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Mosquito posted a topic in Member WorklogsSo I had this crazy idea for something to do with the Lian-Li PC-Q30 case that was reviewed HERE. I decided I wanted to go with some wood on it somewhere. I mean, that's just how I roll. I thought replacing the stock Lian-Li front with a big chunk of figured maple would be a sweet place to start. Beyond that, I'm hoping to have a little fun with the side panels, upgrade the case feet, and see what kind of an HTPC I can throw together. As with most of my other woodworking projects, I'll be doing as much of this with hand tools as I can. At least the woodworking portion of it. Even using a bit and brace for drilling holes. It's just more relaxing that way. Some of the stuff I'm using in this build: Lian-Li PC-Q30 ITX Case MNPCTech White Delrin Case Feet 3M 4010 Tape ADATA 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 2400 XPG v2 RAM ADATA 128GB XPG SX900 SSD
Here is are latest case mod from Techoftomorrow Techs: Anthony "THRASHER2" Reynolds and Eric "xD3aDPooLx" Henry INTEL CUSTOM BUILD NAMED DAUNTLESS Intel Core i7-5960X ProcessorEVGA 1600Watt P2 Power supply with Custom Sleeved cablesASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard IntelKingston DDR4 Memory KitCorsair 900D Custom Painted Cobalt Blue with Metal FlakeIntel 730 Series 240GB SSDAdata Premier Pro SP920 512GB SSD2x XFX R9 295X2 Video CardsSwiftech Apogee-XLC CPU water Block with Custom TOT logo topSwiftech Custom Water Cooling solutionCustom painted white Radiator MCRx20-XP (eXtreme Performance) triple 120mmMonsoon Hardline Tube 1/2 x 5/8 - 4 Pack - WhiteMonsoon Hardline Economy Compression Fittings 6 Pack, 1/2" x 5/8" - BluePrimoChill CTR™ Compression Tube Reservoir System Phase 2 - 240mm UV Blue4x AeroCool Dead Silence 120mm White Case FansOption: DD-Crystal Dual 5 1/4" Bay white back ReservoirDauntless [dawnt-lis, dahnt-] adjective 1. not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold: a dauntless hero.
Jump to final photos! Well, hello! *waves* Hm, what's that? ...Ah, yes. LilyPC. Yeah... See, here's the thing. It was time to move on. The project was simply too big in size. That's it. That's the reason. The thing is she's a kid. Giving her a watercooled setup probably isn't the smartest thing to do, nevermind the simplicity of the loop, etc. She's a kid. So I decided to go a different direction. And I've considered the original project abandoned. So, very much like Hollywood's current film-making process, I've decided to reboot things. I just hope it'll be a different outcome in that it will be a little better than the original. ;) Once upon a time (going on 5 years ago), I had a project I was literally on the doorstep of using a Zotac ION ITX board (brand-new just streeted at the time; circa 2010). It was going to be my next Noire build, as well as being my next HTPC. It was going to be using Lian Li's brand new (at the time) Q-07 chassis. I had the custom powder ready to go. Acrylic done. That project was going to be called "Noire HD". Here's a mockup I did for the project log that never happened: The kicker is, I spent so much pre-design and planning on the project that I designed a custom full-cover waterblock conversion/re-purposing that would replace the stock cooling on the mobo, effectively simultaneously cooling the CPU and the GPU. Nothing new. At least now. 5 years ago it wasn't very common. Fast-forward to today -- it seems like a lot of the waterblock companies have their own version of an ITX block that cools everything on the mobo. Final block, tested working perfectly: Ironically, when asked if I had any new ideas for products, I presented the idea to one of PPC's EK contacts at the time a couple years back who was involved in R&D; he shot the idea down saying it wouldn't work because there wasn't a large call for that kind of thing. He moved on to other things shortly after that. ...EK now make tons of full-cover ITX blocks. :lol: It's a shame I didn't get around to the project, because just before I threw the switch is when I got laid off. And signed a lease the same day (before getting laid off). And found out we had a kid on the way. Etc., etc. Same story that I've already gone into in other (completed) logs. Anyway, Clean-slate. Fast-forward to now, I decided after building a floating desk in Lily's bedroom that the original LilyPC was going to be way too big for it. So I decided to also abandon (abort?) the Noire HD project (which I no longer have a need for a HTPC) and re-design everything for a new ITX LilyPC. I decided I was going to stay with aircooling too, so no waterblocks now. It's for the best. And for ease-of-use and maintenance. Now I'll be able to just give the rig a blast of compressed air with the compressor in the shop and clean out dust, bugs, etc. once in a while instead of draining and rebuilding occasionally. Besides, the ION chip isn't really supposed to get all that hot considering TDP. Although it seems (seemed) to get hot when everyone was buying them. Stock cooling sucks. It's as simple as that. So I have an easy plan to fix that using stuff I had laying about that just happened to work out with it. And with the wonderful help and support from great companies like MNPCTech and ADATA (who have both shown an