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Well I'm getting that itch again, no not that itch, get your mind out of the gutter. It's time for me to do another build. Although, this one will be different. I will be designing my own case based on the Compact Splash. However, I will try my best to not make a copy cat case. My case will have some similarities though. Overall, I will try my best to design a case that takes design elements from the Compact Splash case and have it be something I am proud of. I have some preliminary 3D models that I will try and show you guys. Ideally, I would like to be able to get the prototype of the case designed and machined within about a month. That would give me all summer to work and earn the money for the components to go in the case. As of right now, I would like to put an mATX X99 motherboard in it, but I will also wait and see what offerings we get this June.

Parts

Components for Build:

CPU: Intel Xeon E5 2660 V1
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage Gene X79
GPU: 2x PNY GTX 970
RAM: 16GB DDR3
PSU: Silverstone 600W SFX PSU
Storage: 2x 120GB SSDs in RAID0

Cooling Components:

CPU Block: EK Supremacy EVO Acetal
RAM Block: EK Monarch X2 Acetal (x2)
RAM Block: EK Monarch Module (x2)
Pump/Reservoir: EK XRES 100 DDC 3.2 PWM Elite (Non CSQ)
Fittings: EK ACF Black 10/16mm compression fitting (x14)
Fittings: EK AF Black Angled 90° (x8)
Fittings: EK HD Black Adapter 10/12mm (x4)
Tubing: EK HD Tube 10/12mm 2-Slot
Tubing: Mayhems 10/16mm flexible tubing
Radiators: EK CoolStream SE 240 (x2)
Fans: EK Vardar F3-120 (x4 for just push)
Coolant: EK Pastel Mint Green

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-Jeffinslaw
Edited by Jeffinslaw - 12/10/15 at 5:05pm
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Update 1 - 9/29/15
Update 2 - 10/6/15
Update 3 - 12/5/15
Update 4 - 12/6/15
Update 5 - 12/13/15
Edited by Jeffinslaw - 12/13/15 at 3:14pm
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Thanks!



So not really an update but I wanted to present some of my ideas for this case. Plans on things to change from Compact Splash and also features that I plan to implement to set my case apart from 'Splash.

Here are a few ideas I have come up with so far:

• case "frame"

For those of you who don't know much about the Compact Splash, it has a sort of "inner frame" where the motherboard and pump mount attaches to. This allows you to mount the motherboard on this frame without having to ruin the back panel. It also gives you a lot of room underneath the board for cables or whatever else. I really liked this idea and plan to do something similar except making it larger for mATX (obviously) and have it attach to the front of the case to provide some extra rigidity. In Project Arctic, the motherboard is attached to the back panel, not the most clean looking design. However, when I asked him about it, he stated that the aluminum wouldn't be strong enough for a design like in 'Splash. I believe, with the added support, that it will be strong enough for an mATX board and two GPUs.

• SSD/HDD mounting

The placement of SSD or HDD's in Splash is on the bottom. There is a removable bottom mount where the drives are attached. This is great for ITX, however, with mATX, you have all this wasted space behind the board. Especially if you have a large gap like in Compact Splash. I will be moving the mounting points to there on that inner "frame." This will allow for the bottom of the case to stay completely clean for maybe a light panel, or mounting points for a pump or hard drive cage.

• mounting points

Like I just mentioned, I want to be able to have a lot of options for the case. I could add some extra holes where people could mount a CaseLabs SSD holder like the one that comes in the S3 and S5. That way, people could use an ITX board and have space for up to four extra 2.5in drives. This way, if you want to use the case for a NAS, there will be plenty of options for 2.5in drives. Will look into options for 3.5in drives.

Those are just the biggest things that I have come up with to set the case apart from Compact Splash. Some other small ideas:

• eliminating the front I/O completely
• moving the power button up to top of case

I'm still struggling with radiator compatibility. I think I will design the model using 45MM thick rads and make note that those will be the thickest you could use. Using slimmer radiators will give you more room and more flexibility with running your tubing. I do plan on keeping the PSU mounting the same and limiting it to SFX. Hopefully we will see more power supplies in the SFF with higher wattage. I also plan on keeping the way the case is assembled roughly the same. I may move the "backplate" (part where the "C" of the case connects to the back) down to the bottom. That may make things a little cleaner. Overall, I hope I can create this case that looks like it was inspired by the Compact Splash, but make it unique.

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Woo! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

What kind of rad support are you planning? I would assume 2*240 rads. I'd recommend stepping up to 2*280 rads. It will give you just a bit more cooling for the added GPU and it will give your case a bit more thickness to it so you would have some room behind the mobo for some drives.
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However, when I asked him about it, he stated that the aluminum wouldn't be strong enough for a design like in 'Splash. I believe, with the added support, that it will be strong enough for an mATX board and two GPUs.

Did I just hear you're using alu instead of steel? I have to admit I secretly wanted to use alu on Splash. Believe it or not cost is the same... but its harder to get the rigidity you need and harmonics were just bad. Maybe thicker plate or better decoupling of noisy gear would do the trick.

Good luck on the project! Wheres my popcorn?...
 
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Woo! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

What kind of rad support are you planning? I would assume 2*240 rads. I'd recommend stepping up to 2*280 rads. It will give you just a bit more cooling for the added GPU and it will give your case a bit more thickness to it so you would have some room behind the mobo for some drives.

I'm planning two versions of the case, a sort of V1 and V2 if you will.

V1 will be your typical, everyday user case. Support for normal height graphics cards, 2*240MM radiators and SFX PSU. There will be plenty of room behind the motherboard for 2.5in SSDs/HDDs.
V2 will be it's bigger brother. It will support tall cards like the K|NGP|N, Matrix, Classified and lightning cards, 2*280MM radiators, an aquareo, and a regular size PSU. You will also have room for 3.5in HDDs.

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However, when I asked him about it, he stated that the aluminum wouldn't be strong enough for a design like in 'Splash. I believe, with the added support, that it will be strong enough for an mATX board and two GPUs.

Did I just hear you're using alu instead of steel? I have to admit I secretly wanted to use alu on Splash. Believe it or not cost is the same... but its harder to get the rigidity you need and harmonics were just bad. Maybe thicker plate or better decoupling of noisy gear would do the trick.

Good luck on the project! Wheres my popcorn?...

Material is still undecided. There are pros and cons to both. If I go with aluminum, I can have the cases bead blasted and then anodized black, grey, and white or whatever colors people desire. Or powder coated. If I go with steel, then just powder coating. I'll talk to my mechanical engineering friends when I have a working model done. Right now, it is a toss up.

Thanks for the interest guys! Sorry I don't have anything to show, it's finals week next week and then I can get the model completed!

-Jeffinslaw
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