Interstellar - TARS

Threadripper Build with a case from the Movie Interstellar. TARS is the AI robot in the movie and some would say the star actor. This build will be Awesome. I hope you all enjoy!

Parts List

MSI X399-SLI-PLUS Motherboard

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X

G.Skill Trident Z RGB F4-3200C16Q-32GTZR 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4

SilverStone ST1300-TI Strider Titanium 1300w

2x MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming 11GB

Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 25GB SSD

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

5x Noctua NF-F12 Industrial PPC 120mm Fans

Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240

CableMod Extensions

EYOYO 9 inch TFT LCD Monitor with Remote Control


The Design

This is one of the preliminary designs

I used AutoCAD to create a 2D Model

I first started designing this project using AutoCAD as I have alot of experience in Design & Drafting. After looking over my plans many times I then started the process of laser cutting and engraving.

I have also used a see through 3mm black acrylic for the windows.

I used a 2.5" drive bracket to mount the 1TB Samsung SSD, I mounted this after threading the holes for the screws.

After adjusting the holes to fit the fan screws I then mounted the Noctua Fans for the intake. with a nice steel grill to save fingers from getting cut.

Such a beast of a CPU

Installed CPU, RAM and M.2 SSD

Noctua Fans installed to the Cooler

Temp setup for Bios update & Windows 10 Pro Install

Threading the rest of the holes to mount the motherboard

I was very Happy when the holes all lined up together

Here I was checking the back plate I have used from a CoolerMaster Elite 333

This is when I noticed I had an issue with one of the sides. The laser cutting and engraving had been done on the reverse side of the image and the side panel had to be re-done.

Also the I/O plate had also been constructed the wrong side around so this had to be replaced as well.

The 1080Ti's turned up and also noticed how big these cards are. I was planning on using a PCIe wifi card, but due to these cards being 2.5 bays thick I am unable to install the PCIe card.

Laying out the hardware

New side finished & I/O plate

I now started work on the front. Measuring out the location for the remote control switch then using a scroll saw to cut out the small hole for the sensor.

After everything was ready I then mounted the monitor using a strong double sided tape

Installing the back plate. As this is my first scratch build I didn't thing about holes needed for mounting the GPU's

After some more cutting I was able to fit the backp late and GPU's together flush to the case back.

I then finished work on the I/O back plate and installed the 120mm Noctua Fan with grill. Not shown in this photo But I used pop rivets to secure the parts together.

With some spare parts I started looking at how the finish would look. Having black lines or see through. I ended up painting all the panels to have a black finish.

While watching the paint dry, I began working on the internal parts of the case. Without these parts the case would not have the strength to hold the 16.8KG together. Here you can see 2 parts being welded together for the PSU support & middle support. The baby formula tins have really come in handy for weights.

At this stage I also welded the floor on

Painting the panels

Such a nice place to leave my details just in case the new owner needs help.

Back to putting the supports in! using some parts from the failed laser cuts I was able to make a nice support for the PSU. This is very practical and easy to remove the PSU just in case it will need replacing.

With that finished I moved on to getting ready to finish mounting the motherboard.

Mounting the sides on

Getting ready to start her up.

It is so Beautiful

It can now stand on its own.

I knew Cable Management was going to be a big issue with this build. But as you will not be able to see the hardware I managed to keep it some what tidy.

A quick look at about 95% finished

The Jolly Jumper reflects off the case if you are wondering what it is! One of the joys of having kids.

The monitor on the front top of the case

I Love this photo!

Taking the cover off!

Now for the other side

Just a quick video of how it looks. Not 100% finished yet.

TARS Speaks!


You can see more finished photos here. Thank you for spending the time to check out my build! I hope you all enjoy it as much as did building it.

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