IMFACEROLL GAMING LIQUID COOLED PC WITHIN A CABINET!!! (SPONSORED BUILD)

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  1. Imfaceroll

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    Hello everyone and welcome to my new project log!

    My first build was quite a success and got a lot of media attention. The build itself was a long but fun process and it just made me want to continue my PC modding hobby.

    Please visit my Liquid cooled PC desk mod with built in car audio system here:
    http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=1132057


    After months of planning I have decided to continue on this path and go for another furniture build, this time inside of a display cabinet.
    Please also follow my build log on YouTube where I will be uploading video progress throughout the duration of the build.

    Main ideas:

    • Colour scheme: Red and black
    • Diamond plate sheet metal to line the inside of the cabinet for that industrial look
    • Red and black acrylic elements
    • A matt black finish on the cabinet and sheet metal to reduce the reflection and shine.
    • A fully custom Water cooled loop
    • Elevated platforms and fake walls to create neat cable management
    • Custom made Acrylic gaming name
    • Custom Interior lighting (RGB and sound active, will mostly use white)
    • Custom fan grills
    • Rigid acrylic tubing

    Build Specs:

    • MSI z97 gaming 7 motherboard
    • Intel i7 4970k CPU
    • Two MSI GTX 780ti graphics cards
    • Avexir Blitz 1.1 16GB RAM (MSI red version)
    • Corsair RM gold series 1000w power supply
    • Asus xonar phoebus sound card
    • ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual Band Wireless AC1900 PCI-E Adapter
    • 2 x 4tb Western Digital black hard drives
    • 4 x corsair force series SSD's two black two red (colour theme)

    Before we jump ahead of our selves I would love to thank my sponsors for their generosity and for helping this build become a reality.


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    A big thank you to Dickos Extreme Computers for providing me with Some thermal paste, fan gaskets and help in general.
    Visit his page at: https://www.facebook.com/DickosExtremeComputers
    Store: http://stores.ebay.com.au/Dickos-Extreme


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    Thank you to Hank and the team at Performance PC's for providing me with two hard drive water blocks.
    Visit the store at: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php


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    Thank you to Avexir for sponsoring me with Avexir Blitz 1.1 16GB RAM (MSI red version).
    Visit their website: http://www.avexir.com/


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    A big thanks to Chris and the MSI team for providing me with a MSI z97 gaming 7 motherboard.
    Visit the site at: http://au.msi.com/


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    Thank you Shakmods for providing the Acrylic tubing, very generous.
    Here is the shop: http://www.shakmods.com/


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    Thanks Icemodz for providing the awesome black and red sleeved cable extensions, they look amazing.
    Visit the store online: http://www.icemodz.com/


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    Thank you Aqua Tuning for sending me out a radiator and reservoir, they will be very useful.
    Visit: http://www.au.aquatuning.com/


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    And a big thank you to EK Water Blocks for providing all of my fittings and water blocks, great service and very generous, thank you.
    Visit the online store: http://www.ekwb.com/
     
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    My Liquid PC cabinet build idea started from the love of turning furniture into PC builds, my desk build was a success and I had a lot of positive feedback from the community. The thrill out of creating something you enjoy and sharing it with everyone and receiving all of the positive feedback helps me to continue doing what I love.


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    So.. This cabinet I am actually planning to fix up and refurbish. I was out shopping with my girlfriend and we came across a second hand shop. The cabinet was there looking very old, run down and it needed some fixing up. I was able to reduce the price to $15 from 35$ due to a broken lock. First site of this cabinet I thought to myself 'I could create a very nice build out of this', so the process begins =).


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    This is the cabinet as it looked when I bought it, I did clean it and dust it before the photo.


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    The back of the cabinet was stained, cracked in places and had lost most of the nails holding the MDF wood onto it, so i went out and purchased some new 3mm MDF to cut out a new backing for the cabinet.


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    I thought of the idea of lining the inside walls of the cabinet with this diamond plated metal sheeting, it would create a nice industrial look, provide more stability and support for the cabinet and serve as some fake walls/elevated platforms to route cables through. The sheet metal will be painted matt black along with the cabinet to reduce glare/shine and reflection.


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    I thought I would show you guys some sketches I did, as you can see I am a terrible artist but you get the idea. These are some rough ideas I have came up with, however, of course plans don't always turn out the way you thought they would and changes are more than likely to be made.

    I hope this build has caught your interest, please stay tuned for updates and progress shortly. Thanks
     
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    Looking good Corey! :D

    Really looking forward to seeing this one progress!
     
