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I have had a Caselabs M8 for a while and just been planning and waiting on screws, sleeving, and whatnot. I have most of my stuff and got sick of seeing it sitting there with no love, just wistful looks as I passed by.

The full completion may take a while as it is warming up here and paintball season is in full effect, so money for stuff will be more scarce.

I plan to get a Sandy Bridge setup hopefully this summer and will swap out my current hardware. Then turn the current stuff into a HTPC.

The second chamber will have the VGA rad at the top, but waiting on what to do for graphics. I had a PNY GTX 570 for a couple days, but they changed to a non reference design and my block won't work. I am waiting for my refund and will get an EVGA one I think. I may save up and just get a 580 to not have to worry about my VRMs since the block will fit either.

To do list:
1. Get 6 different rad fans so my Gelids can be moved to viewable areas.Got 6 1850 AP15 GTs for my rads.
2. Get a few more matching fans for the front. I currently have a nice quiet Scythe and a loud ass Evercool. Got some AP15 GTs for the case too.
3. VGA cooling. It will be on it's own loop. I need a pump, res, and GTX 570/580, Got GTX580 now. Done! Will update the thread soon!
4. Change out the stock vandal switches to green ones.
5. Sleeve the front firewire and audio wires. Removed them instead, I won't ever use them.
6. Manage and cleanup the second chamber wiring and tubing. Won't be done until the VGA stuff is completed. I am thinking about building custom length cables for the modular items on my PSU.
7. Ummm other stuff: Misc random things like a MB extension strip to cover the opening between the MBtray and center wall.

Caution Swiftech Rad users on cases prior to May 1st 2011(estimate):
There is an issue with a few nuts at the top rad locations that prevent a flush mount. Below are the parts details from this section: http://www.overclock.net/13107464-post3.html
In addition to the rubber (mostly for sealing to make air through rad only), I used 2 washers per screw location. Together they were about the thickness of a penny or just a little more.

This should give you details if you search locally.

Rubber trim from McMaster-Carr PN: 8510K124: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/117/3739/=c83502

Washers from McMaster_Carr PN: 97416A113

Current setup so far:
Weeeeeee002.jpg
Updated to SB now! biggrin.gif
MoreSBUpdate002.jpg
MoreSBUpdate006.jpg
MoreSBUpdate023.jpg
MoreSBUpdate028.jpg
I had to use a piece of clear Tygon for my CPU inlet. I am out of the acid green, but i kinda like it. Also the damn UV makes the camera cry, it looks way better IRL.
All other pictures are viewable from clicking on the spoiler tags.

Here's some pics of previous planning and work: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
ForsakenM8012.jpg
ForsakenM82002.jpg
ForsakenM8017.jpg
Above is just using old stuff to mock it up as I'm using what will go in it for now. It lines up with the window. I basically want that front drive area blocked off to not see it for now with the HDs and SSDs to be in a push/pull config. Why push/pull on drives? Cause. That's why. tongue.gif

Wanted to have matching heads on nearly all the screws so I used these for the grill to fan bracket sides.
M8screws006.jpg
M8screws015.jpg
M8screws017.jpg
They were supposed to be black oxide, but are more of crap oxide. . .so I had to paint them to match the nice ones I mounted my fans with (above pic shows the difference):
M8screws020.jpg
The four on the right are original, others show the painted difference:
M8screws026.jpg

Quick shot of primer, then matte black and all better biggrin.gif

And a couple of sleeved front header pieces:
Vinyl dyed black front panel header and sleeved USB cables (waiting on larger stuff from Furryletters):
M8Project001.jpg
M8Project008.jpg

MB and drives moved over from my HAF 932:
M8Project014.jpg

I'll post more tomorrow if I get a chance. wheee.gif

Pic updates:
Post #2
Post #3
Post #4
Post #5
GTX580 is here!
DEMCFlex Filters
Gentle Typhoons are here
MCP355 Pump fix kit
Second loop parts and 355 pump fix
Dual loops installed and a bunch of other work
Some sleeving work
--Rome
Edited by Forsaken_id - 4/2/12 at 9:28am
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C300 128Gb SSD(OS) WD 640Gb + 500Gb Asus DRW-2014S1T Custom Dual Loop Windows 7 Premium 64bit 
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post #2 of 64
I'll be watching. I like seeing what others are doing with their CaseLabs rigs.
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post #3 of 64
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More pics: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
M8Project015.jpg

There are 6 little nuts at the top of the case on the inside for some reason that are just close enough to the rad mounts to be an issue so I used some c channel rubber to create a little space:
M8Project016.jpg
M8Project017.jpg
M8Project019.jpg

These buggers are the annoyance:
M8Project021.jpg

One of the legs of the c channel needed removing to mount the fans properly so I just placed a 2.5mm allen in and used an X-acto blade to slice along it (cut one in background):
M8Project022.jpg

To make these nice little L shaped ones:
M8Project025.jpg

Also used some on the end to "seal" the airpath:
M8Project026.jpg

Rad and fans all mounted:
M8Project028.jpg
M8Project029.jpg
M8Project031.jpg

Caution Swiftech Rad users on cases prior to May 1st 2011(estimate):
There is an issue with a few nuts at the top rad locations that prevent a flush mount. Below are the parts details from the pics and issue above.
In addition to the rubber (mostly for sealing to make air through rad only), I used 2 washers per screw location. Together they were about the thickness of a penny or just a little more.

This should give you details if you search locally.

Rubber trim from McMaster-Carr PN: 8510K124: http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/117/3739/=c83502

Washers from McMaster_Carr PN: 97416A113
Cutting the 3" screws down to the right size is a tedious process. . .all I have is a little hobby vice and hack saw. I still need to cut 12 more for the rad on the other side. frown.gif
--Rome biggrin.gif
Edited by Forsaken_id - 5/25/11 at 9:53pm
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C300 128Gb SSD(OS) WD 640Gb + 500Gb Asus DRW-2014S1T Custom Dual Loop Windows 7 Premium 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus 24" LCD Ideazon Merc XFX 850W Black Edition Caselabs M8 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C300 128Gb SSD(OS) WD 640Gb + 500Gb Asus DRW-2014S1T Custom Dual Loop Windows 7 Premium 64bit 
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Asus 24" LCD Ideazon Merc XFX 850W Black Edition Caselabs M8 
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post #4 of 64
Subbed.

BTW you could use a standard large pair of pliers to cut your bolts down instead of using a Hacksaw. At least the Hacksaw gives a cleaner result if you need for the threads not to be fouled. So in the future if it doesn't matter you can save yourself the tedium. cheers.gif

~Ceadder:drink:
 
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post #5 of 64
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ceadderman;13110751 
Subbed.

BTW you could use a standard large pair of pliers to cut your bolts down instead of using a Hacksaw. At least the Hacksaw gives a cleaner result if you need for the threads not to be fouled. So in the future if it doesn't matter you can save yourself the tedium. cheers.gif

~Ceadder:drink:

Yeah I have vice-grips I could have used, but like you mentioned, the threads get jacked. I just used two nuts right at the spot to cut and they keep the threads good.
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Intel 2600K Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 EVGA 580 WC Samsung MV-3V4G3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C300 128Gb SSD(OS) WD 640Gb + 500Gb Asus DRW-2014S1T Custom Dual Loop Windows 7 Premium 64bit 
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post #6 of 64
Yeahup. Though I cut mine the same way with a pair of pliers. If I want to take the Hexnuts off the bolt just take the bolt out and thread them back the other way. biggrin.gif

~Ceadder:drink:
 
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EK Supreme High Flow EK Full Coverage Block PrimoChill 1/2"x3/4" tubing EK Black Nickel Compression Fitting 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Enzotech 45 Degree Rotary Fitting EK Dual DDC V2 top Swiftech Pump DDC-1T (2) Liquid Fusion V Double helix Reservoir 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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post #7 of 64
Just buy some wire strippers that have the 6-32 cutter in them.
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post #8 of 64
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by XxGrave;13110989 
Just buy some wire strippers that have the 6-32 cutter in them.

I have those, but not as good as advertised. It is actually easier for me to just hack saw them.
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Asus 24" LCD Ideazon Merc XFX 850W Black Edition Caselabs M8 
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C300 128Gb SSD(OS) WD 640Gb + 500Gb Asus DRW-2014S1T Custom Dual Loop Windows 7 Premium 64bit 
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Asus 24" LCD Ideazon Merc XFX 850W Black Edition Caselabs M8 
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post #9 of 64
Buy good wire strippers. Find some kleins or greenlees (same thing, diff color). Use mine tons at work.
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post #10 of 64
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More work and pics Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Drives mounted/cabled:
M8Project032.jpg
M8Project034.jpg
M8Project036.jpg

With the pan head socket screws I got:
M8Project037.jpg

M8Project039.jpg
M8Project042.jpg

Used a piece of the c channel for stabilizing the end of the PSU (didn't really need it, but makes me feel better):
M8Project043.jpg

Block off plate setup installed:
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v219/forsaken_id/Teh%20Puter/?action=view&current=M8Project045.jpg
M8Project048.jpg
M8Project049.jpg
M8Project050.jpg

Edited by Forsaken_id - 5/2/11 at 1:20am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2600K Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 EVGA 580 WC Samsung MV-3V4G3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C300 128Gb SSD(OS) WD 640Gb + 500Gb Asus DRW-2014S1T Custom Dual Loop Windows 7 Premium 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus 24" LCD Ideazon Merc XFX 850W Black Edition Caselabs M8 
MouseMouse Pad
Razer Naga Random squishy thing 
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Box of Doom
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2600K Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 EVGA 580 WC Samsung MV-3V4G3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
C300 128Gb SSD(OS) WD 640Gb + 500Gb Asus DRW-2014S1T Custom Dual Loop Windows 7 Premium 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus 24" LCD Ideazon Merc XFX 850W Black Edition Caselabs M8 
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Razer Naga Random squishy thing 
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