Orca Project Introduction

Orca Project: The Beginning

Orca Project Introduction

Introduction

Ok so here at OC3D we always try to write our articles as us or we never me or I. But for once I do have to write this as me... TTL, why I hear you ask? Well because the roots of "Orca" are very deep rooted and personal to me.

My late mother was very much into whales and the conservation of them as much as we are all passionate about our PC's, my career as a modder and reviewer all spawned after her passing. TTL or the company Time To Live were my ways of openly dealing with the huge gap she left in my life but also knowing I had to continue so "Time To Live" seemed quite fitting and obviously fit perfectly with my tinytomlogan internet persona.

Now Ive not actually built myself a custom rig since the orignal Heaven & Hell project, there have been many systems but nothing really up to the old standards. So it felt fitting with this being the 5th year since muvva's passing that I finally build a rig and dedicate it at least in some part to her and name it in her memory.

Orca's are what most of you will call Killer Whales, and are black and white so that is my plan for the styling of the system. There will be small splashes of colour on the motherboard. Parts have been gathered from all over the world but lets take a look at the basics at the start of the project.



Case: CM Storm Stryker


This choice actually created a lot of waves online because I decided not to use the Switch 810. Now don't get me wrong the NZXT is an awesome case but it would have just been too easy (for me) in that I mean I could pretty much just fit everything. I needed something I could customise and make my own, the Trooper I loved from the moment I saw it and the more I spent time with it the more I realised I could do with it, so when the Stryker was released in gloss white for me it was a no brainer. A great looking great performing case I could customise to fit my own needs..... Perfect.


Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme


A firm favourite with both me and the rest of the OC3D team, still the best 2011 board available at the minute and one of the main reasons it will be going in the rig. The other reason being recently I built the CKC rig and the board was still sat with the Koolance blocks fitted. These are easily the best looking R4E blocks about so it seemed silly to look for anything else.


CPU: Intel 3960X

With the main use for my rig being like a work station a big strong beating heart would keep my video render times down and also keep the rig nice and swift with all my other applications too. The CPU does 4.6 on air so I'm hoping to push for 4.8 if I can while staying safe on water.


Graphics: Asus 7970 Crossfire

Now again these were still here from CKC with the blocks fitted. Now I'm no gamer so don't need crossfire at all and for some Vegas acceleration even a single 7970 is overkill so one GPU may end up being disabled! #firstworldproblems

Orca Project Introduction


Storage: Corsair Force GT 480GB x2 - RAID0

These drives have been here for some time, mainly because of waiting for other parts but all the same they have found there way into a few reviews because of it. Around 900GB of raid0 SSD speed should keep me happy for some time and also mean I don't have to move videos off to the server too often but at the same time keep the whole system lightning quick!


Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133MHz 32GB

So I've got a pair of 16GB kits of the uber sexy Dom Plats (as I like to call them) I chose the 2133 speed because that's the max my 2011 CPU's will do so any faster would have been a waste. Ill need to get the case lighting right to not drown these out though so we may have some tweaks to be made as things go together.

Orca Project Introduction


Power Supply: Corsair AX650w with custom Bitfenix Alchemy cables

The PSU here may seem a little on the small side but f I do indeed disable the 2nd GPU its perfect. The cables are the very first BitFenix Alchemy cables that you ~may see getting released very soon. As it stands at the time of writing the only sets out side of BitFenix HQ are sat safe at TTL Towers! I do love a bit of exclusiveness!

Orca Project Introduction


Radiators: Alphacool All Copper Radiators

All the radiators used will be Alphacool All Copper's but until we can do a mock assembly we cant 100% say on what thickness or size we will be using. Thankfully we have most of them on hand to be able to choose the best combination from.

Orca Project Introduction


Fittings: Bitspower White Barbs & Fittings

These fittings are the reason I stalled the project for so long, and even after months of waiting for them to pass quality and be released I would still say it was more than worth it. They really do look the dogs danglies and will suit the project theme perfectly!


Orca Project Introduction  Orca Project Introduction 


Fans: Enermax Cluster White LED

At this point I still want to use the white Enermax fans so that they double up as case lighting. I am still very cautious about thse though because I know I will need to slow the fan speed down and I'm worried about cabling it all. If it looks too messy I may end up using Corsair SP120 QE's and just run some NZXT Braided LED's around the case instead. Time will tell.


So we have the hardware all sorted and you have a basic idea why this project has taken so long to get where we are. In the next update we will cover the planned mods and maybe even the dummy build in the black trooper. I want to test things in there first so I don't batter the Stryker too much before I start the main mods and build process. The video below will explain things in more depth and give you a little more insight into what's going round in my tiny mind, but for now I will leave this here and look forward to your feedback in the build log for Orca in the OC3D Forums.


 

Massive thank you to Allen at Yarm Web Design for the Orca logo and his continued support of both OC3D & TTLC

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23-08-2012, 15:42:57

tinytomlogan
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...rca/forums.jpg

OK boys and girls here it is finally the start of my personal project - Orca.

My late mother was very much into whales and the conservation of them as much as we are all passionate about our PC's, my career as a modder and reviewer all spawned after her passing. TTL or the company Time To Live were my ways of openly dealing with the huge gap she left in my life but also knowing I had to continue so "Time To Live" seemed quite fitting and obviously fit perfectly with my tinytomlogan internet persona.

Now Ive not actually built myself a custom rig since the orignal Heaven & Hell project, there have been many systems but nothing really up to the old standards. So it felt fitting with this being the 5th year since muvva's passing that I finally build a rig and dedicate it at least in some part to her and name it in her memory.

Orca's are what most of you will call Killer Whales, and are black and white so that is my plan for the styling of the system. There will be small splashes of colour on the motherboard. Parts have been gathered from all over the world but lets take a look at the basics at the start of the project.


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10001.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10002.jpg
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10003.jpg



Case: CM Storm Stryker

This choice actually created a lot of waves online because I decided not to use the Switch 810. Now don't get me wrong the NZXT is an awesome case but it would have just been too easy (for me) in that I mean I could pretty much just fit everything. I needed something I could customise and make my own, the Trooper I loved from the moment I saw it and the more I spent time with it the more I realised I could do with it, so when the Stryker was released in gloss white for me it was a no brainer. A great looking great performing case I could customise to fit my own needs..... Perfect.


Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme

A firm favourite with both me and the rest of the OC3D team, still the best 2011 board available at the minute and one of the main reasons it will be going in the rig. The other reason being recently I built the CKC rig and the board was still sat with the Koolance blocks fitted. These are easily the best looking R4E blocks about so it seemed silly to look for anything else.


CPU: Intel 3960X

With the main use for my rig being like a work station a big strong beating heart would keep my video render times down and also keep the rig nice and swift with all my other applications too. The CPU does 4.6 on air so I'm hoping to push for 4.8 if I can while staying safe on water.


Graphics: Asus 7970 Crossfire

Now again these were still here from CKC with the blocks fitted. Now I'm no gamer so don't need crossfire at all and for some Vegas acceleration even a single 7970 is overkill so one GPU may end up being disabled! #firstworldproblems

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10008.jpg




Storage: Corsair Force GT 480GB x2 - RAID0

These drives have been here for some time, mainly because of waiting for other parts but all the same they have found there way into a few reviews because of it. Around 900GB of raid0 SSD speed should keep me happy for some time and also mean I don't have to move videos off to the server too often but at the same time keep the whole system lightning quick!


Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133MHz 32GB

So I've got a pair of 16GB kits of the uber sexy Dom Plats (as I like to call them) I chose the 2133 speed because that's the max my 2011 CPU's will do so any faster would have been a waste. Ill need to get the case lighting right to not drown these out though so we may have some tweaks to be made as things go together.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10007.jpg




Power Supply: Corsair AX650w with custom Bitfenix Alchemy cables

The PSU here may seem a little on the small side but f I do indeed disable the 2nd GPU its perfect. The cables are the very first BitFenix Alchemy cables that you ~may see getting released very soon. As it stands at the time of writing the only sets out side of BitFenix HQ are sat safe at TTL Towers! I do love a bit of exclusiveness!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10006.jpg




Radiators: Alphacool All Copper Radiators

All the radiators used will be Alphacool All Copper's but until we can do a mock assembly we cant 100% say on what thickness or size we will be using. Thankfully we have most of them on hand to be able to choose the best combination from.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10010.jpg




Fittings: Bitspower White Barbs & Fittings

These fittings are the reason I stalled the project for so long, and even after months of waiting for them to pass quality and be released I would still say it was more than worth it. They really do look the dogs danglies and will suit the project theme perfectly!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10004.jpg http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Orca10005.jpg


Fans: Enermax Cluster White LED

At this point I still want to use the white Enermax fans so that they double up as case lighting. I am still very cautious about thse though because I know I will need to slow the fan speed down and I'm worried about cabling it all. If it looks too messy I may end up using Corsair SP120 QE's and just run some NZXT Braided LED's around the case instead. Time will tell.


So we have the hardware all sorted and you have a basic idea why this project has taken so long to get where we are. In the next update we will cover the planned mods and maybe even the dummy build in the black trooper. I want to test things in there first so I don't batter the Stryker too much before I start the main mods and build process. The video below will explain things in more depth and give you a little more insight into what's going round in my tiny mind.Quote

23-08-2012, 16:20:31

MadMarc
Really looking forward to seeing the complete build! I wish I had problems like you and needing to disable one 7970 Quote

23-08-2012, 16:46:05

robbiess
cheeky bugger disabling a graphics card blaspheme! who would do such a thingQuote

23-08-2012, 16:54:57

litchu
always thought people here didnt recommend raid-0? though i think this will be a nice rigQuote

23-08-2012, 16:58:46

SEBAR
I am looking forward to seeing this project. I love your ideas for this build and am eagerly waiting the next update. Quote

23-08-2012, 17:01:22

seumasbeathan
2 480gb ssd's and 32gb of Dominator Platinum :OQuote

23-08-2012, 17:06:03

Yeren
so looking forward to seeing the outcomeQuote

23-08-2012, 17:10:28

jamesriley94
What happened at the end of the video? Quote

23-08-2012, 17:29:50

njallday
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesriley94 View Post
What happened at the end of the video?
I was wondering the same thing . Anyways, can't wait. Tom, what coolant are you using? Black Mayhem's X1?Quote

23-08-2012, 17:34:58

zak4994
Nice to see TTL still doing crazy and all-out projects after all this time. (I've been absent for quite some time)

Get cracking!Quote

23-08-2012, 19:05:15

Excalabur50
Glad to see you're finally able to make a start, I know you've been wanting to do this for quite a long time now hope it all goes smoothly for you.Quote

23-08-2012, 19:36:17

ThE GpU
tom i see why you waited on those Fittings they almost seem to glowQuote

23-08-2012, 22:11:13

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by litchu View Post
always thought people here didnt recommend raid-0? though i think this will be a nice rig
Quote:
Originally Posted by SEBAR View Post
I am looking forward to seeing this project. I love your ideas for this build and am eagerly waiting the next update.
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesriley94 View Post
What happened at the end of the video?
he did mention he was having a glitch on vid render and at the end of the render
something happens.. mainly using the GTX cards.. maybe we'll get a Intro 1b later?...

airdeanoQuote

23-08-2012, 22:13:12

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesriley94 View Post
What happened at the end of the video?
Quote:
Originally Posted by njallday View Post
I was wondering the same thing?
he did mention rendering issues at the end of the render. mainly with GTX cards..
may be we'll get a introduction 1b..

airdeanoQuote

24-08-2012, 01:02:50

youpla
Nice name, great specs... Looking forward to seeing the build growing!Quote

24-08-2012, 04:27:28

Luscious
No need for a 80mm 120.4 and 45mm 120.3 to cool a single GPU/CPU system. Also no need for 14 fans in push pull - you gonna wire all those AND keep them quiet? Good luck!

