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Hi everyone!
I would like to celebrate my new membership to this forum by sharing my worklog with you.
Short introduction of myself: I'm 31 years old, living in Germany, and quite a fan of everything around watercooling and case-modding, since I started working on my PC-case at the age of 14.
I never shared my work online. Like most people I just read a lot in variating forums, surfing around as a silent reader and took a lot of profit and inspiration from all of you. One year ago I decided to give something back and started my worklog in a german forum, a few month later I shared it with a second one. Doing this gave me a lot of fun and feedback, and since my project isn't finished yet I want to do this next step and show it to you as well. Quite fascinating to think about that there might be people in other countries reading my worklog and giving feedback about it.
Back to topic. Most important part of my case-modding and water cooling has always been: silence. Silence in every situation. For the last years I have been using a silentmaxx ST11 bigtower, back than the most silent tower available, but not designed to use with water cooling. I used this tower for four generations of hardware. Now it's time for something new. I was not able to find a PC-case which suited all my ideas, so I decided to build my own one. The main idea was to fully integrate it in my desk, but without the disadvantages of most of the related custom builds.
Within the next few weeks I am going to translate my worklog as fast as possible to bring you up to date to the actual status of my project. The project is finished to ~50%, and I hope to do most of the remaining work within this summer.

----UPDATE MAY 2017----

I am proud and happy to announce that Alphacool, Aquatuning and bequiet! are now sponsoring my project with their great hardware! This allows me to realize all my ideas! Thanks again for trusting and supporting me!

----End of Update----

The concept

I started this project in January 2016. It took the first few month to collect ideas and to draw a first draft in CAD.
The case will be integrated into my Ikea-Desk. I am going to rebuild the side panel of the desk as a cavity wall. All cables going from and to the PC will be routed through the side panel. The case itself will pass through the side panel and shall have a floating look. Like it is not part of the side panel. The radiator will get its own, separated case. I strive for a very clean, industrial and individual look.
These are the first drafts:

https://abload.de/image.php?img=designentwurf1ansicht49ss7.jpg

https://abload.de/image.php?img=designentwurf1ansichtqos8g.jpg

The components

actual hardware:

CPU:

Intel Core i5 4690k

CPU-Cooler:

Phobya CPU Kühler

Mainboard:

MSI Z97 PC Mate

RAM:

G.Skill Ares DIMM Kit 8GB, DDR3-1600

GPU:

Zotac Geforce GTX 970

GPU-Cooler:

Alphacool NexXxos GPX

HDD #1:

Samsung SSD 830 120 GB

HDD #2:

Seagate 512 GB (will be replaced by another SSD)

Bluray-drive:

ASUS BC-12D2HT Bluray Combo

Sound card:

Creative SB X-Fi Music

Power supply:

bequiet Pure Power BQT L7-530 W

Radiator:

Alphacool NexXxos 120 mm und 240 mm (~ 12 years old) are replaced by one Phobya G-Changer 420 .v2

Pump:

Laing DDC with Phobya black nickel top unit

Reservoir:

Phobya Balancer 150 black nickel

FANs:

Enermax T.B. Silence UCTB14B

Survey:

Alphacomputer Aquaero 5 LT with inline-temperature sensors and flow rate sensor


New components:

https://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc05672tosql.jpg

My workshop

There's no room for a dedicated workshop in my flat, and I don't have a basement. So I am using a mobile workstation. But at work I have access to a workshop with a lot of professional tools, including an old milling maschine and a lathe. Without this possibilities I would barely be able to realize my ideas.



The material

I am using MDF panels. They're cheap and easy to machine. The cavity wall is reinforced by wood profiles. To achieve the same look as the remaining parts of the desk I searched for furniture foil. It took me several month and a lot of samples to find the right one. The picture is taken with flash, under normal sun light you can't see a real difference between foil and desk.

https://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc05684zeswm.jpg

The case itself will be foiled in shiny white, if I am able to manage this process with all the curves. I don't like spraying and try to avoid it. Inside the case I am going to use a foil which looks like brushed, black anodized aluminium.
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I understand I am grateful to have a big house with a big yard and a basement. my problem is having time to fix it up. Mom left me the house and I have started remodeling. It takes time. But soon I am going
to start on that desk. Going to use the 2nd floor kitchen as my computer room. Have to finish gutting it out.
Looks like you have some other work to do till you can join the club of desk-builders
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Can't wait to get my own house, but this is going to take a while.
 

