Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by OrangeClockwerk, 3 Mar 2014.
Thanks man! yeah I got a few things to tweak, I cant unsee that face now haha
Update 8 : June 24th : Reservoir trim done! PETG installed!
Hey everybody! I got a whole lot of update here today! Hope you all enjoy! I have a ton of photos so lets get right into it!
First and foremost thanks to my awesome sponsors! You guys are truly amazing!!
Alright first thing I got some more parts in. Mod/smart sent me in the power and reset switches along with spools and spools and spools of PSU pins for sleeving my own cables!! I am now stocked and I love it!
I recently had inquiries to make custom handmade reservoirs for some peoples builds after sharing pictures of mine. So I picked up a new 15/32 plastic drillng bit and a new syringe. These larger syringes are the way to go, they don't jam up and explode solvent everywhere.
Alright some modding! I painted the connectors needed to get my power supply sleeved, I hope to get that sleeved for next update.
Speaking of sleeving I found this paracord online and the color is called rust, it is really really close to the metallic copper. I think I will use it for some accent striped between the white.
Alright now into the reservoir work, there is quite a bit of it =D
First up was finishing the bottom reservoir. First cut all the pieces the drill and tap what needed to be, then glue together.
Then fit it together, glue it, and leak test it. This one is much better than my first. I had a dulling router bit and it was just a crap finish the first time, I didn't even share it. This one glued up mint with no leaks!
Next up was trimming both reservoirs. I have tons of photos as I shared every day but I am going to kind of broaden it out so my update doesn't have 150 photos of me cutting on the scroll saw haha
When I cut the trim I would do one axis at a time and flush cut the trim even with the edge on my router table.
After all the trim was on I was really happy with the way it came out! In the next update I should have the trim painted and installed correctly.
Next up was mounting the reservoirs. The top res is fastened to he motherboard tray and the bottom one is now flush with the front face of the bezel after some modding =D. I have to attach it with a screw or 2 when I have it exact. The bottom bezel will get some more detail treatment eventually.
Next up I didn't like using the mesh panel drive bay port cover for the bulkheads, it didn't seem professional or rigid enough. so I made one from acrylic and it is currently in place with some 3m mod tape, I will probably glue it in after the bezel is done and repainted but it looks much nicer than had before.
Now I am ready to run a couple PETG tubes from top res to the bulkheads.
Some soapy water for the rubber insert.
I made my own jig to bend tubing at the exact length it needed to be.
It was worth it because the tubes are nearly identical. I have a little trimming to tweak them to perfect but Ill do it later.
This is where I am now! I am super happy with the way its looking! I can't wait to get some hardware in this build!
Well thats where I am at for now! I hope you all enjoyed the update! If you want to follow me daily dont forget to check out my facebook page Clockwork Case Mods! Also remember I still have aluminum case cubes available and I have people now inquiring about custom reservoirs, so PM me on my page if you would like something made! I will also be offering CNC work in the near future, so stay tuned! Cheers!
The reservoars looks beautiful. Well done!
Looking great as usual man.
Thanks Hukkel, lol I cant wait to finish the bezel, it does resemble a surprised face right now haha. well not as much with the tubes installed but still
Update 9 : July 10 : Z97, PSU Mod, Swiftech Sponsors Build!
Hey there everyone! Very exciting news for the build, Swiftech has jumped on board and sponsored the build with the rest of the watercooling parts I needed!
Very excited, things are just getting better and better! Now I can afford to put 2x 780s in the build and I will cool them with the Komodo blocks!
I delayed the update 2 days waiting on some parts to arrive to photo out and add into the update. I Also recieved my prizes from my article in Custom PC magazine, one of those prizes being 2x 256gb solid state drives from Corsair, which I will be using in this build in Raid 0.
Another item in is my Asus z97 Sabertooth board which is absolutely awesome! I wanted a solid motherboard that is good for modding and this one is the best of both worlds! The main modding I did was on my power supply for this update, my case is tore down and I am doing another round of details as I build it up, so the next update will be a lot of that.
Before I get ahead of myself lets start the update! First thing first thank you very much to all of my sponsors, you guys are awesome! Very grateful to be where I am today!
Okay here are the parts that came in Ill start with the Swiftech goodies!
First the radiators, a dual and triple 120mm. The dual is for the front under the bay waterfall and the triple is for the ceiling exhaust. These will be painted copper.
Next up is this beautiful CPU block, the Apogee XL, right now this has got to be the best looking CPU block on the market, that is my opinion. I chose the clear acrylic, and Ill be modding it white and copper with the white LED.
Love this =D
Now the new Komodo-NV GPU blocks! These boys are very clean with an industrial feel! There is an LED panel inside with removable filters for the colors. I didnt mess with that yet, I will have in depth more detailed photos of the hardware again when I do the modding on all of it.
The backplate, another toy to mod!
Next up is the pump! I am using the MCP35x2. Its the PWM double DDC, I figured I need at least 2 pumps for good flow through all the hardware and through 2 waterfalls. Also I got the heat sink just incase.
Then I threw on some pf the Primochill revolvers and took some group photos. SEXY! lol yeah modders like myself are weirdos and find hardware attractive haha!
Alright thats all the parts from Swiftech for now, I took a couple shots of the solid states from Corsair.
Alright up next the Asus Z97 Sabertooth! Very rugged PC board, when they say its TUF they mean it!! Just holding it it feels more sturdy than other motherboards that feel fragile when holding it.
Here I held the board up on my IO panel I made.
