1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Case Mod - In Progress Q-vent 900 - winner MotM feb. - customPC article

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by FrooP, 16 Nov 2008.

  1. FrooP

    FrooP can I eat this?

    Joined:
    24 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    278
    Likes Received:
    7
    sorry for the copypasta, but i wanted to show you every step of the designs i made, so on with the copypaste:



    may i present you
    Q-VENT 900
    [​IMG]

    Supported by:
    [​IMG]

    yes, its an antec 900 ill mod, so what do i want to do?

    • Rebuild the front so it works as a watercooling reservoir (blue part)
    • fit in a 360 Radiator
    • cover the front in black mesh (i guess hex)
    • make a cover for the motherboard and the PSU (shown below)
    • Remove drivebays (done that already)
    • make a custom hdd bay and attach it to the top
    • remove the top fan and replace it with a DVD drive
    • water cool almost everthing, including:
    CPU, GPU, voltage regs, northbridge and the southbridge.

    some more pics of what i thougt (the cover part where the pump is located is NOT final)
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and some pics of the beta cover
    [​IMG]

    and that was my first cover layout
    [​IMG]

    more sketches:

    im going to rebuild the top so the dvd drive fits in nicely
    [​IMG]
    the watercooling hoses:
    [​IMG]
    made some paper progress, the cover with sidepanel on
    [​IMG]
    and the new top
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    the top, ill redo the layout though, dont like its look, to messy :/
    [​IMG]
    Drive open
    [​IMG]
    Drive closed
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    so, hi again with some new updated and more final sketches of the soon to start mod, the new top
    [​IMG]
    and i also redesigned the front, which still works as a WC reservoir
    [​IMG]

    the outer shell is made out of black acrylic with little windows in and behind them is the actual reservoir made out of clear acrylic
    [​IMG]

    the harddrive cage will be custom made and fit under the top of the case
    [​IMG]
    ill also make some memory coolers for the video cards
    [​IMG]
    and the best part at the end, the cover ill make out of aluminium
    [​IMG]

    theres also a 120mm fan added in the bottom
    [​IMG]

    with its own fanduct :up:
    [​IMG]

    ill also get some custom made water blocks for the mainboard
    [​IMG]

    and now, random shots:
    [​IMG]

    rendered with kerkythea plugin
    [​IMG]

    im currently in the stae of drawing the cover onto the aluminium, but im working now which..
    sucks :/

    first batch of pics, cleaned the shop today and made a nice foto booth 8)
    [​IMG]
    so nice lightning and nice background = full win
    [​IMG]
    plexi glue
    [​IMG]
    a stringe to apply the glue
    [​IMG]
    random cables
    [​IMG]
    NEW FILES <3
    [​IMG]
    and this time REAL plexiglass
    transparent blue
    [​IMG]
    extreme shiny black
    [​IMG]
    and fully transparent
    [​IMG]

    anyways update time, drawed some of the stuff on the material
    [​IMG]
    oh what a fun work to draw
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    oh heck i hope those wont break while filing :/
    [​IMG]
    and the top
    [​IMG]
    and lastly the cover
    [​IMG]
    its in the shop now :eek:
    [​IMG]
    jigsawed the cover
    [​IMG]
    after 3930 hours of filling and 34 kilogram of fine aluminium dust
    [​IMG]
    everything straight yay
    [​IMG]
    drilled 2 holes
    [​IMG]
    and the first one is done, but, failed :/ looks not cool
    [​IMG]
    next up, guess what, yeah filing x.x

    improved my filing vise, welded a metal bar on it (at least i guess i did), previously the pieces i wanted to file where hold by a piece of junk wood
    [​IMG]
    so, yeah, thats what i could do
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    another epic pile of alu chips
    [​IMG]
    everything IS straight o/
    [​IMG]
    thats where i stopped, my thumbs hurt and i need to get some cutting disks because filing these take ages :/
    [​IMG]
    almost there
    [​IMG]
    quick sh00p
    [​IMG]
    guess what, i made a bending brake lol
    [​IMG]
    i shall call this, ghetto wet-shirt-air-filter-thingy
    [​IMG]
    but yeah, needed some cutouts for the hinges
    [​IMG]
    cutted and marked the holes
    [​IMG]
    yeh, ghetto wet-shirt-air-filter-thingy, didnt worked that well, so i made a even more ghetto mod, old dryer hose house connnectionthingy reused
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    works :D
    so, hours later i was done
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    and my first test bend (didnt payed attention for the angle)
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    after the first test i covered the brake in paint to prevent rusting
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    today i made the step which was most afraid of, bending the cover:
    [​IMG]
    while bending
    [​IMG]
    damn straight :eek:
    [​IMG]
    aaaaaaaaaand done, whew
    [​IMG]
    and painted the inside flat black
    [​IMG]
    :)

    so thats all copypasta i had, next up are the real updates
     
    Last edited: 2 May 2009
  2. Stievius

    Stievius Industrial Design Student

    Joined:
    12 Nov 2006
    Posts:
    78
    Likes Received:
    0
    The 'space-ship' design looks really nice imho. Wicked filling skillz, I would have given up at hole number 2 or somethin' xD
     
  3. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2006
    Posts:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    107
    Very cool design Froop, I really like the cover you made. You should make the custom hard drive cage look the same, instead of those round holes. Keep up the great work! :thumb:
     
  4. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

    Joined:
    14 Jan 2007
    Posts:
    1,424
    Likes Received:
    45
    Nice start !
    lot of pictures !!

