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Scratch Build – In Progress Project Duplex

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Ace_finland, 23 Oct 2013.

  1. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Staff

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    I don't know how all this metal pron has evaded me. lookin stunning already
     
  2. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Minimodder

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    Thx cheaps!
    lol, thx!
    Thx! Makes it a lot neater :)
    Thx Crapman! It just another line of text between all the other great project logs :)


    So been crazy busy trying to get as much done as possible. The Cooler Master mod contest ends on the 31st so i am freaking out a bit right now :)

    have had a lot of parts lying around for a while now but thought it was time to upload some photos.

    Ever since i saw the Maximus Vi Formula i knew this was the board for my next computer. I generally don't like "naked" pcb's so this is perfect for me!
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    A lot of accessories.
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    Just sexy, great color scheme and as a bonus its ready to be water cooled!
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    Even has a backplate, this just keeps getting better and better!
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    Next up GPU, decided on a GTX 780 since i seem to have no time for gaming anymore. Still there is nice to have some power when i need it.
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    Even the inner box looks great
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    Awesome, almost a shame to water cool this.
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    Great looking backplate, won't be seen though due to the way it will be mounted
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    Have always wanted an I7 since i do use Solidworks quite a lot. Never could justify to buy one. This time i just bought it and didn't think about the cost
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    I had 16Gb of platinum ram from before. Bought another pack just for the looks. Won't really need 32gb but it does make the case look better. And some light bars.
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    For some reason the old ones does not look like the new ones. The old ones still have milling marks and are slightly shiny. The new ones looks like they have been blasted with some media. Lucky i bought the light bars.
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    So on to the case

    Made some fixtures to hold the reservoirs in place. Took a while before i figured out how to do it.
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    The circle pattern didn't really fit the shape of the case so i decided to make my own front. Not sure if i will sand it down to make it a bit more matte. Still need to countersink all the holes.
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    Lowered the led strips into the acrylic. Since the sheet aluminum is lowered 2mm from the other side and the leds need about 2.4mm depth there is only 1,6 mm left of material in the middle. Was a bit worried that the light wouldn't spread out to the edges but seems to be working just fine. Won't show you that just yet.
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    Made some adapters for the lamptron controllers so it will attach to the sheet metal.
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    This is how its now, still a lot to do and not much time left but all the acrylic and sheet metal is sanded down now and fits great.
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    And a bit of bonus content,

    obviously it won't fit in the computer but i do have a different plan once the case is done.
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    Great looking piece!
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    Will add more photos of it once i get it up and running, will be a bit later as i need to focus on the computer right now

    Next update before the competition ends !

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  3. skyrip

    skyrip What's a Dremel?

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  4. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Minimodder

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    Thx skyrip, didn't know there was that type of leds, i keep learning useful stuff when its too late :D
     
  5. Ygd3n

    Ygd3n What's a Dremel?

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    Perfect :D
     
  6. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Minimodder

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    Quick update before the competition ends!

    Got all bit painted so started assembling pieces

    Frame
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    Pumps and psu support
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    Lamptron controllers, had these from the old rig so was easy to make new mounts for it.
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    GTX 780
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    Test fit
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    Sponsored by:
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    Final photos in a few min!
     
  7. Ace_finland

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    Some better photos!

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    Fisheye :)
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  8. jrs77

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    Excellent execution of your idea really, and the endresult is very sexy, with the exposed hardware but covered up coonnectors.

    Maybe you could trim the I/O-cover of the GPU or build a new one, as it's not really matching the rest of the build imho.
     
  9. ChromAnomaly

    ChromAnomaly What's a Dremel?

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    Ok, so what kind of black magic did you use to get the red edges in your final photos? Because in your build photos all I see is solid metal on the corners . . .
     
  10. craig - toyoracer

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    Chrom you missed the acrylic layer.


    Man Ace you have been working overtime but the final result is Awesome :thumb:

    Great design and build quality. :clap:

    Good luck :)
     
  11. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Minimodder

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    I have been thinking about it. Built this for the cooler master mod competition and it ends today so i didn't have time to do any mods to it. But the project will continue for a while until all the little things are done :)

    The white bits are acrylic and have leds in them :)

    Thx buddy, been working for 18-21 hrs a day during the whole week. I don't think i would have survieved another day
     
  12. Meelobee

    Meelobee What's a Dremel?

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    wow Ace, that is a stunning looking build. :thumb:
    Love the details like the I/O cover and the way the GPU is mounted. What kind of USB hub is that in the back?
     
  13. ChromAnomaly

    ChromAnomaly What's a Dremel?

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    Ah, I see it now! :duh: I figured you must have put some acrylic in there, but I couldn't figure out where it fit relative to your frame and panels. So you have the acrylic attached directly to the frame, and the panels are inset in to the acrylic, right? It looks really sharp the way the pieces all flow together :thumb:
     
  14. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Tasty.:D
    I love how the plexi edges match the SSDs and grey fans.
     
  15. Hukkel

    Hukkel James' minion

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    I think it looks very nice. Some really nice ideas being incorporated. Especially in the dark quite Tron-esque. Good job!
     
  16. Boorach

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    Really effective design with some nice finishing touches. Great work.
     
  17. whyte

    whyte What's a Dremel?

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    unbelievably impressive... such a different concept and brilliant execution!
     
  18. Ace_finland

    Ace_finland Minimodder

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    Thx Meelobee! It's actually a lot of panel mount usb's i made a separate sheet for
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    Yeah, the leds are dropped down into the acrylic and the aluminum panels and inserted into the acrylic from the other side.

    Thx buddy! It was a rush to get it finished :)

    Thx buddy!

    Cheers!

    Thx man!

    As i had to rush this a bit in order to finish it for the competition i will keep modding this until i am 100% happy. There are a few things i really wanted to do to it but didn't have time. so stay tuned :)
     
  19. forester joe

    forester joe shhh. can you hear your PC?

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    Could you show more details on the GPU extension?
     
  20. Ace_finland

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    Yeah, i will, just need to get some new photos :)
     

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