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 Post subject: Project Impossible Modding - 07/02 Improving
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:29 am 
Little Foot
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Let's start a new project!
This is my very first time to keep a detailed worklog in english, so don't blame me if my english is poor...
For this project I've made a lot of research and planned a lot of things to do, let's begin!
The main concept is to DON'T mod the case itself :-]
Shocked?
Let me explain somethig, this project is a challenge between me and Antanio, the creator of this beatiful case called CABE. My main goal is to add a water cooling loop inside the case without modding it in the outside. He told me that nobody was able to do that, and I've decidet to try to fit a water loop inside this little case...
Let the picture talk for me : the victim is a Cabe with smoked plexy top from Modd.it :

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Rear view :

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Lateral drive access :

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The guideline of my project are described above :

- No external modding
No outside rad, no extra holes, nobody have to imagine that the case is water cooled!

- Keeping the original look
The Cabe is made from steel , plexy and black trim so I've decided to mantain the same material and colours for the inside.

- Using a lot of italian water cooling gear
Here in Italy we have some guys that produces wb, so I've decided to use the most "Made in Italy" gear as possibile.

Lots of people in all the italian forums helped me with photos, measure, ideas and a lot patience, tnx guys!
But the biggest thank fly out to my wife AralT3, she is the best to support me!

And now, let's take a closer look to the Cabe to see exactly the amount of free space to play with :-]


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:30 am 
Little Foot
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First of all, the overall dimension are really small, ony 30 cm each side, less than 12 inches...
Taking apart the top, I can see the fantastic mirror finish of the steel, do you agree?

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As you see, the fans and the motherboard tray are 45° rotated relatively to the base. This means more work to do, but let's take a look to the device tray :

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Even this tray is made from steel, Antanio planned to have the dvd drive accessible from the side of the case, but I need to have it in front, so a little bit of work in this area... As you can see, the two front bay are designed only for short device like fanbus or cardreader. Anyway,, the total number of drive bay is this : 1 floppy , two slot for 3and1/2 device, two for 5and1/2 device , one short 3and1/2 and one short 5and1/4. The other PITA will be the psu, I would like to use my Enermax Liberty but the modular connector don't allow me to use the dvd...

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Here is the motherboard tray (fully removable with yust two screw) and the control panel with two usb ports, reset and power button, led, and the mini speaker. I need to modify this piece, is too naked for me...


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:32 am 
Little Foot
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Let's begin removing the motherboard tray and taking some pics to see how it's polished :

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Dont'forget those sexy bay cover :

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Starting to remove the device tray to measure the free space for the psu :

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Considering the molex and the ide cable, considering that I want the drive stealth, the free space is about 11.5cm , 4,5 inches. Near to impossible to find a good PSU with this measure... The only psu that I found was a poor 180w, chinese brand, I'm considering to keep my Enermax and changing something for the dvd drive.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:33 am 
Little Foot
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We will consider the psu issue later, now I want to speak about the fans :

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As you can see the locking mechanism is easy, just a laser cutted steel frame and I'll keep this piece.

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Here is the temporary fan with the rad, the trick part is to find a method to screw togheter this items :-] Due to the less free space, the rad will be mounted horizontal, but the fan remains at the default inclination , 45°.

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A little search point me to Bill, at MNPCTech where I found the template for the fan holes, after a few minutes playing with coreldraw I've print two of this to paper and glued to a piece of alluminium.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:34 am 
Little Foot
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And now the cutting :

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I've made two of this, for two rad :-] Then I marked the spot for the holes :

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I've drilled all with a 4.15mm bit, then screwed together and marked the center for the cup bit :

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And now, a lot of patience, grease and vertical drill...


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:35 am 
Little Foot
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Here is the setup:

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The Alu goes hot really quickly, so I've used this piece of ice, is made with an Ikea mould, they sell this to put the ice on the bottles, but why don'te be creative?

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Here are the finished pieces, now I have to use a file to smooth all the side :

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Some comments about this work? :-]


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:36 am 
Little Foot
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After about an hour of work, I want to see how they work :

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This fan is not the one that I'll use in the mod, it's just a spare fan :-] :

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I want to use the silicon pad, so I'll mount it to see the effective dimension. But, a little surprise, the holes in the rad are not ready for the screw! I've made the correct hole, M4, and this is the result :

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A bit strange, but is exactly what I have in mind to have !


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:38 am 
Little Foot
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This is the correct position :

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Wow, it fits perfectly! Now let's go on with something different, the paint process of this little part is not so interesting ... Stay tuned for the next update, and please give some comments , but don't blame me for my poor english :-]


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:11 am 
I'd rather be modding!
I'd rather be modding!
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Very Nice so far

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 10:50 am 
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Great.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 11:41 am 
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Your English is better than some natives here :) No problem with it at all.

Nice work on the mod.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 2:55 pm 
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DreadedOne509 wrote:
Your English is better than some natives here :) No problem with it at all.

Nice work on the mod.

|\/|y 3n|15h 15 ju57 f1n3, 7h4nky0u.

Great job on the mod. It looks easier than it is doesn't it? Using two radiators is a really good idea. But why do you go through all the trouble of trying to rotate them? IMHO I would've just left them at a 45° angle.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 3:58 pm 
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More likely for better liquid flow. Btw, u shd try 2 unrstd me sumtymz, 8) .


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 5:58 am 
Little Foot
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Nice clean look. :D


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:14 pm 
Little Foot
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Let's do some reply-work, and wait 'till sunday for the update :-] Some WC gear are arriving to my home :-]

@MantaBase ,mmm ,deathstarchris : Tnx a lot!

@DreadedOne509 : Tnx for my english and for the mod :-]

@PC_destroyer : LOL, old skool speaking! BTW, if I don't rotate the rad, they will be 6 mm off the case, so the cover don't fit...

@JC's Demon Slayer : I can unrstd u , but it's not ez :-]

Tnx to all, your support is fantastic, and if sometimes I'll be without the necessary words, please suggest me... BTW, tnx a lot...
And now, I'll go to the chrome guy, he's working for me :-]
Stay tuned, more update on week end!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:13 am 
Little Foot
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Now it's the time to speak about the hard disk cooling method. Lot of Cabe user have reported the hight temperature of the disk, so I've decided to water cool them :-]

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This wb is called Ma.Er. and is produced by an italian company. The system is pretty easy, two copper bars , two fittings, a piece of tube to connect the two parts and that's all! The funny part is bring the fittings out and the four alu spacers :

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After a quick mail with Lunasio, I've bring out all with the help of a bench vise, the glue that he use is strong! Finally, the result :

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And now, to the chrome guy!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:15 am 
Little Foot
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A quick shot :

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Now it's time to do some extra work, then polish :

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This is the way that I want the final result, the O-ring is 10mm but is only for estetic...

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Here you can see the four Ma.Er. coming back from the chrome guy, now I can begin to play!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:17 am 
Little Foot
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First of all, a quick tapping (is the correct word?) to 1/4 GAS ,

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Then, 8 tube fittings, O-ring and Loctite 55, here is the partial result :

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Now I have to remount the spacer and the caps :

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Luckily, Lunasio sent me 4 new end caps, mine was damaged by the vise...


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:18 am 
Little Foot
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With a n°14 key and some Loctite 55 I've replaced the end caps :

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Here you see the near ready pieces :

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With an hammer I've put the spacer and now I've to measure the tubing to link the two part...

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It seem so good!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:20 am 
Little Foot
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Family shot :

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End result :

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From the front :

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The final look is fantastic for me, and for you?


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