Taz, Part 1

Popped in to see the guys at Rapid PCs on Saturday, who are in the process of assembling a new machine for me. We’ve adopted a fairly slow, methodical and cautious approach to this build (which makes a change for me!), primarily because I have given the guys such an incredibly exacting specification, meeting it is proving to be quite a challenge. I have to say, it’s great to see them as excited about the build as I am!

The good news is that we’ve now got most of the components we need (pretty much the only pieces left to order are the tubing that will be used to make up two discrete water-cooling circuits and of course all the adapters and joints needed to put them together…  Then, of course, the real fun (assembly) starts in earnest!

Oh, the title of the post, you say? Well, one of the side projects for this build is the assembly of a suitably robust shipping crate in which to carry a machine of this size and weight. Early candidates for the design are based around something made from marine plywood (!!!) and fitted with castors (and probably forklift truck slots). The machine itself is pretty tall, so the case will have two large side panels that will be crying out for some decoration. Not entirely sure what I’ll end up with, but first bid is of a huge stylized “Tasmanian Devil”, in the Disney Cartoon sense. We shall see what I can find!

Components being tinkered with so far range from the very large (the case, image at left, is huge) to the very small (the shiny thing on the right is the machined water-cooling block for the CPU). Going to be good…

Weyhill (VIII)

Working through yesterday’s 300-odd images turned out to be a real delight, mainly because (through fluke or acquired skill: you decide) I had managed to be a little more successful in terms of capturing some half-decent shots. You can imagine my surprise when I went through the collection and dug out a few more nice images…

Weyhill (VII)

So having made a trip on Easter Sunday, what better to do than make a return visit the very next day? As it happened, the weather on Easter Monday was several degrees cooler than the day before, so in that respect it was an exercise in fortitude. On the other hand, I think the pictures were definitely worth it!