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I have been batting around the idea of building a case for a while. I originally wanted to make a desk, but it isn't feasible at this point. So, I put together a list of a ideas on what I want in a case and started designing.

List of wants:
- 90 degree rotation on motherboard
- support for ATX and SSI-EEB motherboards
- 3x 120mm exhaust fans on top
- no bottom mounted intake fans
- 2x 360mm radiators with push fan configuration
- easily removed radiator mounts
- Aluminium frame
- Wood exterior panels

So this is what I came up with...(pardon the poor rendering quality)


Current Status:




Details:
- there will be a radiator in the front and rear panel
- one drive bay on the bottom for a bluray player
- room for 2x 3.5" and 2x 2.5" drives
- pulling hardware out of a Cooler Master HAF 912 for drive bays and other parts

Hardware:
- AMD Ryzen 9 3900X (4.3ghz all core, 1.285v)
- G.Skill 2x16 3200c14 (b-die)(3600 at 16-16-16-30)
- MSI x470 Pro Carbon
- AMD Radeon 5700xt (reference) (no overclock)
- SeaSonic Platinum 860w
- SanDisk UltraII 240gb (OS)
- Samsung 960 Evo 1TB (Daily Use - Games, Work)
- SanDisk UltraII 480gb (Daily Use - Work)
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB (long term storage)
- HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB (long term storage)
- BluRay drive

Liquid Cooling:
- 2x XSPC RX360
- 6x EK Vardar F1 1150rpm in push only configuration
- 1x EK X-Top D5 Vario
- 1x EK x470 Pro Carbon Monoblock
- 1x EK Vector Radeon RX 5700 +XT RGB - Nickel + Plexi
- 1x XSPC Photon 170
- XSPC/Bitspower fittings (lots of them)
- Soft tubing
- Distilled w/ Mayhams Inhibitor+ and Biocide+

Retired Gear
- 2x Opteron 6320's with ASUS KGPE-16 and 32gb RAM in quad channel.
- 2x Koolance CPU-380A
- 1x AlphaCool Nexxos GTX - r9-280x M04
- 1x EK Z170G Monoblock
- 1x AlphaCool Nexxos GTX - r9-390x M02
- 1x EK R9-390X-TF5
- OCZ Vertex2 50gb
- WD Blue 500gb (random storage)
- MSI Z170 Gaming 7
- Intel 6700k (at 4.4ghz)
- G.SKILL (2 x 8gb) TridentZ DDR4-3000 (CAS14 version)
- MSI Radeon R9 390X

Status:
18 Sep 2015 - Ordered the aluminium/bolts/polycarbonate window/etc. Will pick up most of it on Thursday.
24 Sep 2015 - Picked up metal and such from the local shop. Received the HAF 912 as well.
27 Sep 2015 - Started Cutting
04 Oct 2015 - New Parts and Beginning Construction
12 Oct 2015 - Status Update
13 Oct 2015 - Construction Pictures and Final Pics
08 Mar 2016 - Hardware update
29 Mar 2016 - GPU overclock update
26 May 2016 - Ordered EK GPU Block
31 May 2016 - EK Block Installed
19 Jun 2019 - Planned Changes
27 Jul 2019 - Update to Ryzen 9 3900X
30 Jul 2019 - Overclock Update
24 Aug 2019 - Update to 5700xt and loop arrangement
 

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Well, I started cutting the framework pieces. When finished, it should look something like:
raw material officially cut, I'm in
 

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New Parts came in on Friday. Still waiting on the GPU waterblock from Alphacool.
1x XSPC RX360
6x Vardar F1 1150 rpm
1x purple ring 22mm Vandal switch
1x purple ring 16mm Vandal switch
1x XSPC Temp Sensor
Various fittings from EK and XSPC
2x UV light bars

Construction started yesterday. Lots of drilling, lots of tapping holes. Still more parts to cut, but its definitely taking shape.



 

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So...I took a day off of work on Friday and decided to work on my case all weekend. Originally, I was going to pull out most the important bits from the current case (Cooler Master ATCS 840 ), take measurements, then put it back into the original case. But, progress went faster than I expected so I left the parts out and frantically got most everything finished.