extraordinary amount of patience with this project), I can make it happen! Now, on to the log proper. Here's the case I will be working on. Lian Li Q-07, ITX form-factor. I had already removed the front pair of USB ports; not necessary. Besides... I don't think Lily knows what USB ports are. :) ...And removed. Now, moving on to the motherboard. Zotac ION-ITX-K board. Stock cooling left much to be desired. :/ So I ripped it off and cleaned all the chewing gum crap they usually slather all over board's chips. I also began installing standoffs for a old Thermalright cooler I had that looked like it might fit. It did. :) Shot of both the CPU and the GPU chips.... ....and new cooler installed on the GPU chip. :) Closeup of the almost non-existent clearance for the bracket holding the cooler on... I also installed a passive cooler on the CPU using thermal adhesive. The board seems to run flawlessly with a fan somewhat pointed in the coolers' general direction, which is great because I don't plan on putting a fan directly on the cooler. I'm going to have a pair of 120mm fans in the case; one intake and one side exhaust. The air should simply run through the case, through the coolers, and out the side. Temps should be more than acceptable, and certainly lower than the stock cooling offers by far. Alright, back to the case now. Some of the mods I'm going to do to this case involves removing the PCI bracket area, since I won't be needing it at all. I'll also need to drill out the rivets that hold the ATX PSU frame on. Not needed as I'm using a Pico-ITX PSU and power brick to power this lil' thing. I'm going to be removing the stock feet on the case, since they kinda...well...suck. Replacing them with MNPCTech's mini feet of course! Let's do some drilling! If you're a modder, you most likely relate with this... :lol: Let's drill out those rivets now. I'm also going to remove the 3.5" HDD bracket since I won't be using that either... ...And removed. No matter how much experience you have with rotary tools, etc. you should always mask off your work-area. Just need to remove this little tab. It doesn't even need to be perfect as it's getting covered over anyway. ...And done. Masking off the front of the case so I can start marking out the holes I'll need to drill on the case. A good trick for fans is to mark out the four mounting holes and using a ruler, you draw lines criss-cross and the intersecting middle will give you the center of the fan's opening. ...and done. I went ahead and clamped down the entire chassis on my table-vise, since it's small enough. Drilling out the smaller holes and getting ready for the large one... Holesaws are very dangerous; use with caution and proper protection. I like to use eyewear, hearing protection, and condoms. Drilling.... Go slow; let the saw do it's job. ...And done. Just need to clean up the edge with a file or rotary tool sanding drum. Drilled out the 16mm hole for the new power switch and dropped in a dead test switch for checking. Looks fine! Alright, that's it for this log update. I'll be back with more in due time. Toodles!
Log Initiated: August 2012 Status: Ongoing Hello! This will be a quick lil' project for my step-daughter, who happens to be named Lillith, but she goes by Lily. Hence the project name. Creative, right? :lol:/> This is a project based around an old classic chassis, Lian Li's PC-60. I've built a few machines in this very chassis, and it was sitting around and being ignored so I figured, "why not"? Originally, I was going to use a mobo that MSI was supposed to supply for a magazine spread, but...well... I went into that over in the BIO-A10 log at-length. Gist of the story is, MSI is a really terrible company that does not care for their customers/supporters, and I will never again support them or even recommend them to others. No argument about it; simply stating the facts from where I'm standing. Back to the important stuff, here's a mockup illustration to give a rough idea on the looks... And here's the case itself. I've used this exact case a few times for rebuilds in the past, so it's had a lot of service under its belt. But this will be it's final "resurrection" if you will. I didn't mod it a whole lot since it was used with low-heat hardware, aside from the obvious power/reset switch replacement mod that everyone practically did to this case. Let's jump right in. Not a lot for the opening post to the log, but I'm going to move this one along fairly quickly as her B-day is coming up on Sept. 11. Yes, that date, and the same year. I still believe she is the anti-Christ. :hehe: Yeah, that's an old Seasonic PSU in there. Of course. I may actually keep it and just mod it/sleeve it. Who knows? The hardware in it is nothing fancy. An older AM2+ setup, etc. Nothing amazing, but then again a mod is NOT about having the latest/greatest hardware. I am going to use some vintage w/c gear too, since I have it to use. Why not? Let's start stripping her down. I'm going to be dropping a blowhole on the top of the case to increase some airflow in it. Nothing exciting. I'll use the ole jig and holesaw technique like I usually do. Now, need to bolt the top to the jig using the stock 80mm mount-holes... Drill a pilot hole down the middle... And presto. Whoop-tee-do, right? I'll be back with some more! Stay tuned!