Using a second video card and water block in there just for looks? That's like keeping a Ferrari parked on your living room carpet. Give me some of that weed your putting in your tea Tom!Quote

24-08-2012, 04:41:34

Kyze
The 7970 Crossfire "Problem" isnt even a first-world problem, its mostly a TTL Problem Quote

24-08-2012, 04:50:35

Ghosthud1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luscious View Post
No need for a 80mm 120.4 and 45mm 120.3 to cool a single GPU/CPU system. Also no need for 14 fans in push pull - you gonna wire all those AND keep them quiet? Good luck!

Using a second video card and water block in there just for looks? That's like keeping a Ferrari parked on your living room carpet. Give me some of that weed your putting in your tea Tom!
Better than wasting valuable draw space, he said he only needs the use of one card and likes symmetry of the two, don't get the problem!

About the cooling, who gives a .Quote

24-08-2012, 05:50:00

nothingspecial
So looking forward to this. Tom's builds are always top quality.

Quick suggestion: Thought about experimenting with white pastel coolant with a load of black dye thrown in there? Might stop that purple issue you had once on a rig, and look more like orca black.Quote

24-08-2012, 06:27:07

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Luscious View Post
No need for a 80mm 120.4 and 45mm 120.3 to cool a single GPU/CPU system. Also no need for 14 fans in push pull - you gonna wire all those AND keep them quiet? Good luck!

Using a second video card and water block in there just for looks? That's like keeping a Ferrari parked on your living room carpet. Give me some of that weed your putting in your tea Tom!
Me care = not.

As for the insult watch you mouth.Quote

24-08-2012, 07:48:19

Ru5ty_t00l
I'm curious if this is going to be a serious mod project or just a few-thousands-pounds-parts put togetherQuote

24-08-2012, 08:05:52

FOX91
^^ Watch TTL's video.Quote

24-08-2012, 08:48:38

Ru5ty_t00l
Quote:
Originally Posted by FOX91 View Post
^^ Watch TTL's video.
watched it. still can't be sure . I guess we'll see soon ...Quote

24-08-2012, 08:59:10

litchu
watch again? he said he was doing it in memory for his mother, which makes it not be a "few-thousands-pounds-parts put together", and he choose the stryker so that he didnt just put the parts in, but he had to do some modding for it.Quote

24-08-2012, 11:35:28

dipzy
Waahooo!! Finally the time has come
I too can't wait to send the end result
But damnn those bitspower fittings are just.... aaahhhh Quote

24-08-2012, 12:55:54

AverageNinja
Can't wait to see this build coming together!Quote

24-08-2012, 18:39:45

Dandaman91
Looking forward to this one Quote

24-08-2012, 18:48:13

maniac
subbed, cant wait to see this finished Quote

25-08-2012, 13:10:28

yassarikhan786
Should be a godly system once completed, can't wait!!!!!Quote

25-08-2012, 13:46:03

WYP
it will be something to behold when finished. i'm really looking forward to a build log .Quote

25-08-2012, 20:21:19

CPMFW
can´t wait to see the final result
have fun building it...Quote

26-08-2012, 07:19:13

Gurt11
Idea: taking the red parts of the motherboard and painting them white? Like with your old blue rampage. Just to have another unique touch to the build Quote

26-08-2012, 09:49:55

tinytomlogan
Dont want too much white and theres a lot of difficult red bits on the R4E that could look wank if not done properly. Also white would take a good few coats to cover up the red without looking pink.Quote

26-08-2012, 11:28:39

Gurt11
Fair enough ^^ I'm very curious to see the end result!Quote

26-08-2012, 11:38:12

fredtrix
I like the logo, hope you will be implementing it to the rig in some way.Quote

26-08-2012, 12:47:54

Eddie
I know you said you were going to be using some carbon fibre? you should look into using it on the motherboard a little. could you also just have all black dims or cover the previous black with white and turn the red black? basically just reverse the colours?Quote

26-08-2012, 16:25:26

airdeano
with the interior of the Stryker being white, alot of the darkness will lighten up automatically.
main color will be white. secondary is black and accent is red. before the pci socket color change, it'll
have to be installed in the Stryker case to balance the color proportion. looking at it in the Trooper
is misleading.

another possibility to look into is changing the red to OC3D blue to represent the water of life
for ORCA. vinyl wrap boots surrounding the red bits in blue, for a suggestion.
.
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/BRIGHT-BLUE-M...j3g~~60_12.JPG

genuine pain for the wrap or air-brushing the red. like i said, just a suggestion.

airdeanoQuote

26-08-2012, 17:16:18

Resident
I know I posted this on the Youtube video but regarding your CPU waterblock. Have you considered have the block black with white bolts and the white fittings? Or even red bolts so that everything stands off.Quote

26-08-2012, 18:45:59

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by Resident View Post
I know I posted this on the Youtube video but regarding your CPU waterblock. Have you considered have the block black with white bolts and the white fittings? Or even red bolts so that everything stands off.
interesting... more red?

airdeanoQuote

26-08-2012, 19:50:40

Resident
Quote:
Originally Posted by airdeano View Post
interesting... more red?

airdeano
Kinda. Unless you're going to the trouble of replacing all the parts that are already red. Rather than trying to minimise it which would make the design look, for want of a better word, odd, use a little more red for accenting other pieces of hardware and the whole red in the design looks like it's there by choice not chance.Quote

28-08-2012, 06:09:26

dotems
Quote:
Originally Posted by airdeano View Post
with the interior of the Stryker being white, alot of the darkness will lighten up automatically.
main color will be white. secondary is black and accent is red. before the pci socket color change, it'll
have to be installed in the Stryker case to balance the color proportion. looking at it in the Trooper
is misleading.

another possibility to look into is changing the red to OC3D blue to represent the water of life
for ORCA. vinyl wrap boots surrounding the red bits in blue, for a suggestion.
.
genuine pain for the wrap or air-brushing the red. like i said, just a suggestion.

airdeano
I Love this idea, it would look amazing if tom has the time to sink into it to do it properly. The blue would really tie in well with the name and personally I think would work better with white and back than red. Although I think red could work too but in a darker shade. Interested to see it in the Stryker as Ardeano said with light in the white interior.

Also if you left the chrome and and just painted the black bits on the blocks white you could get nice effect similar to the white black and blue/red as in this build.
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthrea...204450&page=13

Just my 2 cents looking forward to more updates and good luck with the build .Quote

28-08-2012, 13:21:08

Tea1023
Can anyone link me to the res Tom is using? I assume its from specialtech but i must be blind.

thanks!Quote

28-08-2012, 14:39:06

airdeano
this is what i think he is using for starters:
D5 Pump Top
D5 Mod

I couldnt find the complete, but here it is from FrozenCPU

airdeanoQuote

10-09-2012, 23:13:50

PapaSmurf6768
Have a feeling you might like these Tom
RadiatorsQuote

10-09-2012, 23:46:30

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by PapaSmurf6768 View Post
Have a feeling you might like these Tom
Radiators
these i know he knows about:

XSPC Silver

don't 'cha Tom?

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/7610/tommunch.jpg

airdeanoQuote

11-09-2012, 05:12:20

tinytomlogan
I knew about the XSPC AX rads, and Im trying to get white rads sorted, but not the ones listed above.Quote

11-09-2012, 08:08:17

AverageNinja
I have a suggestion: You could try and paint the rads yourself, you still are the master of paintjobs, I loved the look of the Red Wrath TJ07 paintjob you did Also the kameleon paintjob was amazing. I'm just sure the rads will turn out fine when you paint them Quote

11-09-2012, 08:33:41

tinytomlogan
If I can get std white ones Ill be aiming for that.Quote

11-09-2012, 09:04:02

airdeano
the XSPC AX series have a painted enclosure, but the rad itself is NOT painted and
will patina over time. they look nice, but the extra "sizing could make it even harder
to install, due to the limitations of some cases.

airdeanoQuote

11-09-2012, 09:09:14

tinytomlogan
Im waiting to hear from Alphacool...... Ive kinda got the rads already I just want white ones.Quote

11-09-2012, 12:07:30

Rastalovich
Hardware pr0n !Quote

11-09-2012, 12:32:35

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rastalovich View Post
Hardware pr0n !
We need a like button for posts, someone remind me about this!Quote

11-09-2012, 12:36:12

B NEGATIVE
Good start,i thought you had a pair of EVGA 690's tho...they would of been sweet in there.Quote

11-09-2012, 13:03:41

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by B NEGATIVE View Post
Good start,i thought you had a pair of EVGA 690's tho...they would of been sweet in there.
We reviewed them. Id never EVER use a pair in any rig though its utterly pointless for anything other than benching.Quote

11-09-2012, 15:47:56

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
We reviewed them. Id never EVER use a pair in any rig though its utterly pointless for anything other than benching.
speaking of pairs, would ya think the corsair platies 8 sticks would be "overkill"
because of the 2011 RAM spacing it looks fabulous, but if all ganged up would it
be the same with all slots filled?

airdeanoQuote

12-09-2012, 02:25:29

ZZAC
I can tell this is going to be good, good luck on the rads TTL!Quote

12-09-2012, 09:36:57

wassupdoc
Kinda looking forward to seeing what 32 gb of platinum looks like above everything else oj Quote

12-09-2012, 13:55:01

iNoXiouZ
Can't wait to see more of this build Tom! Its obviously going to be full of win
http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/1779/happyepicwin.pngQuote

20-09-2012, 17:24:40

PortugaM
Can't wait to see more updates !!!Quote

25-09-2012, 16:41:24

kaney
Hey Guv loving the build, will we get anymore video updates soon on this one ?

we want more !Quote

26-09-2012, 01:48:33

ZZAC
stop rushin him, he said it would be a slow project based on perfection.
be patientQuote

26-09-2012, 02:09:10

kaney
Aaah bless!Quote

26-09-2012, 02:27:12

ZZAC
Quote:
Originally Posted by kaney View Post
Aaah bless!
i dont get it
did you watch the intro video?
on how he mentions its going to be a long slow project and there's allot for him to think about on top of what he already does?
im not being a kiss-ass, but i think its fair if you dont wait around on this project Quote

26-09-2012, 03:10:33

kaney
dont you think i get it zzacy boy ?! perfection takes time !Quote

26-09-2012, 03:20:22

ZZAC
Quote:
Originally Posted by kaney View Post
dont you think i get it zzacy boy ?! perfection takes time !
well, what you said first was "aww bless" when i was telling you to be patient that can be miscommunicated in several ways... made me personally think that i was a cute lil kissass or something Quote

26-09-2012, 03:42:56

kaney
only you would know that ? how would I know that ?Quote

26-09-2012, 03:57:10

ZZAC
Quote:
Originally Posted by kaney View Post
only you would know that ? how would I know that ?
i never implied you knew it, it just seemed a insult.
Now lets stop squabbling Quote

26-09-2012, 04:03:05

kaney


i gotta get some work done !!!Quote

16-10-2012, 17:02:07

tinytomlogan
Huge update coming tomorrow............ Quote

16-10-2012, 19:23:54

ugiboy
Is that going to be a video????Quote

17-10-2012, 09:37:14

tinytomlogan
Right then so updates have been, well, slow. That would be the really nice way to put it anyways! Well yesterday was the 5th Anniversary of mums passing, no reviewing or website work was going to be getting done unless it involved a sledge hammer and a 10" metal saw!

