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    I need more pics
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    I need more spankings

    RL hit hard the last few weeks...the good? -- I moved into a new place on the opposite side of town, which has been a ton of work, but its twice as big, and we're really happy to be out of the 750sq/ft apartment we've lived in the last two years, the new place is more than twice the size.

    the bad -- a good friend of mine passed away last week. We drove down to Tokyo to visit her in the hospital the day prior, and I was able to see & encourage her husband while she breathed her last.

    Anyhow, all the parts have arrived, and I got work under way tonight. Here are a few pictures of the progress:

    Here is the old desk I'll be modifying....it's not much to look at, but it'll work:


    I'm using the Mountain Mods XL-ATX (10-slot) motherboard tray in black wrinkle:


    The plan is to attach the motherboard tray to the inside of the left wall of the PC opening on the left. One of the parts I was not sure about was how I would attach the sliders to the motherboard tray.


    After mucking around a bit, I decided to use a couple pieces of wood, and attach them to the tray with some M3 bolts through these freshly drilled holes:


    While getting the first slider attached, I had to attach the wood to the tray further back from the slider mounting hole, due to the CPU backplate opening. This was not an issue, until I tried to slide out the slider, and realized I'd have to come up with a plan to recess this nut, as it was impeding the slider's movement.


    After a bit more fussing, I got everything lined up, and the sliders working happily.




    Next, I disassembled the desk, and removed the wall where the motherboard will be mounted, to get the sliders attached.


    Getting them lined up and screwed in was not too difficult, but I measured about 4 times to ensure the first holes I drilled would be correct.


    I'm planning to run the rig a bit on air, just to make sure all the components are happy together before I install the water cooling, so I finished off the night with some basic assembly.








    When shopping for sliders, I wanted to ensure I got some heavy duty units...IIRC these are rated to hold a 300lb drawer...


    That's it for tonight...I'll be hitting this hard again tomorrow, so I should have another big update soon
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    wow! apparently you do need more spankings lol ...

    That is great work so far Miah!! I like the looks of the desk as well. Now, when you install your WCing where will you be putting everything? Do you have any ideas about that?
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    That looks sick Miah!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
    wow! apparently you do need more spankings lol ...

    That is great work so far Miah!! I like the looks of the desk as well. Now, when you install your WCing where will you be putting everything? Do you have any ideas about that?
    Yes...it's all in my head. I thought about doing a Sketchup first to ensure everything would fit, but I just never had the time. And the layout will be very simple, so I don't think there is much need

    Basically, the mobo will be inverted on the left interior wall, and the rads on the right. There will be a shelf at the top with the PSU, HDD, and optical drives. Progress should be steady from this point, so you'll see soon enough
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    how are you planning on securing the rads? just going to drill holes or what?
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    You know Alex, our mobo review guy has more 580s than the video card review guy

    LOL! yes I know why he does ...
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    Very nice work so far Miah.

    Are you going to use any dampening material for the mechanical devices? (Ie optical/mechanical drives, pump and such)
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    Yes Rich, one of the primary goals is low noise
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    very cool! This should be interesting to see how you pull off the low noise solution with the desk. keep up the great work Miah
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    Water cooling components are now being flushed....here is a brief video showing the process:

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    That is one hell of a flushing process you got set up there haha. Those U joint connectors on the rads look bad ass as well!
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    Yesterday I posted my video about flushing the loop....but I neglected to post the photos taken leading up to that point....I've also updated the OP with more parts pictures.

    EK Full cover blocks:




    3 way parallel bridge and bridge links:


    Bridge links installed:


    Bridge installed:








    Well, progress continues...I worked on getting the rad wall setup last night.

    I started by taping together some rad templates and placing them on the rad wall (the inner right wall of the PC opening in the desk).


    One of my goals for this build (being a daily use rig) will be low noise, to mechanically decouple the fans from the desk, I'm using a 1mm layer of cork under the fans.


    After getting the template placed, I drilled holes for all the fan screws, and at the center of each fan hole, then removed the template. Then I needed to cut the fans holes in the cork, I marked the holes with a compass (using the aforementioned holes as the center for my compass) and began to cut the cork by hand with a box cutter (razor blade).


    Cork layer all cut.


    Next, I removed the cork, and proceeded to cut the fan holes in the wood.


    Next, I ran into a bit of a hurdle....the fan screws that come with the Swiftech rads are 30mm long, and I was using 25mm fans....which would work fine under normal circumstances. However, we know that ducted fans are more efficient, and I had a 16mm wood wall that I was mounting on, my plan was to kill two birds with one stone by mounting the fans on the outside of the wall and use the wood itself as a 16mm duct to the radiator. The problem was the 30mm screws were now 16mm too short. The Japanese HW stores carry plenty of standard M3 and M4 screws/bolts, but Swiftech uses the less common M3.5 size, which they do not stock. After wasting 3 hours going to various HW stores all over town, the longest screws I could find were 20mm....not 45mm like I needed. So, I brainstormed a bit, I thought about tapping the holes. But knowing me, I'd screw one up and get mad....on top of the fact that I'd have to by a tap and more expensive screws. I thought a simpler solution would be to open the corners a bit to allow the fans to be mounted from the inner flange, instead of the outer. The original fan corner:


    Now, with the hole on the outer flange opened a bit, and the Swiftech provided screw for size reference:


    This would give me a depth of 16mm for the wall, plus 5mm for the inner fan flange, plus 1mm for the cork...or 22mm total. 3mm less than the original fan depth. Since my plan was to decouple the fans mechanically anyhow, this left a little buffer room for a neoprene pad to dampen vibration. The final assembly looks like this:


    Shaving from drilling out 48 fan flanges :


    Poking the screws through the drilled out flange, through a washer, punching through a 5mm thick peice of neoprene, and through the lower hole proved to be a PITA, so I sat down for some quality time with my wife and watched an episode of "The Event" and she helped me with the process


    All finished:


    Next, I just needed to mount everything on the wall:






    Well, that's it for now...thanks for all the comments.
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    Huge update there Miah!! Ill be back, changing my pants..

    The black EK stuff is so sexy man, I am jealous!

    Can we get a side pic of the fans and rads mounted. I am curious how it looks. The cork board was a great idea! I was thinking you would go with ugly rubber foam shit haha.

    I must say, the wife looks thrilled with her "quality" time haha

    Keep up the good work!
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