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Old 17th Apr 2011, 23:30   #1
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Project: Aluminum Water Cooling Case

This is a project/build log for an aluminum case designed specifically for a large water cooled rig, specifically:
  • 3 x 140x4 radiators
  • 1 140x3 radiator
  • 10-slot motherboard tray







So far, the aluminum constituting the frame of the case has been cut:



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Old 18th Apr 2011, 08:10   #2
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Project log should contain pics of work in progress, please. Moved to Modding...
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thats a lot of cooling. do you know what hardware is going in it yet?
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Old 22nd Apr 2011, 05:12   #4
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thats a lot of cooling. do you know what hardware is going in it yet?
Unfortunately, no.




The basic frame of the case is done, which consists of .5x1-inch u-channel with its ends plugged with blocks (pictured in the first post), press-fitted and pinned with a #4 screw along with some 1-inch angle:










The assembled case frame is too tall to fit in the camera frame. hehe





The frame looks kind'a "meh" until I bolt on the gorgeous anodized quarter rounds.




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...and there's the project log. Moving right back...
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That's going to be an absolute monster of a case! Great start.
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I have a quick question, you are using U channel aluminum for your frame, how much stronger is it compared to angle aluminum? Also, can 3mm angled aluminum be strong enough to make a watercooling case?

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I have a quick question, you are using U channel aluminum for your frame, how much stronger is it compared to angle aluminum? Also, can 3mm angled aluminum be strong enough to make a watercooling case?

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I'm not an engineer, but the u-channel feels to be at least as twice as strong as an angle (as to be expected).

I personally wouldn't build a case out of 3mm angle, but ymmv.

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Nice work on the main frame . It looks pretty solid and decent. I also think the U-channel were a good choice because of the stability against twisting
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1/16th aluminum is plenty strong enough to build an entire case from. Just have to have some triangluation built in. Either angled braces or some form of solid plate. and example would be the mid play in a Lian-li style case, and the motherboard tray. Attach those plates along at least three sides and the case will stand up great. And be lightweight.

Spotswood, I love your idea for scre blocks in the aluminum channel. I will have to still it for future builds.

Where did you get the quarter round extruded aluminum parts?
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You are really keeping busy these days. very nice as always Rich.
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The two shelves were cut from a .10-inch thick 5052 via my trusty router, a straight edge and a downcut spiral bit.




At the back corners of the shelves, two .5x1-inch cutouts were routed out via a temporary router jig.






The rounded inside corner left by the .5-inch flush router bit were filed square.




FWIW, here's the difference in the thickness of the aluminum sheeting I use compared to everyone else.




Finally, a mockup of the shelf inside the frame of the case:

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1/16th aluminum is plenty strong enough to build an entire case from. Just have to have some triangluation built in. Either angled braces or some form of solid plate. and example would be the mid play in a Lian-li style case, and the motherboard tray. Attach those plates along at least three sides and the case will stand up great. And be lightweight.

Spotswood, I love your idea for scre blocks in the aluminum channel. I will have to still it for future builds.

Where did you get the quarter round extruded aluminum parts?
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Spotswood, you give me faith that I don't need an expensive mill & instead just need to buy a router & get good at using it & making custom jigs.

What is the thickest aluminium you have routed? also do you have to do it in gradually deeper depths like a couple of mm at a time?.

Your cases rock sturdy & great looking . +rep
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Spotswood, you give me faith that I don't need an expensive mill & instead just need to buy a router & get good at using it & making custom jigs.

What is the thickest aluminium you have routed? also do you have to do it in gradually deeper depths like a couple of mm at a time?.

Your cases rock sturdy & great looking . +rep
1/4-inch is probably the thickest I've cut so far, and yes I did that in two passes. Everything else I do at full depth. However, when cutting raw material I'll cut them oversize with a 3/16-inch mill/bit, then sneak-up to the desired dimension with a 1/4-inch spiral down cut bit i.e. the final pass is only removing ~.5mm of material for a nice smooth finish.
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Thanks for the useful info Rich .

Wow it must be fun making mad extreme cases .
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The frame looks kind'a "meh" until I bolt on the gorgeous anodized quarter rounds.
Huge great looking case on the horizon..its amazing how those two pieces of quarter rounds transform the basic frame..great work so far
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The 5.25-inch drive bay rails finally came back from a local fabricator.




And a 140x4 rad arrived in the shop.



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