I had got it into my head I wanted to make a serious dent in the work for Orca, so I got up early and went to my local cafe and had a modding mans breakfast!

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...43916591_o.jpg


So lets take a look at the chassis when its stripped down to the basics....

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...rca/rs0001.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...rca/rs0004.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...rca/rs0005.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...rca/rs0006.jpg



Right, so with the chassis bare I did my usual staring at it dreaming, mentally modding it, trying this trying that kinda thing. Ive seen a few mods of late where they have just left the plates from the HDD bays out, although its good that you can see whats inside I really wouldbe be happy with just leaving them out.

So this got my mind to thinking, leaving the plates out isnt good enough, so that only leaves on thing. The whole side of the optical bay had to go!


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_123042.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_124358.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_124510.jpg




Now just taking it out wasnt going to work, I needed to get the dremmel out to remove the bits I didnt want, but still leave the mounts for the front of the case and enough structural strength to keep the case from twisting when moved.


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_130734.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...16_1322250.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_133307.jpg




So with the front mjor work complete my eyes kept catching the rivets in the case, I really wasnt happy with these so I stripped the whole case down.....


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_145305.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_151702.jpg



While it was all in bits I modded the roof as I did in the trooper to allow the 360mm rad to be fitted.


http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_152226.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...016_153740.jpg




So when the case goes back together it will all be black stainless allen bolts and dome headed nuts, these are going to cost a pretty penny but I think it will be worth it.

Ive got the top panel to mod around the handle for air flow but other than that Im waiting for things like the di-noc and the black allen bolts etc to arrive.


Im really happy with the open look of the drive bay area now, I think it will give the case that extra bit of zing. I just want to get it done now, this has made me realise how much I miss being on the tools!

Heres the video I made too:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC1qajymg4gQuote

17-10-2012, 09:52:16

B NEGATIVE
One observation..Are you running the PSU fan side up or are you going to cut a port in the floor plate?Quote

17-10-2012, 09:59:11

tlowr4
He's more than likely going to do it "upside down", not that it is really, I prefer the look of it and it makes no difference to the temperatures so, yeah... right Tom?
Quote

17-10-2012, 10:12:19

Dandaman91
Awesome! Looking forward to the end product Quote

17-10-2012, 10:42:12

tinytomlogan
Always fan up, silly question tbh Quote

17-10-2012, 11:01:51

B NEGATIVE
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Always fan up, silly question tbh

Hardly a silly question when the PSU is upside down on nearly every case available right now,that case is setup for an upside down PSU.

I prefer them face down with a dust screen myself,hence why i asked.
I also subscribe to the small details ethos you have,it is very much all about the details forming a harmonious whole.
Interested in the final result,it will be nice to see what the end result looks like.Quote

17-10-2012, 11:06:24

tinytomlogan
Case has mounts for either way fella. I always run them fan up. Just a personal thing Ive done on pretty much every rig and review build.


I hope you like the end product though, I obviously do the review builds but this is the first remotely custom thing Ive for myself since my original H&H rig!Quote

17-10-2012, 11:12:47

B NEGATIVE
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Case has mounts for either way fella. I always run them fan up. Just a personal thing Ive done on pretty much every rig and review build.


I hope you like the end product though, I obviously do the review builds but this is the first remotely custom thing Ive for myself since my original H&H rig!
You have obviously spent some time planning in your head how to give it a certain look,its shaping up to be a clean build.....and i love a clean build. Quote

17-10-2012, 11:29:39

The Orange One
Love This Tom! Been away from the forum recently but glad to be back and witnessing awesome work from the King of ModdingQuote

17-10-2012, 11:38:40

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Orange One View Post
Love This Tom! Been away from the forum recently but glad to be back and witnessing awesome work from the King of Modding

King? lol I do appreciate the gesture but there are many many people better than me. Maybe the one with the biggest mouth?

Quote:
Originally Posted by B NEGATIVE View Post
You have obviously spent some time planning in your head how to give it a certain look,its shaping up to be a clean build.....and i love a clean build.
I hope it all comes together squeeky clean, its been a while tbf!Quote

17-10-2012, 11:42:15

yassarikhan786
Awesome job so far TTL, can't wait to see more.Quote

17-10-2012, 11:44:22

ugiboy
That looks absolutely Awesome. i am just starting a build in the Caselabs STH10. I wish I had the skill, equipment & confidence to do something like yours. AWESOME. Best Regards, looking forward to all the forthcoming installmentsQuote

17-10-2012, 15:36:42

CEUOTC
Great work TTL, case will look rock when finished dude.

Regards.

C.Quote

17-10-2012, 16:03:40

LooneyToons
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
King? lol I do appreciate the gesture but there are many many people better than me. Maybe the one with the biggest mouth?



I hope it all comes together squeeky clean, its been a while tbf!
Lol i like the size of your mouth

out of curosity tom did you ever think about using the cosmos 2 and painting it white for Orca and why did you choose the stryker?

btw beautiful job so far =DQuote

18-10-2012, 10:04:41

tinytomlogan
Ive said before I wanted a case to work on, other than painting it the Cosmos 2 didnt really inspire me. When Orca is done its not going to look like any other Stryker is it.......Quote

18-10-2012, 20:03:09

PBaines
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Ive said before I wanted a case to work on, other than painting it the Cosmos 2 didnt really inspire me. When Orca is done its not going to look like any other Stryker is it.......

I agree with that Tom.

Anyone can buy a case and get it painted. But to spend time and customize it to every personal aspect, that is what gets me right into my builds.

Having a case that is in a league of its own, and having it different from anyone else. That is what the end goal of a modder is And making it look pretty too Quote

19-10-2012, 11:45:17

airdeano
Tom, after the vid update, you aluded to bolting the case back together using
tinted stainless steel bolts. were those going to be a buttonhead socket screw?

do you know what process they are using for the tinting? 'cuz all i can find are
zinc oxide in white, yellow or black (rusters) and all the stainless is too
phoo-phoo shiney. very interested in the processing. my arc midi is un-rivoted
and looking for a solution.

have you finalized the front panel logo and media? your update was still up in the
air on media and "look"? ive looked into some air-brush artists (t-shirt cats) and
like a tattoo they seem to get detail in small places (ie lettering and fonts).

inspirational build, Tom.. really like the full-blown effort and processes you are
using.

so in true TTL fashion... moah pix! LOL!

airdeanoQuote

19-10-2012, 15:12:52

tinytomlogan
No idea on the memorial logo/part yet. One of the YouTubers suggested I bin the switches on the top and put it there, and I have to say its an idea Im liking.Quote

24-10-2012, 23:10:08

Jacob.xray
Hay tom just curious to when we should see another vid on orca.Quote

25-10-2012, 01:10:52

Hawk
I'm so jealous, man i want to see a bitfenix prodigy build from you. I know how busy you are though Quote

25-10-2012, 11:51:50

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
No idea on the memorial logo/part yet. One of the YouTubers suggested I bin the switches on the top and put it there, and I have to say its an idea Im liking.
I think that's a great idea I think. But one question: if you do that, how are you going to turn it on? I know there are power buttons available at specialtech, like the lamptron ones. Which you can find in the "Switches" section.

EDIT: Two of these as power and reset switches should do : http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...-pid-9219.htmlQuote

25-10-2012, 11:58:29

tinytomlogan
Ive got a selection of switches here anyways dude, location is the only thing I would need to decide and then pick the right switch for the job.Quote

01-11-2012, 06:11:24

Curlyriff
Tom,

Just watched your video about the Orca update for October and the plate. I did some very very quick paint pictures of the logo in both white and black which others may be able to see the idea of what you are talking about.

I have also included a vandal switch for the start. Just for a different thought really without having to play with other switches should you not want.

Anyways yeah I will stop rambling. Great mods.

Kind Regards,

Adam

http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/a...f/OrcaLogo.pnghttp://i875.photobucket.com/albums/a.../OrcaLogo2.pngQuote

01-11-2012, 06:52:33

whosbawss
Than black one looks epic Adam! it really didn't take you long to come up with that masterpiece, he only said the other day =DQuote

01-11-2012, 06:56:03

Curlyriff
Cheers whosbawss,

I watched the video like an hour ago and thought I would do a quick sketch to see what it would look like. It was literally 2 mins in paint of all things to do that.

If I had photoshop on work comp I may have done it on there and then added it to a picture of the standard case to give a better idea but alas nothing installed.

Kind Regards,

AdamQuote

01-11-2012, 07:47:09

ugiboy
That "Orca" logo looks awesome to me. I hope it gets used, will look fantastic? Regards GlenQuote

01-11-2012, 09:20:11

Curlyriff
Slight update to give it a slightly more finished look.

http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/a...rcaLogo2-1.pngQuote

01-11-2012, 09:52:43

XDroidie626
the project that made me decide on my new case ahhh would love to do a tribute build but i dont have money and no1 to do a tribute to, but i await more videos and updates on the project! keep em coming!Quote

01-11-2012, 10:58:05

tinytomlogan
Sadly the Vandle switch idea wont work because I need the PCB below the old switches to stay there. I think the plate on its own looks awesome and will allow a larger font thoughQuote

01-11-2012, 11:17:19

Curlyriff
Yeah fair enough Tom.

That is a shame. A nice Delrin Vandal would have looked spot on to really give it that custom finish with either a blue or red light depending which highlight colour you wanted.

Anyways, can't wait to see the next stage Tom.

Kind Regards,

AdamQuote

09-11-2012, 04:59:47

tinytomlogan
OH MY!!!

Ive just received a package with my new bolts and washers in! Another £150 down the toilet but this means ORCA TIME!!!!Quote

09-11-2012, 05:15:37

Curlyriff
Can't wait!!Quote

09-11-2012, 05:30:29

CPMFW
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
this means ORCA TIME!!!!
lovely jubbly... really looking forward to thisQuote

09-11-2012, 05:57:29

The Orange One
Can't wait for it Tom. I'm sure it'll look Amazing!!Quote

09-11-2012, 06:14:25

ugiboy
Bring it on, hopefully we will not have to wait too long lolQuote

09-11-2012, 08:37:04

tinytomlogan
Oh whats this


Quote

09-11-2012, 08:38:39

The Orange One
Yay! Some TTL Goodness to help me get through Friday @Work!Quote

09-11-2012, 08:55:58

ugiboy
Coffee is made, off to watch the Orca updateQuote

09-11-2012, 09:02:25

XNine
PFT, I thought you were going to be installing your H100 with 20 fans in this build? SO disappointed, TTL.... :b

Can't wait to see more! Keep it up.Quote

09-11-2012, 09:04:59

SuB
Jesus that's a lot of radiator... What a monster! lol You could have that as a fairly respectable desktop ornament and pass it off as a speaker or something fairly easily haha.

