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(Scratch Build) Half Wood Giant

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I have been batting around the idea of building a case for a while. I originally wanted to make a desk, but it isn't feasible at this point. So, I put together a list of a ideas on what I want in a case and started designing.

List of wants:
- 90 degree rotation on motherboard
- support for SSI-EEB motherboard
- 3x 120mm exhaust fans on top
- no bottom mounted intake fans
- 2x 360mm radiators with push fan configuration
- easily removed radiator mounts
- Aluminium frame
- Wood exterior panels

So this is what I came up with...(pardon the poor rendering quality)


Current Status:



Details:
- there will be a radiator in the front and rear panel
- one drive bay on the bottom for a bluray player
- room for 2x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" drives
- pulling hardware out of a Cooler Master HAF 912 for drive bays and other parts

Hardware:
- This will house my 16 core workstation in my signature.
- MSI Z170 Gaming 7
- Intel 6700k (at 4.4ghz)
- G.SKILL (2 x 8gb) TridentZ DDR4-3000 (CAS14 version)
- MSI Radeon R9 390X
- SanDisk UltraII 240gb (OS)
- SanDisk UltraII 480gb (Games)
- WD Blue 500gb (random storage)
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB (long term storage)
- BluRay drive

Liquid Cooling:
- 2x XSPC RX360 (need to order 1)
- 6x EK Vardar F1 1150rpm in push only configuration
- 1x EK X-Top D5 Vario
- 1x XSPC Photon 170
- 2x Koolance CPU-380A
- 1x AlphaCool Nexxos GTX - r9-280x M04
- 1x EK Z170G Monoblock
- 1x AlphaCool Nexxos GTX - r9-390x M02
- 1x EK R9-390X-TF5
- Soft tubing

Status:
18 Sep 2015 - Ordered the aluminium/bolts/polycarbonate window/etc. Will pick up most of it on Thursday.
24 Sep 2015 - Picked up metal and such from the local shop. Received the HAF 912 as well.
27 Sep 2015 - Started Cutting
04 Oct 2015 - New Parts and Beginning Construction
12 Oct 2015 - Status Update
13 Oct 2015 - Construction Pictures and Final Pics
08 Mar 2016 - Hardware update
29 Mar 2016 - GPU overclock update
26 May 2016 - Ordered EK GPU Block
31 May 2016 - EK Block Installed
Edited by PhillyB - 6/2/16 at 8:52am
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Well, after picking the metal from the store, i realized that I need to clean out my garage so I have a place to work...Yeay slobbiness.

I also had a nice adventure ordering the GPU block. Ended up selecting the M05 version instead of M04. Hopefully Alphacool gets my email before they ship it.
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Well, I started cutting the framework pieces. When finished, it should look something like:

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

but so far it only looks like:

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Well, I started cutting the framework pieces. When finished, it should look something like:

raw material officially cut, I'm in
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New Parts came in on Friday. Still waiting on the GPU waterblock from Alphacool. Parts List and Picture (Click to show)
1x XSPC RX360
6x Vardar F1 1150 rpm
1x purple ring 22mm Vandal switch
1x purple ring 16mm Vandal switch
1x XSPC Temp Sensor
Various fittings from EK and XSPC
2x UV light bars


Construction started yesterday. Lots of drilling, lots of tapping holes. Still more parts to cut, but its definitely taking shape.
Construction Images (Click to show)




Edited by PhillyB - 10/4/15 at 7:41am
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So...I took a day off of work on Friday and decided to work on my case all weekend. Originally, I was going to pull out most the important bits from the current case (Cooler Master ATCS 840 ), take measurements, then put it back into the original case. But, progress went faster than I expected so I left the parts out and frantically got most everything finished.

The computer is still not put together since I didn't have enough time to leak test the loop. So, all the pictures are still on my camera at home and I am typing away on my work computer. All I have is one I took with my cell.



Things accomplished:
-Finished mount for MB, PSU, hard drive cage, blu-ray drive, res, pump, top fans
-made custom cables for PSU to fan splitter blocks
-Side panels finished, including mount for radiators.
-paint (Used automotive lacquer Paint Shop 'Jet Black')
-stained side panels (Miniwax 'Special Walnut')
-sealed panels with polyurethane
-mounted the lights
-put the water block on the XFX 280X DD. Had to modify the block to fit. The hole for the power plugs was 1/8" off...
-set up loop

Things left to do:
-Cut the window polycarbonate
-Mount top fans
-power cables
-run cables for power/reset switches.
-mount the fan splitter blocks
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Lots of progress! Looking great. That went together extremely fast!
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