Cosmos Ultra Tower+Phobya 1080 Mod+Actuator + video (Completed)

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  1. STUdog

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    Final pics on post #10 also glamour pics and video can be found on this site http://www.server-tech.com.au/cosmos-2-ultra-tower-phobya-1080-extreme-1080/

    So I've really wanted one of these RADs for a while, so I decided to get one. Got it pretty cheap so can't really complain

    Other reason for this mod is that my PC runs a bit hot, 2x Xeon x5550s and a GTX580 all in 1 loop. Currently being cooled by a top 360 rad and a rear (external) 240 rad (which I hate having it on the back). I will ditch the rear rad and use the external WC holes to bring the tubes through to connect to the 1080 rad. I'll also be using quick disconnects for when I need to remove the side panel etc.

    The Plan

    Is to mount this beast on the external of a side panel. I've chosen the Mobo side as I rarely ever open it.

    But i'm not just going to bolt it on and leave it with that. I want some functionality with this mod. So while having it nice and flat against my side (with a few cm gap) is nice its not really great for air flow.

    Now this is where part 2 of this mod comes in. I shall be attaching the rad on one side via a hinge (will be the side that faces the back of the case) then I'll be stick a linear actuator in between the rad and side panel.

    This will allow me electronically open and close the rad to whatever degree I want. At home I can have it compact and close to my case, at a LAN I can have it spread out at a optimal span.

    Here are some shots of the gear and progress so far

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    My current case setup

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    Example of a actuator

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    Build process

    Here is a exact replica template made up out of wood for testing purpose. I don't really want a million holes all over my Cosmos

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    Note that the above pics are for testing purposes only, the finaly build is not going to be a ghetto wood mod. Note that i've also weighted the look alike rad down as the same the phobya would be.

    Final build will consist of tapped holes in aluminium instead of the above wood parts.

    This is pretty much it for now, Rad and actuator are on there way and should be here in a few days.


    Oh and also couldn't resist getting this

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    Remote control switch for when I'm really lazy
     
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  2. the3coopers

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    Cool :thumbup:

    You should use a piano hinge, it'll be heaps better than 2 or more separate hinges.
     
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    yea thats the plan, I just wanted to make the test setup as cheap as possible, as it'll prob be scrapped afterwards
     
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    far out id be happy with the pc as is looks neat as but if its running hot you got to make improvements i guess looking forward to more pics and progress updates :D
     
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    Ok guys here's an update.

    Actuator arrived and have hooked it up to the test setup, Seems to run pretty good



    Also here's a pic of the toggle switch a setup to get this going

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    Rad should be here in a few days and will finally see it all together on the case :)
     
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    Now I remember where I saw this design before....

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    You could call it the Cosmos Phobya Spoiler :D
     
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    Lol yea, I do need a name for it, lol
     
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    Kool Room order just arrived :)

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    looks interesting, just wondering how you would lug the case to a lan, i got the same case and its just heavy enough as it is let alone adding parts to it
     
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    Ok mod is completed, sorry about no progress shots but once I start I just don't stop :p Might do a video to sometime to show you in action :)

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    Magic Stu ! Brilliant idea and great job. :thumbup:
     
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    far out! That monster case almost makes that monster RAD look small!

    Good job :thumbup:
     
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    haha yea it sure does, at first when I thought about doing the mod I thought the rad would take up the whole side panel

    Ok just did a quick video and is uploading now :)
     
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    Have it temperature controlled (and remote) Just make sure you dont have anything on that side when you start playing a game.
     
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    Excellent stuff indeed

    Could you please link me to the LED strip that you used, and also do you have any comments or suggestions about it?
     
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    Thanks, perfect!

    I soldered some of that kind recently for a OCAU member, and they are a bit of a pain to terminate after the've been cut.
     
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    Nice work and finishing touch with the leds.
    Great to have the vid to see it in action (and why you went with the direction of airflow).
    Any plans on painting the led backing black or making a black cover with holes for the leds?
     
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    not sure if anyone asked this yet? but what happened to the remote? that would have been awesome!
     

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