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Bitfenix Pandora quick weekend modding - it went big...

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Well, someone got to do it with the Pandora, so why not me ? :)

 

First part of this mod is a weekend mod, i need to free up my current workstation case for a project, so im putting it into the Pandora.

But, is it possible to just use a case without some modding? nooo :)

 

Later on, a part 2 of this project will be made with some more crazy stuff.

 

But, here we go for part 1 :)

The Pandora on the table, its the Black version with window.

pandora.jpg

After a couple of minutes, its naked!
Time for the work to begin

Radiator in the picture is only used for mockup, not used in a loop ;)

pandora-naked.jpg

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Posted · Original PosterOP

When i was cutting and looking at this, it probably will be more than a weekend mod :P

Starting off with some templates to see how it may look.

pandora-paperfloor.jpg


And short after, the acrylic floor.
Time to think about holes and exits i need for cables, reservoar and front facing radiator.
Im not really pleased with the sharp edge on the floor, probably add some rounded edge to match the rounded front panel.

pandora-acrylicfloor.jpg

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Can´t call this weekend modding any more :)

 

Next step was to remove the top buttons, i dont like them, too big for something i hardly will use.

I moved the power/reset to the back of the case with small push-buttons.

 

Made the top panel into a smooth panel instead, added a picture of the original panel also for comparison :)

 

pandora-roofpaneloriginal.jpg

 

Aaaand, what i wanted. Except for color...

 

pandora-roofpanel.jpg

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Can´t call this weekend modding any more :)
 
Next step was to remove the top buttons, i dont like them, too big for something i hardly will use.
I moved the power/reset to the back of the case with small push-buttons.
 
Made the top panel into a smooth panel instead, added a picture of the original panel also for comparison :)
 
 
 
Aaaand, what i wanted. Except for color...
 
 

 

how did you do this?

Can we see the buttons in the back?


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how did you do this?

Can we see the buttons in the back?

Just took the insides of the top buttons and drilled holes in the back for them. No need for nice buttons back there, function only.

pics comes on this later :)

 

 

bondo+sandpaper?  looks good though never knew it was there if you had it painted the right color.

 

Yeah, the white is just primer for wet sanding :)

Dont know if i want to keep the color yet, or paint it some other color.

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What did you use to cut the glass? It looks really nice, also interesting build. Subbed!


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What did you use to cut the glass? It looks really nice, also interesting build. Subbed!

In some pics, top left you can see a small table saw.

Proxon KS230, nice little saw to hide away when not in use.

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Painted the top now and when added the clear coat, it reacted with the color... bleh
Time to sand it down again, re-paint and re-clear it :)

Well, need to put time into the floor also anyways!
More updates soon :)

pandora-roofpanelclear.jpg

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I would buy this case if it hadn't that ugly display in the front :/ different colors black when it is off. 

 

But always nice to see some one build in a new case :D

There is a Core version also, without the display and just a logo ;)

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I was stupid thinking i could be pleased with just one weekend of modding :P

This has escalated to something more, as usual...

 

I wanted to make some sort of floor to cover up the cables a bit, and somwhere to hide the pump and part of the reservoar.

BUT, using the the cutout in the window to display the SSD, why not put the reservoar and pumpc-bombo there, so, i got to work :)

 

I have a bunch of ITX motherboards, so i will go with that for this one. Maybe update later.

 

Made some smooth backing to cover the holes and whatnot inside the case.

Also has begun on the floor, due to width of the Pandora i had to cut out the PSU from the side.

 

Some have asked why sinking the pump and res? - because the watercooled GPU will hit, or get a awkward position if i do not sink it into the floor, or put it horizontal and my DDC pump doesnt like that (the manual say). And already have alot of pump-res combos, not keen on ordering new stuff so i go with what i have :)

 

Some pics...

 

A overview

 

pandora-floor2.jpg

 

 

The floor hiding everything below

 

pandora-floor.jpg

 

 

A quick rendering of the floor, just to get a feeling of what i´m aiming for.

Pump/res is not designed accurate, just the measurements ;)

 

pandora-floor3.jpg

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Wow, this is pretty impressive...I like it keep going :P


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Subbed because of that interesting case I have never seen before!


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Test-fitting the floor to see where i need to mod it more to keep clearances for fans and case.

 

Now starts the really fun work with cutting holes for all acrylic pipes for the pump and res :)

 

pandora-floor5.jpg

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Something like this....
 
Time to hit the sander and prep the panels for paint, or wrap. Haven´t decided yet wich way to go.
 
I dont like the waterblock for the 7950, but its the only i have that fits in this case, Pandora is only 16cm total width.
I´ll have to look for a nice backplate, or make my own.
 
pandora-floor8.jpg
 
More problems.
 
Was planning on using the PrimoChill Ghost fitting, but that one on the GPU is too wide.
The side panel is 100% tight against the GPU block, and that fitting is 2-3mm more.
 
Ghost fitting that´s too big down right.
The two top ones is what i have to choose from.
Maybe incorporate a metallic red theme... hmm
 
Or... use Ghost fittings all over, except for GPU where i use the black ones? (top left)
 
pandora-fitting2.jpg
 
 
Here´s how it stands out.
 
pandora-fitting1.jpg
 
 
This is how it looks trough the panel, pump got pretty nice positioned :)
 
pandora-fitting3.jpg
 
 
I tested the Ghost fitting with side panel on, it doesnt bulge, and its not visible that the fitting is head on with the side panel window.
That would be the best solution, i like the Ghost fittings.
 
pandora-fitting4.jpg
 
 
Third day now, still stuck on how to route the acrylic tubing :P
 
Any suggestions ? :)
 
First routing idea.
Pretty straight forward, one of the pipes has 5 bends in it. Not sure if i´ll pull that off :)
 
pandora-pipes1.jpg
 
 
This one is more complex, where the inlet for the CPU goes BEHIND the GPU.
And the other one just trough the GPU and down.
Its really tight pulling anything in front of the GPU due to case width (only 160mm)
 
pandora-pipes2.jpg
 
Bending testing goes well, the left one is done.
Doing some testing with the right one, trying to run it paralell with the other.
 
pandora-fitting5.jpg

Quick notice...
The black PSU/Floor shroud is NOT the final finish.
Black paint is just a easy way to see scratches and other surface damages needed to be fixed :)
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Hey fella. Just stopping by to say I'm a massive fan of your work and your exemplary wood working skills.

 

Already liking what you have done with the res there, really looking forward to seeing this come together !


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Ran out of pipes, so i got stuck.

Yesterday i got a message that the delivery will take alteast 10 more days...

 

So, i did some testing...

And, i´m just stuck again, i like the copper in some way, and the acrylic in another.

 

Acrylic or copper ? :)

 

pandora-pipes3.jpg

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Ran out of pipes, so i got stuck.
Yesterday i got a message that the delivery will take alteast 10 more days...
 
So, i did some testing...
And, i´m just stuck again, i like the copper in some way, and the acrylic in another.
 
Acrylic or copper ? :)
 
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What color coolant were you gonna use?


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