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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 11-14-2014, 09:02 PM - Thread Starter
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When InWin first released their 901 I think almost all of us had one idea or another about how we wanted to make it into our own.

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one of these dream cases.

Here is my take on the 901, and my vision of what it could be. Thank you for dropping in, and welcome.


First impression of when I got it about 6 months ago, I was blown away by the attention to detail in the machining.





First actual modification, converting the case to mATX or something along these lines.










In my defense, there was no mATX model, and the 901 was a little big for the form factor it houses.
















And some test fitting to see if it actually works.








Here is where the idea is born. Since there is glass all around, a very good oportunity to display as much of the hardware as possible.




Slotted out a space in the tray for the bracket.












Sadly the paint on the inner part of the case basically falls of just by looking at it. Looks like a basic paint job. No powder coating, no primer or etching base coat.






The storage stack I used in the aircooled version, not sure if it can or will be used in this project.






The Asus Xonar STX actually fits, and is screwed in place.








The old molex splitter I used to ease cable routing with a non-modular PSU. One molex converts into two molex and one 3-pin fan connector.






Got some paint onto the main structure of the case, respraying the original parts and the conversion.




It's not a factory look but it will work.




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LC Worklog: Laine's Clarity - XB Worklog: Laine's Aestrial
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post #2 of 70 (permalink) Old 11-14-2014, 09:03 PM - Thread Starter
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- Continuing -

The real beginning of this project, the watercooling part.


EK PE-radiators have a finish very closely matching that of the InWin.

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Another comparison of the paint.

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The slot up front nicely fits a slim fan on the radiator without losing too much function, pictures is an Scythe slim, but final product will feature proper Prolimatech slims.

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And my absolut favourite part of this case, the modular design. Conincidence or not, it's possible to split this case up into four major parts.

1) The thick aluminium frame itself, 2) the upper compartment where most of the hardware resides, 3) the PSU-area and 4) the front part where the radiator is located.

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The upper compartment while thinking of ideas. Looks a bit steam punk-ish doesn't it?

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Many reservoirs were tested, many failed - No but seriously, this one matches the finish quite well. In black POM of course.

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As for sleeving, a simple MDPC-X black and grey.

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Many choices for this one, both reservoirs and pumps. Think I might be an Aquacomputer fanboy, there are a few signs of it, haha.

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Aquacomputer Kryos will be cooling the CPU, I went for the cheapest version. It looked to have the largest hole spacing for fittings and a fitting colours scheme.

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Something every mod needs, a Laing turret D5-thingy.

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Finally settled for the Aquacomputer Aquabox Professional and made a plate to separate the reservoir-pump-housing from the rest.

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It's a dummy GPU with an EK Thermosphere mounted on it while the wait of a GTX970 continues.

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No paint on it yet, just a quick vinyl wrap to see how it looks in black.

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The second radiator needed a some room to breathe, so I made a modular mounting plate.

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The edges are a bit uneaven and needs more filing, but this is how it looks from below.

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I wanted these radiators to be level, it drove me mad.

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A quick flip of the plate later and it seems to be corrected.

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A bit early to be celebrating with light design, but time is short on this one.

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Thank you for coming this far! And for those of you who just scrolled down here, I can't blame you.

See you in the next part, and if you have any questions or pointers, do feel free to express them.

Syrillian and Waynio, you are forever with us.

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LC Worklog: Laine's Clarity - XB Worklog: Laine's Aestrial
LC Worklog: Laine's Luna - KB Worklog: Laine's Aeronaut
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Not much interest in an 901 mod it seems, haha. :-D

Continued on last night and today, the bottom compartment got the parts fitted correctly and the divider for the reservoir got mounted properly.
Sorry about the dust and scratches, all case parts will be re-coated in black once everything fits.


Here is how the PSU will be placed alongside the radiators.








And on to the front panel!




A black Aquabox is on it's way, although the white on looks pretty cool too.




And a glimpse of the new pump.




Due to the size restrictions, I opted to change the D5 to a DDC.


Syrillian and Waynio, you are forever with us.

LC Worklog: Laine's Purple Haze - AC Worklog: Laine's Malay
LC Worklog: Laine's Red Wine - LC Worklog: Laine's Simplicity
AC Worklog: Laine's Curreal - AC Worklog: Laine's Malay
AC Worklog: Laine's Nano - LC Worklog: Laine's Mono
LC Worklog: Laine's Clarity - XB Worklog: Laine's Aestrial
LC Worklog: Laine's Luna - KB Worklog: Laine's Aeronaut
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the mod looks great so far! i thought about buying this case for my current build but decided to have a scratch build instead. subbed
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Looks awesome! cant wait to see it done. i have also build a inwin 901 rig, still trying to figure out a way to cool the gpu more. Maybe u have any ideas?

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the mod looks great so far! i thought about buying this case for my current build but decided to have a scratch build instead. subbed

Thank you for your kind words, sourdoh!

Both sound like great ideas, you can't go wrong with any! Do you have a link to this scratch build, would love to check it out! :-)

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Looks awesome! cant wait to see it done. i have also build a inwin 901 rig, still trying to figure out a way to cool the gpu more. Maybe u have any ideas?

https://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2246682/width/500/height/1000

Thank you, Daniyel! Very glad to see that you like it.

I found this when looking around for other watercooled 901's.


Source: http://www.chiphell.com/thread-1021457-1-1.html

He ended up using double radiators in what looks to be a plug and play setup, maybe you could take inspiration from this? I think it looks pretty neat.




Today I decided to document a bit of the process of making the reservoir holder, not much else yet sadly. Hoping to get the top mount and pump mount designed tonight.

Do keep in mind that it's all very rough right now, just to see if it actually works or not.


First off, a paper template.




Step two, replicate! I decided to countersink the hole for the screw opposing the plate to make it lay flat.






And mounted with the reservoar faceplate flush against the housing. I really hope the aluminium is sturdy enough to not flex too much, since this is not an ideal screw placement.



Cheers!

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LC Worklog: Laine's Red Wine - LC Worklog: Laine's Simplicity
AC Worklog: Laine's Curreal - AC Worklog: Laine's Malay
AC Worklog: Laine's Nano - LC Worklog: Laine's Mono
LC Worklog: Laine's Clarity - XB Worklog: Laine's Aestrial
LC Worklog: Laine's Luna - KB Worklog: Laine's Aeronaut
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That looks amazing redface.gif i have seen that build, but that is beautiful. Mhhh, never done water cooling before, but as u can see in my build, i got an gtx 690, dont think i have enough space to connect the tubing for my gpu under it like in the build u showed me. Correct me if im wrong, and thanks for u r reply.
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This thing is just plain beautiful! Great work so far! smile.gif

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Subbed also! I'm building a hardline InWin 901 too right now (first computer build ever, first watercooling ever), but I'm not so gutsy as to tear the whole insides down tongue.gif

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