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I have gotten bored enough and an annoying itchy butt to do some things to this case again. Basically it's a whole new build from the ground up because I have to totally strip it down to a bare frame again. So, now that I have found this forum, which I wasn't aware of the last time I built the case, I hope to make a better log for you folks. I did a short retrospect of a log the last build.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1411454/caselabs-sm8-double-twisted-snot-box

Here's what I started with


Here's what it looks like now



I'm taking the radiators and flipping them on their sides. Someone posted in my last log some info about stacked radiators or sandwiched in a configuration similar to how I did it and maximizing the capabilities of the rads. I gave it a lot of thought because when gaming in say BF4 the load on the CPU drove my temps up to almost 70c. Well that's with a 4GHz overclock too. But I feel this system could do better at cooling.
I did not want to buy a pedestal from CL and make this case any bigger than it already is. So I came up with another genius plan and here we go.

If you notice the frame now it is missing the parts of the back panel where Caselabs designed this case to hold power supplies. I cut those out. I am making a new panel which will serve my purposes better for this case.

Be right back.,smile.gif
    
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I wish you good luck! You did a great job last time around flipping the motherboard. thumb.gif
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I agree, you did some really nice work on the previous one.

People gerenally tend to just build in a Caselabs rather than mod it.
 
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Well I think with the work I have done to this point some of you are starting to guess at the direction this is going. Here's some pics of the back plate and the mid-panel.







The rear panel has two 140mm holes. The top one is going to be for the new AX1200 PSU I just got to suck air in to cool it. The bottom hole is going to pull air in to supply air to the internal fans that will push air through the radiators. The three holes on the floor of the case are going to be blocked. I might change my mind later on this decision but for now I didn't want to spend another $90 on the fans I wanted. Next:







Yup! The graphics cards orientation is going to stay the same. I built a whole new panel because I couldn't mod the earlier version. I also didn't like the location of some pass-through holes. The one under the the PSU was partially covered up by the larger AX1200. Plus to make a different kind of space for the radiators I wanted to create a shelf for the pumps to stand on. I didn't exactly like the cooling config with the pumps mounted the way they were, ( if you look back at the previous build pics). This will utilize less plumbing and sorter loops and the reservoirs will be 80mm instead of 150, which still gives more clearance. I mounted a piece of angle to the mid-panel at the bottom to provide support for the shelf. I learned for the last build what holes I need and what holes I didn't use so this panel is designed more to my liking.

I got more stuff coming for you guys tomorrow I think. I have the brackets made that hold the rads in place. Maybe I can get them set in the case just to show how they are going to go.
    
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To touch on the shelf for a second, I ordered the carbon fibre material for the mid-panel and the shelf. I figured covering the shelf would be easier to keep clean than the textured paint. But I really wanted a light box. Only thing is I don't know how to build a nice one. I would like something that has a green glow but I don't want to see bright spots that spoil the effect. Another concern is the LEDs tend to burn out quickly sometimes. How would I fix that when my plumbing is going to pass through the shelf in four spots and the pumps are mounted there too????? I did some looking around here in the forums to see how people built them but I didn't have much luck before I got sleepy.
    
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Looking forward to see what you do with that CL case. wink.gif
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It's been a challenge to make more progress because of the long hours I've had to work this week already and planning all the steps to achieve progress without missing anything and having something get messed up. I did some painting of certain parts of the case that needed it and won't be covered with the vinyl carbon wrap.




I made brackets to hold the radiators in a side mounted config. Caselabs has a side mount bracket for 140mm x 3 fans but not for the SM8. I also saved alot of money making my own. I used 1 1/2" x 3/4" angle and 3/4" x 3/4" angle for the brackets and they get mounted to the rads by being sandwiched in between the fans and the radiator. They also serve a dual function and that is to hold the shelf in place at the right height. This was pretty difficult to achieve, well time consuming away but it works very well. I also wanted the rads sort of outboard so they will butt up against the door panels. I got about an 1/8" clearance between the door and the radiator with the door closed. That gap will be sealed with weather stripping. I will cut out the doors so the radiators can exhaust the air out and I also have some modders mesh grill material to put in that cutout to protect the rads.










I got my Vinyl Carbon wrap today so I can get the front side of the mid-panel covered. I still need to make sure all the holes for the SSD cage, HHD cage, and everything else is drilled and tapped before I put the cover material on. Like I said this all has to be very well thought out. For some reason this build seems a little more stressful and harder than the last build. Very simular but very different. I'll update with more news as soon as I have some.
    
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Well before I cut the holes in the mid-panel for the plumbing to pass through I had to make sure the pass through hole would line up with the radiator ports. I put the motherboard tray in and went to work on the fittings. As you can see I have hundreds of dollars worth of every fitting, mostly Bitspower, you can think of but somehow I just didn't have everything I needed in one color. So I am doing the graphics loop in black and doing the CPU loop in silver. I also didn't have black quick disconnects for the graphics loop so I ran extenders. I may get quick disconnects but they aren't priority right now. I plan on upgrading to the X99 platform shortly after its release or by the end of the year and I can tweek fittings then.

Please don't point out the splash tube in the one res is in the wrong location, I know and this assembly is just for size to get my position to cut the pass through holes. biggrinsmiley.gif Here's some pictures




    
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A question if a few of you would answer, should I cut holes for the pump cables and run them down below? I think it would look cleaner. I want to do a better job of cable management than I did in my last build. I'm still not a fan of sleeving all the graphics cables and a few others though. But I am going to pay more attention to trying to get the correct lenth of the runs in this build. I am concerned a bit about making everything fit perfect because Like I said I'm upgrading to X99 and no one knows what those motherboards even look like yet.
    
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It's been a challenge but I planned and plotted the holes I would need for the shelf. Then I took the pumps and mother board tray back out, removed the shelf and completed the drillings. I also tapped the holes for the pump mounting screws. I sanded off the ruff edges, cleaned the metal with denatured alcohol and applied the vinyl carbon material. I used an exacto knife to trim out the holes and was anxiously ready to get it in the case.



I install the pass-through Bitspower panel mount fittings then went to work on installing one of the pumps.


Look closely I also used some automotive door edge trim in black vinyl to the front edge of the shelf. It added a nice touch.


If you noticed too I change the plumbing a bit because after sitting in front of the case for a time last night I noticed that the first try was wrong. The CPU needs to be supplied in the center hole. It's not marked in but that's the way it goes. I'm glad I caught it before any drilling was done. Everything is lining up perfectly so far it's just been a challenge to do. The most important thing is taking my time. I would imagine this may take me another week at least to get to the fill stage. I did drill holes for the pump cables to drop down through the shelf and I'm glad because it looks like that's how it should be and it looks clean.

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