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Scratch Build – In Progress [project]4th.GeN - Back to the beginning

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by grevaeg, 21 Jul 2009.

  1. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    Dunno if you guys ever wondered what happened to the previous generation's of cases? lol

    Thought i should represent 4th.GeN today... This build was started first quarter of 2008, with the first ideas of building a dual pc case, much for the need of a double gaming rig, ah well... for those with the interest... please read on

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    Hi guys! been lurking around these forums for awhile, but never took the time to register, anyways, just signed up, and ready to post my casebuild on this site =)

    Might as well start off with some concept images ( 3dsmax 2OO8 )

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    -------The idea-------

    The main idea behind this project was to create a silent running file server with lots of physical space to fit all the HDD's i would need to store, uhm... stuff, and equip it with a large ass radiator to remove all the heat created, i wanted the tower to have room for 2 motherboards, just for the simplicity of having one gaming computer and one running as server in the same case, as the main aspect of this build would be silent operation , i went for 3x 250mm mist fans, and another 8x 120mm noctuas to cool things off...

    -------The hardware------

    --Hardware-- PC1
    Asus P5K - Deluxe, p35
    4gb pc 9200 ocz flex
    Radeon HD3870x2
    Q6600 - G0
    X-fi, extreme gamer

    --Hardware-- PC2
    Asus P5N32-E SLI
    OCZ NvidiaSLI XTC 4GB PC8500
    Asus 8800GT
    Q6600 - G0
    X-fi, extreme gamer

    --Disks--
    4x 74gb toshiba 15k rpm SAS
    16x 500gb Western Digital - 16mb 7200rpm - SATA
    8x 750gb Western Digital - 16mb 7200rpm - SATA
    4x 500gb Western Digital - 16mb 7200rpm - IDE

    --Watercooling--
    KTM 525 EXC Radiator
    1x Aqua-Medic Oceanrunner 1200l/h pumper
    5 meter watehose, 12mm
    4 meter foodhose, 42mm
    random plummer parts in copper
    Random waterblocks

    ------materials--------
    I wanted this case to look decent, and to be honest, aluminium cases got a bit too common for me, so i decided to go with a full plexi casing with a aluminium frame to support it, the harddrive mount ended up in perforated steel plates, somewhat to keep them a bit colder, and somewhat for the looks of it
     
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  2. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    --12.02.2008--

    This will just be a repost of my original worklog, to share experiences and maybe give some ideas to people that wanna build up a case too ^^

    Afraid i managed to delete the pictures from the original weld prosess, but i will explain whats been done

    ----materials-----

    Started out with finding some suitable aluminium bars at the local iron dealer, after looking around a bit i ended up with 20x20x200mm square pieces, this should be the ideal considering the final weight of the computer, and that it needs some sturdiness to be able to hold it all together

    Bought up about 10 meters, and started cutting/clamping and welding the pieces together

    All the welds has been done on both sides to ensure its strong enough

    ------The result-----

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    The front

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    The bottom, probably where the disk mount is gonna be placed

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    Radiator area

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    --16.02.2008--


    Motherboard tray attached to the frame, drilled up, and popped in place

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    Backside of the case

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    6mm pop's holding stuff together

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    Lian Li Mobo plate mounted =)

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    20x20x3mm angled up to create a mounting point for the mobo plates

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    Just drilled a few holes and popped it to the rest of the frame

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    Cut up another 4 pieces in 20x20x3mm alu, thats gonna create the mounts for my harddrives

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    The main idea behind the entire harddrive mount is that the coloumn of disks shouldnt be in contact with the main frame of the case, as this will result in vibrations going too the floor, and causing unpleasant noise, there will be a few 15k rpm disks in here, so managing to keep the vibration away is crucial. The way this one work is quite simple, it will be a rubber tube holding the bolt up, so it wont be in contact with the other frame, trying to illustrate =)

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    Cut up , polished, and ready for mounting

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    Rubber thingy good to go

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    8mm rubber connection ensure no vibrations will be transfered further on in the case

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    Steel pop's, can take a tremendous amount of weight before getting loose, alot more sturdy then their alu brother

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    Ended up with perforated steel to create the disk mount, this should ensure somewhat better airflow, it wont get bendt that easy, and it transfers heat better then alu ever will =)
     
  3. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    --16.02.2008--

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    My plexi package arrived =)

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    over 5 square meters of red, clear and dark coloured plexi ^^

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    The plexi i had ordered were mostly precut to meet my requirements for it. Placed it all up, taped it, and good to start working

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    The top taped up too

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    Ready to mount the first 250mm fan, welcome to your new home ^^

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    Tape Cheesecake!

