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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Server and Gaming Case

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Spotswood, 14 Apr 2011.

  1. voigts

    voigts New Member

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    looks great.
     
  2. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    A last minute design change was to go with SATA backplanes. This required having to route-out 24 phalanx shaped areas for the LED and power cables to pass through.

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    [These photos are just quick mockups, the perforate aluminum will eventually get mounted to the bottom of the drive cage. ]

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    The backplanes rest on some soft rubber grommets and are attached via two #4 socket head cap screws.

    The 1/16-inch perforated aluminum was a good choice because I didn't have to drill a boat load of holes.

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  3. LooseNeutral

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    crazy! nice build you got going here. Love'n the metal worx . Can't wait for more. sub'd :D
     
  4. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    I finished the bottom of the HD cage by adding four support beams made from 1x.5-inch u-channels.

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    To further dampen vibrations some 1x.25-inch soft foam will be stuck between the beams and the perforated aluminum.

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  5. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Finally managed to mount the HD cage to the case via 12 #6-32 stainless steel socket cap bolts.

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  6. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Finally means that was a whole LOT of work :D excellent stuff Rich :).

    Magnificent HDD section :rock:.
     
  7. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Subbed!
     
  8. dark4181

    dark4181 Ero-sennin-tebayo

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    Spectacular!
     
  9. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Another requirement for this case is the ability to mount six SSD drives. The original plan was to mount them to the bottom of the case, but if there ever was a leak in the water cooling system, all of the SSDs would be toast. So instead, I came up with the idea to mount the drives to the underside of a motherboard tray.

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    Half-inch standoffs were screwed into the MB tray's existing PEM nuts.

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    And onto that a .10-inch thick sheet of aluminum was bolted.

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  10. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    The front inner sheet was turned into Swiss cheese via 9 holes for the 120mm intake fans. The holes were cut with a 1/2-inch flush trimming router bit, guided by a template.


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  11. [ZiiP] NaloaC

    [ZiiP] NaloaC Well-Known Member

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    I'm late to the party, but I'm staying now until the end :D

    Great work so far Spots :)
     
  12. LukaTCE

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    Nice work
    Maybe did u recorded how did u cuted 12cm circle from metal with flush trimming router bit i can't find any video on youtube
     
  13. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    :D looks perfect with nice clean holes, what stats of a router are needed for doing stuff like this Rich? variable speed I expect, anything else? I want to buy one for future projects but not 100% sure what type or abilities I'd need from one so best to ask someone who has done a good bit of this :).

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  14. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Thanks. I'm currently using a very basic, variable speed, 2HP router, that I purchased for ~$100 USD. Nothing special, really. I use a very low RPM, which reduces the router's HP quite a bit.

    My next upgrade is to get a Super-PID which provides much more control over RPMs, while still maintaining good HP. :clap:
     
  15. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Thanks Rich & that mod addon looks very good, added that to my favorites cheers :thumb:.
     
  16. robi09

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    How many hdd's you have? :D Great job!
     
  17. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    @robi09 - I'm just the case builder.



    The top motherboard tray support is the last piece of the case frame.


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  18. Bituser

    Bituser 64 Gigglebytes

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    Looks good. That's one big case though. Do you really have 25 HDDs? That's insane!
     
  19. Spotswood

    Spotswood Custom PC case builder

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    Thanks.

    Again :)read:), I'm just the case builder, building what I'm told to build. :D (I'm a lucky guy.)
     
  20. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    :D Seeing it like this now it looks like an ultra premium mega double version (I love bit-techs ultra premium award :D:lol:) of my last case but far far better & so much more oomph, awesome stuff :clap: I got my layout quite wrong on mine though :duh: should have made it wider like this for the psu, really looks good altogether :).
     

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