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[case mod] Watercooled Q08-ITX casemod Finished

post #1 of 23
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FINISHED!

Final pictures: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9b3o00xpyiyu4g5/DIkTPJpj9I

First of all, wellcome to follow my beginning first ever project log, and first ever watercooling system! (this log was started at SFF-section, but im continuing it here)

The case i started with, was a Lian li's Q08 ITX-case, which i'm modding to fit much stuff inside and even rotated it.

The hardware:

-MSI slim mATX board
-i5-3570K
-Kingston 2x2Gb DDR3
-MSI GTX 660
-OCZ 60Gb SSD
-Super flower, golden green series 400w PSU

For watercooling:

-EK DCP 2.2 Pump
-Phobya G-changer 140-radiator
-150-tube reservar
-EK Supreme CPU-block
-Alphacool HF14 GPU-block (And there really is reason why didn't i go with fullcover, will be seen later)
-Phobya 13/10 fittings
-White and blue tubing



Unforgenetly i miss some pictures of the beginning .. But let me show you a picture of what we are continuing from:



As you can see on the pic. i've made some plans on tubing and routing the cables (Some of them are bitfenix extensions and some are sleeved by me) And dont mind the bad paintjob on the radiator, its from the last owner, will be repainted.



This image explains more of the reason i didn't go with fullcover, the PSU will sit right above that graphics card, and obviously there isn't enough space in width.

But i still think i've made that Uniblock to look pretty attractive by playing with colours thumb.gif

Things to do:

-Drill all the holes for rivets to attach MOBO-tray
-"build" the pump mount
-Work front panel to fit my Vandal power switch and water temparature LCD-screen
-Mod the original fan bracket to fit push pull rad configuration i want
-Mount the reservar
-Sleeving and trimming the wires
-Playing with polycarbonate to finish the back panel area
-Complete the buy list (More led strips, few fitting for loop, few fans)
-Make the frames to case windows, from alumium profile
-Complete the loop
-Paint the case in white, which i am really exitied about!
-and all the other stuff which i will run into

To be continued, there is still lots of work to do!
Edited by Deaam - 3/28/13 at 3:56am
post #2 of 23
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Time for first update, i have been woring this morning on some little things..

Let me show you the two things that are going to go in the frontpanel and which i made holes for





Itse the Vandal power switch with blue led and phobya LCD-screen to follow water temparatures, with blue leds also thumb.gif

I even managed to dissasmbly that LCD accidentally, and let me tell you.. reassembling it was nightmare, since i had to resolder few wires on its PCB, they kinda "snapped of" the original solder.


But, after some 30 minutes of working, by cutting and filing.. i came out with this:






And i really wanted to testfit those parts, with light on, so i first wired and sleeved the switch







And finally, perfect fit and lighted up!







It turned out just as good as i imagined it and im really satisfied of the looks! And i think it will look even better in the end, with case being painted in white wink.gif

You can also see the place of reservar, there will be window so that i will be able to check on coolant. it will be lighted up with blue leds, since its my theme colour and i'm not going to use any premix or coloured water at all..

Hope you like it, i will continue with some drilling and cutting, so that i can start with painting.
post #3 of 23
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So thats where the last thread got and now its time for new update:

i was working at polycarbonate backplate, drilled also holes for riveting it after painting.





I also mounted the res and did some plans on pumpmount, the pump itself will be attached to that fanshroud which will be mounted to to the "floor"





Next i will have to cut 92mm fanhole in that polycarbonate plate and "assembly" the pump whit its mount and so. and that will be all before the case gets painted next week.
post #4 of 23
I think Ive seen this before tongue.gif
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
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Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
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post #5 of 23
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Yea, tought it might get more interestet here, but i guess i was wrong wink.gif
post #6 of 23
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Lets bring update!

Got the case back from powder coater and i can tell, the finish is pure awesomeness!




And again.. Had to test it lighted on, looks nice. Next on the list is to make window frames from aluminium.

post #7 of 23
Looks Good man.. Moar pictures
post #8 of 23
Sweet build. Looks awesome with the temp sensor! biggrin.gif
post #9 of 23
If you dont mind me asking, how much did it cost for the coating job? I think im getting an itx case of mine done, and im wondering what to expect thumb.gif
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post #10 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AlderonnX View Post

Looks Good man.. Moar pictures

I'm glad that you like it, i will take more pictures and actually have some already. Tomorrow (thuesday) i will work at window frames and take pics of it and probs. back panel working.
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Originally Posted by KillThePancake View Post

Sweet build. Looks awesome with the temp sensor! biggrin.gif

Thank you! it looks even better with base being white, wait to see later this evening thumb.gif

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Originally Posted by Shadow_Foxx View Post

If you dont mind me asking, how much did it cost for the coating job? I think im getting an itx case of mine done, and im wondering what to expect thumb.gif

I don't mind at all, free feel to ask anything!

And about the price: I live in finland and i got it powdercoated for only 20 Euros! it was small workshop with few guys.. The common price range for this kinda job is like 30-50e, and i would pay even more, since the finish is so amazing wink.gif

Stay tuned for more pics and working.. ALSO BITFENIX is going to sponsor me with some of their awesome products! i will include chrome bitfenix logo in my build and do a little review on the products that ill get, just to thank somehow for their awesome support to modders smile.gif But more about that when its 101% sure.
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