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Project Fallout By: Elder1945 (reef aquarium pc)

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Posted · Original PosterOP




So this will be one of the first times I mix both of my hobby's together and figured this is the best place to share this build.


A little background.

I am known as Elder1945 in the Saltwater Aquarium world (google Elder1945 and you will see some of my work).  I am lucky in the fact that I have multiple CNC machines from mills,laser and even water jet. To a full fledged automotive grade paint booth with mixing station. Multiple small and large format 3D printers and so on. 


Here are some pictures of my shop (located north of Toronto Canada)








So now to the build, I wanted to combine a full Saltwater reef, Gaming computer, Xbox with a Fallout theme.  I am known to push the limits of what is possible and enjoy the challenge.


This build is sponsored by multiple aquarium related company's including the following.



I am working now on the gaming PC that will be built into the system and should have a parts list soon.  The first step I am dealing with is finding a good case to base the build off of that fits all of my requirements.  I know in the back of my head I will just have to custom make one but i can still hope something will pop up.


I have made quite a bit of progress on the actual aquarium and I am just now starting to work out how to incorporate the gaming PC and Xbox. 



I started this build with the skirt to hide some of the stand, This will also raise the overall system off the floor for better wire management.










The steel stand:




You will end up not seeing most of the yellow but needed it for a little accent here and there. The overall idea is the build the gaming PC on the left side above the Xbox.  From this stage I can now take measurements and work out if it is even possible to run a cooling loop into the aquarium. 


All of the fish tank equipment :) :



The PC hobby now is in full swing as I am finally ready to work out what type of water cooling solution is going to work.  If this was a fresh water system the build would be easy to work out but as saltwater is corrosive and multiple products,metal and plastic can leech into the system this make everything a thousand times harder to work out.  


This system is going into my "gaming" office in my home and it will be a full reef with coral,fish and inverts aka shrimp and crabs. 


Just for reference this is my last reef tank that had a gaming PC built into the left hand side.  However this was done more for show then practical use and I ended up taking it down for this reason.  This build I want it to show well but also have piratical use i.e. easy to upgrade, easy to wire manage and overall easy to use.



Stay tuned for some fun and excitement!  I am also 100% open to suggestions on this build as I am willing to build and or try anything.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, KING OF THE DIRTY DANS said:

What are you doing for the PC specs? Are you going Ryzen or Shintel?

At this point AMD has me sold on so may levels and will go Ryzen,  The main issue right now tbh is finding cooling loop fittings that will work in saltwater or can be modified to do so.  In theory I can make my own but this would be a whole build in itself.


I think overall AMD/Ryzen will be my go to for the next bit of time.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

We are back at this build.


The left side will have the computer mounted on a removable plate.  The right side will have the aquarium filtration wit the water cooling loop intermixed.



The start of the loop, I will have to re do everything but want first mock it all up.  The Apex is a aquarium computer.


Here is some of the PC parts that I am going to be using for this build.  I needed somthing that would work well with VR and my multiple monitor setup.


I have some of the 3d work cut but I am still working out the layout and so on.  I should have some of it painted tomorrow to get a feel of color and what the final look will be.






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Copyright lawsuit coming in 3, 2, 1.........


Joke aside that looks fantastic.

99% of the build logs on LTT give my mouse scroll wheel a perfect workout.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Building out the water cooling loop and more.  The idea is to have it pass through the fitration (sump) of the waltwater aquarium.





Sooo much more to do but this is a good start.

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