PC Build: Custom Open Case

Specs:

Intel I7-6700K
ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH Z170 S
Ballistix Sport LT 32GB
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW 8GB GDDR5
850 watt Thermaltake PSU

Thermaltake PACIFIC DIY LCS R360 water cooling kit (which I only used radiator and res/pump) regid tubes and fittings were extra.

Samsung 850 EVO – 500GB x 2
Samsung 950 PRO Series – 512GB PCIe NVMe

See at the end for complete list for case parts.

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Was inspired by a few designs to create an open case design. After seeing a few on youtube and looking at the thermaltake p5 case, I set out to create a custom case base on my own layout. Maybe this design is not the best, but it’s a start. Time to learn and get started.

 

First step is to choose material. I wanted something that was hard enough to support all my components, but easy to cut. I went with a PVC foam board. Its easy to cut and make a template. If it turned out too soft, I could just use it as a stencil for either plexiglass or aluminum sheets. Turns out the PCV was just strong enough to support my components.

 

I knew I needed extra support so I orders the back/front panels plexiglass. I also ordered steel standoffs that would make it sturdier.

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Component Layout:

At first I just placed components on the board and sent pics to my friends. I chose a layout that just looked nice. I didn’t take into consideration a few key points.

 

  1. Keep pump reservoir at the lowest point for draining the system
  2. Build draining system. Most kits do not have a drain valve.
  3. Keep PSU and water apart or at least shield PSU from any potential leaks
  4. Measure PSU cables with your layout. I had to add 6 inches to main 24 pin cable to reach MB
  5. Measure holes with cables too. Original design for SSD cables was smaller. Had to double size.
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After you’re sure about the layout, either spray paint or cover the main panel with a design. I choose carbon fiber vinyl. Looks great and its cheap. A bit hard to install without getting bubbles. Just poke any bubbles with a razor and press it flat.

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Tube Bending using a heat and silicon insert to keep the same form. 3D printed bending tool.

LED needed a 12 v power adapter plu, so I ordered a remote and connected to a 12v molex PSU connector.

 

Mounted all components and filled water cooling system. Only connected power to the pump and ran a leak test for 24 Hours.


Added the back panel Acrylic White semi translucent 24×24 inch. 3D printed red bold caps. Also printed bolt spacers.

Added the front clear plexiglass to standoffs. Looks great!!

3D printed List:

PSU bracket: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:950061

I designed a case stand, but didn’t use it in the end: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1693053

I designed a few other items. I haven’t uploaded to share yet. Will update later.(PSU cover, Pump/res base, Cable covers, Tube bending tool, bolt cap and spacers)

best wifey pic ever:

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Here’s the complete build list:

Plexiglass: Clear 24 x 24
ProjectPVC 48×24
On switch and artic paste
Acrylic Sheet white 24 x 24
SSD 500 GB qty 2
PETG Regid tube 4 pack
Silicon Insert
Regid fittings 12 pcs
Thermaltake Water Cooling Kit R360
LED T shape connector
Thermaltake PSU 850 watt
White HDMI Cable 15 ft
LED corner connectors 5pcs
Carbon Fiber sheet 24×60
Steel Standoff 4pcs 200 mm height
Standoff bolts
Silicone insert 3ft
LEDs 16ft 5050
LED controller
T-Fitting and Drain Valve
Ballistix Sport LT 32GB
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 512 GB
EVGA GeForce GTX 1070
step drill bit
Intel I7-6700K

 

fin.

 

Enable Chart Web Part in SharePoint 2013

The SharePoint Chart Webpart was deprecated. But its still available in 2013.

Steps:

  1. Login to any farm server hosting SharePoint as a Site Collection Administrator.
  2. Go to: Settings > Site Settings > Go to top level site settings > Web Designer Galleries > Web parts.
  3. Click the FILES tab.
  4. Click New Document.
  5. Scoll down the list and look for: Microsoft.Office.Server.WebControls.ChartWebPart.
  6. Check this item.
  7. Scroll back up to the top, and then click the Populate Gallery button.
  8. Wait for it to refresh.
  9. Scoll down the list and look for: ChartWebPart.webpart.
  10. Click its Edit button.
  11. Enter the value, Content Rollup, or enter any other web part group value appropriate to your needs.
  12. Click Save.
  13. That’s it.  The next time you open a web page in edit mode and search for a web part to add to it, you’ll see the Chart web part there.

Search Host Controller Service ‘Starting’ does not start

I’ve tried everything from Registry Permissions to unprovisioning search and recreating search. Finally i found the solution. Do not use port 808 for any Web App. Apparently Windows Communication Foundation Service uses port 808 and Search SP 2013 Host Controller uses WCF.

 ULS logs had “Could not connect to net.tcp://server/ceres/hostcontroller/nettcp” …. and “connected host has failed to respond XX.XXX.XXX.XX:808”

I had to extend that site to another port then delete the IIS Web app that was using port 808.

SharePoint 2013 BI on mobile devices

We can build our mobile BI solutions based on SQL Server as a data source in the following (different) ways:

  • IIS (Internet Information Services; as a very low cost solution): SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services; note: limited use for the Apple platform, details are described below)
  • SharePoint Server: Excel Services (easier solutions), SSRS integrated mode, PerformancePoint Services (much more complex solutions)
  • OWA Server (Office Web Apps): Excel
  • 3rd party developer tools/platforms or ready-to-use solutions

In a few bullets below, there are described the results of my investigation about some possibilities for mobile BI solutions based on the SQL Server platform.

Mobile BI (iPad/iPhone, Android, Windows 8/Phone devices) platform:

1. IIS:

  • SSRS:
  • iPad: Safari/Chrome/Opera – NO,  FF/IE – not supported
  • Android: FF – OK, Chrome/Opera – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
  • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternative – FF, Chrome/Opera – NO, Safari – not supported on tablet?

 

2. SharePoint 2013:

  • Excel Services:
    • iPad: Safari – OK (note: slicers – OK), alternatives – Chrome/Mercury (Chrome and Firefox alternative), Opera – NO, FF/IE – not supported
    • Android: FF – OK (note: slicers – NO), Chrome/Opera/(Built-in Browser/Dolphin) – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternatives – FF/Chrome/Opera, Safari – not supported
  • PerformancePoint Services (Dashboards):
  • OLAP/Excel Services:
    • iPad: Safari – OK (note: slicers – OK), alternatives – Chrome/Mercury (Chrome and Firefox alternative), Opera – NO, FF/IE – not supported
    • Android: FF – OK (note: slicers – NO), Chrome/Opera/(Built-in Browser/Dolphin) – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternative – FF, Chrome/Opera – OK (note: zoom – NO), Safari – not supported
  • SSRS:
    • iPad: Safari/Chrome/Opera – NO, Mercury (Chrome and Firefox alternative) – NO, FF/IE – not supported
    • Android: FF – OK, Chrome/Opera/(Built-in Browser/Dolphin) – NO, Safari/IE – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternative – FF, Chrome/Opera – NO, Safari – not supported on tablet?
  • PowerPivot/PowerView: the output is rendered in Silverlight
    • iPad: SL – not supported on iOS (note: SL is available only for Windows and Mackintosh)
    • Android: SL – not supported
    • Windows 8: IE – OK, alternatives – FF/Chrome/Opera (note: scroll – NO), Safari – not supported

 

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