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Case Mod - In Progress Project: SpeLL7 (COMPLETE 7/28 - FINAL PICS POSTED)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by blackflag, 5 Sep 2008.

  1. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    After about a year out of the mod game, I’ve decided it’s about time to start a new project, so I bring to you: SpeLL7.

    Let me warn you before you go any further. This worklog is likely going to move at a snail’s pace. I don’t have a ton of free time for modding (having a 20 month old will do that :D). Going slow is better than not at all though, right?

    I previously was running my rig in a Lian Li V2000 but it became a little tight in there with watercooling and 9 hard drives. Also, I’ve had the case for two years and I’m bored. :D

    So, what glorious case will I be using this time around?

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    Yep, a Lian Li PC-343B. Sorry I didn’t take any pics before stripping it down to the frame but I’m sure you all know what it looks like by now.

    Taking all the bezels and metal bits out really didn’t improve the state of my desk (which is usually spotless, I might add).

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    I have crap everywhere, as you can see. My 343B mobo tray tried to run away but was stopped before it was too late.

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    How the hell did that Mac get in my room? :eek:

    In the meantime while I build this 343B, I’ve taken out my current rig and put it in a spare Chieftec Dragon case I had sitting around in the closet. It looks funny to have 8 hard drives sitting there next to the case, it’s so messy that it looks like my PC threw up on my desk.

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    Anyway, I’m planning on taking a couple of things from my existing rig and using them in the new one, namely, the PSU (PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad), RAM (4GB G. Skill F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ), Hard Drives (8x500GB WD & 250GB Seagate), Radiator (Black Ice GTX 360) and CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo E8500). The rest of the stuff is new additions.

    OK, well I lied a little. I’m going to be using a bunch of fans (Scythes and Papsts) that I already have from my old build in addition to several new ones.

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    The rest of the hardware…

    Asus Rampage Formula
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    BFG GTX 280 OC
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    Some new racks for the hard drives (Lian Li EX-34s)
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    And now for the watercooling goodness…

    3/8 ID / 5/8 OD Primochill Primoflex Pro LRT Tubing
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    EK Supreme CPU block
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    EK X38/X48 NB Block
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    The compression fittings ALMOST didn’t fit on this block. As you can see in the following pic, there’s about 1mm clearance between them. The bases touch, but the tops still tighten.
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    EK FC280GTX Block
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    All bow before the snail! The RAM backplate should be finding its way to me sometime next week too.

    Swiftech MCP 355 Pump
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    Looks kind of plain and boring, right? Seems like it needs something.
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    Hmm, might be on to something here.
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    MUCH better.

    Black Ice GTX 360 Radiator
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    All cooled with:
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    A replacement south bridge heatsink:
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    Some miscellaneous bits:

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    And the icing on the cake, a black Delrin/red ring switch…
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    A quick pic of most of what I’ll need for this project…
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    In the top of the case, Lian Li has placed a cutout for a 2x120 radiator or window. I’m going to recycle a window I used on another case of mine a while back and slap that in the top since I think it’ll look nice.

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    You gotta love HR Giger’s work, it’s just sick.

    I’m planning on turning the motherboard tray horizontally because it will allow my loop and hard drive cages the best fit. I’ve ordered the aluminum sheeting and tubing for the inside of the case and it should be here by next week.

    Once that arrives, I’ll be cutting and fitting everything, and after that, the frame will make its way to the powdercoaters and get all nice and pretty.

    Stay tuned... I'll try to update as much as I can.
     
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  2. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    OK, here’s a small update.

    On Friday I got a package that contained…

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    And a couple of sheets of aluminum, which I will show later.

    Anyway, let’s take a closer look at what arrived.

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    Basically a hollowed out metal 2x4. :cool: It's going to go between the drive bays as the main wire management channel. It's a few mm too wide so it will need to be sanded down a bit, which is where the new belt sander comes into play.

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    A couple smaller ones. These are going to be used for wire management inside the drive bay columns.

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    Some rods which will be used for supporting the motherboard tray.

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    This is what I’m thinking of doing for the custom backplate.

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    And this is what it looks like with the actual cutouts drawn. Don’t mind the smudges, that’s from previous attempts to get everything where it needed to be .

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    Speaking of backplates, this also arrived:

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    EK backplate for the GTX280 :)

    Since I’m compulsive and like things to match, I got these ram heatsinks to replace the stock blue G. Skill ones. I also have something else planned for the RAM, which I will show later when it arrives.

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    In the same order were these non-descript boxes.

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    What’s inside?

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    2x Lian Li fan modules.

    The last thing of note in this package was a couple of these:

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    Zalman fan controllers. I figure these should be pretty much full by the time I’m done. Sorry for the crappy blurry pics, the Zalmans weren't too photogenic for some reason.

    I have one more order on its way here and then maybe a couple more odds and ends and then I’m basically finished acquiring all the pieces of the puzzle.

    Buying all this stuff is the easy part. What’s hard is actually finding time to put it all together. :D
     
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  3. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Quick update here... did a little work over the weekend.

    I managed to cut out the back of the case to allow the new panel to be fitted.

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    Not as straight as I would have liked, but it's no biggie once the new backplate is on and the whole thing is powdercoated.

