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  1. So a while back, I got a message asking me if I wanted to play with some new hardware. How could I resist? I mean, new hardware, short timeline, lots of other projects going on, the holidays...sounds like a challenge to me! Originally, my idea was for an open design with the mb and gpu on display with the rest of the hardware in a base, but it felt done. Lots of cases have pulled off that look and I gotta be different, so back to the drawing board...or rather the shower, cause that's where the idea hit me. Standing there with shampoo in my hair, and I'm running through the details of a case design. An aluminum shell with the tray suspended, and everything as compact as possible to keep the size to a mid tower or less. Vertical mount the GPU, check. SFX power supply, check. Does it work with the parts I've already told them I need.........this will be interesting. First up we needed a design to see if I could fit it all together. Next we're gonna need some hardware, obviously, so let's see what we've got to play with. The new hardware and what will become the foundation of the design, the MSI Z270 Krait Gaming motherboard. And what will be filling it's slots??? How about some HyperX Predator DDR4 RAM. 16GB of 3000Mhz. And a HyperX Predator 240GB M.2 drive. Power is going to be handled by a Silverstone 600w SFX PSU. And on the graphics front, we have the beefy MSI GTX980Ti Lightning. Water cooling parts are from Bitspower and consist of... A 360mm Leviathan Slim radiator. A Water Tank Z-Multi 200 V2 res. For the pump and top, MCP655 + D5 TOP V2 (POM Version) with the white mod kit. A Summit EF CPU block in clear acrylic. The matching clear acrylic block for the MSI Lightning. And a gaggle of fittings. For fan duties, I've snagged three Thermaltake Riing 12 fans in white cause I just like the look when they're lit. Now I guess I should put all this together...but first a shout out to the sponsors for this build, MSI, HyperX, and Bitspower.
  2. Hi guys this is my first Casecon called Alphatier I am from germany and all typos ar for your Entertainment XD but i try my best. The name Alphatier is because of the two massive Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 180mm Triple Radiators. They are the biggest Radiators Alphacool offers. I have build the case around them. There is no Case wehre these Monsters fit so i had to build one. Alphacool Germany and hardwarmax.net helped me out with massively the Watercooling Components so a BIG THANK YOU to them. Without them i would not be able to afford a Projekt like that. The concept of this whole Build is to create an open unique PC Case that is practical an can handle any Hardware you throw at it. I just cant see BIG BLACK BOXES anymore. The goal ist to create a mostly passive ultra silent PC . I also build the whole thing at home, basically in my room with pretty basic tools and materials that everybody can buy in the local hardware store. I did this on purpose to inspire people who think they can not do nothing cool because they do not have a whole workshop. This is how it looks right now but still a lot to do i will update this pic like i progress.
  3. Project JDM So its finally time to start on a new build log this time of a project i call "JDM". The core inspiration of the project was Japanese styled drift cars hens the radiator with outwards mounted ports to illustrate a oil cooler. And the other big small thing that is that i wanted it to be in mini-ITX format. So after a few weeks of thinking i decided to go with a tube frame to keep it true to the theme. Here are some of the renders i made after some designing in Fusion 360. Also big thanks to Alphacool, Bequiet and Teamgroupe for helping out with the hardware.