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Agreed. I want some of the components you have milled, not to use for a build or anything, they just look haveable.
Your comment just made my day
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...they just look haveable...
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'Tis true! Finely machined parts are things of beauty, works of art, and a joy to behold!
 

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'Tis true! Finely machined parts are things of beauty, works of art, and a joy to behold!
This is a poetic tribute! And never forget, manual milled parts are hours of hours of work.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc_1058zubep.jpg

But it's worth it!

Today I did a first test with the pump and reservoir. The position of the connectors isn't final yet. The position of the pump is a problem for de-airing, as expected. Had to unmount it and swing it around. Maybe the problem will get eliminated by the final tubing setup.
I filled the reservoir nearly to the top and started the pump. Pump was loud and nothing spectacular happened. Then I started de-airing, and made a big mess. Without air the pump started to show its full potential. And it's really powerful. The water splashed out of the top opening of the reservoir, and I had to do an emergency stop. One advantage of this pump is the possibility to control the speed onboard. I put it on min speed, which worked well for this test-setup. The difference in pressure between in/out of the reservoir results in a very interesting height difference of the water within the tubes.
And without air the pump is really, really silent. And, best of all, there are no vibrations. I was really concerned about vibrations of the pump, my old DDC is a disaster at this point. But the VPP755 just has no vibrations. My mounting solution seems to be adequate enough.
My reservoir works fine, nothing to mention about it. All tubes and connections seem to be tight.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc08418myyc0.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc08417x3yjz.jpg
 

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Nice, Seeing water int he loop is really exciting.
Cant wait to see more.
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[quote name="mrmaler" url="/t/1628541/sponsored-floating-cave/60#post_26142331...And never forget, manual milled parts are hours of hours of work...[/quote]

You can say that again! My daddy was a machinist, I took machine shop classes when I was in college, and briefly worked in a machine shop after graduating so I know what you're talking about. I wish I had access to a machine shop. I'd kill for a lathe and a mill but, then, I would have to kill for a place to put them and all that killing is so messy.
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This is a level of ingenuity and thought I have not seen in quite some time. I learned in a 5 axis lathe from my grandfather, and was all done by hand, with hand written math. You have peeked my interest sir. I may have to plan a desk build. I especially like the thought into the future of maintenance and upgrading. A hinged locking panel to access anything you need was always the top priority in my plans.

I am tickled tarded with the anticipation of the completion.

Great work!!!
 

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Great work indeed , I've said it again , but the pump placement is genius
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Hope everything works out on the end,excited to see more!
 

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Wow this is one hell of a build! Keep up the great work!
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Thanks for all the kind words! I'm really happy about your enthusiasm about my project! Hadn't had enough time to work on it the last days. But good news, the res seems to be really tight. No water loss in severall days.
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You can say that again! My daddy was a machinist, I took machine shop classes when I was in college, and briefly worked in a machine shop after graduating so I know what you're talking about. I wish I had access to a machine shop. I'd kill for a lathe and a mill but, then, I would have to kill for a place to put them and all that killing is so messy.
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Wise words
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nobody likes to clean up afterwards... after milling, of course
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This is a level of ingenuity and thought I have not seen in quite some time. I learned in a 5 axis lathe from my grandfather, and was all done by hand, with hand written math. You have peeked my interest sir. I may have to plan a desk build. I especially like the thought into the future of maintenance and upgrading. A hinged locking panel to access anything you need was always the top priority in my plans.

I am tickled tarded with the anticipation of the completion.

Great work!!!
Hand written maths? You got my respect. I really enjoy the possibilities of a calculator and especially CAD
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Would be great to see you building your own desk and get some new inspirations!
 

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Me and my project are still alive! Family and job kept me busy, this won't change for the next weeks. But I managed to get into the workshop for one day and worked on some covers for SATA and system cables. They're milled from aluminium and brushed with sand paper. First draft was quite more easy, but while milling them I got new ideas about the design and in the end they got really extensive to mill. Picture quality is low due to the light conditions, but I did not want to hold back this small progress.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc09293c1j27.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc09294qlk36.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc09296pujui.jpg
 

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wow just saw this thread. absolutely stunning work my man. well deserved sponsorship and hope to see the finish of this build and more in the future!
 

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Nice, that looks really good.
I absolutely love the milling work. Really makes this build stand out.
Eager to see what else you have coming for us in the next while
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