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    Ok. So I put the machine together and took it apart a couple times to figure out how everything is going to fit. Of course, the worst part is the cable routing on a PC so small.

    While I was doing that, I took some photos so you could see what I was dealing with....

    I sleeved the picoPSU and the 4-pin adapter I use for CPU power. I didn't want to cut the cables short in case these parts ended up in another build some time down the road.

    After much contemplation, I ran the cables around the CPU fan and the Molex mess is hidden between the CPU and the RAM. The power input for the picoPSU is coming out that side of the board.

    The +5V for the flash drives are powered by the picoPSU via a Molex connector. The power connector runs under the motherboard and around to the side where all of the blue sleeved cables come out. I actually contemplated putting a USB connector on the end of these power wires and powering the flash drive with USB power, but that would be one more connector and wire on the top of the board, so I decided against that. I don't know... I may do it after all. I want to get some other things done first.

    Today I'm cutting away the area around the video card. I'll have pics of that tomorrow.

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    Ok. So I finally cut out the aluminum to make room for the passively cooled 7950GT OC card.

    I bought some reinforced cutting discs because when you get a 20 pack they're pretty cheap, but found that they did not cut the aluminum any better than the regular heavy duty discs. They just didn't wear out as quick.

    You definitely know aluminum is softer than steel when cutting it with a Dremel. I used my sanding wheel on the edge to make it smooth. Maybe some sand paper will help give it a smoother look. Of I may end up painting the inside.

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    If you want some good cutting disks get a batch from MNPCTech. They're a bit more expensive than the Dremel brand but they last one hell of a lot longer.

    BTW, are you powering that 7950 with that teeny tiny PSU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmat View Post
    If you want some good cutting disks get a batch from MNPCTech. They're a bit more expensive than the Dremel brand but they last one hell of a lot longer.
    I actually have some of those too (not MNPC's "brand" but.. well.. you know...) Got those when I used to work on cars. The cut is too thick and it still doesn't cut any easier. I used the Dremel disc in my photo because it's thin like the little sand paper ones. Thought it would cut better, but it didn't.

    Quote Originally Posted by madmat View Post
    BTW, are you powering that 7950 with that teeny tiny PSU?
    Ahh! That's part of the illusion.

    An Ultra PowerPartner hides under the optical and provides +12V to the picoPSU and the 7950GT. But you can't see the PowerPartner because the optical hides it and because it's pushed back into the 5.25" bay, I have a cover plate over the front (there's about 3/4" gap where it can suck in air.) I'll take pics of that when I get it back together.

    The next trick is going to be drilling new mounting holes for the PowerPartner so I can mount it upside down in the 5.25" bay. It'll put the power cables on the CPU side of the case, the cooling fans over the CPU and part of the intake vent facing down instead of up against the optical.

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    Ok... So here's the backwards 5.25" bay PSU.

    There's a 1" gap between the front.. err.. back of the PSU and the bezel so enough air can get in even after I put the block off plate back on. I'm leaving it off right now so I can bench test it. I'll have to rewire the AC input to get it to fit behind the bezel.

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    Ok.. So I've taken apart the PSU in preperation for rewiring the AC input. I hardwired the pwr_on lead so it's "always on." While I was at it, I removed the PCI-e cables. HUH!?!?!? I'll explain later.

    I went ahead and sleeved the cables too, although I'll likely replace this unit with a production unit with black FlexForce cables once they come in from Asia.

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    That's like, Ultra Fly
    Build me one, I'll pay nicely
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    Just to show this thing works....

    And surprisingly, it kicks ass too. The CPU, RAM and video card are still very overclockable.

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    Didn't you know, you need at least a kilowatt to power anything.

    Good job on the build. How much computer stuff do you have around anyways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbq View Post
    Didn't you know, you need at least a kilowatt to power anything.
    Yeah... I seem to be drawing 175W from the wall tops during 3DM'06.

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