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Case Mod - In Progress ANGEL - Lian-li PC-A05N Mod

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Pazu, 28 Sep 2009.

  1. rowin4kicks

    rowin4kicks a man walked into a bar ...

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    makes me wish i had kept my AO5b mod going, great work mate.

    (although i am greedily looking forward to modding a much anticipated V351b!)
     
  2. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    really love the look of the radiator mount, in fact really love the look of the whole exterior!

    roll on the next installment :D
     
  3. ricickle

    ricickle Reamer

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    Wow great work dude
    A05b Cheesecake!
     
  4. Pazu

    Pazu New Member

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    Thanks man.

    Yup. When I was done with the rad support, I was thinking the same. But then, if I am to redo this, I'd make the support in 1 piece. Then, I'd put some details on top. Great suggestion though. :)

    Thanks!

    Koolance pass-through? I'm not very familiar with that. :p Any details? I admit the hoses look drab when compared to the rest of the mod. I'll try to work on that. :)

    Thanks guys!!

    Heh. Will do soon.

    Thanks! Think my scale modeling skills do helped a bit there. :)

    Thanks! I'm glad my wife made me shift the stripes to the side too.

    A05 is a great case to work with. If you don't mind the space a bit. :)

    Thanks! I like the way the rad is mounted too. :)

    :rock:

    Thanks for all the encouragement guys! You guys are great.:blush:
     
  5. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    This is what I meant. Koolance call them panel mount fittings.
    They make them in 3 sizes 6mm, 10mm and 13mm ID:
    http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?product_id=717
    They will looks something like this once mounted:
    http://www.koolance.com/water-cooling/product_info.php?product_id=593

    You will need to replace the plexi plate you have already but the rest of the installation would be simply drilling 2 new holes for the fittings (keeping the barb on the interior of the case) then you can use a 45 degree fitting like THIS to run the lines to the rad.

    Personally I think that would cap off an awesome mod :D
     
  6. Pazu

    Pazu New Member

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    Aha! Now I see what you mean. I do know that my rubber grommets make the mod look cheap. But then it's like I said in the first post, I want to keep the costs down.

    Compression barbs are really nice, no doubt. But then it'd also drive my cost up 2 times. Also, my ancient hardware doesn't justify the additional cost too.

    Thanks for the great suggestion, now if only I can get some sponsors for new hardware. :thumb:
     
  7. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    I only used the compression barbs an an example :D.
     
  8. Top Nurse

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    I hope those filters (the three part ones) work out for you. I used those same ones when I modified my Celestron C-11 and I decided them to be not so good in filtering dust particles. However, they do look very nice.
     
  9. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    Nice job so far - if not excellent.

    One small suggestion, though: Put the fans on top of the rad and suck the air through instead of blowing it. If not for the improved performance then for the sake of protecting the fins and make the top look a little more "sealed off" and completed. You can still have the filters on the underside of the radiator - just buy 2 more filters and use them without the filter itself on the fans - will make for an OK fan protection grill - or buy a black A.C. Ryan acrylic grill to sit on top?

    Just my 5 cents...
     
  10. Colossous

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    Loking great duder :thumb:
     
  11. Pazu

    Pazu New Member

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    Ya, I think they aren't a foolproof solution too. But it's always better than nothing. :)

    Would sucking the air in improve performance? Anyway, FWIW, the fans that I'm using are pretty crap too... And like I said If I had to do it again, I'd definitely make the rad support out of a single piece.

    Plus, most rad grills are bigger than 2x120 in dimension so they won't be very useful here either. Thanks for the thoughts!


    Thanks!!:D
     
  12. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    There's lots of debate over push-versus-pull for rads. I think go with whatever you think looks and performs up to your expectations. Don't go pulling things apart and putting them back together unless it's really worth the time and effort (example: you're getting strangely high temps, might be worth changing a few things around).

    As for the grills - you've shown some serious metalworking skill, so make 'em yourself! I did, and besides the filing, it really wasn't much work!
     
  13. Kumo

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    Nice and clean job, with almost no power machines. Very nice.

    Dislike a little the so exposed rad, but it's an impressive work.
     
  14. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    Yeah, I'd also say: make the grills yourself. This case really deserves it!
     
  15. Pazu

    Pazu New Member

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    OK. Based on all these feedback, I will be making some changes to rad support. Stay tuned.

    Thanks guys!
     
  16. Asulc

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    awesome build... just some comments, with the stripes maybe continue them over the top grill, it sorta stands out as is... and i agree with others, a grill on top of the rad would be icing on the cake
     
  17. Singularity

    Singularity ******* Operator from Hell

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    Very nice job. Love the original case, and this mod uses the case amazingly :)
     
  18. Pazu

    Pazu New Member

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    Ya I'm working on a cover for the rad. :) Hopefully I can get some metal work done tomorrow evening. Wife will be out bowling. :p

    Thanks! I wish I have a chance to work with other Lian-li case too. They are great!
     
  19. Pazu

    Pazu New Member

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    Now, that's RAD.

    Minor update.

    Based on the feedback gathered here at the bit-tech forum the last time. I decided to work on a new rad cover. I guess it does looks a little incomplete.

    As always, I draw up the design on paper first.
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    Next, transfer the design onto the workpiece.
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    Begin cutting...
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    Cutting done. Filing next...
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    And 2.5 hours later after I started working. Man... It's a lot of elbow grease work. Shiny!
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    Off to the powder coaters again, and... Done! This time it's done in gloss black. Looks really rad. :D
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    Installed!
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    By the way, someone asked me how I can clean the filters under the rad. Here's how.
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    Wow. Dusty already.
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    Ok. That's all for now. Sorry the internals are not done yet. Till next time. Thanks.
     
  20. Reverse

    Reverse Reverse/srvR

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    That simpley looks a lot better.
    Nice job!
     

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