Project: Interior Des(k)ign
So Ive been planning and workin on this project for some time now, I had to save up a bit to get the big parts but finally got my dream specced Pc to build. Yes, it is older tech but ive wanted this since it was released, and finally ive got my hands on it.
I have been working on this for a couple of weeks now, I waited as I work slowly, free time is not very forthcoming so I waited until I had a but to put here first.
I already made the desk for my previous stop gap PC but with the intention of starting this build eventually, heres the desk before my build....
During the build
Completed in its first incarnation
The plan though was to turn it into something far better. I wanted to incorporate a beast inside the desk, so did a very quick sketchup of the desk and how it could look
So thats the plan....
Heres the progress so far.
I am using a mixture of metals for this build, mostly steel 1.2mm, but also a little aluminium throughout, none of it will be left bare, the finish has already been decided upon inside and out.
I will let the photos do the rest of the explaining
Can you guess what it is yet?
Its a plasma cutter, my favourite tool!!
Thats what it does
Coming together to form the hdd hot swap bay front
Onto the righht hand side...
What for? You'll see...
Onto the center panel now, which will house two 120mm fans and an Aquero controller and various other bits like a hidden USB panel and the Switches
For the Aquacomputer grills, again cut with the plasma cutter
Welded the 3 pieces together to see how we are going so far...ok
I didnt take any in progress pictures of the Drive holder being made...sorry, but it fits!
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I added 2mm adhesive backed neoprene to the fronts of the drives and checked for fitment, they need a little tweaking to line up perfectly bu this was a trial run so theres plenty of time to perfect it. Plus I need to make covers from steel for the drive trays and buttons yet.
On the other side I fitted the hot swap HDD trays to check how they looked, they fit perfectly, it was stolen from a donor 800D and is a great design!
Next was a trial fit of the beast, guess what it is...
Too slow guessing....
This is what it is! My uber fave!!!
An EVGA SR-2... Ive got the full water block for it, 24gb Corsair Ram, and two hex core Xeons to go into it. Its going to be a dual loop monster, with everything watercooled that I possibly can! Its all planned out so I cant wait to get it done!
I spent a little time laying things out to see how various designs would look, heres where I got to...
This is where I plan to put the rads, if you reference to the first pictures of the desk you can see where this panel fits.
Some close-ups of the SR-2
Cant emphasise how big this thing is, it puts my current REII to shame, it dwarfs it totally!
I'm fitting the waterblocks soon, but I need some thermal pads first so need to order those asap...
Also received a lovely delivery from Nils haha!
Plus some other hardware ive saved up for
Im back at my workshop on Saturday hopefully, so I'll have more then on the case itself
Just a brief update as I only spent a couple of hours on the case itself today. I also spent some time planning the cooling for the inside of the case which I cant really take photos of yet, its getting pretty complicated to be honest, especially the electronics!
As for what I got done today, I wanted to carry on making the rear of the case, so I started off by plasma cutting a 170mm x 720mm piece of steel and the folding the ends according to the plans, I bought a metal folder a while back, which I use to start the bend, but I always finish it off with a body hammer and dollies! Old skool!!
The result after hammer and dolly work...
I then mocked up where the internally fitted rads would go, by simpply placing the fans on the steel, looking like it will all fit in nicely
My next job was to take the whole front off the case and modify it to fit the two EK reservoirs which I now want on show, but before I started I dropped the lid on to mark a few thing out on the wood internally for the cooling...
Then I stripped it down and started undoing all of my hard work. I will weld the bottom of the now redundant fan holes up, and then start making the rear part to mount the EK res's into the front panel...