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Case Mod - In Progress Lenovo K320 Ice Series Completed

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by jj_sky5000, 8 Nov 2010.

  1. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    Hello all, This mod came from a concept that I submitted For the lenovo Mod Contest. http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods

    My design was selected as one of the finalist and Lenovo sent me Thier Ideacentre K320 PC to mod to my heart desires. The winner of the contest gets to showcase thier mod at the 2011 CES at Las Vegas.


    I had a few ideas in my head, and I sent them a rough design of a PC encased in ice for my initial entry in the contest.

    K320 Specs

    CORE_I7_870_2.93
    8G_DDR3_1333
    ATI_RADEON_HD5970_PCIE_2G
    1TB_7200RPM_SATA2
    Blu-ray Disc combo

    The main transformation of this Mod is to replicate the Lenovo K320 chassis into a Liquid acyclic shell to give it the appearance that the K320 was encased in ice.

    Features:
    Custom mold made from the original chassis to create the Acyclic Ice replica

    Feature as many of the original details from the original chassis, keeping the screw less system as well as the easing to use hard drive enclosures.

    Adding special lighting through out the system to show the performance modes of the fans all throughout the case. Red, Blue, Green

    Adding custom water cooling and reservoir to keep all the components running at optimal overclock while keeping the system cool.

    ATI Eyefinity System with custom Arcylic 3 Monitor Bracket.


    Part List

    Molding & Building materials
    1 x Silmar 41 Clear Polyester Casting Resin (5 Gallons)
    5 x 75-80 RTV Liquid Urethane Mold Rubber 3lb Kit
    2 x 3M Double Strap Dust Mask
    2 x Poly-Ease 2300 Mold Release 12oz
    1 x Disposable Latex Exam Gloves – Large
    1 x Disposable Tyvek Coverall – Extra Large

    Components

    1x XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoirs w/ Blue LED Light - Clear / Silver / Black
    1 x MC-TDX Block for LGA 1156 i3, i5, i7
    1 x LED Lightstrip with Controller and Remote
    3 x LED Lightstrip - 12 inches (30cm)
    2 x DD Fillport Options:Fillport Color: Bright Blue Anodized
    1 x Custom Laing D5 -Bitspower Black Sparkle
    6 x ENERMAX T.B. VEGAS TRIO 120mm
    1 x Mod/Smart Professional System Sleeving Kit - White
    2 x Feser One Non Conductive Cooling Fluid - 1000 ml - UV Clear / Blue
    1 x Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator - Blue
    6 x Feser Tube Active UV Hose - 1/2" ID (3/4"OD) Tubing - Clear / UV Blue
    1 x EK Radeon HD 5970 VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel (EK-FC5970-Nickel)
    1 x EK Radeon HD 5970 VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate - Nickel -



    A Picture of The liquid resin that i will be using
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    A few design pics

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    With the side panel off
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    And the other side
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  2. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    Started working hard this weekend on the project after a few setbacks.
    First thing was disassembly of the pc and make a few adjustments.

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    1st adjustmnet i wanted to move the power supply & hard drive cage to the bottom of the case to free up the Top for a 240mm radiator.


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    Time to start removing some rivots.

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    Need to make a few cuts To make room for a 120mm Fan on The bottom & Replace the bottom base with arcylic

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    Also Made room toward the top for the dual bay reservoir
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    Stayed tuned for more modding !!!
     
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  3. Fabou

    Fabou What's a Dremel?

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    Dude nice idea, the resin usually look good.
     
  4. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Social distancing since 92

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    Oooooooooo this is going to look cool based on your last one :)
     
  5. aaron

    aaron Ally of the Porcelain War

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    Interesting idea you go there :)
     
  6. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    Well I made some good progress over the past week and through the weekend and the frame should be completed this coming week,

    Cut out the power supply support out, so it can be moved to the bottom of the case and re rivoted to the frame.

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    I am also moving the Blue-ray and all in one reader to the bottom of the case. teh reason i chose it on teh botton instead of standing up or reaching to reach all of the i/o ports and rom. So i started cutting out the levono tool-less supports

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    Made a little room for the hard drives and Cd rom supports on the base

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    Need to make a few more cuts to the front panel, cd and hard drive fram supports

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    re attaching the Cd-rom and hard drive brackets back together

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    A little test fit

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    More to come.

    Please go check out all of the neat mods at

    http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods
     
  7. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    A few Items that came in for the k320
    The 5 gallons of resin for the case and the molding supplies for the front/rear panels

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    The 3 28" monitors for the eyeinfinity setup!!!

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    Danger Den Block and Fill ports
    One of the best water cooling company I have ever delt with, they always come through with my special request. Including this Water block with the Custom UV blue plexi.

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    Custom Laing D5 - Bitspower Black Sparkle Dress Kit & Top from side winders computers Located here in Indiana took a day to get here .

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    XSPC Acrylic Dual 5.25” Reservoir

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    Check out all of the pc builds in progress for The Lenovo Mod Building Contest at http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods
     
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  8. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Social distancing since 92

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    3 X 28" :O

    I can haz nao!?!?!?!?!
     
  9. slipperyskip

    slipperyskip Member

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    Nice start James. 3 x 28"!! LOL Maybe I should get a 55" LCD to...you know...demonstrate the HDMI port. :D
     
  10. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    Thanks slipperyskip, I think we all started our projects late lol

    I got a a amaizing deal for the monitors, only spending $100 more than i did for 1 28" monitor
     
  11. Gtek

    Gtek Doesn't raise the bar; he IS the bar.

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    casting resin? definitely something that caught my interest. watching...
     
  12. Fedmas

    Fedmas Leader of the casemod watchers :D

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    Good luck! It's looking promising to this stage.
     
  13. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    Looks promising dude :D I recently won a Lenovo h320 and have to say the customer service they have is outstanding! so must be fantastic to work with them on this :D
     
  14. SuicideNeil

    SuicideNeil What's a Dremel?

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    This is gonna look great when its done, promising work so far dude :)
     
  15. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    Made alot of good progress over the last two days completeing the frame and prepared to add teh Primer.

    I wanted the frame to look as thin as possible so its no impeading the view when looking through the resin, I was pretty please ho wthe skelton looks.

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    The hard drive bay and Rom bay was really hard to compact and rebuild. but I kept the screwless features intact.

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    A few test fits

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    a nice clean look

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    A few More items came in today
    The Ek 5970 Waterblock and back plate

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    and some awesome BILLET MACHINED ALUMINUM "Diamond Knurl" CASE FEET
    From MNPCTECH.com
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    Thanks for looking !!!!

    Also dont forget to go cast a vote at http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods
    I can use all i can get. no registration , click teh mod and vote!!!!
     
  16. sixfootsideburns

    sixfootsideburns modeteer

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    Nice progress mate! Really looking forward to this, I enjoyed your first build a lot :thumb:
     
  17. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    A nice way to start the 4 day weekend!!!!

    Frame is primed and ready for to be painted metallic

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    Ok now to the tricky sticky stuff

    Making a mold of the new front panel to pour the Clear Resin into !!!

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    in goes teh molding materal

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    Letting all the bubbles rise
    took of the bottom to release the front panel

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    The completed Front panel Mold
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    A nice icying effect for the resin

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    Last but leaset did a little ecting

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    A little lighting effect for the side panel

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    Thanks for looking !!!!

    Do you want to see this case at CES go cast a vote for it at http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods
    click explore and vote!!!! no registration
     
  18. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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  19. slipperyskip

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    Looks great James! :thumb:
     
  20. jj_sky5000

    jj_sky5000 Minimodder

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    Thank you Slipperyskip
     

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