I have no sound at work but I'll watch this properly when I get in after work.

That rad is insane...Quote

09-11-2012, 09:07:36

B NEGATIVE
Those Monsta's are very popular in the watercooling thread that i manage on another forum...
Some guys have 3 480's of those...


Looking good Tom,you know how much i like good clean loops,this is not going to disappoint.

Are you going to drill thru the base and make use of the rad drain?Quote

09-11-2012, 09:17:04

ugiboy
Love the look of the radiator, The fans are also the perfect choice astheticallyQuote

09-11-2012, 23:00:59

CPMFW
the rad looks gianormous...
made my day i love it!!!Quote

10-11-2012, 17:07:41

PBaines
Hey Tom,

Just watched the latest Video, and you were pondering how you would tidy those cables up by the rad?

I think this would be a good idea here
http://de.mdpc-x.com/mdpc-kabelkrimskrams.htm
( this is the German site, you have to go here http://en.mdpc-x.com/ when the shop is open to purchase items )

Just run the cables down, and then have them run flush with the side and bottom

Also, have you thought about getting your cables customs sleeved? I don't know if you've mentioned it in a video yet, but it would be better than using the NORMAL cables, Extensions, or even the Corsair Sleeved kits.

Just some ideas!Quote

10-11-2012, 18:02:50

SuB
Just got round to watching that video with audio. You're nuts Tom you know that right? Very entertaining Quote

10-11-2012, 19:06:48

Excalabur50
Really starting to come together nicely Tom those SSD's and rad look really good with that dinoc behind them, It's gonna be great to see the final product and glad to hear you got the switch area sorted with the logo and dates as that was bothering you for awhile. Home stretch now mate.Quote

11-11-2012, 06:57:36

tinytomlogan
Ill be sure to post loads of pictures in here today for you all, then make the facebooker's wait a couple extra days!

Today Im testing the two 3960X's I have on the 'review' Rampage 4 Extreme to decide what CPU goes in orca. So far 48 x 102.1 for just over 4.9GHz with 2180MHz on the memory is my best stable on CPU N.1. My early 2011's dont like memory speed and want a lot of volts over 4.6GHz so this is quite a challenge! Once decided the CPU goes in and the board gets blocked up for one final time. After that its time for the mobo to meet the case!Quote

11-11-2012, 07:19:10

rossi94
Can't w8 to see the overall look with the mainboard includet Quote

11-11-2012, 08:12:36

CPMFW
the two ssd´s behind the mesh look the doggy´s danglies mate
cant´wait for the rig to be finished
it´s going to be one hell of a rigQuote

11-11-2012, 08:29:54

Excalabur50
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Ill be sure to post loads of pictures in here today for you all, then make the facebooker's wait a couple extra days!

Today Im testing the two 3960X's I have on the 'review' Rampage 4 Extreme to decide what CPU goes in orca. So far 48 x 102.1 for just over 4.9GHz with 2180MHz on the memory is my best stable on CPU N.1. My early 2011's dont like memory speed and want a lot of volts over 4.6GHz so this is quite a challenge! Once decided the CPU goes in and the board gets blocked up for one final time. After that its time for the mobo to meet the case!
Nice one mate can't wait to see em!!Quote

11-11-2012, 09:35:01

The Orange One
Can't wait for the pics mate. I'm sure they will be worth the wait!!Quote

11-11-2012, 09:37:20

Innocent159
saw the video and that radiator is HUGE can wait for next updateQuote

12-11-2012, 09:43:58

tinytomlogan
So in the last update I had just rebuilt the case with all the new bolts and that meant the custom floor was in. The blacnking plates for what was left of the drive bay covers were still in bear metal but all ready to go.

Quite a bit has happened since! So lets get cracking with the photos....

This little lot just cost me £150! All stainless, bolts are custom blacked and wont rust like normal black bolts will..... The Red washers are also stainless and cost £50 alone but its just to add some more small flashes of red for the detail freaks. LIKE ME!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30001.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30006.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30009.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30010.jpg

Next thing I needed to do was fix the radiator securely, I found some mounts I like but getting them is a complete pitFa! Thanks to my pal Stelios at www.thekoolroom.com these brackets were flown in from Australia!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30005.jpg


We all know the 80mm thick Alphacool All Copper Monster rad is huge so the brackets were 100% needed. If you look Ive staggered them to spread the support. First picture is on the radator:

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30020.jpg

Then used this to mark out the blanking plate. Skip a few steps and you get this. The bolts go though both blacking plates for extra stength and help holts the two tight to the case:

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30026.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30037.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30035.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30036.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30034.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30033.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30032.jpg


Next UP SSD's I put the side panel on to work out roughly where I wanted them with some mock up 60GB drives I have here. This is a bloody good point to follow the video because I show you exactly how I fitted them.

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30021.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30022.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQtKj6K9AXs





Anyways the final results is this when its all fitted and Di-Noc on

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30029.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30030.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b.../orca30038.jpg



Scarily close to being time for hardware now! Ive tested my 3960X's and chosen the best one for this rig, just as Im ready to put it together Intel email me and tell me Ill have a 3970X in the next few weeks! DILEMMA!

So fellow OC3D babies, what do you think of how its coming together?Quote

12-11-2012, 09:49:28

WillSK
The whole project is looking absolutely gorgeous Tom, excited to see the end product and envious it isn't mine!Quote

12-11-2012, 10:00:23

tlowr4
One word:

Want.

That is all.
Quote

12-11-2012, 10:05:56

VictorB
Omg go for the 3970X and you have the most epic system! 1400 dollar cpu Quote

12-11-2012, 10:23:13

IRipZz
It's looking pretty sick mate! I can't wait for new updates and to see it all come together. Quote

12-11-2012, 10:38:20

kaney
frikking awesome Tom, an epic build in the making, and as always a fine eye for detail.
I look forward to seeing the hardware going in, and the follow up vids.

You gotta be tempted with the offer of a 3970Quote

12-11-2012, 10:49:30

Mcslave
looking great tom cant wait to see the final productQuote

12-11-2012, 11:14:35

The Orange One
Amazing Work as Always Tom!!!!Quote

12-11-2012, 11:31:08

Mark3Max
I am a new member and a first time poster, but mostly read the forums . I have been watching Tom's youtube video's for about a year now. I like his attention to detail and his honest opinion of products he reviews. I've watched all of his Orca build logs so far and can't wait to see the final build complete.
I have always bought off the shelf computers and I hope to one day build my first computer , just trying to get up the nerve to choose the components and build one.Quote

12-11-2012, 11:34:57

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark3Max View Post
I am a new member and a first time poster, but mostly read the forums . I have been watching Tom's youtube video's for about a year now. I like his attention to detail and his honest opinion of products he reviews. I've watched all of his Orca build logs so far and can't wait to see the final build complete.
I have always bought off the shelf computers and I hope to one day build my first computer , just trying to get up the nerve to choose the components and build one.

Perfect place to learn here dude Quote

12-11-2012, 11:39:14

The Orange One
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Perfect place to learn here dude
To that. Remember to never be too Shy to Ask questions on anything, and We'll all do our best to help you.

Welcome to the OC3D Forums!Quote

12-11-2012, 11:52:32

Mark3Max
Thank you for the welcome , it's good to know there are people here to help.Quote

12-11-2012, 11:55:00

rossi94
more, they guys here are all really nice Quote

12-11-2012, 11:56:40

CPMFW
tom, your rig is going to be an absolute stunner
keep up the good work... really looking forward to the next updateQuote

12-11-2012, 12:23:47

Kanped
It's now ridiculous to me to think that those cutaways were not designed to house SSDs. Just... brilliant.

I'd wait for the new CPU but... well, no harm in throwing a different one in there in the meantime, right? Quote

12-11-2012, 13:10:59

kaney
Hahaha patience would definitely get the better of me too!

DO IT!Quote

12-11-2012, 14:17:58

The Orange One
Seeing as this is YOUR Build, I Think you should decide which processor!Quote

12-11-2012, 14:27:14

hmmblah
Really love what you did with the SSDs. Funny how stuff like that works. Now that I see it it's painfully obvious, but beforehand I probably never would have come up with that. I'm sure it's been said before, but damn do you have an eye for this sort of thing.Quote

12-11-2012, 16:24:52

Excalabur50
You have got to wait for the 3970x just in case it may be much better, I know it's a week or two but it will fly past with all you have on your plate.Quote

12-11-2012, 17:09:57

mdre83
Project is looking awesome mate, can't wait to see it finished.

Where do you purchase your Di-Noc from?Quote

13-11-2012, 06:20:12

tinytomlogan
Just because of the sheer amount of PM's Ive had asking the BitsPower white fittings are now available from SpecialTech:

http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/...-cid-2561.htmlQuote

13-11-2012, 06:24:58

SuB
wow i could spend a fortune in that section of specialtech lol.. damn you tomQuote

13-11-2012, 08:23:04

rossi94
Awesome these fittings DDQuote

13-11-2012, 14:47:51

The Orange One
i <3 those FittingsQuote

13-11-2012, 14:48:26

SnW
Looks like its going to be GOOD yea Good !
will and i am following it in silent mate !Quote

13-11-2012, 14:50:05

The Orange One
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnW View Post



O my god
What?Quote

16-11-2012, 16:31:19

rossi94
Looks very nice will the graphics cards recieve backplates? And about the cables - thought about cutting the connectors and crimp them yourself to the fitting lenght and include a little controll + power board for all the fans behind the sidepanel?

Like this one?

http://www.abload.de/thumb/dsc00691stf5.jpgQuote

20-11-2012, 05:17:17

Feronix
Hey!

I just had an idea for your logo! (That Curlyriff drew on page 10)
You can always take out all buttons except the original start button (maybe take out/not connect the LED's)

Then, you can take the logo/emblem and attach it to the power button using some sort of double sided tape or glue (depends on the material of the tribute really). I have a Trooper here and looking at it, the power button is a little higher than the rest of that section with the buttons, but it's still lower than the area around the buttons section (Kind of hard to explain, hope you know what I mean D

In that case, the emblem will fit in the section just fine, you don't need to get a new start button, you can keep the little PCB thingy where it's supposed to be, and to turn on the system all you have to do is press the Orca!

Not sure if you'll like this idea but I think it'd be pretty cool to have the Orca be the thing that powers up the system as the Orca symbolises your mother (the tribute) and from what you said in your video's she's the one that "powered up" your carreer and life (:

...Just a thought Quote

20-11-2012, 06:12:27

Excalabur50
The 3970x has just been released in Australia Tom have you got yours yet and if so is it getting better results than your 3960x?Quote

20-11-2012, 09:56:18

AverageNinja
Are you sure mate? On the intel website the 3970x release date stands for Q4 2012. But nothing about it being released already
http://ark.intel.com/products/70845/...Cache-3_50-GHzQuote

20-11-2012, 09:59:56

Curlyriff
Well Cyberpower are also selling machines with the 3970X on both US & UK sites.

