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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Aluminum Water Cooling Case

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

  1. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Another requirement for this case is a hidden door latching mechanism.

    Look Ma! No latches!

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    A length of .125x.75-inch flat bar was bolted to the bottom of the door to act as a lip that will hook into the u-channel along the bottom of the case, for example:

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    Along the top of the door, there is a piece of angle with three "hooks", which were routed out using a cobbled together router template.

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    A thick piece of flat bar was filed down to where it'll slide easily inside the u-channel along the top of the case. To that three "posts" were bolted to it. When slid forward, the posts will engage the hooks.

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  2. peteski

    peteski long live the pc

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    nice work mate :rock: :rock: :rock:
     
  3. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Beautifully done panel mounting methods. :clap::rock: rep:D

    Very Lian-Li style but done in a dudes shed instead of a nice factory, awesome work Rich. :D:rock:
     
  4. motorsportcfd

    motorsportcfd New Member

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    Awesome build! Great craftsmanship!
     
  5. kinghong1970

    kinghong1970 Just a Clumsy Ape

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    wow spots... great work!

    your build thread has been quite informative as well!

    btw, how did you install the self clinching nuts? (PEM nuts)
     
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  6. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Thanks.

    I simply drilled the appropriate size hole and squeezed it home using my bench vise.


    A large area of the right side panel was cutout for a 16x15-inch acrylic window.

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  7. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    I made a mistake, placing the false back too far into the case, which required having to re-fabricate the back sheet. But I figured I could take advantage of the situation by improving the mounting of the motherboard tray, by fastening the tray to the false back with a 7/8-inch long spacer.

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    I don't remember if I already offered this tip before, but I try to reduce the wear and tear on my 1/2-inch flush cutting router bit by first rough cutting with a 3/16-inch spiral downward cutting bit.

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  8. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    A PSU mounting plate was routed out of a piece .10-inch thick aluminum sheet with the help of a custom template.

    In order to accurately transfer the locations of the PSU mounting holes, threaded hole transfer punches (mcmaster.com part # 3385A31) were threaded into a PSU.

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    And then the PSU was carefully centered and pressed into the sheeting, with the end result being a perfect squarely mounted PSU.

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  9. KoSoVaR^

    KoSoVaR^ Professional Sleever & Modder

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    great, nice punches !
     
  10. aRkangeL

    aRkangeL MegaRUSH

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    Awesome work man, good details on that case.
     
  11. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Nice to see this still rolling on Rich, looking excellent. :)
     
  12. AnG3L

    AnG3L Ultimate Modder

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    Holy molly man thats SICK!!!! Excellent job !!!
     
  13. Meelobee

    Meelobee New Member

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    Great work. Love the rounded corners :)
     
  14. yoishiro

    yoishiro New Member

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    jejej nice actual build of the mick64 design (thats how i calll this 3 thermal area design)

    i got some questions

    1. how much does it weights

    2. how much it cost to make and how much u are willing to sell ?
     
  15. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    #1: It weighs around 50 pounds.
    #2: Unless you think the SilverStone TJ11 is inexpensive, you can't afford this case. :hehe:
     
  16. yoishiro

    yoishiro New Member

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    wait wat?

    the TJ11 inexpensive , your case cant be afforded ? what? dont get it lol


    #2: Unless you think the Silverstone TJ11 is expensive, you cant afford this case.


    there , i think i've fixed it
     
  17. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

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    spotswood has it worded correctly.

    the tj11 is a $500-600 case. unless you think $600 is cheap (inexpensive), you cannot afford his case.

    BTW nice work spot!
     
  18. yoishiro

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    Que? lol

    ok i got it now lol
     
  19. xXSebaSXx

    xXSebaSXx Active Member

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    There's this saying in the jewelry world: If you have to ask how much that ring is; you can't afford it. ;)

    Same applies for stuff like this case.
    One of + entirely custom fabricated +made to the client's own specifications = expensive.
     
  20. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    IFixedThatForYou.:D

    Loving the heavy-duty-fied OEM features. Those punches are a sweet find too.
     

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