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Case Mod - In Progress Mastercase Pro 3.5 - Full size ATX Mobo into a M-ATX case

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by cobalt6700, 30 Nov 2018.

  1. cobalt6700

    cobalt6700 Active Member

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    Hi BT,

    I'm not sure if this quite a build log, but I wanted to share my progress with my latest build. I know I like my context when sharing a build, so I'll do my best to not go waffling on. :lol:

    This has been going since Oct 2017 when I decided, after much thinking, that I wanted to build a smaller PC. At the time I had been involved with strike action at work, so money was a bit tight. I couldnt afford to build a entriely new rig, so made the decision to re-house my current setup and bought a Mastercase Pro 3 to see if I could make it work.

    I started a new job shortly after that, and finding free time to do the build became a bit harder, so progress slowed. I chipped away at the mod, and after a number of external things holding me up (disadvantages of doing things on the cheap sometimes) I finally managed to get it 90% built ready for my event AtomLAN 41 in August this year. I then moved into my first house, etc, and this is where we are today (Still sorting out that free time :duh:)

    Parts:

    CPU: 4790K
    Mobo: Asus Z97-Pro WiFi ac
    RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro 16GB
    GPU: 980ti Hydrocopper
    SSD: Crucial M4 256gb
    HDD: WD black 1TB, WD Green 3TB
    PSU: Focus Plus Gold 750w
    Cable + Connectors: Pexon PC's
    Sleeve: Telios

    Cooling:

    CPU EK Supremacy EVO
    Pump: EK-XRES 100 D5
    Rads: EK 280 XTC, Blackice GTS 240
    Controller: Commander Pro
    Fans: Areocool Dead Silence 120/140 Blue
    Temp Sensor: Aquacomputer G1/4 straight through, Alphacool Eiszapfen G1/4 plug

    To start, I got home to the new case, ripped it out of the case and got some cardboard out to see what was happening. I had already bought a second hand EK rad to go with the Blackice I had from my old LANBOY build. Now that has been around quite a while. Still not much better at taking photos :hehe:

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    A quick look at the new Pro 3 vs the current TJ-07

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    I grabbed some cardboard and started brainstorming

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    I wanted to get a feel for what I wanted to do, so hooked up the fans and spent more time thinking about it. One thing I did know - those blue LED's would have to change.

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    I ordered some diffused white LED's and got to replacing all of the LED's on the fans.

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    Getting there

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    Apparently the 120 and 140 Areocool DS's are made differently. The LED's are placed facing different ways which gives a different effect between fans. Not a major thing, just having them next to each other they look a bit odd. The white LED's I used are the same brightness.

    Before/After

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    Full Set

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    Whilst this was happening I had drawn up a few parts on the PC, from my CAD (Cardboard Aided Design) and the parts I had that were not in use in my PC, including a D5 EK pump/res that I had bought in anticipation (thanks to el2k) .

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    The first parts came back from the laser and went onto the case to test for fit.

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    The PSU bracket was one of the things I had worked out I would need fairly early on in the CAD process, as I needed to move the PSU over ~10mm.

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    Pump/Res to Rad mount

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    A while later, a second (or third) hand GPU from another BT member (thanks keenan) had arrived, so I took the opportunity to partially strip my rig to test fit some of the parts in the case

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    Throwing the Mobo and GPU in the case proved it was going to work, with only a couple of tight places.

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    Mobo to HDD cage clearance

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    Mobo to PSU clearance

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    HDD to pin header was always going to be close, and I had had the idea of 90deg headers, which also looked like they were good to go :worried:

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    I put the old rig back together and got back to the CAD

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    I had already decided that I liked the hex mesh on the case and had made the pump/res mount and Mobo tray passthroughs to suit. With the midplate back in and the Mobo now properly bent to suit, I thought it would look cool to have the Mobo sort of punch through the midplate.