    I didn't know you could make renders that looks that good in kerkythea :D
     
  5. skullen

    skullen Member

    Joined:
    31 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    535
    Likes Received:
    16
    Nice one FrooP very nice :thumb:
     
  6. Archtronics

    Archtronics Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    27 Jun 2006
    Posts:
    2,559
    Likes Received:
    64
    Cool design reminds me of the space suit in dead space.
     
  7. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

    Joined:
    31 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    3,784
    Likes Received:
    108
    Looking great so far, love the sketch-up design. In the sketchup I noticed the cd drive under the mesh in the original exhaust section, you plan on painting it black so that it's more stealthed and hidden? Think it would look better that way, as your putting soo much work to hide / stealth things, then you just see the grey box with the sticker through the top mesh. Good luck, looks awesome already!
     
  8. Reverse

    Reverse Reverse/srvR

    Joined:
    25 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    346
    Likes Received:
    4
    Wow really unique, i love the placement of the optical drive!
     
  9. ChurchofVirus

    ChurchofVirus New Member

    Joined:
    17 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    88
    Likes Received:
    0
    That is some excellent metal work. Generally I don't dig the sci-fi themes, but yours has some sick style. Keep up the good work! :thumb:
     
  10. turboshifter

    turboshifter New Member

    Joined:
    29 Oct 2008
    Posts:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    epic file job
    must have taken forever
     
  11. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2006
    Posts:
    9,263
    Likes Received:
    302
    I might file away at stuff for an hour but this is brilliant.
    Nice work.

    john
     
  12. Tec_

    Tec_ New Member

    Joined:
    26 Feb 2008
    Posts:
    437
    Likes Received:
    6
    Can not weight to see this thing done, im looking forward to tearing in to my 900 when Im done with my lian li
     
  13. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

    Joined:
    13 May 2007
    Posts:
    11,411
    Likes Received:
    1,300
    Nice. I like what you did with the dvd drive. It seems like they should have made the case like that in the first place. Excellent file work.
     
  14. ModMinded

    ModMinded Are you throwing that away?

    Joined:
    26 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    1,378
    Likes Received:
    43
    I'll join in with the accolades! End result looks great, planning looks great, painting looks great.
    I really like your tool setup as well. That filing jig rocks, and the metal bending brake looks good too! (did you score the bend line before to get sharper curves, or just leave au natural? Nice work.

    i'm curious about your idea for the reservoir, will that be 2 thin vertical tubes on either side of the rad? That sounds pretty unique, and interesting. (if so I like it, if not, do tell more please!)

    oh yeah, what was the ghetto wetshirt/dryer hose fan filter thing for? Clean up of metal shavings from filing?
     
    Last edited: 17 Nov 2008
  15. pizan

    pizan that's n00b-tastic

    Joined:
    25 Apr 2008
    Posts:
    300
    Likes Received:
    0
    nice work, great planning. I also like what you did with the DVD drive. Mine always seemed to kill the front look of the 900.
     
  16. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Currently Rebuilding

    Joined:
    2 Jul 2004
    Posts:
    5,645
    Likes Received:
    344
    Looking good so far...

    Awesome work on the filing. I remember having to do so working for my dad in the body shop... I bet it was a pain in the tail.
     
  17. psychoti

    psychoti New Member

    Joined:
    6 Mar 2008
    Posts:
    189
    Likes Received:
    0
    keep working mate! :pppp
     
  18. FrooP

    FrooP can I eat this?

    Joined:
    24 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    278
    Likes Received:
    7
    guess what, yeh filing LOL

    think of the original front, just filled with water, voila, the reservoir (of course i WONT use the original front)

    i removed the rust from the iron with my angle grinder, dusty you know? ;)

    yep ill paint it flat black
     
  19. FrooP

    FrooP can I eat this?

    Joined:
    24 Oct 2007
    Posts:
    278
    Likes Received:
    7
    CORN! YAY erm
    updates n stuff
    i finally found a somewhat fitting design for the pump, so here is a alpha design: (dont mind the water exchange, ill change it to something less cheesy and wrong)
    [​IMG]

    and just because i can, i designed a dual external hdd/usb hub case (also alpha designs)
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    yay!
     
  20. Trip.X

    Trip.X New Member

    Joined:
    16 Nov 2008
    Posts:
    53
    Likes Received:
    0
    Realy nice design, your are a pro in SketchUp.
    I can't wait to see the final product.
     

Share This Page