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    (Completed) Project: HoloView

    Hey guys! I have a sponsored project on the works! EVGA was generous enough to send me some of their awesome hardware. This is a EVGA and Thermaltake sponsored project, and I named it "HoloView". Thermaltake was awesome enough (as always) to send me one of their View 27 chassis and some of their water cooling components. This will be a quick (hopefully) and simple project but will add a special feature to it (hopefully I could pull it off properly).

    A huge shout out to the sponsors!

    Here's some of the components that will go in to this project.

    Yesterday I was able to test fit some components and tear the View 27 down to confirm some measurements and some possible radiator placements. The plan was to rotate the computer case 90 degree so the front panel will be the bottom of the case and the top will be the front panel.

    Here was my plan, either I will have the 360mm radiator in front and have the 240mm radiator at the bottom or the opposite way around. Originally, I thought I could use the area below the power supply for mounting a 240mm radiator but the power supply that I will be using is a bit long and will have some interference once the power cables are connected. So instead of doing that, I will mount a 140mm fan below the power supply as intake.

    Now that I have a rough idea of where and what components for water cooling are going to fit in, next will be taking measurements for the custom side panel, cutting out the 140mm fan mount on the back and making the custom front panel for the 240mm radiator. But that will be for the next update. :P

    That's it for this first update for the HoloView project. Thank you EVGA and Thermaltake, as always, for giving another opportunity to me for this project! See you in the next one! Ciao! :thumb:
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    I'm not in the topic - what a cool tattoo on your arm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by owlowl001 View Post
    I'm not in the topic - what a cool tattoo on your arm!
    LOL! Thanks man! I need to visit a tat shop to get the colors restored. It's been in my arm for 7 years now. Haven't visited a tat shop ever since. :P

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    UPDATE #2

    Hey Guys!

    Update time! And yes, I am still alive! Did some work for the past weeks for the project after finishing up some important commitments. Shall we begin?

    Did some more measuring on the view 27 chassis to confirm if the radiators will fit in without having clearances issues, which it had. I tried to fit x2 slim 360mm radiators from Thermaltake, and it looks like the radiator for the front will have one issue. I won't be able to connect the 8 pin power connector for the CPU on the motherboard.

    I did not noticed the issue at first so I trimmed the front panel (was the top side of the case before) to fit the 360mm radiator without having any interference issues with the side panel.

    After trimming the chassis, I found a scrap acrylic sheet that was laying around the basement for probably 3 years now, I took that to make it as a "front panel template" for mounting the fans on the chassis.

    But then, that was the time when I noticed the issue with the radiator and the 8 pin power connector of the motherboard. I could plug the cable in, but it is going to be TIGHT to the point wherein the connector on the motherboard is being forced down to some scary degree.

    So instead of forcing the dual slim 360mm radiator, I decided to just use one thick 360mm radiator and just have 3 fans as intake on the front panel.

    After that, I went ahead and draw some random lines and circles as the design for the front panel. And then after that, I went ahead and tried throw an aluminum sheet on my cnc (SO3) just to see if it's going to crap on me. If it did, I will mostly end up making a new design that is not too complicated to do by hand. But my CNC was on a somewhat good mood that day, aaaaaaaand......

    I said "somewhat" on a good mood because........ Sometimes my CNC will decide to not follow the .gcode instructions and just do some random lines around the material that I am cutting. In this case, I was on the 95% before completion of the job, but then the CNC decided to go deeper on the cut instead of following the gcode, aaaaaaaaaaand.....
    I ended up having a broken cutting bit and an unfinished job.

    So I went ahead and did the cutting the old fashion way..

    After a few minutes of filing, I ended up with this front panel.

    Grabbed a Coolermaster Jetflo 120mm fan that I had laying around and it on the front panel. I just wanted to see what the cut out will look like once there's an LED fan attached to it.

    Kinda looks cool but I need the MasterFan Pro RGB version. I am hoping that it will become available here before the end of this month.

    The front panel was a bit long, but that was quickly fixed with a jigsaw and a hand file.

    After that, I went back to the drawing board (CAD) to try and come up with a mount for the Pump/Reservoir combo that Thermaltake provided. I recently purchased a small 3D printer before the end of last year and threw in my cad design to the 3D printer. I came up with this. I ended up with this kind of mount since the most logical (for me at least) place to put the pump/res combo is on the back side close to the power supply. This way, it'll be much easier to run tubing around.

    That's all for me for this update. Side panel mount, sliding rods for the side panel, the side panel itself. Hopefully I could get those done for the coming next 2 weeks. See you on the next update! Ciao! :biggrin:

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    Hey Guys! Wew! Its been a while! A long while to be exact since my last update. Things around here, as always, is busy as hell. But I was silently making some progress on this project, and finally! This is going to be the final update for this project! Let's get on to it, shall we?

    A couple weeks ago, I decided to 3D print a couple of custom hinges for the first half of the side panel that I was making for this project.

    And while I am at it, I printed some custom case feet for the project too.

    And this will be the side panel.

    After confirming the dimensions for the cut that I will need for the other half of the side panel, I went ahead and change all the pop rivets around the case with screws.

    After changing all the pop rivets, I went ahead and attempted some acrylic sheet bending using a head gun. Unfortunately it didn't work very well. In the following 2 photos, the bend looks great, but that's because I have them clamped on the computer case hoping that it wont warp or anything while its cooling down, but it did.

    So, instead of insisting on making a similar curve bend on a new sheet, I decided tot just make a ghetto, DIY sheet bender. But this time, i'll bend the sheet with an angle instead of a curve. A couple of plywood laying around here, a aluminum U-channel, a strip of nichrome wire and a spare power supply, aaaaaand...

    Test fitting the front panel with the fans installed.

    After all of those, time to do some paint prep and some disassembling of the power supply and the pump/res combo.

    This will be the other half of the side panel.

    And while I was at it, I dismantled a 15" USB powered monitor. It's an AOC portable monitor.

    I printed out some side clip mounts for the monitor and it will be mounted like this.

    Time to remove some stickers!

    Aaaaand, time for some -5c painting outside!

    Time for some test fit!

    After confirming that everything would fit in, I then went ahead and started to assembly the system. Although I could only find an hour or 2 of extra time, I was able to manage to get everything to fit in.

    After cramming everything in and making a quick power supply shroud, I proceeded to do the hard line loop, did a quick leak test and flushed the loop out.

    Here's the final photos. They're not much since, to be honest, the side panel that I made looks plain. But I made a quick video of how it actually looks and how it works. You'll see it on the end of this post. In the meantime....

    Now this is the part that I am excited to see.

    System is off.

    Booting up.

    And logged in.

    It's really different when you see it in person. A few close up shots of the side panel screen.

    And here's the youtube link for the quick video that I made. Pardon all the noise and the quality. I made my YT channel specifically to show the side panel screen. And since I already made one, I might upload videos there of my future project. The idea of having a screen on a side panel has been done before, like 3 or 4 years ago. That fellow modder actually inspired me to do the same thing on this project except for that I added my own "touch" to it. The project name that original did this kind of thing was the "Visible Contrast" project by Mosquito.

    And that's another wrap for me! A huge thank you to the sponsors of this project, EVGA and Thermaltake! This won't be possible without your support! Looking forward again with working with you guys! And for the members here who were able to keep up with the waiting game for my updates, you guys are awesome! Thank you so much!

    See you in my next project! Ciao!!
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