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Case Mod - In Progress Maximus Acrylik - [Finished 31/01/2016]

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Acrylikustoms, 25 Nov 2015.

  1. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi everyone

    My name is Gonçalo and I work at Acrylikustoms, a shop that dedicates to laser cutting and engraving.
    With the acquisition of a laser cutter it open a lot of doors in terms of modding and parts customization so I decided to show it, by doing parts to a well know case.

    The Silverstone TJ07.

    The project basically consists in making every part in plexi. Top Backplate, Bottom backplate, top grill, side panels, custom SSD mounts, etc.

    The list of hardware that is going to be used.

    Components:

    Motherboard: Maximus VII Formula Z97 Socket 1150 - Watch Dogs Edition
    CPU: Intel Core i5 4670k i5-4670K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
    Memories: G-Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR 2000
    SSD 1: Samsung 840 128 GB
    SSD 2: Kingston HyperX 128 GB
    Power Supply: Corsair HX620 Modular
    Graphics Card: Asus Geforce GTX 570 Direct CU II

    Watercooling:

    CPU Waterblock: Alphacool HF 14 Yellowstone
    Radiator: Phobya G-Changer 480 V.2 - Full Copper
    Phobya Radiator Support
    Pump: Swiftech MCP 350 12V
    EK DDC X-TOP G1/4 V2
    Reservoir: Phobya Balancer 250 Black Matte
    Tubing: Tygon R3603 9,5/14,3 mm (3/8)
    Liquid: Mayhems Yellow Pastel 1L

    Custom Plexi Parts:

    Bottom backplate made by Acrylikustoms
    Top backplate made by Acrylikustoms
    Midplate made by Acrylikustoms
    Side Panels made by Acrylikustoms
    Top Grill made by Acrylikustoms
    Front plate made by Acrylikustoms
    Motherboard Tray made by Acrylikustoms
    Expansion plate for motherboard tray made by Acrylikustoms
    SSD Mount made by Acrylikustoms

    Sleeved cables made with yellow, black and grey colors

    To make this project I inspired in the “murdermod theme” because from the first day that I saw that case I has blown away by the looks of it and since then I never lost hope of trying to make a similar one to me.
    Instead of going with the usual black and red theme I decided to make a yellow and black one, with a couple of gray (sleeved cables) on it.

    Here´s a sneak peak of what I have been doing:

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    Top Grill:

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    More renders and pics as the project develops

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  2. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Backplate, top Grill and bottom backplate finished

    Decided to change a little the design of the top grill and make the lines equal.


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    Cheers :rock:
     
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  3. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Maximus Acrylik - 25th November 2015 [Update 01/12/2015]

    Some more parts I finished doing.

    Front Plate:

    I still don´t know if I will make a illuminated version on the front plate or not.
    What do you guys think?

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    Backplate:

    The yellow stripes are removable:

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    Motherboard Tray:

    I decided to make a extesion plate for the motherboard tray because I never know that in future I need to change the position of some component or even change the reservoir I don´t need to make a new motherboard tray.

    I put some holes in the back of the motherboard tray to attach some "P-Clips" to hold cables in place and also a CPU cover in case I need to take the CPU block for maintenance and the usual USB internal cables EPS 8 Pin cable,...

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    This thing is HUGE :jawdrop:


    Expansion plate:


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    CPU Cover:

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    Side Panel

    Made a simple one just to hide the holes of the case:


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    Every hole is countersunked:


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    I will need to cut holes to pass throught the tube from the reservoir and the CPU to the radiator as soon as it arrives.

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    The yellow stripes in this plate are also removable

    It´s done for today


    Cheers :rock:
     
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  4. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi again everyone

    Started to make a structure for the my SSDs.
    Wanted something different from only put the SSD´s into a "usual" cage.

    So after making some renders I come up with something like this:


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    Now with live shots:


    I started to make the "blocks" for the SSD from a 3mm yellow plexi sheet with small holes in the sides, then put washers inside those small holes and tap them with a final plate.

    I left a small room to put a custom made led strip

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    Came up like this:


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    Decided to put some sleeving to hide the white cables and 3 Pin connectors will be switched for black ones:


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    After everything assembled:


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    Decided to make a SSD cover, even if its almost hided.


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    Didn´t like much how the blocks were assembled so I decided to put a "small final touch" in the sides and front:


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    I put a plate in the bottom with one objective, you will see it later :thumb:


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    Turned on the led strips and came up like this:


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    Pretty cool effect I must say and turned out was I wanted.

