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[Scratch Build] CHERRY X79 [Dead and Buried]

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So a little background is in order. I have never been much of a fan of your traditional case UNLESS its modded more than a '32 Ford roadster... But as my only system is the "family" system that is kept at our dark cherry desk in the den, my wife wasnt really keen (and to be fair, neither was I) on a glowing futuristic looking case sitting out next to our nice desk in what is a pretty traditional decorated house. So I'm getting creative and modding the PC compartment of the desk to "hide" my system. Hince the name, Project Covert X79. thumb.gif I do woodworking as a hobby (built my entire kitchen) and thus all the tools needed to do this cherry wood case should make quick work of it.

This is going to be a scratch built pull-out "case" that when the door to the desk is opened you will only see a wood inlay panel wearing the OCN flame logo... NOTHING MORE. The real magic is going on behind that front panel. A water cooled SB-E rig.

Components:


CPU: Intel i7-3820
MB: ASUS P9X79
GPUs: ASUS GTX580
Memory: Mushkin Ridgeline Black (8GB for now)
PSU: SesSonic X-750 w/ all custom length, sleeved, cables.
Drives: OS & Programs; Crucial M4 128GB SSD. Media; TBD (just lost my WD black to a boneheaded move on my part.)
Water Cooling: EK Blocks (Supreme HF Acetal/Nickle, FC580 w/ Backplate, X79-Mosfet Acetal Nickel), Swiftech MCP355 w/ EK acetal top, HWLabs Black Ice SR-1 420 Rad, Custom "tube" reservoir and Bitspower/Koolance/Alphacool fittings.

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Design:

So as stated above this is going to be a "hidden" pull-out that will slide out of the desk to expose the components.

Here is the desk I'm working with.
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And the PC compartment I'm utilizing. (Ignore the ghetto rigged setup that is running in there right now!!!)
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I love Sketchup for designing Furniture and other woodworking projects so I put my late nights to designing this setup. This is the 3rd version I have come up with and I'm finally happy.

The body of the pull-out will be dark cherry to match the desk. Most of the utility components will be hidden. Cables will be contained within the back panel.

Here are the visuals... Original Design (Click to show)
Color scheme is Black and Aqua to play off of the ASUS mobo.
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The look of the front when you open the door on the desk.
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Pulled out to show the workings.
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Closer shot of just the pull-out (with the final version of the reservoir I'm building.)
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Back side with the panel off to show where the cables will run.
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Pump, DVD-R and PSU inclosure.
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Closeup of the Motherboard.
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And the GPUs.
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Revision 2... (Click to show)

New revision one...

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New revision two...

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And with a smaller horizontal res.
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FINALIZED design...
Flipping the Motherboard 90deg so as the I/O ports face down, giving clear view to all the components. Cleaned up the amount of visible tubing on the MB. Have the vertical design that fits in the case best. thumb.gif
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So there it is. Except for a few odds and ends I have everything to get this build done. Only problem will be finding the time. Ill update build pics in the next few posts.

Thanks for checking this out. biggrin.gif
Edited by no_safe_HAVEN - 8/10/12 at 12:45pm
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Please feel free to read the thread... But if you don't wanna, all the build pics are going here!!!
Pullout (case) Build Pics (Click to show)
This is the frame that will form the "backbone" of the pullout. The motherboard tray will be mounted to this and the cables will run through this area too.
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Notching out for a couple 1.25x0.125" aluminum strips that will give extra support to the motherboard tray.
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Cut a panel to fill in what will be the fixed side of the spine.
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I went ahead and painted the aluminum black and stained the inside of the spine to make my life easier later on.
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As you can see the notches allowed me to flush mount the panel and the strips together.
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Since this look simply wont do...
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Lets see... Some nice cherry veneer, "check";
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Contact cement, "check";
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MASSIVE pressure, "CHECK!!!" rolleyes.gif
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Bingo!! Now it looks like its a solid cherry panel. biggrin.gif
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Once it is sanded and finished you will never know it is veneered.
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Reservoir Build! (Click to show)
Started with two 3/4"blocks.
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2.5x2.5" squares
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Template for the cavity.
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Threading one block, countersinking the other for the Cap screws that will hold the two halves together.
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Tapped G1/4" Holes for the tubes and the fill hole.
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So I got the machining done on the top section. Just need to chamfer the edges ans fine sand all the tooling marks off the surfaces.
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FIRE!!!!!!!!!! FIRE!!!!!!!!! biggrin.gif Bending up the tubes.

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The black is from running the tube through a sooty flame to temper the pyrex.
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The template im using to make sure they are bent the same way so the twisted design will work.
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All 4 bent up.
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And cleaned up.
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Tube cut to size and the ends fire polished.
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Mocked up...
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Current Status...
v2 Res... About to begin testing.
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Case... Working on back panel and base.
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Edited by no_safe_HAVEN - 7/12/12 at 3:21am
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Finals will go here. thumb.gif
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looks good dude!! I'm subbed!

Good luck and have fun!
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Laundro member subbing in here wink.gif
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Ooh, gonna be super, I'm sure.
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Subbed, looks like its going to be a great design.
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brave man stacking those gpu's in that picture tongue.gif
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Thanks everyone. Really looking forward to getting this going...
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Originally Posted by Lazloisdavrock View Post

brave man stacking those gpu's in that picture tongue.gif
It's a trick... Those are only the stock coolers. The cards with the water bocks are already running on a "test bench" biggrin.gif
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So I stated I wanted a tube res but I'm bored with the look of your normal EK res and a boat load of peps are using the T-Virus style res' too. So i have decided to go ahead and make my own custom res.
Kicking around a few designs. Let me know what you guys think.
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Revision 2 of the twisted tubing style ones.
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Gonna throw them in the full model ,here in a bit, to see which one I like better.

Here they are... ( i decided to just scrap the one the looked like the Roman Numeral 3)
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