So along waited, here is another update =)
Time is a hard thing to come by lately, but my drive to see this Mod in its finished glory has been making me take up 10 min here and an hour there to get it done. In this update I concentrated on finishing up the front panel. So enough yapping here is the update.
First thing is first....I had to cut another window out, the same size as the other.
Ok, so not so much.... but I will have them as close as possible before I am done.
Some eyeballing and test fitting. Those support pins and other injection points had to be cut off just enough for the plexi to fit but not lose the actual support for the front case.
I already went from 220 grit up to 1500 grit, now its time for some rubbing compound and then polishing compound followed up by a couple coats of car wax.
This was after the rubbing compound.
This was after the polishing compound, before I put the wax on I will want to glue in the windows and sleeve the panel first.
Did some "tacking" of the glue to hold the window and see how strong it would be.
I got a little carried away and did a few of the fans as well. Peeled off the coolermaster stickers for they looked uber cheesy.
Finished sleeving and gluing. I really laid on the glue to make sure it wouldn't loosen. Now I did indeed use hot glue for 2 reasons. One is that it would discolor the plexi with chemicals and two if I need to I can pop off the windows and peel off the glue, do whatever I need and reglue them easily.
And that's how it looks right now. I realized I still need to swab off some polishing compound I missed in some spots, And it will need some finishing love. But I think it turned out the way I wanted. Now I need to stealth the cd rom in to finish the front, and possibly add 2 leds. But I think that's it.
Next update! I get to cut another hole in the case, This will be one of the nice touches I've been wanting to do for a while, but had to wait for the money for the parts.
Thanks again for all the kind words.
Well, after the last update I wanted to redo the front case for the last time. I took my time and payed attention to details with a finished product in mind. This will just a be super mini update with more on the way.
Busted out the 220 grit in small strips and I rounded the corners of both windows in the same way to give them a beveled look.
Redid the panel with 320 then 620 then 1500 grit, followed by rubbing compound and rubbing polish. I finished it with 2 coats of wax. One will need to be applied before gluing in the windows.
This is to show the finish. It is super glossy, but it does show some micro scratches that are almost impossible to get out. But they don't show unless your eyeballing it for a long time.
Can you guess where these are going?
That's all for now. Thanks for following.
I had some time again to get some work done, and I really wanted to get a hole in the top of the case. So here we go!
I gots a package!
It is all my fan connectors for my connector block in the back! This will be for another update!
And top popped off!
While I have the top off, I have always hated these top color coded garbage. Its time to remove them and replace them.
One layer of heatshrink.
And two layers! Seems I need to hit that second one up with a lighter a little more.
Some mental imaging.
BOOM! Hit er up with the dremel.
And for a little sneak peek.
And then..... I ran out of time. Have to hit the gym up them work tonight and Christmas morning. If you have ever read my link in my sig, you would know I am a Minister/Counselor for about 30 men right now. Christmas is an awesome time for me. Its an awesome time to see someone who never got anything or never appreciated it take great joy in sharing love and fellowship as well as presents!
So to everyone, Have a blessed Christmas, I hope you take the same joy in remembering what its all about, and spending it with your families.
Well, I had a microsecond tonight lol. So I decided to fiddle with one of my HD power cord ideas. I’m not sure if I am going to keep it the way it is or try a slightly different design, you be the judge.
Here is the massive amount of junk sleeving I had to take off of just one cord….
And some same day surgery on the connectors.
And a once over the wires.
To this end, where I wanted it to be exactly the distance of the dual WD Caviar Black that will be run in raid 0 for Katharos. I wanted it to look clean and sleek.
Me making sure I didn’t put the connectors on the wrong way and how I wanted the cord situated…. Guess who even after making sure still put one of the connectors on the wrong way…ha!
I decided that heatshrink was the best option for between the HD connectors and their wasn’t really room for sleeving. This is with the pieces cut and put into place.
And after a very slow and challenging shrink.
And I wont bore you with the step by step for sleeving unless someone asks for it, but here are some of the finished photos.
Amazingly I was still able to keep it mostly straight, clean cut is kinda hard to work with as you cant put a little of the sleeving into the atx connector, so you need to be even more so careful of the lengths.
And so here is the final picture, you will notice I decided to try to fully shrink the one end with some adhesive shrink, and you will also notice it did not shrink cleanly and im not sure if I like it in the first place. If I tear it off I will just single shrink each one, but I don’t know how clean that will look also. Then again the fact that this will be a hidden part of the computer can come into play. But why settle for less at this point lol. I also have a heatgun coming on monday, Maybe ill hit it up and maybe smooth it out when it comes, who knows it might shape up.
