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    Project Red Dwarf - Sponsored by ASUS

    The point of the Red Dwarf Project as a whole was to create an extreme performance machine that is also very compact, while still allowing for future upgradability and component modularity. Many 'gamer cases' nowadays are ballooning into massive behemoths that weigh a ton and take up a lot of room.
    My custom built acrylic case can fit any:
    Micro-ATX motherboard
    2x 13" long video cards allow for Quad-fire/Quad-SLI
    Full size ATX power supply
    2x 240mm radiators

    Hardware
    ASUS Maximus III GENE (P55) Motherboard
    Intel Core i7-860 (4.1Ghz, all power saving and hyperthreading ON)
    G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 (@ 2200 MHz)
    Antec TPQ 850W Full size+ ATX power supply
    ATI HD5870 video card
    256GB Sandforce SSD

    Cooling
    2x 240mm Swiftech MCR-220 radiators
    4x 120mm Scythe Gentle Typhoon GT-1850 Fans for front/intake radiator,
    2x 120mm Scythe Gentle Typhoon GT-1850 Fans for the top exhaust radiator
    Custom-made 1/2" acrylic plenum spacer
    Swiftech Apogee XT CPU block
    Swiftech MCW-60R2 GPU block
    Swiftech MCRes-Micro Rev2 Reservoir
    Swiftech MCP350 low-profile pump with aftermarket top
    Koolance 10/12mm Compression fittings all around
    Primochill Pro LRT Red 3/8" ID tubing all around
    2x ACRyan Radgrillz HEX pattern
    NZXT Sentry 2 touchscreen fan controller (mounted internally)

    Lighting
    LED lighting is all controlled via CPU temperature and the CPU temperature sensor and varied by custom driver circuitry off the 4-pin PWM fan output from the Maximus III Gene.

    Red Dwarf project is actually an evolution from my "White Dwarf" ASUS Xtreme Design competition.
    You can read up on that build here: White Dwarf @ XS
    This evolution to the ASUS Maximus III GENE turned it into the Red Dwarf.

    The section below contains a repost of my latest update:
    Quote Originally Posted by zads View Post
    Some more updated pictures from after Formula X event:
    David vs Goliath size comparison (other case is Cooler Master Sniper Black Edition):


    I can actually fit my whole system inside the motherboard area of the Cooler master case, lol.


    This will make for an ultra-convenient carry-on if I ever need to fly or travel to an event somewhere!

    Edit: I just realized I still have a pair of socks in the suitcase this picture, lol.


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    05/25/2010:
    Rough around the edges


    Doing a test fit of some pretty sweet looking components:


    Gonna be a tight squeeze getting everything in there...:


    As it sits on my desk right now (LOL):


    Its up and running, but obviously needs some things:
    -Haven't finalized where I will mount some of the components (11x SSDs, LCD Fan Controller).
    -Moving to an ATI HD5870 video card
    -Moving water cooling reservoir possibly to the back/top of my case
    -Change from 4x white LED Yate Loon fans on the front radiator to 4x Scythe Gentle Typhoons
    -Sleeve/resleeve all the wiring in black
    -Add some red cold cathodes or LEDs for some internal lighting

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    Show us some closer shots of the sata power mod!

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    MotherboardMaximus IX Hero
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 7700K
    Memory (part number)Trident Z RGB (F4-3600C16D-16GTZR)
    Graphics Card #1ROG Strix GTX1080 Ti OC
    MonitorLG IPS LED 27"
    Storage #1Samsung SSD 850 PRO 1TB
    Storage #2Crucial MX300 525GB SSD
    CPU CoolerCorsair Hydro H115i
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 750D Airflow Ed.
    Power SupplyEVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3
    Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K65
    Mouse Logitech G502
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    Is that my fan controller? wait, we have the same one :P

    few thoughts I have:
    -Scythe Gentle Typhoons are just awesome, I have AP-14 myself. But you could get AP-15 for performance and turn it down for slience.
    -Sleeving wise, how about red/black or blue/black
    -CCFL is old school, LED lighting is the way to go!

    btw, how hot is the VRM crowed under the PSU?

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    2011/6/10 Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian@ASUS View Post
    Show us some closer shots of the sata power mod!
    I actually went down to 1 SSD to clean up the inside a little (I only use about 100GB disk capacity on this system anyways).
    It's hidden at the top of the case, on top of the front/intake radiator.


    Quote Originally Posted by ottoyu34 View Post
    Is that my fan controller? wait, we have the same one :P

    few thoughts I have:
    -Scythe Gentle Typhoons are just awesome, I have AP-14 myself. But you could get AP-15 for performance and turn it down for slience.
    -Sleeving wise, how about red/black or blue/black
    -CCFL is old school, LED lighting is the way to go!

    btw, how hot is the VRM crowed under the PSU?
    I've been debating to ditching the fan controller and maybe just drive everything off the board's PWM controller for fan control.
    There's plenty of outputs on the Maximus III GENE (4 pwm outputs...!)
    If only ASUS would write some simple software for configurable OS fan control integration... Brian?

    I went with the Scythe GT AP-15's and all black sleeving/heatshrink all the way around,
    video card is HD5870,
    plus added some red LED lighting under the PSU/CPU socket area, plus the PCIe slot area.
    The LED lighting is all controlled via CPU temperature and the PWM output from the Maximus III Gene.
    See youtube for reference:


    More recent picture:

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    very interesting zads! care to do a diy on how you did that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian@ASUS View Post
    very interesting zads! care to do a diy on how you did that?
    Its driven off a circuit I built with the source signal coming from the 4-pin CPU PWM fan header (it actually draws its power from that same header).
    The ASUS BIOS allows me to change the PWM fan output according to my own settings,
    which corresponds to the LED intensity and temperature thresholds (linear response from 10% brightness at 40degC and under to 70% brightness at 60degC and over).
    Since its driven directly off the CPU's thermal sensors, the response to change in CPU temperature is immediate and requires no extra wiring/controllers.


    Some more updated pictures from after Formula X event:
    David vs Goliath size comparison (other case is Cooler Master Sniper Black Edition):


    I can actually fit my whole system inside the motherboard area of the Cooler master case, lol.


    This will make for an ultra-convenient carry-on if I ever need to fly or travel to an event somewhere!

    Edit: I just realized I still have a pair of socks in the suitcase this picture, lol.


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    I loved this build!!!!!!!!

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    Laptop (Model)Macbook Pro Mid 2014
    MotherboardAsus Rapage IV Extreme Black
    ProcessorIntel Core i7 4820K
    Memory (part number)32Gb Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz
    Graphics Card #1Asus GTX Titan
    Graphics Card #2Asus GTX Titan
    MonitorAsus VK278
    CPU CoolerCorsair H100i
    CaseCorsair Obsidian 750D
    Power SupplyCoolermaster V850
    Keyboard Razer Blackwidow X Chroma
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    clever idea for traveling and gaming :P
    Project Name: System Specs:
    Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Black Edition
    Prossesor: Intel Core i7 4820k
    Graphic Card: Asus GTX Titan x2
    *Power Supply: Cooler Master V850
    Ram: 32Gb Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz
    Case: Corsair Obsidian 750D
    SSD: 2x Samsung Evo 250Gb Raid 0
    HDD: 2x Seagate Baraccuda 2TB

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