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post #21 of 87
That desk is looking 500% better than the Paradise desk, haha thumb.gif
post #22 of 87
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The Radiator Case!

So I started the radiator case with a mock up, only I was happy enough with it that I decided to continue skip the whole mock up/prototype approach and just built the damn thing. Started a few weeks back and it progressing quite nicely.


An early design of the radiator case I built in SolidWorks in my spare time.



I started building the case out of MDF thinking it would only be a prototype (this thing is going outside remember).


Legs and a shelf added. This thing is sturdy, I was quite surprised.




I drilled the holes for the inlets and outlets, as well as a small slot for running the cables out. The third picture shows the cut I made into the shelf which will allow me to run tubing and fan cables down to the radiator section.





Priming and painting were the next steps, I was happy with the results - should be nice and weather tight now.

Next is assembly and fitting the hardware smile.gif Stay Tuned!
post #23 of 87
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That desk is looking 500% better than the Paradise desk, haha thumb.gif

Haha the effort involved in building a desk from scratch almost make me wish I had one.. or better yet the Cross desk by Red Harbinger. But thanks haha wink.gif
post #24 of 87
updates, i like! thumb.gif
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Mounting the four Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX 560's to the MDF radiator case.


Used aluminium flat plate as the mounting brackets.



I reduced the length of the screws included with the Hardware Labs radiators so I could screw the brackets directly to the radiator. A tedious task!



Mounting the radiators was quite easy. Few regular screws straight into the case and it's very sturdy.


Front door has been attached with hinges. The design of the case prevented me from swinging the door to the sides. You'll also notice a couple of marks on the front which I am still yet to touch up. Also attached some aluminium door mesh to the front panel and rear (behind the radiators). Airflow should be great while making it easy to use a compressor to blow dirt and dust out of the radiators.

Mounting some more hardware is up next!
Edited by jrule2 - 12/22/13 at 8:44am
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post #27 of 87
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Fitting some gear to the radiator case wink.gif



Delta don't make any decent 140mm fans (that I know of?) so 120mm was the logical option. Remember this unit is going outside so sound is not an issue, only performance! Of course you can't get much better than high powered Delta fans. These things produce monstrous static pressure and airflow (9.00mmH20 and 120CFM respectively). Still need to order another eight fans though.



Not the most ideal solution.. I riveted the 120 to 140mm Bitspower adapters to the radiator (I can always drill the rivets outs carefully).


Forgot to take a photo of all eight fans mounted mad.gif



A while ago I stripped down the four D5 Pumps and added the Bitspower dual pump tops.


Trying to work out the location of all the components. The Power supply is a Corsair CX430 (overkill for this purpose..), and the dual reservoir is to be mounted above the pumps in order to gravity feed each pump (for each loop).



I modified a Bitspower pump bracket to use to mount the reservoir to the case.
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Why thank you fellow Australian smile.gif
post #29 of 87
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Aquaero PA2's mounting wink.gif


I marked out the location of the holes for the Power Adjust modules on a piece of aluminium flat plate and got to work drilling some holes!



Mounted onto the flat plate and then installed into the radiator case. Came up quite nicely I think.



Mounted the PSU to a piece of L plate aluminium. The green module you see is a Add2PSU daisy chain adaptor. I'm going to run a molex plug from a PSU in the desk and into the radiator case to boot the loop up when the computer is running. Cleaned up the top bay a little - can now see what the layout is going to be like. I'm waiting on a order for some fittings and fan connectors and I should be able to get the loop running.

Now for some desk updates!
I've had the runners for the desk sitting there for a while and a few weeks back I mounted them to the desk frame. These runners will be for the drawer that the PC will be built on, and a stationary draw on the opposite side of the desk.








I needed a solution to mount the runners to the desk and also take a reasonable amount of weight (I'd imagine the PC will weigh a bit when complete). Flat plate aluminium made sense so I drilled the plate and riveted the runners to them. I then repeated the process for attaching the flat plate mounted runners to the desk. The runners with the orange leavers extend to nearly a meter out of the desk - allowing me to pull the PC out to work on it. Overall I'm happy with the result. next is cutting the drawers out of MDF.
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Christmas is over so time for some more updates smile.gif

The runners are completely attached to the desk frame now which was one of the bigger obstacles of this build. The PC will be mounted on a flat platform which will slide out on the drawer runners. Unlike a drawer though, the platform won't have sides so there isn't anywhere to attach the runners to. Aluminium L-plate to the rescue once again.


I cut the base for the PC platform out of MDF once again. The aluminium plate will just be screwed in from the top and the runners will be riveted to the sides.


Back to the drill press. To allow for the nicest finish, I counter-sunk the screw holes so the screws will now sit flush with the aluminium plate.


Final result. At some point I'll vinyl wrap the plate or paint it. For the moment it will stay bare.



I mounted the runners with rivets and screwed the MDF to the brackets. Not the prettiest finish in the world but it's okay, you won't actually see this bit (there will be another piece of MDF going over the top) and I will clean it up a bit.




Next step is painting the PC display drawer - Before I do that however, I figured I'd assemble the drawer. I used some off-cut aluminium plate and made a bracket to mount the front of the drawer. Again since there are no sides on this drawer, it's hard to come up with a different method of assembly.


PC drawer disassembled and primed. Yes, there is an extra piece of MDF there.. I'll explain that one later as the build goes on smile.gif
Edited by jrule2 - 1/8/14 at 10:17pm
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