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Old 03-25-2011, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody, this will help explain why I've been MIA...lol. I've been working a new project. This time it's a scratch build PC project for the "Mod Men" series on YouTube. It will be water cooled ITX H55 Home Theater / Gaming PC. The “Mod Men” Show is the first original web series made exclusively about PC Modding. It follows the industry’s first Professional PC Mod Shop, Mnpctech.



SYSTEM SPECS:
Motherboard = ZOTAC H55 ITX 1156
CPU = Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
GPU = ZOTAC 470 GTX
SSD: Mushkin Callisto 64GB
PSU: Silverstone 600W

COOLING SPECS:
CPU = Custom Copper water block (designed by cheaps, randy's swirl design)
(Acrylic water block tops fabricated and designed by cheaps)
GPU Cooling = EK-FC470 GTX water block (would have made our own, if time allowed)
Radiator: Hardware Labs 360 GT Stealth
Reservoir = Custom made with manual pressure regulator! (designed & fabricated by cheaps)
Pump = MCP350
Tygon 3603 3/8" ID (1/2" OD) Clear Tubing
EK PSC fittings, except for water block top (EK hi-flo)

CONSTRUCTION:
Tower: 2" thick cast clear acrylic (cnc milled)
Tower Sides: 1/8" thick Blue & UV Green transparent cast acrylic (cnc milled)
Base for PSU: 2" thick cast clear acrylic (cnc milled)
Optical drive shell: 2" thick cast clear acrylic (cnc milled)
Optical drive cover" 3/16" thick billet aluminum with fins
Front Plates: 1/4" thick Blue transparent cast acrylic and 3/16" thick billet (cnc milled)
Rear PSU Mounting: 1" billet aluminum
MB stand-offs: billet aluminum
Power switch: 22mm Bulgin Blue Ring Momentary



The “Mod Men” Show is the first original web series made exclusively about PC Modding. It follows the guys from the industry’s first Professional PC Mod Shop, Mnpctech. Watch the Episodes HERE


Episode #1



Episode #2




Here is cheap's first concept drawings for the "Mod Men" PC after a few chats. Tim Burton / BIJOU Theater / The Jetsons was appropriate description of the PC design. If you want a more specific description, perform search under "Googie"


Base for PSU: 2" thick cast clear acrylic (cnc milled)


Front Plates: 1/4" thick Blue transparent cast acrylic

Assembly of the 2" thick clear acrylic base and main tower. The aluminum piece is the mounting plate for the Power Supply








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lookin' dope man. Definitely looking forward to updates as always.

Just finished watching episodes 1-4 and I like them all a bunch, especially the safety glasses bit at the end of 4. Greatly anticipating episode 5, glad to see how much you've grown over the past couple years!!!
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Watched both videos - really good. The production quality was great and the tip about how best to open the packaging was insightful.

I have subscribed to your blog via RSS.
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@Peter, thats great! Thanks for watching and commenting

@kmote, Thank you! the Quick Tips are very popular and I enjoy sharing them!

Here is the 1/4" thick Blue transparent acrylic while test fitting everything.











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here is photos of the custom acrylic reservoir made by cheapskate, this will be mounted on the back of the tower.





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Here is the custom cpu waterblock top, made by cheapskate





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sweet, It'd be cool if the res could bubble, but air in the loop could be an issue.... Make it look al laboratory like.
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it can

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lookin' really good. episode 5 was great, I'm surprised that the lanboy air had so many problem areas. Also the yellow heatspreaders on the ram look kinda off with the rest of the design. I'm sorta surprised you didn't paint them blue or neon green to match the rest of the colors. Or just sand them down to bare aluminum (which I assume they are) and have that match up.

I love that 'case' though definitely captures that 50's feel you were going for.
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awesome! Stuff like this motivates the rest of us to be innovative and creative with our computers
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