That’s all I have for now, I’ve been wondering if I should take pictures of the watercooling parts I ordered, as we all have seen watercooling parts before. But if you would like I need the camera practice anyhow! I hope to drill the holes for the top fans tomorrow and replace the top of the case and well as some of the old socket head screws with some higher quality black ones I bought.
That’s all for now, thanks for looking.
As promised, I have completed the top panel of the case and have photos to prove it, if you’ve been reading the last posts you will know it has been a pain in the butt to get it done right. But I have to say I think it turned out great.
So I had a fellow co-worker help me with some of this because I could not take pictures and hold the drill at the same time, not to mention steady the panel which will make sense in the later photos.
Some measuring, somehow only his fingers are in every photo lol.
Some more mentalizing and moving around.
So I came up with this idea. I wanted to just drill with the grill on to make sure everything lines up perfect but at the same time I didn’t want to chip the paint on it, so I grabbed a piece of old antennae laying around and BOOM instant hole protector.
Not to mention it helped me keep the hole straight when drilling, again he weaseled his fingers in every shot, I told him he’s going to get requests for a hand model.
Long story short, the holes we needed to make always ended up in the grill that was punched into the case, and if you have every tried to drill a straight hole in a place that is on a lip you will know that it doesn’t work out very well. So after a trip to Lowes I ended up getting these great clamps and a new set of drill bits.
It worked phenomenally!
And some finished pics.
I only put one fan in because I still have a little mental imaging to do with the fan cables.
All the fans in the case will be those Coolermasters.
You will notice the little locknut on the fan, all of the fans will have those locknuts and the silver regular nut to hold the grill to the case will be replaced with a black oxide nut that has a flange.
These fans have always looked beautiful to me. They are subtle and very sleek.
This is a teaser of what I plan to do next, as well as a guide that I plan to update.
So, next up psu powercord sleeving v2. This will be the cord that will be used for the mod. Again thanks everyone for following and your kind words!
This will be the PSU Power cord I will use for the Katharos Mod, you will notice it is written in guide form, that would be I have used it in a seperate thread as a guide to show others how easy it is to do. The thread is located here: Guide-how sleeve psu power cord
Here are my connectors, you may find them at this link. These are just the ones I used for this project and I am not affiliated with this ebay seller in any way.P-037 Rhodium-plated US Power Plug &C-037 IEC Connector
You will notice that these will be very sturdy as they have screws clamping everything down in multiple places, they even come with a add on piece of plastic that allows you to use smaller guage cord and keep it secure.
You will want to take them apart by the two securing screws, and you will notice they are well built. And they look cool too!
And here is our victim…erm I mean cord.
Simply cut the ends with a scissors.
Now you will want to strip down the ends about an inch, and then the ends of the wires just a bit.
Now we will start the sleeving process. It is always best to tape the end you will be putting the sleeve on as it will catch on the wires. Remember to measure your sleeving with the fact that it might shrink some as the actual length will shrink due to the sleeving being expanded.
I used clean cut sleeving but the choice is endless, if it fits over the wire your golden. I melted the ends just a tad to make sure it didn’t fray like crazy when I put it on the cord.
See! No fray!
This isn’t really a step, but I almost double sleeved the cord for a blue black effect but decided against it.
Go ahead and put the back of the plug on and a small amount of heatshrink, we will use this to seal up the cord end for the sleeving, this might not be needed but it adds a nice effect because of the clear casing.
Cut up small pieces of heatshrink, small enough to cover just the exposed individual cables but not the exposed wire. (again this is for looks only and is not really needed)
Shrink them on, if you look close twards the middle of the wires you will still be able to tell what color the wires are.
At this point I made a diagram of where the wires went, the key here is to make sure that what ever color wire you put on one side has to be the same color in the same spot on the opposite end!
Go ahead and put the wires in and make sure they are screwed tight!
Shrink up the exposed area of color on the wires and your sleeving at the same time. Nice and clean!
Put it all together and this is where you get to notice those little details that cleaned up the plug, if we would have left the colored wires they would have shown through.
Go ahead and follow the steps for the opposite side, please make sure to tighten all screws including the ones at the base of the bottom of the plug, that will make sure you can’t pull your plug out of the end.
And there you have it the final result. Thanks for looking.
Took some pictures of the cooling components, my stomach was feeling ok for about an hour or so. Please excuse the terribad focus on a few of them. Good thing we already know what they all look like lol. >.<<br />
I did allot of looking for just the right clamp, I wanted a black one no mater what and I didn’t want the plastic ones so this is what I came up with.