    It´s done for today

    Cheers :rock:
     
  5. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi everyone once again

    Some stuff that arrived here

    New reservoir, radiator, sleeving and some custom parts


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    So many screws :rock:


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    This thing is a BEAST!!!!! INSANE SIZE


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    I´m going to use a fan splitter just because there´s to much stuff to get connected:


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    Reservoir

    Went with a big one :thumb:


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    Meanwhile started to make some custom sleeved cables.

    How I love to do this stuff, never get tired of this despite being a little time consuming:


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    EPS 8 PIN cable, checked :thumb:


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    6 PIN + 8PIN PCI-E Cables, checked :thumb:


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    ATX 24 PIN Cable checked :thumb:


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    Other cables for connecting the pump, leds and other stuff have all been done with single connections to the power supply, so in case I need to shut down any component:


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    Didn´t like how the original reservoir mount looked like when installed, so I decided to make a custom one:


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    Much better and a much cleaner look.


    Also made a custom radiator support, because the one that I had here, couldn´t place the way I wanted it:

    So I grab some parts that I had here and mounted this structure:


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    These fans might not be the prettiest in the world but they throw some amount of air :eeek: and can´t even ear them, only the air passing throught.


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    And attached some P-Clips to hold the cable fans in place.


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    Than placed the way I just wanted.


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    That´s all for today


    Wish you all a happy new year full of modding and watercooling :rock:
     
  6. hovek

    hovek “Can’t or won’t?” Sterling Archer

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    Nice work man!

    What's the sleeving, is it 3mm paracord?
     
  7. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi Hovek

    The sleeving is 4mm PET Sleeving, pretty cool effect after being melted.

    At the beginning I thought it has to much large and the cable would have a "little play" inside the sleeving but it didn´t, also I used AWG 16 instead of the usual AWG 18.
    Also the yellow sleeving is UV Reactive which is a plus. :rock:

    Cheers
     
  8. neSSa

    neSSa Active Member

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    Great job for now, subscribed!
     
  9. Razarach

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    Nice work.
     
  10. hovek

    hovek “Can’t or won’t?” Sterling Archer

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    Thanks for the answer man. Will dig up some 16awg and see how it behaves in 4mm paracord first.
     
  11. C.B.B

    C.B.B New Member

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    Very nice work

    How did you mount the radiator??
    Is it glued to your base??
     
  12. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi C.B.B

    The radiator is mounted with a little small double side tape.
    I done this way to avoid make any drills in the bottom of the case and also its easier to take the radiator off and getting it in for maintence for example.

    Any other questions I´m here to answer

    Cheers :thumb:
     
  13. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi again

    Hovek, this is how paracord looks like with AWG 18 wire.
    This also gives a cool effect to custom cables
    Made this a few months ago.
    Actually was my first try with paracord.

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    Keep in mind that this paracord fits perfectly in the wire leaving no gap between the sleeving itself and the wire once its properly size cutted and melted in the pins.

    Hope you understand my explanation.

    Cheers :thumb:
     
  14. hovek

    hovek “Can’t or won’t?” Sterling Archer

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    Thanks man. Yeah I understand...
    My only problem was to find paracord that will match the wire thickness to leave no gap... in color i want of course. I got some 4mm paracord that i love but 18awg standard wires are just to thin.

    The search for perfect match continues ;)
     
  15. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi everyone

    Another update

    Started assembling the components

    Motherboard on the motherboard tray

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    The waterblock


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    The pump


    It´s old but it does is job

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    Decided to make a custom pump support


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    And a custom front plate for the aquaero


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    All cables are set in place


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    And finally the Mayhems concentrate bottle arrived.


    So it´s time to put everything together

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    Mixed it with destilled water and voilá

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    A nice bright matte yellow

    Have already made the loop, and it´s now time to fill it.

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    It´s done for now

    Cheers
     
  16. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    I am not sure how I missed this. It looks great!

    I have one question; the radiator support. Is the radiator fixed somehow? To the case or to the support you made.
     
  17. saxovtsmike

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    He wrote that the rad is held with doublesided tape to the support
     
  18. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Lovely fit and finish. I wish you hadn't borrowed the MurderMod style, though. There's got to be something you could have done to make it your own style.
     
  19. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi

    The murdermod style was used mostly because I wanted to have a bit of the feeling of what is to have a case with that style.

    But the purpose of this build was to show the possibilities of making custom plexi parts from a laser cutter, being custom requested or not.

    Cheers
     
  20. Acrylikustoms

    Acrylikustoms Plexy for everyone

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    Hi everyone again

    A small update

    Decided to make a illuminated frontplate


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    Individual connections for each component


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    At last, loop already filled


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    Almost 1 liter of destilled water


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    Meanwhile the other side of the panel will take a small change


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    The spot around the acrylic window meanwhile disappeared


    Cheers :rock:
     

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