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Case Mod - In Progress Project : CopperHead: 6/4/09 Orange:

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by modsquad, 27 Jul 2008.

  1. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    I like the case.
    ...not a big fan of the snake. -mean little sh*ts...
     
  2. karolis

    karolis Code Monkey

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    The case looks absolutely stunning. the black/copper theme looks very good
     
  3. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    My plan is to "play-down" the copper on the outside of the case, IMHO it is a bit too-much...
    Anyway.. Half of the weekend update (what I messed with Saturday night)..
    The radiator
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    Black Ice Pro 120.. 2-pass copper-fined core radiator. A generation-removed from the new GT Stealth series of radiators from Hardware labs..
    Why am I using an "old school" design radiator for the project? EZ, I have one and it's chrome :hehe:
    Fittings are G 1/4" (BSPT) with an over-sized compression-ring (alphacool) that will allow me to use 11.2mm (7/16 OD) tubing (aka-- big small-bore)..
    More on that-deal later..
    This is a "straight forward mod".. I think this unit will all but bolt-into the case..
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    Aqua-Computer 120mm docking plates. I had this pair chrome-plated about a year ago, just for future-reference. I am glad I did, perfect for this application..
    PUSH-radiator setup using a
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    YS-tech 120x38mm fan.. 125CFM @ 45DB..
    da-mod:
    I used AC Ryan hex-mesh
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    and stainless (4mm) bolts
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    after some tapping:
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    and polishing:
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    Next up, case-cutting..
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    later :thumb:
    MS
     
  4. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Nice job with the radiator, love the chrome.
     
  5. p3ri0d

    p3ri0d What's a Dremel?

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    Tasty, chrome is my weakness ^^
     
  6. IanJackson

    IanJackson Photographer & Modder

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    W00T boston is the best!!!!!
     
  7. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Topcut

    I did some holesaw and jigsaw cutting today..
    The plan, install a Aqua-Computer aquatube top-side. Make the 80mm vent-hole on the top of the case disappear..
    The "rough-cut" with C-strip added.. I will take a file to the cuts and "dial them in" ASAP..
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    The reason the aquatube is mounted forward of center is to allow room for the 1000w PC power & Cooling PSU that will make it's way into the project..
    The AC aquatube is a limited edition polycarbonate version
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    I purchased these last year. If memory-serves, they only made 2-3 hundred of them... I have (4)..:thumb: one for this project..
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    parts from Black Rain (RIP)...
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    Limited edition LL case and limited edition AC aquatube, makes sense..
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    The aquatube mount is also "trick".. I drilled a 83mm hole and added c-strip around it. Then I used a stock (painted black) mounting plate and bolted it in from the inside of the case..
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    IMHO, the AC aquatube is the only way to go.. It's the best-looking Reservoir on the market.. BUT, you tend to see a-lot of them set-up in the same-old-way..
    My "inside out" mount gives the unit a bit of a different look..
    last few pictures
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    until next time.. NO action next weekend, I have to work.. This update will have to hold you for a while..
    MS
     
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  8. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Now that's a nice res mate. Nice cuts. Looks great.
     
  9. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    You just have to love c-strip, but I don't unfortunately. The c-strip is also too close to the bolts in my opinion, and the res is a little too close to the radiator hole. I hope the end result will turn my opinion upside down, cause I didn't see a mod of yours that I didn't like :hehe:
     
  10. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    hmm those limited ed Aquatubes sure rock. Whenever I see one, I always feel bad that I didn't purchase one at the time...would make an all-copper loop nice and easy with the new GPU blocks of AC. Oh well, there's plenty of plexi-reservoirs out there. But sadly, -like you say- nothing beats the good ol' Aquatube in design and functionality.
     
  11. jegerjon

    jegerjon What's a Dremel?

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    Uuuh look great! A shame with your other mod, but you did the best if you just didn't feel for it any more.
    I like you've got your old style back, and can't wait to see more, looks good already though.

    I'll be following you on this :)
     
  12. skullen

    skullen Minimodder

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    Nice, shiney and very neat :thumb:
     
  13. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt brinkz..
    And please, don't take any computer mod too seriously.. There are a Magnitude of things more important that the distance between bolts and c-strip in this world we live in.. Please, just relax.. No radiator top-side.. Just a window. The stock case has a 80mm blow-hole in the middle of the top, which I need to make "gone".. The answer is a window.. Here are three work in progress pictures:
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    A case mod is - just that.. It's not a " clean-canvas" it's a compromise.. You "eye-ball" the box and say "--well I want to do this, but this has to be here to line up with that"... it happens each and every time, that I promise..:thumb:
    So, please don't over-analyze the above pictures.. Hell, it's justa computer-box. It will all work out in the end..
    @ the other boys in the band: thanks for your support and thanks for understand why I needed to stop (the old) and start (the new)..
    MS
     
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  14. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Great idea of using mesh instead of a plexi window. The mesh will look 10 times better.
     
  15. brinkz0r

    brinkz0r What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for talking some sense into me, but don't worry about the relax part ;) I just like to discuss matters that I may be able to change, instead of the government stuff I can't change a thing about :hehe:
     
  16. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Just kidding with you brinkz..
    By the way, i checked out your project.. Very nice metal-work..:thumb:

    @boy4rm: My plan is to use both a acrylic window and the AC Ryan mesh..
     
  17. Darkraven

    Darkraven What's a Dremel?

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    Love the start you have. Details, gotta love um. Like the hex mesh on an already sharp radiator - nice!! Lian Li/copper/chrome/black - yum!! And button head screws - yep,yep. Partial to them, used black oxide M3/M4 almost thru out my V1000. Now if I can just talk myself into starting the thread on that project. Like it or not it probally has heavy influence by you and Darkened. Sorry in advance,lol.

    O'yea, found a Copperhead in the mens bathroom at work. Curled up under the toilet, they like to come in out the heat same as us. Needless to say no one relaxes in there anymore.
     
  18. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Thanks D-raven..
    Start that PL... fella.. as for "heavy influence".. :blush: well, thanks..
    I had next to no time this weekend. Worked a 12-hour shift Saturday night.. (remember- I promised NO update this weekend, this is bonus-action..)
    Drilled out the "pop-rivets" from the stock side panel window
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    that 3mm clear acrylic will get "recycled" and make its way into the top window of this box (behind the AC Ryan hex-mess)..
    As for that "hole" in the side panel..
    Fresh acrylic with a laser-etch..
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    well, we will worry and wonder about that down the road..
    LL has a elaborate side panel window-mount
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    Not sure if I will use this "gear" or just go with an oversize acrylic window and "thread and tap""..
    -- what I can say is that after drilling top-mounting holes, the case is a mess
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    major-clean-up needed..

    lets talk H20-cooling and compression fittings:
    AT LAST it's possible to do "big-bore" with compression fittings..
    Thanks to: http://www.bitspower.com/
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    1/2ID-5/8OD 1/4ID-3/8OD 3/8ID-1/2OD 3/8ID-5/8OD
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    need to go G1/8 toG1/4
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    they got it..
    want to build a fill-port:
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    done.. And so am I... :D man, sleep sounds good..... that's what is up next...
    MS
     
  19. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    Those compression fittings look fantastic.
     
  20. bigsharn

    bigsharn Officially demotivated

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    mmm... Compression fittings:)

    apart from the bttom of the case it's looking niiiiiice:thumb:
     
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