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Case Mod - In Progress PEXON i50 LAN Build w/ Antec: 3/12/13 - Finishing up the W/Cing

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by shrop, 8 Nov 2013.

  1. shrop

    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Right chaps and chappettes, time for another build log, this time I'll be showing this rig on the Antec stand at i50 at the end of November.

    Big thanks to Lee @ Antec UK for helping out and supplying the lovely P280 case and the 750W HCP PSU, will be good to see Lee at LAN and show the rig off, fingers crossed I can get it all wrapped up in time, it really is creeping up sooner than I anticipated, but I love working under pressure.

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    Without further ado, here is some pics of the lovely gear from Antec...

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    I really like the P280, I could never see myself going back to regular ATX cases after having a Lian Li, however, the build quality of the Antec case, the ease of installation etc make for a nice experience for building.

    Sorry for the crap start but its late, I will fill it out tomorrow, I have another 20 or so pics to add.
     
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  2. shrop

    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Next update involves taking apart the case. I want to make a blanking plate for the side if the case, to cover up the bottom chamber and cover the rad that will be going in the front. Only thing about this case is the fact is uses rivets :(

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    I also wanted to make a blanking plate for the PSU area, this would cover the cables, SSD/HDD etc.

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    Dremmel + 5mm thick acrylic = lots of mess

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    Time to clean up the cuts with a couple of files and sandpaper....

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    And it fits perfectly in the case, first time, nice! :D

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    More updates this evening, I still have more photos too add! :D
     
  3. shrop

    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Here is a few pics of the blanking plate I made to cover the bottom chamber and the front rad. I had an old aluminum case panel from an old case that I can use... here is some pics...

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    A few dremmel disks later

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    Cleaning up the cuts with the file and de-burring tool

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    To mount the panel, I had to take the rivets out. I replaced the rivets with some M3 Japanned screws and MDPC-X Brainwashers.

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    I also had to take a drill to the panels to mount the panels, through the old rivet holes.

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    LOVELY little black Japanned mounting hardware and MDPC-X Brainwashers.

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    Installed... I REALLY like the look of the mounting hardware, I plan to have the side panel off most of the time and paying attention to these little touches pays off.

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    Here is a little look at the case with the blanking plate installed. I have some u-channel to neaten it up and some matte black wrap to replace the stock look of the ally, don't get me wrong, I love the brushed finish, but its got some marks on it.

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    Nice, neat and straight

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    Here is a little sneak of whats to come.

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    Thanks for looking as always! Appreciate any thoughts too! :D

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  4. shrop

    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Hey peeps, time for another update, this time, the cables, my favourite part, obviously!

    First up is the 24 pin extension. I have to use an extension for the 24 pin as time constraints wont allow me to do all the cables from the non modular PSU. You wont see the cables as they will be hidden, so they wont be seen and all that will be seen is the nice extension.

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    My fav shot

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    Next up is the custom cables for the GPU. I had to chop off the old connectors, take some length off the cables running from the PSU and crimp/ sleeve them.

    Paint begone!

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    Before top and after I've finished with them below...

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    Here is some shots of the work on the PSU...

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    Lovely custom cables :D

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    GORGEOUS MDPC-X black and orange

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    Cable management

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    Note, you cannot see the 24 pin cable, only the extension, which will do nicely.

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    Thats it, more pics soon, fingers crossed will be adding the rad tomorrow and getting some vinyl laid on the blanking panels.

    Cheers for looking as always!
     
  5. Gnemelf

    Gnemelf Minimodder

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    looking good!:clap:
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Thanks man! Fingers crossed I'll get another update up tonight.
     
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    imersa Parvum Princess

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    Looks like we are both on a seriously tight deadline. See you at i50 ;D
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Cant wait for it man!
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    I'm mad busy at the moment, lots of exciting things happening with Parvum Systems and Computer Planet at the moment so only a little update, this time around some watercooling bits. I received my package from Aquatuning, but it was already watercooled....

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    Luckily there wasnt anything that could have been permanently damaged from water, just a rad/ CPU block and some fittings, everything was fine, thank god!

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    Nice little push fittings, these will fit in with the build nicely I reckons

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    New CPU block, recommended by the one and only Pascal.

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    Lastly, the BEAST! Triple 120 monster for the front.

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    Thanks for stopping by, I will get more work done over the weekend I think, swamped with orders at the moment, so I will see what I can sort out, not long left till LAN!
     
  10. acemodder

    acemodder Official Antec Rep

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    Glad you are happy with the case and PSU I sent you :)

    Looking forward to seeing this in the flesh James.
     
  11. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    Great push fittings,i use them a lot.
    You will have to use spacers or cut the threads down tho,most if not all blocks wont accept the full length.
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Thanks for the heads up, will look into getting some spacers
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Lots to update, currently at LAN, but I have around 50 photos to bombard you with tonight when I get my head together...

    Here is a little teaser shot....

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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Time for another update guys, lots of pictures to bombard you all with! lol

    First up, I got the 360mm monster radiator installed in the front of the case. I had to create some new M3 threads in the front placeholder, as for some reason, there were 2 threads filled in for each fan mount and they use 20mm fan spacing instead of 15mm.

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    I also polished up the RAM block with some wire wool and some Brasso.

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    Right, next job was to take out the PSU and get the case ready for piping up. Here is a pic of the case before we started work on the piping....

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    All the blocks installed, thermal pasted up, tightened down, ready to rock 'n' roll!

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    Running the first bends of pipe

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    Thanks for stopping by, I'm being called to cook, more updates later this evening :rock:
     
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    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    Wow,some serious flat spotting going on there...
    What bender are you using?
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Thanks. Its just a cheap one, I looked at getting the Rothenberger tool, but I couldn't afford it. The pipe bender I got was a birthday gift
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    The pump was to be mounted on the floor, under a blanking plate that Parvum have made for me, so it wont be seen.

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    All the pipe bent. Wasn't happy with the routing of the cpu block to rad, so redid it.

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    After...

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    Also got some sleeving on the fans for the radiators. As always, lovely MDPC in Orange, Black and B-Magic.

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    All the fans installed (inb4 they are the wrong way round)

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    Next up is cleaning up the copper pipe, using some very fine wire wool and brasso (left is cleaned, right is stock)

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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Right, here is a few pics of the system prior to the copper pipe being cleaned up...

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    and after...

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    Really happy with the outcome, first time bending copper too.

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    Due to the lack of space for fitting a large res, I had to opt for the DDC Bitspower pump top and res combo and sneak it under the bottom blanking plate, making it a nightmare to fill, so I came up with the idea of filling the system up from the top, straight into the rad, just to make life a little easier.

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    I also had to cut down a bulkhead fitting, to use for the fillport, they are solid brass by the looks of it, so just lopped it off with a saw, by hand.

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    Just shows how much crap comes off the pipe!

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    Starting getting dark now, so the quality of the photos drops, I apologise.

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    As I said, I am really happy with how its turned out so far... more updates to come! Thanks for stopping by!
     
  19. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman World's worst stuntman. Lover of bit-tech

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    Really nice piping there.
     
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    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Thanks dude
     

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