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 Post subject: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:51 am 
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Good day!!! this will be the start of my first case mod. the name comes from what a pal and i say when its time to go home, " heading to station 6". readily fueled on monsters and ding-dongs, ive already put some work in on the frame. the blue prints are spread across some paper and in my head, so sorry no foreshadowing. pictures will come soon.

Parts: MSI Xpower BB
i7 920
12gb G.Skill PI mem w/fan (must be modded)
1 xfx 7970
Creative titanium fatality pro sound card (something or other)
TT tough power 700 + tough power supplimental 650
2x 300gb raptor raid 0
2-4 60gb SSD's (not sure yet)
2x MCR420 rads
MCP 655b
EK supreme HF
1x EK full cover gpu block
8x Yate Loon hi speed
8 port fan controller
odd 1/2 id comp fittings and tube
30' aluminum anfle, 2x 36"x36" sheet aluminum
dremel, speed square, file, and mapp tourch.

these items took me a while to aquire due to my budget (wife) but now that i have it, the building begins. also, there are a couple things im still looking at, so ill add them as they come. cig time, pics to follow.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 2:29 pm 
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ok, i took a quick break for pics and panda express.

some of the stock peices and some done ones. no big deal.
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heres the base of the frame, its gonna be 22x11x20 (lxwxh) 2 more of these to make.
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some of my handy machining work done with a dremel, file and a square.
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here is a bead (blob) i need to fix. it cracked while evening up the slots for the supports. notice, the corners are cut for the supports in this pic. and yes, that is an ammo can.
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a lesson learned, im going to cut the slots before brazing the box. its going to make things a bit easier i think.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 8:17 pm 
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Personally, I would've likely just made a corner brace and riveted it or screwed it together, idk. Btw, am I the only one who lmao'd when I read "readily fueled on monsters and ding-dongs"? I couldn't help it, it just sounded so funny.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 8:21 pm 
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i was gonna do that originally, but i wanted the frame to be kinda seem-less. think i might go tig weld it though, brazing is turning out kinda funny. more pics soon.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 8:26 pm 
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GuavaSauce wrote:
i was gonna do that originally, but i wanted the frame to be kinda seem-less. think i might go tig weld it though, brazing is turning out kinda funny. more pics soon.

I can jive with that :) as for brazing, it's a royal bitch when you're doing that to aluminum, so tig welds might be a better idea like u said.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:56 pm 
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ok so, between forgetting, then remembering that i dont really like playing MoH a couple of times, i have a bit more.

but first, these items keep dumb people like me with 10 fingers and both eyes.
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.....too bad i wasnt wearing shoes or socks.......ill learn one day.

and now a slight tale in picture format:
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and this:
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dont mind the holes in my shiftey braze job......i remember steel being much easier, and i just figured aluminum would be too......oh well.

see, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade, and offer him some. and when he goes for it, splash it in his eyes then kick his ass!!!

tomorrow im off to wally world for some "mill it, drill it, grind it". it will fix 'er up, and fill another idea i have anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:48 pm 
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What is the amount you have currently spent on this project(Case wise)?

- Trying to decide how much I'll need to save up to build my own rig rather than purchasing a mid-tower. My HAF X is too fucking big.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:03 pm 
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well, i know its over $150 just for materials, and i still have a couple more things to pick up. a mid tower haf 912 is an awsome case in the 60-70 dollar range.

as we speak, i have some parts setting, picks to come late tonight/early tomorrow.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:38 pm 
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ok, so its been a rough 2 weeks, and next week is gonna be worse. im in the middle of teaching a class on MK154 (USMC) and will have some time this weekend to post you guys up.

verbal update: the first box snapped durring drilling, NO BIG deal though, i already made a new one and am re-fitting the panels.



not dead!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:15 pm 
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AGuavaSauce, OOH-RAH! Nothing like a Marine when it comes to military. My dad's a Marine and I'm proud to say he's a great man.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:44 am 
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OK back from my time in HADES!!!!!!

things were coming left and right these past couple weeks, but it all pays off when 1750lbs of c4 goes off 60 meters from you.

