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post #11 of 126 (permalink) Old 06-10-2009, 01:20 PM - Thread Starter
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Update 9

Finished sleeving the 8pin and 24pin connectors for the PSU. for the 8pin connector, each wire was sleeved with 22 inches of nylon sleeving. and for the 24pin connector, each wire was sleeved with 23 inches of nylon sleeving. total, i used 705 inches just for 8pin and 24pin connectors! 705! though i'd have to say this is my best sleeve job ever. most of the heatshrink is uniform at the ends. i'll be sleeving the modular cables later.


now a test fit in the system while it is aircooled. i'm actually using the system right now b/c Valkyrie has a dead mobo.

now some shotts of the wiring looks.



i have the 24pin curled for now. i'd like to stuff it in the small space right above the PSU but its a bit difficult atm.

and the 8 pin i've flattened out next to the GPU so that the side panel will actually fit. when i was using a different PSU... and the stock sleeving was on.. i had to leave everything open b/c it wouldn't close.

but now it does!!

and a full shot of the front w/o faceplate

and a test fit of the faceplate on.

now with the brass and fans.



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Now originally, i had planned on having the HDDs on the side panel, but where is the fun in that? you can't even take a peak inside w/o having to totally dismantle it so that became a no go. With the original HDD rack, it blocked the way for tubing for water cooling so i needed a way to cut it down and make it work.

with some brain storming with repo, we came up with cutting down the HDD rack. now i needed a way of still keep it attached w/o having to ruin the case. i decided to use brass L rails. two pieces. 1x 5.5" and the other 7.5" this way there is a total of 3 spots holding the HDD rack up w/o any sag.





this is what came out. after this, the HDD rack will get powdered with the rest of the case and the L rails will get polished.


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Update 11

i finally got to doing the one of two windows. the window is a clear cast bronze tinted acrylic.

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Update 12

i finished the other side panel!


all thats left to do is to polish up the brass some more and get this babe powdered!

i've also finished making and sleeving the new 2x 6pin PCIe connectors for the gfx.






I've just finished making and sleeving a SATA connector for two HDDs.








however, some things have changed and this has become an air rig temporarily. my template did not arrive on time so i've resorted to using air for now. i'll update with new pics once it goes liquid.


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i've dropped off the case for powder coating and i'll have it back at latest wednesday!

during the time it is being powdercoated, i'll be polishing the brass to make it the highlight of the case.

and what the rig has been reduced to.


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I went back and repolished some of the pieces. i got to the front grille and HDD brackets. i'll get to the window outlines next.



and a shot of the sunset after a good day's polishing.


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finally finished polishing all the brass. was raining over the weekend so no chance to do so.

my method of polishing of brass starts off with the brown polishing compound to get rid of as much of the scatches as possible. then i wash off the compound w/ dish soap then dry off the brass w/ a microfiber cloth. after those are dry. i repolish with mother's metal polish to give it a final good shine.

this is what i end up with.


and the polishing compounds.


next step, to pick up the powdered case and reassemble the beauty!


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Update 16: Part 1

picked up the case from powdercoaters!!! and my oh my is it a beauty!

here it is after just picking it up

the mobo tray

hdd rack

case feet

the chassis

faceplate

sidepanels

and with their powers combined... they form... captain planet!! wait.. sorry wrong show.

the constructicons! i mean hdd rack and rails

to form devastator!

case feet with the rubber

together

then adding some neoprene on the top to reduce vibrations when attached to case..

well speak of the devil. its attached to the case!

and the HDD rack put into the case too.

and the other side of the sexiness.

face plate and brass grill

and the xiggies that go along with it!

they go together quite nicely huh? now you must be wondering what that big gaping hole in the front panel is. thats for the aquatube res. for now it's a peek hole.

sidepanel, window, and outline.

both done.

the PSU is being held in by brass 6-32 screws.

and mobo with card but no fan for hsf..

here it is! i've sleeved the fan connector and my little mounting method for the intel heatsink. problem is that it tends to wiggle around..

so what i did was cut thin strips of 1/8" neoprene with adhesive backing then rolled it around the thumbnut and voila! its keeps it nice and tight while reducing vibration!

all together!

with how the case is.. i need the 8pin to lay flat against the PSU so i can close the sidepanel properly.

both 24pin and 8pin all connected and nicely wrapped around itself.

2x PCIe connectors connected too!

then of course the custom SATA power cables.

and last but not least! the sata cables connected to the mobo.

i'd have to say that this is my best sleeve job i've ever done.


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Update 16: Part 2

from here i'll let the pictures do all the talking.

















some slightly dark shots.













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Update 16: Part 3

b/c of the powder/brass, i decided to ditch the old cover on the back of the case for the HDD rack.

i took some leftover brass from my midplate experiment awhile back. traced the old cover and cut it out with some shears.

then i took them both outside and clamped them down and drilled out the four corners.

and attached!


i will be doing a similar design to the radgrille in front once i get the watercooling gear in.


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