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Case Mod - In Progress LAN-Can - First build

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Gobi, 3 Jan 2013.

  1. Gobi

    Gobi New Member

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    Hello community and greetings from Finland!

    First post and first build too, I have build many computers to stock cases and modified few. Nothing serious so far, here is few pictures of my latest HTPC-case:

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    Hardware:
    Coolermaster Elite 120 Advanced
    i5-3570k + Antec Kuhler 920
    Asus P8H77-I
    G.Skill 1600 4Gb
    OZC 60Gb Vertex 3

    Sleeved the PSU (first time), not happy with it. I didn't open the connectors, just cutted the wire -> sleeve -> shrink tube -> solder. I took about 25cm off from every wire. All cables will be sleeved eventually.

    Color is from Harley-Davidson color chart, some pearl variant.
    This case is still on hold, the front panel plastic "leaked" black color to base and final coat. I think the plastic primer did not do the job it was meant to do. :(

    Now, back to business:

    The base of this build was found on my workplace, which imports tools, chemicals and several other stuff. I found 3 old oil cans laying in a dusty compartment above shower room, had to reach out and take a picture of them.

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    (Sorry for bad image quality, used my SGS3)

    They are dated to 1971-1973, the label says:

    Silkolene Lubricants
    Dalton & Co. Ltd
    The Oil Refinery -
    Belber Derbyshire
    England
    Phone 2374

    ^You in UK, does this ring any bells?^
    Glad to have some info.

    Plan is to make, like the title says, a compact portable LAN-case. The handle is ready, all i have to do is squeeze the parts inside. :D

    Here is few pre-plan sketches, i modeled the can with Sketchup:

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    Must have:
    Side window
    Water cooling CPU+GPU (have only experience on that Antec 920)

    Hardware (planned):
    CPU: i-7 3770k
    MBO: mATX Asus MAXIMUS V GENE Intel Z77
    GPU: 7970/GTX680

    All parts will be attached to a rig, which slides out from back.
    I'll be back tomorrow.

    Comments, suggestions? Please, leave a message. :p
     
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  2. Gobi

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    I planned the base (red) which will be bolted to the bottom of the case:

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    Slides, which will be used to pull the rig (80's green) out, are still missing from there. First i thought making them myself, but couldn't find a way to make a slide which would slide that 350mm, which is needed to fully extend the rig out. Spotted slides from a kitchen cabinet maker and will use them. Called to a supplier and requested 2D drawings for the slides, they are made by Blum.

    Fans will suck the air through bottom, radiator is 60mm thick. Will it be enough for that hardware?

    Also, I called to a friend of mine, who works with laser cutters. Told my plan and got response to send drawings once the part plans are complete.

    Tomorrow i'm going to crack the can open with Dremel, bought some extra cutting discs today.
    Will post once job completed.
     
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  3. Gobi

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    I went to workplace and started to cut the can. First I had to mark the cutting lines.

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    Cutting:

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    Grinding:

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    Finished:

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    It took 4,5 of those Dremel 0.75mm cutting disks to finish the job. I filled the can partially with water to prevent any fumes inside, because it was used to store hydraulic oil. In the heat of the work, i accidentally tipped it over, causing all the water to spill out from the cutted hole. Half of it went to my pants, the other half to floor. :clap:
     
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  4. Gobi

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    Finally got some work done. Now back to drawing board.
     
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  5. Gobi

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    Some progress again, only in design though. Many changes to original layout, removed the reverse layout from "must-have".

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    I ordered slides from UK, supplier here in Finland didn't have large stock.
    Changed the Blum's to Schock Metall. Modeled the slides, they have full extension of 350mm.

    I thought of soda blasting the can and re-painting it. Not sure about color theme yet.
     
  6. Nealieboyee

    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    I'm surprised nobody has commented on this yet. Looks good! Can't wait to see more!
     
  7. David

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    Yes, I like the idea. Looking forward to see how it progresses.

    Subscribed!
     
  8. k.3nny

    k.3nny Active Member

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    The idea is awesome :D,
     
  9. elAwesome

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    Ths is going to be really interesting. I'm definately following this one!
     
  10. Gobi

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    Yeyyy! :clap:

    I've been designing the watercooling system, trying to fit 2 x 240 rad's behind those slides. Seems impossible at the moment, i think i figure something out.
     
  11. SilveR_172

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    The looks very promising !
     
  12. dreps

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    looking interesting :D
     
  13. Lehani

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    as you said, i hope you change your mind during this project about the sleeving :)

    but yea looks very interesting :)
     
  14. jay2

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    what the?

    haha.. love it..
     
  15. WhatTheTech

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    Following - this has plenty of potential, I can't wait to see what you do!
     
  16. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Looking good. You CAN'T re-paint the can, though. The logo on the side is 90% of the can's charm. Give it a good clear-coating instead.:D
    You can however, paint the insides and around the seams. -Well, you kinda have to.
     
  17. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    I agree! The current design is brilliant.
     
  18. Darkwisdom

    Darkwisdom Level 99 Retro Nerd

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    I'm with cheaps here. This is a great idea and the whole wow factor is the can it's in. You have to find a way to do it without getting rid of the logo. I'm liking this so far though. I'm gonna watch this one.
     
  19. Nealieboyee

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    Black interior would look great!
     
  20. Gobi

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    Just when i thought that i had all worked out, you guys come and trash my plans! :D

    Seriously, i was going to remove the both sides of the can, but you are right. The WOW!-factor of this project is the retro-look of the can. Cutting and painting would ruin it.

    Window is staying, it's the "LAN" part of this mod. Or should i then go with sleeper-look, you know like sleeper-cars?

    I thought of polishing the interior to mirror shine... :cooldude:
     
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