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Old 25th Aug 2011, 04:13   #1
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octTower - Completed - Final photos round II

Hello Bit-Tech, my name is Craig, -toyoracer on some other sites. I am from Canada, and have come here to share in the modding spirit and fun you all have created.

So how did I get here. It all started back in '91 when my kids were given a 8088 to play with, so smart dad took charge (oh no) ended up changing some system files (logical naming is not in the computer world) Computer no longer worked, friend from work took hours to solve and then said to me Never,Never touch a computer again, back to the couch I went.

Fast-forward '06 new wife and 16 year old son, who is into Computers. Well he gives me his old one and tells me the basics (I forget) tells me again, next day I forget, what, "old dog learns slow" I don't have time to teach an old slow dog, use "google" and read and learn. Tough lovin, smart kid.


2010 I am ready to build my first PC.



Goal: Design and build a nice looking case, that pushes my skills upward.

Design : Unique theme that is more than just a rectangle box. Clean lines with no fasteners showing. Black (goes with any livingroom the wife might come up with) chrome (can't do that) polished aluminum, I can.

I began construction June 2010. Using steel 20AWG for base panel and 22AWG for the rest. Bending is done with bench-top 700mm brake. All joining will be done by soldering frame panels.

Lets start with holes made first and then bent up forming front panels





top panel



channel formed



and soldered, with motherboard mounting inserts



formed base plate with rolled edge



intake holes and formed fan mount



lower front intake blank, then bent up





test fitting

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Old 25th Aug 2011, 09:37   #2
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Nice start Craig. The photos also show a nice work space. I'll be following.
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Only a years worth of photo's to catch up on!

Looking good so far.
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Old 26th Aug 2011, 04:43   #4
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Nice start Craig. The photos also show a nice work space. I'll be following.
Attila thank you fitting for you to have first post since your suggestion led me here.
The shop is at dad's, we built it for us to play in, woodworking upstairs, metal, auto downstairs

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Only a years worth of photo's to catch up on!

Looking good so far.
thanks sparkyboy, yes what was I thinking. Pick out the best looking, re-size, touch-up the early ones (started with cheap point and shoot) Wish I found BT a lot sooner


on with the catch up show

Making of the back plate









fan test fit



Making rolled edge for motherboard tray









5.25 bay enclosure





I/O housing



and all soldered up, not just a rectangle box





HDD mounting plate







tools of the build, and first side panel with rolled edges. I later changed to "u" edges should have left them, but thought to narrow, would have worked out.



cleaned up with a few extras attached




Hope you all like the show. more tomorrow
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Old 27th Aug 2011, 03:01   #5
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Continuing the update

this is my favorite part made, design wise it improves on the original and the fitting is awesome. I/O module is screwed on from the inside.



here both side panels,, octagon window cut-out and 5.25 bay stealth door latch parts



the inner door panel with piano hinge



how the latch is made



the last time inner workings will be seen



door paint job



optical drive sled




all together now



un-latched



top exhaust is contained in a mesh housing. For those that noticed, I started with 2 fan holes and then opened up to rectangle opening. This is to accommodate the summer/winter fan plates (2 more updates) the mesh was bent up and edges filled with epoxy and mounted on aluminum plate, like so





you know what this is



motherboard tray is polished and fitted



close-up, SSD rack hangs on right side, holds 2



some side panel reflections



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Wow! That moved fast. I like.
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Wow! That moved fast. I like.

Thank you very much. Fast, started June 2010



Now for the shiny stuff

Aluminum angle cut and polished



the brazing starts





all cleaned up



here Little Bull checks out the parts to attach the drives



and checks to make sure the wild drives are safely caged



after a few attempts, I have power cable just right, some work to do on those data cables




For the front air intake, and what started this whole design, Was a special fan grill by Bill from MNPCtech, for HardwareCanucks build he did.
I am Canadian and like hardware, so I needed one.



polished up and how it would be mounted



but it was not quite right, needed some modding, now it looks right for my case




You may be asking where did the name octTower come from. Let me show you







The build-log is here. A great big thank you to mvagusta for helping me make a vision into reality


The case feet are just wrong so new shoes made.

