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[Build Log] The ROG T-Frame (D-Frame Expansion + Liquid System) Completed!

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The idea for my D-Frame in the beginning was to keep it clean and simple yet high performing.

I built it with everything red and black to go with the ROG theme though only a few items are actually ROG.

Motherboard - Asus Maximus VI Extreme
CPU - Intel 4770k (24/7 OC @ 4.4ghz. Delidded) - Intel 4790K (4.8Ghz @ 1.38v)
RAM - GSkill TridentX 32GB 2400Mhz (10-12-12-31
HDD - 2TB Caviar Black - Backup / Storage
SSD - 4 x Kingston V300 240GB in Raid 0 - Main Drive
GPU - 3 x Asus GTX780 DCU2
PSU - EVGA NEX 1500watt
Sound Card - Asus ROG Xonar Phoebus
Displays - 3 x Xstar 1440p 27" (Debezeled With Custom Made Enclosures) (Refurbished Dell U2711 Monitor Stands - Painted to match the textured black and gloss red theme)
Speaker - Logitech z5300e 5.1 Pioneer SP-PK22BS + Extra Sub for 5.2 Surround.
Keyboard - Logitech G510 Logitech G710+
Mouse - LogitechPerformance MX - > Logitech G602

Unfortunately for me the GTX 780's in three way SLI destroy each other with heat from being seated so close together. The natural solution was to go with liquid cooling. After a bit of research and "planning" I found that the D-frame and its open air nature doesn't lend its self well to the liquid cooling hardware requirements. While others online with the case seem to have made a good amount of radiator fit within the frame it just wasn't as much as I was hoping for. Thus the idea of the "T-Frame" was born.(T because my name is Trevor and the thing is still a frame, real original I know. tongue.gif)

The goal was to build an extension of the same frame design and weld in the required brackets etc to hold everything. Well turns out that keeping the angles of the D-Frame consistent into my new frame does not allow for two 480mm radiators very well and would have been about 10-11" tall in order to accommodate them. From there I was stuck and decided to jump to a different approach pulling from the design idea of the D-Frames main aluminum panel that they sand cast then machine finish. What I was able to come up with was this design.


TrevJonez-T-FrameDWG.zip 38k .zip file
Watercoolingcase-Model.pdf 11k .pdf file

It uses the D-Frames original thru-bolt as a connection point thus allowing me to leave the D-Frame 100% in original form. Only having to remove the rubber grommet that is protecting the inside of the anodized aluminum window clamp. It add's 9 Pieces of 3/4" OD aluminum tube that will bolt up between each side plate locking my frame onto the D-Frame and keeping everything square.

These tubes will be painted red to match the D-frame. My aluminum plates will have a truck bed liner paint mimicking the rough black edge of the original sand cast parts and a brushed face like the D-frame.

I will then be able to remove the rubber feet from the bottom rail of the D-frame and install them onto my new frame thus retaining the OEM look of the addition.




Completed Case Mod And Cooling Photos




Edited by TrevJonez - 7/21/14 at 9:48pm
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Here a few photo's of the milling process from tool path setup and the machine starting to run. Then 4 hours later we have almost a complete part!

Acid washed the part to clean it and prep it for paint, then using 36 grit sand paper glued to a table I brushed the raised portion of the aluminum.

Applied and trimmed tape to the brushed portion to keep the paint where it belongs. There is a close up photo of the aluminum before and after the brushing. I did sand the raised portion of the part between the two times I cleaned the parts to remove some gouges and other flaws.

Epoxy'd some 1/4-20 steel couple nuts into the aluminum tubes. They are very beefy cross units now.



Here is a shot with one of the side panels test fitted to the D-Frame, I had to drill out my holes a tiny bit to make it easier to get on and more importantly off. SP120 fans just hanging on some m3x30 screws for reference. I had to order longer m3x35mm screws for the fans on the outside of the rack. Also ordered some washers as a precaution since the corners of the fans are so soft and flexible.



Photo's from my custom screen enclosure / bezel mod - Descriptive PDF and Cad Files attached


TrevJonezVESAMountModParts.pdf 137k .pdf file TrevJonezVESAMountModParts.zip 29k .zip file

More info on this HERE.
Edited by TrevJonez - 3/26/14 at 3:17pm
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The next bit is about fixing up a nice looking SLI bridge. At current the stock cooler on my GPU forces me to use flexible sli bridges which is terrible looking. I sheeted the two brown ones with black vinyl in an attempt to clean it up but it was still just terrible.

Once the liquid system is installed I will be able to use a normal rigid bridge. Thus ensues the madness. I cut two rectangular rings and a rectangle with a beveled edge from some acrylite sign grade 211 red acrylic we had laying in the scrap bin. Glued them together using weld-on #3 solvent and sanded the edges smooth. Next I cut some opaque matte black vinyl strips and a rectangle with the ROG logo to wrap the new little acrylic tray.