  4. Hey there fellow modders, Let me first introduce myself quickly as I haven't posted anything so far. So I am 16 years old and have been into PCs for about 3 years now. Since the start I always loved to customize my PC and so even my first ever PC was modded. Since then I moved on to a completely custom hybrid 3D printed case as there was nothing that was right for me on the market. This is what I am using right now but from the beginning on I always admired the beautiful desk PCs all over the internet. Now I finally pulled the trigger and got started on my own desk PC. So I will be covering the entire build process here and I will also be making some videos about it for my YT channel (Datulab Tech). I am also form Switzerland so English isn't my primary language so excuse my faults. But now enough talking, let's get straight to the plan. In order to visualize how this thing will look like and to determine what I need to buy, I first made a 3D model in Cinema4D which looks something like this: This is only a rough plan so the end product won't look exactly like this. The two drawer units you can se on either side are Ikea Alex drawers where I will be cutting out the bottom drawer to make it short enough. I know it is a bit like cheating but I already have the drawers from my previous setup and this will save me lot's of time. The wooden parts you can see will be reclaimed wood as I really love the look of it. But to give it some structure I will be building a solid MDF frame as the basis and only attach the reclaimed wood to it. The white parts will also be MDF that is painted. The reason that I am choosing MDF is that it is cheap, easy to work with and relatively strong. As you can see there are two glass pieces on either side and that is where the PC will be underneath. The reason that I have those off to the side is that I don't really like when you have to put your keyboard and mouse pad over the beautiful PC that you just built. So I put it off to the side and get some more legroom as well which is important to me as I have extremely long legs. So with the model all done I went to the local hardware store and got the MDF. For the structural panels I chose 19mm and for the rest 10mm. This gives me a nice balance between weight and strength. I was also able to order the glass form there but it will take 3 weeks until it is ready. But got damn is glass expensive, 100$ for a 70x70x0.6cm sheet
  5. Hello everyone, Back in October Asus had a local case mod competition, for the 2015 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) Dreamhack event. This mod was our entry, which won us the first place. It's a scratchbuild with a side HUD, which displays system details, in real time. The system itself sends the information, to a Raspberry PI, inside the case. The Raspberry PI handles the side panel display. The side panel is the outer level of a TN, put on top of a laser-etched plexiglass, which is put right on top of the motherboard. The case is mostly plexiglass and abs, cut on a laser CNC. Rig: i7 4790k; 16GB HyperX beast @2400MHz; Asus Maximus VII Formula; HyperX 3K 120GB SSD x2 RAID0; ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Poseidon Platinum Watercooling: Phobya 360mm radiator Phobya CPU-Cooler UC-2 LT Alphacool Cape Corp Coolplex Pro 15 LT Alphacool 13/10 compression fitting 90° revolvable G1/4 - Deep Black Masterkleer tubing PVC 13/10mm (3/8"ID) UV-reactive dark red Laing DDC-pump + Alphacool Laing DDC Plexi cover We're pretty new to game and for the next project we will have a full blown work-load. Up until minute 7 you can see the design process and at around 14:00 you can see the development of the software as well. Hope you like the video. Any feedback is welcome! :)
  6. Completed Log Feb. 2009 Here I am again to start off the new year with a new build. But it's not going to be huge. Not this time. I love large full-towers full of 800 lbs. of liquids and heat-producing hardware, sure, but I've decided to go the exact opposite direction. I've always wanted to build something small; like really small. I just never got around to it. And I was waiting for the hardware to get up to snuff for what I wanted to do with this vaporous idea of a build that had been bouncing around in the noggin. I think it's finally here. And a few of my piers on Bit-Tech have repeatedly stated for me to do a scratch-build, so I'm relenting. I'm throwing caution to the reckless wind. I'm just going to see what happens. This will be a HTPC build. And I've been hard at work on it already. Hell, I even scratch-designed a quasi-Blu-Ray font for the build's name because I'm anal. :lol:/> And yes, the "I" in the name signifies that I may continue to build future editions of it if this one works out well. Anyways, I present to you my first 'scratch-build' project. I'm going to be designing and cutting this thing out of different kinds of acrylic. Namely, transparent blue, solid black, and a cool mirror-blue acrylic for accents I've been itching to try. I may