L3p - SteigerWood
Here a new 'little' project which I wanted to do quite a while.
My wife wanted to get rid of the black Ikea home cinema cabinet, preferred something new with scaffolding wood.
And I .. wanted a new HTPC :)
So why not combine with a cabinet which meets my demands..
And off course a liquid cooled HTPC / Steam Machine ;)
This was going to be an 'off the record' build but decided to show you guys what I'm going to do :)
Steiger Dynamics ERA
Intel i5 4690K
Asus Maximus VII Impact
Asus GTX970 DirectCU Mini
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB
Corsair Neutron XT 480GB
EKWB Pump & Rads
LiHeat Pci-e Extender
Made possible by:
At first this wasn't going to be a build + buildlog but just 'a little job' at house and an aircooled htpc in a clean case.
Well that turned out differently .. and now I've got to catch up :)
First the cabinet. Longer then a year ago we had plans for a new home cinema cabinet.
A few months ago my wife came with the idea to do something with scaffolding wood as a relative creates furniture with it.
Together with my friend Mark who's really good and specially fast with sketchup we sat down a few nights.
It took quite some time before we implemented my wife her wishes and my own.
(Did some keyshot)
So we started on the cabinet.
And the 36 parts where I had to add all measurements to make building it much easier.
All of a sudden it was in the living room :)
(Sawn sides and table will be finished later)
Old Ikea cabinet ready for dump.
Under the hood.
Temporary up and running!
Relaxing after a long evening :)
First some pics from the ERA and the hardware.
Mau has been waiting all day for me :)
And a wonderful present hidden inside the case.
And the hardware I will be using.
Thanks again Asus & Corsair!
Lets check the hardware first.
And a bios update from 0020 to 2702 :D
Like a charm!
Next update .. the liquid cooling .. and stripping the case.
Thanks Levi :)
This update some more reading.
For this build I really needed all the material because of the space inside.
The height on the sides is 64mm and in the middle 76mm.
Lots of measuring and fitting!
First the Pci-e extenders from Li-Heat.
These do work with Gen3 and even on a 65cm length :)
Off course I had to see for myself with a 50cm extender :)
And with the 25cm extender. This is how I want to show the GPU.
And 2 other nice packages from EKWB and Corsair.
Memory where you can easily take off the heatspreaders.
Corsair Link to control the fans and lighting.
And the EK package!
Several radiators (also something for the future) to measure and fit.
(Did you know a single 180mm rad has more surface then 2x120mm? ;) )
I often use Clear blocks but this time Acetal.
The kitchen table is ready!
Naked Nvidia GPU
Now the puzzling can start.
This way I wouldn't need to change much on the case.
(Bit scared to saw in the thick anodized brushed aluminum front panel)
Maybe do saw in frontpanel and use 50cm extender?
Still not sure about it all, I need every millimeter.
Lets strip the case even more.
There you go.
About 2mm space on all sides, products and blocks .... I think this will be it :)
Borrowed fittings from other project to see how the loop could go.
My first idea was, because of the height of the case, to have the loop come out of the top of the case.
But it seems that I can keep it all inside (1mm space above fittings) just not the memory block.
Looks like a challenge .. maybe skip the memory block?
Until 'somebody' offered me a solution on facebook ... more about that next time :D
Vacation started! :)
Now first further on project 'L3pipe'!
Awesome, L3p! Keep doing your things. I, too, seriously considering getting the SD ERA case for my first HTPC build.
Thanks mate :)
And 2 nice packages arrived.
First up .. Bitspower!
A lovely night of cutting bags :)
Nickel plated pipes .. just not sure yet if I will use them this build.
Thanks again Vincent!
And then something really nice from Parvum and JR23.
Thanks Joe, Justin en Shaun!
First of all a happy 2016 everyone!
It has been quiet here for a while, I'll try to explain :)
First I had to make a start on an other project.
Then .... my Bose Acoustimass set died ... :(
Because of that I was able to find an other set I wanted for a long time.
5x Bower & Wilkins M1 (2015)
After that Richard 'kier' Keirsgieter and I were invited to do a build on an Nvidia event in Istanbul - Turkye.
Quite an honor and experience!
After all that I decided to give myself a little treat.
But because the Pioneer VSX-S510, which I chose specially for this project, doesn't support 4k 60hz I decided to start 2016 broke :)
So a lot happened .. but hopefully soon more updates!
Back to business :)
In the meantime I used the old PSU and SSD for other projects so I was really happy to receive new parts.
I also received a very nice fan grill from MNPCTECH. The same as I still had from a previous project.
And finally .. a custom length cablekit for the SF600
Safes a lot of time time :)
Not sure yet if I'm going to use the cableclips as they are very short
So, lets figure things out
Always a bit scary with 5mm brushed anodised aluminum.
Also changing the little usb/audio cover under the reservoir
And the top
By removing this it will have no spacing.
Some transparent glue to be sure
Quicker drying :)
More airflow for the bottom
And changing the backside
Lots of drilling, sawing, filing and sanding
And done again
First the 4 standoffs for the mainboard. Using a long marker for it.
Creating my own standoffs from aluminum pipe and long bolts as the bottom panel is to thin for standard standoffs
Painting the shiney aluminum matte black as I don't want any light going in or out.
Also had to shange the fans to make them fit with the top panel.
Sturdy rubbertape to seal the radiators airflow
And mounted them from the bottom to the case.
Also used rubbertape on the reservoir to prevent any light going out from the inside of the case
This was just an idea to keep the reseroir horizontal.
But as how I usual work, changed my idea, using the aluminum pipe again and found some longer M3 bolts so I can also mount the reservoir.
Did a lot of other small boring adjustments to make it all fit ... but I succeeded :)
And then ... the cables
Took me a while but also got it done. Only still need to sleeve the pump PWM cable
The SSD was just as wide as the EK GTX970 block .. thought it was a nice spot and it gets cooled a bit too :)
Next update .. the loop.
Finally a summervacation update.
After one and a half week I couldn't hold it anymore .. picked up my casemod to work on it in the sun in front of my caravan :)
First some covers for the back.
Also gave them some color in my special paint cabin
Also changed some connectors and cable sleeving.
Finally starting on the loop.
And some more sleeving and cablemanagement.
Loop is starting to get shape.
But finally ..
Back home some packages were waiting.
Sleeved power and network cables from Cablemod
And the gaming gear by Corsair
Just need to assemble it.
So later on I will be able to game from the couch :)
Next update .. filling it up!
First had to check it again how it would look.
Exciting to finally fill it up!
No leaks so first boot :)
Still decided to change some about the lighting as I could see a few leds when sitting in front.
CPU and GPU 60 degrees stressed, not bad.
Next time, final pics!