Digging through the LED scrap bin at work I found a small RGB module of an unknown brand and removed the colored OEM wires and replaced it with black wires from an old 120mm fan that failed. By using a fan wire I will be able to power the 12v LED unit from the 12v feed of a motherboard fan port adjacent to the SLI Bridge location.

Double stick tape the LED to the rigid SLI Bridge. Popped on the acrylic box. Tested the LED's again. Then used a liberal amount hobby grade super glue to lock the PCB to the acrylic.

I like how it turned out. Much better than ribbons. I would just buy an EVGA bridge but I'm only running an EVGA PSU.


Edited by TrevJonez - 1/7/14 at 9:30pm
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The liquid components for the build are as follows:

2 - EK 480 XTX Radiators
3 - EK Asus 780 DC2 Full Cover Cooling Blocks - Nickel
3 - EK Asus 780 DC2 Back-plates
1 - EK Asus Maximus VI Extreme Mobo Block - Nickel
1 - EK FC Bridge Triple Parallel - Acrylic
1 - EK Supremacy CPU Block - Clean Nickel
1 - EK DDC X-RES Top 100 W/ 3.25 DDC Pump
1 - EK Reservoir Tube X3 - 150
4 - EK 4-Pin PWM 4-Way Splitter Cable
1 - Corsair Link Cooling Kit
1 - PrimoChill - 1/2" OD Tube Bending Kit
3 - PrimoChill - 1/2" OD Rigit Acrylic Tube 4x24" 4 Pack
3 - PrimoChill - 1/2" OD Rigit Ghost Compression Fittings - 4 Pack - Black Ano
1 - PrimoChill - 15mL Blood Red Dye
1 - PrimoChill - 15mL Clear Utopia Bomb

Also a few extra G1/4 plugs, T-Splitter for drain,a funnel, cheap tube/barbs for a removable fill line that is easily used.

Waiting on 1 package from UPS and 2 from USPS for this stuff to arrive. Tear down should begin on Friday or Saturday depending on homework load.

Radiator fans are already on hand: 16 - Corsair SP120 - PWM - Performance(14 new - 2 currently in use on H80i)
I will add another AF120 3 pin Performance where the H80i is currently mounted.

The two SSD's will then be relocated to the back plate where In-Win intended them to be mounted.

The drive bay will then house the corsair link system and 2TB storage drive.

I will need to make a spacer bracket setup to attach the two new SSDs adjacent to the existing two drives. 4 total in raid 0.
Edited by TrevJonez - 1/7/14 at 9:57pm
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Got everything painted today. I actually defered the painting to one of my co-workers who is far more capable and skilled at that end of things. Shameless plug for him kustomcamo.com take a look if you are into firearms or model aircraft.

Everything bolted up great. I am a bit more at ease now that there is paint on the panel. I was not all in love with the solid aluminum bracket in full silver.

When i removed the rubber feet from the D-Frame i was surprised to find a small nipple used to align the feet. I also had to find some contact cleaner to remove tape residue from the frame. I opted to just cut off the nipple and rely 100% on new tape than take the time to drill the correct size hole perfectly aligned on either end of two round tubes.

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Nice work thumb.gif

Thanks for the kind words mac.

On a side note:
Was talking to the guy that did the paint for me on this and he said he would love to get into custom air brushing PC cases for people so if you have ever looked for a high quality paint artist he would be a good choice. I was telling him about how people have done fake bullet holes in their cases for the look of it and his response was -> screw trying to fake it, I'll take it out and shoot it if they want the bullet hole look.
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corsair link showed up and I went and purchased 8 gallons of distilled water for cleaning the components and filling.

Everything else is slated to arrive on monday. I am trying to get ahead on my homework so i can do a full tear down and deep clean. I ordered a good tripod for my 5100 D so that i can get some decent photo's. I may have to borrow some of my sisters photo backdrops / light rigs for some nice shots once i get it all tore down and cleaned.
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Everything is well under way now. I started first with mounting the radiators and fans to the bottom of the system. I had purchased all that extra water so that i could use it to clean the radiators and/or anything else that needed cleaning, turns out the radiators didn't need it. they were 100% debris free!

Next to go in was the 3.5" hard drive and corsair link box, all the while dragging wires around the case to be close to where they need to be. After that I mounted up my 2.5" SSD's with some red acrylic stacking brackets I made that day since the D-Frame was designed to hold only two 2.5" drives.



