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Project: RAD GT -- Custom Acrylic Case Worklog

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I've been working on a Custom acrylic PC case that I designed.

Case features a double sidewall to allow intake air without the need of front holes; also good for cable routing. Designed to hold 2 360mm Radiators; will only use one ATM with a Y-line loop. Stealthed CD slot; will wire the eject button and activity LED to an illuminated pushbutton to preserve the clean look of the front panel.

Here are some pics of the 3D model in it's current state. I'll update with pics of the actual build as well.

[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/PC1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/PC2.jpg[/img]

[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/PC3.jpg[/img]

[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/PC4.jpg[/img]

[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/PC5.jpg[/img]

Expected Hardware Requirements:
DFI Lanparty UT 680i SLI T2R/G ---- Out of pocket
Intel Q6600 G0 ---- Out of pocket
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer ---- Out of pocket
2x BFG 8800GTX ---- Out of pocket
2x1Gb DDR2 RAM (been eying the Corsair Dominator PC2-10000)
Lite-On SATA DVD burner ---- Out of pocket
Silverstone ST1000 Modular PSU ---- Out of pocket
500+Gb SATA2 HDD ---- Out of pocket
2x X-Flow Black Ice Extreme III ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
Variable speed D5 ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
20 feet 1/2" ID Tygon ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
2x Brass Fill-port ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
TDX for LGA775 ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
Maze4 chipset block (regular block) ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
875 chipset block ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
2x 8800 GTX blocks ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
2x single-slot PCI bracket for the 8800s ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
Fill-port Reservoir ---- Sponsored by DangerDen
6x 120mm Case Fans ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
Wire-sleeving ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
2x dual 30cm red CCFLs ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
dual 30cm UV CCFLs ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
dual 20cm UV CCFLs ---- Sponsored by A.C.Ryan
Acrylic Case feet ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
H2O Dies ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
Biocide H2O additive ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
AS5 ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop
36" SATA2 cables ---- Sponsored by Petra's Tech Shop


[b]Sponsors:
[url="http://dangerden.com/"][img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/DangerDen.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://acryan.com/promodding/index.shtml"][img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/A_C_Ryan.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://petrastechshop.com/"][img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/PTS.jpg[/img][/url][/b]

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[quote name='Splave;742567']This will be a full atx right?[/quote]

Bigger LOL; otherwise it wouldn't be able to hold 2 360mm RADs

Outside dimensions are 60cmx30cmx55cm (HxWxD)

Has fill and drain ports for the H2O; can house 2 side-by-side D5s, so I could go to a dual-loop setup.

ATM I'm planning on just migrating my sig-rig over to the new case; but if I could get sponsors to donate newer hardware I'd be in heaven.

Edit: I just need to decide on/design the paint scheme. I'd like to have a Porsche Carrera GT across the top of the case (blended onto front/sides). If anyone is highly skilled w/photoshop please PM me.

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Update: Going to get a new system for this case. Planned system specs:
DFI 680i SLI LT T2R/G
Intel Q6600
Patriot eXtreme 4Gb (2x2Gb) DDR2-800
eVga 8800GTX
Creative X-FI XtremeGamer
Black Ice GT Stealth 360 or Swiftech MCR-320
LIANG D5 / Swiftech MCP-655
DangerDen TDX
DangerDen Maze 4 i875 (on Northbridge)
DangerDen Maze 4 680i (on Southbridge)
EK-waterblocks or DangerDen Full-cover 8800GTX block

I'm still waiting on a few case parts but I'll probably get started on the cutting this weekend.

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I though this was a nice power button for project :)


[url="http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g44/c153/s316/list/p1/DIY_Modders_Dream-Switches-Bulgin_Switches-Page1.html"]http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g44/c153/s...ches-Page1.html[/url]

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[quote name='uneedav8;743303']I though this was a nice power button for project :)


[url="http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g44/c153/s316/list/p1/DIY_Modders_Dream-Switches-Bulgin_Switches-Page1.html"]http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g44/c153/s...ches-Page1.html[/url][/quote]

I've got [url="http://www.sunshinele.com/down/as2gq.pdf"]some similar ones on their way from China[/url] and they're also a lot less expensive (~3.25 ea).

Going to use a blue ring-illuminated for the power switch, red dot-illuminated for the CD eject/activity, and several latching dot-illuminated pushbuttons to control the case lighting.

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I spent last night and today working on the motherboard panel.

[b]Sketched panel in Pro/E[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel.JPG[/img]

[b]Masked the Acrylic sheet and marked the locations for the MB standoffs, RAD, and Front-panel port mounts.[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel1.jpg[/img]

[b]With old MB to verify markings[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel2.jpg[/img]

[b]Drilled pilot holes[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel3.jpg[/img]

[b]Cutting the fan/RAD holes[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel4.jpg[/img]

[b]Finished fan/Rad holes[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel5.jpg[/img]

[b]Drilled out holes to secure the RAD[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel6.jpg[/img]

[b]Illustration of MB standoff mounting[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel7.jpg[/img]

[b]Drilled out and threaded holes for MB standoffs and FPIO mount[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel8.jpg[/img]

[b]Unmasked panel[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel9.jpg[/img]
[b]
Mounting of FPIO[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel10.jpg[/img]

[b]Added slots for cable pass-through. All cabling will be routed underneath the MB panel[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel11.jpg[/img]
[b]
Test fit of my current MB and FPIO ports[/b]
[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel12.jpg[/img]

[img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/MB-Panel13.jpg[/img]

I don't have the new RAD/fans yet so I couldn't test fit those.

If anyone would like to see other detail shots/angles please LMK

[b]Sponsors:
[url="http://dangerden.com/"][img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/DangerDen.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://acryan.com/promodding/index.shtml"][img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/A_C_Ryan.jpg[/img][/url] [url="http://petrastechshop.com/"][img]http://ocidb.com/albums/userpics/10005/PTS.jpg[/img][/url][/b]

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Nice craftsmanship. radodrill, both on the layout and execution of that panel!

Looks like that Dremel circle cutter attachment does a good job.

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[quote name='Blooz1;743458']Nice craftsmanship. radodrill, both on the layout and execution of that panel!

Looks like that Dremel circle cutter attachment does a good job.[/quote]

Thanks :) :)

Drilled a 1/8" center hole, which provided a nice snug fit for the guide pin. Just had to do a bit of sanding where I finished the cut.

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looks awesome.

I love acrylic cases, but i hate LEDs. Id add UV reactive coolant to the WCer and then with some lighting the DFI board and coolant would light up nicely :D

just a suggestion :o

keep up the good work and keep the pics coming

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