Okay now that you were properly introduced to the goodies on to the modding of the update! I did quite a bit of work on the Cooler Master V750 Semi-modular Gold Rated power supply. Not only did I paint it to the theme, I also cut the GPU power cable daisy chain jumper off and spliced the cables inside the power supply creating 4 independent 8-pin GPU power plugs.
First up some sleeving.
Okay here I separated the GPU wires, cut them off, cut them in half, and resoldered them on 2 per lead.
This is what I ended up with.
Then I cut the switch cables and power receptacle cables, removed the board and the switches from the case to paint.
Primed and painted the shell starting with the top.
I LOVE how the top worked out!
The bottom I had to open the wire hole.
Then painted and reinstalled the plug and switch.
Now the finishing touch is the new V750 on the side since I painted over the original. I cut it out with the scroll saw on 1/16" aluminum.
After filing it down I painted it copper, and glued it on the side, now the PSU mod is complete and I think it lokos pretty damn good. I got a couple paint smudges but I have touch up paint to cover up and you can barely tell. The side of the PSU with the V750 on it will be seen through a clear acrylic window in the bottom case middle panel.
Well that is all I have for this update! I am days away from finishing my CNC which has been stealing a little modding time from me. I need to install my limit switches, bolt down the table top, fill the spindle loop, and wire the spindle and I should be wrapped up on that for the time being and I can go full blast on this Cyprus build. Glad to finish as there are some cool ideas I have for this build that I can make on the CNC. Also don't forget catch daily updates on my Facebook page Clockwerk Case Mods if you would like. I Share my daily work there and recently started taking a couple daily modding photos and sharing them on Instagram, my handle is orangeclockwerk on instagram. I am also trying to get things going on Twitter where I also go by @OrangeClockwerk. Well thats all now! Until next time, you know where to find me!
lovin the progress Jim, can't wait for next update!
[Cyprus 29] Cooler Master HAF935 : Update 10 : July 28th : Copper paint! CNC time!
Hey guys!! Another forum update! I stretched a little long this time to make sure I had solid content as I have been working hard to finish up the CNC and it is now finally cutting after 6 months! Here is the first test cut with a engraving bit!
I am very excited to say the least! I didnt plan to have this ready for the completion of Cyprus29 so now I get to add a layer of CNCed details to the case! Its going to be awesome! I can now retire the router table, Its got me through to this point and helped me create some awesome stuff by hand. Ill probably still use it here and there though.
Anyways more goodies from the CNC in the next update! Lets get on with this one!
First a quick shout to my sponsors you guys rock! I have a Primochill hardline tubing jig on the way for my bends I cant wait to use it I have seen it work wonder!
This update is primarily painting. I first repainted the MNPCtech billet fan ring.
The I took all the sexy Swiftech gear and modded it to theme. I have to mod my pump and a GPU block yet but the first GPU block and the CPU block came out fantastic.
I built up the pump and I am going to add a fan to the heatsink and a frame around the base.
The first parts to catch paint were the radiators.
They came out super clean!
Next up to the plate was the Apogee XK Cpu waterblock.
I drilled out the plugs for the mod plate and tapped them to M3. I dont recommend this if you aren't confident in yourself, one slip and you pop right into the center of the block and its ruined! Luckily I made it out alive =D
Then I broke it down for paint.
I also sleeved the power cable for the led boards with the Mod/Smart Maxcord.
I was happy with the turn out! I'm going to use the CNC to mill a cut out in the top panel and paint it copper so white light shines through.
Next up is the GPU block! First was the tear down process. These are some hardcore water blocks, not the standard 2 layer block there is about 5 or 6 haha.
Okay after that process it was time for paint!
Here I drilled out for M3 screws again from the little philips that come with it, then counter sunk this plate.
Back to paint!
Here is another screw replacement for m3 for the Gpu logo plate. =D
Now back to paint haha!
Last up for paint was the back plate.
After everything was painted I reassembled it and holy crap! They don't even look like the same waterblocks!!! I also switched out the black alloy screws for stainless steel screws, I think they matched better. I Can't wait to get these on some 780's and in the build!
Hard to top those blocks but I want to show you the painted reservoir really quick! I got the bottom one in primer, the top one is complete and ready for install though and thats what I want to show. The reason I painted after glueing it on is that the weld-on glue is very strong and would smear the paint right off.
It was a real paint to mask off inside the pocket the trim created but well worth it in the end!
Well that wraps up another forum update don't forget you can catch daily updates and CNC work at my Facebook page Clockwerk Case Mods! Thanks for watching!!
Thanks Bill! you snuck this comment in right before my update haha I was looking for it to quote it like where the hell did it go! haha
Holy Cow that Reservoir turned out perfect. Was really worth it
Coming along great, but what will you do when the store runs out of copper paint.
Holy.... crap.... That last update tho!!! Keep up the awesome work homes!
Good stuff Jim, love how the gpu blocks came out
Very nice update! Keep them coming
Thanks man! It was well worth the prep work, masking off the inlayed area was a pain but it paid off for sure!
hahaha I order it from Home Depot in 6 packs haha, speaking of that I better order one more to make sure I can cover it =D I still have a ton of things to spray copper haha
Thanks Des! Will do bud!
Thanks Martjin! I love them too!
Thanks! Will do! =D Finishing the CNC freed up a ton of money and time, now its full focus on this build til its done!
Good to hear. Would love to have a work shop like yours. I'm a "kitchen modder" myself, sadly.
I think I just copper'd my pants because of that GPU block
just the right amount of white mixed in with the copper there
Love what you did with that psu looks so clean!
Proud and honored to say Cyprus 29 was nominated for Mod of the Month for July 2014! Check it out here!
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