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Case Mod - In Progress [The Duality] [Dual System, Godavari & Skylake in a Frozen-Q Apex mATX]

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Duality92, 9 Jun 2016.

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    And done! :) Only the mounting holes for the whole thing to the front panel and a better spacer for between the PSU and Power Splitter mounting plate!

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    clever design stephane!
     
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    Thanks Bill :)
     
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    So I'm back from a week of vacation visiting my family :)

    While home, I was talking to my father about my current mod and he said he found a few years ago, 4 lengths of aluminium square tubing that if I could use them, I could have them. Ends up, I brought around 448"++ of square tubing (Yes, that's almost 40 feet) of thick square tubing. I had to cut them in around 32"+ lenghts to be able to bring them in the car. These should help me quite a bit in my build!

    I might be able to make more progress this week, I've spent quite a bit drawing out the front panels cuts this afternoon, so that's what you should be seeing next :)

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    So, this is a huge tease of what's to come, I still have TONS to do, but the layout is visible. So will be everything. This will be the cable management of a life time but I've got a very good idea on how to manage it :)

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    So, I with the square tubing aluminium, I made myself 12 of these, anyone care to guess what they're for? :)

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    New sponsor! Welcome to bequiet! who will be supplying me with 4 of their 80mm Pure Wings 2 fans! These fans are gorgeous!

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    Another new sponsor! This time it's Gigabyte with Two ITX motherboards! One for each system!

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    The Kaveri FM2+, ITX, GA-F2A88XN-WIFI along with the Skylake 1151, ITX, GA-Z170N-Gaming 5

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    Ive used that Gigabyte G1 in two builds this year, it's a great board!
     
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    It really looks like it too! :)
     
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    Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of update the last week! I will be however, be on vacation next week so I hope I can make a great big update for you guys!
     
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    I got these much faster than I had expected! :O

    Thanks so much Gigabyte ([@]GBT-MatthewH[/@]) for the help! Without you this wouldn't be as good! Without further ado, here they are! :D The Kaveri FM2+, ITX, GA-F2A88XN-WIFI along with the Skylake 1151, ITX, GA-Z170N-Gaming 5!

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    So I want to welcome Diginate.com to the party. They do all sorts of custom decals! Check them out! :)

    Also got the BeQuiet! 80mm fans! They're beauts!

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    So, I had a bit of free time this morning, I had the chance to cut both rear panel SSD/2.5" HDD trays! I used my trusty dremel with a small end mill :) These are done 100% by hand.

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    Played around all afternoon with the cables, the red ones you see are the phanteks extensions, they are a bit thicker than the CableMod ones so they're hard to put in, but once they're in, they don't move, it's a bit of a trade off. I like it, but my thumb hates it. This is just a quick and dirty testing and preliminary cable management. I will need to get my Phanteks Power Splitter and PWM hubs back! :) Also two more fans to install eventually when the time comes!

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    So after almost a week of planning, I finally drew out the bracket that will be used to hold both Phanteks PWM splitters, I won't reveal much yet, but I will be, as always, recycling a piece of aluminium salvaged from a Case Labs tray!

    Also, I will be attempting to mod the PWM splitters so that they only use power from SATA because currently they're made to draw power from the 4-pin connector and SATA combined.

    I had trouble with my last power splitter, but Phanteks came through and is sending me another of their power splitters, which I should be getting shortly, this will help me advance in the project a bit more!

    Once all of this is done, I will need to mod one of the Phanteks CPU coolers to fit on the Gigabyte Z170N Gaming 5 because there's a bit of inteference with the WiFi module.

    Since I removed the motherboard tray, I will need to make something to keep the case square, this will be made with angled brackets place in the bottom corners. Paired with two full plexi windows, the case will be structurally solid again :)
     
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    So after almost a week of planning, I finally drew out the bracket that will be used to hold both Phanteks PWM splitters, I won't reveal much yet, but I will be, as always, recycling a piece of aluminium salvaged from a Case Labs tray!

    Also, I will be attempting to mod the PWM splitters so that they only use power from SATA because currently they're made to draw power from the 4-pin connector and SATA combined.

    I had trouble with my last power splitter, but Phanteks came through and is sending me another of their power splitters, which I should be getting shortly, this will help me advance in the project a bit more!

    Once all of this is done, I will need to mod one of the Phanteks CPU coolers to fit on the Gigabyte Z170N Gaming 5 because there's a bit of inteference with the WiFi module.

    Since I removed the motherboard tray, I will need to make something to keep the case square, this will be made with angled brackets place in the bottom corners. Paired with two full plexi windows, the case will be structurally solid again :)
     
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    Sorry for the long delay without any updates, after a lot of though, I bought myself a 3D printer, this will help tremendously with my build. Stay tuned for more! :)
     
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    Dear forum followers and viewers,

    I am sad to announce that I have to cancel my The Duality build. It’s for a reason that I cannot take blame, that I will explain to you in detail.

    Some of you might have noticed the stall in my work. This, entirely, is because of the power splitter and/or PWM hubs from Phanteks. Back in May, the power splitter with the PWM hubs managed to kill 2 storage drives and my MSI Z170A Gaming M5. After 3 months of false promises and a whole lot of empty apologies, I received a reimbursement for these. The problem is that I sent back both the power splitter and PWM hubs so they could test them.

    I’ve had false promises of them telling me I would get replacement parts for these items, but never did. They even confirmed to me these had shipped, but never gave me a tracking number and two month has passed since then. I am very doubtful they actually sent anything.

    I really hope this does not tarnish my reputation because I have tried, at least once a week since the beginning of May to resolve this issue. I’ve truly used all of my resources and never wanted for this to end this way.

    I also will not be selling any parts that I have been sponsored. If I have no use for these parts, they will be given away, for free.

    My sincerest apologies,

    Duality92.
     
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    so, after pestering Frozen-Q relentlessly, we finaly concluded a design for a custom case to build in. The case base is the the Frozen-Q Apex mATX.

    This case will be modified to take in two ITX rigs, one with a full GPU and the other with just the motherboard AND two full ATX power supplies!

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