Someplace to stash my stuff
in the Coolermaster Cosmos II
Published on December 1, 2017 By starkers In Personal Computing

Couldn't wait 'til after Christmas, which apart from Christmas Dinner and Christmas Pud is just another day for me these days. We'll just have a quiet dinner and day here among ourselves, and maybe visit or get a visit from my sister.  Other than that it'll be fairly non-eventful, which suits me fine.

So anyway, I've been wanting to rebuild for a while now, and earlier this evening I decided to bite the bullet and order the parts I want:

Asus ROG Crosshair Hero VI/AMD Ryzen 1700 bundle with Wraith Spire cooler.

32Gb Kit of G-Skill RipJaws DDR$ 3000 RAM.

ASUS AMD Raedon RX 570 Strix OC 4Gb graphics card.

Sound Blaster ZxR sound card.

It all came to more than I was originally going to spend, but I poached the sound card from the Coolermaster Cosmos II rig to go into my Thermaltake Level 10 machine and decided upon the Soundblaster ZxR to replace it and up the ante with something that has more grunt.

I have all the other parts I require, PSU, SSDs, HDDs, etc.... plus a few PCIE expansion cards to add other options, such as a HD video capture card, additional SATA ports and USB 3/3.1 ports.

When the parts arrive I'll take pics and do a more comprehensive list, and once I've completed the rebuild some before and after pics.


Comments (Page 7)
on Jan 24, 2018


Uvah is level 4 so that's not the issue....

My guess is that "escaped asylum inmate' thingie...

I pretty much guessed that he was/is higher than level 2, that's why I suggested it was the escaped asylum inmate thingie. 

Mind you, Uvah has been better behaved than usual, not the usual running amok under the bleachers with his hair standing on end and his hospital gown wide open, proving that the moon does in fact shine during the day...

Oh look, twinkle, twinkle little star.  

on Jan 24, 2018

I'll behave, kinds sorta, when this upload limit thingy is fixed. So...who knows how...hmmm.

on Feb 09, 2018

Well I got sick and tired of waiting for cable management stuff to arrive from wish.com, so I've done the best I could with what I had so that I can close the rear panel and put the final touches to the interior.  I'm not as happy with the cabling behind the back panel as I'd like, but there was just so much of it and some cables just wouldn't go the way I wanted.  Oh well, it is what it is.  The interior, however, is pretty much as I wanted and I'm happy with it.

Anyway, here's a pic of the multitude of cables behind the back panel.

Yeah, it looks ugly, but when you've got so many cables and rather limited space, it's not so easy to get it looking perfect.

on Feb 09, 2018

It should have it's own fire extinguisher.

You won't see it with the cover on, the pretty part is where the mother board is.  

on Feb 09, 2018

ALMonty

It should have it's own fire extinguisher.

Yup, AND its own law enforcement agency, in case anybody thinks they can knock it off; thieve it; pilfer it; remove it from my possession.  Mind you, I do have an early warning system with my little dog, Buddy.  He is ever alert and always lets us know if anyone comes here, and then there's his father, Dazza, who would happily take a chunk out of any burglar, would be thief, etc

ALMonty

You won't see it with the cover on, the pretty part is where the mother board is.

It's a good thing the back cover doesn't have a window to show a multitude of cabling sins.  I probably could have done better, but I grew impatient waiting for the cable management gear, which would have tidied things up a lot, and just secured everything with cable ties to prevent flapping around and hindering closure of the side panel.  Maybe at a later date I could revisit with the bits n' pieces I've been waiting for and do a much better job.  For now, though, I just want to get this beastie up and running.

Inside the case is quite neat and tidy.  Like you said, the pretty part is where the motherboard is.  I have a couple of PCIe cards to add in, which will be quite interesting as they will be fitted to the case's bottom two expansion slots and connected to a PCIe riser card via PCIe data transfer ribbons.  That's going to be the fun part as I've never attempted such an addition before.  Then there's the task of keeping it as tidy as possible and not interfering with airflow or other components.

Anyhow, time has gotten away from me yet again.  It is 4.12am and I should have been in bed hours ago.

on Feb 09, 2018

starkers

It's a good thing the back cover doesn't have a window to show a multitude of cabling sins. 

Makes my cabling look seriously perfect.....[and without trying]...

on Feb 10, 2018



Quoting starkers,

It's a good thing the back cover doesn't have a window to show a multitude of cabling sins. 



