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Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by oliverw92, 8 Mar 2010.

  1. Nicksen

    Nicksen Danish Kid :D

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    Damn... Thats hot! XD
     
  2. pimonserry

    pimonserry sounds like a party.

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    Nice, but the nickel looks so good! White paint will detract from the looks waterblock I think.
     
  3. oliverw92

    oliverw92 New Member

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    :D Thanks mars bar!

    :) :rock:

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    :brrr: cold :p

    Well in most of the pics the nickel cool-ness is coming from the blocks themselves, not the backplates, and i am only powdercoating the backplates :)
     
  4. skreenname

    skreenname SFF Forever

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    Black connector.
    BlackBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack

    The white one just kinda sticks out to me.
    Maybe because it's kind of clear?

    But then again..
    The more I look at it the more I like it.

    How opaque is the connector in person?
     
  5. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    I love the white tops for the GPU block, very sexy.
     
  6. TWeaK

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    I think you're right about powdercoating the backplates, especially since you'll see them more easily than the rest of the block. It's not that they don't look sexy as they are, but it's just like getting some nice lingerie on your graphics card :D

    And yeah, whether you go for black or white you should change that connector. It just looks a little off compared to the heatshrink on the cables, and like skreenname said it's a little translucent. I'd love to see a fully opaque white connector though, maybe you could get it powdercoated with the backplates?
     
  7. Hutch

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    Looking fantastic.

    I'd go with a black connector. Also, I'd route the tube from the radiator to the graphics card underneath the midplate. That way it won't look 'weird' with a piece of tube traversing half way across the midplate.

    So, route it underneath the middle where its a bit more hidden, then pop it up straight into the graphics card.
     
  8. LooseNeutral

    LooseNeutral New Member

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    Go with your gut! It's all good! At the end of the day when it's all said and done, you're the one that makes the choice. You've done a bang up job. lots of peeps, including me would like to see this or that. Go with your gut! Then get the wallet back out if you're not happy with it. After the mod posts are over, post a "This is what I should've done". It's modding, "nothing to get hung about, strawberry fields forever"!
     
  9. oliverw92

    oliverw92 New Member

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    I have come up with another idea, with some input from Nils at MDPC :) Wait for it, i think it will look awesome!

    Thanks oz!

    Yeah you are right about the backplates - white is going to look sweet :)

    You can't powdercoat plastic unforunately :(

    Interesting point about the traverse tubing, however i can't put it coming straight up because the fittings would hit the rad underneath. I have also already drilled that hole for it now, so too late!

    I love this post so much - it follows the 'motto' of MDPC so well i love it - no compromise :) Hi5, I shall read your post in the future if i ever i get stuck on an idea or lose motivation :)
     
  10. oliverw92

    oliverw92 New Member

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    Update #24 - 10/08/2010

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    PSU backplate arrived from the laser cutters - gets rid of that ugly square mesh thingy that was there before.

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    Also had a new I/O plate made - the old one was a bit too small. Here i have marked out for holes to put M3 inserts in.

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    Drill them out to about 4mm.

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    Grab two of these

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    Then whack them with a hammer! There are little teeth that dig in and hold the insert in place.

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    Ticking more things off my list of little jobs to be done before painting - here i am marking out holes in the front bezel supports.

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    Here you can see them screwed in with the velcro applied

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    I also had a plate cut out by the laser guy to cover up the CPU backplate holes and make that area a bit neater.

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    I realised the other day that with the motherboard installed, you can't access one of the screws that holds the 24pin i/o guide to the cable plate. To solve this, I tapped the cable plate to M4 and drilled a 4mm hole through the guide so i can screw it in from the back.

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    Next on my list was the drain port. This idea ended up coming from my friend Simon | Laine. It comprises of a rotary 'q', a passthrough, a 90 degree compression, a stop fitting and a straight compression. This gives a nice solid solution where all i have to do is put the case over a bucket, open the port and the coolant will drain out.

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    It should make tubing nice and simple too.

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    Here is the passthrough after i opened up a hole with the step bit.

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    After mounting the fitting combination to the floor.

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    This should result in straight tubing between the rad and pump.

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    Here is a hole i cut in the drive bays to allow cables for the FC5 and DVD drive to pass through.

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    With the SATA cable plugged in.

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    The bay covers will hide any cables running behind there.
     
  11. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Nice solution for the drain port, works really well. BTW what are those hammer on threaded inserts called and where did you get them? They are really cool.
     
  12. LooseNeutral

    LooseNeutral New Member

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    What HE Said! and again, where do you get those inserts? Various sizes? and the pump top has my top pump'n! :D Tiny plates with tiny holes? Look killer!
     
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  13. oliverw92

    oliverw92 New Member

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    Thanks guys :p I have no idea where to get the inserts for, my laser cutter friend stuck some in for me. Sorry to disappoint :(
     
  14. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    Very nice drain port solution! I take a bow before you...
     
  15. Nicksen

    Nicksen Danish Kid :D

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    Cool solutions. Good work :)
     
  16. Volund

    Volund Am I supposed to care?

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    http://www.mcmaster.com/#threaded-inserts/=8cxesm

    threaded inserts :D
     
  17. LooseNeutral

    LooseNeutral New Member

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    Autistic Seagull! No, where I'm at you only chat with a bear that shakes like he's got parkinsons disease. A few apples to him and he say's "How's it going with you"? I say "Fine"! "would you like to see what so in so posted today?" "Sure!" My boy Shakey likes your build too!
     
  18. Djayness

    Djayness phwupupupup

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    Muwahahaha, Oliver you are a busy modder :p

    Can't wait to see more mate!
     
  19. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    Another solid update Oli. Those little M3 inserts were a damn good idea :)
     
  20. LooseNeutral

    LooseNeutral New Member

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    Okay, give up the info, M3 inserts, Who, where, and what sizes can they be had! Pretty please! :D google get's nuts after awhile.
     

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