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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








    Stay tuned!
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    Now that looks sweet.

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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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    How much will this case cost ?

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    I like seeing your builds SW but every now and again give us some pics of the process.... I want to see what you use for cutting for example, how you secure the pieces of moulding when you cut them.... stuff like that
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    I'm particularly interested in this case too! I'm keen to know what it cost including shipping

    It has some close resemblance of this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by bullydog View Post
    I'm particularly interested in this case too! I'm keen to know what it cost including shipping

    It has some close resemblance of this:
    Yes, this case design is a variation of Mick's, with a few notable improvements:
    • It can fit 3 140x4 and 1 140x3 radiators;
    • and an EVGA SR-2 (10-slot) motherboard tray
    • The interior fan on the bottom shelf is fed by an airduct
    • A "false" back for improved cable management
    • Improved airflow: "in" from the back and "out" through the radiators and then the side panels.

    Rich

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    man that thing is kick ass
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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:

    Rich

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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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    Be sure to keep posting alot of pictures, I'm still going eventually order one similar to this one, so a very close sneak peek is very nice idea.
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    Next up is to cut the front sheet.




    In order to cut-out all of the openings for the 5.25-inch drives accurately, a custom router template is required. I used .5x1-inch u-channel and .25x1.25-inch flat bar to frame the openings on .5-inch particle board.




    The aluminum bits guided my flush trimming router bit.




    The aluminum bits were removed and the particle board template was used to cut the .10-inch thick aluminum sheet.






    Now I just need to square all of the corners and cut to width. Ugh.
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    "Life" had gotten in the way of this project for a few weeks, but I've managed to fabricate the inner and outer sheets of the front panel. It took me 5 hours to square-off all of the inside corners.

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    Back sheet cut to width, height and the hole for the 10-slot motherboard tray routed out.







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    Looking really good Rich as always

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    The inner and outer front sheets, cut to final length.





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