Makes my cabling look seriously perfect.....[and without trying]...

Ah, but did you have as many cables?   In this build there's the regular PSU cables for mobo and CPU, etc, a dozen or so case fan controller cables, not to mention the power and data cables for 13 HDDs and 8 SSDs.  Then there's 10 power and data cables for the PCIe riser being used for additional PCIe cards that didn't fit on the mobo. 

Yup, there's one great conglomeration of cables, and all of them got pushed through the back to make the interior of the case look more ordered and tidy..... hence the ugly mess in the pic.  I was waiting on some zip-up sleeves that would have made it look so much better, but they were taking too long to arrive and I just wanted to get this beastie fired up. 

Who knows, one day I may get the inspiration to tidy it up, but it would be when I've had to get the case up on the bench for other reasons.... with it all hidden behind the cover I'm not going to pick this monster up just to do a re-cabling.  Not sure just how heavy it is now, being I needed to add in the HDDs while it's still on the bench, but I'm going to need help to lift it off and onto the floor.  

 Yes, it IS that heavy.       

on Feb 10, 2018

How about some sort of dolly so you can move it around, I know it doesn't help you lift it from the floor to the bench, but at least you can move it.

 

on Feb 10, 2018

Unfortunately the additional PCIe add-ins didn't work out and I've shelved the idea for now. While everything else went according to plan, there was not enough clearance with the riser cables in place to allow those additional PCIe cards to be fitted properly into the case's expansion slots.  There was just a couple of millimetres in it, but if things don't fit, they don't fit.  Oh well!

Anyhow, given that didn't work out, here's some final pics of the interior before I close the case and fire this beastie up......

Yeah, so that's pretty much it.  Again, it could be a bit tidier and not quite what I intended, but I grew tired of waiting for cable management goodies and just wanted to close the case so I could finally boot this beastie up.  All in all I'm happy with it, though I may consider reopening the case to add those final touches when those bits n' pieces turn up.  Then maybe I won't  I could do with a long rest from seeing the insides of computers.... and I still have two more to build.

on Feb 10, 2018

ALMonty

How about some sort of dolly so you can move it around, I know it doesn't help you lift it from the floor to the bench, but at least you can move it.

I'm actually going to put it on castors by drilling into the bottom rails where there's plastic feet.  All I have to do is take off the plastic feet and make the screw holes bigger... and I already have the castors so it'll be done in a jiffy.  Thanks for the idea, though.  It may come in useful for other applications.

   

on Feb 10, 2018

You know I was going to suggest that, but I didn't know if you wanted to drill the bottom of the case.  

on Feb 10, 2018

ALMonty

You know I was going to suggest that, but I didn't know if you wanted to drill the bottom of the case.  

Yeah, the case has two bars on the bottom, and the holes will be underneath so nobody will ever notice them... not that I plan to remove the castors once they're fitted.  I did have the idea to mount the rig on a trolley [dolly], but the castors are less hassle as I'd probably have needed to make a custom trolley to fit.  However, I do see other uses for a dolly and will keep it in mind.

on Feb 10, 2018

You know you could have just gone to the store and got some zip ties.

on Feb 11, 2018

BuckStrider

You know you could have just gone to the store and got some zip ties.

Yeah, I could have... and if you look more closely at the pics above you will see quite a few in use.... some black, some red. 

What I was waiting on for the interior was some spiral cable management in black and red, stuff that was easy to apply in tight spaces and would suit the black and red theme.   I have oodles of zip ties: black; white; red; blue and yellow in various sizes

on Feb 11, 2018

I made a start on Shaunna's new build last night.  The new components are AMD based, while the case is my old Thermaltake Chaser full tower, the HDDS and SSD are from her old build, the PSU is a Gigabyte 800w, and the GPU is a Gigabyte GTX260 from one of my past builds.

The new stuff is as follows:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600.

Mobo; Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K.3

RAM: Crucial DDR4 16GB 2400 x 1

Thus far I have installed the mobo RAM and CPU, complete with cooler; the PSU, drives and GPU.  Next is hooking everything up to the power, making a final check and booting it up to install the OS and apps, etc.

Mine is done except for adding the castors, but I need help with that and nobody was around last night when I wanted to do it.  Oh well, later today will do.