Intel also stated a mid November release which by all accounts they have stuck too.

Scan, Overclockers and PC World business have them in stock.Quote

20-11-2012, 18:12:36

Excalabur50
Quote:
Originally Posted by AverageNinja View Post
Are you sure mate? On the intel website the 3970x release date stands for Q4 2012. But nothing about it being released already
http://ark.intel.com/products/70845/...Cache-3_50-GHz
Here it is for sale in Australia http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?...ducts_id=22098Quote

21-11-2012, 09:03:08

DB006
Quote:
Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
It says pre-order.Quote

21-11-2012, 18:11:59

Excalabur50
Quote:
Originally Posted by DB006 View Post
It says pre-order.
And if you look when it's due 22-11-12....Today.Quote

22-11-2012, 11:34:14

The Orange One
So Tom, How good of an overclocker is your 3970x then?Quote

22-11-2012, 12:03:07

tinytomlogan
Youll find out soon enough. This is the project remember not a review. So youll find out when the project is fully built and overclocked!Quote

22-11-2012, 14:12:02

The Orange One
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Youll find out soon enough. This is the project remember not a review. So youll find out when the project is fully built and overclocked!
Ok, Sorry about that mate!
P.S I Can't wait for the next update!Quote

25-11-2012, 10:43:58

tinytomlogan

25-11-2012, 10:51:09

iBeInspire
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Ahhhhhhhh Tommy, you indulge me Quote

25-11-2012, 11:02:27

B NEGATIVE
Nice detail touches done well.
What tubing was you going to use?Quote

25-11-2012, 11:13:16

ugiboy
Hi, Everything about your "Orca" build is absolutely awesome. I love the colour scheme etc. & the overall appearance is spectacular. One thing I thought is have you not considered using backplates for your GPU's. Hope the tubing comes soon as i can't wait to see it finished & how your lighting will work. AWESOME VIDEO AS ALWAYSQuote

25-11-2012, 11:26:02

The Orange One
It's starting to really Look the Part now! I Love the way you route the fan cables on the top rad!Quote

25-11-2012, 11:39:50

SnW
Really superb Tom , good luck with the build (which you don't need)

Greetings, Ray.........Quote

25-11-2012, 12:54:10

mundivalur
Massive build I have got 4.meters of white led strip if you want Quote

25-11-2012, 13:27:49

Bang
I still say you need some lasers aimed at a mini-disco ball Looks blood great mate. I can't wait to see this finished.Quote

25-11-2012, 13:37:41

Saltire35
Very tidy build... looks awesome Tom.

Can't wait to see it finished.Quote

25-11-2012, 13:56:33

Ragman
Top quality work!Quote

25-11-2012, 14:38:32

JMMP
IMHO..................finished it will be a fantastic tribute and an epic rig! Love the little details that in the end will make such a big difference!! The Red spacers, the place of the SSD´s lined with the gril´s of the left panel......etc,etc!!
Nice Job Tom!Quote

25-11-2012, 15:44:23

Excalabur50
Mate She's really starting to look PUKKA now, guess the 3970x performed better huh! It's really an extremely fitting tribute and I think your mum would be very proud of all you have done and achieved. Can't wait to see the end result all fired up in the new pride of place.Quote

26-11-2012, 00:38:25

Mark3Max
Hey Tom , Orca is looking quite nice , I can't wait to see it done and completed.. The detail you've put in to it is amazing , it's a very nice tribute to your mom . I'm still waiting to see the tribute badge .
I have a question about the fans your using , I know your using the Corsair SP quiet edition on the radiators , what fan are you using in the back? AF quiet or high performance?Quote

26-11-2012, 02:28:20

larry
looks sweet mate wish i had some mony to bild somthing like thisQuote

26-11-2012, 03:19:41

Deejeta
ORCA is looking really sweet there TTL.
Why no gpu backplates? Not that the naked pcb looks bad or anything. Just saying...
Shame about that delay with the nicotine stain hose... Lol.
Keep rockin!Quote

26-11-2012, 08:22:22

Damien c
This is looking better and better with each update!!!

Cannot wait to see what it looks like when it's finished.Quote

26-11-2012, 10:46:28

B NEGATIVE
I share Toms liking for clean looks,there is no 'fat' on this build,everything that should be there IS there.
Acrylic tube would be a nice future update Tom,although the piping route you have planned now is very clean as it is.

Methodology,execution and planning....all present and accounted for.

Carry on!

Quote

26-11-2012, 11:09:23

tinytomlogan
Cheers boys!

Hose delayed things, I was hopng to have it done this weekend to coincide with some other news but I get Ill just take my time again and announce things all at once!Quote

26-11-2012, 12:05:18

chris_summers1994
Hi, I've been watching you design and build your rig and I noticed in one of your videos you weren't sure what sata cables to use for your ssd's and this made me think of some that I knew i had lying around that I thought would go really will with the build. Sorry the pictures aren't the best, they were take with my phone.

Obviously they are asus cables so with your contacts I'm sure you could get some.

RegardsQuote

26-11-2012, 13:19:11

TCates90
Hey Tom,

Just got round to seeing your last Orca video. I think it'll look amazing when it's done.
How have you mounted the SSDs on the side?

~TCQuote

26-11-2012, 13:51:59

frufsa
Quote:
Originally Posted by TCates90 View Post
Hey Tom,

Just got round to seeing your last Orca video. I think it'll look amazing when it's done.
How have you mounted the SSDs on the side?

~TC
TOM made a video about that
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQtKj6K9AXsQuote

26-11-2012, 16:22:30

Crion
Just watched the latest update. This is going to look amazing. Awesome tribute, Tom.Quote

26-11-2012, 17:32:47

SuB
Awesome work Tom This is really coming on. Those bitspower fittings are giving me angle envyQuote

26-11-2012, 17:36:18

OmegaStalker
Oh tom your videos always make my morning commute so much more bearable...

looking really good mate i bet you have a big grin on your face when you see the rig and it must be wonderful it reminds you of your mom, she raised a good son no higher praise than that mate...Quote

28-11-2012, 05:00:26

ROG Boy
Hay Tom,

Just signed up to give you a on your build... Ive been watching it on YouTube since the beginning..

Well done dude !! Awesome...Quote

03-12-2012, 11:15:09

SLIEuro

07-12-2012, 19:24:57

twpbknight
Hey Tom,
What kind of temp difference would there be if i wanted to do a 240 rad on the top and front instead of 360's like you are using? ThanksQuote

12-12-2012, 23:48:10

TerrorBytes
The CM Storm Stryker is one of my favorite cases, Love the Corsair memory. Would like to see some Nvidia cards from EVGA in that rig. I guess that is my style. Looking forward to a video on this one when it is up and running.Quote

13-12-2012, 04:44:48

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by twpbknight View Post
Hey Tom,
What kind of temp difference would there be if i wanted to do a 240 rad on the top and front instead of 360's like you are using? Thanks

You do realise you cant answer that right??? lol.

Also a 240 means no mods, thats just lazy. Why not use an air heatsink and have done with it!Quote

13-12-2012, 16:21:09

twpbknight
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
You do realise you cant answer that right??? lol.

Also a 240 means no mods, thats just lazy. Why not use an air heatsink and have done with it!
I was just trying to think of a way of keeping my blu ray drives. I know thats old school having optical in todays world.Quote

13-12-2012, 16:28:50

infrinous19
Quote:
Originally Posted by twpbknight View Post
I was just trying to think of a way of keeping my blu ray drives. I know thats old school having optical in todays world.
They have some nice external drives if you wantedQuote

13-12-2012, 18:30:32

LRS
Tom, this build is coming along superbly, it's evident that this means a lot to you. I love your attention to detail, right down to those little red washers.

Absolutely love the SSD mounts, can't wait for the lighting to be added. I just hope it makes them show up enough through the mesh. I also think the simplicity of the loop is great, makes the build look so clean!

Thanks for the fan cable management idea - will definitely be stealing that in the future Quote

14-12-2012, 08:24:50

SuB
We should have wireless optical drives by now... Or even bluetooth :P (not that transfer speeds would be great on bluetooth)

Come no Tom get some smexy updates on :PQuote

14-12-2012, 12:37:40

tinytomlogan
Like a boss.......... if you dont know why all these numbers are so awesome you need to watch more videos Ive done!!!! Even Im amazed!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps36bd8d39.jpg


5GHz stable on these volts for 2011 is nuts (all my others need this for 4.6)

2500 memory on 2011 is also nuts, I have one that will do 2200 rest top out at 2133

Memory kit is 2666 (1.65v) but this is running 2133 timings at 1.5v - even the 2400 kit is 1.65v!!!


All in all this rig is amazeballs!Quote

14-12-2012, 12:40:19

Dark NighT
Awesome!Quote

14-12-2012, 12:45:35

SEBAR
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Like a boss.......... if you dont know why all these numbers are so awesome you need to watch more videos Ive done!!!! Even Im amazed!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps36bd8d39.jpg
Great job on the build tom, this truly is am epic build and a fitting tribute to your mom.

I love the mods and the attention to detail on this system.Quote

14-12-2012, 13:20:52

Ghosthud1
5ghz and 2.5ghz.....-snip- meQuote

14-12-2012, 13:37:05

dugdiamond

14-12-2012, 13:39:31

SparkleDJackson
is the 1.44 for validation then dropping it back or on sbe can you go past 1.4 without a worry of degradation. i thought 1.4 was the 'safe' limitQuote

14-12-2012, 13:46:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SparkleDJackson View Post
is the 1.44 for validation then dropping it back or on sbe can you go past 1.4 without a worry of degradation. i thought 1.4 was the 'safe' limit

With this rig its fine. Quote

14-12-2012, 14:34:54

Nurf
Don't know how safe those numbers are, you might encounter alot of jealous trolls.
Haven't yet commented on orca so I'll say the obvious, epic. Quote

14-12-2012, 15:45:11

Conelton
Looks AND runs like a boss!
I kind of agree with some of the people who said that red coolant would look like the whale's blood, but the black looks awesome anyway so whatever. Can't wait to see the final rig!Quote

16-12-2012, 18:33:20

jimbo
Nice!Quote

16-12-2012, 19:19:11

Deejeta
Geez you got lucky with that chip, memory and board there TTL. That oc, volts etc is very impressive.
Well done & a great tribute build. Thank you for sharing something like this with us all.Quote

19-12-2012, 05:40:12

Bonz
Awesome project! Cannot wait to see the end result ~ It will be nice to see what you do with the same case Quote

19-12-2012, 08:05:48

scaccima
I have to admit, I've been following this build like a housewife follows soap operas! I love everything to do with this build and I can't wait for the next installment video. Simply awesome work Tom!!Quote

19-12-2012, 09:25:16

Hooded
Orca is looking pretty dam good Tom!