change things; I may not. Just have to see how it goes, ya know? ;)/> This build will comprise a few familiar parts. Namely, the motherboard. Bit-Tech was kind enough to review this board and what they found really perked my ears up (and eyes, if that's possible). Finally, a board that can get desktop performance out of a mini-ITX board, and fullHD playback too. ;)/> Of course, I speak of the J&W® Minix™ motherboard. System Specs (subject to change since it's not totally set in stone yet): Motherboard: J&W® Minix™ mini-ITX 780G AMD board CPU: AMD X2 5050e 45w AM2 RAM: GSkill DDR2-800 4gb SO-DIMM kit HDD: Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 2.5" SATA II Optical: LG GGC-H20LK Blu-Ray Disc / HD DVD / DVD combo unit SATA OS: not decided on yet, but probably Vista Home Premium 32-bit PSU: not decided on yet, but I have an idea Let's get started, shall we? Here's a concept of what I'm going to build... It's been interesting, to say the least. I've probably revised things with this build design over 17 times at this point. :hehe: I keep going tiny, then I expand it back out because I want more airflow, then I shrink it back down because of size. I've had designs with fullsize PSU's in it; others with 5 HDDs in it; even one with it on water with a custom chipset block, etc. I just realized I wanted to keep it simple and easy to maintain. As well as reasonably efficient, but mostly QUIET. While I'm working on finalizing intricacies with the design, I'll start with some of the actual hardware. Here's the motherboard. Bit-Tech was right; neat packaging! Here's a CD-R on top of the box for size comparison. It takes a bit getting used to looking at, I know. :lol:/> Here's some more of the junk-- er, stuff going in the build... HDD chosen.... Let's have a closer look at the chipset on the board. Hmm... I'm curious as to why this thing seems to cook so bad. Let's pop the stock sink off and have a look, shall we? That would be part of the problem. Augh. Okay, let's fix this up a bit. ...I really hate this stuff. Frackin' dried-bubblegum-under-the-lunch-table-at-a-filthy-elementary-school-style TIM... ugh.... It's ! After a quick cleaning with some TIM cleaning solution, this should make it a bit better. And a little bit of some Céramique... And pop the sink back on. I haven't been able to check on temps because I haven't actually run electricity through it at this point, but later on I was able to check power at the wall. Seems like the system under OS install was hitting 141w according to my Back-UPS. I don't think it's that high, TBH. Have to think I only have one HDD, and it's a 2.5". As well as one optical unit, 45w CPU and I'm not OCing or anything of that sort, and two 120mm low-power fans. Anyways, after I got into BIOS and let it sit for a while, BIOS was reporting that the NB was running around 52-degrees with a fan gently blowing over it. That seems consistent with others who have this board, but I haven't been able to flex the system's muscles just yet, so I really have no idea, lol. You're stressing me out, stop asking! :lol:/> System idled at 95w or so, according to the Back-UPS. Again, I don't think it's that accurate. I really hope the PSU I'm thinking of going with will handle this system fine! :worried: I'll get to that later. Installing the RAM... angle insert...click! Let's install the CPU... And some TIM of choice... There we go. All done. Here's the CPU cooler I've tentatively chosen. The Silverstone SST-NT07-AM2 1U cooler for up to 65w CPUs. Seemed to fit the bill fine what I need. Fitting on top of board to see if I have any clearance issues. Everything looks fine. Looks like it'll fit like a glove in there. I'm thinking of tossing the stock fan also for a thicker 25mm 80mm fan. I'll get to that later on though. ------------- Until the next update, I got nuthin'. :thumb:
  7. It's the start of a new year, and since it's MY section I figure I can chop the massive GG thread up into more manageable bits. (and I haven't had a chance to sort through the 1000 + pics and stuff.) -When we last left our hero, he was fighting Ming's atomic robots- Wait... No, I was mounting a shroud on the side of the recently RMA'd power supply. Here I've removed the label so I'd have a nice indented spot for... wait for it... velcro. A great way to remove tape residue is with some naphtha on toilet paper - if you don't smoke. -POW! Real quick, and the paint is intact. :D/> -Currently, I'm making little holes so I can sneak wires into the motherboard cover. -Before I can cover the motherboard, I need to make a little room for one... Time to tame the octopus. -Some idiot didn't rotate his pictures. Here I've cut unwanted wires, and have marked the wires I want with what I want them for. -First, I sure didn't need a foot of cable for each drive. A little black paint takes care of any exposed red or yellow. -Now to cannibalize the low speed cables that came with the Noctua fans. To get those pesky male pins out, jam a paperclip in the hook side of the connector