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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. LuitvD

    LuitvD New Member

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    heh, 450 euros is more like 575 dollars ice-tea ;) but anyways, very nice you've got these exclusive reservoirs modsquad :D I hope they won't look out of place in your system
     
  2. huren

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    Im over the whole aqua bay res, but damn those acrylic ones are very sweet.
    I love the use of chrome in your projects and look foward to seeing something getting hacked up.
     
  3. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Thanks Dark. I used Silicone to attach that round-cover thing on the Plextor. You did a nice job polishing the skin of your projects DVD drive, looks sweet..
     
  4. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    I have a plan. They should look cool.. :thumb:
     
  5. Fozzy

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    Just checking. I dont mind anyone doing that but if it happens I'd like to recieve credit is all. Will you be mounting them off of the drive bay or from the back of the case over the pci slots?
     
  6. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    and you should. Your res-mount is unique and well-done.
     
  7. Darkened

    Darkened New Member

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    Thanks for the info and the compliment modsquad. That really helped me out a lot.

    For the reservoirs, you should make something barking mad with them (which actually I'm expecting you to do :hehe:). I'm really looking forward to what you'll do with them, but tell you what...I bet they'll look great in the end :thumb:

    Janne
     
  8. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Thanks Dark, I will do my best..
    Waiting on some sheet-Alu from ACRYan. I should have it by weeks end.
     
  9. chase

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    Looking nice so far modsquad, havent really had the time to check in on this,
    but it looks goood.
    Are you using EKwaterblocks on this one too? (You may have mentioned that before)

    Petter
     
  10. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Thanks, most likely. I like Eddie's blocks quite a lot..
     
  11. Guest-23315

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    Hey Modsquad--

    how easy are the side panels to work with ??? (are they think, or would a jigsaw/dremel be ok ??)

    and also is the front door nicely lubricated and easy to open, as well as to work with ??


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    AJ
     
  12. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    All the V-series LL case(s) side panels are 2mm (14 guage)Alu.
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    Which is "once again" the thickness of most Alu (or steel) case(s).
    The 14 guage Alu is a bit more difficult to work with. I used a jigsaw to cut the window on BN. I think a Dremel would work as well, but you would "burn-up" a number of cutting disks.
    The V2100's front-door is machined from the same 14 guage Alu. The term "soild" comes to mind when opening/closing the door..In short, the build quality is "top-notch"..I am sure the smaller V1100 is built to the same standards. If you are thinking about one of these case's, I say "order-it"..You will not be disappointed.
    While on the subject of all things aluminum. My AC Ryan panels showed up yesterday:

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    This is a new-product in there catalog.
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    20 guage sheet-Alu powdercoated flat black.
    I won't lie, my out of pocket expense for the above was zero. BUT, with that said the finish is quite-good and I think they want about $25US per sheet which seems fair..
    The finish on these panels will save me a step in painting (the primer). After a wet-sand, they should be ready for color..
    This project will use very-little acrylic and quite a lot of sheet-Alu..So, I plan to get myself a powered sheetmetal shear..Just an excuse to purchase more powertools I guess. :hehe:
    More SooN:
    MS
     
  13. MrBean

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    Great going Modsquad - cannot wait for this mod :)

    Just wish I could get an unique res like the plexi one for my G5 mod :(

    Will check back regularly, keep us posted - I can feel the anticipation building already!
     
  14. Guest-23315

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    last questions modsquad---

    i wonder wether or not, it would be possible to mount a treble rad on the top, as well as an aquatube, or would this be ushing my luck ??

    and also, slightly off topic, do you know how wide/long the Aquacomputer 240/360 grills are ??? it would be a real help...

    AJ
     
  15. elliod

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    how are you for real ,cant what to see more of this keep on going .
    great project (subscribed)
     
  16. n00btard

    n00btard Go away

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    will the reservoirs be in parallel, or serial?
     
  17. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    @Bean: good to seeya back. your new project is kick-ass !!

    @Mankz: AC evo grills measure 130x280mm (240 model)
    130x400mm (360 model)

    @n00b: serial, one black one acrylic in each loop. Thats my plan, at this point in time.. BUT all-things subject to change..
     
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  18. Guest-23315

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    any updates ????
     
  19. Metatron197

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    you should make it so if someone other than you turns it on the spikes shoot into thir hands...

    great mod so far keep the updates coming!
     
  20. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Yep.. Here we go..
    Sorry for my lack of work on the project, real-world stuff has been keeping me quite busy. BUT today was another story, I spent the better-part of the day working (playing) on the project.
    First off, I collected my parts from "da chrome guy":
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    re-assembled both the PSU and DVD drive:
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    Just need to test them tomorrow.
    Then it was on to polishing one of the Innovatek dual120 radiators. I wanted to see how the Alu would come out.
    First a wet-sand with 2000grit paper then I used Mothers billet polish:
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    This is great-stuff.
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    They polish-up very well.
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    Then on to some metal-work. The case(s) divider plate is just covered with holes from cast-off parts:
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    short off making a new divider, the answer is a cover plate for the divider-plate :hehe: I gave the stock-plate a quick wet-sand and also cut-off it's rolled-edge.
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    we will use the ACRYan 20guage Alu:
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    don't let the black-color fool you. It will be repainted later, but the powder-coat should act as a good primer.
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    C-strip will take the place of the rolled-edge..
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    to attach the cover plate, M4 button-head screws. I like these and plan to use them throughout the project. A change from the stainless ones I have been using. They look especially-nice on chrome (the contrast).
    Then after about (4) hours of cutting/drilling/filing/sanding:
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    the pair of 30mm holes up-front will serve as tubing/wire chase-holes.
    Let's pull the tape and add some C-strip:
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    now we have a "clean-slate" to work work with :thumb:
    Remember the divider plate will mount about 100mm lower than the stock-location, so I have LOT'S more metal-work to do. Thinking about a MB-cover as well..
    That's it for this session..Have a great weekend..
    MS
     
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