I will be starting a water cooled Storm Stryker build in the new year. Will be using some older components I already have. Can't afford to run out and get me the 2011 board I want so thats on hold for a while.

This project will be awesome once finished

Keep the video's coming, I love them.Quote

19-12-2012, 10:32:56

GigaChunk
I just remembered, last night I had a dream that Tom made a post on facebook saying he was really sad because he clocked orca so high that the cpu burned a hole in the motherboard. There was a picture of the processor with a huge scorch mark in it, with the caption 'it's all over '

I have odd dreams.Quote

22-12-2012, 06:51:02

RunAway
Good to see this project coming along Its a great tribute/remembrance to your mum, i lost my dad and he was a big computer/custom enthusiast and currently getting the money together to do a pc custom modded build in his memory. keep up the good work tom.Quote

24-12-2012, 13:36:25

TAWN
Really neat build. And i do love the personal connection...Quote

02-01-2013, 16:12:01

TAWN
I can't get over how sweeeeeeeeeet those bards and fittings look! It should come home to me...Quote

05-01-2013, 19:43:18

TerrorBytes
Tom, I am gasping for breath as I wait to see this deep sea monster come to life. The Stryker case is an awesome choice for this Leviathan. It may be the final choice in my personal build. I did however feel perplexed in your choice, cutting and piecing together the case, for your mod. The last video showed great improvements with the addition of the fluid. I am waiting for the completion coming soon.Quote

17-01-2013, 09:46:09

tinytomlogan
So ummm yeah........


Its finished!Quote

17-01-2013, 09:49:48

Feronix
PICS!

VIDEO!

BABIES!

Aaaawhh yeaaaaaaah Quote

17-01-2013, 09:54:27

MrKambo
wooooo!

VIDEOS PLEASE Quote

17-01-2013, 10:05:55

Bonz
Its going to make my Stryker build look cheap still cant wait to see it thoughQuote

17-01-2013, 10:22:33

Damien c
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So ummm yeah........


Its finished!

Congrats

Cannot wait to see how it's turned out, after all the time and effort you have put in to it.Quote

17-01-2013, 10:34:42

| raVen |
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So ummm yeah........


Its finished!
Pics? Video?
Come on Show usQuote

17-01-2013, 10:36:58

dugdiamond
you effin tease. Quote

17-01-2013, 10:54:15

XNine
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So ummm yeah........


Its finished!
Pics or shens, Tom. Pics or shens.Quote

17-01-2013, 11:58:23

UkGouki
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So ummm yeah........


Its finished!
nice cant wait to see it!Quote

17-01-2013, 12:01:17

seumasbeathan
Looking forward to seeing how this has turned out Quote

17-01-2013, 13:59:53

TCates90
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So ummm yeah........


Its finished!
Awesome! Video/pictures anytime soon?Quote

17-01-2013, 14:09:25

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So ummm yeah........


Its finished!
PICTURES OR IT NEVER HAPPENED Yo!

(Yes I'm aware the last time I said that, you totally came up trumps, which is precisely why i'm shouting it now!) Quote

17-01-2013, 14:17:58

yassarikhan786
Can't wait to see it finished Quote

17-01-2013, 20:31:56

Deejeta
Cant wait to see the beast!Quote

18-01-2013, 04:27:00

tinytomlogan

18-01-2013, 04:54:35

Spiderz
The pictures do it much more justice than the video does, the lighting looks a lot more subtle.

Very nice work.Quote

18-01-2013, 05:45:21

SuB
You've done her proud mate. Congratulations on a stunning job

Only small thing I can see that I bet is annoying you is that USB 3.0 cable at the bottom?

Haven't watched vid yet, at work, but will do.Quote

18-01-2013, 06:10:36

Excalabur50
Absolutely AWESOME to see ORCA completed its been a mission and a half getting her done, and I have enjoyed all the trials and tribulations that you have shared with us all, a job well done. Now you can sit back and enjoy all the hard work and pride in the fact that you have a fitting tribute!Quote

18-01-2013, 06:30:35

UkGouki
omg that looks so buitiful absolutly love the watercooling loop gonna watch the vid now back in 52 mins Quote

18-01-2013, 06:30:57

Lystfiskern
This has been such a long road. - You know your mom would be so so proud.Quote

18-01-2013, 07:34:33

SPS
Just about to watch the YT vid but this comment was awesome:

TTL, your long epic vids put the trolls to sleep and keep REAL enthusiasts awake.Quote

18-01-2013, 07:54:33

Ganux_
It really looks amazing!!
It is an amazing build!!
It took a while, but the result is really astonishing!!!

I'm sure your mom would be so proud ;-)

Ganux_Quote

18-01-2013, 08:25:48

shaykal
Congratulations on finishing your project.
It looks amazing!
This last video was very enjoyable to watchQuote

18-01-2013, 08:54:45

Deejeta
Thanks for sharing this build with us all TTL. Your mum would be so proud.
A fine build and a true testament to your skills.
Cheers.
Quote

18-01-2013, 09:15:59

yassarikhan786
Amazing to see it all finished. The photo's really bring out the beauty of your work.Quote

18-01-2013, 09:43:09

seumasbeathan
Astonishing work Tom Looks epic Quote

18-01-2013, 10:02:32

brunopinto
First of all, its awesome stuff. Add the sentimental value to it, and it is priceless.

I am sure than ur mom is looking down from mom heaven with a smile in her face, proud to see all that her son accomplished, and that her presence in your life was so relevant.Quote

18-01-2013, 12:19:36

ugiboy
Just seen the finished rig, it looks awesome. One thing that in my opinion would be more inkeeping with the black & white theme would be to use GPU block backplates. Amazing rig thoughQuote

18-01-2013, 16:57:25

andrevautour
Great work Tom!Quote

18-01-2013, 17:31:33

BesiX
Congrats on your new personal PC, Tom. Looks stunningly gorgeous.Quote

22-01-2013, 11:20:18

tinytomlogan
Only posting from Orca aint I!!!!!Quote

22-01-2013, 11:21:16

OcSurfer
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Only posting from Orca aint I!!!!!
/Cheer,
Celebratory beer tom?!Quote

22-01-2013, 11:28:09

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by OcSurfer View Post
/Cheer,
Celebratory beer tom?!

Oh now theres an idea!Quote

22-01-2013, 11:29:12

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Oh now theres an idea!
Oi! Share!

Once again; congrats on finishing Orca
Now buy us all a round! Quote

22-01-2013, 11:31:40

OcSurfer
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Oh now theres an idea!
First rounds on me lads!
maybe Jaegarbombs?!
If your at iSeries tom, ill get you one then!Quote

22-01-2013, 11:34:19

tinytomlogan
Maybe one big night, I normally end up getting ruined with all the industry bods one night.... Never a pretty sight the next day!Quote

22-01-2013, 17:26:04

Lystfiskern
Good to hear shes finally up and running - good on you m8!
Cheers from "the artic" (-18 Celsius here now....brrrr)Quote

23-01-2013, 06:15:12

UkGouki
so tom did you ruin yaself last night with your celebratory beers?

i hope orca is running as builtifully as she looks and please post a vid of it all up and going like the clappers xDQuote

24-01-2013, 07:11:52

tinytomlogan
So its time for the final photos of the old girl.... Interim has gone and Orca is in her rightful place!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps2ab5d56e.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps6e79e5f3.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps9ad0731c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps51fc8af0.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psfe8f7f7e.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps9620fca7.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps3b11052c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps27ea8703.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psbb674da2.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...pse56bd94f.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psaa13de30.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps02801d27.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps89f52122.jpg

http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps304225de.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psd5d32f97.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps01afbfe6.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psec4aac00.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps2d53d49c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps4341fc0f.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps6ac88e0c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps4a2013f5.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psacc33b5f.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps31f48e46.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psce198506.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psb8a41e8d.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps45162b6b.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps81e41a07.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps80706aa8.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...pse3cd8675.jpg








Ok so lots of photos there, here are a few more of the old girl now in her place of work!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psea95c821.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps6b6738e5.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psc01f8f8d.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps46287e69.jpgQuote

24-01-2013, 07:20:14

MrKambo
Tom mate, AMAZING!!! probably the most visually pleasing setup ive seen.

Enjoy Orca, well deserved Quote

24-01-2013, 07:45:38

kelvinb
Stunning workmanship, grats on the new buildQuote

24-01-2013, 09:12:57

Roooker
This looks awesome But why didnt you use the sleeved cables you showed in the first post ?Quote

24-01-2013, 09:16:15

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roooker View Post
This looks awesome But why didnt you use the sleeved cables you showed in the first post ?
The are not compatible with the new PSUQuote

24-01-2013, 09:19:35

Roooker
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
The are not compatible with the new PSU
Aren't there any compatible cables out there ? I think it would give the rig a nice finish to get some nice white clean cabeling. I think i would have sleeved them on your own if i there are none to buy.Quote

24-01-2013, 09:39:46

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roooker View Post
Aren't there any compatible cables out there ? I think it would give the rig a nice finish to get some nice white clean cabeling. I think i would have sleeved them on your own if i there are none to buy.
Im not all that fussed about sleeved cables and deffo cant be arsed doing it myself!

Also you can hardly see them anyways Quote

24-01-2013, 09:51:59

gembi
epiccc )Quote

24-01-2013, 09:58:00

Dark NighT
Absolutely Stunning!Quote

24-01-2013, 10:01:01

Lystfiskern
Would you go for the white cable-set when it arrives?Quote

24-01-2013, 10:17:09

UkGouki
i like how it looks now so i dont see why tom would want to change it as it already looks epicly awesome...Quote

24-01-2013, 10:25:41

hmmblah
This goes without saying, but absolutely beautiful rig Tom!Quote

24-01-2013, 10:31:31

Smithy 92
The system looks beautiful Tom. I'm sure your mam would've loved it Quote

24-01-2013, 11:02:06

Lystfiskern
Quote:
Originally Posted by UkGouki View Post
i like how it looks now so i dont see why tom would want to change it as it already looks epicly awesome...
No argue there - Orca and her enviroment looks really nice. I was just wondering since he had the whites ready from the getgo.Quote

24-01-2013, 11:21:34

allen
that looks awesome Tom nice job !!!Quote

24-01-2013, 12:12:41

Mgutierrez33
What a KILLER station you got with that machine! Since mine has died (old specs in signature), this rig has motivated me to do my next one the RIGHT way (and not assume that I automatically need 1.38V on 4.5 Ghz clock speeds x-p) when Haswell drops. Enjoy, sir!Quote

24-01-2013, 12:30:41

CEUOTC
Great work Tom, looks fantastic!Quote

24-01-2013, 14:02:24

The Orange One
Looks Amazing Mate!Quote

24-01-2013, 14:24:42

FredEx
It looks fantastic Tom. Great eye for detail. Your mom raised a good man.Quote

24-01-2013, 19:41:04

Mark3Max
Hey Tom, Orca looks beautiful & your desk setup with the 3 monitors and the speakers looks epic . Great job.Quote

24-01-2013, 20:44:22

EliteCustomPc's
Hey Tom, Orca is nothing short of Amazing and is an absolute the best tribute that you could have done, on a side note that is the cleanest water cooling loop I have ever seen... TOP SHELF bro...Quote

24-01-2013, 21:17:54

andrevautour
Nice work, Tom!Quote

25-01-2013, 09:27:24

CPMFW
absolute beauty...
without your ideas my build wouldn't look like it does Quote

25-01-2013, 11:39:08

ugiboy
Looks Great in situ, what make are your monitors & speakers please? CheersQuote

25-01-2013, 11:43:42

tinytomlogan
Benq and Edifier.

