conneted it to the power circuit for lighting them:
  9. To complete the loop for the second system I needed to connect it with a pump. First I thought about using one pump in each of both systems. But as the length of the loop for the 2nd system got a bit excessive (all in all around 8 metres with 3 balancers inbetween and containing close to 5 litres of fluid) I decided to be on the safe side and using a dual-pump setup. Therefore I've modified two Alphacool VPP655 pumps (D5) with an Eisdecke Dual Pump Cover. Then installed it into the lower middle section of my build: I've also added a printed holder for the power supply to the compartment: And finally made some modifications to the slanted plate by adding a frame and control buttons to the touch screen and completing the showcase for the SDD and Harddrives. As still some components were missing I was not flooding the system at this time.
  10. I've added the card and also another balancer and continued with the loop and some preparations for the cabling: Down from the bridge through the back technical compartment: From behind into the balancer: From the balancer then into the graphics card, then into the 1st Radiator, from there to the CPU, then into the 2nd Radiator and from there down into the sparkling water column:
  11. Before I continued the loop into the inner right compartment I needed to prepare the graphics card: For this system I used a MSI GeForce RTX2080 Duke 8G OC and installed an Alphacool Eisblock GPX cooler on it:
  12. Next step was working on the "bridge" to connect it to the middle section. As the loop is invisible by traveling through the middle part I've decided to use soft tubes there. This was also for safety reasons as the liftable section with it's cables is going up and down there and I didn't wanted to risk that hard tubes would be damaged and causing a leak. For making the connection to this section I've used some bulkhead fittings together with regular soft tube ones: The bridge is not only connecting the left and the right compartment, it's also serving as a housing for the keyboard and some additional balancers. So I've installed some Alphacool Eisbecher Helix 250mm balancers into it and started to hardtube them:
  13. After the deskplate was finished a very last thing was missing before I've started with the loops. The second custom sparkling balancer. So same procedure again: And some intensive leak-testing: For working on the loops I first drilled some more holes into the desk: From the top right container down into the bottom compartment: And one from the down right compartment into the middle section: Then I've started building the loop beginning from the custom balancer into the middle compartment: For connecting the outside compartments with the middle one I've used some Alphacool quick conectors: Those quick connectors with its integrated waterstop gave me also the abillity to fill this part of the loop with destilled water to test for leaks. After that I've done builded the same setup again into the left bottom container:
  14. As the deskplate now was prepared I was able to sand, crape, prime and paint it: Again only some pictures from within the whole painting-process: As a sidenote: Between painting the deskplate and letting it dry I've pimped up the environment for the desk in the living room a bit by adding some Nanoleaf light panels and a holo-projector to the wall:
  15. For completing the deskplate and finishing the woodworks on the project still something was missing. Two slanted wooden plates needed to be added for completion. These slanted plates were supposed to be the showcase for additional SSDs and HDDs and also housing some 7" touchscreens for displaying system stats. Originally I've planned to use two touchscreens, one for each side within these plates. But really in the last minute before I started preparing the second plate for housing it I've changed my plans. As one touchscreen already could be connected and used by both systems I've decided to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck as a replacement instead for the second one. After preparing the slanted plates I've used wooden glue and "biscuits" to connect them to the main deskplate. During the dry-process I've used cable-ties to keep them in place: Also I've added some top lift hinges to the project for having maintenance access later on: