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post #1 of 300 (permalink) Old 06-10-2011, 10:57 AM - Thread Starter
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[Update] Step 32: Up and running again!
So actually bought a new mobo since I'm having some problems with the RMA process... not going to go into details here but let's just say that the company I'm dealing with doesn't seem to follow their own RMA policies. But anyways, I got a new mobo, built the rig again and it's working fine at the moment.
Some pics from earlier today and a few days back:
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New main monitor, 2560x1440 goodness smile.gif
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Folding @ 4.8ghz and the evap seems to keep temps pretty well even at the higher summer ambients that we have at the moment:
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I'll probably be sorting out the red led for the reservoir later today or tomorrow, so expect some extra pics pretty soon smile.gif

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Introduction:

Let me start by saying thank you for reading my thread. You taking an interest in my work is a thing that I appreciate greatly. But enough of that aye? let's get on with it.

This whole project I've just started working with started a month or two back when I started to think about watercooling. I had always wanted to build a custom loop for myself but I never did. The things that prevented me from doing so we're my case, NZXT Lexa and the thing that I was a bit scared about building a loop. Well lately I've doing some reading and I've decided that watercooling is really something that I want to try. Last week I finally decided that I was going to buy a loop. My only obstacle now was my case. This thing has horrible airflow and basically no place to put a radiator in. That's when it hit me. I'm going to build my own case. And it's going to be a tech bench. A wooden one.

Few more things I want to address are that at the moment I am a 17 years old student spending my summer vacation in my home town in Finland. The last time I worked with any kind of wood or used a more complex tool than a screwdriver was over 3 years ago in school. This is pretty much the first time I try to do something like this. Because of this I do not have the necessary tools at my disposal. So in order to do this I'm going to be travelling 20km by bike to meet my grandpa who happens to have a small garage I can work in. I'm going to be doing this every single time I want to work on this project. Sounds optimistic aye? :-)

Let's start.

Goals:

post-flame-small.gif I want to build a custom tech bench I can use with my current sig rig.

post-flame-small.gif I want to build a custom watercooling setup.

post-flame-small.gif I want to spend only a small sum of money

and last but not least

post-flame-small.gif I want to have fun :-)

Hardware:

Computer parts:

CPU: i7 860
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D
RAM: Mushkin ridgeback 1600mHz 6-8-6-24-1T
GFX card: ASUS GTX 590
PSU: Corsair AX1200
HDDs: 2x Samsung spinpoint f3 1TB + WD green 750gb

WC:

CPU block: EK Supreme HF Acetal
Rad: EK Coolstream XT 240
Pump & Res: XSPC X2O 750
Fans: 2x Coolermaster sickleflow 1850rpm 63cfm
Tubing: Masterkleer UV reactive black 19/13mm

Additional hardware:

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post #2 of 300 (permalink) Old 06-10-2011, 11:45 AM - Thread Starter
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This is where it all begins. A dead mosquito on a paper. In my school. During a test. A test that & subject that are so boring that even the teacher openly admits it. Swedish. Swedish, Course 3.

It is during these moments that the best ideas spring into my mind. So while I was busy swatting mosquitoes with my notes and maybe even passing the test I started scribbling something to my extra paper. To my surprise what I drew was a computer case, a tech bench.

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I had already thought about building a custom watercooling loop and I started to draw more. I drew a loop and a computer to the case. At this point the test was about the end so I started doing some important Swedish grammar. But the idea about the case stuck to my head.

After the test I really started to think about building the case and buying the loop. It was going to be my holiday soon and I decided that I might as well do something else than game and browse OCN all day long for 2.5 months. I was going to build the case I had scribbled on my test.

A day or tow after, I finally had the time to start with my project and what better thing for that than Google sketchup?

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In the images different parts of the case are completely out of proportions and that is not quite what the finished case will look like but it was enough for me to continue.

All I now had to do was make the arrangements that I mention in the Introduction part of my OP.


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So time for another update.

Sadly I did not have a camera during the first day of working and this is why I've decided to merge day1 and 2 updates into one.

Back to the project:

The first thing I did was go out and buy some materials since I couldn't really find any suitable parts. Looking to save as much money as I could I went ahead and bought 10€ worth of 9mm thick plywood.

After that it was time to grab the jigsaw and start cutting :-)

As I said I didn't have a camera during the first day of work, but here are the images from day 2:

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some of the untouched plywood with the design papers on top.

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The front panel of the case waiting for sanding.

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Mobo tray and one of the side panels also waiting for sanding. I was lucky enough to find a drill bit that was exactly the size of the cable management holes I had designed. Before that I had feared cutting the holes but the process was smooth in the end.

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side panel again.

It'll probably be a few days before I can work with this but I hope I don't have to take a too long break :-)


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So I just ordered some stuff from aquatuning.fi for 230€ smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif

Now I'll just have to wait until they get here. Might be a few days to a week I guess, but in the mean time I guess I could go and get the silver kill coil and some distilled water from local stores.

I also need to do the 5.25' drive bay slots, or at least prepare them for cutting.


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Looks good, Im in the process of building me a tech bench. Didnt really plan on water cooling but I think I have room on the bottom for a res and pump combo and the radiator up top.
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yeah for the mobo. Im asking because you want to make sure you have somewhere for the end of the video card to sit into(where you mount it)
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I like this idea a lot

I was thinking about doing something like this. But I use a seperate res (not res/pump combo) so I would make some kind of extending vertical section to mount the res to.

But still, I'm interested to see how this turns out

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yeah for the mobo. Im asking because you want to make sure you have somewhere for the end of the video card to sit into(where you mount it)

yeah I'm gonna use some normal (0.5cm maybe?) stand offs for the mobo, and for the vid card I'm going to cut a small line to the mobo tray so the PCI bracket fits. I'm also planning to re-use the IO panel/expansion slot back panel from an old case, so I have something to support the gfx card and any future expansion cards.

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