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well, it has been a looooong time since I built a rig.

'emember Pelican? Maybe...no? Well, I think that was back in "aught" 14 if I recall.

When the 1080GTX launched I thought: "that is just about fast enough to make me replace my Titan. But I did not.

Then I got my 34" Widescreen Dell and I thought "maybe I need more GPU to keep my FPS up." I did not.

Then SSDs got faster and I thought "faster boot would be nice, but it really won't do much going from a TB SATA2 up to a TB SATA3." So I did not.

Then at the most recent PDXLAN, I won an i7 - 7700K in the Raffle on the last day. Shocked

RESULT - revise my erroneous "old" thinking:
1. I will replace my Titan (launch, 6Gb) - how about double? OK - Asus Poseidon 11GB Hybrid.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126202

2. I will replace my 1TB Samsung SSD - how about 2X the size, and, oh - maybe 5X as fast? OK - Samsung NVMe 2TB M2.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147598

3. and my Pelican? Handy, but a little bit big. Still needs to roll, still needs watercooling. Let's drop that down, scale it smaller, and still put it all inside with watercooling. ZUCA mini rolling cart - DEFINITELY needs the spaceship on it and flashing LED wheels.
https://www.zuca.com/control/product/~product_id=11113

4. going smaller, need smaller things! Need smaller PSU!
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIABP95H61206

5. and a newer ITX motherboard, Z270 as some very skilled fellows recommended.
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188185

6. lastly, how about double the RAM of my Pelican? OK
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232218

Glowy fans? NO
LED strips that flash to the sequence of a migraine headache? NO
Game/Movie/Anime theme with sculpting and crafting and 100+ hours of dremel/scrollsaw/3D printing? NO

It WILL be a super punched, juiced up, water-cooled, ITX system with just about the max I can stick on the board crammed into a tiny rolling cart with a rocking awesome spaceship on it and LED wheels that flash when it rolls.

#ifeellikeim8again Laughing

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This is gonna be McAwesomeSauce

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I love it! Two Questions:

1. Is the monitor going with or separate to the Zuca?

2. What's going in the snack pouch? Smile

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Let me know if you laser work

4' x 3' can do acrylic and wood

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DarthBeavis wrote:
Let me know if you laser work

4' x 3' can do acrylic and wood


would your Laser be able to cut 1/4" Lexan (Polycarbonate)??

Just curious as I am trying to figure out what I need to look for to cut this stuff right...

Unfortunately, it is just a little bit wider than your max size (aprox 24''x53'')

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DarthBeavis wrote:
Let me know if you laser work

4' x 3' can do acrylic and wood


would your Laser be able to cut 1/4" Lexan (Polycarbonate)??

Just curious as I am trying to figure out what I need to look for to cut this stuff right...

Unfortunately, it is just a little bit wider than your max size (aprox 24''x53'')

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The front and back of my laser allow over-sized sheets so 4' x whatever but it cannot cut the part that hangs out. I can cut well over 1/2" maybe up to an inch? 100 watt laser.

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Govt: I might bolt on a stand/mount but I'm not positive yet.
And I think my mouse will go in the snack pouch. Or maybe my snacks.

Db: thx man. I'll probably just whack away at some plexi with my scroll saw. I'm old school that way ya know?

I will have some work photos this weekend and I think my parts arrive early next week.


EDIT: I had many plans to work on the mobo deck and some other things, but Newegg and my Bank disagreed on my purchase so it was delayed. I expect to resume work mid next week when the majority of parts arrive.

When you only about 5mm of spare room, having the parts in hand becomes EXTRA necessary. Wink

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first part to arrive: FSP Dagger PSU.

I kind of, well, this is embarrassing.

I nerdSQUEEE'd when I saw how cute and tiny it was. Embarassed



On the left, an old, slight corroded Ultra (yes, THAT Ultra) 500W that I had laying on my junk bench. On the Right, the new FSP "nerdSquee" edition Dagger 600W.

