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Case Mod - Complete L3peau - In Win D-Frame Mini Mod - Finished! - 2nd prize LDLC Modding Trophy 2015

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by l3p, 14 Feb 2016.

  1. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Been busy the last 4 months with a little project for the LDLC Modding Trophy 2015
    I was asked by In Win to choose any case and mod it.
    Easy choice for me!

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    When I saw the D-Frame the first time I already had plans for it.

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    I had to post in their blog first until finished but now I will also show all details here in the coming few weeks.
    If you've already seen it somewhere please don't share here yet :)

    Have fun!

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    Specs:
    In Win D-Frame Mini black
    Intel i7 4790K
    ASRock Z97 E-ITX/ac
    Inno3D iChill GTX 980 Ti X3 Air Boss Ultra 6GB
    G.Skill Ripjaws X 2 x 8GB 1600Mhz
    Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB
    Be Quiet ! Straight Power 10 600W CM
    LiHeat 25cm Pci-e Extender
    EK Blocks - Rad - Pump
    Bitspower Fittings
    CoolForce Cableclips & LED strips
    Mayhems Aurora 2 Blue


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  2. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Lets kick-off with a huge update!

    First the case.

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    Asked for black rubbers from the start .. no red please.

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    Nice day in the sun.

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    Huge card!

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    And the mobo, mem and cpu

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    Playing around with pipes and possibilities

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    The first planning.

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    Quite some time went into figuring out something to stay within the budget.
    But also a loop so you can always see it flowing and a construction to maintain stability.

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    Off to the attic

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    Always a bit scary at the start

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    But have to admit .. also afterwards this time :)

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    Sharp edges be gone.

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    And more pipes.

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    Top side done!

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    How strong it is even without any glue used.

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    Finishing the edges.

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    Inside the frame I used flexible tubing, used glue on the tube fittings for extra stability.
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    Intently engaged :)

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    And giving it a rest.

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  3. damien c

    damien c Mad FPS Gamer

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    This looks like it's going to be an amazing mod.

    Looking forward to seeing the rest.
     
  4. hodge74

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    omg man I'm in love with this build atm. .. so looking forward to the finale

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  5. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Thanks guys!

    Lets see what I have left between my plexi stack :)

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    I wanted to replace the original tinted glass with blue plexi

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    Removing all stickers with specs and serials

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    Lets change something about the ssd

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    With plex and old fan mounts

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    An extra support/cover for the PSU

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    More about it later

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    Extra hole for the fan wires on the radiator

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    And removing some of the original PSU bracket for the new cover/support.

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    And finish the edges

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    Till next update!

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  6. Marquee

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    Oh my god. This is just amazing. I love how your design has evolved
     
  7. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    l3p never fails to amaze. I can't wait to see more! :D
     
  8. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Thanks guys :)

    And another big update!

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    First the liquidcooling parts.

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    Ready to mount ... but decided to polish them first.
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    5 minutes for all blocks with P600

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    And another 5 minutes with P2000/3000 I still had from previous projects.

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    And the last 5 minutes with polishing paste.

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    Clean it up.

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    And mount it.

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    And a small modification on the old heatsink.

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    Mounting the pump.

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    Coverplate for the PSU

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    Still not sure about GPU placement.

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    I do know I'm going to work with an extender.

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    Different idea!

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    Lots of drilling and tapping.

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    For more reinforcement

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    And for who's interested:




    Till next time!

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  9. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Yeah! Chop that sucker! You madman!:lol:
    I don't even want to think about how hard it must have been to get the hose over the barbs on the inside of the pipes.
     
  10. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Not many see those details :)

    Well ..obviously the first side is easy.
    Second side of the hose is push it on, pull if off and shorten it, then repeat until it doesn't get pushed out on either sides any more then 2-3mm.
    Then the PETG piping (which was very hard to get between 2 fittings for example on the bottom) will keep the barbs with hose perfectly in place inside the frame.

    A bigger struggle was the crap left inside when they welded the frame ..
     
  11. Franklin

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    Beauty is in the details.
     
  12. InsolentGnome

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    When I first saw this I was wondering how you were going to deal with running the coolant through the frame, it being aluminum and all. I never thought of flexing it. Beautifully simple. Hard to implement but still a great workaround.
     
  13. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Thanks guys!


    Small update this time.
    A case like this deserves a nice power cable :)

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    Got some wires at work.

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    And sleeved them.

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    Make nice connections

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    Braiding them.

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    And connect the last one.

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    Done!

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  14. hodge74

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    What's that track you got playing.
    But again wowzers

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  15. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Thanks man!
    About the track, no idea, got it for free somewhere once and it has no title :/
     
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    This time a lot of cutting, sleeving and shrinking.
    I wanted to shorten all cables and sleeve them without heatshrink.

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    Also using some of the same prototype cableclips I had left from my last project L3pipe.

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    Cables for GPU are done.

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    Up next the Semi-modular PSU .. ffs

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    Also nice to keep the wires in place :)

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    Sanded the PSU cover.

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    And tested the PSU

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    Cables in place

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    Playing around with lighting.

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    And changing all the cables for the fans, pump and lighting.

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    Also decided to use clips on the back and mount them to the mainboard tray.

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    Blue LED vandal resist power button on the back.

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    And rigid LED strips for the GPU back and GPU block.

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    All cables in place.

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    Next time .. the loop!

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  17. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Finally .. the loop!

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    On this build it's 50/50 with bends and fittings.

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    Argh that space!

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    But the first connections are there.

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    And the last ones.

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    Also decided to change the SSD again, want the original HDD holder to be smaller.

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    Done

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    And polishing all acrylic sides.

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    Next time filling the loop.

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  18. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    Filling time!

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    First with clear liquid to see if everything goes according to plan.

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    All fine.

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    So I can replace with Aurora

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    The extra pipe takes care of extra stability for the construction, I could almost lift the case on it.

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    Also used black glue to hide the white leds and brown pcb

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    All air from the loop

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    Also black glue at the back

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    Stresstest!

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    Next time ... final pics :)

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    And a filling video.

     
  19. l3p

    l3p www.^.nl

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    And here's the final shoot :)

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    Another awesome experience in France together with the LDLC crew and my co-modders!
    And ... I'm very honored to reach second place in the contest :)

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    Thanks for following!
     
  20. Cown

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    Very nice case! Congratulations on the second place and an amazing build!:thumb:
     

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