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Been a while since I've posted a project log, so for those who don't know me, or don't remember, Hi, I'm Mosquito, also known as Chris, and I'm a case modding enthusiast A coworker and I were talking about some of the case mods I've done in the past, and as a result wanted to try watercooling his BitFenix Portal case. He thought switching back to the Wraith cooler for the CPU, and doing a custom loop with a 120mm radiator for just the GPU would be all he'd get. I told him I bet I could fit a 240mm radiator in there, so that's what we've decided to go after... It actually took a lot less modding than I thought it might, as we got relatively lucky with the radiator just clearing the GPU block, but we'll get into that more later. First things first, this is the Bit Befnix Portal, for those who are not familiar Something that makes things a little weird, is that the chassis slides out of the main shell, so we had to make sure we allowed that to continue working through all this. This is what the 'stock' build consisted of. ASRock B350 ITX, Ryzen 1600X, and an RX Vega 56. First things first, gotta tear that down. With the case empty this is, roughly speaking, what we intend to make happen. Removing the back fascia gives a pretty compact little chassis. Though with some indexing pins on the bottom, it doesn't sit on the workbench very well! Next up, remove the drive cage. I'm not sure why this wasn't easily removable, as the bottom is mostly held in place by some sliding connections, but never the less there were 6 rivets to drill out After some fiddling around, we realized that it was going to be a lot more work to get the radiator mounted on the outside of the case, so we would have to make fans in front work instead. Next up, we'll have to get it to fit both fans up front, so stay tuned for that, and please ask questions, post comments, and let me know what you think. Forums are about community, whether we all agree or not
The New Year brings a new build... The Zalman ZMachine LQ1000, to me is an iconic case; it’s certainly one I’ve always wanted from back in the day when I first saw it. The case itself was released in late 2008 and features a pre-installed watercooling setup; the pump, reservoir, radiator and control gauges all fitted before you even open the box. The idea behind it was all you would be left to do is mount the CPU water block, fit a pair of hoses, fill the reservoir and hey presto you had a fully fledged water-cooling setup without any of the mess and fuss of crimped hoses, leaks or lengthy build time. The LQ1000 was intended to make watercooling, dare I say it, easy. Exterior The LQ1000 oozes class, as soon as you lay your hands upon its black aluminium surface you get a feeling for the quality of the materials used, a slight texturing to the 4mm aluminium plate used for all the exterior panelling draws your hands to it - you just can't stop touching it and trust me it’s a fingerprint magnet. 4mm aluminium plate – the exterior panelling of the LQ1000 could probably be used as a makeshift body armour and the side panels and fascia panel are even thicker, 7mm and 5mm respectively. The LQ1000 weighs in at 15kg (33lbs), no low quality plastics or pop rivets on this baby, every panel fits together perfectly, every edge is beautifully machined – the build quality is simply sublime. Design wise, both sides of the case use a dual door system, with identical smaller doors at the front of the case for accessing the HDD and 5.25” bays and larger specialised door/panels providing access to the motherboard and the rest of the case interior. The right hand side “door” is more a combination of side panel and removable motherboard tray (way ahead of it’s time) and after removing eight Allen key screws, drops completely out to allow easy motherboard and water block installation. The left hand door, which is mounted on some very well balanced hinges, houses the watercooling loop’s radiator (220mm x 220mm x 25mm 15 FPI), flow meter and reservoir, and as with the right hand panel, is ribbed on the exterior. Originally the LQ1000 was to be a completely passively cooled system enclosure, with the small fins increasing surface area for improved cooling, but now they’re here for purely cosmetic reasons as the radiator's cooling is handled by an enormous 240mm blowhole cut into the side panel. However, the quality of the build materials and the precision of the grill cutting means that it’s difficult to notice the blow hole unless you’re looking at it square on. There’s a ton of attention to detail too, with all the hinged doors fitted with fairly strong magnets to keep them closed when not screwed shut, and a blue back lit flow meter recessed into the door itself. The front panel houses a pretty extensive fan control and temperature monitoring system (very similar to the Zalman’s Reserator XT's), it utilizes dual dial displays for fan speed and water flow rate and a red LCD readout with two temperature probe displays, available in °C and °F. The bizarrely named volume control knob operates as a speed control for both the LQ1000’s cooling fans and the water cooling loop’s pump; it affords you direct control over just how noisy you want your case to be. The dial has a good resistance when turned, and controls the fans between 12V and 5V and the stock pump between 0.6 and 1.5 litres per minute (with the default loop setup). There’s also an automatic setting if you’d rather the case set its own noise levels, dependent on system temperature, additionally it features a button to switch off the red back lighting of the front displays entirely. There are the usual contingent of front panel connectivity with dual USB 2.0 (no USB 3 but that’s easily remedied), microphone, headphone and Firewire. Additionally, there's also power and two HDD activity LEDs, two nicely tactile power and reset buttons cap off the front fascia array. External drive bay wise, The LQ1000 has four 5.25” drive bays and a single 3.5”, although Zalman only ship the LQ1000 with three 5.25” blanking plates. The blanking plates that are included are (no great surprise) of the highest quality, and made of the same 5mm aluminium as the rest of case.
This is the 100th Build In 'TheModZoo' Hey, JakeGFX is back to bring you back another great build. I'm back to bring you project : package. What is Project : Package ? It's gonna be a prodigy build. Yes I know that prodigy has been modded by many modders. But mine is gonna be special in some way I'm going to use black and gold theme beleive it or not. What is the inspiration ? Since asrock itx bord has a black and gold theme, I mean hell why not. I'm gonna use black as my main color. With a few gold highlights like my fittings and maybe my pump. Why ? I'm always moving. Weekdays at home and Weekends at aunt's house. I mean I love my Blacklist build but it's in home. So I wanted to have a second computer which is compact and I can transport around. So I pick a small computer. I normally hate small form factor cases but I hope I can do it justice. What to expect ? Things to expect in this build is that this build is going to be slow. I have plans for ordering parts worldwide. Plus my funding has been cut short meaning I have no funds. Meaning that I have no funds and I have to wait for my pocket money. You will expect disaster, a little bit modding. Some types of rant. MNPCtech's Computer Case Handles. You will expecting a very clean build. Meaning no airbrush or any airbrushing details. Only spraypaint will come close to this. A very special window I have planned. Watercooling
Sooo, my entry for the LOSIAS.net $30 challenge.. Started with a large 1st aid kit, industrial grade? :P/> Some drill and dremel action later, I have an epic LAN case Consists of: ASRock N68-S2 FX motherboard Athlon 240 Dual 2.8GHz 2x DDR3 2gb DIMMs 300w SFX PSU XFX HD4550 60gb 2.5" HDD Bitfenix 140mm fan Took me 6 hours to complete this.. got a few things to tidy up though