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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

    Back again with another update with one of the extras for the build, this time the info screen, ill throw out a few pics first then give you some info on it.





    I was lucky enough to be able to get Leo Bodnar involved in my project and grab a racing, rpm gear and info display, (this one is called the SLIF1). For those of you not familiar with Leo Bodnar products, head over their website here to have a look. Here is a bit of info.

    “Leo Bodnar is a designer and developer of universal joystick/game controller PCBs, simulator force feedback steering systems and supplier of components such as push buttons, rotary encoders and switches.

    Being based at Silverstone UK - the home of British Motorsport has given us the opportunity to work closely with and meet the needs of race teams, drivers and simulator manufacturers.”

    Basically if you have a simwheel of any kind it is highly likely that you will have some Leo Bodnar electronics inside it some were, be it a controller board, a toggle switch, buttons, info display to rotary dials. They even supply their SimSteering FFB System many teams participating in race series including F1, GP2, F3, LMP1, LMP2 and WTCC. So not a company to be sniffed at and experts in what they do.

    Why some of you may be asking that display is all very good, but it would only be useful for when playing sim games or racing titles, Step up both Leo Bodnar Electronics, AIDA64 (and myself (although I done the easiest part and was just the middle man) passing USB protocols between Leo Bodnar and AIDA64 and thus the outcome was that AIDA64 who are known for producing a good piece of software to do small benchmarks, give full system status and pretty much everything there would be to know about a system its running on was able to get the display working as an info display, from CPU temps, usage, gpu ect ect… they were able to offer support for these devices (Newest version of AIDA64 now has support for these type of displays). To take a look at AIDA64 and what it can do for you visit the website here.

    Anyway back to the SLIF1 display, here are quite a few pictures of what is possible, you are limited to the 4 characters on each side of the info display, but here are some examples.











    This will be getting mounted to one of the 5.25 drive bay covers and will be hidden behind a tinted screen, so it’s only visible once the pc is on.

    Also I don’t want to leave you hanging with just a few pictures, here are a few videos of it going through the motions.


    This video is going through the options i have to display on the device and info it can pull

    If this is not showing click here for this video


    The next video is more featured around CPU usage (loaded up a few things to get the rpm LED's and gear info in action). click here for this video


    I have to say a big thanks to Leo Bodnar electronics and AIDA64 for making this extra possible.

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    Update, here is one of the goodies that turned up for the project, the MSI X Power X99 AC motherboard.




    Of course that’s enough of box shots, time to move over to the motherboard itself.




    Rear panel connectors, the gapped area on the left is for the optional Wi-Fi module (which is included in box)



    Plenty of connections down at the bottom of the board, also the all-important m2 turbo slot that I will be utilising.


    Love the internal USB port for this build as it gives me an internal port to wire the USB – powered and operated F1 style display.


    Sata ports and USB 3 port on 90 degrees on the right hand side (which is great about time these chunky USB 3 ports were like this, also you may have noticed there is also a sata express port in there (far left).


    This is for the WI-Fi module that I was mentioning earlier, before I show that connected let us take a look at the accessories bundle included with the motherboard.


    Ill list these off for you – with the specs after

    Included in the box is

    · M-connectors
    · OC fan stand
    · Delid Die Guard
    · OC plate
    · LN2 bracket
    · SLI bridges
    · Wi-Fi module
    · Wi-Fi antennas
    · Driver discs
    · USB flash drive with drivers
    · USB/SATA I/O bracket
    · SATA cables
    · Cable labels
    · V-check cables
    · Case badge
    · i/O shield

    As well as the manuals too, here is the Wi-Fi module and I/O shield installed


    Here are the specs of the motherboard itself


    CPU

    • Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 Processors Extreme Edition for LGA 2011-3 Socket


    Chipset


    • Intel® X99 Express Chipset


    Main Memory


    • Support eight DDR4 DIMMs 2133/2200(OC)/2400(OC)/2600(OC)/2666(OC)/2750(OC)/3000(OC)/3110(OC)/3333(OC)DRAM (128GB Max)

    - Supports Quad-Channel mode

    - Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory

    - Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)