Cool thing here is I hate the green washers.... The cool part being that the rasa kit comes with black washers on the barbs so I will just change them out.
My cat was wondering what the heck I was doing in the living room.... and why I was taking up the foot stool/his bed.
This rx120 res will fit perfectly and look awesome with two coolermaster r4s on it.
I have allot of ideas on what to do about the front panel of this res, none of them im sure on yet.
This will look uber smexy in the case!
And a nice touch will be clear tubing and black kinkcoil.
That’s all I got for now, my stomach felt like a 3 ring circus had a riot at the end of this, so I figured it was time to quit lol.
So I have a full three day weekend to Mod to my hearts content. Ive been wanting to put it all together to get some measurements and to just get a full look at what’s all going on. (Honestly ive been getting sick of looking at it in pieces also)
So I decided it was a good time to play around with the camera and take some photos. So no description for each, they are just shots to help me decide on little things like screws and setup.
And that’s what I have right now. I will be tearing it all apart and starting in on the fan wiring.
Well before I hit the gym today, I thought I would share the fruits of my labor =P
I quickly realized that the dream of having an internal rad is not really all that functional and just too cramped, I would not be able to show how awesome the mobo looked and it would look jammed in there. So I decided to use the double rad and try to make it look fluid. I also worked some on the fan conduit. So here we go.
The double rad.
I measured out the holes first.
I’m sure you can see where this is heading.
Got to have a pilot hole.
And then the hole saw.
Cleaning up the holes.
Cramming in the grommets.
The donor fan!
Donor fan gutted.
And the grill had to go!
And some cheating lol
Ahh I love the way that looks, one is off a tiny tiny bit but that wont matter once its put in place.
I need to decide between this, and a fan grill or....
And so I decided to get started on how to wire all of these fans.
Laying them out to get an idea.
And then I ordered and few items and then canceled them on ebay for I had an awesome idea!
Can you see where this is going?
Some mounting holes.
So this is were I am at.
I need to do a lot of wiring in this bad boy and then glue it together, I will be adding some leds to light it up as well! I may or may not paint the top of the top facing piece black to keep the glow on the edges. But we are moving along now.
Thanks for following.
Ok so I had another day off to get some modding done. So lets get to it.
We were left at this end last update so it seemed right to finish this idea.
Some ugly wireing.
Setting up the mesh.
Glue step one =/
Glue step two, and still not pretty.
New glue gun.
And some glue sticks.
And there ya have it, I will leave it just like that LOL
And some sanding. And testing.
Covering the holes for painting.
First coat of paint…..many more to come.
I hit it up a few times lightly and decided to let it dry and give it a good sanding before I do any more work to it. I always love when it super orange peels up like that =/ I will sand that crud off.
SO I decided to get to finish up some sleeving. These are mah toolz
I had a few of these dumb double wires, decided to clean them up.
Pulled out the res for some placement.
And some sleeving.
I think I will end up single sleeving this, but for now it shall be like this.
But that’s where its all at right now, plans are to get the fan controller finished, and finish the fans and then we will start the assembly.
Well its that time again.
If you’ve been following, I started on a fan connector that wasted a ton of my time, and the more I worked on it the more I realized that it would never be to my standards, and I would just keep fixing it and fixing it and fixing it.... So I scrapped it and went with my back up idea. This update and the next will be for the finishing up of the lighting and fan power terminal.
Also please bear with me on the pictures, I am trying my best to take "quality" shots, but my camera is not the greatest and I really have no clue what I’m doing.... just being honest here lol
Here we have the goodies I picked up from ripyouoffshack... I mean radioshack.
Those silver screws had to go. =)
And then I dug through my wire/crud bin... I’ve salvaged wire from everything from tvs, to heaters it comes in handy many times over.
A couple wires down.
Finding the right length of heatshrink was key, as I really wanted it to look clean and neat.
I think I got close to clean and neat...
Could have been a little neater but this will be the power side and the fan side will be a whole different story.
That’s all I have for now, more to come. Thanks!
So its update time again, I will have to apologize and it probably seems like they come less and less. Which is true, I work a ton and I am semi-competing in a fitness competition. So its hard to squeeze time when there is none! But not today, I had the day off and decided to use my time to get some modding done.
Decided to switch it up a tad and use the block for two of the fans with the option of upgrading to more in the future. This move was made because of the addition of a fan controller.
Like this one!
As discussed here is the block and the two fans that are tapered at the end. I dont know how I fully feel about this yet.
Hardware for the block.
Had to trim some of these down >.<<br />
And there she is.
Overall Im happy with how it looks and functions.
Then I had to do some mental imaging with the rad and how I wanted to run the fan wire into the case.
