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
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----
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:
Intel Core i5 4690k
Phobya CPU Kühler
MSI Z97 PC Mate
G.Skill Ares DIMM Kit 8GB, DDR3-1600
Zotac Geforce GTX 970
Alphacool NexXxos GPX
Samsung SSD 830 120 GB
Seagate 512 GB (will be replaced by another SSD)
ASUS BC-12D2HT Bluray Combo
Creative SB X-Fi Music
bequiet Pure Power BQT L7-530 W
Alphacool NexXxos 120 mm und 240 mm (~ 12 years old) are replaced by one Phobya G-Changer 420 .v2
Laing DDC with Phobya black nickel top unit
Phobya Balancer 150 black nickel
Enermax T.B. Silence UCTB14B
Alphacomputer Aquaero 5 LT with inline-temperature sensors and flow rate sensor
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.
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.
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.