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Gorgrous job on the countersinking!

And seeing your board makes me wish I had gone wuth thr oc force ^-^;;;

Thank you smile.gif they are rather nice looking compared to the common boards out there.

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Love me some countersunks screws. Plus I've always wanted a UP7 for the longest of times, so of course I'm subbed thumb.gif

Thank you smile.gif unfortunately I will be performing some UP7 blasphemy shortly. Lol
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I have one of those. Didn't know what it was. tongue.gif

Lol, yup those be them. You can get them with different angles too, but I think that's the most common. biggrin.gif





Another small update while I wait on some brackets that will eventually hold the rads to get made, and  the case modifying begins. smile.gif 



Well let's start with the case, it's a Zalman GS1000. Now this is a rather old case (5 years or so) and airflow is not it's strong suit but we'll see if we can make some changes. 


Here are some pictures of the case as it started:


















Now one feature I want to use on this particular case is the hot swap bays in the lower three spots at the front of the case. The case was built with a mounting location for a 120mm fan at the very bottom of the hard drive area tohhelp keep the hard drives cool but installing one would make you have to use the 3 upper drive bays losing the 3 bottom ones. I can't have that now.... I need that area for the front Monsta rad. Well with the help of a slim (12mm) scythe 120mm fan and some modifications we're gonna make this happen.  biggrin.gif


Here are some pictures of what I mean:






Now first thing were gonna gave to do is flatten out these mounting recesses in the bottom of the case. 


Before:




After:





Still not enough room for that 12mm thick fan. 









Well lets modify the plastic mounting brackets for the hard drive cages a bit then. 







After those 2 slight modifications we finally have enough room for a slim fan to keep those 3 drives nice and cool biggrin.gif











That's it for today, but let's see if we can get the good mods coming soon. That's sort of the bad thing about starting with a casellike this. It's also a plus because in the end you get to toy around with it some more. biggrin.gif
   
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That's a really nice looking case and seems to be built very well.
Good mod on the HDD compartment. Can't to see your mods for the w/c thumb.gif
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Subbageness!! Like he^ said, looks like a solid case to work with. I totally dig the Monsoon fittings. Some quality business going on in here.
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That's a really nice looking case and seems to be built very well.
Good mod on the HDD compartment. Can't to see your mods for the w/c thumb.gif

Thanks, Quality wise its pretty solid and well built. Its one of those cases you either love or hate lol. tongue.gif

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Subbageness!! Like he^ said, looks like a solid case to work with. I totally dig the Monsoon fittings. Some quality business going on in here.
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Thanks, I'm about to start on the real work now and start fitting some rads in here. biggrin.gif






I'm at the point right now where I need to modify things a bit to try and fir as much rad space as possible in this case. I will be installing 4 rads in total. The first will be an Alphacool 280mm Monsta in push/pull as intake in the front of the case. The second will be a single 140mm Alphacool XT45 in push/pull intake at the bottom of the case. The third will be 280mm Alphacool ST30 in push exhaust at the top of the case. The last will be a single 120mm Alphacool ST30 as an exhaust in push at the rear in the case. Here a simple paint diagram of what the plans are:




Im going to be tackling the bottom mounted 140mm XT45 first. Now there isnt much room down there and with the power supply in place the rad doesnt really fit very well:



Yeah crammed up against the power supply and hot swap board isn't going to work very well. tongue.gif





To get a little bit of space at the bottom and have room for the 140mm radiator I decided to go with a Lian Li power supply bracket (can be seen HERE ) to pull the power supply back a couple of inches. This particular bracket is not a direct bolt on for my case, and the zalman uses its own power supply bracket to load the power supply from the rear:






To try and mount the Lian Li bracket directly to my case would have required a little bit of sheetmetal work on my part to be able to get a good mount and decided to try for a combination of the original zalman power supply bracket and the Lian Li extension. First thing up was to cut the original power supply bracket so that the power supply go slide through it.




Then I placed the Lian Li bracket onto the power supply to make measuremtns of where the two pieces would need to be joined.




Now if these were like materials then a simple weld and grind would suffice to join them together, but unfortunately they are not like metals. The zalman case bracket is a sort of aluminized steel and the Lianli bracket are plain old aluminum. Next best thing is some sort of epoxy, so off we go.




The combo power supply bracket still needs sanding and finishing , but its basic function is complete. smile.gif Gained the extra space I needed for the radiator.






