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I'm a little bit annoyed of my slow progress, but there's no escape from real life 

Time to mount the motherboard again:

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p11409002dl2r.jpg

Now it's easier to understand how the covers for SATA and system panel are meant to work out.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140901soapy.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p11409032pxh4.jpg

The backside shows the biggest progress:

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p11409045ux7v.jpg

I build an aluminium-holder for my 2 SSDs. Surface has to be sanded yet.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140908h4bja.jpg

Aquaero and both Farbwerke found a place, too. Now I'm planning how and where to fix the cables.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140909dzbif.jpg

And there's still a lot of work to do on the case itself.
 

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Those SSD Holders
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This build is looking sooo good.

What colour are you thinking for on the interior?
 

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Those SSD Holders
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This build is looking sooo good.

What colour are you thinking for on the interior?
Thanks man! I'm going to use a 3D-foil. It looks like black anodized, brushed aluminium.
I suggest you thoroughly seal the MDF with a non-water based sealer before applying the foil (penetrating resin used for stabilizing rotten wood might make a good sealer). A coat or two of black paint on top of the sealer will help to hide any nicks or scratches that penetrate the foil. Flat or satin finish polyurethane over the foil will help to prevent nicks and scratches in the foil. Just be sure to test any finish you want to use by first trying it on scrap to make sure the finish is compatible with the material and will give the look you want.
 

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I suggest you thoroughly seal the MDF with a non-water based sealer before applying the foil (penetrating resin used for stabilizing rotten wood might make a good sealer). A coat or two of black paint on top of the sealer will help to hide any nicks or scratches that penetrate the foil. Flat or satin finish polyurethane over the foil will help to prevent nicks and scratches in the foil. Just be sure to test any finish you want to use by first trying it on scrap to make sure the fish is compatible with the material and will give the look you want.
Thats some great advice there
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I suggest you thoroughly seal the MDF with a non-water based sealer before applying the foil (penetrating resin used for stabilizing rotten wood might make a good sealer). A coat or two of black paint on top of the sealer will help to hide any nicks or scratches that penetrate the foil. Flat or satin finish polyurethane over the foil will help to prevent nicks and scratches in the foil. Just be sure to test any finish you want to use by first trying it on scrap to make sure the finish is compatible with the material and will give the look you want.
Many thanks for the great advice! I'm going to to some tests with the acrylic filler I already used for the side panel. It did a good job there. Then I'm going to apply a layer of a special paint with copper particles to get some electromagnetic shielding. I'm not going to paint the foil itself, cause I do not want to fill up the 3D-structure which gives a really good look.
 

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Sorry for the bad picture quality, I'm using an old camera till I'm going to get my good camera back next week.
I soldered the LED-stripe for my reservoir:

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p114091301k5m.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140911crj97.jpg

Then I soldered the power connection fort he GPU. Had to use glue to hold the wires together so I was able to mount the cover.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140915s3krh.jpg

Had to test it immediately:

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140921ktk8x.jpg

Next step were some very time consuming work steps for the case: first step was to apply a primer.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p11409129rjps.jpg

I glued all thread inserts into the MDF plates. Needed the extra power for the next step: I filled up all the back sides of the thread inserts.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140914abjiq.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p11409232kkes.jpg

They need to get sanded. I then worked on the lower platform. Cut it in half and used four hinges to get a swinging function free from backlash.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140922vkjuk.jpg

Next step will be a lot of sanding!
 

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Getting there. Cant wait to the the final finish on these.
 

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Getting there. Cant wait to the the final finish on these.
Me neither!
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On the side panel I glazed all parts which are not going to be covered by foil.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p114093523qa3.jpg

Then I mounted the side panel to check if it fits. I switched its position a little bit to the inner side to get the whole case covered by the plate. I used special mandrils to mark the spots for the wood plugs.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140940h4qoj.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p114093659r2w.jpg

Sidepanel in place und looking good!

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140941aioqi.jpg

Small gift for myself:

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140930xioo1.jpg

My old X-Fi Extreme music isn't supported any longer, and uses the old PCI port. Changing it later would mean to have to rework one of my selfmade covers.

Yesterday I made two very annoying mistakes. I forgot the resistors when I soldered the reservoir-LED-stripe. After realizing this, my plan was to solder the resistors into the extension cable. But yesterday I forgot about it and tested the LED-strip. It exploded! Good for me, all fragments flew into another direction. I build a new LED stripe late in the evening with included resistors. Tested it today, and what should I say? I mixed up blue and green at one of the LEDs. So I have to do this LED-stripe a third time…

http://abload.de/image.php?img=p1140932ymq0x.jpg

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It came out quite nicely
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Thanks!
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The "cellar" still has to be done. It's an air duct between both radiators. The 60 mm radiator is ready for mounting.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc00349lsskp.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc00350bysdz.jpg

I'm using HDF-plates for building the duct.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc003511fstv.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc003464vs5z.jpg

I'm using inline-temperature-sensors at the in- and outlet of the radiators. Had to do something with the stock cables.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc00353ussnq.jpg

The lower part of the reservoir is finished.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc00357hosnl.jpg

Same for the upper part.

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc00360vnskx.jpg

http://abload.de/image.php?img=dsc00358uvs1m.jpg
 

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Looking good so far !
 
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