I also made a bracket for mounting my pump / res. It is sized to the specifications of a 3.5" hard drive so that it would fit into the vacant slot of my drive bay area. I added a flange to the top of it to bend down and a few holes for the pump to bolt on with. I had to go buy longer screws to replace what was holding the pump to the res after adding that 063 + medium texture paint. Got it all bolted up and fit into the case. I also added one of the acrylic G1/4 plugs with a red LED to the top of the res.



After that I flipped the thing over face down and started trying to figure out all my wiring. In all of my other builds I have always depended on the fact that I could stuff and pack wires in behind the motherboard tray and not feel so bad about it. (Out of sight, out of mind...) However on a D-Frame you don't get that. Not at all. In fact you see EVERY wire. In my previous wire job i spent 4-5 hours routing and had it down to two main paths across the back of the case. But this time it was different I wanted this PRISTINE. As you can see in this photo you are stuck with going around the DVD drive bay which makes the wire cut in-front of the D-Frame logo on its way across. Again something that I wanted to avoid if at all possible.



To top this off. That isn't even all the wires I still had not put all of the power cables into the mix yet. After about 5 hours of failed attempts and wiring attempts I threw in the towel for the day. The next afternoon I dug back in and came up with a plan but i needed a hole cut into the side of my DVD drive bay to make it happen. At first i was going to just drill a 7/8" hole and use a heyco snap bushing. After analyzing the huge amount of wire I needed to put through that box I decided to make it custom. I grabbed my parts and ran back to work. Drew up my custom bushing and got cutting. I cut a vinyl decal the size my opening needed to be, drilled the corners then connected the dots with my dremel. I did manage to damage the powder coat while using the dremel but touched it up with a black sharpie and kept rolling forward.(With the tempered glass in place and in normal lighting it is invisible.)




A few more attempts at routing the wires now that i have the path way open and I ended up with the photos bellow. I switched to running a single 4 pin molex cable and ordered two, 4 pin molex -> two 90 degree SATA power split-er for the four SSD drives. That decision was due to the bulk and unyielding backwards nature of the EVGA straight ended power cables that came with the PSU. I also cut, re-soldered, and shrink wrapped the extra 6-pin pci-e connector that was on the end of the CPU power cable so that I could avoid the double cable run to get the 8+4 pin configuration that the motherboard/processor requires. Once I had everything in place I found out that I needed a USB extension for my corsair link,and an HDAudio extension for the front panel jacks. Both of which I ordered on amazon. The USB cable already arrived and I just decided to order the HD audio cable today. I also had to add two 4-pin fan extensions to get the two sets of four fans from the far side of the case hooked into the corsair link fan box.



I also stuck the motherboard Wi-Fi antenna on top of the DVD drive area. Which I should add that the drive bay houses the ROG OC control panel thing. Cool looking but really pretty useless to me. I have a small Asus USB blue ray drive ready to go in the drawer in the event that a piece of deprecated optical media decides to rear it's ugly head.
ROG - D-Frame
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k Maximus VI Extreme Asus GTX 780 DCII Gskill Trident 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston v300 Caviar Black Asus External Slim Blu Ray Drive Corsair AF120 Performance Edition 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTX CoolStream 480 RAD EK M6E Nickel Motherboard Block EK DDC X-Res 140 w/ 3.25 DDC Pump EK Asus GTX780 DCII GPU Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
PrimoChill 1/2" Rigid Acrylic Tube - Red PrimoChill Ghost Compression Fittings - Ano Black Corsair SP120 PWM Performance Edition Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
X-Star 1440p 27" IPS Display Logitech G710+ EVGA Supernova NEX 1500 In-Win D-Frame 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech G602 Corsair Vengeance MM200 Asus Xonar Phoebus Custom CNC Case Riser / Radiator Housing 
OtherOther
Pioneer SP-PK22BS & SW-8MK2 5.2 Channel Speakers Sony STR-DH550 5.2 Channel A/V Receiver  
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ROG - D-Frame
(26 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k Maximus VI Extreme Asus GTX 780 DCII Gskill Trident 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston v300 Caviar Black Asus External Slim Blu Ray Drive Corsair AF120 Performance Edition 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK XTX CoolStream 480 RAD EK M6E Nickel Motherboard Block EK DDC X-Res 140 w/ 3.25 DDC Pump EK Asus GTX780 DCII GPU Block 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
PrimoChill 1/2" Rigid Acrylic Tube - Red PrimoChill Ghost Compression Fittings - Ano Black Corsair SP120 PWM Performance Edition Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
X-Star 1440p 27" IPS Display Logitech G710+ EVGA Supernova NEX 1500 In-Win D-Frame 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Logitech G602 Corsair Vengeance MM200 Asus Xonar Phoebus Custom CNC Case Riser / Radiator Housing 
OtherOther
Pioneer SP-PK22BS & SW-8MK2 5.2 Channel Speakers Sony STR-DH550 5.2 Channel A/V Receiver  
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