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  • #16

    PCPartPicker: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jBy4r7

    Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

    How about another DDCM desk PC update?

    We’ll start of today’s update with our newest parts and tools! Our first is a package from ModMyMods that included our PCIe riser cable and an Alphacool Eisblock Mod kit in white. Going to paint the block cover red to match the rest of the build. Second, the wife surprised me by buying the crimpers I had on my wishlist. So….. we can start attempting making the custom cables that we need *dance*





    Then we move into some more cutting of the desk itself. But first we needed to print off the radiator templates from MNPCTech.com onto cardstock and get them cut out. After placing and marking our cuts, we began cutting out the radiator holes.








    After the radiator holes were cut, we moved onto cutting the back intake fans at the bottom of our cabinet and the exhaust holes at the top. Next steps will be to clean up our cuts and cut the mesh for the intake and exhaust. Then we can start working out final placement and cable runs.









    We also went ahead and sleeved our Alphacool Eisbechers reservoir/pump combos.




    Until next time, Happy Modding!

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    • #17

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      Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

      How about another DDCM desk PC update?

      We first snagged a great deal on a water temp sensor plug and a handful of 120 fan grills.





      We immediately jumped at the opportunity to test our InWin Aurora fans in our intake mounting solution. Just need to order my fan filters from ModMyMods.com and install our rubber silencers.







      Then kept the progress going by installing our Eisbecher reservoirs and our NexXxos radiators with their Aurora fans also. We are starting to do our final test placement and install so we can start to make our custom cables before we paint the desk!





      Until next time, Happy Modding!

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      • #18
        Happy New Year ! thanks for sharing !

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        • #19
          Originally posted by littlejeremy View Post
          Happy New Year ! thanks for sharing !
          Happy to share with everyone! Hope you have a great New Year! Thanks for stopping by.

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          • #20

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            Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

            How about another DDCM desk PC update?

            So, I wish I had a huge update for you guys, but unfortunately I only have one depressing picture for you. We started packing away our parts for the desk.



            For those that haven’t followed us on social media, we are about to embark on a coast to coast move as we move back to our hometown area near Lake Tahoe, NV. My wife and I have both had parents have medical issues to include her mom having brain surgery. Because of this we are moving back to be a support structure as they continue to age. Additionally, our two daughters need to be close to their grandma and grandpas.

            So, this build will be on hiatus through January and part of February as our stuff gets shipped to the west coast. I promise as soon as we set up in the new garage I will be right back on this. In the meantime, if you find us on social media we will continue to do other things while we transition.

            Until next time, Happy Modding!

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            • #21




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              Good morning DDCM fans and followers!


              How about another DDCM desk PC update?


              I have a couple updates to post, but we’ll start with the first one to say “We are now moved into the new house!!” One of my first tasks was to reorganize the garage into a workable area for me. Below is my new dungeon.




              Then I turned my broken laptop into a HTPC in our bedroom so we can relax before bed with a show. Look at that cable management. Second picture is the wires behind the small 21” screen. The only way it’d be better is if I ran power to behind the screen instead of having the surge protector run up the wall. After which I built my wife a murphy desk below so she had a place to work and didn’t clutter up my desk project.










              It took a week but Spectrum finally came out and hooked up our internet. Before they showed up I went ahead and mounted the wifi router in the hallway for the best whole house signal. Last picture is my communication wall with the modem, power strip, and gigabit switch.








              Finally I could get down to work and got the wood filler and started filling in the nail holes, gouges, and small cracks in the wood in preparation for sanding later.




              Next I drilled and tapped the new motherboard tray.




              Took my R9 290 and tested my fit with my server ATX board next to the Alphacool reservoirs. In my next post we start pulling out our water cooling gear and more






              Until next time, Happy Modding!

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              • #22



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                Good morning DDCM fans and followers!


                How about another DDCM desk PC update?


                Let’s start this update with some great shots of our Alphacool gear. Sexy watercooling in place so I can start bending tubing soon.








                We then went onto install our Seagate Barracuda drive in the HDD rack below the radiator shelf. I can only hope the SATA cable will reach haha




                Speaking of cables, I first made a cable passthrough plate for the power cables to pass through. Sexy 3 grommets from ModMyMods.com.






                I continued on the trek of cables to work on learning crimping and made my first CPU power cable.










                Until next time, Happy Modding!

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                • #23

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                  Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

                  How about another DDCM desk PC update?
                  Let’s get this update started with one of my favorite photos so far. The Alphacool Flow Meter Square Plexi edition. That polished plexi just makes my heart flutter. Should be interesting to see it in action with the red fluid lol.




