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Hey all, I posted this a while ago for a Zotac case design contest, but now that I have the build underway I can make project log here.

This is my first attempt at a scratch case build, and so far I have completed the frame and some of the aluminum mounting plates for hardware. The frame is made with Openbuilds T-slot extrusion. The inside will have aluminum panels, and the exterior will be acrylic.

Big thanks to my sponsors for this project, who have truly allowed me to take the design to the next level

Fractal Design has sent out 7 or their Venturi series fans

Primochill has sent out fittings, a pump, and reservior, along with petg tubing for the cooling system

PC Specs:
Intel Core i7 950
Asus Rampage III Extreme
24GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600Mhz
EVGA GTX980 SC
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB x2 (RAID 0)
OCZ Agility 3 256GB
Silverston SFX-600

Here is my progress so far:

https://youtu.be/5BV-mcJ0AfU


















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Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:51 pm
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Bad ass and really nice video

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Bad ass and really nice video


Thanks DB, can't wait to make some more progress on this thing
Sun Jan 17, 2016 5:42 pm
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Using the same type of frame for my charity mod - we have to compare notes on working with it. Stuff is awesome.

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Using the same type of frame for my charity mod - we have to compare notes on working with it. Stuff is awesome.


Yeah it is. I have also found that most LED strips fit perfectly inside the channel as well as being able to tuck wires into it
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Using the same type of frame for my charity mod - we have to compare notes on working with it. Stuff is awesome.


Yeah it is. I have also found that most LED strips fit perfectly inside the channel as well as being able to tuck wires into it


yep, then add a piece of frosted acrylic over that strip for a cool effect Wink

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Sweet build and thank you for introducing me to Openbuilds library of parts!

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Sweet build and thank you for introducing me to Openbuilds library of parts!


Thanks Decripple.

Yeah they have some great stuff in there
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Using the same type of frame for my charity mod - we have to compare notes on working with it. Stuff is awesome.


Same stuff I used about a decade ago...aka Lubic by Coolermaster IIRC? erp, Aerocool...

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DarthBeavis wrote:
Using the same type of frame for my charity mod - we have to compare notes on working with it. Stuff is awesome.


Same stuff I used about a decade ago...aka Lubic by Coolermaster IIRC? erp, Aerocool...


Yeah also theres 80/20 which has a whole variation of sizes and parts:

https://8020.net/shop/20-2020-black-fb.html
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Dgephri wrote:
DarthBeavis wrote:
Using the same type of frame for my charity mod - we have to compare notes on working with it. Stuff is awesome.


Same stuff I used about a decade ago...aka Lubic by Coolermaster IIRC? erp, Aerocool...


Yeah also theres 80/20 which has a whole variation of sizes and parts:

https://8020.net/shop/20-2020-black-fb.html


I use the 1 " stuff. Also accidentally ordered 1.5" so have a bunch of it. I order from McMaster.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#catalog/122/1144/=10qpj6y

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I like this! this thread

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Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:14 pm
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Not really about the build itself, but I made a video about the Shapeoko 3 desktop cnc I recently aquired Smile

Hoping to make some of the parts with it but if the learning curve is too steep that it is prolonging the build then I will continue by hand. I know some of you guys on the forums are familiar with CAD and cnc stuff, so if you have any resources you recommend I would love to hear about them

Cheers

https://youtu.be/zNhvY0scRVs




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Nice. . . . .still have not hooked up my CNC router yet . . . arg.

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Nice. . . . .still have not hooked up my CNC router yet . . . arg.


You have a 4x8' or something to that extent right?

I just need to make a door for the front because I am on carpet, and probably put some threaded inserts in the base as well
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Nice. . . . .still have not hooked up my CNC router yet . . . arg.


You have a 4x8' or something to that extent right?

I just need to make a door for the front because I am on carpet, and probably put some threaded inserts in the base as well


Yeah, Crawlbot. Portable unit.

What is your Z depth?

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z depth is 3"

total footprint is 16x16. I want a little bigger area for case panels and stuff, but this should be good for most of what I want to make. They did just announce a couple of upgrades that will make it 16 x 33 or 33 x 33. I may go for one of those later
Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:56 am
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Wish I had time to post more but the interior panels are underway and the shapeoko 3 cnc is working well with aluminum. have to get ready for PDX tomorrow, wish I had this build done
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New build log video up: https://youtu.be/m1TPU4tIIWY


I have most of the large aluminum panels made to mount Motherboard, fans, rad, PSU.

Also got all of the cooling gear in, so the next step will be making smaller mounts for the pump/ssds and cutting holes for the res and tubing. Once I have those parts in place I will wire the system.

It's slow going but I am really enjoying learning about CNC routing, learning more and more everyday
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Another awesome build log! Loving the direction of the build so far. I can't wait to see this thing finished!

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