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Case Mod - In Progress Project "Sulaco"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by tobyak, 30 Jul 2011.

  1. Gentleman_Dingo

    Gentleman_Dingo What's a Dremel?

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    Nice save on the window corners. And I love pictures of dremel sparks.
     
  2. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Fear not Guys and Gals i have not abandoned you all, i am waiting on a ton of deliveried for supplies and several sponsors including

    Enermax
    ASUS
    SpecialTech

    Lots of updates on the way as soon as i get my shipments
     
  3. mnpctech

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    Hurrah! :clap:
     
  4. Gentleman_Dingo

    Gentleman_Dingo What's a Dremel?

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    Any hints on what you might be getting?
     
  5. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    ASUS are chipping in with a Crosshair V
    Enermax are providing a ton of Vegas duo fans in 120 and 140mm
    Specialtech have hooked me up with some bling items in the form of a twin bay lcd and some watercooling accesories

    Ultimatly it is a hybred cooled PC, MB and core are water, GPU and everything else are air cooled, so its packed with rads and fans
     
  6. ASPHIAX

    ASPHIAX Minimodder

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    Looking forward to the next updates man !
     
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  7. AK71

    AK71 What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice so far, it's nice to see someone else using different materials to the usual aluminium and wood
     
  8. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Supply Drop

    It is that time again and another supply drop has arrived, this time it is my much anticipated EK Watercooling

    So lets see what we have on the box........

    Fittings, Res, CPU waterblock, MB waterblock, Pump, and Some EK UV blue coolant
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    First up for a closer look, the MB waterblock for the ASUS Crosshair V formula
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    The Crosshair V only has space fo a small MB waterblock but it looks great non the less
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    I am happy to report this comes with all the fixtures you will need and the thermal pads too


    Next up... CPU waterblock (Supreme LTX AMD)
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    Ahhhh a thing of beauty, chunky and very heavy for its size, always reasuring
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    This also comes with all fixing you will need, and the AMD LTX blocks do not require a dedicated backplate


    Next... EK multioption res 250basic
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    I am mystified as to why this res is called the basic, the options are just great, whilst it lacks the 2 front facing ports of the advanced model it gains a top port ideal for filling
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    Inclided... 2 port caps, bolts for mounting, mounts and threaded internal tube


    Fixings, not a lot needs to be said here exept they are all of great quality. In a break from the norm i will be using barbs as i like the look. Same goes for the UC blue fluid, i simply cannot resist UV blue and EK has some of the best UV dye around
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    Last up, from EK, the pump, as i am using a cross flow rad that will be roof mounted i wont need a hugely powerful pump to move the head of fluid so i went with the nice compact DCP 2.2
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    Again there is plenty supplied including 3 to 4 pin converter and mounting brackets


    And my radiator the Hardwarelabs GT Gen2, this is a cross flow with ports on either end rather then the traditional PC watercooling of a twin layer return flow, and perfect for my requirements, great flowrate and perfect for clearing board architecture that may get in the way of a more conventional rad
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    A MASSIVE THANKS TO EK FOR TAKING A CHANCE ON SPONSORING THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
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  9. OmightyOne

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    some nice stuff there!
     
  10. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    it is indeed and my first proper foray in to watercooling so all you watchers and posters if you see me screw up please point it out lol

    Next update will be another supply drop, of EL wire and panels, a medium i have come to love
     
  11. AnG3L

    AnG3L Ultimate Modder

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    Nice work man but I was wondering and sorry if you mentioned it in your updates, why did you get in all that trouble to mold these side panel roundings instead of just cutting them on a cnc or by hand out of acrylic? It would have been much more easier and less expensive !
     
  12. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Its a low budget build... seriously low, no acess to cnc and no budget for acrylic that thick, i also lovre working with resin as there isso much you can do with it, it has drawbacks but so do all materials. My background is in model making so resin and plasticard fab is second nature to me, now when i say low budget picture a man in his livingroom witb a dremel and some files driving his wife insane trying to cut 5mm alu with a dremel
     
  13. arakis

    arakis What's a Dremel?

