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Hey all

I finally completed my new computer. Since I got my inspiration from here I thought I'd share mine as well and maybe inspire some other too.



Glamour shots (Click to show)



























Intro
Soo, I had to build a new computer because.. well.. aa.. my first liquid cooled computer destroyed itself.
I browsed overclock.net and found MAXXPlanck V2 and instantly knew I had to build a wall mounted computer as well.


Components

Core Components
CPU: Intel Core i7 4790k
MB: ASUS MAXIMUS VII GENE
GPU: EVGA GTX 780
RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX Beast
SSD: 1 x Samsung EVO 250 gb
SSD: 1 x OCZ Agility 3 120 GB
PSU: Corsair RM 550

Cooling Components
Recervoir: FrozenQ LF Reaction 250mm Cylinder Reservoir Bloodred
Pump: Alphacool VPP655 - PWM - Single Edition
P-Top: Alphacool HF D5 TOP - Plexi G1/4 V2
P-Mod: Bitspower D5 / MCP655 Pump Mod Kit
Radiator: Phobya G-Changer 360 V.2 - Full Copper
Pipe: Monsoon 1/2" OD Hardline PETG Tube Bloodred
Fittings: PrimoChilll 1/2" OD Rigid Revolver Compression Diamond Knurled Fittings
Bitspower G1/4 Thread 90-Degree Rotary Adapter
CPU: XSPC RayStorm (Intel)
GPU: XSPC Razor GTX

"Case"
Wood board
Acrylic plate
Screws

Misc
PCI-E: 3M Twin Axial Cable Assembly
Fans: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition
Cabel: Phobya Extention 3Pin Molex ultra 90cm
Button: Phobya Vandalismusschalter 19mm Aluminium


I got my stuff from: Aquatuning, FrozenCPU, FrozenQ



Build Log
Well first you got to make a plan. I did mine with a Cinema 4D (3D modeling software), I got the measurements for the components from the manufacturer page. ...spent a lot hours trying find the all sizes and to find the best fit.



Some variants (top left is the final one)



I received all the parts after 3 very very long months. After unpacking all the goods, my cat reused the space immediately.



Doing the "test fit"
I verified that all components are working correct afterwards.



Drawing all components on an acrylic plate.
I bought the thickest one - which was 5 mm. I also made sure that it was twice as large as it had to be.



First I cut every plate with a bandsaw and afterwards sawed a 70° edge along all the sides with the bandsaw as well. They're very rough and need a lot sanding.



To get a fine edge I first used a 80 grid, than 250 grid and finally some 1000 grid (water) sandpaper.
Watch out, because acrylic tends to melt while sanding and it gets messy real quick.

#protipp: To become clear edges use a lighter. Just hold it next to the flame and see the magic(sometimes called melting)
I, however, didn't made mine clear - the light spreads better when blurred



I elevated the GPU and the MB because they get hot and I've enough melted acrylic for now.
To do that I used some free holes in the GPU(because I'm using watercooling they got free) and standard MB standoffs which I salvaged from an old computer. The MB should be clear.

I only test fitted the GPU here, I removed it shortly after taking the pic since the plate isn't done yet.



Achieving a nice notch was a real pain. The best result I managed to get was by using a drill with a cone drill chuck and a drill holder. I fixed the drill at about 2 mm above ground and pressed the acrylic really hard against it. After grinding and clearing it (see #protipp) I got this.

I did a custom pump-top backplate with acrylic as well because the one in the package was ugly. I used the same process as above.





As soon as all the acrylic sheets where done I stared to work on the wood. I used a very basic 3 layer board, 3 cm thick.



Done with cutting wood...Yeah! It took way longer then expected.

I made an edge on it as well but facing the wall, this in order to create the illusion that the board is thinner.



To be able to build my computer I had to use a PIC-E riser cable. I'm using the one from 3M. It works well but I looks horrible, so while doing the paint job on the board I painted the cable as well.

I'm using for both (board and cabel) mat black spray color.


Huch, finally done with the dirty work. Now, after building the waterloop.. - leak testing (still in my mind is my previous computer).

It worked perfect, I couldn't be more happy.



