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Case Mod - In Progress CL0S3 IMPACT-Final pics and a closing for this saga

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by B NEGATIVE, 7 Aug 2013.

  1. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    Hurro!

    So,as you would expect,this is another build log but this time (for a long time) its for me for a change!

    I am working away on a scratch build in the ITX flavour but got held up trying to get stuff actually made up,so i decided to do a build anyway while im ironing out the wrinkles in it.
    You can see my scratch design here

    So i started looking at cases,nothing really caught my eye until i saw the S3 from Caselabs.......well,it ticked all my boxes and,even though its not cheap once its imported,I was sold on it.
    No expense spared on the naming as usual.
    The basic hardware will be as follows:

    Asus IMPACT Z87 ITX mobo,on pre order.....still waiting.
    i5 or i7...not sure yet as this will be a LAN box/daily driver while the SR2 gets its upgrade,i7 is a bit overkill for this purpose. Plus im delidding it,i5 is a bit less of a hit if my hands of meat ruin it.
    780 of some description...
    Corsair Platinum 2400 ram,Scan have a good deal on this right now. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-...2400)-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-10-12-12-31-dhx-
    Couple of SSDs...The new Samsung EVO drives look a bit tasty.
    WD Caviar Black for the pron and pizza pics.

    Obviously wasserkooled,this time acrylic rather than my standard copper tubing (I dont think Magoo would let anything else happen tbh)

    So,shall we have a mooch around the case?

    I went for the full fat S3 with pedestal,windows all round and the vented IO panels
    I bought the pedestal as a precaution in case my cunning plan doesnt work out like i want,i did mention its going R-ITX rather than horizon right? No? Sorry.......= )

    The finish is in primer grey as its having a custom paint job......airbrush work not done by myself so it should look good!


    Whats in the box Mr Parker?

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    Instructions...thrown away....Im asserting my manliness today.

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    All the nicely wrapped panels in a pile.this is the case bit,the pedestal is an entirely different pile....

    First panel and the one that is not being used in the mod (R-ITX remember? Im making my own)
    I did mention to Caselabs about selling front and back blanks and it was well received so maybe I wont have to make one.......

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    Base panel.

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    A bent piece.....nothing a pair of pliers cant sort tho.

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    And the 2 panels fixed up.

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    Another piece im no likely to use...except the mounts for the SSD and HDD

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    Pick of it inside.[...before it all gets hit with the mod stick.

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    Front panel. Nice mesh.

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    More assembly......

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    And panels on.

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    Thats all im doing today,the light is going and my hand hurts,tomorrow i will be assembling the ped and then showing roughly what im doing inside before breaking it all down again.

    If you were wondering how easy is it to build this case......

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    Im doing it one handed....
     
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  2. imersa

    imersa Parvum Princess

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    Watching for SFF goodness. I mean it's a bit big for SFF but I'm sure you'll use the space extremely well :D
     
  3. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Jinkies! Do my eyes deceive me or is that iodine/ sterilising wash on your fingers? I'd say that was pretty darn small, but then mr imersa there does have a habit of fitting computers in crevices a cockroach would find cramp.
     
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The extended pinky thing they teach you for teacups doesn't work well when cutting something. -I fell victim to that one too.
    Be honest though- MrMagoo put it together for you.
     
  5. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    What happened to your hand?

    A B-Neg project is always a good thing to follow.
     
  6. CMos

    CMos Member

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    I love the Caselab cases so I will follow:)

    Good luck with the Build!
     
  7. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    Its going to be crammed in,not to your level tho...you have to sit on the sidepanel like a holiday suitcase! :rock:

    I have had to have my finger wired back together after being attacked in my car
    Wanna see?

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    The canine overlord says that if it was he that put it together then it would of been done already,rather than the 'effort' you see here


    Why thank you Hukkel,good to see you in.
    Got more server pron yet? And you dont think teh SR 2 is not server?
     
  8. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Dam dude thats harsh. I hope you informed Chuck Norris so he can go take some roundhouse vigilante vengeance on your behalf. I always love how they draw an arrow just in case they go for the wrong one. Most reassuring. :worried: But at least we've got the good 'ol NHS.
     
  9. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    The NHS saved my ass many times now. :clap:

    Board has arrived!

    And she is a beauty!

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    No AS bag....hmmmm.....

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    The bare board,the fiddly bits are yet to come...

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    VRM Daughterboard.

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    Push to start...like a Ferrari. Except this is cheaper in pants.