And some more.
Ive decided to put a small grommet right above that one for the cord, it will route them out of sight and send them to….
…this. Ive decided to display the cords in a fan config to show them off.
And then I ran out of time. =( I ordered some grommets and some connectors and 3 fan grills for the fans. And time to finish up the wiring.
Thanks for looking!
Well another quick update, Stealing time where I can for a little while. Things should settle down and I can give you guys some "real" updates =P.
Here is the plain fan controller I purchased.
As with everything else of mine it got ripped apart.
Here is the hardware <3
And I wont bore you with the sleeving process.
Even though the case is plastic I think it looks simplistic.
And the cables fit perfectly.
Thats all for right now, More to come soon. =D
And here we are again, This is an awesome update, not because I did something super great but because this will be the second to last update for this mod. =D
I couldn’t finish today because of time and the need for a few screws to affix the last rad covers and actual rad assembly.
So I used today to finish up many many odd projects and finish-ups that needed to be done.
First this is no ordinary grommet! This will be the grommet for my fan wires for the rad.
Masked off the hole and…..
Bam! Like so (yea I will be jumping around a bit =P)
And while I had the drill out I put in a cable sadle for the front I/O and fan controller.
I also did some mock up on how I wanted to connect all the fans to the controller.
And some more mock up.
Rechecking the setting of the barb.
Full rad setup minus a grill and 2 screws lol
I threw a tester board in there to get a feel for where the cords would go.
I also realized I needed a 8pin extension for the cpu power, so I pulled out the sleeving tools and when to town.
Someone just asked how this worked, basically you just put the sleeving in and cut at the top for straight and perfect cuts.
And the green rings had to go…. I’ve actually been waiting to do this for a while lol
Re-did some sata sleeving.
And now for some up to date looks at what been going on.
Cant wait to get the ud5 in that case…
This is going to be a huge pain to manage…..
And a taste of whats to come….
Thanks again for those of you that are subbed to this mod, hopefully we can wrap it up here soon…
Looks like I forgot some pictures >.<<br />
I will post these for the XSPC Rasa Kit Club.
How to sleeve the pump/res combo.
Basically I used an exacto knife and sliced a circle around...
Here, and then slit it down a little way and then pulled the tubing off, I left the tubing at the top because that’s what keeps the watertight seal.
Then I put two lengths of sleeve on the wires and covered it all up with a larger size of heatshrink, currently in this pic it is not shrunk.
I taped the wires because I had to put prong fittings on the end of them, otherwise you could just sleeve them like any other connector and put it back into the connector head. (with the original pins of course, they did have another layer of heatshrink that you will have to exacto knife off to make a clean shrink at the end.
This is your end result, a clean and easy mod.
Well everyone, this will be the last update (probably) As the Katharos Mod is mostly finished. So without and more yappen, here is the update….. it is a big one….
These are some new tools I needed to pick up for some of the smaller work, and my other ones were dull.
This is all of the fan connectors, that I had to redo because I wasnted to given them a cleaner look.
I accomplished this by stretching hs over the full connector.
When I was going over final fitting I realized a huge error, the psu fit just fine without the glow panels. But with them it was too large. So I had to tear up the bottom of the psu and drop it down. I removed some rivets and drilled some new holes and….
And now we get to start the final build. I started getting the fittings on the components.
The res combo fit perfectly where it needed to.
Black screws to finish it.
And then the original connectors.
I also spray painted the I/O Panel.
And fitting it in without messing up the pain was a fun time -.-
But it worked out just fine.
Time to remove some stickers.
Pure acetone works… =)
Motherboard installed with the 8pin.
Looken good so far.
And then the construction of the loop began.
Rad put together and installed.
Some cpu block love.
Gpu stickers had to go as well.
Rams stickers =P
Time to do some leak testing.
Funnel in the water.
And this is where it gets good. These are my photos of the project, I have a friend who does professional photography and will be enlisting his help to take some final photos, but in the mean time here are my own personal final photos. I will let the photos do the talking.
I want to take a moment to thank everyone that has taken the time to read my log and even sub to it, as well as offer advice and encouragement. I appreciate all of your kind words. This was my first major mod as well as my first logged one. I have grown in my mod knowledge as well as perfected a few of my own “quirks”
I look forward to providing some better final pictures for you as soon as I get some time to get them done.
It has been a great experience and I have fully been hooked. Actually as I have been finishing this one I have completed the concept for another full mod.
So until then. Thank you guys again.
Here ya go. =)
So those will be the final final photos for the Katharos Mod. Thanks again for everyone that followed.Edited by Lutro0 - 3/12/12 at 11:27pm