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[SPONSORED] [SCRATCHBUILD] The Hikari Project - Full Aluminium ATX case (UPDATED 1/17: build finished + final pics!)

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Hello OCN!

This will be my first buildlog here on OCN, so I hope you'll enjoy it!

I'm Hanshin, a french computer enthusiast living near Osaka, Japan.
I've been thinking of a project for some time, a scratchbuild project: The Hikari Project!




Made possible by my sponsors EKWB, Hardware Labs, Corsair , Cooling Lab and Pexon PCs! thumb.gif

Thanks to Chris for helping me with the CAD side of the project.

For some time, I've searching for the perfect case for me that would be defined by the following criterias:

- Simple/minimalist aesthetics
- Uniform aspect and color to give a "monolith" aspect
- Capacity to build an efficient watercooling system inside
- ATX capable
- Easy to work with

After a few monthes of reflexion and designing, I came to a final idea. Let me introduce you the Hikari Project.





"Hikari" means light in japanese.
This case will be made in 5mm & 2mm Aluminium (5052 and 6061 alloy), laser cutted and powdercoated!


This is the hardware that will be used:

CPU: i7 4790k
Mobo: Asus Z87 Maximus VI Formula
RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz
GPU: Evga Titan X
PSU: Corsair AX1200i
SSD: TBA

And the watercooling gear:

CPU Block: EK-Supremacy EVO
GPU Block: EK Titan X waterblock
MB Block: EK-FB KIT ASUS M6F
Radiators: AquaComputer Airplex Radical 2 360mm radiators x2
Fittings: EK-HDC fittings
Tubing: EK-HD tubing
Pumps & Top: TBA
Reservoir: TBA
Fluid: TBA

I hope you will enjoy this buildlog and see you soon for a new chapter! biggrin.gif
Edited by Hanshin - 12/28/15 at 6:06am
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Index:

I. Case preview + some advancements
II.Unboxing time!
III. Motherboard and RAM painting
IV. EKWB goodness!
V. New sponsor and painting done!
VI. New sponsor + Pexon PCS sleeved cables!
VII. Radiator and reservoir mounted
VIII. Lightbox/middle plate done!
IX. More progress!
X. New MB logo + Water blocks installed
Edited by Hanshin - 1/11/16 at 2:35am
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Thank you! smile.gif

So I thought today I should let you know a little more about the case! Here are some renders of the case (sorry about the quality, I'm still a beginner). I'll try to not spoil every details to keep some surprises for after. biggrin.gif





As you can see, the case is divided in two chambers. The radiators, the PSU and the pumps will be mounted in the bottom.





On the rear side of the motherboard, as I'm concerned about great cable management and ease of work (I'm always impressed by what some of you guys do with ITX builds and so small to build redface.gif), I tried to let a 5cm space. There will be a window on that side too, as I really want to expose the work that will be done there (and thanks to Pexon PCs, it should be awesome!).

The case itself consists in more than 42 pieces of aluminium (I use different alloys for the panels and mounting parts), for a total weight of aproximatively 25 kgs. Here is a preview of the cutting files:




The production of the case has already started, and I hope to be able to show you more really soon!




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Wow this is looking pretty awesome. Like the way you've got everything planned with the panels being modular. Have you thought about incorporating an option for a reverse layout?
I would actually consider buying something like this as not many case manufactures offer the option.
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Thank you for the comment!

The case is fully modular, thanks to the aluminium angles mounting system. I made the choice of not having any fans on the motherboard side for esthetic purposes (and everything being watercooled, the simple opening on the rear side is enough), but you could totally make different panels for the top and the front with radiator mounting options! redface.gif

Changing it to a reverse layout would only require little modifications to the actual design: some screws holes are only 3mm depth for keeping them hidden on the exterior side but changing it to "full" holes would make the change of layout very easy, by just flipping the panels! thumb.gif
Edited by Hanshin - 3/28/15 at 7:25pm
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Looks like this will be really good, Subbed!
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Time for today's update!

A mysterious box from Amazon US was waiting for me today when I got back from work! I wonder what can it be? biggrin.gif



Time for unboxing!



It finally came! I wish NVIDIA would sell it directly in Japan like they did for the US but I guess the wait was a part of the game. redface.gif



This card is really a beauty! I can't wait to put it on the bench to test it!




Nice cooler, but with the help of EKWB, it shouldn't be on air for too long. biggrin.gif


Some other parts for the build made their apparition too!



I just need the RAM to come and I should be able to begin hardware testing.

The case should be ready very soon too!

Stay tuned!
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Looks like an interesting build so far. Can I ask why you're going with such an overpowered PSU for a single graphics card?
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The original plan was to go with a SLI of GTX 980, but with the release of the Titan X, I changed my mind!
I might add a second card in the future if I'm not satisfied with the performance but I'll go that way for now. smile.gif

(I got this PSU at a really good price too that I couldn't refuse biggrin.gif).
Edited by Hanshin - 3/30/15 at 4:16pm
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