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    Casemod Bulgar

    Hi everyone my name is Mickee from the Philippines and I would like to share this build in this community, The

    Idea is to make a modular test bench in a Thermaltake Core X71. Wish me luck!

    Here is what I have in mind but I really suck at following plans basically it might change later down the line



    Here is the Core X71









    To kick things off lets start to strip the case down.

    They were really easy to remove.


    For this batch I used a drill to take out the riveted parts.



    I'm really not an expert in sleeving that is why I use sleeved extensions on my builds but I want to try it out

    this
    time,

    Clean looking cables from the front I/O would be nice.



    The front audio cord needs to be stripped off its rubber coating because I only have 3mm sleeves.



    I am very slow at this lol this took me about 30 minutes.



    And yes! but I don't know where I can get a sleeve that would fir the USB 3.0 cable



    EVGA!!


    Lets unbox them!!

    Lets start with the memory modules





    The 1000G Power Supply



    Superb packaging!



    I am going to sleeve them later down the line.



    Lovin' the hammered finish







    The Z170 Classified K Motherboard














    Shroud for the rear I/O



    Beatifulll!!















    EVGA Classfied 980ti





    Very nice! we have bonus items





    Going back to the card itself.





    It is massively awesome!

















    That was a blast!


    Going back to the case

    The case has temporarily lost its rigidity when the motherboard tray and rear panel was removed so aluminum bars

    to
    the rescue! I like using aluminum bars because they are easy to cut and file.





    I also gave the case a little tilt






    It not super sturdy yet but it will be later

    3mm Acrylic will serve as out motherboard tray for this project, some cutting and measuring.



    Aluminum bars for the skeletal system of the modular test bench.





    So those are all that I have so far, I am working on the measurements them cut them altogether then screw or have them riveted to the relevant points.

    Next update will be on the weekend, see ya!

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    A few updates for now, I have always used sleeved extensions on my

    previous builds so I am not an expert in sleeving but this time I am

    giving it a shot and I would like to get it out of the way because I am

    really slow at this. Color of the sleeves are Black, Carbon and very

    little white on the 24 pin cable.

    So here we go



    A good friend gave me one of his DIY pin extractor, thanks man!



    Here is the 24 Pin cable.







    Cables for the GPU



    EPS 12V



    and some other shots





    I haven't done the Sata and 4 pin molex yet because I ran out of Carbon

    sleeves So I have slow progress right now but I think that it's

    better than none

    Thanks and see you on the next update

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    At first I was surprised EVGA didn't sponsor their custom sleeved cables as well as I know they have one, but then I saw your great sleeving work and how it turned out. Those carbon colors are nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crowTrobot View Post
    At first I was surprised EVGA didn't sponsor their custom sleeved cables as well as I know they have one, but then I saw your great sleeving work and how it turned out. Those carbon colors are nice.
    Appreciated I think i'll do it again on the my upcoming projects.

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    I am very sorry for the lack of updates this past few week but hey I'm back on

    track Also sorry but the pictures that I have right now are not with the

    best quality it is raining all day when the sun comes back tomorrow I'll

    take it outside for better images

    Let me go back with the case, here is the skeleton for the modular test bench



    It fits exactly as planned.



    Tubular aluminum to thumb screw the test bench on to.



    Ohh sliders <3



    I also need to make handle bars out of flat aluminum.



    Manual bending yeah!



    The integrity of the case has been compromised since most of its parts was

    removed so I have some reinforcing to do.



    Connected!



    Custom acrylic panels will be placed on the sides of the case mounted on the

    sliders and I have to give those sheets some curves. I have been bending

    acrylic sheets with a heat gun since day 1, I guess I'm tired of that Very

    timely a friend handed down some Nichrome wire yes it's time for a DIY line

    bender. (I just followed some youtube guide on how this is done)



    Power source is a PSU that I took from an SFF PC that I haven't used for a very

    long time, I try to save money whenever I can



    So with some ply board, nails , wood screws, alligator clamp, old PSU and

    Nichrome wire we now have this



    Time to use it on the panel for the project.







    Mounted!



    I will be back with better images of the progress! thanks

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    Hi everyone I am back with a few

    Worked on the mobo tray



    My handwriting is super bad lol



    Removing those 2 thumb screws will make the mobo tray pop off the it's base.



    Yes in every project I have to mess one two or three things up lol have to

    retouch one of the stand offs as it was not on point,



    The Z170 Classified K fits right on top of the custom tray



    EVGA 1000G sitting in there nice and tight.



    And some angled shots









    Thanks be back in a jiffy!

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    Hi, I am very sorry for the lack of updates it was due to the renovation that is still ongoing and my modding area is part of it but now I am back as I've found a

    small spot where I can continue my work I have also brought in some help with the help of a vinly cutter and a 3d printer which I got a very deal on yay! So I

    have some updates

    First off I have manually cut a couple of EVGA logos with a scroll saw, these will be put on each side of the sliding panels.



    I spent most of the holidays with the family and the 3d printer lol, It was frustrating at first because I have zero Ideas on how it works but after plenty of

    playing and tinkering around as well as reading I guess I got some decent prints or usable at the very least I do not know how to make my own designs just yet as

    I am still focused on understanding its dynamics as a whole so I just print stuff that I find online which suits the mood for the project

    Something has to hold the PSU on the test bench so..











    Mobo Stand off



    For the GPU





    One of the things that I've learned a few days ago was converting JPEG files to ohh I forgot the file format haha then to STL as a 3d printable file, so I tried it

    on the Gear up logo and wow it worked then I just made a few adjustments to better suit my taste.





    Short update but there will be more to come soon!

    see ya' around!

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    After a long time I am back with some updates, Modding has stated to pick up since the construction of my little workshop is finished

    Here we go, Watercooling should be an option with this simple test bench so i found a solution where I can mount a Radiator and a Pump+Res and yes a 3d printed fan grill





    The plan is for it to be mounted on this position.



    Back to the bender for a custom bracket.



    Now we have this and I know this is not the best looking solution but I strongly believe that it will work for me



    Screws on! Pump+Res+Rad mounted, it still needs additional support on the lower portion but I'll get back to that later because I want to try and watercool this now



    CPU block Pacific W3 and behind it is an Intel Core i5 6600K that i forgot to take a photo of since I am too excited but I guess we've all seen that before



    Pacific 90 degree fittings installed



    Tubes done annnd the here are the random shots



















    I've tested it for leaks and luckily there was none, Some of the parts for this mod are being detailed already and those will be up on the next updates

    later!!

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    Update time

    Back to cutting some panels
    This one is for the Front panel


    For the lower side panels
    Scoring the Acrylic sheet helps a lot with the accuracy of manual cuts





    Test fit



    Some more pieces for detailing.



    Sanding with an angle grinder.



    Stick em' up.



    Started to paint the sliding panels.



    This one is for the top of the case.



    Labelled the handles for the sliding panel.





    and here we are







    End of the quick update thanks!

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    Hi Everyone I guess this will be the last batch of Pictures for this project I really enjoyed working on this but then again there is no such thing as finished hehehe there will always be a few bits and bobs to be tweaked every now and then













    And that is a wrap for Core X71 Bulgar! Once again than you very much for the support!

    I will see you guys on the next one

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