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    No idea whats this one is called in english, but lets just go with large ass dremel for now, taped the edges to prevent the cutting blade to slip , and scratch up the oh so fragile plate

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    Got it all smoothened up

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    And another one coming up

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    First one mounted up =)

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    There we go =)
     
  4. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    --------- Building a custom water reservoir--------

    I also wanted to get some place to store my coolant, so came up with a decent idea on where to store it all

    After a visit to the local plumber, i ended up with the following:

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    2 meter 45mm rubber hose, cut up in 1 meter lengths, and yea... they are ALOT larger then the picture gives a impression of

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    Misc stuff bought inn for the occasion

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    All welded up and good to go

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    Tightened up with some hose clamps to keep the water from leaking out

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    And this is how copper looks after being polished up

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    And there we go, one custom reservoir

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    Cut out a plate of lexan i had around in the shop, and mounted it to this one

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    Plate mounted up using self drilling bolts

    Should look pretty awesome when you get some colored water trough it =)

    --03.03.2008--

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    Bought in about 12 meter of normal rubber bands to seal of vibrations between the plexi and the frame

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    And the appropriate rubber sealing for the end of the alu squares

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    Again, lost some images in the progress, and YES i know the plexi is dirty.

    Anyways, since im working around in a bikeshop i found a few of those iron pieces that will save ur plastic when u happen to tip over on ur bike, made some holes, and threw some bolts trough em, same goes with the plexi

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    The bottom

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    No pictures for this process either im afraid, but quite simply used one of those wood drills with 120mm size to get the holes done

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    The backside

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    And heres the bolts! directly from bauhaus =)

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  5. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    -------The watercooling--------

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    The radiator looks something like this =)

    As i stated earlier, some of the point of building this computer, was to make sure its silent, and can run efficient on low voltage fans

    ended up with using a KTM 525 EXC radiator, this alone should be able to dispatch alot more heat then the normal "pc radiators" u can get around there

    Also made a custom fan duct out of plexi to make sure all the air goes trough the radiator, and not everywhere around it

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    Created the fanduct in 3mm plexi, easily cut up with my "dremel" :p

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    Another angle

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    used m8 bolts to make sure the radiator fit well into the rest of the case

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    Used some tube aluminium to cover up the bolt, and to make sure its stable to the rest of the case

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    10mm outlet from the hose, should ensure enough flow =)

    Enough for now, ill post some more tomorrow =) And thanks alot luke, ill get confy ^^.
     
  6. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    Ah well, here we go again =)

    Posting up some pics on the case before stashing all the hardware inn there, enjoy ^^.

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    1cm room between the two top plates, and 1cm room between the two front plates to ensure good airflow and a decent looking fan grill :p

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    Fans in place and good to go

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  7. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    Thought i should post up the last images from this project, just figured they whrent there, lol

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  8. Burnout21

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    its nice to see the developement of your case idea, is the first gen just two cases gafta taped together? lol!
     
  9. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    lol, first gen is actually a single frame with a single mobo and watercooling :p Ill see if ill find some pics ^^
     
  10. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    1st.GeN ^^

    Athlon 64 3000+-prosessor,
    1 GB Corsair XMS 3200
    Radeon 9800 pro 128 MB
    1280 GB 8 IDE, 2 SATA,
    550 W Q-tec,
    Soundblaster Audigy 2
    Nec 4x DVD-brenner

    Dangerden GPU block
    Dangerden CPU block
    Dangerden Chipset block
    Eheim 1048 pump
    1/2" tygon's
    120mm something something radiator

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