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Acrylic and Aluminum

I'm putting together a water cooling custom loop for my current rig, and have spent countless hours looking for the perfect case for it. I found some that I really liked, but couldn't imagine spending $350+ for a case! I decided to go to my local big box hardware store and get the materials to build one myself instead, but to make it interesting I set a limit of $100. Lets see if I can pull it off.

Shopping List:

OPTIX 18 in. x 24 in. x .093 in. Acrylic Sheet x 4: $31.48
OPTIX .220 in. x 18 in. x 24 in. Clear Acrylic Sheet x 2: $32.94
3/4 in. x 96 in. x 0.050 in. Aluminum Thick Angle x 4: $23.88
Satin Black Spray Paint Cans x 4: $11.88
Total: $100.18 +tax (not going to loose sleep over 18 cents!)

FINAL PICTURES
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Edited by Bucshman - 1/20/13 at 1:43pm
    
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Current Progress:









The mother board tray and pieces for the 3.5" drives were donations from old cases sitting in my garage. I found a slick power button and reset switch that will make their way into this project as well.

Feel free to leave feedback or suggestions, this is my first scratch build. This will also be my first crack at water cooling so any advice on that would be appreciated as well.
    
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Looking good dude, I like the positioning of the left fan, are you planning of having vents on the side for the air to exit or is it going to be moved through the case over the M board?
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Looking good dude, I like the positioning of the left fan, are you planning of having vents on the side for the air to exit or is it going to be moved through the case over the M board?
I am going to try to only vent the case on one side for intake to the radiator, then flow it up thru the 120 fan to cool the hard drive, and have a single 200mm fan on top exhausting all the air out. I'm thinking that should be enough to cool the motherboard.
    
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I think my $100 budget was a little off, I just came back from the hardware store with $28.00 worth of allen head 6-32 screws. Oh well at least the main materials only cost $100.
    
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The power button has a slot for an LED in the rear, the plastic around it is gem shaped and is 1 5/8". I am going to put a piece of .093 plexi over the front and top to give the case some style. I think I will only cut out the 1" for the power switch so the led will not be too overpowering from the front.
    
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Has anyone used the 3M Scotchprint 1080 Brushed Black Metallic Vinyl Flex Wrap. If so how well does it stick, cut, and lay?

This is the stuff I am thinking of using: http://www.metrorestyling.com/3M-Scotchprint-1080-Brushed-Black-Metallic-Vinyl-p/3m1080-br212.htm
    
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Just getting ready to place my water cooling order, does this look like it will do the job? If not, or if you have any suggestions please comment back.

1 x EK-Supreme LTX - Acetal + Nickel CSQ
1 x EK-FC7870 VGA Water Block CSQ - Nickel + Acetal
1 x XSPC EX360 Copper Triple-Fan Radiator
1 x Swiftech MCP350™ 12 VDC Pump
7 x Phobya 13/10mm (10x1.5mm) Compression Fitting 90° Revolvable G1/4 - Knurling Silver Nickel
5 x Phobya 13/10mm (10x1.5mm) Compression Fitting Outer Thread 1/4 - Knurling - Silver Nickel Plated
1 x Fillport - Silver Nickel Plated
1 x Phobya Extension G1/4 to G1/4 - 25mm - Knurled - Silver Nickel Plated
1 x EK-DDC X-TOP CSQ - Acetal
1 x Phobya Balancer 150 Silver Nickel
1 x PrimoFlex Advanced LRT 10ft Tubing - 3/8in. ID X 1/2in. OD - Bloodshed Red
    
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EK Radeon 7870 GTX VGA Liquid Cooling Block - N... PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID... Windows 7  Asus VW246H 
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Asus VW246H Rosewill RK-800G OCZ Fatal1ty 750 watt Scratch Built 
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Subbed. Be sure to read EK's disclaimer about their nickel blocks.
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