The computer is still not put together since I didn't have enough time to leak test the loop. So, all the pictures are still on my camera at home and I am typing away on my work computer. All I have is one I took with my cell.



Things accomplished:
-Finished mount for MB, PSU, hard drive cage, blu-ray drive, res, pump, top fans
-made custom cables for PSU to fan splitter blocks
-Side panels finished, including mount for radiators.
-paint (Used automotive lacquer Paint Shop 'Jet Black')
-stained side panels (Miniwax 'Special Walnut')
-sealed panels with polyurethane
-mounted the lights
-put the water block on the XFX 280X DD. Had to modify the block to fit. The hole for the power plugs was 1/8" off...
-set up loop

Things left to do:
-Cut the window polycarbonate
-Mount top fans
-power cables
-run cables for power/reset switches.
-mount the fan splitter blocks
 

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Lots of progress! Looking great. That went together extremely fast!
 

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Lots of progress! Looking great. That went together extremely fast!
I was just as surprised on how fast it came together. Granted, some of the bits could have been more carefully constructed. But, its my first case.

So, I got everything together last night, leak tested it, and put in on my desk. Pushed the power button and it powered up...no post. After much fiddling, I tried holding down the reset button while it powered up and it powered down after 5 seconds. Totally confused I went to bed only to get up 5 minutes later realizing that I had the power switch set to always closed instead of always open. Same with the reset switch...Silly me.



will post more tonight.
 

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Well, its done.

Since my system was down all weekend, I didn't post along the way. But, I took lots of pictures.
Starting fitting the important bits...



Random pictures...





Cutting holes in happiness...or at least some wood.


paint and stain...so pretty...



Mounting stuff...



Some explanation here...I used mounting tape to attach the fan/radiator rails to the panels.



Tubes in...



Construction complete

I swear those lights are actually purple...stupid camera.


 

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Well, its done.
Since my system was down all weekend, I didn't post along the way. But, I took lots of pictures.
wow, this is just amazing. It turned out GREAT. You have to be happy with the results. It ended up looking very similar to your original renders.

you may have set a record for the briefest scratch build log of all time. Didn't even get past page 2!! lol

Excellent job!
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you may have set a record for the briefest scratch build log of all time. Didn't even get past page 2!! lol:
I blame my inability to complete a project if it takes too long. It was the 3 day weekend that I took which really pushed the project forward. After pulling my system apart to take measurements and fit parts, I saw no point in delaying the project and putting my computer back together temporarily. I'm just too lazy for that.

I was also surprised how much faster it went because I bought a band saw. So many cuts to do and the new saw worked like a dream. I even wore out on of the blades.

Something that helps is I used to do a lot of remote control boat building from scratch. So, I got used to doing all the hard thought and planning before buying material. Most of my planning worked out, only made a few deviations that made the project better in the end.
 

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I was also surprised how much faster it went because I bought a band saw. So many cuts to do and the new saw worked like a dream.
^^^ THIS

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY BANDSAW
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but seriously though, I totally agree good planning and then building without interruptions is where it's at
 

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Well, did a stress test with AIDA64 on the cpus and gpu.

Room temp 25c
Water temp 33c
CPU 1&2 temp idle+11c (for some reason my idle temps are 7c)
GPU temp 44c
GPU VRM1 temp 72c
GPU VRM2 temp 59c

I estimated a water delta slightly under 10c when i got the parts and that's what I am getting. I'm very happy.
 

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Changed out the hardware to something a tad more modern about 2 months ago. So now it is running a i7-6700k and a r9-390x. The only problem is I'm received the Alphacool 390x block without the screws 3 weeks ago...Still waiting for them to ship me new ones.





I overclocked the CPU to 4.4ghz and didn't bother trying any higher as I leave my machine on constantly. Until I have the block, its pointless to run any temp tests since I have only the monoblock connected to 2 XSPC RX360s. I will overclock the 390x when I get those block screws.

Note: i ordered the Alphacool block before the EK one was announced. Go figure.
 

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Sell the AC block and get the EK one.
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