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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: RAD GT (Updated 22-Oct-2007) Up-n-running, 98% complete

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by radodrill, 25 Jul 2007.

  1. radodrill

    radodrill Resident EI

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    I've been working on a Custom acrylic PC case that I designed.

    Case features a double sidewall to allow intake air without the need of front holes; also good for cable routing. Designed to hold 2 360mm Radiators; will only use one ATM with a Y-line loop. Stealthed CD slot; will wire the eject button and activity LED to an illuminated pushbutton to preserve the clean look of the front panel.

    Here are some pics of the 3D model in it's current state. I'll update with pics of the actual build as well.

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    Expected Hardware Requirements:
    DFI Lanparty UT 680i SLI T2R/G ---- Out of pocket
    Intel Q6600 G0 ---- Out of pocket
    Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer ---- Out of pocket
    2x BFG 8800GTX ---- Out of pocket
    2x1Gb DDR2 RAM (been eying the Corsair Dominator PC2-10000)
    Lite-On SATA DVD burner ---- Out of pocket
    Silverstone ST1000 Modular PSU ---- Out of pocket
    500+Gb SATA2 HDD ---- Out of pocket
    2x X-Flow Black Ice Extreme III ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    Variable speed D5 ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    20 feet 1/2" ID Tygon ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    2x Brass Fill-port ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    TDX for LGA775 ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    Maze4 chipset block (regular block) ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    875 chipset block ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    2x 8800 GTX blocks ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    2x single-slot PCI bracket for the 8800s ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    Fill-port Reservoir ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
    6x 120mm Case Fans ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
    Wire-sleeving ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
    2x dual 30cm red CCFLs ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
    dual 30cm UV CCFLs ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
    dual 20cm UV CCFLs ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
    Acrylic Case feet ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
    H2O Dies ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
    Biocide H2O additive ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
    AS5 ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
    36" SATA2 cables ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop


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  2. papeniglio

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    OMG!!!! You're designing your custom case with Pro/E??? Man, you have balls!!!!:eeek:
     
  3. radodrill

    radodrill Resident EI

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    Pro/E a lot easier/better than Sketchup ;)

    Anyways it's more fun modeling everything myself LOL
     
  4. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    looks really good
     
  5. Jedda

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    Very good idea. You'll get all the fitting together thrashed out before starting building.
    You'll avoid a lot of errors doing things this way.
     
  6. radodrill

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    That's the plan isn't it?

    I'll have to get a few more parts ordered then I'll add them to the drawing; then it's go time.
     
  7. Jedda

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    Yeah, I was stating the obvious I guess.
    Mainly just saying hello and expressing interest.
     
  8. radodrill

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    Update: Going to get a new system for this case. Planned system specs:
    DFI 680i SLI LT T2R/G
    Intel Q6600
    Patriot eXtreme 4Gb (2x2Gb) DDR2-800
    eVga 8800GTX
    Creative X-FI XtremeGamer
    Black Ice GT Stealth 360 or Swiftech MCR-320
    LIANG D5 / Swiftech MCP-655
    DangerDen TDX
    DangerDen Maze 4 i875 (on Northbridge)
    DangerDen Maze 4 680i (on Southbridge)
    EK-waterblocks or DangerDen Full-cover 8800GTX block

    I'm still waiting on a few case parts but I'll probably get started on the cutting this weekend.
     
  9. radodrill

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    Start of Worklog (28-July-2007): MB panel

    I spent last night and today working on the motherboard panel.

    Sketched panel in Pro/E
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    Masked the Acrylic sheet and marked the locations for the MB standoffs, RAD, and Front-panel port mounts.
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    With old MB to verify markings
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    Drilled pilot holes
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    Cutting the fan/RAD holes
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    Finished fan/Rad holes
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    Drilled out holes to secure the RAD
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    Illustration of MB standoff mounting
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    Drilled out and threaded holes for MB standoffs and FPIO mount
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    Unmasked panel
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    Mounting of FPIO

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    Added slots for cable pass-through. All cabling will be routed underneath the MB panel
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    Test fit of my current MB and FPIO ports

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    I don't have the new RAD/fans yet so I couldn't test fit those.

    If anyone would like to see other detail shots/angles please LMK

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    Update (29-July-2007): Drive bays

    Today I started working on the drive Bays:
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    Laid out the parts on the masked acrylic:
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    The cut out panels:
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    Threaded side panels for drive retention mechanism (will into detail on that later):
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    Cut drive support rails:
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    Unmasked 5 1/4 bay panels:
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    Unmasked 3 1/2 bay panels:
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    I have to wait on an order from US Plastics before I can glue these parts together.

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  11. Teyber

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    wow! i hate acrilic... i always have bad luck lol.
    So did you use a heat gun for teh plexi angles?
     
  12. Dean MF

    Dean MF PC Freak!

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    Looking very nice so far mate! Just one thing, you must try and keep the plexi masked for as long as possible to avoid scratches when doing future fittings.
     
  13. radodrill

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    I just bought some corner guard LOL
     
  14. radodrill

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    Thanks for the tip; I'll keep it in mind
     
  15. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    looking good
     
  16. radodrill

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    Minor update:
    Been busy with work the past few days and haven't gotten much done on the case. The good news is that DangerDen is on board to sponsor the Liquid cooling aspect of this case build
     
  17. luis_pedro_Sato

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    Good work so far
     
  18. radodrill

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    Update (01-Aug-2007): Corner Blocks & 3.5" bays

    Today I received the 1" Acrylic cubes that I'll use to assemble the main panels of the case
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    Drilled/Tapped the cubes so that I could screw on the panels
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    Closeup of one cube
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    Next I polished the parts for the 3.5" drive bay
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    3.5" Drive bays clamped and glued
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    Update (02-Aug-2007): Drive bays

    Finished the 3 1/2" drive bays
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    Drive retention mechanism; screws on one side with nylon spacers on the ends
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    Test fit with old drive
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  20. 500mph

    500mph The Right man in the Wrong place

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    very nice acrylic work i must say.
    keep up the great work
     

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