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 03/31/2005 12:14 AM
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a little over a year agao i ordered my first assemble at home computer (ussually i just special ordered through local companies, but they all shut down) i wanted a 64 processor but they were seriously costly....so i laid up and built a 32 atholon 3200+, which my freind helped me build.... heat issues soon drove me to a full size antec case, which had a window, so i put light's all inside and was happy.......fast forward to a few month's agao when i ordered a couple of sepron system's one for my dad and the other for a ut server i'm working on getting up, i happened to take a look at the 64 prices and they had fallen down to where i was waiting for them, very next day i happened to buy a p.c. modder mag and realised that just adding light's wasn't going to cut it this time, and i started searching for inspiration.....didn't take long as i was wondering the forum's for the owners club for my car (04 srt-4 )... and boom the tunner puter was born.

this computer is going to come fully loaded drawing inspiration from the car tuneing comunity. --warning the modding comunity and the tunneing comunity are both know for going overboard, mixing them goes way further then that

like any good tuner we're gunna start with a intercooler. in car's they are used to cool and compress the intake air - since i was adding it for visual's in the theme i also decided that it could be functional too.....drawing in with two 80 mm fan's up front-- then being routed through the intercooler which will have two 120 mm fan's blowing through the IC and out the case -and to a single 80mm dumping the cooled air onto the cpu water block.....i'm not expecting more then a couple of degree drop, but again any functionality is better then noneat all....the system will have a water cooling system that i'l describe later.

i started with a transmission radiator for a 99 neon.


and then i cut off the tube ends and ripped out the innards to allow for the air flow


at this point it'll be going with my dad to his factory to have the end's fabricated...once it's done i'll run the case with and without the IC and record temp's just to see if it does any good.

as for the case, i'll show before i explain...

i got a full tower uneec which is exactly like my old antec right down to the brand of fans that came with it....so i bought a knock off for $30 cheaper

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side ( i noticed some cloaths on the t.v.'s so i painted over them for you)


and here it is tore down and ready to go for powder coating - (yes powder coating)



ok let's start with the frame...tuner's have some sick obsession of powder coating part's that you have to make an effort to show people...i.e. engine block, valve cover, etc ( yes i fall into this catigory too)...so to reflect this i am powder coating the frame of the case glossy black....not only will the black absord any wayword lighting and giveing an open fealing inside the case, the back end will also have a very unique look.

then in the true spirit of tuneing, i am going to mold the rest of the case and make all the pannel's out of carbon fiber....besides useing carbon fiber hood's and trunk's for look's, many tunners also use them for major weight reduction........since the AL. pannels already weigh nothing, i will honestly say this will add no functionality what's so ever - but it has to be part of the theme so there!

to finish off the theme based vanity mod's, i will be installing a musketeer, however i will be re-locateing the guages into a tri-guage a-piller that is all the rage...
here's a double in action


for water cooling i will be going with a 300 gph inline pump, cd drive resivuare, a heater core mounted on the top with two 120 mm fan's for the main radiator (saw it in p.c. modder mag, looks sick), then feading into a two outlet cpu water block...each outlet will go to fan mounted radiator's on the back, one of which will then go to the MB chip, while the other will hit the video card.... then both back to the two inlets in the resivure...... all waterblocks will be danger dan copper waterblock's with clear plastic top's - little uv active green dye for that coolent look and we're all set.

now for the good stuff.......a 500W Ultra Modula ATX PSU with chrome cabel sleaves, an amd 64 athlon 3800+ 939, with an Abit AV8, 2 gig ram (i had picked kingston, but i read bad things here, so i'll get something else)... and to top it off -- nVIDIA GeForce 6800 - 256

i will keep up date's as things go....the frame goes for powdercoating tomarrow, everything else that i don't already have will be on order before friday.

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 03/31/2005 01:50 AM
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Sounds like a sweet plan! I'm going to be watching this closely!
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QUOTE Sounds like a sweet plan! I'm going to be watching this closely!

same

seems like my favorite cases remind me of some type of vehicle, the rusty edge case reminds me of a train and Tech-Daddy's case reminds me of a hotrod, and those are my favorites

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QUOTE someone124  Posted on Mar 31 2005, 02:03 PM
 
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Sounds like a sweet plan! I'm going to be watching this closely!


same cool.gif

seems like my favorite cases remind me of some type of vehicle, the rusty edge case reminds me of a train and Tech-Daddy's case reminds me of a hotrod, and those are my favorites lol.... yep thats true...
looks like a very nice plan. ill be watching very closely keep the nice work up
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thanks for the encuragement, i'll try to live up to expectations.

i wound up haveing to go out of town for my powder coating, but i dropped the frame off today, should be getting it back early next week...finding someone who will take on fabricating the ends for the IC is proveing to be harder then i thought, might wind up buying new metal working tool's and just doing it myself.

i got pretty much everything except the carbon fiber ordered today, will get that done tomarrow...i changed from my plans a bit - i ordered a Abit AN8 instead of the AV8 to get the niveida chipset, for ram i got 2 gig's corsair, and i changed to a seatech 200 gig sata hd ($137 at newegg, couldn't pass it up)

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today was chirstmas.

