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Don't you use a router? Or was it a band saw?
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Whatever it takes TBH.
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damn man you must have one hell of a work room
no scratch that one hell of a labratoy man you are one crazy mad-modoligist
    
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It's looking real good cd! Wish my 900 looked that sexy
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Cool worklog
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Funny the revived interest here--as I just hauled the case out of storage to finish it today.

I am routing the acrylic faceplate ATM and will be working out the mounts for the rad soon.

Pictures to follow
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post #57 of 104
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Okay I finally started back up on the Widow today and got the faceplate routed out of 1/2" acrylic. I reworked my jig to tighter tolerances and this is the best one yet.

Like the other two candy color 900s this one will feature a custom front panel and side panel window in UV acrylic.

The hurdle that remains is where to locate the rad.

Although the sidepanel mount looks awesome it really creates some issues for the end user...no way to easily get the mother board in unless the rad is mounted to a framework in the case and then that needs to pivot or be removable ...all of this extra engineering is not looking that sweet to me. It fills the case with tubing and tight sweeps that put a strain on the WB and fittings...

I prefer the simpler solution of a top mounted Rad as I did in Ghost. I have a number of X flow rads...and really bought them for these builds...so I am inclined to try and use them...

However how this HW labs rad in that position performs is still an unknown...on Ghost I neglected to remove the protective plastic film from the Apogee waterblock and got false high temps that were no fault of the HW labs rad, db-1 pumps or GTX block ...just me missing one essential step---take the film off the waterblock!!!

SO I am tempted to contrive a removable acrylic mount that uses industrial Velcro to hold the rad in place...on the ceiling of the case right below the 200mm fan...

I will still use a UV side panel with tasy fans...but now they will primarily be cooling the mobo/GFX and providing more pressure.

A third option is even more appealling. I bought some more PA160 rads...and may want to top mount one on the exterior of the case ala Velocitor.

This arrangement worked great and except for the aesthetic is a sure bet for top performance.

I think if I color match the exterior of the rad and do a little sculpting on the angles that attach it to the case it might look very nice...

I do not want to spend a month prototyping fibergals tops so this would be a simple mount...

However Rather than drill holes in the lovely painted top I am thinking about how it might look if the supply/return lines were plumbed externally...this might actually look pretty wild...I am thinking of using a Black dye bomb and putting black blood in the Widow...the benefit of externally mounting the rad is ease of assembly and maintenance...the downside is having the lines exposed...

I have plenty to do so stay tuned...pictures later this afternoon...
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post #58 of 104
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I went ahead and finished up some of the front panel work and test fitted all the components I would need to run the loop. Take a look



It's mild today--been working outside under the trusses of my half finished workshop...




Here's yet another 1/2" acrylic front panel that will attach to the Antec 900 face frame.


Putting a bevel on the top edge to match the face frame...


I am not going to fuse thise one--instead I am attaching it with self tapping screws...


My helper



Test fitting the DVD drive


Here I am trimming the SunBeam Rhebus down 5/32" so the knobs will protrude through the acrylic.


Gotta snap the little registration tabs off so it will lay up flush against the bay plate.


Drilling new holes to attach the bay plate to the PCB



Test fitting the Rheobus



Everything fits fine time to start the loop.



15 PSI Ashcroft gauge from Mcmaster-Carr





After some deliberation I went with the top mounted PA160--with the gauge in place it was clear an internal rad was not going to work out nicely.






Used scraps of old tubing to work out the loop...the pressure guage is right before the WB so it should give a good indicator.




The external lines will be wire reinforced tubing. The MCP655 will be supported by a cable clip on top of the PSU...I may also make up a special mount...but with the type of clamps I use and the tough high durometer wire reinforced tubing it is not going to be an issue to have it just hanging there...


Hope it doesn't rain for a while

SO now that I have the basic loop worked out I need to fabricate some tasty mount for the PA160..I will use 1/16" thivk /12" alumunum angle for the job and make a frame that encloses the perimeter of the rad..this will conduct all the air through--and not let any leak by the sides..

The frame will screw to the top panel so as to be easy to remove in the event of service or dissassembly.

I am still not 100% pleased with the paint on the frame...the top is good to go but the frame has been trouble from the very beginning...I will need to lay down some more coats of red candy...and am just waiting until I finish making dust and metal chips before I do that...

Should be able to complete the rest of the assembly tonight..just taking a quick break before heading back down the hill to finish the rad mount...

More soon!
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Had to run out to Lowes and get more supplies...going to see if I can beat the sunset and get a few more pieces together...
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udde... it is starting to make more sense and the Red it better than the orange!

at first I thought you should go with a white optical but I see that you will be 100% black and red... I am linking the looks of this!!! also I am a bit confused...

I saw a radiator mounted on the window with a custom 2 x 120mm opening... did that get scratched?

I like the idea of the radiator being in the inside but I can see space ebing a big problem... the outside isn't as nice but if you do get to make a special mount it will be much better.... also if you route the tubes flush with the case that shold help...

ultimate idea: make a fused mount for the top-mounted radiator that encloses the tubes! hahah... also replace the 200mm for a faster version for better air-flow... and run a double loop by using the window mounted radiator at the same time hehehe

or course the last step doesn't change regardless of the design you choose: ship it ot me
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