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    Debug panel,because ITX builds are normally cramped...however they saw fit to use a start button...

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    Back of the VRM board,hopefully the backplate will be compatible with a VRM block.

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    The soundcard,a welcome addition,ITX does suffer cut backs...this board is trying hard to reverse that.

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    The mPCI-e slot...takes Wifi card and the new (soon to be released) SFF SSD's

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    And all together now...

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    Magoo approves this post.

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    I will be tackling the pedestal later,maybe slip the board in for a look-see
     
  10. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    You were attacked in your car? O.0
    By someone that wanted to mug you or what?

    haha Well SR-2 is also server of course. It uses Xeons. Two of them. But for a lot of people it also gets used to game etc. You can't game on 4 Opterons :D Or hardly anyway.
     
  11. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    @Hukkel - I read it like he was attacked by the car...
    That board looks a little too loaded up. Do I see a custom memory clamp system to clear the other parts? SataIII will require surgical tools to install, and an aftermarket air sink is obviously out of the question.:lol: -Not that you would use one... Putting everything on water will be a tactical challenge too. To top it off, your wearing an oven mitt for the install.:eeek:
     
  12. AverageNinja

    AverageNinja Almost an EpicNinja

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    Attacked in your car?! They tried to steal Artic Water off of you? D:
    Get well soon mate! Let's pray for karma.
     
  13. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    And a server chipset.

    Road rage is a horrible thing.....apparently.

    The DIMM clamps are the one side latch variety,they work really well

    Arctic Water is with its owner,im just needing to finish the door window...which i cant do with my tatty finger...and he was so very keen to get it!


    Anyway.


    Today is all about the pedestal.
    Another pile of parts,all wrapped very nicely

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    The base panel,drop in mount with a drain port or 2

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    And the top panel.
    These are interchangeable with one another,the pedestal can be extended with another ped if you feel the need.

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    This is the back panel for the ped,I chose a 120 exhaust for mine.

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    Some assembly.

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    Now we are at the front panel,inner and outer skins

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    These are vital...and not included.
    These are the 240/280 mounts and they will be useful in my idea.
    Remember to get these if you use the ped.

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    Not the kit i will be using but it gives sense of size.

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    The feet i will be using are the MNPC feet i won for Bittechs MOTM for May.

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    And the finished (to a point) assembly.

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    To give a sense of scale,thats a Bitspower 400mm res,it will fit if you remove a cover plate in the bottom of the case.

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    This will fit,its a toss up between this and the XSPC 270 Photon in this build.

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    Now this is where it gets interesting and this pic should give you an idea of what i intend to achieve.

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    The board is R-ATX and the PSU will sit behind the mobo tray,much like my scratch design.
    I will need to fab a midplate,a mobo tray/support and a backplate,all simple stuff.
    I will also need to get solid doors (im a DUMBASS and didnt spec it with them) to rework the windows and add intakes for the rads,2 240s (one each side intaking)

    There look like there is enough room and the ruler says yes but whether it will look right is another story,this why i got the ped...i can swing back to having rads in the bottom and i can get creative in the main case.
     
  14. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    I don't know about everyone else but I came here to see Magoo O.O





    Nah jk man, it looks great so far.
     
  15. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    Magoo the Canine Overlord is pleased by this hooman.
     
  16. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Big case/little mobo must be the new trend.:D -Delicious CaseLabs overkill.
     
  17. KoSoVaR^

    KoSoVaR^ Professional Sleever & Modder

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    ohhh!
    I see what you wanna do there !
     
  18. Vetalar

    Vetalar *learning english*

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    now we waiting ITX board in magnum case :) TH10 for example...
     
  19. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    I have to say this case is incredibly well made structurally,plain exterior means more potential.
    And i can get spares if the jigsaw runs away with me.

    Should look good with a lightpanel with inbuilt water channels.
    Getting busy with the card board right now for mockup's

    Not from me you wont.....:eeek:
     
  20. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    So,while im unable to chop anything up right now,i will have to amuse myself by planning the res.

    The front needs something to fill it up,im not normally a bay fan but the S3 is begging for something on the front to give it some detail (other than the paint job thats coming)

    I came up with this.

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    The window has a nice chamfer on the raised section to mirror the Aquacomputer GPU blocks,when i first saw those GPU blocks,i wanted them soooooo bad,enough to buy a 780/Titan for that awesome active backplate.

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    A tidy looking res that will fill that gap nicely.

    When i finish the SW model of all the panels of the S3 then can show you hopefully what it will look like in place.
     

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