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    Components that will be used in the build


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    Hey everyone, sorry for the slow update, I have been waiting a while for some parcels to come in the mail so my girlfriend and I were able to take some photos for you guys.

    As always, it is nice to see what items are going into a build so here are some photos.

    Here are some shots of the gorgeous MSI z97 Gaming 7 motherboard as well as 2 MSI gtx 780ti's.


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    The items arrived in very nice and stylish packaging so I had to show them off!!


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    I love the extra detail that MSI has included into these products

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    Storage wise, I have gone with 4 force series SSD's by corsair to keep the nice red and black theme going. As you can see in the picture I have purchased two red 128gb and two black 120gb. As for HDD space I have gone with two 2tb HDD's by seagate, these HDD's will be covered with a black HDD water block more for asthetics.


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    Fittings have been provided by EK water blocks, asthetics wise they look really nice. I have gone with the black fittings and a red coolant. My water blocks are also black to stick with in the MSI red and black colour theme.


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    Air flow and cooling is a big part of this build but I love to stick with a colour theme and I try to keep it looking great. I have chosen to use the Bitfenix Spectre Pro PWM led fans, they look great and I can under volt them for silent operation. Why steer away from a great product when they offer fan controllers as well.


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    In the build I will be using two radiators and 3 reservoirs. Aqua-tuning has kindly provided me with two Phobya 360 radiators and a Phobya 250 reservoir to get things started. Shakmods have also jumped on board and provided the rigid acrylic tubing for this project.


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    The CPU I have chosen for this build is nun other than the i7 4790k. Its stock speed is 4.0ghz with a boost of 4.4ghz, it has 4 cores and 8 threads of gaming goodness, and of course this beast will be over clocked.


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    To power all of this awesomeness we are going to need a decent and efficient power supply. I have chosen to go with a 1000w gold RM series power supply by corsair.


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    Memory is being supplied by Avexir, they are sending me out the Blitz 1.1 series RAM with the MSI dragon on the side so that could not have been a better choice for this build. I will put a photo up when they arrive.

    So these are the general items that the PC build will be based around, I have came up with a few more ideas for the build but i will save them for a later update, as always please comment and stick around to see more progress in the upcoming days, Thanks.


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    Any progress or ??????????????
     
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    Hey mate, thanks for following the build. I do indeed have some progress, I have received all of my ordered parts in the mail last week and this week I have been away for 5 days, so I get back on saturday. So Sunday I should have some new progress up =)
    I also had to wait for my acrylic to be sent out so I could start the CNC work and custom fan grills xD postage time is such a pain
     
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    Back from holidays


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    Hey guys, finally back from holidays with the girl friend and i had a big parcel waiting for me. Finally with components arriving we can start getting some good progress on the build. I am still waiting for the acrylic to create some designs with laser/CNC machine but i wont give too much away. I have worked on the cabinet but i am limited to what i can do until i get the acrylic and my LED lights.

    Here is my parcel:


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    As i said before, i have some progress with the cabinet itself but i will hold off on showing that to you guys for a few days just incase i receive the acrylic and LED lights shortly so i can show you guys more progress. If i dont receive them shortly then i will post the build updates very soon, so please keep an eye out for it =).
     
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    The start of the build.


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    Hey guys, you have now seen some ideas that I have with the cabinet build so now I would love to start from the beginning and show you some progress I have made. Please feel free to leave suggestions, I always love to take on-board what the community thinks. Please enjoy.

    As always I would love to highlight the build before I modify it, I try to show everyone the different views of the cabinet to show you guys what I am trying to achieve. As you can see below it is just an ordinary run down display cabinet.


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    I hope the community can see the potential in this build from viewing every angle to gain a perspective of what I am trying to achieve.


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    Modding progress 1


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    Hey everyone, today was time to disassemble the cabinet parts that we don't need and begin modding.


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    In the picture above, I have removed the glass door. On the left of the cabinet you can see that there is also a wooden part to the door. I do not want this there because it will eventually be blocking our awesome components. So my plan is to make a new glass door for the build.


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    For the glass door above I am debating whether i should remove the current glass from the wooden part and replace it with a longer piece to cover the full frontage of the cabinet, or whether to ditch that door all together and go full glass (which I am leaning towards). This is not a major issue at the moment and can wait until a future date.


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    In order for my components to fit perfectly, I had to drill another hole for the shelving to sit on. The power supply was around 1cm to big.