                  Next was a super daunting task of painting our ASUS Sabertooth 990FX motherboard to get rid off all the green and tan and make it red. Steps: take it out of Night Shark, tape up everything and slip non sticky tape in all the slots and cover any exposed pins, then paint the crap out of it from every angle but straight above, remove tape and pray it turns on…..







                  Once it was painted and all sexy red and black, we installed our customized Alphacool XPX cpu waterblock. We painted the brackets red, swapped out the alphacool logo with the red replacement cover. Looks like it was created specifically for my motherboard…… oh… I guess it was haha




                  After the motherboard was sorted out, we turned our attention to our AMD Radeon R9 290. After stripping it bare of the turbo jet cooler, we installed our Alphacool block and backplate. To mount it to the backplate, we drilled and tapped 6/32 into the backplate and put motherboard standoffs on. Then screwed the motherboard screws in from the back, securely holding our mounting plate in place.







                  If you enjoyed this update, just wait for the next one! It will include pictures of our first time bending acrylic tubing!!! It was a learning experience for sure.
                  Until next time, Happy Modding!

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                  • #24

                    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jBy4r7

                    Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

                    How about another DDCM desk PC update?

                    So before the watercooling, acrylic bending, madness ensues….. Here’s a quick picture of our SSD mount.




                    Now that’s over with…. Here’s our Alphacool acrylic tubing runs! I did also record a video on how I cut and bent the acrylic….. But don’t have a computer that has the power to edit/render the video. So bear with me









                    Until next time, Happy Modding!

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                    • #25

                      https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jBy4r7

                      Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

                      How about another DDCM desk PC update?

                      We left off last time with a completed watercooling loop…. but still had to paint. So we start off by stripping it down to the bare wood.




                      While I waited for some wood filler to dry, I went ahead and painted our Alphacool NexXxos radiators, PSU mount bracket, GSkill RAM heatspreaders, and the fan grills for our rear intake fans.






                      Once the filler was dry, I wasted no time sanding it down. Then just testing a theory I checked the fit of the InWin RGB LED strips and how I was going to run the cable. After the cable test, I brought the desk inside to be wiped down with a damp cloth.






                      Once it was clean and dry we started painting it black by cutting in the corners and angles first. Then we broke out the 3” brush and filled in all the big areas.






                      If you’re still reading this far, the next update will be the components installed and the loop set back up and hopefully filled! Leak testing here I come!

                      Until next time, Happy Modding!

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                      • #26

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                        Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

                        How about another DDCM desk PC update?

                        We can start off with a glamour shot of the leak testing we did.



                        One of the first things we did while waiting for all the paint to dry was to finish making our custom sleeved extensions.






                        Once the paint dried we immediately set to installing our components and figuring out our cable paths.





                        Then we prepped and installed our painted NexXxos 360 radiators which followed with fans, tubes and everything else. Once it was all connected we started our leak testing.





                        Until next time, Happy Modding!

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                        • #27

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                          Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

                          How about another DDCM desk PC update?

                          First we will start with the winner of my contest. I wanted people on social media to design a dragon and flames to paint on the top of the desk before I seal it up. Here’s the winner. I loved the shape of the dragon head. The flames will need a little cleaning.



                          Ok, back to the desk. We took this picture while it was night time and during the leak test.



                          The next morning we went to paint the top of the desk…. And ended up spending a few hours cleaning the carpet instead DOH!




                          Several hours later I recruited my daughters help and we drained the desk of all the distilled water and filled it with the Mayhems Red Aurora liquid.




                          After the paint dried on the desk top, I attached it in place and took this teaser picture for social media.



                          After all the cable management was done and I verified it was working great, I took this semi finished picture. All that’s left is to install the windows and to get the vinyl lettering in place. And YES, I know it’s a small old monitor for this massive project. haha.




                          I hope everyone has enjoyed this so far and I will update with final pictures on a real camera once I get to the last couple things done. And hopefully by then I’ll have a better monitor too.
                          Until next time, Happy Modding!

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                          • #28
                            #Legendary!

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Administrator Johnny Gomez View Post
                              #Legendary!
                              All thanks to the InWin Classic 900 and those gorgeous Aurora kits

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                              • #30

                                https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jBy4r7

                                Good morning DDCM fans and followers!

                                How about another DDCM desk PC update?

                                So we needed a shot of the desk to put on our new business cards, so….. I figured I wanted to share with you. We are also in talks to do a hardware upgrade if the vendor approves it.





                                Of course, none of this would’ve been possible without the amazing sponsors!




                                The business cards came out pretty snazzy too!




                                Until next time, Happy Modding!

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