Al Shuryan posted a topic in Member WorklogsF/A 18 HORNET Blue Angels / U.S. Navy Tribute to our military *UNAUTHORIZED (I'll explain later)... Inspiration for this project in addition to paying tribute to our finest was having some POWERFUL fun with a MOD/Build project. Purple Heart ~ MERIT and Screaming Eagle ~ Medals of Valor were solemn and serious, I need to have some fun so here it is. The BUILD LIST is as follows: Thermaltake Technology Inc Armor Plus Case Thermaltake BigWater 760 Pro Cooler Master Silent Pro 1300W Hybrid PSU ECS Z77H2-A2X Deluxe Golden Board Sapphire Technology HD 7970 Dual X GPU Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1866 Corsair Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kit Intel Labs / Intel CORE I7 3770K Intel Quad Core 3.9 Ghz 8Mb cache Junpus DX1 Nano Diamond Paste ADATA SX900 128Gb SSD X 2 Corsair FORCE GT 240Gb SSD EKWB EK-KIT L240 Cooling Kit 1 x Masterkleer Tubing PVC 13/10mm (3/8"ID) UV-reactive Black 3,3m (10ft) 2 x EK G1/4 plug with O-ring 2 x EK-CSQ Adapter 45° G1/4 Nickel 2 x EK-CSQ Adapter 90° G1/4 Nickel 1 x EK-VGA Supremacy - Nickel (EK-VGA-SUPREMACY-NP) Fitting Size 1/2" Barb for 1/2" ID tube AeroCool Touch-2000 Controller AlphaCool NexXxos Monsta Full Copper 240 radiator Enermax: 3 X T.B. Silence 140mm fans 1 X T.B. Appollish 180mm Side fan 3 X Cluster 120mm fans 4 X T.B. Vegas 140mm Fans 1 X U.R. Vegas Mag Mount 120mm Fan Razer Anansi MMO Keyboard Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse Razer Megalodon 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speaker System Lutro Customs Customized U.S. Power Cord Dirt Showdown: Nexuiz: Shogun 2: Bunch of Heroes: Crusader Kings II: Dino D-Day: Dungeon Defenders: Dungeonland: Europa Universalis III Chronicles: Magicka Collection: Mount & Blade with Fire and Sword: The Showdown Effect: Bioshock Infinite: White Light Laser Custom Window ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Starting out with the Thermaltake Armor Plus case as the PERFECT Full Tower cabinet for this project. Very few had the foundation for this project and modable to the concept. BEFORE: ~ The Case MOD ~ Sanding the plastic before primer Every piece is rubbed with a Wet Sand of 400 then 800 before prime I'm working on a AirBrush and Paint Shop for help but until that is accomplished it's rattle cans Even in the summer time I like tree decorations of the MOD Type: I discovered the hard way you MUST let your paint rest for 2 days before final clear work: Next up for MOD is the RAZER Keyboard and Mouse: After I finished here I signed up for school at TECHSPOT. CAD Autodesk Inventor, Sand Blasting, Powder Coating, Laser and Water Jet plus a MAJOR Giant CNC bed Machine. Future builds will be so much better. However, this rattle can job isn't too bad. ~ CASE ~ After primer I did 3 coats of color, wet sanded 1000 then 2000 grit between coats and cleared 2 coats with very fine wool between ~ Keyboard and Mouse ~ After primer I did 3 coats of color, wet sanded 1000 then 2000 grit between coats and cleared 3 coats with very fine wool between added an extra clear coat to items that will be handled Some "MOD" fun. Not sure I like this much so I'm making these elements easily removable. This is not finished as I play around with ideas TAIL FINS I made them from Foam Board, Vellum paper (like a plastic paper). I plan to use body filler for finer detail elements in the wings. Added some Missles to the tips of the wings as in the pictures. Added a RC Jet Canopy to the slide back tray cover. Lutro0 Customs donated a Customized U.S. Power Cord Very simple Pin Stripe Details added