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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-14-2015, 12:15 AM - Thread Starter
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I've built about 5 custom computers of various specs between myself and my brother, my last rig was my first venture into liquid cooling and it went very well I think, and I'm pretty much hooked now ><, so I wanted to try my hand at building a custom case. The inspiration/ideas came from a lot of different sources but most notably the Thermaltake Level 10 style case and the various wall mounted rigs I've seen on this site and many others.

Anyway, the main "case" will be made of wood, the outside edges will be Tiger Maple and the inside panel where everything will be mounted will be Walnut, the wood choices are just from lots of furniture I've seen around and I really like the color contrast between the two woods. Everything will be mounted to the left side of the vertical panel and will be exposed, all the wires will be hidden between the front and rear panel to give a clean look. The tubing will be stainless steel and use EK hard-line fittings and most of the components used are EK.

Specs as of now:
Mobo: EVGA X99 Micro ATX w/ Custom WC Blocks
CPU: Intel I7 5820K w/ EK LTX Block
GPU: Zotac GTX980 w/ EK Waterblock
PSU: EVGA 750 G2
RAM: DDR4 3000 Hyper X
SSD: 2x Corsair Force GS 240gb
Rad: HW Labs SR-2 480mm
Fans: Blacknoise PL-1 900rpms (push/pull)
Pump: D5 Vario on an EK Top
Res: EK 250mm V3

As of now I'm still debating on WC the ram and Mobo (I've already got the Mobo block) but I'm worried it will make everything look to busy and kill the simplicity of the build. Overall I'm going for a modern look with the wood choices and the stainless and hopefully I can make the image in my head a reality! lol

A few quick sketchup drawings of the basic idea, and hopefully I can start on the case this weekend as I just got the last of the wood in today!



A basic layout of how everything is going to be positioned on the case:



Hopefully more to come this weekend!
Jake

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i7 8700K
Motherboard
EVGA Z370 Micro
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Corsair SF600
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Watercool Heatkiller IV CPU Block
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Watercool Heatkiller 1080Ti Block & Backplate
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Hardware Labs 360GTS Radiator
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Thermaltake RIING Plus Fans
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Just a suggestion, but I would consider moving the power supply to an edge of the case so you don't have the cable from the wall running between the components

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im a huge fan of scratch builds -> subbed!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-14-2015, 01:01 PM - Thread Starter
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Just a suggestion, but I would consider moving the power supply to an edge of the case so you don't have the cable from the wall running between the components

Yea that was the original plan, but there just isn't enough room on the board to have the Mobo, GPU and Power Supply in the same line, I did order a 90 degree power cord from Amazon and it's going to go through the front panel where all the other cables are and come out the bottom. So all you'll see is the connector and maybe an inch or two of wire.

Thanks!
Jake

Lian Li PC-O6SX
(21 items)
CPU
i7 8700K
Motherboard
EVGA Z370 Micro
GPU
GTX 1080Ti
RAM
Corsair Vengeance LED
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe
Hard Drive
Samsung 950 Evo
Power Supply
Corsair SF600
Cooling
Watercool Heatkiller IV CPU Block
Cooling
Watercool Heatkiller 1080Ti Block & Backplate
Cooling
Watercool Heatkiller 200mm DDC Pump/Res Combo
Cooling
Hardware Labs 360GTS Radiator
Cooling
Bitspower Fittings
Cooling
Bitspower 16mm PETG Tubing
Cooling
Thermaltake RIING Plus Fans
Cooling
Barrow Flow Meter
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Update! Finally lol. I've been busy doing just about everything but getting build this computer ><. But I finally got some time to work on it this weekend and got a good bit done.

This is my first time working with hardwood and it there was a learning curve for sure! Finally got the frame pieces ripped, sanded, angle cut, rabbeted and glued together! Took about 2 days total.

Pic of the frame together:




Was able to get the Walnut panels cut to size yesterday! I've experimented on the lower left corner with tung oil just to see what kind of finish I'm going to end up with, the final product will be darker.





Today I got started on the radiator mount and hit a snag when my Dremel died! lol.



Final layout of the part I need to cut:



And how far I got before my Dremel died!




I'll pick up a new Dremel sometime this week for sure, I've needed one for 6 months or so as this one has been on its way out for a while. I need to get the radiator mount finished and mounted, I've already got the holes for the Motherboard and the Graphics Card drilled, just need to make the standoffs. The PSU mounts are coming this week as well so I can get everything mounted and figure out exactly where I need to cut the slots for wires and get the final layout and see if I like it, but its coming along great so far!

Thanks,
Jake

Lian Li PC-O6SX
(21 items)
CPU
i7 8700K
Motherboard
EVGA Z370 Micro
GPU
GTX 1080Ti
RAM
Corsair Vengeance LED
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe
Hard Drive
Samsung 950 Evo
Power Supply
Corsair SF600
Cooling
Watercool Heatkiller IV CPU Block
Cooling
Watercool Heatkiller 1080Ti Block & Backplate
Cooling
Watercool Heatkiller 200mm DDC Pump/Res Combo
Cooling
Hardware Labs 360GTS Radiator
Cooling
Bitspower Fittings
Cooling
Bitspower 16mm PETG Tubing
Cooling
Thermaltake RIING Plus Fans
Cooling
Barrow Flow Meter
Case
Lian Li PC-O6SX
Operating System
Window 10 Home
Monitor
Alienware AW3418DW Ultrawide 34"
Keyboard
DAS Keyboard 4 Pro
Mouse
Razer Deathadder RGB
Mousepad
Mionix Alioth XXL Stiched Gaming Pad
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