well. Don't so this with a live connector, of course, you have to lick those first. I had a Maalox moment for a bit when I noticed the PCI connectors were wire coded like there were 2 rails. Two cords had silver/yellow, two were normal. It hasn't burst into flames yet, so I guess all is well. I used the extra PCI wires to save space. I didn't need any 5 volt wires, after all. -I saved a few of the tach wires. -No real speed control, though.. just a, "why, yes. You do have a fan." -Looks fine to me. This was, what... a week after RMA? That'll bite me in the ass later. The PSU in Bloo tanked already too. -Ooh Yeah, a slim,sexy, two-wire molex connector for the pump. Guess where that came from. While buying shrink wrap, I made an impulse buy to check out something Brother Mach taught us... Yep. 1/4" lamp fittings ARE compatible with G1/4 fittings. :D/> If you can get them in solid brass it means that everything you need to make a badass metal reservoir can be found at the hardware store. I'd like to thank my sponsors here for all their support. :D/> RIP
  8. I was pressured to post this quick little build, even though I don't have any hardware and it will likely go straight to storage. I had some time to kill, and some scrap materials to get rid of, so I thought I'd build ol' crusty. A while back, I tried to get rid of some cast aluminum outdoor speakers at the local Goodwill. Apparently they have a policy against taking anything slightly rusty, so they stayed around as garage clutter. On a whim, I checked to see if I could fit an ITX motherboard inside. It turned out the fit was perfect, and I tore into the speakers so violently I have no pictures of the start of the project. -Here's the inside of one of the speaker back panels. I have already sawed the mounting pegs and stuff off the inside here. The plan was to take the two speakers and attach them back-to-back, then use the backplates to make faceplates. -I had to sand the faceplates down a bit to fit them in the raised border on the speaker fronts. I pried the metal mesh of the fronts and tossed it immediately. That's some of that stuff there's no pictures of, bear with my rambling for a bit... -A back becomes a front, and a back becomes a back again. -what? I added an 1/8" bit of plexi scrap to get these flush with the lip. I have some nice metal from a control panel for an old X-ray machine here... No, I don't have the X-ray part. :( I had to remove some spot welded reinforcements off the back. These bits are to splice the two speaker bodies together. -I drilled the body holes first, then traced the hole pattern onto the splice. -Here's a good size reference shot. I countersunk the holes so the expanded bit of the rivets would sit inside the splices. Grandpa's safety goggles served me well for this project. The sander throws filings straight up and forward, so even sitting off to one side you end up looking like Ziggy Stardust. -I clamped the halves together while adding the rivets. -There used to be grit on this poor sanding drum. I used it to remove some of the rear speaker face. (the whole back-front thing is giving me hell.:lol:) -I got this far with the sander and a jig saw. The aluminum is close to 1/4" near the edges. -I filed on the edges for a long time. I filed the rivets down even with the splices too. The extra room will be needed. -I have the fan already fitted in this pic. The speaker mount was almost a perfect match for a 92mm fan, and I have this insano-thick 92mm fan I want to use. I'm fitting a box for the power, LED, and USB. This was originally an order-clearing button box from a certain local fast-food establishment... Are you keeping track of the sources yet, 'cause it gets better. -Some work on the switchbox. I've blasted the entire setup with oven cleaner at this point to get the "crusty" effect. The switch was originally shiny nickel and stood out way too much. I tortured it until it matched the rig a little better. -I added this spacer to make the switchbox and the fan level with each other. -What is that? It kinda looks like a tiny engine head... -Yup. It was once a weed-eater engine. Here I'm chopping the top off of the itty-bitty piston head. The plans I have for that will have to wait for the next update.:D
  9. Hello everyone! You might have seen this build before, why? Because this project log was started in 2012. But then, why are you here again? Well this project is kind of a never ending story for me, I upgraded the hardware along the way and changed it, I still have it and I still change it. But I never was totally satisfied with it. AMD also released their A-10 7850K a while ago and I really wanted to have this in this small build to make it a really awesome HTPC, but how should I be able to cool 100W in this small case? I will watercool it, first with a Corsair H75 and further on I will make an entire custom loop in this small case. That is what Im going to show you now, but first, if you have time, go through the worklog to see how I built this case from the