Perspex Midtower Case (4 day job) done

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  1. crocodaVe

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    Time to get cracking on this one. Finished work for the year and devoting this next week to going beserk and finishing this perspex mod before the silly season really kicks in :shock:
    I've been sourcing all the parts since September and 99% sure I've got the lot.

    Guts:
    3770k 2600k
    Maximus V Gene
    16gb G.Skill-Z 2133
    Gainward Phantom 680 4gb
    2x Corsair 60gb SSD
    OCZ Agility 120gb
    WD 1TB
    Seagate 1TB
    800w ODIN

    Other:
    LCDSmartie Panel
    5x AF120 Fans
    1x AF140
    Cheap 'Carbon' contact
    Scythe KazeMaster FC
    Modsmart Red Dot Switch
    Grills & Filter

    WC Gear:
    Koolance 120mm High FPI
    Koolance 240mm High FPI
    Some other low FPI 240mm rad
    D5 Vario - Bay Res
    Full Heatkiller all round
    Enzo Compressions (3/4")
    Silver Bits
    Perpex Tube ? or Primo LRT Advance Clear
    Coolant ?? -- WATER


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    This log is more about sharing my ideas on the cable management and plumbing than the assembly. And there's bloody 0% chance of hiding anything the way it is.


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    This $4 contact is a start. The transperancy has to go on one side. Have also ordered a black gloss perspex side cover for the mobo side.


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    Card done last night.


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    And fitted out the board. Ahh Doychland !
    May have to rotate the chipset block 90 to get some gap from the GPU.


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    Had to re-shape the copper flat bar mount plate on mosfet blocks to fit this board.


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    That's the easy part done. Time to hack some plastic and get the radiators in.
    I'll do 1 or 2 updates daily until done
     
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    ive got the same case, and gave up trying to wc it coz it was too hard to hide any cables n shit

    keen to see what u do with it :thumbup:

    iirc a rad fit nicely the the ODD bay
     
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    Where can I get a case like that???
     
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    I've visioned this one for 2 years
    Yeah, a 280 would fit and allow drives in the front.
    Will include more perpex with the bay res though and put a 240 in the roof and another on the floor.

    Hard to get in Aus I'm pretty sure. I conned this one out of a PC shop owner.
    Spotted it through the window. It's a Gigabyte display case, not sure if they made it or had it done for them.

    Subeamtech will ship here I think. Logysis make em too

    http://www.xoxide.com/acryliccases.html Shipping around $100 ?
     
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    Looking good so far mate, the Carbon fiber is a good way to hide the cable mess if it fits behind that is, keen to see how this one turns out.

    Brian
     
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    As Brian said, looking good. Keen to see how you use the carbon fiber wrap effectively to hide the cables. ;)
     
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    I am canning the existing roof & front assembly to start from scratch.


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    New roof too wide for the bansaw

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    The radiator must go as far forward as possible to allow for PSU modular plugs. Will be a 20mm space only.

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    For the cables, theres a 15mm space behind the mobo tray and about 30mm behind the bays. Bugger all. Molexs are going to have to be flush and flat. Cable ties and double sided tape

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    Test fit and just having a muck around with fittings and angles.
    Having trouble lining up this connection. SLI link is the plan, same as the intake.
     
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    Tore apart this old FC to help fit the roof radiator and cooling.


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    And was going to mount the LCD with 'wings' and leave the screen open, but went for one piece across the face instead.


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    Got a great idea to hide cables out of the FC.


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    Will be spraying this black and mounting through the bay panel.


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    My mates at Acrylics Online in Brisbane got some great stuff and deliver in 2-3 days. Tops !:thumbup:
    Hammering through this and may be finished by Friday.;)
     
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    This is shaping up to one of the cleanest perspex builds I have ever seen, really like the cable and drive mounts keeping the perspex theme.

    Cannot wait to see this one finished.

    Brian
     
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    Been experimenting with acrylic tube.

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    Getting a good seal and would even smear some silicone under the barb for extra safety.
    The problem is it seems get brittle once cold and the flex of the case may crack it if moved. Also it would need to be assembled while hot. It don't like coming off and back on once moulded to the fitting. The radiator inlet cracked.
    Scrapped this idea for this project. Rather test it further. Highly possible though. Primo
     
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    Still need the lid off to deal with the web.

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    I've never been fussed about sleeved cables and shit. I'll try these. If extra plugs don't fit, they don't. Then ignore the ocow fashion coppers. ;)

    One thing bothering me is whether the D5 (level 3-4) will have the grunt ?
     
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    fapped :thumbup: :weirdo:
     
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    Nice.

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    Nice work. Looks sweet :thumbup:
     
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    Had to rotate the whole system while filling. The CPU intake just trickled for the first 1/2 hour. Drives in after that. 'Square rods' on the mechanicals.

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    Pissed around for hours flattening all this. Was prepared to spend another day snip and soldering to thin it out, but didn't need to. Perspex sleeve out of the PSU. No bulge.

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    Nothin' special, all I've done is sandwich it between black sheets.

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    Demineralised only. No LU, and see what happens with the pipes

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    All is functioning great. At 800rpm the WD 1TB is the loudest part :)

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