I've managed to find some time over xmas and nye to work on 'Martha'
Finally have all the parts to complete the build, except one!! Australia Post somehow lost my 1080 ?
Luckily it was insured, so i've placed a order for a replacement...
Changes made since last OP;
1: Created PSU shroud
2: Created acrylic panel for base of case
3: Rad brackets for res combo
4: Sleeved Pump Cables
5: Front Panel Cover
6: Rad Mount Plate
7: Test fit.... this is where it got interesting
This was created by bending 3mm acrylic, once bent I marked the PSU fan location and cut the hole.
I had some modders mesh from a previous project, so cut to size and sprayed it white.
I will be putting the build name on the shroud, i'm waiting for the stickers to be created
Once again 3mm acrylic. I used cardboard to create a stencil and then transposed it to the acrylic.
I had a piece that was the exact width by luck, which mean I only had to allow for notch of the drive bay.
I'm not going to lie, this took a few attempts. I originally wanted to use 3mm aluminium or 1.6mm galvabond as i had some spare.
After a day of grinding, cutting, filling and many hours later I had enough!! I dont like to give up, however I wasn't happy with any of the brackets.
I trialled thicker ones, thinner ones, easier designs but still nothing was standing out to me.
This was not counting, the many attempts at drilling the holes required. I don't have a drill press at present; so with a normal cordless drill this was painful!
The next day i had a 'eureka' moment! I had some pieces of thick white acrylic in my spares draw!
So I imported a tech drawing of the EK rad into Photoshop and designed the templates.
This let me allow for the distance of the mounting holes for the XSPC res.
I then pasted the templates onto the acrylic, and soon there after holes were drilled to exact spec and the brackets were made!
If you're wondering why not just use the XSPC brackets which came the photon res......
Well, the bracket isn't designed to fit neatly across the rad mounts, and is only a single side mount. Basically I didn't like it!
This is how the brackets ended up looking once mounted
Pump Cables Sleeved:
The cables were not sleeved from the factory, so I wanted to neaten them up. The pump also came wired with Sata power.
Unfortunately the Sata connector was sealed up with what looked like no way of popping it open. Due to this; I re-wired it using a Molex header.
I broke my 'no work when tired' rule and wired it using a female molex connector....
I also wasn't happy with the para-cord i used to sleeve it, so off went the sleeving and incorrect connector.
I re-sleeved it using 3mm braided sleeving and am happy with the results.
Front Panel Cover:
I used cardboard once more to get a rough shape of the insert. This had to be mm perfect as it was going to be a press fit into the original front cover.
I will be using glue/ epoxy to seal it once the builds up to assembly
I opted for a thicker 5mm sheet for the plate. I have pre-drilled all the holes for the front cover.
This includes the holes where it will be riveted to the case body
I decided to cut 105-110 mm holes for the fans; as true 120mm holes was cutting it to fine, as i was using a cordless drill.
I ordered some 1 1/2 and 2 inch 6-32 screws from a fasteners shop. I wasn't sure of the exact length i'd need so got both...
I got 50 in total, giving me plenty of spares all for under 20 AUD bargain!
The 1 1/2 inch aren't quite long enough, so I'm going to cut the 2" to required length, for now they can stick out.
As you can see, this is a very tight and packed build. Even without the MB and PSU in; you can tell it's going to be tight!
Excuse the tape.... needed something to keep it in place
At present I'm using a fat 60mm rad. If i reduce this to a 30 or even 40mm rad; it will give me the extra room to tuck the res back, and perhaps using a 30mm rad even fit the fans behind the mounting plate. Not sure what exactly i'm going to do..
I'm not worried about room for the 14mm hard-line, as it's going to be a simple loop.
If you have any ideas, please let me know!
Now I just need to wait for my 1080 to arrive, once I have it I can order the WB for it. Trying to decide between EK and Heatkiller.
The Heatkiller blocks look amazing but shipped to AUS it's over 200
Thanks for looking! Any feedback, questions; feel free to comment.