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Scratch Build – Complete The Crow

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by BHB Mods, 26 Feb 2021.

  1. BHB Mods

    BHB Mods Minimodder

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    He again all Bit-Techers!

    I was unsure if I were to call this a case-mod or a scratch-build. The reason for that is that this case I've built in, will soon be in retail in this exact form! BUT, I'm one of the co-founders of CSFG, the manufactorers of this case and I've been a part of the design of it from day 1. I've been there to design the prototypes, different details etc. Mostly on distance since we're a join effort where it's me from Sweden and my two partners are in Poland. But if you believe it should be under case-mod instead, I'll gladly change the tag.

    Anyway, the idea with this chassi was to make something new with a very premium feel. It all began with my partner Tomek really who wanted to do a new build, so he was checking out different casemods but found all cases out there to be quite boring and mostly done in cheap sheetmetal. Which ended up with the first prototype which housed a single 360mm radiator.

    The idea grew and together with Marek, another enthusiast and designer we all created The Crow with the goal to have a piece of art that still had some really badass cooling support in terms of dual pumps and dual 360mm rads.

    We've been through a few itterations and now the final retail mark 1 case of the Crow has been assembeled. (The case is about to hit retail in Sweden during march).

    I've done the project as BHB Mods in collaborations with my sponsors so I want to make a huge shoutout to them for supporting me!

    A HUGE thank you to MSI Nordics for supporting with me everything I could possibly need for this, not only the specific MSI products but every single component! I feel humble for your support.
    I also want to make a shoutout to Cablemods for the amasing cables you keep supplying me with.

    The chassis was lasercut in 3mm thick high grade aluminum. It has then been sanded and powdercoated to get a really nice finish. The details are all CNC-milled in the same thick high grade aluminum and then sanded and anodized.
    The pump-tops for the D5 pumps is our own design and has been CNC-milled in high grade acrylic with a aluminum base. The same thing goes for the distro-plates which sits on two aluminum distances to lift it to the same hight as the D5 pumps and radiators, and to give clearance for LED-strips.

    Since it's been a super busy and stressful year, I'm uploading the entire logg in 1 go. So here it is!

    Specs:
    CPU: Intel i7 10700k @ 5,1Ghz vCore 1,4V
    Mobo: MSI MEG Z490 Unify
    GPU: RTX 2080ti (Was supposed to be a RTX 3080, but it still hasn't arrived...)
    RAM: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 4x8Gb 3600Mhz CL16
    Storage: 2xSamsung 970 EVO Plus 500Gb 1xPNY m2 1Tb
    PSU: Corsair RM750x White
    Chassis: CSFG The Crow - Retail version
    Cables: Cablemods Premium White
    Fans: Corsair QL120x6
    Lightning: 6xCorsair LED lightning strips
    Controllers: Corsair Commander Pro, Corsair Lightning node Pro och Corsair Lightning node Core

    Watercooling
    EK Velocity Nickel+Plexi
    EK Torque fittings black
    EK D5 pump x2
    EK PETG-tubes 12/10mm
    EK clear pre-mix mixed to purple
    EK Tempsensor x2
    Spectre (CSFG) Pump-top x2
    Pinion (CSFG) Distroplate x2
    EK Classic PE 360mm x2

    Some CNC-milling porn!
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    Parts for the first prototype ready to be assembeled
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    Of course the mandatory parts picture!
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    I just love the unify motherboard! Got 3 of them now!
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    The radiators had to change colors, and here's the old boring GPU-bracket. It's been changed as you can see in the final pictures.
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    I pretty satisfied with the paintjob!
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    I'm going to jump ahead and skip all of the prototype picturs which basically just contains a half-built prototype lacking a GPU since I spent SO long waiting for that 3080. Instead I'll go straight to the finished case with the 2080ti installed and watercooled!

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    I hope you guys enjoyed this! I've sure loved the process!
     
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  2. ThePunisher

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    Looks awesome!
     
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  3. ASPHIAX

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    Sweet! Love the whole work/gamespace shot!
     
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  4. BHB Mods

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    Thank you so much guys! I'm working on setting up the entire room in that theme. Two PC gaming stations+ couch with PS4, VR and TV. Boxing shelves etc. Working on cablemanagement atm and saving up some money for nice synchronoized lightning (Looking at Philips Hue Led-strips, wife has forbidden me to buy nanoleafs. hahaha). I think it'll look great once the room is finished.
     
  5. BHB Mods

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    A brief update with some detail pics. :)

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  6. Datulab

    Datulab Human? AI? Robot?

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    Saw this build on builds.gg and thought wow, cool mod. I especially like the extreme symmetry of the build, very satisfying! Even more epic that you're making it a proper product. Will the distro plates be part of the case?
     
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  7. satisfiedwimp

    satisfiedwimp What's a Dremel?

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    What a monster build CPU. Very well made!
     
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  8. BHB Mods

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    Thank you! The distroplates and pumptops are accecories that doesn't come with the case, but I depends that'll be up to the retailer. Inet.se just launched the cases yesterday in Sweden. They sell them individually or as a package. :) MRSP is roughly 580 EUR ink VAT. (25% VAT in Sweden)

    Thank you!
     
  9. Datulab

    Datulab Human? AI? Robot?

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    Awesome! Quite a reasonable price as well, considering what some other designer cases ask for.
     
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