Case Mod - Complete ⭐ Verktøy Cu | An Elegant Steampunk 2P Workstation

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  1. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    Copper Work Tool
    Anyone who knows me, has known that I've always been dying to do a Steampunk build. Ever since Fuganater did his TJ11, I've been hooked. I even get to do a 2P! This build will used for processing 4K video that we've been shooting at events and tutorials etc for EK's YouTube channel. Anyway, I'm really excited for this build and I'm fortunate to have all these incredible sponsors also excited about what's coming. Without further ado...

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    The Case:

    • Caselabs S8 "Copper Edition" ✔
    • SSI-EEB Tray ✔
    • 38mm Extended Ventilated ✔
    • XXL Window ✔
    • Drop in 120.3 x2 Mount ✔
    • Left: Standard Window with Ventilation ✔
    • Right: Standard Window ✔
    • Front: Window ✔
    • 2.120 Flex Bay ✔
    • 120.3 in lower chamber ✔

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    • (2) Intel Xeon E5-2670s V3 (12c/24t 2.8Ghz full turbo) ✔
    • Asus Z10PE-D8 WS ✔
    • (8) Kingston DDR4 ECC 16GB 2133Mhz ✔
    • Corsair AX1500i ✔
    • (4) Nvidia Titan X ✔
    • (4) Intel 750 NVME Drives ✔

    Watercooling Equipment:

    • (2) EK-Supremacy EVO Cu
    • (4) EK-RAM Monarch X2 - Acetal ✔
    • (8) EK-RAM Monarch Adapters ✔
    • (4) EK-FC Titan X - Acetal ✔
    • (4) EK-FC Titan X Backplate ✔
    • (3) EK-SSD Intel 750 ✔
    • EK-FC Terminal 7 Way
    • (2) EKWB D5 Pumps ✔
    • (2) EK-RES X4 Glass ✔
    • (10) EK-Vardar F4-120ER ✔
    • (2) EK-XLC Predator 360 ✔
    • (1) EK-CoolStream XE240 ✔
    • EK-ACF Copper Fittings 10/16mm ✔
    • EK-HDC Black Fittings 12mm ✔
    • EK-ZMT Tubing 10/16mm ✔
    • Copper Tubing 12mm ✔
    • EK-Ekoolant EVO Green ✔
     
  2. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    Case Labs

    So the awesome guys over at Case Labs whipped me up a custom motherboard tray in several ways. They got me a real sleek looking copper powdercoat, a hole up front for an EK-RES X4, and the extended it to cover the entire area :) huge thanks to them!

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    The hole starts here... and it also through the second layer

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    They also whipped up this custom holder to secure the reservoir to

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    All assembled! Don't worry, the outside will be receiving a paint job and there are still more of those slick copper finishes coming as well. They sent me one panel so I could check it out and get a feel for the case and how I would like to proceed first.

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    Look at the shiny texture :D

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  3. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    Moar updates!

    Brought to you by:

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    The beast...

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    First Titanium rated PSU :D

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    BIG BAG OF CABLES

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    LOOK AT ALL THOSE CABLES

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    So glad this is a thing with high rated PSUs.

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    Beast mode

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    So many things!

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  4. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    Asus

    Man I've missed 2P boards...

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    Luckily Asus is the only manufacturer that bothers to make BEAUTIFUL looking workstation boards still...

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    Hnnnng

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    Now with chips!

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  5. Derick

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    Kingston

    Finally got the RAM from Kingston :D all 128GB
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    I will be liquid cooling them and covering dat green
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    Board fits great!
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    I most likely wont be using a dual Predator setup anymore, probably dual XE rads
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    Cards from Nvidia
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    Damn dvi wasting space...
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    Uh oh... 3k worth of GPUs getting ready
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    Oh dear...
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    Much better
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    So. Much. Stuff.
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    Intel sent me a rare gift with all the SSDs :)
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    This will be their replacement for the ugly hyper kits/M.2->U.2 cable adapters. So clean and perfect. This will be for the 1.2TB U.2 form factor 750 drive. Total of 4.8TB of NVME storage.
     
  6. kim

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    OMG, what an incredible motherboard !! it will be a real powerfull machine, I was dreaming of this kind of dual-xeon workstation for myself (I do a lot of video editing and HD encoding too)...I use a 4930k on a x79 mb, it's great but your's will be amazing and the steampunk design as well...I'm following this...
     
  7. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    Single slot brackets!

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    First round of copper plating

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    Sadly the copper didnt' want to stick to the 2.5" enclosure or heatsinks so they'll probably just get a coat of black paint.

    Second round

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    New 9ft wall mounted photo backdrops!

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    Here's my "modding room", which isn't necessarily where I do assembly or even most of my modding, just things like drilling/activities that involve flying metal shards, and my painting! City life is rough but fortunately I at least have a spare bedroom and bathroom I can dedicate to modding now. Not too long ago I was living, working, and modding out of a 1 bedroom apartment so at least I'm past that madness!

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    Yes, that's a toilet. Yes, I still use it on occasion.

    Paint "booth"!

