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Ah ok
Thank you for the image, I'm really enjoying my new background biggrin.gif

My pleasure!


So this week there was no update as I got very little done. It turned into a yardwork weekend for my house and my inlaw's house. Spring cleanup is always a lot of work!

I did get a bit of grinding done though. I'm working on cutting off the wire management tabs, I drilled out the mounting holes for the reservoir and barrier blocks, and am cutting a few more holes for the wire and tubing pass thru's.

I also changed my design just a bit and decided to incorporate CF wrap in the build. I found a company that does color CF wrap . . . yes color. The CF pattern is textured so you can feel the ridges, and it matches my color scheme pretty closely. I bought a few sample pieces and I think it will be a cool addition and break up the paint a bit. The CF pattern isn't as noticable at first as it is on black CF, but it catches your eye and adds a bit of depth to what normally would be a 2D paint job.

Goals for this week:
Finish cutting / grinding on case
Prep case for paint
Get acrylic window panels and other misc acrylic pieces cut

Look for a pic update this weekend.


Bear


Teaser: I can't give details yet as it's a work in progress, but Jim at CaseLabs is working on another small project for me this week. I hope to have pics of it this week. It's a simple addition, but I'm excited if it turns out ok . . . yes I'm being vague on purpose! rolleyes.gif
Edited by Bear907 - 5/16/11 at 12:19pm
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Me too - I checked with Jim at Case Labs on our "project" and it's going to be a few more days - so we'll see what happens in the update for next week.

You know . . . I was hesitant to cut into this case with the quality (and lets be honest - the cost) of this case, but with all the chopping I've done it isn't a big deal any more! heh biggrin.gif

I know a lot of folks have an aversion to modding, but it has been a blast to work on this Case Labs M8. I would recommend it for modders and those that just want a highly functional out of the box case.


Bear
Edited by Bear907 - 6/6/11 at 12:59pm
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So it has been a few weeks since my last post. The progress has been slower then I wanted, but life happens sometimes. Between busy at work and busy enjoying a bit of sun in the early summer, this project got put off a bit. I'm going to try to hit it hard the next few weeks and make some real progress.

Update 5 - Case prep continues

Spent some time at the lake - it's been a partial cause of the build being delayed.
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The CaseLabs M8 comes with numerous wire management tie downs around the precut holes. Since I will be using carbon fiber vinyl, they are simply in the way.
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A Dremel tool, a file, and a half hour later . . .
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Nice and flat. Perfect!

Next up is to mount the res. The reservoir is going to be one of the main focal points, but I had a few concerns. Not only is this reservoir 400mm tall, it also must be held out 3.5" from the center wall in order to have it be centered in the new window. I was concerned about the weight of this res when it was filled and being held that far away from the mounting points. After a few conversations with the folks at FrozenQ, Alex created some custom mounts for me that work perfectly.

These shots show the drilling for the reservior mounts in the center wall, and the mock up of the res installed in the case.
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I'm very happy how it turned out. I was worried that I would have measured it to short or would have to trim the mounts, but they are exactly the correct fit.

Next up I had to cut the pass thru hole from the res on the PSU side to where the pump will be on the motherboard side. I'm using all Bitspower fittings and pass thru's

The problem:
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Lining up where the fitting needs to be.
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A crude circle around the fitting with a pen - and a few adjustments gave me a place to drill. I didn't have a step bit, and my local home improvement stores wanted $45 bucks . . . So instead I busted out a large 3/4" bit and bored the hole.

The bit dug into the aluminum after it started warming up and it jammed the bit. I had to go at it from both sides to finish the hole.
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Here it is with the res mocked up - the res is just set in place now, but it will be flush when completed.
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It turned out great if I do say so myself.

Well folks, that was going to be the end of the update, but today I received a box from CaseLabs. Could it be the special request I made of Jim? I think it might be . . .
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Wrapped in bubble wrap, crafted perfectly like all of their products, I give you CaseLabs - modders mesh!
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These sheets are 11" x 11.5" 20gauge steel. I requested the sheets be bare metal with no powder coating as I am going to be cutting and bending it anyway.

"Modders Mesh" has been sold out for awhile now from a few locations, and I couldn't find a pattern that matched CaseLabs, so I asked Jim to make me some. It's perfect for well . . . anything a modder could need mesh for. Myself, I plan on using it for hiding the wiring behind the front panel switch, a mount for the water pump, and replacing the boring solid PSU covers with a mesh cover instead.

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In a future update, I will give a review of how well these work. It was important to keep the theme seamless through the build that the mesh pattern inside matched the mesh on the outside. After speaking with Jim, these were made for me as a limited run and not a full on accessory . . . yet. If you want some for your own build, contact CaseLabs here on OCN HERE. You never know what he might be able to do for you.

I'm starting on the fan wiring and sleeving for the next update. Also big news for me, I placed my order for the just released ASUS Crosshair V motherboard. It should be in this week!!

Until next time. Thanks for following along.

Bear
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So, you stole Salt's FrozenQ res! biggrin.gif
    
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Oi??

EDIT: Ah we do seem to be using a similar color theme. It happens . . . I have a good feeling that the final products will be quite a bit different though.
Edited by Bear907 - 6/9/11 at 9:43am
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Hey, I'm looking forward to seeing the end result!
    
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So, you stole Salt's FrozenQ res! biggrin.gif

Salt is not doing the FrozenQ res wink.gif
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Oi??

EDIT: Ah we do seem to be using a similar color theme. It happens . . . I have a good feeling that the final products will be quite a bit different though.

Lovely res Bear, keep em coming smile.gif
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Hey, I'm looking forward to seeing the end result!
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Lovely res Bear, keep em coming smile.gif

Thanks guys

The case prep is a necessary evil and not all together exciting as far as parts of a build log go. I am of the mind that more time spent prepping and making sure the foundation is set perfect leads to many fewer issues later in the build. Been my experience anyway.

There will be another update later this weekend. I finally have a weekend free of no responsibilities except mowing the yard and maybe a round or two of croquet at the park. So I have a few projects on the build that I will be tackling.

Bear
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I've been itching to get to the fan wiring and sleeving, but I had to change paths again. As much as I want to see some things start to come together, I really want to get the case modding completed before moving on to something else.

I spent the better part of the morning masking all the pieces and parts of the case and accessories. Since there are over 30 rivets in the main case, i won't be de-riviting it . . . so I have to paint the main case in stages.

I'm hoping the rain holds back tomorrow so I can get some painting done. I have everything ready to start, but the forecast shows rain for the next 5 days . . . here's hoping.
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