ZOTAC Mod Box

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  1. coolmiester

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    If this one comes off as good as it currently looks in my head I’ll struggle to hand it over to Zotac once its finished tbh.

    A little background.

    While out at CeBIT I was shown the new logo and livery for Zotac which to be fair hasn’t changed a great deal but is now more pleasing on the eye by softening the actual logo font but the main difference is the addition of honeycomb effect which can be seen on the large image on the new GTX295 retail box.

    I instantly knew what I wanted to do but actually doing it is another matter.
    The basic plan is to turn a ATCs 840 into a giant retail Zotac box without all the smaller logos or specific card branding so newer cards can be added as they evolve without having to re-brand the entire case and also to incorporate the Zotac Nitro so the cards can be instantly overclocked on the fly.

    The main problem is I can’t airbrush so i'm on the lookout for a professional airbrush artist to take care of the paintwork.

    Before I’m able to get the case the painter its down to me to get the chassis stripped and chopped to mount a GTX240 in the base and also to get the Nitro hard mounted into the alu front section then its all off for powder coating followed by wet sanding to get a nice base for Rick to work his magic.

    Anyway a few images for now……….


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    Not to get anyone too exited under false pretences as even though its been a long day, all i seemed to accomplish was do the 550miles to pick up the mods that were out at CeBIT and i'm happy to report no damage.

    On a brighter note though i have got some new toys to play with in the shape of a new Skulltrail board and a couple of CPU's which i'm over the moon with tbh as they are a bit special, plus the fact i just love Skulltrail.

    Anyway, should have some modding to add in a few days.

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    After the great success with the Delrin top i7 block using the DD MCP Chipset block i decided to make a couple more for the Skulltrail but this tim i'm using the D-Tek Quick Mount.

    I'll get them both finished but may swap the Quick mount for Pro Mount so a back plate can be used but for the time being it should be fine and it doesn't see, to be causing the board to warp too much.

    I'll also flame polish them like the i7 ones to make them shiny black once i get them both finished.

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    And then there were two.........flame grilled.

    I like them, just hope they work as well as on i7

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    First things first......

    I got the Skulltrail installed on the bench (well telly room table) to see what's what and glad to report my trusty new CPU blocks work a treat when hooked up to my mini H20 Cosmos.

    Unfortunately though i had to pull the PSU from the other Skulltrail machine to get the new one running as neither the CM Real Power 1000 or Tagan 1300 have two 8pin 12v connectors but i've got another Ultimate coming which will sort that out but never-the-less, a bit annoying.

    Anyway, the board had an old Alpha BIOS which wouldn't handle Tri-Sli so i grabbed the Intel® Desktop Board D5400XS BIOS Update [XS54010J.86A] which enables Tri-Sli and flashed with that so i'm all good to go for my first venture at 3 cards.

    Full Skulltrail - XFX GTX 280 XXX 3-Way SLi /4870X2 CFx article by Zardon of DH

    In the mean time i've been messing around with a Zotac GTX9800 and their Nitro basically running bench test just to make sure the Skulltrail is nice and stable which touch wood it seems to be so far so will crank up the volts and see what can be had.

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    At long last i had a couple of Coolermaster ATCs 840's tune up this morning so its all stations go.

    I first got to get the ZOTAC Nitro installed into the front bezel so it was dismantle the Nitro and use the casing as a template for the screen and three white buttons.

    Marked it out then drilled pilot holes to feed the fret saw blade through followed by a little filing and bobs you uncle.....sorted

    I still got to cut a bit of 3mm plexi and add black out film to it so the whole screen sits flush to the rest of the bezel and disappears when the screen is not illuminated but this is how it looks right now.

    I've also got to de-rivet and strip the rest of the chassis and cut the base for the 240 rad then the whole thing is off to powder coat before Rick starts his airbrushing :)

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    I'm on a roll.........

    Basically couldn't wait till morning to cut the plexi because i wanted to see what it looked like :)

    Cut the plexi to size and used Black Out Privacy film on on side.

    Obviously not all mounted but shows how it will end up looking....ish

    I'll sleep happy with that thank you very much.

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    Looks awesome.
    Love your mods man.
     
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    Nice work mate.

    Always love you build logs.

    More please!
     
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    Looks great :) Cant wait for next update.
     
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    looking pretty Awesome there coolmiester, I like what has been done so far will be watching for more updates :thumbup:
     
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    This is looking very nice, and not just the case..........why is it that every time I see a nice dual socket board I get a woody :confused:
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    very awesome mod, just a quick question, do you get to keep the cases and hardware you mod with? cause i saw your last project...
     
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    Lookin sharp as always Paul ( i use the name aj@x on coolercases) will be following this one with jest:thumbup:
     
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    Looks great!:thumbup:
     
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    awesome
    dual cpu
    mmmmm...
     
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    Great work so far
    Loved the last mod you done :thumbup:
     
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    Nice work man! Looks good. I'm envious.
     
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    eww at the push pins on cpu block, but nice overall minus skulltrail heatsinks are the chipsets going to be watercooled?
     
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    Wish i had more to show you guys but they say, the hard work is in the preparation and in this case it was.

    Decided to make the top grill for this Zotac 840 out of a piece of 4mm sheet of aluminium which will make the whole top section of the case pretty much flush, more in keeping of an actual Zotac retail box which i'm trying to replicate.

    Not really much different from the top grill i did on the previous Smackover 840 but this time it was the full width of the case and rather than a curved edge, it was more of a bevel finish to match the front bit.

    Anyway, no doubt it wouldn't of taken long on a CNC but i dunno, i just love doing this type of stuff by hand so here it is, all ready to go to powder coat with the rest of the chassis then Honeycomb mesh mounted underneath on its return.

    Sorry for loads of pictures that might not really mean that much but to me they kinnda justify a day in the garden doing what i love doing.......and a little Youtube showing power file, draw filing and block sanding to finish :)

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