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Project Watermaster (Coolermaster ATC 500 mod: 19/05/04)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Gordy, 30 Oct 2003.

  1. Gordy

    Gordy Evil Teddy

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    Hi gents and ladies,

    I ummed and arh'd other whether to even display this project as its a bit old school really and I like to think I've moved on from those days but I decided to show it and let you lot comment anyway.

    On that note I should explain what I am wanting from this project, it is based on the Coolermaster ATC 500 case. This is one of my all time favourite cases. It looks ace and is a very well built case. I know they have been discontinued so I took the opertunity to get one while I still can.

    The only drawback with the case is that the psu goes over the cpu bit this will not matter with this project. My aim is to have a completly water cooled system so only one fan is required.

    Here is a few shots of the case (Click on them for full sized shots)

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    The full gallery is here http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster

    I have stripped down the case removing any parts I am not going to be using, these include the 60mm and 80mm fans, the case speaker and usb cables.

    I've not had a chance to get all the parts for the project yet so I will leave the wc kit as a surprise for the time being.

    I have sourced a couple of bits though:

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    The grill is a lovely bit of ally and the fan is a 120mm ally fan, for some1 used to 80mm fans its huge. This is the second one as the first was broken in transit, but thanks to http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/ I got a replacement 8am the next day.


    Its going to be a squeeze to get everything crammed in but if my scribbling and measuring are correct it should go in.

    Here is a rough idea of where the rad is going to go

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    I've taken stacks more piccies of the case so if you want to see more pop along to the gallery here http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster . As I've said at the start this project is a getting back to my roots mod for fun. I'm hoping to make it nice and clean and not spoil the lines of an already bootiful case.
     
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  2. Starbuck3733T

    Starbuck3733T Look out sugar, here it comes

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    Where you have the radiator placed.... isn't that kinda gonna run into your PSU too? Or do you have a trick up your sleeve for that? Like a 1 U PSU located elsewhere in the case maybe?
     
  3. Gordy

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    The existing psu cage will go , where the new psu and what type it will be is something I've not yet decided. I've two or 3 options I'm considering :)
     
  4. [KT] Mike

    [KT] Mike What's a Dremel?

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    mmm /me likes the fan grill. Where did you get it from and do they do it in other sizes?
     
  5. Gordy

    Gordy Evil Teddy

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    http://www.coolercases.co.uk/ Do them but I think only in 120mm
     
  6. [KT] Mike

    [KT] Mike What's a Dremel?

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    OK thanks Gordy, looks as though I might have to get myself a few...
     
  7. ReFredzRate

    ReFredzRate Relix Headshot!!

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    Hey Gordy, didn't think you could do better after your last project, but now you show me you can :) It sounds a bit old school indeed, but then again the case is not too big to be entirely watercooled. Besides that it's a gorgeous case, and you seem to know where to find just as nice accesories... I'll be watching this one closely!
     
  8. Gordy

    Gordy Evil Teddy

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    The bonus of being a forumaholic is that I tend to see a lot of projects and try to remember what I liked from each :D

    My favourites in IE has more modding stores than I know wot to do with :D
     
  9. Gordy

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    I've paid particular attention to the usb port bit as I will be using this for an import part of the project:
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    I've got a graphics vfd for the project from noritake :
    If you want more info on this vfd check it out here ( http://www.bit-tech.net/review/120/ )

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    A quick piccy to show you what I have planned for the fan and grill

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    And a nice shot of the case with all the bay plates in place
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    Click on the pictures for full sized shots

    Full gallery : http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster
     
  10. Gordy

    Gordy Evil Teddy

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    Its been a while since I've updated this project, and this isnt going to show much I'm afriad. I've been snowed under and haven't got all the parts in order to start the project yet.

    I have got a few things which should show you what I intend to do:

    First up is my new hard disc , its a SATA seagate drive:
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    The advantage of the tiny sata cables is great. With the sata adapter I used in project silicon I won't need any nasty big ide cables.


    Next up , I can't justify the 230 ish pounds needed for a AC watercooled psu at the moment so I've gone with my trusty Shuttle ickle psu. I've also managed to source some tasty looking silver wire with which I am going to replace all the cables with. It wasnt cheap at £2.50 a meter but it looks ace. I think I may have gone a touch over board by getting 10meters of the stuff but it will do for my next project hehe .
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    Click on the pictures for full sized shots

    Full gallery : http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster
     
  11. Gordy

    Gordy Evil Teddy

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    Another small update from this weekend.

    I've been working on the psu a bit as I had a spare hour or so.
    I'm still undecided as to what I'm going to exactly do to it but I've a fair idea what I have planned.

    First up I tried the psu in several locations to see what would be best. The first three are down the bottom of the case.

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    The final option is in one of the drive bays

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    More to come in a second post in a moment

    Click on the pictures for full sized shots

    Full gallery : http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster
     
  12. Gordy

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    Second part

    As the psu is going to be on show I wasn't happy with the look of the shuttle psu so I decided to change it. I needed to take it apart anyway to remove the power connector and check out the fan as I will be replacing it soon. While I was at it I decide to sort its looks out.

    The psu ready and waiting , i've removed all the stickers including the warrantee void if removed one hehe.
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    I then set to work with a sanding block:
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    Here's a bit of a before and after shot to show the change.
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    I'm wanting a very nice almost mirrored finish, it still needs another hour or so's work to get it all perfect but here is where I am at the moment:
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    Click on the pictures for full sized shots

    Full gallery : http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster
     
  13. Starbuck3733T

    Starbuck3733T Look out sugar, here it comes

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    Looks good! Try to get ahold of some mother's brand AL polish, it'll make that look quite trick!

    will that tiny PSU have enough giddee up to keep everything happy?
     
  14. Gordy

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    never had a problem using them before :) I can always stick in a matx one if needs be :)

    Thanks for the polish trick I may find somewhere that has some :)
     
  15. Gordy

    Gordy Evil Teddy

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    I know its been a long time since I've done an update so my apologises .

    I've removed the psu cage from the case, it was held in by a few screws and two rivets. The didn't last long hehe.

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    Here are the pictures of the case without the psu cage it looks much better and much more spacious:

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    While I was at I realised I could mount the psu in the space left by the cage and still have room for everything which was a result, here are a couple of piccies of where I will be mounting the psu.

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    Click on the pictures for full sized shots

    Full gallery : http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster
     
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  16. Dragosoft

    Dragosoft What's a Dremel?

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    Hey, looking very nice, man :rock:
    I really like this project... keep up the good work
     
  17. Tulatin

    Tulatin The Froggy Poster

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    Looks great so far, but why not W/C the PSU yourself gordy?
     
  18. Gordy

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    Space mainly I want to keep tubes to a minimum and there isnt a great deal of room inside the shuttle psu :)
     
  19. Gordy

    Gordy Evil Teddy

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    I've started the work on the new psu wiring, I've done one of the molex chains and the p4 connector, I need to get hold of an atx pin remover as they are and pain to do without removing the pins.

    Anyway onto the pictures:

    This is the start of one of the molex connectors
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    Here is the nakid psu:
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    And lastly here is the p4 connector and one of the molex rig in place.
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    Click on the pictures for full sized shots

    Full gallery : http://www.gordonhandley.co.uk/php-cgi/gallery/Watermaster
     
  20. ellism

    ellism What's a Dremel?

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    isn't there one of the pin removers on the review for the UV molexes on the home page?
     

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