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Case Mod - In Progress LAN Cubular/Stacker Build - New Reservoir- 6th Jan 09

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ry@n, 5 Jul 2008.

  1. Guest-23315

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    They aren't required, but they are now recommended to stop the motherboard warping, to give good overall pressure on the CPU.
     
  2. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    The back plate isn't normally needed when the pc is stationary. The backplate was designed to keep the motherboard from warping during shipping, which caused some of the solder-joints to come loose. If you don't handle your case like a warehouse-worker does, you don't need the backplate.
     
  3. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    The weight of a water block is no where near as much as a stock Intel/AMD cooler anyway so it really isn't needed but as Mankz said it does help provide better contact/pressure between the CPU and the block meaning better cooling.
     
  4. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    You are all correct about the waterblock, it isn't supposed to come with a backplate.. you can see why I though different:

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    The text isn't readable and the motherboard looks like a bracket in the picture lol

    I don't really need to annotate all of these pictures but feel to ask questions!

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    I basically just cut the case in half and extended everything in between by115mm, the replacement parts were riveted in multiple places and were made of thicker alu so the case is stiffer than ever.

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    The side support bar was replaced with a big piece of alu with a rad cutout and a "window" for the res :D

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    Wet primer :)

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    I chose "CarPlan Black Perl 3" rather than the old matt black I had before.

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    Pump and lower res section joined together with a DD 1/4 Male to Male Nipple :D

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    First tube fitted!

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    Sexy brown funnel :clap:

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    Fill the res, flick the power on for 1 second, switch off. Repeat.

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    YES I will be flipping the fans around so that they are blowing outwards.

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    The paint looks a bit rough in the right hand corner but this bit wont be seen ;) Oh.. and the mounting bolts will be cut down.

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    Im going to leave it for 24 hours to check for leaks and then the next thing to do it mount the pump and res properly.
     
  5. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Just excellent work on a MicroFly. You managed to make it all fit where it looks like it should go - like the factory did it.

    Well done.

    But you forgot the picture of the Bandaid box! The MicroFly has bitten at least 4 of us the forum that I can remember.

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  6. popotheflyingpanda

    popotheflyingpanda What IS a Dremel?

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    looks amazing, but i hope that it can support all that weight, the case looks a little flimsy.
     
  7. Guest-23315

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    I love the extension, crafty :D
     
  8. cakenrye

    cakenrye What's a Dremel?

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    hey sexi, the comps lookin good n of corse im gonna be the one to look at it first once its finished;) after u of course;)
    still think u shud do it mettalic green or red wud look sexi
    love u mister x
     
  9. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    Hi Katie :) Welcome to the forum lol

    You have that spellchecker on your browser for a reason missy!
     
  10. cakenrye

    cakenrye What's a Dremel?

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    yea wotever i dnt understand that stupid spellchecker dnt work!
    i dnt even no y i on here im never gonna post anythin lol!
    anyway sexi keep up the work on ur comp seriously love havin a nerd as a bf
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  11. cakenrye

    cakenrye What's a Dremel?

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    i do like the green liquid but it did look like a bomb when it came in the package hahaha no wonder they took ages to bring it bk!!!!!
     
  12. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    Thanks for your comments by the way!

    Surprisingly the case is a lot more rigid now due to the thicker alu used for the extension.
     
  13. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Ah yeah I see. DD cut the mobo to the shape of the block in the example making it look like a backplate.

    Nice, you actually managed to fit the loop in there. Looks really good. How did you find those DD FatBoy fittings, were they easy to use? I think they look really cool, may use some in a future mod.
     
  14. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    Thanks, The FatBoy fittings were actually easier to use than I anticipated and I definitely recommend them.

    Ok then plan now is:

    Finish the 24 hour leak test (finishes at 3pm today)
    Make a bracket to hold the pump and res
    Fit all my components
    Learn Ninja Skillz and do some nifty cable management
    Make new side panels with perspex windows
    New PSU
    New graphics card
    Another EK 150mm Res
    DangerDen GPU block
     
  15. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Ah one of the hardest skillz to master :lol:.
     
  16. cakenrye

    cakenrye What's a Dremel?

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    ryan sexi saw your comp today did look pretty sexi i must say
    the green liquid in the tubes looked like a bomb put i dont know anything bout comps thats e
    why your my lover
    love you
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  17. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    Ermm.. I don't know if I will be continuing with this project :( Even now that my "sff" case is long enough to fit in the watercooling gears, there isn't enough height to install gpu with a full cover block. I could make the case tall but then its its going to be even bigger and the front wont line up etc. Anyway im thinking about buying a CM Stacker 83x and doing a few subtle mods including dual water cooling loops :D So yea, don't expect any updates on this project anytime soon but I may come back to it in future to make a media server or something.

    Thanks for your interest and support during this project :)
     
  18. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    There's plenty of room! You will need 1000 90degree fittings, though...

    I can't tell if your girlfriend is texting, or Welsh.:D
     
  19. jodah175

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    Sweet looking mad man, don't give up on it yet! I assume you say the graphics card/waterblock won't fit due to the psu? In that case, might i suggest you look at the Lian-Li psu extension over at performance-pcs.com (or maybe it was frozencpu, i don't remember) should move it back far enough to clear the fittings. Or maybe my eyes deceive my brain on sizes. I dunno, would be worth a look. Plus, I'd hate for you to give up on this!

    edit: ahh, i have it bookmarked. its pricey for what it is, but it may dot he trick, plus, its already black.

    http://www.performance-pcs.com/cata...ct_info&manufacturers_id=37&products_id=23950
     
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  20. ry@n

    ry@n Minimodder

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    Ok so the Stacker arrived this afternoon, I couldn't be happier with it to be honest. It looks great and its really well made. It isn't game over for the MicroFly, im going to finish the case and make it into a second gaming rig.

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    My mATX board looks tiny on the Stacker mobo tray!

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    Note the mounting holes ready for my second pump ;)

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    I may have to move the res when I get a longer graphics card :wallbash:

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    I threw in a few UV LEDs ;)

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    I didn't bother with a 24h leak test this time, should be fine :p

    I would have took more pics during the build process but I just wanted to get it all done and kinda forgot about the camera. Its all thrown together for now but when I sort out the cables and do a few other things I will take some loads more pics.
     
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