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    D-WAVE X2 Quantum computer - scratch build

    You who seen me before know that im soft for supercomputers and have begun to do alot of scratchbuilds.

    When i saw a article about D-Wave X2 i fell in love, how cool is this.

    Instantly i started to gather information about the X2 and planning it out in Sketchup to get a grasp of what size is needed for my replica.

    To be aesthetically appealing, i have made some changes.
    - Racks in front of the chamber not in my replica
    - Rear panels are moved to the front side, where the racks were.

    Gigabyte GA-Z97N ITX motherboard
    Intel G3258 CPU
    2x4gb Corsair Vengeance memory
    Cooler Master 120V cooler
    Samsung 840 120GB EVO OS-drive
    3x4TB drives

    All panels cut, gluing them to a 2mm acrylic piece to make up the walls.
    Wanted to keep the glue from oozing out in the spacing between all small pieces, worked good. Looks awful - right now

    Side and front panel cut and glued

    See ya in the next update!

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    First mistake...
    I cut out the D-Wave logo in a piece of flat black vinyl, and had a idea of mounting a LED behind the panel to light it up.

    But.. got it on off-centre in both directions...
    Back to the cutting machine again

    The black paint is only for the spacing between all small panels, the panels themselves will be wrapped in vinyl to get a easy surface without painting and sanding.

    Here is how it looks in front of my desk light.
    Some light coming trough, will isolate the logo on the back some more.

    And without a light behind it.

    Not much of progress to show today, i have mostly put time into the bottom and designing all parts holding the motherboard and drives inside the case and thinking of a way to open the case to change parts and whatnot.

    To be continued

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    A smaller update today

    Made the floor (left) and the back (right) and put a 140mm fan in the floor and a 120 in the back.
    Probably do 2x120 in the roof too, not sure yet, or a single 140 there too.

    Made a mistake with the IO-cutout, internal floor will be 30mm up from the bottom, forgot to add that to the back. Not visible later when painted and wrapped.

    Front and side pieces glued.

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