Speakers came from Germany though Quote

25-01-2013, 11:56:00

ugiboy
Cheers, I am looking at the microlab you recommended but would prefer whiteQuote

26-01-2013, 19:34:37

EliteCustomPc's
Hey Tom awesome work man, Orca truly is amazing.. I have a question how did you attach the side di-noc covered panels and the floor board. I though I seen a video where you explained how but I couldnt find it.Quote

11-02-2013, 07:16:59

RadeonHDx
can anyone tell me what res TTL uses? And if you can a link!
thanks Quote

11-02-2013, 07:30:21

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by RadeonHDx View Post
can anyone tell me what res TTL uses? And if you can a link!
thanks

Its a bitspower one, but its bought in 3 partsQuote

11-02-2013, 07:36:23

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by ugiboy View Post
Cheers, I am looking at the microlab you recommended but would prefer white
They are monsters.Quote

11-02-2013, 08:12:58

RadeonHDx
thanks TTL Quote

10-04-2013, 02:27:28

airdeano
sooo Tom.. got an update on your tribute build ORCA?
from FB you were having a "coloring" issue in your water-bits. know you are real
busy with reviews and such, got any subby news and ORCA?Quote

11-04-2013, 08:12:12

Dacho
Great work, GuvnorQuote

11-04-2013, 08:26:16

tinytomlogan
The coolant is fooked, its brown now.

Also its apparently my fault. Im going to be moving to XSPC blood red coolant and Ill bet you any money I dont have any issues with it.......Quote

11-04-2013, 08:44:58

Excalabur50
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
The coolant is fooked, its brown now.

Also its apparently my fault. Im going to be moving to XSPC blood red coolant and Ill bet you any money I dont have any issues with it.......
So how the bloody hell is it your fault that the coolant has gone brown.... what did you do take a dump in the reservoir or something? I've had nothing to do with water cooling but even I can see that it can't be your fault for a colour change and whomever recons that it is so have been smoking something I think.Quote

11-04-2013, 09:31:37

Lystfiskern
Orca with some "real blood" flowing through her will be sooo neat Crystal links and acrylic tubes maybe? Timeframe for the rebuild by any chance?Quote

11-04-2013, 09:34:17

airdeano
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
The coolant is fooked, its brown now.

Also its apparently my fault. Im going to be moving to XSPC blood red coolant and Ill bet you any money I dont have any issues with it.......
got 'cha...Quote

11-04-2013, 09:48:39

AverageNinja
Can't wait to see the red in it then Quote

11-04-2013, 10:41:04

tinytomlogan
No time frame atm, I basically have to strip the whole thing again and tbf I cbfa atm to spend 2 days just to change the coolant.Quote

11-04-2013, 10:46:48

ugiboy
I am using XSPC blood red and have been for at least 9 months without any issues whatsoeverQuote

11-04-2013, 10:48:21

Gurt11
Damn, I feel for you man. I hope it'll turn out alright in the end, fingers crossed!Quote

11-04-2013, 10:48:40

| raVen |
I seen your pictures on fb and the coolant looks really bad.
I'm using black pastel as well but I have no problems with is( it 2months in system now), and the color still looks good.
But I will be changing color of the coolant anyway, as I want to have blue accents in my rig, as black and white looks really plain now But I will be not using pastel, anymore, I want to go back to normal fluid, that I can see bubbles in.

Blood red should look good in your systemQuote

11-04-2013, 11:06:06

tinytomlogan
TBF the bottle of left over coolant is still black, its just a pitFa that its so sensitive. I flushed everything before fitting. Its actually a real shame but he seems to be changing and updating colours because of issues all the time.

Just makes me think that theres not as much testing done as advertised.Quote

11-04-2013, 11:16:40

| raVen |
If I drop my black coolant on paper towel it will go dark green
Some people was saying that is your fault, that coolant went brown, as your temps are to high due to bad positioning of your CPU water block, but I personally I think that this is bullshi* , cus it will not make more difference in temps than 1/2 degrees. Also coolant should be working properly ,according to label up to 95 degrees.
Why would it take you 2 days, I thought about 1day max?Quote

11-04-2013, 11:18:04

tinytomlogan
yeah because an overclocked 3970X at 70c max is too high.....Quote

11-04-2013, 11:28:56

Lystfiskern
Well, all in good time then... So no further plans other than flushing/adding new cooloant?Quote

24-09-2013, 08:24:34

Rory.Will
I might have read it wrong but are you looking to rebuild Orca from scratch Tom?? Or just make a new build to take its place?

If the cogs are turning after the 750D I think you should start a new build! Maybe stick with the nautical theme and tie it in with Orca?? Kind of like a sister build.Quote

24-09-2013, 08:27:53

imersa
will be keeping an eye on you. lets see what you do here Quote

24-09-2013, 08:41:53

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by imersa View Post
will be keeping an eye on you. lets see what you do here

She done son and has been for a while. Im just getting an itch to replace Quote

24-09-2013, 09:00:20

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
im just getting an itch to replace
doo eeet!Quote

24-09-2013, 09:04:02

Choklitmlk
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Im just getting an itch to replace
Oh, we all do understand that itch... sometimes you just gots-ta scratch it.

What will you be doing with orca? disassemble? sell? giveaway? or keep it as the great memorial it is?Quote

24-09-2013, 09:18:38

Mark3Max
Tom , you should see if Corsair can make you a custom 750D in white.Quote

24-09-2013, 11:28:32

SuB
Quote:
Originally Posted by JChap1590 View Post
he already has a case that he's started modding (CM Storm Stryker)..

did you read the rest of the thread?
Did you?

It's already finished, the idea of a 750D in white would be something new...Quote

24-09-2013, 11:35:14

garih
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark3Max View Post
Tom , you should see if Corsair can make you a custom 750D in white.
but i think he has probably already had this conversationQuote

24-09-2013, 22:26:47

unknownuser200
hmm those 2697s are looking like a nice pair or maybe a 2690 :O or on the other way that new black edition of a certain is sexy !Quote

25-09-2013, 06:53:18

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Choklitmlk View Post
Oh, we all do understand that itch... sometimes you just gots-ta scratch it.

What will you be doing with orca? disassemble? sell? giveaway? or keep it as the great memorial it is?

Hate to be blunt but why should I give it away? lol

Some head will just take it apart or 'make it better' anyways.Quote

25-09-2013, 07:00:33

SuB
It's my personal opinion that Orca should have the fluid changed and possibly go to black tubing with clear fluid (to retain the black/white theme). Then it should just stay as that. it was built as a momento for your Mum and I think it would be a shame to see it get stripped down.

Something new is always nice, but I think Orca should stay as it is Quote

25-09-2013, 07:06:35

barnsley
Pretty sure this has already been suggested but why not make a smaller companion to Orca? If not, maybe get a HAF XB or a case that isn't hugely popular , get it sprayed white and do an awesome custom loop(or even make the best looking air cooled system you can somehow)? The reason I suggest a not so well known case is that I thought you might want a challenge :P.

Personally if I had the skill/guts I'd get a cheap but good case (e.g.)and see what I could do with it but I know that'd be quite a pain to do .

Also, what sub said. Keep Orca as it's a nice memorial.Quote

25-09-2013, 08:38:14

Damien c
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
It's my personal opinion that Orca should have the fluid changed and possibly go to black tubing with clear fluid (to retain the black/white theme). Then it should just stay as that. it was built as a momento for your Mum and I think it would be a shame to see it get stripped down.

Something new is always nice, but I think Orca should stay as it is

Fully agree with this.

It is a really nice build and should stay with Tom.Quote

25-09-2013, 08:48:28

Innocent159
Keep the ORCA and build you a another awesome pc to start a OC3D range. ORCA to good to be sold or anythingQuote

25-09-2013, 08:48:36

WillSK
As others have said, Orca should most certainly stay with Tom as a display piece if nothing else. Especially with the personal significance of the build to Tom.

That said I am always interested to see a brand new build from you Mr Logan. 750D anyone ?Quote

25-09-2013, 08:53:36

MrKambo
I agree with the others keep Orca, even if it sits in the front room on display, its a memorial piece.

You should also build a new rig but i reckon you should go CaseLabs id love to see what you do with something so customizable and with all the endless possibilitiesQuote

25-09-2013, 08:56:43

Choklitmlk
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Hate to be blunt but why should I give it away? lol

Some head will just take it apart or 'make it better' anyways.
I really don't think you should, if it were me, I'd keep it as a memorial.

I simply inquired as to the thought process of the TinyTom in regards to Orca's future, as said thought process is unknown to myself (and others, who may be wondering the same thing).Quote

25-09-2013, 08:59:09

tinytomlogan
I wont be selling it and never going to give it away I could never trust someone to leave it as it is.

Lets face it the SSD's alone are worth £1k Quote

25-09-2013, 09:00:39

Etlar
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I wont be selling it and never going to give it away I could never trust someone to leave it as it is.

Lets face it the SSD's alone are worth £1k
If you also have done that, then YOU realy needed your head to get testet ! Quote

25-09-2013, 09:02:17

Choklitmlk
Personally, I see it on a stand at the entrance to TTL towers, statues and sculptures are far too last millennium.Quote

25-09-2013, 09:03:21

mehere
its a memorial enough said
doesnt have to do anything just isQuote

25-09-2013, 10:52:41

B NEGATIVE
Change out the coolant and keep it as is,this is a build with a reason,not a daily driver or general pron search machine.

Its a personal thing,no explanation nor reasons needed.Quote

25-09-2013, 12:27:54

Moonlitstrider
You said in the very beginning that Orca was meant to be more of a commemorative build and it most definitely accomplished that. If you choose to do another build to use as your daily driver then more power to you. Your build log videos were the reason I originally subscribed so either way I would love to see you build in the 750D. with the cooling issues that Orca is having personally I would put Orca in a special place to remain as a commemorative piece and build myself a new computer.Quote

25-09-2013, 12:44:08

unclefapsalot
Well Orca was already a beauty of a rig. I'm seriously eager to see what would be coming next. I assume you're going to try and top the looks of Orca, the replacement is probably going to be MENTAL.Quote

14-12-2013, 13:17:05

tinytomlogan
To jump all the pics to the back for people

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
So its time for the final photos of the old girl.... Interim has gone and Orca is in her rightful place!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps2ab5d56e.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps6e79e5f3.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps9ad0731c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps51fc8af0.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psfe8f7f7e.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps9620fca7.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps3b11052c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps27ea8703.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psbb674da2.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...pse56bd94f.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psaa13de30.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps02801d27.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps89f52122.jpg

http://s205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps304225de.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psd5d32f97.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps01afbfe6.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psec4aac00.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps2d53d49c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps4341fc0f.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps6ac88e0c.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps4a2013f5.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psacc33b5f.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps31f48e46.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psce198506.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psb8a41e8d.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps45162b6b.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps81e41a07.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps80706aa8.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...pse3cd8675.jpg








Ok so lots of photos there, here are a few more of the old girl now in her place of work!

