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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:

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  2. Finish the case mods only:

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  3. Just go away:

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  1. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Sorry BoD..
    I managed a good-bit of work, but I need to sort/scale-down/watermark/upload images.
    Update Monday-PM... Best I can-do... Time is my archenemy...
    MS
     
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  2. Evenge

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    Wow. You have done amazing job MS! biker-parts are realy something...cool :thumb:

    Can't wait your next post.

    Keep up the good work!
     
  3. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    psu/reservoir mount:

    Here's what I have been working on.
    The first issue I encountered is that the LL PSU-mounting bracket is 360degree's from what my PCPandC power supply needs. I would need to mount the PSU upside-down. Not an option.
    The answer is the same thing I did with the case(s) divider-plate.
    Lets "hack-up" the stock PSU plate:

    Please bear in mind this is only the fab-point of the job, these plates will be painted later in the build..

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    cut-out the grills that where designed for a set of 80mm fans
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    This with become the mounting point for a pair of AC aquatube reservoirs.
    Then mod the stock plate to accept the PSU and make a cover-plate out of sheet-Alu
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    we are in business:
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    now reservoir mounts:
    I used some 6mm black opaque acrylic:
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    this should provide a solid mount:
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    Let's map-out the res-mounts..I will use the pair of acrylic aquatubes, but for mock-up some backup ones. I would hate to scratch the acrylic-ones. :thumb:
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    Let's give them a test-fit:
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    what remains is a few cuts with the hole saw:
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    we will take care of this and the top-mount reservoirs, with any-luck tomorrow. Let's move on.
    5.25" bay-area.
    My plan is to use both a section of the stock one and another from a LL PC-75:
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    here's a mock-up:
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    the stock (upper-section) will mount DVD drive and HD cooler. The lower PC-75 bay-box:
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    will become a mount for one of the Innovatek dual120-radiators.
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    My plan is to have the radiator's fans draw air from one sidepanel--through the baybox and exhaust it out of the other sidepanel. Sort of a cross-flow, through the case design. I have not seen anyone else try this but, I think should work quite well. Lot's of metal-work...
    That's it.. The psu/reservoir plates where a lot of work (about 10-hours!) and they are not finished yet..
    Tomorrow we will get to work with that hole saw....
     
  4. Bbq.of.DooM

    Bbq.of.DooM Custom User Title

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    Questions:
    1. For the pc75 drive cage assembly, is there enough clearence for your drives?
    2. So many spare aquatubes.. First picture, there's a black one and what looks like a Titan. then it's 2 silver ones. Wow.
    3. What are those nuts you used on the new PSU bracket called, the ones with the rounded top?
    4. Enjoying vacation yet? :lol:

    Looking Great. Keep up the great work, I look forward to more :D
     
  5. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    drive-clearence should be OK..
    I started out using a black aquatube, but as I will need it up-top..You have to guard against-scratches during mock-up. The pair mounted are both the titan-color.
    You have a good-eye BoD..
    Those nuts are "true" acorn-type:
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    pictured left, is what most vendors "pass-off" for acorn-nuts compared to the real thing.
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    in M4, these where VERY-HARD to find. They can be had at Distinctive Metal Polishing
    vacation, great..extra-sleep and 10-days to make full beers MT.... :hehe:
     
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  6. Fahrenheit 541

    Fahrenheit 541 New Member

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    very nice work, you are a monster!!! :rock:
     
  7. n00btard

    n00btard Go away

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    now THAT's an interesting place to mount a radiator! I'm assuming you're going to use a slim-line optical drive and have that located somewhere discrete, now that you appear to have no free drive bay?
     
  8. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    small Update:

    Something different. I don't think I have seen anyone mount a radiator in that location. I also think it should perform quite well. Most radiator setups draw in air and exhaust that hot air into the case. With this "deal" the air will pass-through the case. Intake and exhaust from side-panel to side-panel.
    This is a nice-big case. Remember, I lowered the divider plate 100mm. I will have room for a standard DVD drive as well as a Aqua-Computer AquaDrive HD cooler above the innovatek dual120 radiator.. Lot's of Dremel-work before that can happen.. :dremel:
    My plan for this project, major changes for the interior--.. Clean-Spartan exterior. This case may not even have a side window!! :eeek:
    Here is what I worked on today...
    A mounting-plate for the pair of AC aquatubes that will end up top-side.
    The material, fluorescent red acrylic:
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    the color of this stuff--anywhere from orange/pink/red, depending on lighting..
    This is more of the thick-6mm acrylic:
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    This acrylic mounting plate will be used under the top-plate of the case to lower the AquaTubes down into the case..
    When all is said and done, all that will be visible is a "ring" around the inner-edge of the AquaTube..
    map-out:
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    cut:
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    NEW-TooL:
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    Milwaukee Magnum 1/2" (chuck) drill..
    I experimented (drilling 64mm-holes) using my DeWalt 14.4V cordless..A nice drill, but not up to the task.. The problem: bit-binding and the heat generated from trying---both BAD when working with acrylic..I think it is torque--the DeWalt is lacking..Hell, if nothing else--an excuse to purchase more-tools!

