bit-tech.net

Go Back   bit-tech.net Forums > Modding > Project Logs

Reply
 
Thread Tools View Mode
Old 21st Apr 2017, 01:03   #81
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.
Quote:
Originally Posted by WanV View Post
is it hard to use chrome hardtubing?
Yes and no. Some parts are easier and others are more time consuming. If you use pre-bent tubing like I did its pretty straight forward. If you want to bend your own usually you have to use copper tubing, bend and cut it; then take it and have it chrome or nickel plated. I've heard there's tubing that can be bent but I've found the best way is either plating copper tubung or buying pre-bent tubing. If you use pre-bent you really have to plan your loop well or use a lot of fittings.
EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24th Apr 2017, 23:38   #82
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.


Modding Cable Combs:

I had to run SATA power to the OCZ Vector SSD which looked fine as it was but I wanted to organize them a bit more. I didn't have any 1 sided 5 pin cables combs so I decided to modify my own to make the SATA power cable more organized. I tool a CableMod 24-pin comb and cut into two pieces. Then I removed the other side and sanded it. I was able to test fit it and it works great. Finish work is still needed to get them looking perfect and I want to make a couple more. In the picture you can see that I tried a couple different ways to see which worked best. Now I have it down to what I like. I'll update once they're finished.







Running & Organizing Cables:

Now that most of the passthroughs are finished I can start running the CableMod cables and the rest of them needed throughout the build. There is a fair amount needed for this build but I planned routes really well ahead of time so it'll only require some minor modifications. The extra wiring will be placed in the floor cutout that I detailed earlier in the build log. I made the side notches in the cable tunnel a little but bugger to accommodate the power cables coming off the fan controller. This kept all the cables nice and organized.



EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st May 2017, 04:17   #83
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.


Re-installing Controller Shroud:

Now that the custom made controller shroud is painted I can remount it back where it went. This gives the controller a much more finished and polished look. I also finished modding the cable combs sets so that they are all 1 sided 5 pin for the SATA power. These won't be seen much but on those few occasions; I want everything to look as clean and tidy as possible.



Final Metal Finishes:

All of the metal panels on this build are brushed. I started the process a while back but I want to do the fine detail using finer grit sandpaper and then polish all of them before they go back on. Some of these panels you only see a little bit of. I managed to get the main ones refinished and ready to be polished. I've starred polishing one of the panels so you can get an idea of the differences.



EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th May 2017, 02:53   #84
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.


Painting Acrylic Passthrough Plate:

This was a quick paint job. All I needed to do was paint it flat black so it fit in with the rest of the case. I don't think I'll need to make anymore adjustments to it.




Re-installing Passthrough:

Now that I've started reassembling a lot of the watercooling I can start to see how the passthrough will look. I'm exremely happy already and it's not even complete yet. I used my new Dremel to round out a lot of the holes in each layer of the passthrough and it saved a lot of time. It's amazing how powerful this cordless Lithium-ion rotary tool is.






Painting Rear Shroud and PSU Shroud:

Now that it's time for final paint I can sand down the black primer a bit and go to town. I want these panels to looked a tiny bit above flat so I bought a matte clear coat to help protect the pieces. This should also help with the dreaded finger prints. Early on in wanted to see what these pieces would look like it black so I coated them in black primer. I've never tried to paint so long after laying down the primer coat but, it turned out great.

EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2017, 23:35   #85
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.


Rear IO Features:

I wanted to share some of the neat features on the back portion of the IKONiK build. I built a partial shroud that comes out of the back and helps to organize all the cables coming out the back of the IO and PCIE. This helps convay the modern, clean and sleek aesthetics that I'm going for. There is a vandal switch mounted on the acrylic top plate of the shroud. This vandal switch allows you to turn on hidden white leds that will illuminate the rear IO and PCIE slots. This really makes plugging stuff in a lot easier as my room is typically dark.




Rear Layered Acrylic PSU Surround:


I decided to go forward with make a layered psu surround out of acrylic. I used black and white cast acrylic so that it matched the other panel work throughout the build. I know most people won't ever see it on the back but the little details like this are important to me.






Trimming U Channel for ModMyMods Custom Badge:

This was done rather quickly but I decided to trim the U channel that goes behind the honeycomb and acrylic ModMyMods badge I made. Small stuff like this gives it a more polished look. Now the U channel is etched around the honeycomb leaving almost no gap. After I had that finished I installed the ModMyMods badge.

EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th May 2017, 22:54   #86
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.


Final Assembly Progress:

Today I started refitting the many custom parts and pieces of IKONiK. The vast majority of complex builds like this will require minor tweaking to get everything just right. So far almost everything has come together really well. Almost all the cables going to the motherboard have been tested to make sure they not only fit but, look as clean as possible. It will look like there isn't much going on wiring wise but I can assure that there is a ton of wiring in this build. The wiring always slows down reassembly because each one has to be properly routed and tucked away. I also swapped the OCOOL badge for a white one that lights up blue. It gives it a much better look when its off.






More Fittings Needed:

Now that I have the IKONiK build very close to completion I've realized I'll need a few fittings and adaptors. The space is so tight in parts of the build that the only way to do some connections is by using adaptors. Luckily ModMyMods & Alphacool have a hearty selection to choose from which allows me to get in those tight spots. The last few parts are enroute and should be here this week.

 
Plumming Several Dump Valves:

This is in no way required for the typical user. My case mods tend to travel a lot to shows and LAN events so I wanted an easier way to drain the entire loop. In specific locations I added dumps valves with caps on them. The 1st one is located on the reservoir. All I have to do is take off the cap; hook up some tubing and drain the top half of the loop. The main drain ports are attached to the out and in on the pump. This allows me to drain the other portion of the loop through either side. Arranging them in this way saves a ton of time down the road.

 

EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19th May 2017, 21:49   #87
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.


Installing Hardline & Water-cooling:

Almost all of the hardline has been run and just requires a bit of minor tweaking. Getting the runs perfect was a but more work than I originally anticipated but, was well worth it. The polished chrome tubing does a great job of bringing it all together. I have a few fittings left to install and most of them arrived today.






Final Parts Arrive From ModMyMods:

Now that most of the parts have arrived from ModMyMods I can finish the reassembly and detail the the build before leak testing. The main reason I needed specific adaptors was due to the way I chose to do the runs for the watercooling. I wanted to keep the majority of the tubing going horizontal while have a mirrored vertical run. I'm exremely happy with the way this build is looking. It's even better than I had originally imagine and I'm glad I went with the polished chrome hardline. It's a perfect fit for the IKONiK build. It convays the classy, clean and modern look that I wanted.

I am still trying to deturmine of I'll have enough time to leak test and take pics before I leave for Computex. I may save it till after so that I am not rushed. This build has taken a ton of time to complete and I'd hate to ruin it because I was in a hurry. Below I started mocking up the 2 vertical runs.



I also got these super awesome ModMyMods case badges:

EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Yesterday, 20:37   #88
EnviousMods
Supermodder
 
EnviousMods's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: NW Oregon
Posts: 346
EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.EnviousMods is definitely a rep cheat.


I just wanted to update everyone and let you know i will be leak testing the IKONiK build once I get back from Computex and the CyberMods Competition. Shortly after leak tests I will bring taking final photos.
EnviousMods is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
be quiet!, case mod, ikonik, pc modding, sponsored

Thread Tools
View Mode

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:52.
Powered by: vBulletin Version 3
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.