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psea95c821.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps6b6738e5.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...psc01f8f8d.jpg

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/b...ps46287e69.jpg


Quote

14-12-2013, 13:22:42

NeverBackDown
I still awe over this build. Puts mine to shame easily!Quote

14-12-2013, 13:29:03

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
I still awe over this build. Puts mine to shame easily!
Quite a few bits Im not happy with actually, I need to get my together and do the refresh..........Quote

14-12-2013, 13:38:35

the_weegie
Although I prefer the monolithic black look, it's beautiful.

But yeah. Go balls out and build something insane Quote

14-12-2013, 14:12:13

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Quite a few bits Im not happy with actually, I need to get my together and do the refresh..........
Well, that doesn't mean she's not a fine piece of work, just not as fine as you'd like her
to be (yet). What improvements do you have in mind, or is that a company secret? Quote

14-12-2013, 14:51:50

mehere
she's a right beautyQuote

14-12-2013, 15:05:01

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by alpenwasser View Post
Well, that doesn't mean she's not a fine piece of work, just not as fine as you'd like her
to be (yet). What improvements do you have in mind, or is that a company secret?
I need to change the coolant because of the well publicised issues Ive had with it Ive just been too lazy to sort it!

Im playing with the idea of an XSPC Photon D5 going in too Im just having issues sourcing UN Designs 120mm fan mount brackets for that.

Ive also got a couple of little things that I would like to do to her to add that extra little touch or two Quote

14-12-2013, 15:42:29

alpenwasser
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I need to change the coolant because of the well publicised issues Ive had with it Ive just been too lazy to sort it!
Ah well, as long as it still performs fine there is no urgency I suppose. Laziness can be
a powerful force as I know from personal experience.

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Im playing with the idea of an XSPC Photon D5 going in too Im just having issues sourcing UN Designs 120mm fan mount brackets for that.
Haven't held one in my hands, but from what I've seen the Photons are pretty well-built,
practically targeted at build-quality fetishists such as myself. Might have considered them
as an alternative to the Aqualis if they'd been out when I bought my res. Not that the
Aqualis isn't a nice piece of kit itself (I do have one niggle with the Aqualis, which is that
you can't really make it symmetrical on top and bottom with two identical caps).

Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Ive also got a couple of little things that I would like to do to her to add that extra little touch or two
Aha, those are the kind of thoughts which can result in very, very long TODO lists. Quote

14-12-2013, 15:44:01

B NEGATIVE
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I need to change the coolant because of the well publicised issues Ive had with it Ive just been too lazy to sort it!

Im playing with the idea of an XSPC Photon D5 going in too Im just having issues sourcing UN Designs 120mm fan mount brackets for that.

Ive also got a couple of little things that I would like to do to her to add that extra little touch or two
Let me know in the new year when you want that bit of 'help' Tom,I need a holiday.....
The Photon is pron and will have to have a censored sticker on it. XSPC are really upping their game.
And flush that goop out before it gains sentience.

http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instanc...x/43864887.jpgQuote

14-12-2013, 16:30:37

SWDescent
This is a beautiful computer and an amazing tribute and I hope that someday I can build something as epic as the routing of those pipes, I can only imagine that took a lot of work making sure they all lined up so perfectly. And I'm just like you and can never leave something alone, but that's the great part, it's a living tribute that you can keep for yourself and continue to upgrade and keep along side, you. And as for the all white, it didn't sound good in my head then I saw you photos and that is amazing and I kinda want to paint my desk components now.Quote

15-12-2013, 00:13:15

SeraNoxa
I would agree with people, go flush, and update ! or make a new build ! We look up to you, so you need to bring another AAA title ! Quote

16-12-2013, 18:16:21

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Quite a few bits Im not happy with actually, I need to get my together and do the refresh..........
Think we all know your not happy with the build but compared to mine at least i would gladly take those few bits and deal with them, however you are in a position where you can deal with it so more power to ya!Quote

15-09-2014, 09:25:08

tinytomlogan
to be removedQuote

15-09-2014, 10:50:50

mehere
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
to be removed
for a new build?Quote

15-09-2014, 10:53:21

maniac
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
to be removed
Why not create a new build log and leave this one here?Quote

15-09-2014, 10:54:09

tinytomlogan
My post boys thats all - I needed to bump the thread so I could get the stats quickerQuote

15-09-2014, 10:56:13

mehere
thought Orca was off for a minute thereQuote

15-09-2014, 10:58:09

tinytomlogan
Naaaa just me having to give Asus some stats - the spec list is all confirmed for the new one btw Quote

15-09-2014, 10:59:29

mehere
keep us posted Guv Quote

16-09-2014, 07:19:49

LePhuronn
The spec, let me see...

Asus X99 Deluxe
5960X
32GB 3200MHz Dom Plats (because you're going to review, test then keep the new 3200MHz 8GB modules from Corsair) - possibly with the Lightbar upgrade.
Corsair 780T case in white. or possibly a Phanteks Ethnoo Pro in white.
2x R9 295 X2 because you already have them, but only 1 will be switched on :P
Full water loop
2x 1TB Samsung EVO SSD in RAID 0
3x 3TB WD Green in RAID 0 for video footage

And ALL the 360 ultra thick rads with ALL the white LED Corsair SPs

Oh, and a SuperFlower Leadex 1000W Platinum (in white) if you have any sense (even if it es Corsair off you're not using a RM PSU :P )Quote

16-09-2014, 14:15:01

BigBlue1
I thought an Orca (Orcinus orca) was black with some white on the belly and flukes... yours is the opposite, more like the anti-orca. Might be better to paint the case black and do a wavy line splitting off white on the bottom 1/4 of it...you know, like an Orca. You can even add an eye spot (the spot behind the eye of the mammal).

I understand the build has a deeper meaning and to that end, I like the name, but perhaps Beluga is a more appropriate title for this build. Or Moby .

I lost my Mother several years ago, my Father 2 years ago and my Brother one year ago.
I am sorry for your loss, but be happy for their advancement. Imagine life without the risk of death or the limits of a corporeal body.Quote

16-09-2014, 14:19:02

ShaunB-91
It doesn't need to look like an actual whale ffs.Quote

16-09-2014, 14:20:08

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
It doesn't need to look like an actual whale ffs.
I thought the same thing..Quote

16-09-2014, 14:21:25

mehere
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
It doesn't need to look like an actual whale ffs.
well saidQuote

16-09-2014, 14:27:39

Feronix
I named my build White Lotus but it's not an actual flower. Should I just break it down then?

Excited to see the new one though Tom!Quote

16-09-2014, 14:31:48

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigBlue1 View Post
I thought an Orca (Orcinus orca) was black with some white on the belly and flukes... yours is the opposite, more like the anti-orca. Might be better to paint the case black and do a wavy line splitting off white on the bottom 1/4 of it...you know, like an Orca. You can even add an eye spot (the spot behind the eye of the mammal).

I understand the build has a deeper meaning and to that end, I like the name, but perhaps Beluga is a more appropriate title for this build. Or Moby .

I lost my Mother several years ago, my Father 2 years ago and my Brother one year ago.
I am sorry for your loss, but be happy for their advancement. Imagine life without the risk of death or the limits of a corporeal body.

Orca as she is here is done - black and white was the theme and theres enough of both. I think you may see a little more black in the next one though Quote

16-09-2014, 14:38:26

TPC
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Orca as she is here is done - black and white was the theme and theres enough of both. I think you may see a little more black in the next one though
I hope you keep that Oil like looking coolantQuote

16-09-2014, 15:05:26

paulstung
They have white spots too, not just the belly. If I think right the Name Orca had a deeper meaning as his mother liked orca's.Quote

16-09-2014, 15:18:24

BigBlue1
A rose by any other name... I suppose the name does not have to have anything to do with the build at all really, you can build a black computer and call it 'The Yellow Submarine' if you want to.

I did a planetary series and had nine planet names I used including 'Terra' and the builds did not look like the planet they were named for (Terra wasn't blue and Mars wasn't red), but did show the order they were built starting with Mercury and ending with Pluto even though Pluto has lost it's planetary standing.Quote

05-11-2014, 17:48:08

Bartacus
Wow. After being a member on here for a while, watching tons of videos and hearing references to Orca, I realized I hadn't seen the original build videos. Just spent most of last evening watching them all in order. Awesome stuff, so much better than television. Job well done Tom! Thanks for doing those. Very entertaining, and chock full of damn good cabling advice! Especially for running banks of fans in a neat manner.

What are those little units you're using to power the lights?Quote

06-11-2014, 04:40:55

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
Wow. After being a member on here for a while, watching tons of videos and hearing references to Orca, I realized I hadn't seen the original build videos. Just spent most of last evening watching them all in order. Awesome stuff, so much better than television. Job well done Tom! Thanks for doing those. Very entertaining, and chock full of damn good cabling advice! Especially for running banks of fans in a neat manner.

What are those little units you're using to power the lights?

They are just NZXT braided LED's dudeQuote

02-12-2014, 08:09:01

Ofan
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
They are just NZXT braided LED's dude
Tom, firstly the rig is amazing, it was a pleasure watching you bring her together!

Secondly, where did you get those wonderful nuts, bolts and washers from? Ive been looking for something like those forever but my google fu is weak Quote

02-12-2014, 09:26:26

tinytomlogan
I pretty much had them made sadly dude!Quote

02-12-2014, 10:38:08

Ofan
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I pretty much had them made sadly dude!
Damn

I'd best learn how to use a hand riveter lol, thanks anyway Guvnor.Quote

02-12-2014, 10:39:10

tinytomlogan
You can easily find stainless ones - and the normal steel black onesQuote

02-12-2014, 10:41:44

Ofan
There's an idea I reckon some 5-6mm long ones might do. I'll get to googlingQuote

02-12-2014, 10:49:14

tinytomlogan
Ebay is a really easy place fellaQuote

02-12-2014, 10:54:14

Ofan
Bingo, I think because i was searching for anodized it was stopping me from getting any further Thanks againQuote

02-12-2014, 15:10:26

JR23
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
I pretty much had them made sadly dude!
Who did you get to make them boss, I know it was a serious cost but it would be a great contact to have on a build they are epic.

JRQuote

02-12-2014, 15:14:44

B NEGATIVE
Quote:
Originally Posted by JR23 View Post
Who did you get to make them boss, I know it was a serious cost but it would be a great contact to have on a build they are epic.

JR


http://www.pro-bolt.com/

Best bolts you can buy for cosmetics.

I have a bag of titanium ones coming for my next build.Quote

26-02-2015, 12:40:56

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by B NEGATIVE View Post
http://www.pro-bolt.com/

Best bolts you can buy for cosmetics.

I have a bag of titanium ones coming for my next build.

Aye not bad - mega bucks thoughQuote
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