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post #11 of 19
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The case disassembly was quite easy. The rivets were a mix of 3.2 mm and 2.5 mm, but all holes were 3.2 mm.

During this process mounting holes were made for the Aquaero 6 LT.

Tools used;
- Calibre gauge
- Right angle
- Assorted drills
- Makita drill
- Denril/aluminium hammer
- Pencil



For the Aquaero cable, to avoid loosing one USB port, the cable was spliced with an internal USB header.



A special thanks goes to the always reliable paper clip. :-) The Phobya cable tools was never a match for the paper clip.



The new cable assembly, with Aquaero cable and USB plug.

A more exciting update is underway..
    
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How much did you pay for the dampening material?
post #13 of 19
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I have now gotten a bit further with the build, so the next log is on it's way.

The dampening material was about 13 EUR. What you want to get is Bitumen for car dampening, it's the best you can get. Just a side note, it is really heavy, so if you plan carrying you case around take that into account.
    
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post #14 of 19
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In order to fit a 360 rad I had to cut new holes for mounting and airflow.

This was done with a cnc mill. After drawing the holes CAMBAM was used to convert it into gcode. The machine used was a little too little for the job, so it took a long time. But otherwise it was really cool to learn to use a cnc mill.


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Edited by RedGreenGeek - 3/10/15 at 1:27am
    
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post #15 of 19
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Hi again

Painting the parts was not a satisfying expirience. The result was alright, but not brilliant, so had to redo it a few times.


Motherboard tray.

Modified 5.25 bay, modded to fit 360 rad and the maelstrom res.

The inside of the bitumen had a foil on, which also needed coating.

All in all, simple coating jobs isn't too difficult, but a little time consuming.
    
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The fitting of parts was not a much better success, I had made the mounting holes 1mm to big, giving a little leeway, but not enough as I was wasting approx 1mm of space behind the 360 in the top.

The exciting part of this build is fitting a total of 720mm of rads in. The 360 in the top a 240 in the front and a 120 in the bottom, along with an aquaero. For all this to happen the installation sequence had to be perfect. it wasn't..

I had to take out the 120 in the bottom twice, and work a bit of magic routing the push fan cable through the front of the case.



Despite the terrible picture quality (sorry) you can see that the rad and the res fitting are completely touching.





Here you can see the first test fitting of the res and rad. A perfect tight squeeze. :-)

Then to installing the Aquaero, chose an aquaero 6, and sold the display to a mate, who had the 5 lt. Went with the red passive cooler, as this is the subtle red, besides the MB.



The PSU is semi passive and mounted to exhaust air when it gets too warm, on the rear is a 12mm intake fan to balance this out (and supply fresh cool air to the 360.)




Does anyone have an idea, how I can control the rear intake other than by case temperature?
    
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post #17 of 19
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Hi again

Sorry for going cold on updates.

Firstly a close up of the space allocated to the aquaero.



Fitting the rest in went pretty easy, but had two kinks in the loop after a couple of weeks.



Here i placed a temporary hose clamp fix.



A couple of weeks later changed to angle connectors.



Created hose clutter to be able to drain and fill the bay res.

Got annoyed and redid the clutter. ☺



Didn't help at all.
Edited by RedGreenGeek - 10/18/15 at 2:21pm
    
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post #18 of 19
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I have decided to put the last fixes on hold, to focus on building a scratch case.

Here you see the final product.

    
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For a look at the density inside I took another picture.



The 5930k is hitting 70 when noise is kept at decent levels during stress test, and usually never above 50 when gaming. I allow my delta to hit 12 degrees to keep noise down, though I can stress both gpu and cpu and keep delta at less than 10 degrees Celsius.



And the epeen
    
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