    Slots


    • 5 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (PCI_E1~E4, PCI_E6), support up to 4-way mode

    - 1-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x0/ x0

    - 2-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x0*, 16/ x0/ x0/ x8/ x0**

    - 3-way mode: x16/ x0/ x0/ x16/ x8*, x8/ x8/ x0/ x8/ x0**

    - 4-way mode: x8/ x8/ x0/ x16/ x8*, x8/ x8/ x0/ x8/ x4**


    • 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot (PCI_E5)

    * For the CPU that supports 40 PCIe lanes

    ** For the CPU that supports 28 PCIe lanes


    Storage


    • Intel X99 Express Chipset

    •10x SATA 6Gb/s ports (2x ports reserved for SATA Express port)*

    - SATA1~6 support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10

    - SATA7~10 ports only support IDE mode and AHCI mode.

    - Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology (Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1)

    • 1 x SATA Express port*

    • 1 x M.2 port, supports M.2 SATA 6Gb/s module* or M.2 PCIe module up to 32Gb/s speed**

    - M.2 port supports 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length module

    - M.2 PCIe module does not support RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10.

    * The SATA Express port/ SATA5~6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2 SATA interface module in the M.2 port.

    ** Intel RST does not support PCIe M.2 SSD with Legacy ROM.


    USB


    • Intel X99 Express Chipset

    - 4 x USB 3.0 ports available through the internal USB connectors*


    • 2 x ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset

    - 8x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel


    • ASMedia ASM1042 Chipset

    - 2x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel

    * Internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger.


    Audio


    • Realtek® ALC1150 Codec

    - 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio

    - Supports S/PDIF output


    LAN


    • 1 x Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN - Dual interconnect between the integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)

    • 1 x Intel I210-AT Gigabit LAN controller


    WIreless LAN


    • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip.

    - Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) up to 867 Mbps speed.



    Bluetooth


    • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip.

    - Supports Bluetooth v4.0 (includes BLE* and Bluetooth 3.0+HS)

    * BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy


    Internal I/O Connectors

    - 1 x 24-pin AT x main power connector

    - 1 x 8-pin AT x 12V power connector

    - 1 x 4-pin AT x 12V power connector

    - 1 x 4-pin flat AT x 12V power connector*

    - 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

    - 3 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 5 USB 2.0 ports)

    - 2 x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.0 ports)

    - 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors

    - 5 x 4-pin system fan connectors

    - 1 x Clear CMOS jumper

    - 1 x Front panel audio connector

    - 2 x System panel connectors

    - 1 x TPM module connector

    - 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector

    - 9 x V-Check connectors

    - 1 x GO2BIOS button

    - 1 x Power button

    - 1 x Reset button

    - 2 x Base Clock control buttons

    - 2 x CPU Ratio control buttons

    - 1 x OC Genie button

    - 1 x Discharge button

    - 1 x Multi-BIOS switch

    - 1 x OC Genie mode switch

    - 1 x Slow mode switch

    - 1 x Base Clock step swtich

    - 1 x PCIe CeaseFire switch

    - 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED

    - 1 x Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module connector

    * Provides additional power to PCIe x16 slots



    Back Panel I/O Ports

    - 1 x PS/2 port

    - 2 x USB 2.0 ports

    - 1 x Clear CMOS button

    - 10 x USB 3.0 ports

    - 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector

    - 2 x LAN (RJ45) ports

    - 5 x OFC audio jacks

    Thanks to MSI for sending this as a sponsor, matches my plans and happens to be the perfect board for this build.

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    Default Re: Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

    Another small update, decided to etch the radiator side as I received it in raw format (uncoated).


    I changed the template style to something else, this is what I decided to go with


    So time to wait for misses to go out, into the kitchen and get the tattoo power supply out and start working.


    Now how I do this is dip some lady face cotton pads in salt water squeeze them out a bit (so they are damp not saturated) and then place them over stencil, then connect the negative to the rad and positive to copper plate and leave resting on pads (used bottle to keep it pressed slightly) left for 10 minutes on each side then swapped the negative and positive over to push some particles back into the etch.


