Maki role

Loramentum - A watercooled, wall mounted, portable rig

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Here are the pics I sent to the plating people, sadly I only had my phone with me so they look a bit anaemic.

 


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The 50p was just for scale since I doubted they'd be able to tell much about the size without something consistent. Sadly I didn't have a ruler to hand, would have been easier.

 


And back from the platers!
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Dominator Platinum - Gold Edition
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Working on making the new GPU bracket, this is what will help to hold the graphics card in place once mounted.

 


Remove that old bracket asap
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Template all cut out
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Eh, it's a bit rough at this stage
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Looking much better now, still very rough though, that'll change drastically
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Finished shaping things up
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I don't have a workbench, nor a vise, so I whipped up this... thing to help do the bending.
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After the initial sanding, looking much better already
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Forgot to taking a priming photo, so here it is finished. The matte paint fits perfectly with the black acrylic.
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Fits the graphics card quite nicely.
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This riser is exceedingly long...
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The 24 pin cables will head straight into the plate nice and seamlessly
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All soft and cosy in there
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Handy mandrel set
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This little shim was the last part needed to mount the GPU, helps maintain even pressure across the card.
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Popped everything together, fits rather well.
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The PSU is already hooked up to that connector, an extension will be running from the motherboard to that rather than the PSU itself. Should keep things very neat whilst also preserving functionality.
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Working on the stand.  It has the same kind of construction as the main body, being a sandwich of 10mm clear acrylic and 5mm frosted black on either side.

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Bit of an outdated 3D model now, but it'll do.

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And making the flight case!

 

Step one, cut out some panels. Got to make use of the circular saw for this, didn't think I'd be breaking that out out any time soon.
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Step two, make the parts even and the same size. No workbench = ghetto floor setup
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Step 3, make a ghetto box using veneer tacks. None of this stage is structural, the strength comes later. It's much better to build it as a whole box first, then cut it in half. That way you know you'll have two halves that fit neatly together. It would be a fair bit more challenging making two halves individually.
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Step 4, used a jigsaw to cut the box in half, which was a very painless operation. Then I cut out the vinyl sheets and applied them. I don't care for the edges here as they'll all be under metal sections.
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Step 5, move to the kitchen to use a poorly constructed mitre saw to cut aluminium sections. Honestly was the best place for it, a thick wooden countertop with a lip? How could I resist?
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Added the top braces, which I had cut yesterday.
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I'm using sunken hinges, so had to cut out some sockets for them to rest inside.
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And fast forward to pretty much the finished article. Yeah I got a bit carried away and forgot to take more pictures of the process. It's mostly just a lot of drilling and riveting really. Here's the front
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And the back
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I had been putting off remaking the 24pin for ages, finally knuckled down.



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I also added rubber feet to the bottom of the case so that it could be safely stood on the ground.
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Next on the agenda was cutting the foam to size. I hadn't quite finished this as I wanted to finish up the stand first, then I'll be able to fully trim and attach the foam more securely. The lid will house a section for the stand, a mouse and keyboard, they pack away neatly under the top eggcrate foam layer.
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Cat approved.
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Also need to add the fabric hinge cover, I'll do that when I've finished the stand.
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I've just been so unbelievably busy over the last few days, better get this log all finished and posted!

 

Working on the 8-pin and the GPU PCIe cables:

 

All crimped up


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This is how the cable will sit with the 24 pin


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And sleeved :D


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Since every part of this cable is on full show, I had to be sure there were no errors


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And this is how it'll sit.  The lighting is a little off on the sleeve here as it was reflecting the view from the window, it's much warmer in person.


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Painting the PSU fan and the SSD edges, also started working on the stand too:

 


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After a bit of coaxing it popped right off


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I used a very thin coat, just enough to get even colour.  This won't be affecting performance any time soon.


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This took more time to mask than I'd care to admit


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