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Case Mod - Complete Project Taurus - A first timer's ambitious competition entry

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Arman Esma, 11 Oct 2021.

  1. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    Hello,

    I built this PC for a local (Philippines) modding competition and decided to showcase it here as well.
    This was my first time doing a custom loop, soldering LEDs, CAD Modelling, 3D Printing, working with acrylic and weathering so I had a limited time to learn everything. My competitors were mostly professional modders that knew all these things like the back of their hand so I had a lot of work cutout for me.

    Some of the guidelines for this build that I set for myself were:
    1. Color: Black and White
    2. Theme: Sci-fi
    2. No permanent modifications to the case
    3. Mount the GPU vertically and be able to use at least 2 display outputs.

     
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  2. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    Here's how it looked before any mods were done.
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  3. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    This is the Asus ROG Strix x570-i, HyperX 32GB (2x 16GB) 3200MHz that I decided to paint white. The cooler in the pictures is a Thermalrite FS140 that was later changed since I decided to go full liquid cooling.
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  4. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    I made 2 versions for the case feet that needed to be tall enough to accomodate the cables but sturdy enough to hold the weight of the pc. The first version was a flop since it bent after a few days.
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    note the use of a GT 730 so I could still use the PC while working on the mods.
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  5. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    I designed the LCD mount to screw into the HDD that's also screwed into the PSU. The LCD shroud is made of acrylic and had to go through a few revisions. I used rainmeter to show the stats on the display.
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  6. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    When I started this build I didn't expect to go full custom waterloop but I saw an ad on FB Marketplace for an Asus EKWB 3070 that he wanted to trade for something else so I offered him my already painted in white plastidip Strix 3070 and he accepted in a heart beat. This then forced me to go full custom loop with only about 2 weeks left in the competition.
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  7. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    The liquid cooling parts arrived with about a week left in the competition so it was definitely crunch time for me, I went straight ahead into masking and painting the CPU Block and radiators.
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  8. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    After a few videos on bending acrylic tubes, I started my first bend on a tiny 90 degree from the cpu block to the radiator. I had to move the radiators all the way up to where I couldn't screw in the top 2 holes so that it would be a straight 90. The bend after that was a very ambitious 4 bend running from the bottom left radiator to the top right radiator.
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    At the same time that I was bending the tubes, I was also designing and printing the external parts of the pc.
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    Got to have that RGB goodness.
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  10. Arman Esma

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    Final Pics
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    Would definitely appreciate some feedback so feel free to comment down below.
     
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  11. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Quite nice. :thumb: Welcome to bit.
     
  12. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    thanks my dude. :)
     
  13. Ragster

    Ragster What's a Dremel?

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    Incredible work! First time build here too- did you eyeball those acrylic bends or use jigs? They look super clean.
     
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    great!
     
  15. Arman Esma

    Arman Esma Custom PC Cebu

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    Thanks, I used some plastic jigs from Bykski but I wish I had built my own out of plywood or something since I saw somewhere that they would come out even tighter.
     
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