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Scratch Build – Complete Neo- CyberPunk 2077 Scratch Build

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by DB Custom Towers, 11 Aug 2020.

  1. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Thank you. Yea that front and top panel took some time but I am happy with the progress so far.
     
  2. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Yea, tedious and time consuming but loved the outcome.
     
  3. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Quick lil' update: I worked on the HDD/SSD drive bay. I used a BeQuiet tray I had laying around (2 of these will be used to hold a HDD and 2 SSDs).Just have to drill/tap holes and find placement under the PSU shroud. Have to take my Asus power supply out my temp rig and put in here so I know where to place it (more on this later). 20200905_223915.jpg 20200929_170609.jpg


    I added tabs on the back so there would be some support for the trays.

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  5. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    So, I had to do some modding to the hard drive tray so that I could mount the HDD from the bottom instead of the sides. I just used an exiting hole on the drive bay tray and traced outline of the mounting holes on the HDD and drilled holes the size of the HDD.

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    Perfect alignment!

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    Decided to make the fan grills magnetic due to the radiator screws not being long enough to mount them. So instead of buying longer screws, I used these 3mm magnets that I had from a previous case mod from some years ago and superglued them to the holes on the grills (had to drill the holes a little bigger). Flush and easy to apply and remove. Perfect solution!
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  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    It's faster to just poke the holes in the card with the pencil. :D
     
  7. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    yea, that was a (duh!) moment lol
     
  8. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Been very busy, but here is what I have been working on so far:

    The front panel IO. Got this from a be quiet case (with the wireless charging). Relocated the ports
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    Looks messy but will clean up later.
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    Mapped out where I wanted this to sit
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    Had to use 2-5mm pieces of acrylic to raise this up to sit flush with the top panel in order for the wireless charger to work. Then screwed down with 5mm screws.
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    Good fit...
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  9. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Decided to add some washers (these will be painted gold, just to add a lil' splash of gold in here for the neokitsch type of look I'm going for).

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    Will be adding these 3mm white led lights to light up these Singularity Computer reservoirs.
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    Connected and sleeved
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    Plotting where to put the HDD/SDD tray underneath the psu shroud. Elevated it a little with a bracket that I had laying around.
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    Planning out the loop order (all fittings will be repainted). After cutting the petg tubes to size, I labeled all of them to make reassembly easier when I am cutting the glass tubes that will replace these.
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    Also, when I redid the back panel, decided to make taking out the GPU easier for maintenance and mounted it to the case using 5mm screws (this way I would't have to go behind my case to unscrew it).
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  10. PaulTheCat

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    I like your bigger is a better approach, which is not popular these days with all this small form factor trend.
     
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  11. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Thank you. yea, I never really liked any of the sff cases. E-atx or super cases have been my personal choice.
     
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    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Test fitting the PSU (this will be held up with supports)
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    Made a middle back piece to hide all the cable mess. This piece will only show the loop layout and cable management.
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    These are the cable comb brackets that will be used. I got a 24 PIN and a 12 PIN (for 8 and 4 PIN EPS).
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    Sleeved the reservoir LED lights with a Molex connector.
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    Sleeved the pumps. Changed the white connectors to black and I had to use a step bit to make the hole bigger in order for the now sleeved cables to fit through.
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    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Since I wanted to make this case as easy to maintenance as I can, I decided to add screws, with washers, to the side panel where the mesh will go (these got hidden behind body filler). This way I can take off the mesh to clean it more thoroughly when the time comes.
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    Cut out some designs for the panels using my Silhouette cutter (these all will be lit up). Also decided on a name for this build: "Neo". Since it means new and I am new to scratch building, it's perfect (also it is short for neokitsch lol).
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    This is the GPU bracket. I wanted this to be lit up to look like a neon sign/billboard (like you would see in the game).
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    This is the front of the PSU shroud (The area to the left is blocked off because this is where the LED lights from the PSU will show through)
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    This is the front panel design. (Took some inspiration from the woman's clothing design and the building in the background on the neokitsch poster and came up with this design).
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    Decided to strip the RTX 2070's of there logo for a cleaner look (and these were already coming off).
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    And looky, looky, what came in the mail! Leak testing these two loops should be a breeze.
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    I already started painting the pieces. Had to hurry and get that done because I live in Chicago and it is starting to get cold af and since I have to spray outside, had to do it while there was decent weather. So...til next post.
     
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    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Painted the washers gold and the silver screws black.
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    Painted the case. This was difficult due to the weather being cold and had to wait a while for a day that was decent, but got it done. Here is the front panel and the front PSU shroud (the rest will be seen in later post).
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    Wire mesh cut to size for the top and front panels.
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    Led's solder and wired for the top and front panel and the PSU Shroud as well. This took a minute since I am still new to soldering but no problems.
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    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Here is the top panel of the case. Added the Rayfield logo (altered it a little), added the front I/O symbols and buttons and the mesh.

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    Here is the front panel with a Night City logo.
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    Did the sides of the radiators (after painting them) in a color shift vinyl (blue and purple) to give just a little pop!
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    Used these rubber pads that I had laying around as the feet. Just stuck them together to the height that I wanted and put stuck them to the case.
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    Yeah... I meticulously model everything in Sketchup and I still get caught out by little things just like that. It just seems unavoidable.
     
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    Love the design on the front panel :rock: The top panel with logo also looks damm cool :thumb: it's ganna look pretty amazing all back lit
     
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    A lot of work, very good! Its turning out an interesting project!
     
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  19. DB Custom Towers

    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Here we go, final assembly!
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    Leak testing passed
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    Major air pocket. Always had this problem with this block. But I rocked and turned and got the majority out. Going to let it run a little and see if the rest will dissipate on its own.
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    You can see that the monoblock air pocket is almost fully gone.
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    Back view. Added this panel to hide fan controllers and other wiring mess.
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    This is the back-side panel. This will hide the wires and show off tubes and cables.
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    DB Custom Towers Just a woman interested in art and PCs

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    Time to polish this plastic
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    Crystal clear
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    Added these support brackets to help hold up magnetic sides
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    Front panel
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    Top Panel
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