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Scratch Build – In Progress Project Stealthlow - Completed - preview of project next

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Waynio, 30 Nov 2010.

  1. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Stealth merged with flow = Stealthlow = Project Stealthlow :)
    Because it's going to be quiet & powerful with a great air flow layout.

    Finally got the magic ingredients :).
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    Funds
    I sold a pile of my things to fund much of this project, so new system components for the finished project too :), won't be for a while so I need to get saving, had a couple of extra things to sell thanks to everyone involved at bit-tech & Dennis publishing for the magazine spread on Project Air Cube, highly appreciated, those parts helped me buy a 12 inch disc sander which will get a lot of usage in my modding & covered the cost of the fans for this project & a little extra towards the components which I'll buy later :thumb:, I went crazy & bought a GTX 580 though but I can enjoy that in between working on this & logging, awesome card btw runs metro 2033 @ 1080p dx11 max settings smoothly & runs GTA IV excellent with awesome settings, 2 very demanding games out of the ones I have.
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    These are the fans I'll be using, the 80mm & 140mm are for replacements on my enermax galaxy 1kw & the 120mm ones are for the case.
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    Sleeving, this is a first attempt at doing a quality sleeving job, wanted to buy a psu & sleeving but couldn't afford both after splashing out on the GTX 580 so was split between buying a Corsair 850w 100% modular psu & MDPC sleeving from Nils, I opted for the sleeving ;) all black because I'm a beginer in this area of modding so wasn't sure how much I'd need so this first attempt should let me know what's needed for future cases. I'll be replacing the fans & sleeving my aging but trusty enermax galaxy 1kw psu & possibly give it a paint job too.

    Layout
    HDD air tunnel push/pull/pull out the back.
    PSU fan facing down with vents that catch the excess air from the HDD fans.
    A bombardment of low flowing air coming from the front & bottom of the motherboard.
    Colour undecided until I figure out what hardware is going in, waiting to see next gen CPU's up next from Intel but I'm keen to see what the new AMD cpu will be too.

    Updates
    Had the materials sat in my room for about 2 weeks now but been busy tweaking the design & making a solid game plan for the project so I know exactly what I'm doing when I go to the garage, every other time I've done a case I spent heaps of time in the garage just pondering on what to do, not this time, being far more organised about it & will keep the work area clean after every session ;).

    Idea
    It all started with me wanting to remake my first scratch build which was based on the Lian-Li x2000 & was awfully planned & shoddily done as I was learning metal work & construction from scratch so was a thoroughly half arsed effort & was put together very fast but I definitely learnt a good bit from it so this remake has evolved massively imo I started doodling silly concepts & quickly came to the conclusion unconventional pc case shapes often equal wasted space or cramped space compared to a square type form like most cases although some people are doing a fine job of proving otherwise :thumb:, so I ended up making a curved front/top while keeping all the rest square, so this is my first go at a slightly unconventional shape to break out of the square box mode & to keep it so I learn something new on each case :).

    These were the first models that were presentable :hehe:.
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    Size & planning
    The final design is definitely a tall case, 77.6mm taller than the Lian-Li PC-X2000F but it will be good for maintenance & cable management & have an excellent fan layout.

    During each update I'll paint the aluminium pieces as being cut-out in grey & once the particular pieces have been completed I'll paint it blue like this, keeps it really well organised like a check list but more in depth & easier to know what stage I'm at on the project.
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    Also every piece has got to be done 100% perfectly accurate to my sketchup model for all this to work so no 2nd tries on this project, gulp :D, ordered just enough materials, bad idea maybe, extra challenge definitely. But have planned heavily on the stages of the case so it should be pretty straight forward other than the acrylic curve, I haven't even done a simple acrylic bend before so if I'm careful & lucky I'll manage it, got a heat gun & a range of hard tubes so if I clamp them down good in key spots I should manage it ok I think, if not plan b to the rescue :D.

    Almost every single bit will be DIY like my others, I've looked into anodising & no I'm not DIY'ing that, way to hazardous for my liking especially for big panels :eek:. It's possible I'll paint or powder coat but I would like to get it all anodised ideally.

    So since my last post on the concept I added structure supports, case feet, grills, mobo mounting holes, expansion card mounting holes, the slot piece for holding the HDD's in place & added simple vents for it to get the ambient air & also worked out a plan b in advance for if I fail or don't like the middle curved acrylic piece.

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    Had to scrap the full length acrylic piece as I was out by 11mm once I figured out how to accurately measure the curve, the bottom area will be easier to do, stronger frame, better looking & more functional like this.

    Anyway, I've officially started :), a tiny bit but still it's on.

