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L4mka

[Case Mod] TUF S

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Hello and welcome to my next project. In the ninth episode Boost My PC (about a year ago) I modded for ASUS CZ case Evolv ATX from Phanteks. And from this time I had some idea about this case in my head and now it will finally come to realization. Phanteks meanwhile released a new version of the case, which has tempered glass sides - which I take as a big plus.

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The overall style will be according to the motherboard. I chose the ASUS TUF Z170 "S" because performance gains of Kaby Lake is nothing special, and this motherboard is simply gorgeous :)

Plan

As the main there will be CNC machining of a water cooling component - reservoir. Case will be adjusted inside adding new plates for an overall simplification and finishing the interior. Outdoor parts (except glass) will be airbrushed in the style of motherboard.

Components

- Intel i5 6600K
- ASUS TUF Z170 "S"
- ASUS GTX 980 Ti Strix
- Phanteks Evolv ATX Glass
- G.SKill TridentZ 16GB 3200MHz White 
- CoolerMaster V850

Everything will be cooled by water cooling from Bitspower.

I have some first steps of progress in this project - I started with a measurement of the inside of the case for the new plates. I have all hardware and watercooling from Bitspower prepared so this will have some progress very soon :)

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Sooo, finally the first update! :) Let's start with the case - Phanteks Enthoo Evolve ATX TG. For me one of the best cases I've ever had. But still will be modded :D
 
Phanteks gear – case, RGB lighting etc. I am not sure if I will put the RGB inside the case, but for sure it will light up background behind the LCD monitor. Also Phanteks fans with high static pressure ideal for water cooling radiator.
 
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Also thermal paste from Phanteks. With that I have no experience, so I hope that will be good :)
 
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There is case stripped off all demountable parts.
 
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I will put inside the case 4 plates new steel sheets, which usually have only aesthetic - interior cleaner, hiding unnecessary openings, etc. Measuring and drawing phase for all sheets took me about an hour, I'm a perfectionist and I wanted it all precisely, and most nicely :)
 
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The plates are laser cutted and bended on CNC press brake.
 
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The first plate inside, is mounted in to a case with 2x M3 screws. But lacks a hole for the radiator (which is 360 mm) because I did not know until the last moment if I will be using 35 or 55 mm thick rad.
 
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For the needs of a measurement hole, I used an older radiator (which is pretty old :D), so I will not scratched new one from Bitspower.
 
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Hole for the radiator I had to do a little bigger. If I did not do it I will not be able to put in radiator or the plate.
 
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The cut was done fairly level, but it was still necessary to grind it.
 
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Before drilling the holes for the upper part I mount the second plate, which will also be on M3 screws, but countersunk head.
 
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A lower part of the case ready :)
 
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Then I took these plastic caps from positions where are positions for HDD brackets.
 
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Plate with smaller holes for cables. A bent about 27 degrees - according to the original frame.
 
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Current status :) More soon!
 
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Here is the raw drawing how it will looks inside. I am trying to have most of the tubing at 45 degress - it will look very clean imo.

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In the upper part of the case I have to cut one "piece". It was quiety easy as the material is thin. I will paint cuts with black paint soon.

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Can anybody guess what is this plate for? :)

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Upper part of case, for fans or radiators, I decided to fill with sheet.

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I dont know what I was thinking about when I was drawing this plate, but it is terrible.. :D  

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So I draw better one and cut it on plasma cutter.

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Much better :)

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In the top I also mounted the alu profile for LED strip.

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And here is the final render of this beast. Gold(True brass) Bitspower fittings and white pastel coolant.
Do you like it? :)

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Finally I got time to CNC milling custom reservoir on the TOP of the case. To the 3 mm top plate was milled big hole for acrylic and 18x 3,2 mm for screws.

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Milling was at my friends work on highquality machine for the best result.

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This is the final render of my custom reservoir. 20 mm acrylic, 3 mm Al case part, o-ring and 10 mm acrylic. Also 18xM3 screws and Bitspower True Brass fittings.

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I had GoPro on the machine, but with the cooling powered on there was not much to see, so only some screens from the video. 

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While (at the start of this project) I was laser cutting sheets I also cutted this one. Just for a test. 

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First hardware parts for this project. Thanks for support ASUS. Beautiful motherboard Z170 "S" and Strix GTX 980Ti which will be watercooled too.

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Back to the reservoir. Render of main part which will be made out of 20 mm acrylic.

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First assembly. Fits perfectly! 

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Next time I will be machining second part of the reservoir! More soon :)
 

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