so heres a short update, the original frame has since failed and surely felt some wrath...jk i salvaged some of it. but i made a whole new one with the same numbers so the panels would still fit (and they do). also, ive been able to coax the machine shop at work into cutting my last set of panels on the water jet so as soon as thats done and in my hand, ill tap and mount some things and get some picks in here.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:09 pm 
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ok update time. where im sitting right now, im waiting on another sheet of aluminum to finish the mobo tray and the top hatch. after that, its just cuts, and mounting.

heres the cut out i made for to bolt the rads to, its gonna sit on top.
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heres 3 angles of the new frame i made, with a psu cut out in the back and with the top sitting on.
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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:03 am 
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She's lookin' pretty snazzy bro, glad to see you're able to work on it again.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:20 am 
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haha thank you partner!!! i know its been i bit since i posted, im just working slow. but its gonna happen, im on leave right now so hopefuly i can finish it.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:11 pm 
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UPDATE!!!!!!

so, here is a couple pics of my paint shop and a couple of the pieces. my paint shop is pretty pro, at least, thats what the pros tell me........... also, i have some more parts coming in to add to the glory that this might be (if i dont dick it up). im pretty sure ive decided the colors, and the lay out of things. as niticed below, the i/o shield came in today so i got to work and made the cut out for it and lined it up to the mobo tray. everything there is solid, now im going to start work on the actual cut outs and fits for the tray itself.
(bottom panel)
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(rear i/o with psu)
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and heres a couple of the top rad mount area, its painted, but not in these photos.
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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:59 pm 
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AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! update time.............
ok, so right here we have the divider i made for the top 8 fans. i figured, why have a 8 channel FC if its not gonna matter if i turn up on bank or not? so.....its mounted and meshed up with the front and rear panel, now i just need to trim and fit the "hoods", cut the fan holes, and attach with the cool hinges i got.

notes: im not gonna mount the front panel till i have the lexan and cut out done on it, as with the mobo tray, the stand offs are drilled, tapped and match up, but i need to fully finalize the lay out before i fully commit. still kinda shooting from the hip on things.........i HATE plans.

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And here is one with a hoods (unfitted) for imagination purpose.
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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:06 pm 
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here we go again!!!

for this update, im showing what ive done with the hoods that mount over the radiator area. i dont have the spring hinges on yet, that will be this week though.

here, the fan screw holes are already drilled, and im using a old fan shroud as a template to trace and cut.
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this is an example of what the gods eat. daily. if they dont, theyre wrong. best tuna ive ever had.
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here we have the crude opening cut with ye' ole dremel tool. very rough and need some file action.
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and now a mock up of what its gonna (baring murphy's law) look like when its done. dont mind the gap in the middle of the two, they fit nice and snug, just sitting there right now though.
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enjoy.

ps- dont seem to get too many comments, do i smell funny?


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:03 am 
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This is looking sweet! Keep up the good work!


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:08 pm 
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Yes, very sweet. Those radiators are gigantic!
Being in almost the hottest part of Los Angeles I can really appreciate great cooling.


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 Post subject: Re: "Station 6" modd log
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:46 pm 
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Hey peeps!!! got a few more pictures to show off now that the BF3 beta is over. i still got a couple things done during it, but not nearly enough lol. so....;


what we have first is an end to those UGLY rivet heads on the outside of the case. they really bugged me, and i had to get rid of them.
here we have the rivet recessed into the panel. all i did was head to home depot for a wood dowel bit, it has a nice flat face to work with and a collar for depth.
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after i re-posted them, i used a dremel grinding head to clean off anything poking over hole level, and filled it in with good ole JB.
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now, after it hardend, i took it back down level with a grinder, and there it is. LOOK MOM, NO MORE RIVETS!!!!
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i also put in some work on the front panel. its almost ready to be painted but i have to wait to mount the mobo tray to do so. no biggy though, its gonna be done here next weekend and everything will be primered, mounted, and ready for final coat/components.
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you can see a couple spots where i got too busey with the dremel and over cut. no worries, JB fixed that too, cant really tell from the pics though. but it will really shine when i airbrush it.
till next weekend, stay classy san diego!!


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