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Scratch Build – In Progress Project Metallurgy - A metal scratch build

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Maarten/Pine, 9 Dec 2017.

  1. Maarten/Pine

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    Time for another Scratch Build!
    Theme:

    The Process industry


    Sponsors
    A huge thanks to the sponsors named below, this project would not be possible without your support!
    Alphacool
    Cooler Master
    Apacer

    TeamGroup



    Links to Updates
    Update 1:

    Frame parts and test-tapping threads

    Update 2:
    Paint effects and test fit

    Update 3:
    Alphacool CPU block + Eisfluegel

    Update 4:
    Cooler Master PSU + RGB fans

    Update 5:
    Sanding + Polishing steel pipes

    Update 6:
    Asus Strix Z370-E Gaming

    Update 7:
    Asus Strix 1080ti + TeamGroup Delta RGB

    Update 8:
    The new frame!

    Update 9:
    Delid & Watercooling components

    Update 10:
    Paint details & Test fit



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    Hardware
    CPU:
    I7 8700k
    Mobo: Asus Z370-E Strix
    GPU: Asus Strix 1080ti
    PSU: Cooler Master V750
    Fans: Cooler Master Masterfan Pro 120, AP RGB
    RAM: 16GB T-Force Delta RGB
    Storage: 2x 240GB Apacer SATA SSD

    Watercooling
    (Obviously all Alphacool)
    Pump:
    Eispumpe VPP755
    Reservoirs: Eisbecher 250 Acetal
    GPU block: NexXxoS GPX
    RAM block: D-RAM with D-RAM modules
    CPU block: Eisblock XPX
    Rads: NexXxoS XT45 480
    PCI-e cooler: Eisblock HDX-3
    Fittings: Eiszapfen + modding packs
    Pipes: Brass Hardtubes 13/10mm + PETG 13/10m​
     
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  2. Cheapskate

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    Looks like it needs some shrinking. The motherboard is TINY in the pictures. :lol:
     
  3. Maarten/Pine

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    Yup, it is a big project. :)
    I've shrunk it a little, but can't shrink it alot, kinda like this setup as well..
     
  4. Maarten/Pine

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    First update on the project, the parts for the frame came in!


    Metal scaffolding pipes

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    The fittings with the aluminium sheets, they look so goddamn good! Loving the industrial look.


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    Trying to tap threads into the fittings that will attach the aluminium sheets to the frame. Works like a charm!

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    That was the quick first update.

    Next I’ll test some different painting effects on the fittings and metal sheets.
     
  5. Cheapskate

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    :lol: Holy cow, dude! I understand why you couldn't make it smaller now.
     
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  6. Maarten/Pine

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    Second update, let’s begin with some nice metal flakes to complement the theme… ;)

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    All threads tapped, good stuff!

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    Not sure what I’m going to do with the frame and aluminium plates, so I tested some effects on the fittings and pipe.

    I’d like to hear what you think of this!


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    Test fitting the aluminium plates onto the metal fittings and pipes.

    The aluminium plate was bent at my brother’s work, where they have all the machines to work with metal.

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    That’s one big PC, but it’s going to be hella pretty!
     
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    Very nice project! This monster is gonna weigh a ton! :eek:
     
  8. _Prometheus_

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    Probably the pig-iron bridge will have a weight as?
     
  9. Maarten/Pine

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    Thank you mate, sure is! Hard to lift on your own already haha.
    Looking on the bright side, you just have to place your PC down once, right? ;)

    Surely gonna be heavy yeah...!
     
  10. Cheapskate

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    Def needs skids. As for finishing; Can the aluminum end bits be sanded smooth? :D I like to see builders suffer a little.
     
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  12. Maarten/Pine

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    Wut, skids?
    And for the "end bits", if you mean the fittings, they're cast steel. Working on polishing them atm.

    Yup...
     
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    Closeups of some Alphacool products for this project.

    The Alphacool Eisblock GPX will be paired with a modding kit for the same block in blue.


    The modding top

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    The Eisfluegel flow meter.

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    And of course, the chrome Eisblock XPX. I’m not sure if I like the dark-blue logo, so I’ll probably change that to another color (white?) that came with the modding kit.

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    Thanks for Cooler Master for sending me the PSU and fans!


    First off: some fancy shots of the Cooler Master V750 modular psu which is going in the system.

    Hope you guys like this stuff, at the moment I’m just trying out different backgrounds so let me know if you like it.

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    “Cooler Master Masterfan pro 120 RGB air pressure fans”
    Jeez what a mouthful… They’re beautiful though. Can’t wait to light them up.

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    Cooler Master RGB Controller that comes with the 3-pack.

    Will hook up 4 fans to both the controllers, each for one radiator.

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    This time will be a small update, as a follow-up on a few updates earlier.

    In update 2, I showed some test paint-effects on the aluminium plates. I’m not sure what to do with the plates yet, but decided to polish the steel pipes.


    The pipes will be sanded and lightly polished.

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    On the picture below the pipes have just been sanded, but still have to be polished.

    The polishing will erase the bigger scratches, but the metal will keep a light brushed look.

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    The motherboard of choice for this build: Asus Z370-E Strix Gaming

    Love the aluminium look of the heatsinks on this board, they’ll go perfectly with the aluminium plates.

    Enjoy some tech porn!



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    And now the GPU of choice: the Asus Strix 1080 Ti!

    This beast of a card will pair nicely with the 8700k that’ll go in the system. Although it will be watercooled in this build, I have the possibility to use it air-cooled in another build if I wanted to.

    Took some pictures of the card, enjoy!

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    Also got the memory for the build, here’s some shots of the awesome TeamGroup Delta RGB!

    Hope you enjoy, I’m loving the looks of this RAM.



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    It’s been quite a while, mostly because I’ve been really busy with graduating from college.

    Now I’ll present to you the progress of the last 3 weeks. As mentioned earlier the plan was to totally change the frame design, which is visible in the upcoming pictures.



    The frame is finished already. I made the aluminium plates as well and made holes for the screws and side panel plates.

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    After the frame was put together, I installed the I/O panel from Mountain Mods.

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    In the meantime I installed all the hardware with a temporary cooler.

    Everything works fine! Some nice RGB effects for ya.

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    Watercooling reservoirs: installed.

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    Because the frame looked really bad after the prickling, I sanded the whole frame once more to get a nice brushed look.

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    En alles past!

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    Started with the cable management, first: fans on the radiator!

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    Looking good imo, only some cable ties left.

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    The radiators will be rotated to 45 degrees in the bottom part of the frame, however: the phobya radiator stands were quite big. Made them a “bit” smaller.

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    A Pine project, Insta-follow. Looking good and love the creative and unconventional idea. Refreshing with something new...
     
  20. Cheapskate

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    I'm kinda disappointed you went with a more sensible frame. :)
     

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