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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Aluminum Water Cooling Case

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Spotswood, 17 Apr 2011.

  1. randomhero

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    Sweet! That's some serious rad you got there! 4x140mm push'n'pull configuration?
     
  2. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Thanks! I believe the setup is going to be push with custom shrouds:

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  3. Waynio

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    Looking very much perfect :).
     
  4. voigts

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    Nice Rich. Very nice.
     
  5. randomhero

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    Awesome shroud you got there! You need to do a metal working guide once you're done ;)
     
  6. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Thanks.

    Here's my aluminum working guide:
    • Cut flat/bar stock with a chop/miter saw
    • Cut sheets with a router guided by a template or straightedge
    • Drill holes with a drill press and invest in a self-centering vise
    • Don't waste your time reading my boring project logs, read Attila's instead. :D
     
  7. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Next up is to cut the front sheet.

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    In order to cut-out all of the openings for the 5.25-inch drives accurately, a custom router template is required. I used .5x1-inch u-channel and .25x1.25-inch flat bar to frame the openings on .5-inch particle board.

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    The aluminum bits guided my flush trimming router bit.

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    The aluminum bits were removed and the particle board template was used to cut the .10-inch thick aluminum sheet.

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    Now I just need to square all of the corners and cut to width. Ugh.
     
  8. randomhero

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    Oh, I'm reading his aswell belive me ;) Nice work with the router too! Never seen Attila use a router btw :p
     
  9. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    "Life" had gotten in the way of this project for a few weeks, but I've managed to fabricate the inner and outer sheets of the front panel. It took me 5 hours to square-off all of the inside corners.

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  10. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Back sheet cut to width, height and the hole for the 10-slot motherboard tray routed out.

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  11. Blooddrunken

    Blooddrunken In Flames we Trust

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    nice work so far - I like the rounded corners. :)
     
  12. randomhero

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    Looking good, got the exact same motherboard tray for my build ;)
     
  13. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    The inner and outer front sheets, cut to final length.

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  14. Waynio

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    Looking really nice Rich :).
     
  15. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Shelves!

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  16. dark4181

    dark4181 Ero-sennin-tebayo

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    I remember the render threads for this in the EVGA forum. Glad to see it's finally coming to life
     
  17. ColdzeroTeam

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    nice case you got there.
    it must be sturdy as hell with all that thick alu :thumb:
     
  18. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    The 5.25-inch drive bay rails:


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  19. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    I bolted the 5.25-inch drive rail assemblies to the front inner sheet.

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    Note how the extra deep rails will completely hide the drives and cables.

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    Another design benefit of the front air duct is hiding all of the mounting hardware.

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  20. Razer2007

    Razer2007 Building Proxima

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    Monstrous. Looking good
     

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