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post #191 of 605
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Thanks guys

Well, I made the pump tray, but I didn't properly account for widths after I bent it, so it didn't fit.

I took lotsa pictures though!

This is how I bend stuff. After laying out the piece, I make as many cuts as possible (since its easier to hack up a piece when it's flat), and then I score my fold lines with a rotary cut off disc:



Close ups of the dremel scoring:





After that, I set up my cheap-o bending brake and clamp it down:



only two of those clamps are actually holding the piece. Two are holding it to my little bench, and two are holding on a reinforcing bit of angle and serving as handles. I need that bit because the handles are about to fall off, and the thing flexes so bad it needed bolstering:



once its all situated, I just step on the bottom of my bench, and lift up on the reinforcing c-clamps:



repeat on the other side, and you get the piece that I now have to make all over again.



Then I went and did this:



I didn't realize the egg had this much watercooling stuff. Their pricing was pretty good. I think all I need now is a cpu block (probably going to go with the GTZ), tube, fittings, and a res.

Getting closer.
post #192 of 605
wow thats alot of stuff! looking good!
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post #193 of 605
metal induced bliss
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post #194 of 605
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Well, I got the pump frame remade, and it works this time. I also remembered a fan mount this time. I have NO idea how I forgot that the last time. The tray and fan mount are all one piece. That was tricky, and I didn't get any progress shots, sorry.

I was busy concentrating.

Here's some shots of me test fitting after I got it all bent:







These channels were to allow for the motherboard tray mounting hardware:



This hole is to clear a captive nut that holds the stand off for the trim cover over the top section:



After the test fit, I clamped down the mobo tray side and drilled through both pieces. Then, I pulled the tray out and installed my captive nuts. Then I bolted it into place, and repeated the clamping > drilling process on the other side. That helped me make sure I got everything aligned properly.







I used spare Lian Li HD grommets in the frame members to help with vibrations:



The ones on the mobo tray rail might cause clearance issues later, I'm not sure. I mounted them as high as I could. Worst case scenario I need to trim the mobo tray a touch.



The alignment came out nicely:



And that concludes the major engineering stuff for this mod, I hope. All in all, I am pleased.





Once the trim panels are re-installed to flush everything up, peripheral component heat should end up nicely isolated from the mainboard, and more importantly, all should stay isolated from the rads.

Tons of stuff left to do, but now I can start to concentrate on the details.
Edited by Warfarin88 - 2/22/09 at 4:34pm
post #195 of 605
your handiwork is just amazing! it looks so simple but i'm sure it was much more difficult than it looks.
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post #196 of 605
fits perfectly War
great Job
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Wow! Very nice work, your project is amazing.
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post #198 of 605
after seeing your work I went and punched my neighbor in the face, just due to pure excitement. He was gonna call the cops, but then I showed him this thread...

suffice it to say, after he turned my jaw loose, due to the excitement, we sat back with some brews, constantly refreshing this page

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post #199 of 605
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Thank you gentlemen!

Cattle, you made me LOL. I needed that after just watching 1408. <shudder>

Hey, is it just me, or am I the only one that can't see this picture:



The tag is in the above post, but for some reason I'm not seeing it?

so bizarre

edit: ok, so I rehost it twice using its old file name. and I can't see it. rename it and then upload it one last time, and now it works.

strange
Edited by Warfarin88 - 2/22/09 at 4:36pm
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excellent! now you just need to take off that tape so we can see it nude
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