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Case Mod - Complete Project VRS by S.PiC (iTX tower)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by S.PiC, 11 Dec 2021.

  1. S.PiC

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    Good day to all! And Happy New Year 2022!

    The previous project Simple Case became my main working computer. The air cooling there is thought out and the temperatures are quite low, the only source of noise there was a video card with turbine-type cooling. Experiments with liquid cooling of the graphics card and processor have yielded sufficiently low temperatures and a very low noise level.
    It was decided to make a tower-type housing with liquid cooling in order to get rid of noise and free up the desktop as much as possible. The design had to be quite strict, without excessive details, all connections had to be hidden from the eyes - therefore, the assembly on the rivets was immediately dismissed and it was decided to make a welded body.

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    The prototype was developed without components on hand, according to drawings and photos from the Internet. In the front part of the case there is an EK EK-Quantum Volume FIT 360 D-RGB tank (350 ml, 360 mm), on the back wall there is a radiator combined with a pump - Barrow DARIDP-30. Fans that blow through the radiator should also take warm air from the power supply, motherboard and video card. There is a place for a 120mm fan from below, the air flow from which is directed to the video card in order to cool its backup and supply cold air to the power supply.

    While the drawings were being drawn, the prices of components, in particular for video cards, flew into the sky! Fortunately, the guys from Cooler Master, INNO3D and Transcend were able to provide the bulk of such expensive components. Thanks a lot to them for that! Without kind people, my projects would not have come to life, but would have remained on paper and only in my head!

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    So, accessories:
    The Cooler Master V850 SFX Gold 850W power supply is a miniature high-power power supply with a GOLD certificate and modular cables.
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    Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 Prismatic fans with ARGB backlight, air flow up to 93.5 cubic meters per hour, noise level - from 8 to 27 dBA

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    M.2 PCIe SSD Transcend MTE220S 1 TB SD drive with DRAM cache, TBW 2200 terabytes and excellent speeds (read 3500 MB/s, write 3200 MB/s)

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    2.5-inch SSD drives with SATA III 6 Gbit/s Transcend SD 230 S 512 KB with a five-year warranty and DRAM cache.

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    DDR4-3200 Transcend JM3200HLE-16G RAM – 2 modules of 16Gb and 3200 MHz frequency.

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    The most expensive component in the assembly is the INNO3D GeForce RTX 3080 iChill X3 (LHR) graphics card. I could only dream of such a thing! A video card that can pull on ultra graphics settings all the best games at the moment! Moreover, there is a factory modification of the INNO3D GTX 3080 iChill FROSTBITE graphics card with a block from Alphacool, which is on sale separately.

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    Every time I sit down for a new project, I think I will be able to play a bunch of interesting games, but in recent years, the only game that really dragged me and I passed it is Horizon Zero Dawn. Every year the number of games that you want to play is growing, but there is still no time for them – there are too many things to do).
    Just today we discussed with a friend - he has the same problem - starts the game, then after a long time returns to it when there is free time... And even if you start again, you don't remember the plot and gameplay anymore))

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    And here is a photo of the original water block from AlphaCool, which are placed by the manufacturer on these cards))

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    But back to the case. The material is familiar to me aluminum 2 mm thick, light weight, ease of processing on the one hand and the complexity of welding on the other. The prototype was manufactured fairly quickly, although the cost of laser cutting the prototype was quite high. After completion, I sent the new drawings for cutting, where they rolled out the bill beyond the reasonable. I never received the requested cost calculation and had to look for another company for laser cutting. There is no silver lining - new parts were cut to me with higher quality, which practically did not need further processing, and even for a price almost 3 times less!! So people lose customers because of their greed…

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    1st post: Describes new design, looks like a cat. :D
    It's not as wild as your other designs, but it's beautiful.
     
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    This is a really unusual strict design for me)

    But let's continue... The prototype played a role – in the subsequent drawings were redesigned for the convenience of welding parts. 2mm aluminum is quite thin and very heat-intensive, in some places it was necessary to attach an additional radiator so that the edges of the parts would not burn through during welding. I bent the blanks myself. A relative helped me with welding and, although it was the first experience of such work for him, he had already filled his hand for welding the final case)

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    To clean the welds, I used a milling cutter and a Dremel tool with 1-inch grinding nozzles - it turned out very neatly and the seams can only be seen at a certain angle.

    Speaking of the tool: one of my favorites is the Makita RT0700CX2 milling cutter - if I had returned at the time of buying this milling cutter, retaining all my knowledge, I would have bought it again)

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    The year turned out to be difficult, restrictions due to COVID19 and diseases repeatedly disrupted deadlines. I have been on sick leave twice, although I have never been ill for many years before. The fact that I was at home in bed for a while was glad to have a cat who treated me with her purring.

    Nevertheless, the result of the work is already visible.

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    And here is the premiere video for the beginning of the project! In the future, it is planned to paint with powder paint. I haven't decided on the color yet - maybe it will be white.

     
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    The raw metal has its own appeal - so don't go rush to paint it yet... :cooldude:
     
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    Special photo for you, Cheapskate)) The original wild prototype design on the left and the redesigned final case on the right)

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    The case after painting with powder enamel.
    Assembling components in it is not an easy task - compact dimensions always complicate the assembly.
    PETG tubes Barrow 10x14mm and compression fittings Barrowch Wolverine series Anti shedding Fitting 14mm were used in the assembly.

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    The connected wires are closed from above with a perforated lid.

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    The ASUS ROG Strix X570-I Gaming motherboard was purchased for the project.
    The AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 3700 processor migrated from the main working computer.
    A water block for the Corsair Hydro X Series XC7 RGB processor - winning a prize in competitions from bit-tech.net
    The RAM is closed with a special aluminum plate.

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    EKWB EK-Quantum Volume FLT 360 D-RGB [350 ml, 360 mm] on the front panel.

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    All wires are output to the lower rear part of the housing, under the radiator.

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    The Alphacool Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPS-N RT 3090/3080 video card waterblock is installed on ICHILL FROSTBITE series video cards from the factory.

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    There is a supply fan at the bottom for additional cooling of the video card's backplate, power supply and motherboard.
    The rubber feet are fixed with m4 screws and protrude beyond the dimensions of the case by 2mm - they add the effect of levitation and protect the surface of the table.

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    Photos for fans of black and white assemblies. I'll add colors and highlights soon!!)

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    PS: Happy New Year to all!
     
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