I still need to open up the bottom of the case for larger fans as well to mount the bottom rad, but thats minor compared to the power supply space issue. As soon as I can get all 4 rads mounted it will be acrylic time. biggrin.gif Hope it goes well adn I dont run into any issues.
   
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Some substantial updates today. biggrin.gif

So I've been working on this case to accommodate all the rads. I need to get all of them mounted so I can get the tubing bent and figure out some fittings I still need. This is my progress so far, but please remember these are rough cuts, deburring, fitting stage only. After all the fitting is done everything will be disassembled for final finishing, sanding, painting. thumb.gif


Please excuse the pictures as well, these are just progress pictures and not glamour shots. smile.gif


First up is the power supply mount bracket. Since the power supply is sitting a little further back via power supply extension bracket, the bottom support bracket was a little too long and in the way of an intake fan, this needed to be remedied:

Started with:


After cut:




This freed up some room for the 140mm slim fan that goes mounted in the bottom of the case:










Now comes time to shoehorn these rads into this case. biggrin.gif I started with the top rad by cutting out enough space for a top mount:


Then I made some brackets into which mount those top rad/fans to:





Went ahead and mounted the brackets to the case with some rivets to continue the fitment process:









Slightly offset to try and give myself more room in the main chamber:


Still not very much room though redface.gif




Next up is the front rad. A 280mm monsta being mounted in what use to be the front drive bays. First thing is to try and make some brackets to mount this thing.


Follow that with some assembly with the fans in push/pull





Now its time to mount them up thumb.gif





Next up is the bottom 140mm rad. There's some dimpled 120mm mouting holes, but I wont be using them and they'll actually get in the way. They had to be flattened down to make a good mount for the 140mm
Before:

After:



Another small bit is that there are not enough ventilation holes to account for the 140mm fans coming up in size from 120mm on the bottom, so some more ventilation holes had to be made:
pilot holes:


slightly larger unfinished holes:




mounted:





Now for the final rad biggrin.gif This one is going to be a 120mm mounted at the rear of the case on the outside. Only real modification here was making some holes to allow the fittings to pass through:



AAANNNNDDD Finally biggrin.gif All rads mounted in the case:






This leaves me now where I can mock everything up and hopefully get the tubing bent up soon.

Getting closer to the pretty stuff. wink.gif
Edited by sinnedone - 10/5/14 at 8:44am
   
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Awesome updates! This case looks to be fairly slim with that monsta in the front. I like how you made the rad brackets for the upper and front rads. thumb.gif
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Awesome updates! This case looks to be fairly slim with that monsta in the front. I like how you made the rad brackets for the upper and front rads. thumb.gif

Thanks biggrin.gif, it took a little while making my own brackets but this was the best way. The case itself isn't all that big by today's standards with alot of cases taking into account room for radiators and running tubing etc. Its going to be real tight getting all the tubing bent up. redface.gif


Heres a slight mockup including the motherboard, one gpu, and pump/res combo.



Very very tight in there:






That's it for now. I'm hoping by the end of this week I have most of the tubing bent up and figured out. I have a couple of rotaries I have to order and maybe an original bitspower aquapipe for the res top since the aquapipe 2 sticks out a bit to far off the top. I'm hoping to keep on track for my original finish date but there is soo much more work left and not enough time. tongue.gif


Hope you guys are enjoying the ride. thumb.gif
   
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Wow, that res fit just perfectly.
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Impressive work getting all those rads plus the res in side that case.
Everything is looking really good thumb.gif
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Thanks guys. biggrin.gif

Unfortunately while the pump/res combo fits just fine in the case it interferes with some of the tubing rounting I had planned hidden at the top of the case. I might have to change up either the mounting location slightly or the res length. The next size down reservoir I didnt want to use because it seemed to short for how I wanted it to look in the case.

We'll see what I figure out though. thumb.gif
   
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Cooler Master V1000 Zalman GS1000 Logitech G502 Sound Blaster Z 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
I7-3770K Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7 Saphire R9 290 Saphire R9 290 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator Platinum OCZ Vertex 4  OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom Loop Windows 8.1 QNIX QX2710LED Logitech G710 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master V1000 Zalman GS1000 Logitech G502 Sound Blaster Z 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-3770k MSI Z77A-GD65 XFX HD 7870 Black Edition XFX HD 7870 Black Edition 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Vengeance OCZ Vertex 4 OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate Baracuda 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Baracuda Sony BR Corsair H100i Windows 8.1 PRO 
PowerCaseAudio
Corsair TX850w Old Gateway Case Creative Sound Blaster Z 
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