As it turned out, the CPU power cable was not long enough... means I have to find a solution. I used some copper wires, the ones used to wire housholds, and solderd them together. As protection I used hot glue. The result... well.. you can say what you want, it works.



The backside...



Firing that beast up!


The reward of months of work & planning.

Testing
I did all my measurements a room with 23° C.

I did some minor overclocking, but it isn't really necessary for what I'm doing with my computer.

Idle CPU: 25° C
Idle GPU: 25° C

Max CPU: 48°C
Max GPU: 57°C

Noise: + - 20 decibel
You can't here it while working or even gaming.


Tipps
For all of you who want to build something based on my computer I have some tips for you:

  1. Make a detailed plan, it makes your live much easier
  2. Take your time while sanding, melted acrylic isn't particularly funny
  3. Clean the acrylic with something(not alcohol), fingerprints are really ugly
  4. Most LEDs use 12v, you can get them from your computer psu and don't need an additional power supply for the LEDs



Thanks a lot for reading this long build log! smile.gif
I you have any questions, please ask.

Have a nice day
Patrick
Edited by Arcs - 8/8/15 at 5:39am
post #2 of 18
Well done, the end effect looks really nice.

However this:
Quote:
Clean the acrylic with alcohol
is disputable, as alcohols weaken acrylic quite a lot.
post #3 of 18
Really really nice job on this, looks like a work of art! You should put the name and some kind of logo in the bottom right corner space.
 
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@ niejasiek
Thanks a lot smile.gif
Also thx for mentioning that, i didn't know. I edited in my article

@Radnad
Haha, well, maybe I'll do that later.
post #5 of 18
Looks awesome! Don't guess there was any problem painting the PCI E riser? Just masked the contacts and painted everything else?

Jake
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Looks awesome! Don't guess there was any problem painting the PCI E riser? Just masked the contacts and painted everything else?

Jake

Thanks

No, I had no problems. I had contact with 3M and they weren't so sure about it but it works perfect .
Yes, just mask the contacts and than spray everything else. After spraying I cleaned the golden rings and the contact lines since I think it looks better that way.
Just in case you wonder, I used color which was labeled "for Styrofoam" but I don't think this matters.
post #7 of 18
awesome work on the build i love me a wall build, i have to put a pc in my workshop and i see it only fitting to make a wall build to save on space. My only question is that now do you mount the GPU and the PSU to the acrylic? I get the mobo the pump the rad the rez the drives, as they all have also mounting holes at the bottom
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awesome work on the build i love me a wall build, i have to put a pc in my workshop and i see it only fitting to make a wall build to save on space. My only question is that now do you mount the GPU and the PSU to the acrylic? I get the mobo the pump the rad the rez the drives, as they all have also mounting holes at the bottom

Cool bro! Welcome to the club.
Mounting the PSU for me was really easy, I just 2 angle brackets on the bottom to hold it and one additional at the top to hold it in place.






Mounting the GPU is harder. I did it by using some of the unused holes in the PCB (Because I use a water-cooler the are free).
I had only 4 free holes, if you have more - use them!
I also elevated the GPU like the MB (Even with the same screws) because the heat could melt the acrylic.


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Originally Posted by Arcs View Post

Cool bro! Welcome to the club.
Mounting the PSU for me was really easy, I just 2 angle brackets on the bottom to hold it and one additional at the top to hold it in place.






Mounting the GPU is harder. I did it by using some of the unused holes in the PCB (Because I use a water-cooler the are free).
I had only 4 free holes, if you have more - use them!
I also elevated the GPU like the MB (Even with the same screws) because the heat could melt the acrylic.



oh nice one for the PSU could have figured that one out smile.gif ill be also using a WC GTX 285 smile.gif but need to see if it has any holes left. i was thinking of 3d printing a mount for the GPU but this may be easier and quicker. Thanks for the tip
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i was thinking of 3d printing a mount for the GPU but this may be easier and quicker. Thanks for the tip

Mhm, 3D printing sounds interesting as well, I don't have a printer soo tongue.gif wasn't an option.
You have to be really careful while mounting it with screws. The first time i did it, it went fine but the second time I did it
I broke something of the PCB and the card runs now only on 8x rather than 16x.
Luckily this doesn't really matter, PCI v3 is really fast even with 8x... so I never encountered any bottleneck even while gaming
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