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    Far from ideal but when you live in a city, what can you do. No garage for me, or anyone else. It works out okay, keep the ceiling fan running constantly, sometimes bring in a box fan, have the window open and wear a face mask.

    One block installed, 2 to go for now. The last one will be put into the build at the end, for complicated reasons.

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    First round of painting

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    And result:

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    Heatsinks will go back in for a few more coats still

    Went to Blick and picked up a bunch of fun materials to play with!

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    RAM Blocks

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    De-flowered-stickered

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    Same for black modules, for painting:

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    And the copper modules:

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    To give you an idea of how many EK components are going into this...

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    My list of how many stickers have to be painted!

    While tearing down the FC10s, (thank you again to @Ceadderman for hooking me up with a second!) I noticed the print size and location are ever so slightly different. Fun Lamptron (@Luciel) facts.

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    Time for black!

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    It seems I forgot to take a pic of everything being painted copper, will do later.

    Some results:

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    Sadly I put too much black on the EK badges, will need to redo at some point

    The bits pre-badged

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    The bits, post badging! I'm quite happy with this

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    For next time...

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  8. Vetalar

    Vetalar *learning english*

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    that DVI cutoff is just... like... sledgehammering rolex watch...
     
  9. storm-83

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    i appreciate the amount of work and effort put into this!
    and the result from painting and coating is looking really good
    I am looking forward to seeing the hardware put together in the case.
    keep the updates coming, this is epic!
     
  10. Maki role

    Maki role Dale you're on a roll... Staff

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    Small request, would it be possible to resize the pics? Because the forum has a really bad auto-resizing feature it makes viewing this thread a nightmare on mobile as everything's jumping up and down for like a minute. I've taken to using 800x600 thumbnails and then using those as links to the full res pics, seems to get around that issue nicely without sacrificing quality too much.
     
  11. Hukkel

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    Looking good Derick :)

    You are really working towards a theme you have in your mind.
     
  12. B NEGATIVE

    B NEGATIVE All Hail Kim Jong Magoo!

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    I love a bit of copper.

    Derick,you didn't disappoint.
     
  13. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Hail! fellow toilet modder. :lol: 2nd worst place for a picture window ever. 1st place goes to a house we managed briefly: The only window in the house that faced the street was a huge picture window...in the upstairs shower.
    Pretty neat start. I have to agree with Veletar, though. Couldn't you have tried de-soldering instead?
     
  14. thechoozen

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    Did you really remove the DVI Ports ??? thats crazy :jawdrop:

    and like Daniel said....

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  15. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    Frankly, I'm not too talented with a soldering iron and taking out that many pins seemed daunting. A co-worker told me after the fact that I could have taken a heat gun on high to them for a bit and eventually just pulled it off... which would have been clean. But regardless, all the cards still work and the dvi port won't be visible at all in the final mod.

    Thanks for nice feedback everyone, lots of updates soon!
     
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    Engraving ideas for the plexi windows :D
     
  17. Derick

    Derick Senpai Studios

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    So honestly at this point I won't be sharing pics of the hardware pr0n until after the build is finished...just not enough time in the day, however here are some in progress pics I snap with my phone on occasion for everyone:

    Rad pieces painted with iron
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    Time to paint fittings, in bulk!
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    First in black
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    6 coats later
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    Top panel being cut
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    Cutting that beautiful copper panel...
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  18. Derick

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    Big update... no fancy photos though, no time :(

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    Still waiting on CPU blocks...
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    All 7 devices O.O
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    Started some designs on the last card, not final placement for res.
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    Rusted rads are finally assembled and back in the case
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    Dual D5s
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    Dual FC10s on the top, still need to be mounted. Have a really cool idea for up here coming soon!
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    I got two batches of copper sheet... the first, the bottom two panels, as you can see is in much better shape. The second wrinkles so god damn quick. Might have to replace all of these ones :/
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    So many wrinkles.... but check dem custom windows! They fit the theme perfectly
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    And the front window, which I realized I put on backwards, oops. Probably will be redoing the bottom left panel, need a different design for the power buttons.

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    The embossing I did of the sponsor logos!
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    With my derpy "Garage"...
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  19. Derick

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    Finally...an update!

    Thank you to Bill Own @http://mnpctech.com/

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    First Item: 3.120mm "360" Rotating Insert Aluminum Radiator Grill, Silver

    Second Item: Billet Pro-Line 120mm Adjustable "SLOTTED" insert

    Third Item: Diamond Knurl PC Feet, Silver

    Painting Video Tutorial by Bill

    I gave that copper leaf a go on the fan grills and I have to say I'm a pretty big fan of how it turned out for a practice run!

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    Those rusted rads...

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    The case feet from Bill turned out amazing! Much better than any of the items I copped painted lol

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    And a teaser for next time...

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  20. Mister_Tad

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    Worth considering.

    For those unfortunate enough to not have 21st century internet available in their neck of the woods as well, the thread is entirely unviewable unless you walk away and wait for ~150MB of images to load (so far). Net result, me on my 3Mbit stopped loading them after waiting a few minutes for dozens of similar 12mp images of product boxes and are unlikely to be following.

    I'm sure it's very nice, but has fallen victim to my short attention span and lack of patience.
     

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