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post #41 of 66
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I know I said the next post would be my LED mid-plate, but I had some time to work tonight so I wanted to get the matte black plexi in place.

I removed the bottom hard drive cage, since the mid-plate will run the entire length of the case. I decided to put a piece of matte black plexi down there to clean up the look and gaping hole left behind. I'm considering putting an EK logo or ROG logo on it eventually, but for now, just black. rolleyes.gif

I cut the plexi, drilled my holes, and decided to countersink the holes and use flat head black oxide screws for a super clean look.

I decided to use my drill press to do the countersink task, since it would be perfect. Best $50 I ever spent on Craigslist!



The result



I gave the edges a light sand, rounded the corners, and put it in place. biggrin.gif



I'm also putting a piece of matte black plexi on the side of the 5.25 bay area, which will serve two purposes.

1.) Aesthetics
2.) A nice clean place to mount my SSD's! I have two Corsair Neutron GTX 240's that will be attached to this area in RAID-0



Since the 5.25 bay area on that side is an uneven surface, I had to measure and make spacers for the bottom part. I attached them to the back of the plexi right over the screw holes with acrylic epoxy. Now once screwed in tight the surface will be completely plumb. biggrin.gif



And here is a finsihed profile shot. I must have measured just right will my digital caliper, because the rolled edge reveal is perfect all the way down! thumb.gif
Now I will take it apart, drill holes for the SSD's, attach them and plan the cable routing.

post #42 of 66
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Been a while since I posted, but I'm still making progress! I have the SSD's mounted, and I'm pleased with the result. I'm making custom stickers for them and making some custom sata\power cables and that will be complete!



I made the housing for the LED mid-plate from 1/16 aluminum stock. It looks like a lot fo work, but once I was in the groove it went quick. I used little flat head screws from an old video card and threaded the holes. As stated before I bought an aluminum blade for my miter saw, and the cuts came easy and clean.



The result!



I sent my mid-plate housing, video card brackets, and the custom dual-MCP35X mount I made out for powedercoating.



When I designed the bracket I left just enough room for some rubber washers to fit between the bracket and the pumps to isolate noise\vibration.



Assembled! I'm very pleased with how this came out. Just before powdercoating I decided to use my drill press to allow flush mount screws. Glad I did! Cleaner look...



The mid-plate coated with the bottom mirror acrylic in and cut.



I also set my LED's up for a 3-pin connector, so I can attach them to my Bitfenix X-station I mounted below.




I'm just waiting on the acrylite frosted to arrive so I can keep going on the plate. Tomorrow I will finally be able to mount my pumps and res!
post #43 of 66
Love the mid plate! specool.gif
post #44 of 66
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Love the mid plate! specool.gif

Thanks!
post #45 of 66
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Updates! It's down to the wire! I'm going to a LAN with a case mod contest on the 7th, so I have less than 2 weeks to get this together! The good news is the midplate is more or less done, with the exception of the final touch. I have wire management, and doing the loop left! See updates below.

Now that I'm nearing the end, it's time for finishing touches as I go. I ditched the cheesy chrome radiator screws and settled on these along with some screws caps for looks and to reduce vibration!


And here they are in place up on the 360mm radiator.


After taking a break from acrylic I got back to it and cut the middle layer of Acrylite satin ice. This stuff cuts nice and is easy to work with. After it was cut I wet sanded the sides to let the maximum light in.


And here's the top layer of clear all fit in. It took some doing to make this as tight as possible!


Time to make some holes for my bulkhead fittings! I need to get down to the 480mm radiator then back up...


I took the plate apart after drilling a tiny pilot hole through all 3 layers, then did the big hole with the step-up bit one by one. Perfect fit!


And with the fittings attached!



Tomorrow I will be building a jig to allow perfect bends with the acrylic tubing I will be using. (Darth Beavis made a nice on in another thread) Once that is built I will start getting my loop going! I can see the finish line!
post #46 of 66
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Ok! Today I decided to build a jig to assist with making perfect acrylic bends. I modeled mine after the one Darth Beavis made, but I added a few thing I though improved it.

See below!


In process. I decided on MDF to make the jig, since it's nice and smooth and easy to write on if I want to make any marks etc. I also made sure to countersink all the screws.


I used my router to route a 5/8" channel all the way down. Then I used a hole saw to make a couple round objects for making the 90 degree bends. Using 2.5 inch 5/8" bolts with washers and a nut on top I attached them to the jig. Loosening the nuts allow you to slide them up and down.


Here's where mine differs. After a couple test bends I noticed if you are doing a really tight or small run, the tube will kick out at the top. To remedy this, I ripped anotherpiece of MDF and put it a tubes width away from the cylinders. This way, you can adjust, heat the tube, and quickly place it in and walk away for a minute with the fan blowing on it. IT makes it perfect every time! In addition, I also cut two blocks you can clamp down on either side to keep the sides straight as well.

The other piece or MDF above that one is a tubes length away from the first. I put this there to place the tube in which holds in in place while cutting.


Total assembly time - 1 hour, and well worth it!

I hope this helps someone.
post #47 of 66
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Ok, I found a good vinyl shop that was able to cut my design into some matte black vinyl for the very top layer of my mid plate! I stepped away from bending tubing to finish this up once and for all and see how it would look. See below


Finishing up putting the vinyl on. Red vinyl is on the underside, the matte black with design on top.




Lit up! This came out better than I had hoped. My crappy camera doesn't do it justice up close.



Bending some more tube this weekend, and I actually decided to add a bitspower flow meter as well. (waiting for that to arrive.) It WILL be done by next Friday! biggrin.gif
post #48 of 66
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Originally Posted by XKaan View Post

Ok, I found a good vinyl shop that was able to cut my design into some matte black vinyl for the very top layer of my mid plate! I stepped away from bending tubing to finish this up once and for all and see how it would look. See below


Finishing up putting the vinyl on. Red vinyl is on the underside, the matte black with design on top.


Lit up! This came out better than I had hoped. My crappy camera doesn't do it justice up close.



Bending some more tube this weekend, and I actually decided to add a bitspower flow meter as well. (waiting for that to arrive.) It WILL be done by next Friday! biggrin.gif
holy crap!
that mid plate is so sexy!

congratz!
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4x4GB Corsair Dominator Platinum Samsung EVO 120GB x 2 (Raid 0) Samsung EVO 500GB WD Caviar Black 1TB 
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Beyerdynamic DT880 250 Ohm NZXT Sentry Mix 2 
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post #49 of 66
Wait you actually named a build after unit 731? What is wrong with you?
post #50 of 66
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Megadeth also has a song of the same name....doesn't mean they were endorsing what happened.
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