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post #21 of 47
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New update.
My girlfriend broke her ankle, so I haven't had very much time to work on this in the last two months. Progress has been slow, but I have done a few things.

Bought a rivet gun today, and nice anodized black rivets sohuld arrive in the mail this week.
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Naturally I will have to remove the case from its frame to rivet it, so this will give me an opportunity to put back in the drive cage I had removed to accommodate the massive radiator.
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2amp Black and Decker rotary should arrive from Amazon this week as well - it'll allow me to finish this piece, and also remove the few parts if the case proper that are preventing me from installing this part.

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Waterblocks installed. I still will have to take everything out to drill and tap holes for cable holders on the back of the mobo tray:

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I spent some time this afternoon marking out preliminary routes for some of the cables.

I'm hoping to have the pump PWM and power wires cut to length and sleeved this week, as well the wires for all four fans.

I still haven't decided on the final arrangement of 5.25" devices. I definitely will stealth the optical drive though. Should be fairly easy with the metal panels that normally cover those bays.
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My girl is recovering from her injury very well - she barely needs crutches anymore. I will definitely have more time to devote to this build now, and I can even feel renewed zest in me, which I will admit, I have lost for a while. The machine sat, nearly barebones, for over a month while I was to busy or tired to work on it.
post #22 of 47
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I took everything out of the case, the case itself out if its "unibody" frame, and now it's ready for riveting this weekend.
I'll drill and tap the cable management holes as well.
I also took off the quick release 5.25" bay locks. I might keep them off permanently.
On Thursday my dremel arrives, so I'll be able to chop down the drive cage and fit in there. Maybe I'll be adventurous, and rivet the drive cage to the case.
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The unibody frame of the case.
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Top fan guard, expansion slot covers, and th single slot 7970 bracket ready for Plastidipping. Near the end of the project, I'll take off all visible screws, screw them into some Styrofoam, and plastidip those as well.
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The mess of wires that will temporarily power the system. Gradually, after it's built, I'll sleeve and replace the wires of this PSU. I have two sets of modular cables for my PSU, so I can use stock cables while the custom are being done.
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These components are ready going to be sleeved first though. The reservoir/ dual pump combo:
I'm waiting for a male to male G1/4 adapter so I can attach a T-junction to one of the outlets or inlets on the reservoir. To that I will attach the G1/4 Bitspower water temperature sensor.
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120mm exhaust fan, and the front bay dual LCD display for the two temperature probes (one for water, one for air).
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The massive 540mm radiator, with the 3 180mm fans attached to it.
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Underside:
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Next to a standard 120mm fan for comparison.
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post #23 of 47
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Actual modding progress today.
Last few days I receiver the latest packages. A 2amp B&D rotary (RTX-B - I can see why this is half the price of the 1.2amp Dremel), last remaining fitting, (a male to male G1/4 adapter) and some socket head, black M3 screws from FTW PC. biggrin.gif
Anyways, last weekend I picked up a riveter, and found a great deal on black rivets (250pcs for $9 from irvansmith.com) so I decided to give it a go a bit today. I'm not doing them all, since it's late already, and I don't want to get in trouble with the drill and later the vacuum cleaner, but so far it looks great. I'm glad I followed lowfat's advice and decided to replace the rivets as well.
This weekend the drive cage goes in FINALLY!!!

Some of the rivets replaced with black:
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Before picture if a few pixels above... Just scroll up.
Speaking of, this thread needs more love, guys.
post #24 of 47
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Replaced all the rivets (all but one, need to pain it) today. The basic frame of the case looks great.
I'll post some pics this evening.
post #25 of 47
Super excited to see the black rivets, I think they will make that case pop even more than it already does thumb.gif
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post #26 of 47
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Originally Posted by Nebacanezer View Post

Super excited to see the black rivets, I think they will make that case pop even more than it already does thumb.gif

They definitely do.
I'm charging my camera batteries now, LOL.
This morning I also put back in the 3.5" drive cage, and the solution I managed to pull of turned out great. Simple drill and tap job, but it just looks almost like it was meant to go this way. Little more sanding to even out a few imperfections, and some black paint and it will look just that.
I'll post pics as soon as I can. biggrin.gif
post #27 of 47
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Sunlight was gone by the time I got around to taking pictures, but I did not waste the day.
I plastidipped the slot expansion covers (thought they're still drying) as well as the fan grille.

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Also, the 3.5 drive cage, what I considered the most challenging obstacle, is in. Not quite finished yet ( I need to make the chopped side a little neater, but its mounting is in place. Wasn't hard at all, all it took was a 2.5mm drill, and an M3 tap. 4 FTW PC's socket head black M3 screw hold it in place very elegantly.

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Also, I finally started sleeving my stuff. I did the front panel case connectors first, and the exhaust fan. I think I did pretty sweet for a complete sleeving noob.

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Tomorrow I'll sleeve the radiator fan wires, and maybe start drilling holes for the cable clamps I have purchased for cable management.
I'll try to take better pictures tomorrow. Using flash really messed it up.
post #28 of 47
Sleeving looks good bro, what brand is that?
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post #29 of 47
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Sleeving looks good bro, what brand is that?

That's MDPC-X. Black, and color X. I wish I had gotten some white too.
post #30 of 47
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Learning to solder, LOL.

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Both temperature sensors are sleeved. I spent like 5 hours doing these two today.

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