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Old 04-17-2011, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is a project/build log for an aluminum case designed specifically for a large water cooled rig, specifically:
  • 3 x 140x4 radiators
  • 1 140x3 radiator
  • 10-slot motherboard tray







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Old 04-18-2011, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You're a busy boy. Can't wait for the result!
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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****, should be lots of fun. Are you planning on making a build out of it or just making the case?

Also where are you in NH? I haven't found many real hardcore techies around NH, so it's good to see somebody else is putting out some cool stuff from the 603!!!
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****, should be lots of fun. Are you planning on making a build out of it or just making the case?

Also where are you in NH? I haven't found many real hardcore techies around NH, so it's good to see somebody else is putting out some cool stuff from the 603!!!
According to the IP addresses, not too far from you... but I will let Sportswood make the decision if he wants to disclose his location.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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****, should be lots of fun. Are you planning on making a build out of it or just making the case?

Also where are you in NH? I haven't found many real hardcore techies around NH, so it's good to see somebody else is putting out some cool stuff from the 603!!!
I'm just responsible for building the case. Thank goodness.

I'm in Nashua. I would never consider my self a hardcore techie though, more like an artist/craftsman.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The basic frame of the case is done, which consists of .5x1-inch u-channel with its ends plugged with blocks (pictured in the first post), press-fitted and pinned with a #4 screw along with some 1-inch angle:










The assembled case frame is too tall to fit in the camera frame. hehe





The frame looks kind'a "meh" until I bolt on the gorgeous anodized quarter rounds.




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34 inches tall
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34 inches tall
Just enough room to build a little cat house inside
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The two shelves were cut from a .10-inch thick 5052 via my trusty router, a straight edge and a downcut spiral bit.




At the back corners of the shelves, two .5x1-inch cutouts were routed out via a temporary router jig.






The rounded inside corner left by the .5-inch flush router bit were filed square.




FWIW, here's the difference in the thickness of the aluminum sheeting I use compared to everyone else.




Finally, a mockup of the shelf inside the frame of the case:

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The 5.25-inch drive bay rails finally came back from a local fabricator.




And a 140x4 rad arrived in the shop.



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