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I'd say what is on my mind, but Repo would probably give me a rashin'

So... "Good job!"

I like the attention to detail that you put into the curvature - well done!
Nah, dont hold your tongue sir! Say it!
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post #162 of 194
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Thanks guys.

As it turned out the Goop did the trick, so I got a little further on the front this morning.

I got new toys yesterday. I can't believe I never picked up one of these before:




I marked out the pilot holes needed for that aluminum plate I made for the front:




Center punched and drilled, and then tapped my very first hole:




The goop bonded much quicker and easier with the two flat surfaces to mate:




And the front bezel popped right on for me:




There's still a little massaging needed on the aluminum, and a lot of finishing/polishing to do; but I've got the structural stuff all worked out and working well. I may add some bracing for the tube/cover plate connections to reinforce the glue, but I'm really not sure I'll need to. They don't need to bear any more than their own weight, and the Goop adhesive seems to be holding quite well.

I've got the day off today. While I'm waiting for that glue to fully cure, I think I'll start working on the new shroud.

'til next time folks.
post #163 of 194
Looking really killer man! Nice idea with the back of the bezel. And the work you put in to the cuts on the aluminum pipe, and diamond plate turned out really well!
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post #164 of 194
WOW, I wish stuff I make went together that easily!
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Looks awesome mayne!!!
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post #166 of 194
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Hehe, thanks pjlietz and repo.

MrQ, I knew that alignment was going to be pretty key on that whole deal there. I took a lot of precautions to keep everything on bubble.

Once I got that aluminum plate notched out to accommodate the front plastic right, I cinched it down with those four thumscrews at the top. No Idea why, but the knockouts for the 5.25's on this case can be remounted with pre-tapped 6/32 screws; so I used four of those. This way, I knew that plate would be a constant variable while I plotted everthing else out.

After that, I kept constantly placing the bezel, test fitting something, filing some more, etc. etc. Once I got a dry fit to work with all the loose pieces, I taped the whole thing down and traced out the circles for the ducts. I referenced those when I made the holesaw cuts. (Incidentally, those old school wire grills work perfect for that. The eyelets for the screws are even shaped right to give you a perfect crows foot to X out your center point).

Finally, when I went to glue the tube/front plate pieces to the backer plate there, I did it with the plastic bezel in place, and weighted them down for about an hour to allow the glue to set a little. After that, I pulled the bezel off real carefully so as not to disturb them, and clamped them down solid. You can acutally see them at current in the pics below.

I could use a little feedback here. I'm about to go silly overkill on this thing I think. I haven't done anything irreversible though...



... yet.
















Thoughts?

I decided that the tube I have is too much of a beast to cut to use it for an internal "tunnel ram" for air intake. I also wasn't happy with the potential it had to muss with the bottom intake, which I like. So... long story short... I have an extra fan just begging for a home.

Too much? Stupid excess? Overkill to the point of being ridiculous?

If you think so, let me know so I can go ahead with the plan.
post #167 of 194
I'd say leave it off. What you have is amazing. Its evenly weighted (everything in proportion ya know) and it all works great together. Don't mess it up trying to cram something else in it. I think with the fans you have you'll be good and cool without anymore. Overkill that will dampen everything else if you ask me
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post #168 of 194
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I'd say leave it off. What you have is amazing. Its evenly weighted (everything in proportion ya know) and it all works great together. Don't mess it up trying to cram something else in it. I think with the fans you have you'll be good and cool without anymore. Overkill that will dampen everything else if you ask me

I don't think you meant it this way, but you have a good point about weight. I'll have to check the actual physical balance of that set up without all the clamps hanging off the front.

Now, as far as visual balance, I've got a plan for that... And that will work, but for now you'll just have to trust me.

This is kind of embarassing to admit, but I've come to the conclusion that at this point, I'm having more fun making a case to put my future gaming rig in than I have playing the games. There is a lot of stuff I have planned for this case that I haven't even mentioned yet. In hindsight I really should have scratch built... but I didn't know what I know now. Live and learn. I'm enjoying the challenge of making things work with the existing case anywho.

If I didn't explain it well enough in the pictures, I'm looking at going back to an internal double 120mm exhaust. The PSU relocation just allows for the clearance. That would bring the fan configuration to a total of 4 intake (two on bottom, two up front); and 3 exhaust (1 out back, 2 up top).

Another thing I haven't mentioned, but it stays in the back of my brain... Is future watercooling. I've been keeping rad dimensions in mind the whole time I've been working on this. If I go with the double top exhaust, I have the potential for a (more or less) dual internal 240 set up if I ever decide I want to go down that road.

Do I need any of that? Nope. Not really.

Like I said, I find I'm having more fun building the case than I ever did using what I'm planning to put inside of it.




So, given that monologue (sorry) ... and faith that I can make it "look" good...

You still think I should reign it in?
post #169 of 194
Absolutely not!! You have a good build here. Once you finish the front panel, paint it and get it done with. You still haven't told us what you want to do with the side panels? You have a lot to do, but you are balancing it out perfectly. I think it will work out. Besides its your build. Your the one who has got to face it everyday you log on to OCN, not us.

But then again I have never done any of this so take my advice with a grain of salt. I am just the moral booster here. LOL

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Keep It Simple Stupid. That would be your best bet.What size is that tubing any way?
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