    First cuts & they went very nicely, I left about 1mm for error which I'll need to file & sand down to the exact spec, I really put the reciprocating air saw to the challenge by starting on the thickest sheet of 4mm, it took a while & was pretty deafening but got the base level & a few of the bits for the HDD cage mounts done, would have done much more but didn't get any sleep last night so went to make a coffee for a quick break & while I was doing that it hit me how totally shattered I am so need a rest else I'd probably mess up if I continued :).

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    Looking forward to a fresh day after a good sleep to get stuck in on the other panels :), just cutting out what is needed to do the bottom level & the hdd slot stand & cages & fan mounts to start with, then I can focus on the tricky part above.

    Sorry about the huge splurge of text, hopefully I won't need to type too much on the updates & you can all just check the progress out with very brief details of how or what or why I done things like I do.

    06-feb-2011 got sponsored for feet from Bill Owen :clap:.
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  2. djzic

    djzic Bokehlicious!

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    Lookin' good, I'll be following this one.
     
  3. Bullitdodger

    Bullitdodger If it ain't broke....Tweak it.

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    That case i begging for a nice liquid-cooling setup..... I know it's going to be air cooled, but still.
     
  4. DeadP1xels

    DeadP1xels Music Enthusiast

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    Will be watching!!

    Epiccc!
     
  5. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Pulls up a chair... I thought it would be a while before this got up and running..Nice one Wayne.
     
  6. Nealieboyee

    Nealieboyee Packaging Master!

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    This is going to be big. I love aluminium builds. cough Cygnus X1 cough

    off topic: Jeff are you stalking me?
     
  7. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    It's called premeditated stalking. That's where i turn up in a random place knowing you'll be there. Or is it precognitive stalking ..mmmm...lol Any one?:eeek:
     
  8. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Thanks djzic :thumb:

    Thanks Bullitdodger yeah I'm probably disapointing some by sticking with air yet again :hehe:, I just like easy maintenance, if I discarded the hdd air tunnel a couple of 240 rads could go in place of it & there is space for a few hdd's in front of the psu but I could do that in a later mod if I wanted.

    Thanks DP :thumb:

    Thanks Jeff, yeah was able to sell some of my things & buy materials & other bits way sooner than I imagined :).

    Thanks Nealieboyee I'll strive for quality :thumb:

    I dunno :hehe:.
     
  9. Cuzza

    Cuzza New Member

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    whoa... are you really going to go through that many sharpies?
     
  10. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Possibly :lol:.
     
  11. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Wow Converted the 1000x1000x3mm & 500x250x3mm sheet to the sizes I need them at so they are ready for the detail adding to them :thumb:, don't know how long it took to mark up correctly but it took much longer than cutting it all & I'm glad I bought a good few sharpies, with the cold it was making them useless pretty fast, should be able to do all the rest of the marking indoors with the sheets being smaller, this is what's left of the sheets.
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    Before the cut-up.
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    Started cutting (point of no return :D).
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    Here's the pieces ready for details.
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    And to think I was never going to use this tool, it seriously kicks booty :D.
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    And here's the status of what's done & needs to be done, grey indicates cut to size & bits that are done will eventually be painted blue, seems a good way to tell what percentage it's complete :up:.
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  12. k.3nny

    k.3nny Active Member

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    Nice update!

    Its not low btw :p
     
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  13. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    PMSL :lol: Thanks :thumb:. Your the first to say that :D.
    Guess I should've called it Stealthigh :D.
     
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  14. k.3nny

    k.3nny Active Member

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    Haha, no, the name fits now :p
     
  15. Marcos_Viegas

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    Awesome work man!!! :rock:
     
  16. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    :hehe: Thanks :thumb:

    Thanks Marcos :thumb:.

    The only thing slowing the pace down now is my sleep pattern sometimes goes out of sync like last night, didn't get to sleep til 5am so woke up late but I'll get the rest of the marking done with the rest of today & start the cutting tomorrow, marking takes much longer than cutting for getting the initial sized pieces :lol:.
     
  17. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Got all the marking up done yesterday :).

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    Another bit I was slightly worried about was cutting the acrylic, worried if the saw cracks it so tested it out on a small corner first & it did the job fine at a lower pressure :D.

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    Cut the pci/IO pieces & the hdd fan holders to size.

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    I coloured the cut to size bits for the acrylic white on the checklist.

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    Tomorrow I'll hopefully put the disc sander to use & get the aluminium & acrylic slimmed down to the precise sizes needed, then they will be ready for marking up again for details :thumb:.
     
  18. Cuzza

    Cuzza New Member

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    Well done Waynio, you muct have a steady hand. I used to have a job where I was cutting holes in car bumpers with a saw like that (to mount spotlights and stuff). My cuts were all over the place!
     
  19. Fedmas

    Fedmas Leader of the casemod watchers :D

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    Woohoo, good luck, sub'd.
     
  20. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    wow that is one crazy design should be good
     

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