    Here's a shot of the backplate being fitted. Mounting holes have been drilled and countersunk. I will be mounting the backplate with black oxide M3 hexheads.

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    I also took the opportunity to get rid of the horrific casters on the bottom of the case. They kept getting in the way and I just hate the look of them. If you look further up in my original post, you can see the replacement case feet I bought.

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    What was left over after the carnage:

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    I was able to get the hole in the backplate cut out for the motherboard and got the tray mounted (riveted). I also got one fan hole cut, but it still needs filing. I cut the tray to fit around the drive bay columns, but my camera's battery ran out so no pics yet on any of this stuff.

    I really could use a solid day or two in the garage to get all this sorted out. It's kind of hard to use a jigsaw/scroll saw with a 21 month old trying to sleep. ;)

    Hopefully some more updates soon.
     
  4. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    i want all that gear, plz!

    4TB of storage, dam thats alot of p0rn!
     
  5. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    I got another small package of odds and ends the other day... so today I managed a little lunch time modding...

    Inside the box I got some LEDs, and a couple vented Lian Li bezels.
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    Next up is a Corsair Dominator RAM fan. In its stock form it's not too exciting.
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    Thought I might spice it up a bit with some new fans.
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    Why do they cover that pretty aluminum with that fug sticker?

    Now this is more like it.
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    And the finished product, after retapping the threads to fit these red anodized thumbscrews (well, almost done, I still need to sleeve the cable, but my lunch hour ran out :hehe:).

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    Hope to get more done this weekend. :thumb:
     
  6. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Burnout21: nope, no pron. Just movies, apps and music.:clap:
     
  7. slackerXL

    slackerXL www.SlackerXL.com

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    sweet dominator mod... :thumb:
    totally agree on that crappy sticker thing
    must be nice to wake up in the morning with that smell of fresh unwrapped hardware around you....
    keep it up & keep us posted
     
  8. ComputerKing

    ComputerKing <img src="http://forums.bit-tech.net/images/smilie

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    Amazing!! Simple, Clean :) I love it. Nice Gear you got. They cost a lot.

    I look forward for your work.
     
  9. Mizugetsu

    Mizugetsu What's a Dremel?

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    if u have gone to that much trouble with RED fans, RED thumbscrews this mod gonna be gr8 i was planning something similar with Green Led's just find black or dark green thumbscrews is tricky
     
  10. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    Mizugetsu: Dont know if you're located in the USA, but if you are, you can get black thumbscrews from Performance PCs. I dont remember where I got these red ones from, they've been sitting in my bin for a couple of years now.
     
  11. BlackWhizz

    BlackWhizz What's a Dremel?

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    MnPctech?

    Nice goodies :)
     
  12. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    I've been doing some cutting and filing of the backplate for the past few "mod sessions" and just have to finish the cutout for the radiator.

    Over the weekend, I got the cutout for the drive bays on the motherboard tray filed down and framed with some "L" aluminum. My rivet gun broke so I ended up just countersinking the holes and bolting the "L" pieces to the motherboard tray with some M3 bolts. It looks pretty much the same as it would riveted. I'll pick up another riveter so I can attach the motherboard tray to the backplate, hopefully sometime this week.

    Probably going to head home today at lunch and try to get some odds and ends done.
     
  13. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Holy... someone's investing a lot. :p

    Will follow this one.
     
  14. Aterius Gmork

    Aterius Gmork smell the ashes

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    Don't want to sound harsh, but you might wanna invest some of your funds into a better server. :p

    From the few pictures I can see after 1 min loading time you seem to have some killer HW. Your pictures are awesome, very professional. I am sure the mod is equally awesome! ;) :p
     
  15. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Funny, never heard any complaints about my server before... always been fast and reliable... anyone else have issues? :confused:

    Well, I didnt have a very productive trip home for my "lunch time" modding... only got part of the radiator grill cut out on the backplate- about 1/3 of the way there. I'm using a Dremel for the tight corners and a one-sided hacksaw (think of it like a steak knife for metal) for the straight parts and the cuts are coming nice and straight with the hacksaw so they'll require less filing later (which I'm not a fan of).

    I'll probably do the same thing tomorrow- go home just long enough to get some aluminum slivers/dust on my work clothes. :D
     
  16. Ending Credits

    Ending Credits Bunned

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    That hardware would be prons enough for me. :p

    Can't wait to see how this turns out. Also, I love the RAM fan mod.

    EDIT: Just saw those casters; what were lian-li thinking?
     
  17. FrooP

    FrooP can I eat this?

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    got issues here too, im located germany, loading pics @ 56k constant, would you share your photo booth/workshop? just curious
     
  18. blackflag

    blackflag I Kill Dremels

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    Anyone else outside of Germany having problems with the pics? Maybe my host has something against Germany? :hehe:

    FrooP: I'll try to snap some pics tomorrow.
     
  19. Aterius Gmork

    Aterius Gmork smell the ashes

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    It's faster today... and it looks awesome! :D
     
  20. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    That's a good collection of stuff to make an awesome project. Like it.

    Is that a thinkpad I spy up there at the top? :D

    I love your current setup whilst this mod goes on - let's hope your 20 month old won't get sight of those pretty red SATA cables...
     
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