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Case Mod - In Progress Project Black Rain: RIP 2008

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by modsquad, 14 Sep 2006.

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What to do...

Poll closed 30 Jun 2007.
  1. Finish the machine entirely:

    87 vote(s)
    91.6%
  2. Finish the case mods only:

    3 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. Just go away:

    5 vote(s)
    5.3%
  1. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    The third machine in my trilogy of terror:
    Black Rain
    What will it be, what well we do? It will be small-bore H20 cooled (true dual-loop). Custom interior, both metal work and paint. A few mods to the outer-skin, but retain the case(s) clean design.. So we are talking about chrome-plate and custom-paint..Death and Destruction will be the running theme..
    the case:
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    I thought about the smaller PC-V1100, but it's interior lay-out is the same as the V1000. I have "been down that road". It would be more of the same, that's no-fun..
    The size of the V2100 ( 24" deep 24" high) will be a joy after SG..
    Enough: Lets look at some photos of the V2100 Plus:
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    inside:
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    Lian Li (over the last few months) as changed there V-series case(s) to the "silent" plus variant..Of which this is..
    The changes:
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    an extra 120mm fan and new duct-work for the other.
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    the side-panel air intake.
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    and some sound absorbing material for the top and both side panels of the case..
    This is good for air-cooled guys, but does me no-good at all. Infact, it limits what I can do with the side-window.. Lian Li as taken a step backwards with there "silent-plus" BS: (IMO)..
    The good-news (for me) Hank at Performance-PCs
    has the "old-school" V2100 side panel in-stock. I have one on "in-route"..It will allow me a free-hand in side panel window-design..
    That is it Guys..!!
    I have been (and am) on vacation this week. Another update tomorrow....
    MS
     
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  2. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    No piccy!
     
  3. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Sorry..Not a good start for a project... (not a sign of things to-come, I hope)..
    PhotoBucket is having issues: :sigh:
     
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  4. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    pics work fine here...

    and nice to see you're at it again...will follow this one just like I followed BN and SG :thumb:
     
  5. Ener

    Ener New Member

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    that case is like an ugly person, and you are the plastic surgent
    fix that baby
     
  6. Belial669

    Belial669 New Member

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    Nice case to be starting from, cant wait to see what you do with it.
     
  7. SIMSY

    SIMSY New Member

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    isn't that thing realy thick metal??

    looks great though

    the hard drive bay gave me a good idea for my project.
     
  8. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    Love the look of the case. I was trying to work out what the hole was on the top back right.
     
  9. Muon

    Muon New Member

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    hmm, modsquad project? i expect to just be so amazed i pass out so...subscribed :rock:
     
  10. Heero195

    Heero195 New Member

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    Can't wait :thumb: Looks promising, especially in more hands.
     
  11. shplade

    shplade New Member

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    I don't even need to subcribe because I know this'll be on the first page until its finished ;)

    Looking forward to what you do with this one.
     
  12. hydro_electric_655

    hydro_electric_655 Dremelly Dude

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    O no its starting again...the end of the begining and the begining of the end.
     
  13. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Cleaning House:

    Thanks Guys, one and all..
    @ SIMSY: the LL V-series case(s) have thick side panels (about 3.5mm) Alu. A side panel for this case has a weight of 4 lbs (1.8 kilograms)..The front door is also made from the thick-Alu..It's a nice soild case..
    Lets get to work. There is a lot of "junk" in this case that needs to go. I spend about 4-5 hours drilling out pop-rivets, Cleaning House:
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    I ended up with two piles. The good:
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    and the bad:
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    I also have more new boxes:
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    the Plextor is a PX-716AL 16X slot-load DVD drive..
    the other, well it says on the box :hehe:
    I quickly took both apart (well, actually only removed the cover of the PSU) and did a bit of prep-sanding:
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    I will drop this stuff off at my chrome guy tomorrow..
    I have yet to build a machine without a chrome plated DVD drive (my trademark)..
    The PCP&C units come from the factory sleeved in black, but I am going with something a little different:
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    The sleeve color is called "carbon" (the heatshrink is std. black) It's a relatively new color in the TechFlex line. Something a little different..Change is good..
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    That will be my project for tomorrow, get the unit "sleeved-up"..PCP&C units have a number of white Molex plugs that need to be replaced as well..
    That is it for today..I have (even) more new gear to show you...
    But I need a Beer and a break from typing..
    Stay-Tuned:
    MS
     
  14. Bbq.of.DooM

    Bbq.of.DooM Custom User Title

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    Looks insanely awesome.

    Just wondering, since the "good" pile doesn't have the hard drive cages, I assume you're doing something about the drives to be in the 5.25?

    Also, I like your choice on the 1kw.

    And, my guess on the small bore, would be a cuplex XT, followed by about 2.5 billion twinplex blocks, an aquagraFX / grATI or two, aquadrive, the signature aquatube, aquastream, and a VFD aquaero.
     
  15. n00btard

    n00btard Go away

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    or maybe some shmexy MIPS blocks. mmmmm MIPS blocks...

    anyways, I'm going to be looking forward to this log.
     
  16. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    I'll be keeping an eye on this one too :) That carbon sleeving looks pretty cool... and, of course, so does the nekkid v2100!

    I don't suppose that the v2100 has one of those rear airflow-director things for the back fan, does it? I managed to completely mutilate mine moving my case around :blush: and can't seem to find a replacement anywhere.
     
  17. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    a very interesting case to start with :). i was looking for a nice lian-li case for my next project and i thought to go for a V1000 like you did with black narcissus but no shop had them stocked in Israel. the only thing i found was close enough is V1200 which has the same meshed exhaust hole in the side panel. anyway good luck with this 1, i trust your skills, this is gonna turn out great
     
  18. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    1KW, is that a hint as to what you'll be doing for power consumption?
     
  19. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Radiators and Fans:

    Performance PCs stock them. The v2100 is slotted to accept one, but is not included.
    Finished off the cable sleeve and heatshrink on the PSU:
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    a monster of a unit:
    Radiators, Fans and Rheobus:
    more boxes:
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    a pair of Innovatek dual 120's
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    These are all Alu-radiators including the frame/shroud. Once polished, they should look nice..
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    Fans:
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    Evercool AL12025's my favorite fan! The specs are OK (80CFM @ 35db), more important is there Alu-body. Once again, with some polishing... :thumb:
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    grills/guards:
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    stock, powder coated black.
    The Rheobus:
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    This is a kit from the boys at FrozenCPU
    4-channel (20 watts each) dual color leds.
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    The only problem for me are the knobs.
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    Boring. My answer:
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    8-32 pike/spike nuts drilled to accept the shaft of the controller.
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    knobs with attitude, a bad-attitude:
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    Thats it for today. I still have more stuff to show you tomorow. Some "case jewelry"..
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  20. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    damn i love those knobs!!!
     
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