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Dell 34" superwide 3440X1440 Display
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back from TX - with lots of boxes to open! Measurement, some plastic, some fitting, etc will start in earnest tonight!

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Excited! can't wait to see this astro cart rolling in GHz

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been getting some foundation/attachment work completed, so keep watching...this weekend will have some updates and a reveal of my (hopefully) draft space-plan.

Yes, I really do believe a 2X140mm radiator is going to fit!

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so a starting challenge has been how to preserve as much of the original "bag" as possible.

Like with the Pelican PC case, I wanted to keep it AS IS to the highest degree in my capacity.

I bent up an old motherboard tray, freehanded some router cuts, and the result is a strong plastic motherboard tray with two sets of Fingers protruding back at 90degrees.

At 1" wide these Fingers are going to pass through cut slits in the fabric, and get drilled, tapped, and bolted to the structural upright of the Frame.






The internal is left looking like it floats in the fabric, and all the attachment points are direct to the tubular Frame:


Finish will eventually include some handmade Gasket with stiching or cement or something, but for now I got my fabric held smooth, my plate in position for clearances, and strong enough to hold up the Mobo, GPU, etc.

Going well to plan so far, next step will be drilling the motherboard standoffs and on to hardware fit!

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made some more progress on the internals.

I suppose you could describe this as "10lbs of sh-- in a 5lb bag."

It's tight, it's hard to install each part, but I am getting closer and closer to a method for hard mounting each component.



First image has the top of the case to the Left...motherboard I/O will have 4 90degree USB, a 90 DisplayPort, and a 90 Ethernet.

Second image is looking from the side to show the limited clearance between Mobo, Pump, and PSU...they all touch and so brackets have to be placed to hold each, but not create more pinching. Wink

Third image is looking the other direction to show my one major space, but it's likely the T-FillPort will be there connected the Pump inlet.

I will have some room between the radiator and the motherboard for a bit of tubing, and possibly coming around the back side of the GPU. The major challenge isn't connecting things, but doing it such that assembly is POSSIBLE. The Radiator will be the last component set in place and it occupies almost the entire open face.

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a great deal of my current log would just be photos of failed bracket tests...small space, small opening, big radiator, giant GPU, etc.

All adds up to fiddlying through the assembly procedure to see what can go in first, bolt to the left: go in second, bolt to the right: go in third, etc.

I will have a post of my Bracket Graveyard soon!

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brackets, and some brackets, and then using failed brackets to make new brackets out of scrap.

Garage modding with hand tools, bending 1/8" aluminum bar stock.

the current Bracket graveyard:



I probably have another 5 or 10 that were used from scrap or consumed by some other process.



This the TOP of the build, looking down the motherboard tray.
Outside of the "case" I can see the clearance, test fit, and look at alignment. It's getting better.


This the BOTTOM of the build...showing the mini PSU, and the clearance for the wire runs. I revised the PSU mounting over the weekend so I have a better fit which also meant I had to remake the bracket.


Side view, LEFT side. This is about the only open area, making it good ventilation for the Rad fans to pull hot air off the motherboard.


Side view RIGHT side. I have made room for the GPU barbs to fit between the Rad and the GPU itself. Keeping the tubing in the core will be a harder install but prevent the soft sides from moving the plumbing around.


Face view, inverted.

I will have more shots of a test assembly shortly since a lot of work was done making the new brackets. A lot of this is iterative : test, fit, try adjusting, fail, repeat.

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been working off and on throughout the weeks. More brackets in the graveyard but I think I've settled on this batch.

I solved the intake air problem for my 960 SSD, I figured out a power/reset switch method, I've installed and removed almost all the various parts multiple times.







Tomorrow a final run at the Tubing, Full assembly in the cage before I fill the Loop, and then I hope over the weekend it will be OS, Games, and other fun stuff.

