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Hi everybody,

I would like to introduce you to my new Project - TITAN.
Concept
The idea is to build a custom case from scratch.


Goals
A big, full aluminium, case with plenty of room for watercooling gear and support for multi-gpu setups and large motherboards form factor.


I do not have a laser cutting machine or anything like that, so I "only" made the design and then I took them to a local carpentry that took care of laser cutting and bending.

The hardware that I'm going to use is the following:

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k
GPU: 2x GTX TITAN in SLi
RAM: 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz CL9
MB: Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
PSU: Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 1200W

Cables are going to be custom lenght (custom made) and sleeved with the following colours:

MDPC Black
MDPC White
MDPC Red Color-X

The watercooling gear I'm going to use is the following:

1x Aquacomputer Kryos XT
2x Aquacomputer GTX TITAN Kryographics Nickel plated acrylic glass edition
2x Aquacomputer GTX TITAN Kryographics Active XCS backplate
2x Aquacomputer D5 Vario with speed signal
1x Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 XT
1x 5L Aquacomputer Double Protect Ultra Clear
1x EK-D5 Dual Top CSQ Acetal
1x EK-RES X3 110
1x EK-RES X3 Anticyclone (Short)
4x Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 480mm Radiator
16x Noiseblocker NB-eLoop B12-1 Bionic White 800rpm
1x Arctic-Cooling MX-4 20g
2x 4Pin Molex to 6x 3Pin Splitter
1x 30x30cm NoiseBuster Insulating mat
2x 10ft Primochill Advanced LRT Onyx Black tubing

... And a lot of Bitspower White Barbs and Compression fittings, plus some 90° and 45° adapters and drain valvle and fill-ports.

Here's a render (sort of) that I made so you can get the idea.



This PSU is one of the best I ever had. I like the simple design and the finishing on the surface is pleasing. I hated my AX850 for the stupid pinout design.




EK-D5 Dual Top CSQ Acetal




Mounted on the nice black stand






Added some Bitspower low-profile stop plugs


TITANs do look sexy








Some of the Bitspower 45 and 90 degrees adapters


Fill-port and drain valvles


Some of the 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD compression fittings I'm going to use and some barbs




A small portion of the huge amount of sleeving I'm going to use for this build (sleeving method will be shrink-less)






Sorry for the crappy quality.

TITAN Kryographics waterblocks are awesome...



Here are some pics of the case (sorry for the crappy quality, I took them with my iPhone 5s)

















Those are the front and rear cover of the case. The front can support up to 3x 5.25" bays, and 2x 120mm fans with a custom 240mm radiator mount. Also there's a 16mm hole for the power switch.

The rear panel is ventilated and there's support for a 120mm fan. The I/O shield plate is 10 slots so there's support for multi gpu setups.

smile.gif

The case will be fully hand painted with spray cans. I know that with a compressor and proper setup you can achieve better looks but I'm pretty happy with the final result!

The only pieces that aren't custom made are the 10 slot I/O shield plate wich is made by DangerDen and the PCI-E ventilated covers which are made by LittleDevil.

The color scheme is going to be glossy white / brushed black.

For the screws I'm gonna use a mix of MDPC's M3x6mm black screws, EK's M3x10mm black screws and ColdZero's UNC 6-32 8mm screws.

Nuts and Brainwashers are all MDPC smile.gif

Here's the laser cutted, sanded, bended and painted windowed side panel. It is made from 3mm thick aluminium. I only have 5 pieces left that need to be Painted, then I can finally start to fully assemble the case and put hardware and watercooling parts in it.



Left side panel (you can see the radiator mounts behind the ventilation cut-outs)


Back of it, with the inner frame and the radiator mounts. Every radiator mount has four little square "holes" for fans cables management.


Then I added a transparent plexy panel. Yep, that's me in the reflection :wave:


And this is basically how the left side is going to look from the outside


Close-up shot


That's it for today, hope you enjoyed this little update.

Stay tuned for more biggrin.gif


Marco
Edited by Murder3D - 5/9/14 at 2:18pm
post #2 of 62
Subbed. Looks fun!
post #3 of 62
subbed! drool.gif
post #4 of 62
Subbed this is the best thing I've seen in a long time.
post #5 of 62
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone,

sorry for the lack of update but unfortunately it rained for a week and I couldn't paint.

Today I finished the top cover and the bottom cover, I should be able to do a mounting test on Wednesday. I'll post some pic

Thanks again for the kind workds guys!

Marco
post #6 of 62
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone biggrin.gif

as promised, I'm here with new updates!

I had time to work on this project, I finished painting the right side frame along with SSD's mounting plates and I started a partial assembly of the case, here are some pics smile.gif

Right frame with matte black SSD's mounting plates:




Top and bottom radiators chambers:




And the case, almost done! biggrin.gif:












I hope you liked it so far, I am extremely happy, it feels good when you can watch a project come to life smile.gif

I'll try to come back as soon as possible with the finished case and more updates!

Cheers,

Marco
post #7 of 62
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone biggrin.gif

I worked on the HDD cage and the pumps + top mounting system.

Here are a couple of pics





The HDD cage can hold 3 HDDs or 6 SSDs and on top of that I drilled six holes so I would be able to mount the EK Dual D5's pumps + top.

Since this is going to be a big loop and I am using two powerful pumps I wanted to make sure that vibrations are not going to be a problem. So i installed a 5mm thick foam pad to reduce chances of vibrations and stuff like that.

Also, the EK top is attached to a black aluminium stand with 4 rubberized screws (screws are made of steel and surrounded by rubber gormets) so this should be enough to completely isolate the combo.

See you soon for more updates!
post #8 of 62
Wow! Subbed
post #9 of 62
Thread Starter 
Hello everyone!

unfortunately weather is pretty bad here, it rained all the week. I am going slow on the painting because of that.

BTW I managed to complete the paint on the HDDs cage / pump mounting and I also started to paint the motherboard tray. Only one piece left (the right cover/panel) and I can finally start assemby the case and liquid cooling components (I hope the weather is going to be better the next days :pray:)

Here are some pics:

upper side of the motherboard tray. Painted with grey primer







And after a couple of hours I started with the first coat of glossy white





Here's a close-up shot of the glossy surface finishing of the HDDs cage



And this is how it is going to look like with anti-vibrations mat pad + pumps and res




bonus pic:



I've made this little plate. I would like to write something on it... I don't know maybe something like Project - TITAN by Marco Tagliabue or stuff like that... And maybe attach it to the bottom right corner of the motherobard tray (I drilled the 4 necessary holes on the front of the motherobard tray).

I'm still thinking about it, it's just an idea but I think it would be a nice touch.

What do you guys think?

See you @ the next update! smile.gif

Marco
post #10 of 62
Wow, great project from scratch! Beautiful case design with enormous room inside lol. With that little plate I would engrave the project name and the date of "completion" (nothing is ever complete biggrin.gif). Beautiful work!
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