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Case Mod - In Progress Project "Al"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Maarten/Pine, 7 Nov 2020.

  1. Maarten/Pine

    Maarten/Pine Case modder

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    So yeah, finally another mod!

    The project was named Project Al(uminium) because it'll be the most-used material in the build. As an old build of mine was named after the copper theme (Project Cu), I thought I'd keep with the periodic table naming.

    The mod will be based off the Cooler Master SL600M with a theme based on the patterns that CM has been using in their latest several cases.
    The main internal structure will be replaced by custom aluminium panels. There will be alot of polished metal (yikes, first time polishing to a high-mirror finish...!)
    No colours: all black and polished metal. Only colour will be added by LED lighting like the fans and LED strips.



    Hardware
    Case:
    Cooler Master SL600M
    CPU: AMD 1920X
    GPU: INNO3D RTX 2080ti Twin X2
    Mobo: Asus ROG Strix X399-E Gaming
    PSU: Cooler Master V1200
    Fans: Masterfan SF360R ARGB
    RAM: 64GB INNO3D IChill RGB
    Storage: 1x 1TB Samsung 970 EVO
    2x 500GB Samsung 850 EVO
    2x 2TB WD Blue HDD​



    Thanks ALOT to all of the sponsors of this project:
    Alphacool
    Cablemod
    Cooler Master
    Inno3D


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    Here are some pictures of the Cooler Master delivery.
    The beautiful SL600M!

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    The amazing V1200 PSU.
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    And now, the beautiful gutted SL600M!
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    Took the motherboard tray out, and disassembled the rest of the case for cutting.
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    I still had this amazing reservoir from the Masteliquid Maker 240 kit which I've been waiting for to use for a long time.
    This seemed the perfect build for it, so I made a cutout in the front panel for the reservoir to fit through.

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    Also marked all the unnecessary parts on the case frame and cut those out.

    Essentially, all the mounting points were removed and only the bare square structure was remained intact.
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    The aluminium replacement panels for the internal structure were cut and bent to the right shape.

    The right bottom two smaller panels are for the GPU vertical mount. Left front is the PSU mount.

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    Inner front panel replacement, this will hold the reservoir.
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    Power supply bracket cut to size, holes drilled for mounting with thumb screws.
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    Which mounts to the motherboard panel.
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    Behold, the reservoir actually fits!!!
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    Then a test-fit for all the panels.
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    Next thing was to mount both radiators. The lower radiator is mounted to the stock bracket, upper radiator is mounted to a replacement panel.
    Radiators are Alphacool's stainless steel radiators. Everything is copper, just the outside has a stainless steel look. Radiators will be polished.
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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Good to see you back. :D
     
  3. TerHorstCustoms

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    Maarten is back :clap:
     
  4. Maarten/Pine

    Maarten/Pine Case modder

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    Oh my dude, I'm amazed you didn't forget who I am. :lol:
    Thanks for the comment mate, good to be back for sure! Feels amazing.
    :dremel::dremel: Let's go Jeroen!! :clap:
     
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  5. Maarten/Pine

    Maarten/Pine Case modder

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    New update:
    I've been busy polishing the outer aluminium panels. The aim is to polish them to a high mirror finish, but as it's my first time doing this it seems to be quite the challenge.
    Hard to sand all the imperfections out of the lower grits, especially when going higher up in grit count (600+).
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    Seem to be getting there with the panel polishing (after tens of hours of undocumented hand- and machine polishing.)
    Still struggling with getting the lower grits out. Might need to get different sand paper.

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    Also dismantled the Inno3D memory to make it a high polish.

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    Removed the anodising with some grill cleaner.

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    First results.

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    Did the same to the GPU waterblock as to the memory heatsinks.

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    Same for the Stainless Steel radiators, started sanding them and finishing them with the polishing wheel.
    Not perfect yet, but getting there. Left is before, right is after polishing with the polish wheel.

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  6. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Don't go for perfect. You will go crazy first. -Don't ask me how I know. :worried:
     
  7. Maarten/Pine

    Maarten/Pine Case modder

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    Ghehe, perfection is needed for polishing though!!!
    Every little imperfection will otherwise be visible. :( Will get there!
     
  8. Maarten/Pine

    Maarten/Pine Case modder

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    Very big build update. [​IMG]

    First a test fit with the mounted motherboard and GPU.
    Note that this is the OLD GPU block.
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    GPU was mounted from the back of the motherboard tray.
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    Two 500GB SSD's and 2x 2TB HDD's on the back of the motherboard tray.
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    Mounted the HDD's with the original rubber mounts that came with the SL600M.
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    Test fit in the case.
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    Also drilled holes for all the watercooling passthrough fittings that'll route the tubes to and from the GPU and CPU waterblock.
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    And the backside with the SSD's and HDD's mounted.
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    Top of the case with the semi-failed polish try...
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    Painting the radiator sides and inside fins black.
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    I was really doubting what to do with the back panel of the case. Decided to stick with the theme and design the only CNC-made panel in the build. Illuminated plexi with an aluminium overlay that will be polished.
    Also got matching side panels from CM. [​IMG]
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    Decided to switch out the bottom radiator shroud for a custom aluminium one as well. Couldn't stand that every panel was custom BUT the lower one, haha.
    Thanks to my brother who works at a machine shop, those aluminium plate bends always turn out perfect!
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    Drilling holes with a hole saw, perfect diameter for 120mm fans. Needed some drilling fluid, but worked perfectly.
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    Next job was to fabricate a back panel that hides the ruined original back panel and holds all the I/O that will be routed to the motherboard I/O.
    Started with a cardboard template.
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    After a rough finish of the template, making an exact 3mm offset from the legs of the SL600M.
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    Marking all the holes for:
    4x double USB
    1x ethernet
    1x HDMI
    1x power cable
    Two Displayport mounts were added later on when I got the cables.

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    Result, really happy with how this one turned out.
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  9. Maarten/Pine

    Maarten/Pine Case modder

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    MOAR STUFF!
    Did some final physical modifications to the chassis/panels.

    Started with attaching 20mm standoffs to the sideplate storage side. Needed to mount it on quite some locations because it's only 1mm aluminium and is quite thin at the top.
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    Test fit the 3D-printed cable combs for the SATA power and SATA data cables. Really like how this looks.
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    I took the time to mount the new GPU block on the card. Wrapped it directly so I wouldn't have to take it apart again. First time wrapping, and this quite is a special kind of skill. Needs more practicing, although this piece turned out good enough. You won't be able to see it anyways.
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    As 95% of all modifications were done it was time to do the final fitup of the hardware.
    Everything attached (CABLE MESS!!!!!) and powered on, this was my first try to see if everything worked when installed.
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    And.... IT BOOTS!! YEY! Happy camper for sure.
    All the storage and RAM is recognized. At these times it is when I love my hobby the most: seeing it all come together for the first time. :D
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    Next up is doing the finish on all custom aluminium parts. Some will be polished, some will be wrapped and some will have a combination of a wrapped pattern and a chromed finish.
    Working on that at the moment, still improving those wrapping skills...
     
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  11. Maarten/Pine

    Maarten/Pine Case modder

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    Cheers! :D Coming to a close now....
     
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