    Enough done into the metal with the 2014 world champions being deeper than the rest.


    A Little rub down with a brillo pad to get rid of the surface stuff.


    The Thermaltake’s upside down I know, but there will be a plaque placed over it, or filled in, not sure yet.


    Leaving the particles on place in the etches, the reason for this is once I have painted the radiator as there not really solid in there I can scrape out the etched parts easier, then fill with black.


    Rough example of what I am going for, that’s all for now will be back with more updates soon.

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    doing a few more small bits today, but I thought i would share a rough render of the plan I have, there will be some differences in the final build (extras added) and the internals is not final.

    Just wanted to wet your appetite with what i am trying to achieve.


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    So back again with a small update, Bloody model is still delayed and only ships from factory on April 4th, so why I am still waiting let’s take a look at what I could do why waiting first of a lovely donation from my sponsor Nvidia here is what arrived.




    I got really lucky with this build and nvidia kindly sent me 2 x 980 GTX’s for the build, for more information on this card click here.


    Here are the specs of each of the cards if you have not seen them

    Specifications

    Note: The below specifications represent this GPU as incorporated into NVIDIA's reference graphics card design. Graphics card specifications may vary by Add-in-card manufacturer. Please refer to the Add-in-card manufacturers' website for actual shipping specifications.

    GTX 980 Engine Specs:

    · 2048CUDA Cores
    · 1126Base Clock (MHz)
    · 1216Boost Clock (MHz)
    · 144Texture Fill Rate (GigaTexels/sec)
    · GTX 980 Memory Specs:
    · 7.0 GbpsMemory Clock
    · 4 GBStandard Memory Config
    · GDDR5Memory Interface
    · 256-bitMemory Interface Width
    · 224Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

    GTX 980 Technology Support:

    · Yes (4-way)NVIDIA SLI® Ready
    · YesNVIDIA G-Sync™-Ready
    · YesNVIDIA GameStream™-Ready
    · YesGeForce ShadowPlay™
    · 2.0NVIDIA GPU Boost™
    · YesDynamic Super Resolution
    · YesMFAA
    · YesNVIDIA GameWorks™
    · 12 APIMicrosoft DirectX
    · 4.4OpenGL
    · YesCUDA
    · PCI Express 3.0 Bus Support
    · Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Linux, FreeBSD x86OS Certification

    Display Support:

    · 5120x3200Maximum Digital Resolution*
    · 2048x1536Maximum VGA Resolution
    · Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 Standard Display Connectors
    · 4 displaysMulti Monitor
    · YesHDCP
    · InternalAudio Input for HDMI
    · GTX 980 Graphics Card Dimensions:
    · 4.376 inchesHeight
    · 10.5 inchesLength
    · Dual-widthWidth

    Thermal and Power Specs:

    · 98 CMaximum GPU Tempurature (in C)
    · 165 WGraphics Card Power (W)
    · 500 WMinimum System Power Requirement (W)
    · 2x 6-pinsSupplementary Power Connectors

    Will be following this with another post today as a very nice bitspower package turned up.

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    So following on from the card a small care package also turned up from Bitspower, all the stuff I needed and the blocks for the GPU’s.


    Items were various connectors, more than shown in pictures, as well as 2 very very nice Nickel Finished In Golden reference 980 GTX blocks. I went for white back plates though so I could customise them like I have the GPU block, also got the pump heat sink and shroud for the build in white. You can view all of the Bitspower range here

    So waiting on the model to cut the case, I decided to get the white back plates done why I was waiting, here is what I done in Photoshop.


    So taking that design and laying it down was not as easy as I hoped, but after a few attempts on left over gold colour backplate this is what I was left with.


    I am very happy with how they came out and the tie in with the CPU block well, I was going to add the red and yellow parts of the Lewis Hamilton 2014 helmet, but thought I have the tubing and fluid that will use that colour coordination anyway. Will be posting more regular updates as more and more bits arrive.

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    Sorry it’s been a while since an update, I have had a big delay in waiting for the model to actually be shipped to stores, now saying June!!! Such a bad delay that I thought I would get a few things done in advance and even took the opportunity to be entered into a case mod competition on another case.