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    I got back to the PC, and spent quite a while thinking about what I wanted to do. Hexagons did become a bit of a thing - I do have a fondness for polygons. After a lot of head scratching, this is what I had. Mobo Tray, Midplate, Front panel and there is a new bracket for the PSU as I gave it another 2mm clearance (12mm total)

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    and some acrylic parts to match, including a new swirl plate for the D5 res

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    I also wanted to give hex cable combs a go - so drew a few up to see how they would come out

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    With those files at various different friends for cutting, I turned to sorting the case out to fit the PSU. A larger hole was cut and I modified a hole punch to pull a boss in the sheet metal to allow it to take a thread.

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    The holes came out well, only needing a touch up of paint on the metal that had been stretched

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  2. cobalt6700

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    The Mobo tray came back from laser cutting, so I went for a test fit with my old trusty socket A test board

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    Not looking to bad

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    Midplate in

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    I made a few changes to the rev 1 Mobo tray and had another cut. After getting that back it was time to get some primer and paint on

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    Mobo tray finally fitted with rivets to the main chassis

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    Really happy with how the steel/acrylic interface came out

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    Trusty old socket A back in

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    It was at this point that the project stopped for a bit whilst I sorted my life out. I also managed to buy a new PSU, but I didn't do very well with taking pictures. Things get a little less well documented from here on in.

    I had a pile of wiring, paint, LED strips, and other assorted bits ready to go. I made plans and ordered a load of bits ready to have my PC off for a while. Then it was time to pull the TJ-07 apart and get the new build sorted.

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    I then started on some wiring while the other painted parts were drying

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    With the painted parts then dry and fitted, I carried on with the job of the wiring over a few evenings

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    My fittings and tubing had arrived in the post, so it was time to mock up the loop

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    I wasn't that happy with the loop layout, so had a think and decided the flow meter had to move and a 45 was needed to the GPU

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    Some more wiring happened for the GPU's

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    Fittings for the new loop design

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    Midplate back in

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    Made a LED loom for the CPU block with white LED's

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    WS2812 LED Strip for the midplate

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    Sub assemblies ready to go together

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    Pressure testing using a G1/4" Transducer I had in the bits box

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    Filling the loop and getting some colour in. I 100% didn't think about not being able to see the swirl plate through pastel coolant :hehe:

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    A quick shot of the back

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    While sat on leak test it was time to dismantle and clean the TJ-07 to go into storage

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    And by that time it was AtomLAN. I set it up 2 nights before to do updates and make sure it was ready for LAN.

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    Got to AtomLAN safely for it's first outing

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    The LAN was great. A good friend of mine and co-founder of AtomLAN, Jimbo, has a very decent DSLR and offered to take some pictures. This represents pretty much where I have got to with the build.



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    I do have a few other bits planned, for example a 3D printed base for the flow meter, and a desk info screen.

    Hoping to be updating soon with progress on those.

    Until then, thanks for taking the time to read :happy:
     
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  4. EKJake

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    Very clean! :thumb:
     
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    23RO_UK Hasta Mañana

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    :clap: :rock: :thumb:

    That's a proper tidy build fella, I'm really digging the concept of how you downsized without losing any of your hardware - I took the other approach (cheated lol) and waited until Lian Li released their PC-O11 Dynamic, like you I'll finish mine up in the new year (for one reason or another like you it's taken a while).
     
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    very clean yes, and a nice color balance between black and blue, even without lights on, I like it :thumb:
     
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    This is a really cool nicely done case mod, with some original ideas which is hard to do in this scene :rock:
     
  8. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Niiiiiiiiice! :thumb:
    The color coordination and hex accents really work. All that lovely cable work lost behind components, though. :lol:
     
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    cobalt6700 Active Member

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    Thank you very much :)

    Thank's very much 23RO :thumb:

    That's a nice case - and not too large for what it fits (A mate has recently built one)- looking forward to seeing what you do with that :thumb:

    Thanks kim :). Black and blue is a favourite of mine but the last time I didn't get a good contrast or match of colours. I've also gone away from UV CCFL's - it hurts, but I do like the way the mod looks.

    Dude, I love and look up to your work.Thank you for the kind comments :hip:

    Thanks Cheaps :grin:

    Yeah I know, up until now I was the only person who knew it was there :hehe:. The design of the mod was stored in my head and it was one of those things that just didn't 'quite' work out with the space I had - but this was my first time with individual cable sleeving so I had a go at the 24pin first :idea:
     

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