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    As you can see above, the cabinet had a wall and some black rails in the main section. The wall has been removed to make room for the components to fit.

    With all of the prep work complete, it was time to start some cut outs. This was done by drilling a hole in each corner of the cut out and using a jigsaw. As you can see it still needs sanding, but you get the idea. The motherboard will sit in this position. (See below)


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    The motherboard tray fits perfectly. The inside of the main section of the cabinet will be lined in a diamond plated sheet metal. The metal is currently very shiny but I plan to paint the whole thing a matte black which will reduce any glare/reflection which some may find distracting. I love the feel and texture of the diamond plated sheets and I believe it will tie in very nicely to this build.

    Below I have measured up the dimensions of the cabinet and I plan on using a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade to complete the cutting process. (I am limited with tools).


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    And this is the result below. I still need to file down the edges of the metal but you get the idea.


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    Test fitting the motherboard tray.


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    Thank you for following my build, progress should be up within a few days. Please leave a comment below =)


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    haha hey man how do i link videos like you just did? i havnt had much experience with it.
     
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    Hey mate - It's pretty easy, you get the link:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSG2D1we2Ik&list=UUV11AccJeiMX4ZyHErV2oPw

    But you only need the URL from AFTER v=

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSG2D1we2Ik&list=UUV11AccJeiMX4ZyHErV2oPw

    And click on the youtube icon, and past the URL in between (I added some spaces so it didn't link right away)

    [YOUTUBE ]LSG2D1we2Ik&list=UUV11AccJeiMX4ZyHErV2oPw[/YOUTUBE ]

    And the link should work!

     
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    cabinet progress


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    Hey everyone, this week I have made quite some progress. More cut outs have been done and I have also created a fan controller and switch holder. Here are the progress images.

    This week I had to complete some of the more finer cut outs. I decided to go out and purchase a dremel as I recommend any modder should have. It makes life so much easier.


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    I also spent some time cutting out some acrylic pieces which would sit under my HDD's and SSD's to create a nice red glow around the edges. The acrylic still needs to be wet sanded.


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    I received my air brush kit in the mail this week and I am debating whether or not I should use it with the build, more updates on that in the future.


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    With the build I plan on using the bitfenix spectre pro PWM LED fans for show and on the inside of the cabinet I am putting some Noctua PWM on the radiators. This is due to the fact that bitfenix fans are terrible radiator fans and I hate the look of the Noctua fans.

    Because there are a few PWM fans I would like to control their speeds with fan controllers for near silent operation. I have created a small fan controller box out of MDF which will also hold my power/reset switches and my LED light switches.

    Below you can see each cut out I made to create the box holder, these were cut out with a jigsaw.


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    Test fitting the fan controllers and switches on the face plate of the box.


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    I have limited access to tools so I use what ever is laying around to get the job done. Two pieces of wood will hold it together while the glue drys.


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    While it was drying it was time to move onto the cabinet. This box will be holding the fan controllers and switches so I needed to create a cut out in the top of the cabinet to allow for wires and fan cables to route through.


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    Next step of the build was to create a door at the back of the cabinet so that I had access to cables just in case one came loose or I needed to configure something. The MDF also provides some stability support for the cabinet in general.

    The new backing is 3mm MDF and I have routed it in 3mm so it is flush with the edges.


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    With the dremel I cut out a square door. I attached some hinges and a latch to make sure it stays closed.


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    My last update for the week was to create a slot in the back of the cabinet on the second level so that cables from the power supply could route down from the second level, down in between the door I made and the sheet metal.


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    Thank you for following my build. Updates are usually done weekly. Please leave a comment and let me know what you like or what you think I could do to improve the build. Thank you everyone for your support.


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    thanks man, i appreciate the help =)
     
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    Can't wait to see what you do with this cabinet. Your desk PC was truly unique and inspired a lot of similar builds.
     
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    thanks man, I really appreciate the positive feedback =) I love to create these builds, its a great hobby of mine and people like you make me want to keep on going =)
     
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    MOAR!!!!

    Loved the first desk :thumbup:
     
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    thanks =), i am trying to get more updates out as much as i can but i am still waiting for an item in the mail that is stopping me from making huge progress with the build. Hopefully it arrives this week =)
     
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    1st cabinet PC progress video

    This is my first PC cabinet progress video, everything up to date. Please check it out. My cam recorder died half way through so i had to use my phone but please ignore that and enjoy =)

     
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    This is all well and good... but PLEASE watch this video.

     

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