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    Hi, great pics, and an awesome build, I have a request I hope you can help me out with. I am building a fan controller and I 'd like to see how nzxt did it. Could you take a picture of the back of the Sentry LXE pci board. Thanks
     
  14. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    UPDATE TIME!!!!!!!

    So this week its been all about the PSU cover and res holder combo
    BUT.. there was a problem, when i could have ordered some nice smoked (very easy to cut and bond) Acrylic, i messed up and ordered the nightmare to cut and bond that is Perspex (plexiglass) so there was some serious outside the box thinking to get around it

    First up getting all the pieces together (couldnt get pics of cutting wayyyyy to much airborne dust) )
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    First off i tacked all the pieces with superglue that i gelled with a little water...... it fell apart 3 times resulting in a LOT of swearing, finaly the main shell was tacked

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    The task began of finding a way to bond the perspex in a way that could take the stresses as obviously superglue will fracture if subjected to a shock....... so..... an hour of wandering around the house searching for old stockpiles of tools and misc decorating odds and ends when an idea struck me..... why not use the car body filler that i used on the side panel...
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    SUCESS!!!!!!! It aint pretty but it sure is strong

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    and the starting of the res holder an front plate
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    more later when the glue and filler fully cures and i can go mental with a sander


    IN THE MEANTIME...... another....... SUPPLY DROP

    This time Enermax who have been good enough to assist me with this project with some amazing Vegas Duo fans


    And here they are
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    so whats in the box i hear you cry... well ok i dont but here it is just incase you did cry it
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    side by side 120mm and 140mm Vegas Duo fans, and the accessories from the the packs

    Each fan comes with an attacked micro speed control and mode button
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    each fan also included rubber mounts and a 3pin to moles adapter

    Now on to the 2 main features, the first is the brilliant click blades, a simple puch of the back of the blades and the blades unclip from the body of the fan, brilliant for cleaning and modding
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    at this point i need to point out that the blades are clear with a silver stripe to reflect the led arrays around the housing
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    and the second main feature of these amazing fans... the LED array, with the Vegas Due this is a twin array (blue red), the big brother to these the Vegas Trio have triple arrays of red, blue, green and more then 11 modes on the Duo alone
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    the Vegas range in action

    And to finish off this supply drop the back of the box
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    and i simply had to add this as it just caught my eye.. there is a tab on the top to make it easier to open the fan packaging so you dont destroy the package... kinda cute
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    A massive thanks to Enermax for the fans

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    MORE COMING SOON.......................
     
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  15. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    Big update in the works, another supply drop ASUS this time and more work on the PSU shroud
     
  16. bruce_rob

    bruce_rob What's a Dremel?

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    I do like the fans, very nice work
     
  17. tobyak

    tobyak What's a Dremel?

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    After 10 coats of paint and clear the side panel has finaly been MOSTLY put together, stll have the brushed accents to fit over the bevel gaps but the majority is done

    Durin the undercoat and fitting of the bevel i noticed that i had forgot to redrill one of the bolt holes that go through the window, metal and resin bevel to hold it all together.... so i grabbed my trusty drill and used the origional holes as my guide

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    HOWEVER, whilst drilling, the drill dropped to fast and shattered the body filler on the covered cutouts, so it was back to the filler for some quality swearing and repair work
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    Then it was time for more undercoating and then several layers of metalic black paint and then several layers of clear enamel, and then the headache of putting it all together
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    Building the side and making it work as a structure has been a long road, i dont have the tools most do for a fast job so it has been slow and steady work, there is still some finishing to do on the door but that will wait until i get the top and front bezels almost done and fitted​

    To finish off today's update here's some LED fan porn courtesy of Enermax Vegas Duo fans

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    For all those interested, the fan grills i am using are 120mm Nautilus 'Overkill' grills made by MNPCtech.com

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  18. mnpctech

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    luuuuuvin the side panel Toby :hip:
     
  19. AxelAraatus

    AxelAraatus What's a Dremel?

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    Love this design! Never would of thought of something as interesting as this myself. Keep the pictures coming. :)
     
  20. Gentleman_Dingo

    Gentleman_Dingo What's a Dremel?

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    Sweeet. More!
     

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