beginning. I will list all the updates further down. The new hardware in this case will be: MB: MSI A88XI AC CPU: AMD A10 7850K RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 2x4GB 2400MHz PSU: Streacom ST-NANO150 SSD: Corsair Force LS 120GB FANS: 2x Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 New things to do: New front and backplate out of aluminium.Sleeve the new PSU and all the other cables.Cut a bigger hole in the bottom for 2x 120mm fans.Installing the Corsair H75.Sand down all edges and polish them.New case feet.Custom loop? I got the idea for this build when I was looking at some of the acrylic I had left from Cold Winter. Saw some nice shape coming. So I started cutting, and got these two acrylic pieces: I got some nice hifi-looking feet and some hinges to put the two pieces together. Then I made a front and backplate and powdercoated them white. Installed a LCD and a simple power switch. Installed a simple Intel Atom motherboard with 4gb ram and a lot of harddrive space. Installed a intake 100mm fan under the motherboard. And here is the final pictures Hardware pics Right side Left side Back Front Thanks for visiting! Johan Nyman
  10. The beginning: AMD released their DTX and M-DTX form factors in 2004, to answer a need for a standardised form factor like Shuttle's dual slot SFF systems. Unfortunately, like Intel's BTX, the form factor never really took hold outside of OEMs. I've been a fan of the form factor since launch, admiring it's almost M-ITX size with the ability to have 2 expansion slots. When the opportunity came up to grab one of Elitegroup Computer System's new H61H2-MV boards, I jumped at the chance. DeToX - the name derived from DTX, and the organic, natural feel of the wood as a medium for chassis work - is designed to look like an older appliance, found in someone's attic and dusted off - maybe something from the late 40's/50's. I chose the flawed sides of the wood to accentuate this, bringing out the 'used and abused' aspect of the design. The cutouts are also designed to accentuate this, not quite perfect, as if it has taken damage over the years. I will be staining the pine a darker, cedar-like tone to help with the effect. The board features Intel Socket 1155, H61 chipset, and a couple of nifty features: Great socket placement compared to most M-ITX boards: And two expansion slots! The design work started by mocking up the proposed hardware in Sketchup and in reality: (missing is the cooler, drives and power supply :P/> ) And then I began cutting the parts. The wood here is 4 and 7mm thick, 3 ply, Pinus Radiata, grown in the largest planted forest in the Southern Hemisphere (Kaingaroa Forest, just a stone's throw from where I grew up) And now for some real work. Mocking up here: I attached the side panels with 'panel pins', little 15mm long nails well suited for working with such materials. The fan here has had 5mm shaved off the frame to enable the blades to sit within the hole provided for it Where I am at now: most of the cutting is done. Need to do some tidying up, then work on the aluminium struts for the corners. All in all, I've spent 6 hours on this so far! And off I go to complete more work. The system specifications: ECS H61H2-MV board Pentium G645/Core i3 (still to decide/purchase) 2x4GB RAM eBay special gigabit card HD4550 (upgrading to the low profile Sapphire HD7750 when budget allows) Flex-ATX PSU (to be purchased) Deepcool Gamma Blade cooler SSD and HDD TBD
  11. Oi! I was looking through my folder with modding-pictures and was reminded about my first real scratchbuild. This was what kinda got me into the modding-scene for real. Before I had just made simple casemods and watching everyone elses mods on forums. This started as a school project. You shouldve seen the look on my teacher when I said that I wanted to make a pc-case out of this Coca-Cola "bottle box". :D However, it turned out pretty good. I had seen other people make similiar things before, but nobody made it in a serious way. So that was my plan, to make it look really good. The hardware in this is nothing to talk about, changed it 2-3 times too. But I build the case around a m-atx motherboard. I started with cutting everything out of the box, installed two 120mm fans on both sides and installed a motherboard-plate with hinges. Then I put a plate in the bottom with some simple feet on and painted the motherboard tray black. Next thing I did was to make a top of acrylic and also put acrylic in the front-hole. Installed two red cathodes on the top, I have always hated cathodes in PC-mods but this really looked good. Hardware installed! One little detail Im proud over is the powerbutton, I was wondering what switch to use, when I got the idea to use a Coca-Cola bottlecap and glue it to a switch. Tada! Glowing "Coca-cola cube" next to the first pieces of my other build Cold Winter. Well well, here is the final pictures of the case. That was a little history about me! Thanks Johan Nyman
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