    Anyway I suppose I can start stripping down the case anyway.




    Having case number 44 of 500 adds to the theme a little and fits within it, having already done this in a previous build I already know it’s a very daunting task.



    Not really an easy task but we have to start with the basics.



    Also worth noting here are the sticky strips, best bet is to make sure you heat up the area on back panel to loosen the glue on the strips, which will aid in lifting the back panel off.



    Now Just a case of stripping out the front bays…


    I really hope the other half does not turn up soon.


    After getting this far its best to stop really, don’t want to really mark up the cut for the radiator until the model is here or I get a reply from minichamps about measurements of it, so I thought why not get to painting a few things as the warmer weather is here.


    Custom rad grills turned up also so I Thought it was time to give a few things a rub down and prep for painting.


    Primer down, and I did manage to do the single 120mm rad grill.


    So I have the colour matching to the logos on case done and I will be matching the radiator and other grills to this colour as well, then colour sanding, matt lacquering and smoothing down, so stay tuned, will be posting a few more things over the next couple of weeks.

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    Back again with a small update, had some issues but finally this turned up for the build, from OnPole.com


    It took an eternity for minichamps to get it to market, but OnPole was superb in that they got it to me within 2 days of it hitting there store, let’s take a closer look at it.






    Overall the model is really nice and I have to say minichamps have done a fine job of replicating the race car and they should of with the time it took to get to market. For you F1 fans out there, you should check out OnPole’s website for memorabilia.

    I do have to say though getting the model, presented another issue, the 240mm radiator I had planned to use to mount the model above is now too small as the car over hangs it, so I still can not cut the part of the case I want due to the fact I have had to order a 280mm radiator. So I am going to have to redo the radiator again oh well.

    Ill post some more pictures of the car before mounting and a few bits tomorrow of what else has arrived

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    As promised a small little update on what turned up



    Big thanks goes out to the razer guys for supplying me with the full Chroma set for this build, RGB keyboard, mouse and headset to customise how I want which is great. Let us take a look at the headset first shall we.




    The headset feels nice and robust, also I love the little slide in and out mic, not sure on the plan for this yet, but I will think of something.. next up the mouse.







    I don’t really need to say much about the mouse as the Deathadder has been around for a while, yes this has rgb and yes a fester sensor. But as most of us know this has been a tried and tested mouse for years. Ono the keyboard..


    The blackwidow keyboard has also been around for while, but in its current form it has switched over to mechanical keys.


    Razer use their own exclusive keys on the mechanical side of things.



    Little RGB light down the bottom as well as RGB on the keys.



    As expected they have a nice curved feel to them, before I pull the keyboard apart I thought I would try out the software to try out the colour combinations.






    Just for fun, but it seems there are quite a few possibilities with the keyboard setup, I like the fact you can also customise the keys to any colour you want, but also set up macros. Anyway time to strip down..




    Bottom casing with rubbers removed, Just got to clean up the glue residue and move onto the prep for paint, things are starting to happen now the model arrived so expect more updates soon.. also for those interested here is the link for the chroma products.

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    So despite temps hitting over 32 degrees here in the uk over the last few days I have given myself a deadline for the build and had to work in the heat. So It was time to do a few things, including cut the main outer panels on the level 10 mobo section


    Tape down, mask on and lines drawn and ready to cut.


    The width is due to keeping the main frame of mobo section hidden (were the bolts go) I had to repeat this process with the L section too.


    With the l panel I wanted to keep the lines, but remove the mounting areas for the GPU cover.


    Now that’s all done, it is time to spend quite a few hours with the file, before preparing for paint.


    I know working with the case I should of normally taken my watch off ect, but due to these pieces being painted there is not much point so even if bits of paint flake off, it does no really matter (hence the use of normal white tape instead of Green or yellow masking tape.



    Also had to cut a few small pieces I needed to make a cover plate for the mounting of the radiator and also a strip for the radiator. I have had to change the radiator out for another due to the fact the models dimensions were larger than quoted to original so other rad was smaller.
    Also here Is a sneak peak of the PSU cover I have (thanks to Primochill).


    That’s today's post, watch for some more soon.

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