Hi guys, I finally took some time to get some photos of this mod i've been working on since last summer!! I spent about 2 months designing/thinking about it/ playing computer part tetris, and alot of time gathering the correct parts.
It is basically a re-creation of Defyant's STORM'D but in more of a cube shape, and all custom fabb'd!! I figured I wouldnt even bother starting a worklog until now because most of what i have been doing is cutting panels and getting them drilled out, and the appropriate holes cut in them, but now as things are starting to come together, I took some photos, and am starting a log of it from here on.
If you see anything you think could be improved or changed, please let me know!! I am open to any new ideas/suggestions.
I am hoping to submit this to rig of the month in maxpc once its done!
Hard Drive mounts
(used some old snowboard stomp pads to use as dampening
Hard Drives Mounted
The Water Cooling Victims MUHAHAHA
HwLabs Black Ice GTS 240 Radiator: I chose this one because of my minimal space requirements!! its pretty thin! I also got some longer bolts, and rubber spacers to dampen vibrations, and I will be making a shroud by wrapping some electrical tape around it, because It is much cheaper, and easier then a regular shroud! The fans I am using are all Thermaltake High Performance Case fans. 74CFM at 21 DBA!!!
Next up, I have some Internal lighting! These are 2 UV LED tubes which I cut all the other junk off them, and wired them to an LED rocker switch that will go on the front panel THANKS RON! (he helped me with the wiring on these a while back.. I almost blew my PSU testing them.. twice)
Heres how they will react to the HydrX additive I will be adding (this photo is from xoxide site, but I submitted it as a customer photo
(as well as any other photos I use from that site unless I note otherwise)
Here is the front Panel! More then meets the eye. On the left, there is the usual switch on/reset/headphone/usb ports, but the hdd activity lights are hidden behind the plexiglass panel. Also hidden behind the panel will be 2 compunurse thermal displays which will be hooked up to the other rocker LED switch, and when they are on, you will be able to see them thru the darkened plex, but when they are off, they will not be able to be seen!! To the right of the displays and rocker switches is a 3 channel silverstone fan controller which will control the speed of the 2 fans on the 240 rad, the fan on the 120 rad, and the fans around the hard drives!
For those of you who are wondering, The plexiglass I am using is 3/16" Grey 2074 plexiglass on all the panels except the back which is 1/4" thick. (I bought them from www.delviesplastscs.com
the 3/16 stuff is hard to find)
1 thing I designed this case for was to be dark.. let me explain. My case now has so many lights coming out of it, I cant sleep with it on, and it is just annoying, so I designed it so that every light in it is hooked up to a switch that I can turn on and off as I need it! making my life alot easier, and my sleep patterns kinda normal
I also did the same storm rings as defyant used, with socket cap hex head bolts countersunk in, and ripped at 45! and some nice ac-ryan metal mesh to stealth the fan on the right and the passive intake on the left (wanted it to be a fan, but the pump said otherwise
2 drive bays, 1 for my dvd drive/burner, and another for my audigy2zs front panel (I will be doing the optical drive bay mounts later.. Still waiting for some solvent cement to come in)
I will also be making a frame like the storm rings, ripping it at 45, and putting bolts in it all the way around to keep in the spirit of Storm'D!
Here are a few photos of the layout so far
As you can see, its very cramped inside, but theres plenty of room for airflow, as there will be a passive vent running along the radiator, and at the back of the case!
The 120mm fan hole in the bottom is for the intake for the PSU which is a 580w HIPER Type-R (currently in the computer im using right now
I will be putting a filter on it that is easily removed so that it doesnt turn into the worlds biggest dust bunny!
(what it currently looks like in my computer as of now
This case is designed similarly to the new sunbeam acrylic case where the mobo is going to be in the middle, above the psu and radiator (i came up with this design first.. those guys are telepathic copycats or something)
The mobo tray will sit right ontop of the psu, and there will be some room between it and the fans on the 240 radiator. I will probably cut some vent holes in it as well to promote more airflow around the bottom of the motherboard, and to the radiator!
The Back Panel (from the inside)
(from the outside of the case)
Holes are for Radiator, Back of mobo, passive air intake, and the back of the PSU
Some closeups of how the radiator is mounted
This radiator is spaced out with the rubber spacers like the other radiator, and will be shrouded with some black tape!
Also, notice how the fanhole is cut out AROUND the fittings. this is so that I can unmount the radiator, along with the rest of the whole water cooling system, and remove it with only having to take out the top panel, and none of the other hardware!!!!! this will make testing, bleeding, and complete overhauls of the w/c system 10000000 times easier
I am also custom fabbing a resivoir exactly like the one defyant made for storm'd, which is half done, except its in my car and I dont feel like going out to get it and take photos of it right now. the only thing that needs to be finished is to bond these end-caps onto one side, and plain ones on the other
These are just 2" diameter circles tapped to G 1/4 (took me forever to find one of those taps) and plugged with a nickel plated plug and an o-ring. I will not have the resivoir done until next week because I had to order more weld-on to bond the acrylic.
More updates to come later on this week!! until then, I have lots of skateboarding to do
mellow nosegrind at the local skatepark : )