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Inventive title, I know. My project is building and eventually water cooling my new rig...in a box! A wooden box to be clear. I'm new to the whole work log thing, but I have some technical knowledge, a budget, and some time. I imagine that's probably enough.

So the plan is to fit a full-sized atx board inside of a wooden box, and then water cool it.

My current hardware list:

Intel Core i7 860
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
Seasonic Gold 750w PSU
4GB G.Skill DDR3 "****e" RAM
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F3
1 x Samsung Spinpoint F4
Pioneer BDR-206DBKS Optical Drive
second TBD optical drive
ASUS Xonar Essence STX
Gigabyte GTX 275 1792MB SOC

Current thoughts:
I might replace the GTX 275 with a 6970.
I might replace the ****e ram with some right ram (pardon).

edit I've decided to make my own case box, instead of going with the wine box design. I may still use the cool wine box panels for something, but go to at least page 2 to see what the actual project will look like.

Edited by imblind - 7/19/11 at 7:45pm
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Part 1: Saying Helloworld

Sorry about the questionable quality shots, I'm working with an iPhone and poor lighting.
You start with a box (I picked this one and a couple others off craigslist for $7):



and then add a motherboard/CPU/RAM:


and then a graphics card:


and then maybe a sound card:


and a Mountain Mods motherboard tray maybe:


and one more box pic:

Edited by imblind - 6/29/11 at 8:33pm
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Part 2: Preparing my box

So my box needs a little work before it's ready for the electronic hardware. Firstly, the bottom of the box is less than a 1/2 inch thick, which is to small to screw the mounting hardware into. I've decided to rip it off and put on a new bottom.


First I used a screwdriver and a hammer to rip off the staples that held the bottom on:


Then some paper towels and a paint scraper to get off the stickers and some sandpaper and a file to remove splinters and a knot that was sticking up:


I got a plank of pine to make the bottom. It's 4' long (will be cut in half), and about 7" wide. I'll be cutting it in half, and attaching the bottoms to make my base. The pine is 3/4", so will be perfect for screws.

I might try some paint out on one of the other boxes I bought to see how it looks. I'm thinking a bright color red might look good, maybe with some sanding for distress.

And that's it for tonight.
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Ain't it a french wine box?

Nice idea. want to see more
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Billy_5110 View Post
Ain't it a french wine box?

Nice idea. want to see more
It says Product of France, and the dimensions line up in metric, so I'm going to say yes. Did I say otherwise somewhere (oops). And thanks!
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While I find this interesting, I do have one question...why? I don't mean it in an offensive way, but wood seems like an odd choice.

Is it because of the watercooling?

And good luck, btw.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by OMG It's Bob View Post
While I find this interesting, I do have one question...why? I don't mean it in an offensive way, but wood seems like an odd choice.

Is it because of the watercooling?

And good luck, btw.
Why not? and thanks
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Touché!
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Part 2.1 Arranging the box

I'm still shopping for some good mounting brackets for 3.5" and 5.25" drives, but I decided to get everything out and arrange it in the box. Note that those are the wrong Drives/PSU.


God knows where I'll fit the water cooling stuff, but that is really still hypothetical.

I think:
The radiator will go behind the motherboard (screwed into the back), the pump and reservoir can be mounted above the hard drives.

edit: I've decided to order the new PSU tonight. There's a quick sale on newegg, which, with the rebate, is the cheapest I've seen a Corsair/SeaSonic 750 watt PSU go for in a while.
Corsair Professional Series AX750

edit x2: PSU in the mail. I also found a cool solution for mounting hard drives here
Edited by imblind - 6/30/11 at 1:48am
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Wow good idea!!

You could place the radiator in the gap between the motherboard and the box, use a Swiftech MCR320, they're super thin and there's a variant that comes with a built-in res, so you can save some space

Then the layout you pictured would have quite a lot of space for drives (vertically standing will cool them better).

If you use a slim DVD drive maybe you can fit it under the motherboard tray, so you have even more space for hard drives/pump
   
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