The fast catch up is almost done. I know some of the photos are not the best, so thanks for wading through them
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Old 27th Aug 2011, 18:40   #8
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Simply..... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!! The design rocks, the execution is flawless, everything screams SUCCESS in this mod/worklog!! My friend I am in love with your mod!!! More pics pl0x!!!
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I agree. The i/o door is really nice, but so is the drive cage. Very nice work.
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Stunning Craig

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I like it, I like it a lot!!!

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Simply..... WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!! The design rocks, the execution is flawless, everything screams SUCCESS in this mod/worklog!! My friend I am in love with your mod!!! More pics pl0x!!!
Alex thank you very much, I am speechless. more pics for sure

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I agree. The i/o door is really nice, but so is the drive cage. Very nice work.
Thank you Attila, yes the cage took some thinking and I like the out come a lot

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Thanks man, glad you like it. Taking my time on each step.

A few pictures of the power on lights





I had a hard time getting a good photo of HDD activity light, so much reflection



This is close to real life brightness, pro photographer I am not



the shoes look just right I think, not to big and are rubber mounted



After a couple of trial runs, this is what the Sata power cable became



My first sleeving attempt



now it looks good but, problem with the bend radius meant I needed to do something different to get the right look. The bends needed to be 90˚ off the motherboard and the PSU. So I made molded plugs to fit.
First a mold to hold the sleeve in place



un-molding



mistake made in length for radius, cut adjust length and mod the mold use what you have to make it work



next mold for the 90˚ bend, now using fast setting epoxy is good, it is not always smooth going



but you can file, sand add more epoxy, file, sand



repeat 2 more times since PSU is a double plug.




One custom 24 pin cable, time and effort I think worth it, to get what you need or want
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Old 28th Aug 2011, 15:08   #12
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Awesome work going on here Craig. Absolutely love that 24 pin. My first post just for you.
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Very nice build!!

And that octo tower thingy is just a work of WIN!

Really amazing sir! +rep!
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Awesome workmanship and a nice clean look. Did I mention that it was frigging fast?
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Awesome work going on here Craig. Absolutely love that 24 pin. My first post just for you.
Welcome to BT y0gi, hope you have some fun and join in with your modding too.
Thanks, I am having fun trying out new things on my first build.

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And that octo tower thingy is just a work of WIN!

Really amazing sir! +rep!
Thank you very much. octo thingy I like it
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Awesome workmanship and a nice clean look. Did I mention that it was frigging fast?
Thanks - little take on Mr.Spock - if hours were weeks from the first post till now would be close


So I need some spacer nuts and no sense looking for some, so using 1/2" rod cut to 35mm drill and tap both ends





then file down ends like so



into my ghetto lathe and turn them down - .275"
(sorry this will drive you crazy Imp.&Metric)



handy parting tool



some more filing, Repeat 8 times, and you have

Mushroom Nuts







Now being the middle of summer needed some ice-cubes



no they are the spacers, and where does all this go



not there, here



some reflections




Now for some hardware mods, the copper had to go



and a nice clean smooth top



XFX 5770HD needed some refinements



blue is my accent color



someone may spot the changes made





so just 2 items left to show, that brings us up to-date

more than happy to answer all questions
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Damn ain't you full of surprises Craig!!!

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Surprises me thank you


Well here are the last 2 items of this catch game

I have no idea if this will improve cooling but the idea makes sense.

Out of the oven onto the mold



when cooled



all together, Little Bull likes it, no wire to look through



test fitting, looks okay



this week mounted the top exhaust fans



these are the summer ones



here under the mesh




there is still a few things to do, hopefully it cools down a little, the lazy days of summer
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