    With the Milwaukee, like cutting-butter.. This sounds like a tool-forum.. :hehe:
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    then drill (18) holes to complete the picture.. This was about 6-7 hours of work.. For a mounting plate that will disappear into the case, and reveal only 6mm of itself.
    Like SO: (still need to sand&polish that edge).....
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    My M5 hardware showed-up today..I should be able to get one of the Innovatek dual120 radiators cut/mounted/bolted tomorrow..
    Stay-Tuned:
    MS
     
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  9. Guest-23315

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    i can all ready smell the death and distruction of another master-piece !
     
  10. Evenge

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    Blood-Red acrylic? Oh yeah, now this mod is realy going that familiar "modsquad" direction! :D
     
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  11. Muon

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    I love watching genius in action, sometimes it makes me think I'm capable of it....keep it up MS!
     
  12. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    More of the Same:

    You are giving me more credit than I am-due..BUT, thanks just the same..U-are capable of it...Pick-up the Dremel and start cutting.. :dremel:
    Vacation = project-action..
    Worked (another 6-7 hours today) on the bottom-mount radiator (Innovatek):
    Tapped the radiator for M5:
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    black button-head bolts..
    Map it out---
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    ---then CUT..
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    Using Dremel's (456) 1-1/2" reinforced cut off wheels:
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    IMO, worth the asking-price. I used (1) disk to cut-out for this radiator..
    No exploding-disk's with the 456's.. They do cut a thicker-line than the standard cut-off disks.. Sorry, tool-talk again..
    A little file-action and some C-strip to hide my "less than perfect cut":
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    also switched-to the black powdercoated LL casters. They are MUCH-cooler than the stock Alu-finish ones.. :thumb:
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    the only problem, the caster-mount is blocking radiator air-flow..
    The answer is a series of holes:
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    Let's bolt it back-in:
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    That doe's-it..
    Tomorrow, I will bolt a radiator into that hole.. Then we will see-if I can mount my fan-controller in my "location of choice"..
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    this could be " tight"..
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    Until-then..
    MS
     
  13. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    yep those reinforced cutting discs are much stronger than the normal ones. I like the look of those black casters :thumb:
     
  14. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    Could you discard the middle of the caster-mount altogether? It looks like the sides and bar between them carry most of the load anyway.

    That red acrylic with crome makes me want to change the color-scheme of my case too... Awesome! Can't wait to see what comes next.
     
  15. Fozzy

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    Lookin good. Cant wait to see more. I've been thinking of doing another mod with bondo on one of those little lianli v-300's. I'm thinkin a car scheme with some hood scoop action what do you think?
     
  16. Klekkus

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    Did you take the idea from making mounting brackets for the res in acrylic from the arctic ice projekt?
     
  17. hydro_electric_655

    hydro_electric_655 Dremelly Dude

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    THe aqua tubes come with or are pruchsaed seperately to have the metal bracket. He added plexi and polished.
     
  18. n00btard

    n00btard Go away

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    Modsquad, you pwn.
     
  19. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    @Javerh: I thought about cutting-out the center section of the caster mount. My concern is the weight of this machine when all is said and done. Lightening-holes seemed the safe-bet..
    @Fozzy: The LL PC-v300 is a nice little cube. I enjoy your work and look forward to your next project.. Not sure about starting a project with a small form factor case though. Turn it into a chiller for your HellGate.. :thumb:
    @KbZ: I had not seen ArcticIce
    until now. Chase(s) work is solid..Cool project..
    Same idea, but for two different reasons. I want/need to lower my top-mount AC aquatubes in order to have the Paul Yaffe fork tube covers, which have become my reservoir-caps (after a mod!) sit lower over the AC res. I was going to use opaque-black, but the fluorescent-red picksup the shine from the polished (ribbed) edge of the res-cap. Like SO:
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    I used it for no other reason. My main objective was to lower the reservoir down-into the case. The glowing-edge, just dumb-luck.. :D Had I seen Chase(s) work prior to my mod, believe-me I would have gave him his "props"..In fact as soon as I am done typing here, I am heading over there.. :hehe:
    Today I bolted-in the Innovatek dual120 radiator, as well as mock-in the power supply in order to check clearance for my fan-controller:
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    close, but NO:
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    The heatsinks are the problem...SO:
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    I have used this unit in another machine, it's Rock-Solid..
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    SunBeam added those heatsinks for a reason. They need to be replaced with something a bit smaller. MicroCool
    has just what I need. I will have to get a few of there passive ChipSink units ASAP..
     
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  20. Fozzy

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    Lol I was actually thinking of that. I want it colder, and I dont need another Computer so I was thinking like a Phasechange or something lol. Great minds think alike...as well as deranged ones. Also have used that Fancontroller. It's nice. Mine doesnt have the 3-pins though...
     
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