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JUUUUUuuuuuuust about ready for my GPU when I realized I hooked up the wrong line to the T-port...that only took about 35 minutes to get undone then I had to take a break for my hands.

That sucker is CRAMPED.


Tomorrom morning should be pretty quick work on the GPU and last two barb hookups. Here's crossing my fingers that my Rotary barb seals are all good. Smile

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I finally got all the tubes and wires wedged into place.

I don't see too much tension on any given part...the attachment points didn't fight me much for threading into place, and my USB/Net/C/LED bundle stuck into place against the Radiator according to plan.







I have a 10' power cord that will bundle up when I close the flap, a 3' DP cord that should work fine to reach my screen when my mount arrives, and my Pump molex is dangling out so I can run it on external PSU while I get air out of the system and watch for leaks.

Sacrificial synthetic goat, promising my first born that I will never have, and pouring out some brew on the curb for good luck.

Filling with fluid is next!

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Filling the Loop was going fine until I noticed the table under the Rig was damp...

Shut down, unplug the PumpPSU, and start damage control. The lower back half of the fabric is damp, some on the bottom, but not much above the lower edge of the Motherboard.

I narrowed it down to the T-line, lower rotary fitting.

So: of all the places I COULD have had a leak, this was about the best.

Below the Motherboard, no moisture on anything there.

Alongside, but not in contact with, the GPU. Found no moisture there.

The system PSU is below the T-line, but not directly below it...so I think only some drops on the cable sockets.

Several hours of deciding which hose to remove, how to capture the fluid, etc. Proceeded quite well.

Got the GPU out. No leaks found on those barbs. All dry.
Got the Radiator out. No leaks found on the Radiator Rotary barbs. All dry.
Got down to the T-line that I THINK is the culprit: NOT SEATED FIRMLY.
It would spin on the threads at a light touch...not sitting on the O-Ring, not tightened down much at all.

SO, I have to fire that guy. Hard to find good help these days. Especially in my shop, where, frankly, it's only me. And it's not a shop. It's my third bedroom with metal filings and drill shavings stuck in the carpet.

I'm going to let it dry out overnight so the fabric isn't damp. I get in there tomorrow, reseat that Rotary Barb, and attack it again.

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2X140mm radiators -- DDC pump
Logitech g700 mouse, Zboard Merc, and Strix 7.1 headphones
Dell 34" superwide 3440X1440 Display
Attendee @ 3> and VectorLANs, and a couple GeForce LANs.
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Filling the Loop was going fine until I noticed the table under the Rig was damp...

Shut down, unplug the PumpPSU, and start damage control. The lower back half of the fabric is damp, some on the bottom, but not much above the lower edge of the Motherboard.

I narrowed it down to the T-line, lower rotary fitting.

So: of all the places I COULD have had a leak, this was about the best.

Below the Motherboard, no moisture on anything there.

Alongside, but not in contact with, the GPU. Found no moisture there.

The system PSU is below the T-line, but not directly below it...so I think only some drops on the cable sockets.

Several hours of deciding which hose to remove, how to capture the fluid, etc. Proceeded quite well.

Got the GPU out. No leaks found on those barbs. All dry.
Got the Radiator out. No leaks found on the Radiator Rotary barbs. All dry.
Got down to the T-line that I THINK is the culprit: NOT SEATED FIRMLY.
It would spin on the threads at a light touch...not sitting on the O-Ring, not tightened down much at all.

SO, I have to fire that guy. Hard to find good help these days. Especially in my shop, where, frankly, it's only me. And it's not a shop. It's my third bedroom with metal filings and drill shavings stuck in the carpet.

I'm going to let it dry out overnight so the fabric isn't damp. I get in there tomorrow, reseat that Rotary Barb, and attack it again.


Let me know if you need parts brother. Doing the leak test boogie myself. Tearing the loop apart tomorrow to rebend one tube as it is just not right. Let's have a beer to celebrate success Friday night!

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