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Case Mod - In Progress Jam Packed - InWin A1 Mod

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  1. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

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    Part 3 of the video series is up, and I get the radiator situated in the bottom of the case




    So the slim GTS raadiator, I knew would fit for sure, since I had already done this install with the old not-really-modded setup

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    But when I switched to the Vega 56 Nano's instead of the GTX 760's, although my testing indicated it would be fine, it just didn't feel right. I felt like if I just went with the slim radiator, I'd be feeling like I short changed myself, and we can't have that now can we.

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    So as per the video, I cut a giant hole in the bottom of the chassis so I could fit the GTR radiator, with the fans attached to it through the original the base, and this made BARELY enough room, but should be enough. Though I might have to zip off the bottom half of the PCIE card retainer mechanism there, so that it will actually latch.

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    I guess that's pretty much it for this one, until I post the part 4 video update later on.
     
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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    *Pushing on the PCIE mount.
    Mosquito: "Yeah, It totally fits." :lol:
     
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  3. Mosquito

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    lol Because of the bevel on the edge of the Hardware labs radiators, it's not actually touching anything, it's just REALLY close lol It's just the little clip that snaps over the back part of the card/riser to hold it in place that will hit

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  4. Mosquito

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    Howdy!

    Part 4 of the video series is up, and tacking how to mount dual GPUs in this thing




    So, the starting point was one of Bill's (MNPCTech) Stage 1 vertical GPU bracket

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    Thought about trying to mod my hardware to make them both single slot cards, but instead decided to prototype a dual GPU mount in the same idea. Mounts in a 120mm fan spot, holds 2 GPUs. First prototype out of MDF

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    Instead of a slitting saw to make a slot for the bottom of the PCI covers, I just cut a recess and use screws + washers to hold the GPUs against it

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    Then back to the CNC to make one out of acrylic, using threaded inserts since I didn't have a tap the right size at the time (later fixed that problem)

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    Again, this one worked well, so I made one out of aluminum intended as the final

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    Drilled and tapped all the holes for this one

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    And this worked great!

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    However, it only worked great for the GTX 760s... My Vega 56 Nano's that I've decided to switch to, are a little taller, and as such they are too tall with this bracket... Dang it!

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    So.... slight redesign, to drop the GPUs down a little bit (it was already mounted as low in the 120mm slots as I could get it)

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    And this was just enough to drop it down below the top

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    Then I cut out the raised mesh from the fan hole in the cases (Video Only, subscribe to my OnlyFans to see that... /kidding)
    But anyway, then I made a cover plate to go over the ugly, since I had to cut out more mesh than I needed to for the GPU mount, so I could keep it flat

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    And installed that in the case to get an idea of what it'll look like

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    And.... that will pretty much do it for this time around :)

     
  5. Cheapskate

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    It looks like you figured out your cut issues on the 2nd one.
     
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    Really nice!
     
  7. Mosquito

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    lol yes, went in to that a little in the video, it was set up way too aggressive in the first aluminum one. Also took apart the z-axis carriage and tightened things up a little, as some of the V-wheels had worked a little loose. Also adjusted the tool paths a little too, with actual finishing paths and what not

    Thanks!
     
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    So it's time to take a look at the reservoir/pump in this thing, and make a first pass at getting that figured out. Also a quick mock with some other stuff to see just how things are fitting in there




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    Not too many pictures for this one, basically just drilled and tapped a hole in my Watercool pump top reservoir so I could have a different port location on it for having return to the pump there, or a fill/drain port later. Will also be thinking about a custom res+pump combo for this thing too...



    Thanks for checking it out, hopefully back soon with another installment
     
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    Looks great :thumb:
    Is this your own cnc?:dremel:
     
  10. ciaognep

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    very small case work well done :rock::rock::rock::rock:
     
  11. Mosquito

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    Thanks! Yeah, this is a CNC I got about 7 months ago. Still learning a lot :eeek:

    Thanks, the small cases are often my favorites, I enjoy the challenge :dremel:
     
  12. ivory2k19

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    nice machine, maybe one day :hehe:
     
  13. ciaognep

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    I see...
     
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    lovely build....the GPU bracket is insane :rock:
     
  15. Mosquito

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    That's what I kept telling myself, for like 5 years lol Finally managed to save up enough to buy the CNC last year. Too many other things kept taking priority before it :)

    Thanks, it's the key to the whole mod, otherwise it would have just been a single vertical GPU lol
     
  16. Cheapskate

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    2" plexi? DO IT!
     
  17. Mosquito

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    I plead the 5th lol :grin:
     

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