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Case Mod - In Progress Purpura (XPS 720) Completed !!!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by alain-s, 5 Jan 2014.

  1. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    This will be the start of a new project. Purpura
    For this build I am going to use for an old acquaintance. In the summer of 2013 I had the change to get my hand on 2 XPS 720 cases. I will use these 2 beauty's to create 1 complete case.

    The hardware and water cooling parts will be reused from my previous build Bel Air. Because I never got to finished the mod I will be using most of the parts that where sponsored then.

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    The black Case came complete with hardware when I bought it. The only thing that was missing was the foot of the case. That is why I got the other one I also will use they silver case for donor parts.

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    Dell created a really good system to open 1 side panel in seconds with these series. But the other panel was a nightmare. U had to remove all the hardware before U could reach to the screws of the other panel. This system would not be handy at all of u wanted to do some tight cable management.

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    This is where the donor case will come in handy. I removed the mechanism from the case and install this in the case that i will use my self.

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    Removed the profiles from the top and bottom plate and removed all the double-sided adhesive tape.

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    Making sure that the profiles stay on the same place before I can fasten it.

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    To Fasten the profiles I will use 2 methods. First I use 2 compound metal glue the other type will be rivets this way they will never come loose again.

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    Where the rivets where placed I had fill up the hole and sand them even with the panel.

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    Coming up next will be the side panels and the slot mechanism.

    Till next update!
     
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  2. Meelobee

    Meelobee New Member

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    Finally the build log! Very cool to see another 720 being modded :)

    Based on the sneak previews I had all I can say is: it's going to be awesome! Keeping a close eye on this ;)
     
  3. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thank U Martijn,
    This will be fun ^^ 2 modders with different styles looking forward to see what U will make out of it. :)
     
  4. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    I can't wait to see what will you do with those cases.

    :)
     
  5. ali_robb2000

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    Looking forward to another of your builds, will be good to see how this turns out!
     
  6. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thank u guys :)

    Update!

    Time to work on the side panels and the slot mechanism.

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    This is how the original mechanism looks like.

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    Made a small adjustment with the dremmel. Removed all the material that is not needed anymore.

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    Repeated it 2 times for every panel of the case.

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    Did the same on the bottom of the panels.

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    The only rested to do was to remove the double-sided adhesive tape from the panels.

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    Now when there ready it is time to test it. And see if the systems works ok.

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    Thank u for reading till next update!
     
  7. Meelobee

    Meelobee New Member

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    It looks so familiar! oh wait! ;)

    Looks good Alain :)
     
  8. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Idd Martijn good thing we talked about it on FB ^^
     
  9. Pranja

    Pranja Blackwolf

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    Awesome! Can't wait for more.
     
  10. HackJoe

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    You have my attention sir, I always likes those cases. Looking forward to this.

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  11. Idioteque

    Idioteque Telephasic Mongoose

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    I do like these cases. Shall keep a close eye on this.
     
  12. TekLord

    TekLord Tek by Design

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    You have my attention.
     
  13. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thank U guys, here is a small preview for the next update.

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    Oooooh! Tasty! :eeek:
     
  15. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thank U Nexxo,

    Update!

    A few weeks ago I went to visit Pascal to pick up some parts for the build. For the build I choose to go with a new front,back plate + a new motherboard tray. This way I have more option for the case.

    This was the first idea/theme that I wanted to use for this project.

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    After a while I dissected to create something that really would fit with the elegance from the case.

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    These where the parts that I picked up at Pascal.

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    The only things that needed to be done where bending and drilling holes for the mounting.
    After a few hour Pascal and me where done with all the work and the case could be assembled for test.
    Thanks again Pascal to help me with this project. :D

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    There where only a few thing that still needed to be done like drilling the holes for the stand offs and pci brackets

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    Assembling of the case.

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    This was it cya till next update. ^^
     
  16. Meelobee

    Meelobee New Member

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    That's so awesome, glad you took the second design as it suits the case alot better :)
     
  17. Nexxo

    Nexxo Queue Jumper

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    ...And the tasty just keeps on coming! :eeek:
     
  18. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Thanks Martijn ^^
    Thank U Nexxo ^^
     
  19. alain-s

    alain-s Active Member

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    Update

    Last weekend I had some time to continue my work on the case. I started to make a support for the DVD and bottom plate. Used 2 alu profiles for this. To attache them I used 2k glue and rivets to secure to the bottom plate.

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    Still need to make a cover for the DVD I will do that when the new materials arrive.

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    Few weeks back I visited Sander from MWM to help him a bit with building some mining pc's. In return he made a few parts that I needed for my cable management.

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    The pieces have bin polished and sanded to get the frost look.
    Mounted it at the back of the motherboard tray.

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    This way the power cables will run nicely next to each other.

    Next step was the front/back of the case.

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    Same for the back panel.

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    Installed the polished pieces in to the front.

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    In every open space will come a piece of aluminum. This will give a nice retro look for the front.
    This was it again cya at the next update.
     
  20. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Looking super nice. :D
     

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