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Case Mod - In Progress [PROJECT]: "The blank.box"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by smee, 29 Dec 2008.

  1. Validus

    Validus New Member

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    WB! I've had a similar idea for a long time. Can't wait to see this one finished.
     
  2. coolamasta

    coolamasta Folding@Home CC Captain 2010/11/12

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    Im liking the 2 cases being put together, very good idea!! top work :thumb:
     
  3. smee

    smee A Dremel is a type of tool.

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    YO ITS AN UPDATE!!
    (from 10-9-09)


    Ok ok. Been procrastinating a lot with this project...
    I've got like three updates I haven't even posted. So here i go!!

    Day 1

    I did some cutting on the front of the case, the pictures should basically tell the story themselves. ;)

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    (had to cut some little notches to clear the screws)

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    (mark out the cut!)

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    BOOM cut... whats this for?

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    Oooooh... hmmmm

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    Hmmmmm

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    GASP another cut....

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    GASP2 what is this....

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    Ooooooh I see....

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    Interesting...

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    Case in one solid piece now!!
    This project is beginning to lift off the ground! (wait... its just{/I] beginning? This project is almost THREE YEARS OLD!!!) xD

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    Yippdeedoo!


    Day 2

    Moar cutting!!!

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    Waaat!? I haven't even started yet! Oh wellz....

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    All fixed!

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    Cut cut cut!!

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    Looking good!


    Day 3

    Lets test out the hardwarez on the tech bench... sweettttt.

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    (No I didn't pay $350 for this... that's ridiculous!)

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    Little drop of MX-2

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    Stinky stock cooler on.

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    Everything fits! Alrighty...

    Keep in mind, I'm watercooling everything you see here.


    Day 4

    So lets make some mounting holes...

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    (I used the casing of an old PSU to get the holes exact.)

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    Cutting time again!

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    Sweetness!

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    Time to mount the fan grill!
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    Cut out...

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    Filed down a bit

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    I think this'll work....

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    Good jorb homestar!!

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    I likes it.
    Well what does everyone else think so far? (even though the best has yet to come....)

    Next update comes in an hour. Hehehehe.... ;)
    ~Parker
     
  4. StEm

    StEm New Member

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    I think it looks great so far, i have a similar idea but not quite, will have to see what happens with my current log before I do another, but yeah similar ideas just different materials...
     
  5. smee

    smee A Dremel is a type of tool.

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    Cool well I've seen a couple users do the two-case-in-one mod, but I'm just trying to take it a step further!

    Heres another update:



    Hey! Another update!
    4-15-10


    Check it check it check it out!! Its watercooling time guys and gals!! :D

    READ:
    First and foremost, the motherboard I have does NOT have a chipset waterblock set made already like most of the popular Asus/EVGA boards, etc...
    So I had to find some blocks that would fit. I found a good NB block, and a Mosfet that would fit close enough... but needed some slight modifications (I needed two mosfet blocks to make it work).
    Like always, pictures speak for themselves... so Here. We. Go.

    Meet the mosfet:
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    Ouch it doesn't fit against those caps...

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    Those bumps? Thats why it doesn't fit...

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    Bumps all gone now! (with the help of my hand dandy flat sander!)

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    Ooh nice.

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    And it fits!!!...

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    OH DANG... its short by 1/4in.!! what to do what to do!!!

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    Thats why I got two blocks....

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    Cutting time!

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    What the heck are you doing parker....

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    Umm... okay...

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    Yea, and?

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    Nasty file work... what are you doing???

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    Oh okay..... what?

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    Whats under that wood!??!

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    Whoa dude! Its Arctic Silver 5 Opoxy Paste!!

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    Did you just seriously extend a mosfet block??

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    Wow...

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    Oooh shiny...

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    It fits!!

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    Dude nice!

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    Snug as a bug in a rug? You betcha! The block is one solid piece now and fits perfectly on the board. :D


    Next we have the NB block. This is a lot simpler.

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    It would go right there... oh wait... I don't need 4 screw holes.

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    So I cut off the two extra screw holes, AND I shaved off a bit of the delrin to fit around some caps...

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    Fits perfectly!

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    Would ya look at that! With a little bit of reverse engineering and innovation with a little bit of creative thought, I now have my own custom waterblock set for this board. :D

    What do you guys think so far? Comments/Suggestions/Criticism?

    Lats,
    ~Parker
     
  6. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    Good job modding the blocks. What did you use on the mosfet block? Are you sure it's 100% fixed up? Have you taken thermal expansion of the copper into consideration? Also, I wouldn't be entirely comfortable making the delrin around the threads so thin.

    Maybe I'm just being over cautious but water+electronics is sketchy enough without all this cutting and chopping. :p
     
  7. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    I'm not to sure about that block either if that lets go it could prove to be a pretty costly mistake.... Other than that I'm loving this 1 , you've got some wicked ideas going on I'll be keeping an eye on this and looking forward to seeing the end product....Keep it up
     
  8. smee

    smee A Dremel is a type of tool.

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    The block is 100% solid and is not gonna break, I've made sure of it! :D
    Thanks for the suggestions! :thumb:



    4-23-10, testing out the tubes!

    Alrighty, this is the part where things really get fun. TUBE ROUTING!!! :eek:
    I've decided I want to have the CPU in its own loop, and the Chipset + GPU in another.

    For this update I'd like to again thank Bitspower for sending me these incredible fittings! I don't think I've ever had more fun setting up a watercooled build because of the infinite number of possibilities you can have with the different angled fittings!
    Thank you Bitspower!!
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    So I think I've come up with the best way to route all the tubing (set it up on the tech bench first). Check it check it check it!!

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    I think I stared at the mosfet and NB for an hour before I came up with a way to connect the two. xD

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    Heatkiller GPU block is a flippin BEAST!!


    Next I put tried it out in the case...

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    Now we're getting somewhere folks...

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    Still working on the CPU routing... any ideas?

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    Frontal view. (I'm thinking of adding a SB block...)

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    The other side of the case is pretty uneventful so far... we'll see how it goes!
    (Like how I mounted the HD's? ;))


    So thats it for now. I'm waiting for my order from Sidewinders, which should come next week.
    Now I'm pondering how to route all the tubing between the four radiators... Hmmmmmm....
    Idea's?
     

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