1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Case Mod - In Progress Jam Packed - InWin A1 Mod

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Mosquito, 5 Feb 2020.

  1. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

    Joined:
    24 Mar 2011
    Posts:
    938
    Likes Received:
    30
    Hi,

    I'm Mosquito, also known as Chris, and I have a problem. I haven't posted a case mod in like 2 years

    I'm going to be working on an In-Win A1 case, and this is sort of two worklogs in one. First part is a simple mod, to watercool CPU + GPU in a custom loop with only a simple mod (and some GPU size restrictions).

    After that, I am continuing to mod the case, to see how much I can fit in this little case :)

    This video is the first step in that multi-step approach.

    I put together this video on a simple mod for installing a custom watercooling loop with minimal modifications




    First thing I did was some disassembly to get to the bottom of the case, and then used an old radiator template thing I had to mark some hole locations
    [​IMG]


    And then drilled out those holes. Note, I forgot to tape the case first, so I ended up taping around the locations I marked for the most part, instead of taping and re-marking. Oops
    [​IMG]


    All I had to do was drill 8 holes and it allowed me to mount the fans through the bottom of the case to the radiator

    [​IMG]


    This no longer uses the holes in the bottom plastic frame for mounting the fans. You also wouldn't want to anymore, since there is about a 3/16" (just under 5mm) gap between the fan and the plastic frame. No complaints here, as it helps get the fans a little further away

    [​IMG]


    Next up, a little test install. I'm using a fan/radiator mounting bracket for the pump/res combo

    [​IMG]


    It is worth noting, that fwith my setup I had to go with an SFX power supply. If you had a shorter/smaller/different reservoir arrangement, then you may be able to use the ATX power supply that comes with the case

    [​IMG]


    Next up I did some fiddling with the loop order and tubing runs, and installed my PSU

    [​IMG]


    I threw the PSU cover over it after installing everything (taped in place for now, which is why it's partially crooked in this picture)

    [​IMG]


    Overall, this was a pretty nice compact little build. I'm sure there are people crying out "WITH THAT SMALL OF A GPU YOU COULD HAVE USED A SMALLER CASE", which is true, however, I've also got a 240mm+120mm full custom loop in it :)

    [​IMG]


    I ran this system for a while, actually used it at an Age of Empires II LAN (An old college group still gets together once or twice a year to play the original version, not the HD or Definitive Editions released on Steam), and as my shop computer for a while.

    Temps were pretty good, and the passively cooled PSU never gave me any trouble. Under typical browsing/music/video streaming duties the CPU would generally sit around 33-35c and the GPU around 31-32c. Doing some bench marks or stress-tests would obviously push things a little further. While running Furmark and CPUZ's stress tests simultaneously, I was seeing the CPU around 68-72c and GPU at around 56-60c.

    Overall I was quite pleased with this setup, but... it's a little too pedestrian for me, so in the updates to come, I will be taking things a little further, possibly into the realm of pointless ridiculousness, if I can :)


    Thanks for checking this one out
     
    Last edited: 10 Feb 2020 at 13:59
  2. kim

    kim hardware addict

    Joined:
    10 Jan 2016
    Posts:
    643
    Likes Received:
    209
    :oldconfused:...video works fine, but I canot see any of the pictures yet
     
  3. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

    Joined:
    24 Mar 2011
    Posts:
    938
    Likes Received:
    30
  4. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

    Joined:
    13 May 2007
    Posts:
    10,719
    Likes Received:
    808
    You's gotta pay the protection money, Mos.
    Sweet little toaster you have there. :D For real torture you could've fit a longer res sideways.
    The PSUs run HOT. I set mine up to push the rigs exhaust through it... which made it hotter.
     
  5. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

    Joined:
    24 Mar 2011
    Posts:
    938
    Likes Received:
    30
    That's the annoying part, I did lol
    And the PSU in this particular setup is actually a passively cooled PSU. I was surprised that it actually worked out with no issues for me. I will be going with a different PSU for the rest of the project though, as I need a little more oomph :) I'll have to look in to other res options, I'm toying with the idea of creating my own
     
  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

    Joined:
    13 May 2007
    Posts:
    10,719
    Likes Received:
    808
    Oops. You said it. Even worse, you said it to me. Now you have to. :D Or I will bug the sheeeeeeeeeiiiit out of you.
     
    Jeff Hine likes this.
  7. MLyons

    MLyons Half dev, Half doge. Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

    Joined:
    3 Mar 2017
    Posts:
    3,060
    Likes Received:
    1,160
    I'd recommend switching to lets encrypt. It's free and automatic if you have a fairly normal server setup
     
    lowfat likes this.
  8. Jeff Hine

    Jeff Hine Nothing special

    Joined:
    8 May 2009
    Posts:
    1,984
    Likes Received:
    247
    Gauntlet well & truly thrown at your feet, @Mosquito ... trust me.
     
  9. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

    Joined:
    24 Mar 2011
    Posts:
    938
    Likes Received:
    30
    Haha, yes indeed... I have to do a little bit of tuning on the CNC first, but I'm definitely planning to at least give it a run this time, but I need to figure out a design first...


    More or less what I did. I changed hosts, because my old one has gone downhill quite a bit. They didn't and wouldn't support Let's Encrypt, so I switched to a different host that does. Hopefully everything is working now...
     
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

    Joined:
    13 May 2007
    Posts:
    10,719
    Likes Received:
    808
    Yep, Fixed. Looking forward to that pointless ridiculousness.
     
    Mosquito likes this.

Share This Page