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the water blocks & PSU are on back order. now i just need to keep myself from playing with this stuff till i can get the rest of the case fabricated.

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questions and comments.

Question What are those wheel looking things?

Comment: Hope your whole water array is aluminum, if i'm not mistaken your radiator is and when u mix aluminum and copper they don't like eachother so you'll end up using a mixture that's almost 25% antifreeze so they don;t react with eachother and flush the system out every 6 to 8 months.


edit:spelling and just realized that they were speakers, unless i'm wrong.

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QUOTE (Tong @ Apr 7 2005, 08:01 PM) questions and comments. 

Question What are those wheel looking things?

Comment:  Hope your whole water array is aluminum, if i'm not mistaken your radiator is and when u mix aluminum and copper they don't like eachother so you'll end up using a mixture that's almost 25% antifreeze so they don;t react with eachother and flush the system out every 6 to 8 months.


edit:spelling and just realized that they were speakers, unless i'm wrong.


you know i knew the mixing copper and aluminum thing, but i never throught about the radiator's......i haven't ordered any of the water block's though, since they are currently on back order where i found them--- and if i stick with my plan and use a heater core for the main radiator; i'll either have to use all aluminum or flush twice a year...i'll take a look at some al. block's and see if the performance difference is enough to justify a mild pain in the rear before i decide..good lookin out.

edit - yeah those speaker's are awsome.....just as clear as my car set up....... there are led's hidden behind those spikes that light up when the speaker is makeing noise...been trying them out and those light flash's really help you find people shooting at you in UT and AA.

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How much were those speakers, what make are they?

They look sweet!
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QUOTE (Le_Petit_Lapin @ Apr 8 2005, 06:53 AM) How much were those speakers, what make are they?

They look sweet!
i got them cuz they had a car look to stay with the theme...here's the link to where i ordered them

http://www.crazypc.com/Merchan...ant....uct_Code=2701BK' ">http://www.crazypc.com/Merchan...OD&Product_Code=2701BK

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Comment: Hope your whole water array is aluminum, if i'm not mistaken your radiator is and when u mix aluminum and copper they don't like eachother so you'll end up using a mixture that's almost 25% antifreeze so they don;t react with eachother and flush the system out every 6 to 8 months.

be sure to put an additive in the water our else there will be corrosion and it will ruin the water cooling

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Yeah, they're great looking speakers. I love chrome wheels on cars like that, so those are great. Only let-downs are the power rating and the frequency response (20KHz is enough, but only 50Hz for bass misses some), but they're more for show I guess. Still, I was content with 48W RMS speakers up until a month ago. Then my Z-5500 Digitals came and the world changed.

Anyways, looking forward to see how this goes. Good luck.

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omfg that speakers look so nice.... its gonna look soooooooooo good
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another thing i'm doing water cooling too and since i have access to machines at work will be making my own blocks and stuff, gonna use copper cause it's a lot better then aluminum, my radiator is a heatercore from a 1977 poontiac boneville braughham with ac it will nicely hold 2 120mm fans if that gives you any ideas and it's solid copper.

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QUOTE (Tong @ Apr 8 2005, 07:43 PM) another thing i'm doing water cooling too and since i have access to machines at work will be making my own blocks and stuff, gonna use copper cause it's a lot better then aluminum, my radiator is a heatercore from a 1977 poontiac boneville braughham with ac it will nicely hold 2 120mm fans if that gives you any ideas and it's solid copper.
did you yank that out of the car or isthat a new one.. i 've only been to a few junk yards so far (i'm also shoping for a 2.4 to drop into my old neon too) and i haven't found any with copper cores yet.

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i don't think copper matters that much in a radiator, u definitly want copper in ur waterblock tho

just get a really big radiator

mine is like 24" x 11" inches, which is bigger than the side of my case...[duh]so mine will be a n external watercooling system [/duh]

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it was new at the autoparts store 22 bux all copper. And yes aluminum in an all copper water system does matter they react badly with eachother and corode.

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you should always use anti corroding stuff like water wetter, most coolants kill algae and don't allow corrosion, so if you are using different metals in the system you have to use coolant and if it's all copper coolant helps

my radiator is so big i don't really care if its copper

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Wow thing's slowed way up.....the waterblock's, and carbon fiber are all still on back order (guess you have to buy in bulk to get some people's attention)...i've basicly given up on finding someone to do the FMIC, so i'm looking into what tools i need to get to do it myself.....but we did finally hit a milestone, the frame came back from the powdercoater's today.









turned out exactly how i was expecting, for $35, i'd say it was money well spent (but who am i to say such thing's)

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It's like my WaveMaster, but... all-around... so beautiful. I'd say the money was well spent. You got a rough timetable of when we can expect some more updates?

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