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post #1 of 46
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Hey OCN,
This is one of my first posts for Overclock.net. I recently got into building computers and recently finished my first one. It is the sig rig. I am completely happy with the performance it gives considering it is one of the best computers that I have had and was built by myself. During my winter break, I decided to embark on a project that I think would be pretty cool if successfully completed. I have included a rough sketch to how I would like the case to look.

Couple Notes:
1) I plan on buying a cd drive holder and screwing it into the case rather than building a custom one
2) I have not decided what I am going to build the black portion out of yet.
3) The Watercooling system will flow from the xdpc pump/res to the cpu, to the sidepanel waterfal, to the 360 rad under the black portion and back to the pump/res
4) I also plan on buying the graphics card/io plate holder instead of building one
5) The green thing is the res and the other box is the PSU.
6) I have measured almost everything to scale and left a little margin of error
7) Did not include a motherboard tray but will be in the final model.
8) Also Plan on purchasing a hard drive tray as well.

Couple Questions
1) Will I need an extra pump to push the water from the waterfall res to the rad or the rad to the xspc res?
2) Is 1/4th in acrylic strong enough to build with?
3) If I do need a pump, how should I create the loop?
4) Finally, what do you guys think about the design?

I do not have too much experience but do enjoy arts and crafts so I cannot do any elegant designs.

If you have any tips on working with acrylic please share it

Thanks in advance
-Eli.kim


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post #2 of 46
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If you have any tips on working with acrylic please share it
This sounds like a job for.. CyberDruid! He's done alot with acrylic in the past, his build logs are pretty easily searchable here on OCN (I'll get back to you with some links), they have videos and plenty of useful tips. They're works of art and he is very talented, a good place to start.
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post #3 of 46
NOOOO!!!!! You took my idea! LOL, I was going to do something very similar to this when I finished my GhettoBook mod. I guess I'll wait and see how it comes out. Great project BTW!


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If you're going to cut the acrylic yourself, a table saw is perfect. Use a carbide tipped blade with 60-80 teeth and take it slow. There should be very little if any chipping if you do it properly. Also, make sure you leave the protective paper on as long as possible.
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post #4 of 46
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This sounds like a job for.. CyberDruid! He's done alot with acrylic in the past, his build logs are pretty easily searchable here on OCN (I'll get back to you with some links), they have videos and plenty of useful tips. They're works of art and he is very talented, a good place to start.
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post #5 of 46
1/4 is a fine thicknes

you will need a second loop.

Here ya go!

http://www.overclock.net/cyberdruidp...eservoirs.html
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post #6 of 46
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Thanks for the replies guys
I will definitely look into cyber druids stuff. They were the first things I found when I searched for waterfall res-es on OCN. His work is truly amazing. Thanks for the tip on which saw blade to use as well. I plan on covering all pieces of acrylic that I will be working on with painters tape but have no idea why Also, Nick, How do you propose I make my loop? I have no idea how two loops would work. A designated loop for the waterfall and a loop for my cooler?

Finally, Foothead, I'm sorry I stole your idea It is truly an awesome one you know what they say, Great minds think alike
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post #7 of 46
The acrylic should come already masked off. You won't have to do it yourself. Also, for the bottom section, you can get black acrylic. I would leave it clear though, as a big black box on the bottom of a clear case will look bad. It will also make it difficult to leak check. If you're confident enough in your modding abilities, it would look really cool to remove all the casing from your power supply and replace with acrylic.


For the waterfall, what you should do is get a submersible pump (like in an aquarium) and stick it into the reservoir. Then, have it pump up a square acrylic tube to the top of the waterfall. Do not use a hose for this, as it will just look bad.
 
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CD isnt taking on work anymore
I know and it's too bad, he really is a true craftsman. His logs though provide my daily bedtime reading though so he'll never really disappear /OT
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a laser cutter really speeds things up if you can find one you can use.
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post #10 of 46
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Nalty - I really wish I could get a laser cutter.
foothead - so you're recommending to put the waterfall in a separate loop? why is that? would it not work integrated into the full loop?
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