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  • The Rose

    Hey guys, it's time for another case mod project! This will be for my daughter this time (if you recall I did a Minecraft R2-D2 mod last year for my son).

    I'll be using the Suppressor F51 for this build, as it lends itself well to the sleak and elegant design my daughter and I came up with. She wanted a pink rose themed build, so I will have a beautiful rose-shaped reservoir in the front, and all the hardware will be openly displayed on a custom one-piece angular chassis insert. All plumbing will be hidden behind the insert, except for an elegant curved water channel that spans over the motherboard to the GPU...




    Here's a breakdown of hardware I'll be using in this build:


    EVGA X99 microATX motherboard


    EVGA GTX 970 with EK block


    EVGA 550w Supernova GS PSU and X10 Carbon mouse


    Crucial 250Gb SSD, and 16Gb DDR4 Ballistix memory kit


    EK Supremacy Evo CPU block


    EK D5 Pump top and chrome cover


    EK 280mm Coolstream Radiator


    EK 45 and 90 elbow fittings


    Primochill Revolver fittings & fluid

    Huge thanks to Primochill, EVGA, Crucial, EK, and of course Thermaltake for their continued support!

    So let's get to some actual modding shall we? Seems lately I can't help but to hack into a case first thing. So after stripping it down to the frame, I taped off the area that will be cut away to make room for the new one-piece insert...




    I made a cardboard template to see how the pieces will fit together. Only three pieces make up the entire insert: Back piece, angled center piece, and front piece.


    After some initial attempts at bending the center piece myself, I realized I wasn't going to be able to produce the results I was looking for, so I sucked up my pride and brought the cardboard template down to the local metal fab shop and had them weld it up for me.


    They did a nice job bending and tack-welding the pieces together. I can now go in with the bondo and smooth out the panels and fill in the corners.


    I'm hoping to have this case done for PDXLAN 28 in July, my daughter's first lan. Stay tuned!
    www.bods-mods.com

  • #2
    Snuck into the garage last night and got a little bit more work done on the acrylic post for the back corner...

    The tube is 1 1/4" diameter, and I just so happened to have a hole saw in that size. So I marked the top of the panel and cut it out.


    For the bottom hole, since it is on an extreme angle, I cut the tube to match using my miter box.


    This will not be the actual tube end, I'm just using it to trace the bottom hole. I'll square it off again so it sits flat at the bottom of the case.


    Here's the tube in position..




    Now that I have the hole traced, I can cut it out and the tube will slip right down through it without any gaps.

    That's all I had time for last night, more on the tube's purpose next time.
    www.bods-mods.com

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    • #3
      Looking Great!
      Cut it, Paint it, Mod it. Void Your Warranty
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      • #4
        Thanks Dewayne!

        More progress on the tube...

        As some of you may have guessed, the tube is going to be a bubbler feature. I acquired a 12v mini air pump from amazon. The kit came with a porous stone and some tubing.


        To start, I threw together a quick mounting base for the tube, and to hold the pump.


        The stone aerator was a bit to wide, so I sanded it down to fit into the tube.


        After setting the correct depth, I hot-glued it in place.


        Once that was done, I could glue the entire tube to the base.


        After that was dry, I filled the tube with water to check for leaks. Then I fired it up to see if it worked and added some lighting.




        With the pump at 12v, it was producing way too much bubbles, so I down-volted it to 7v to slow it down a bit.


        Still a bit fast, but better. Then I remembered that the Suppressor F51 case has a built-in fan controller on the front IO panel, with a hi and low speed setting. So I hooked it up to that and put it on low. Even better than the 7v! I'm guessing the low setting is 5v, and hi is 12. So I think i will utilize that fan controller for the bubbler.

        Tonight I will work on mounting the bubbler assembly into the case. 'Til then!
        www.bods-mods.com

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        • #5
          Now that the bubble tube assembly is done, I just have to install it into the case. And the only feasible way to do that is to come up from the bottom. So I started by cutting out a piece of the bottom panel.


          The hole is just big enough for the bubble base to fit through.


          Then a cover plate was made, and mounting brackets to hold the base.


          Now the base is secured to the cover plate.


          And the whole thing can slide right in from the bottom, and secured in place with a few screws.


          All I need to do now is connect the lights and the pump and its good to go!


          Filled and bubbling..


          And of course the token night shot..


          Thanks for reading, 'til next time!
          www.bods-mods.com

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          • #6
            Worked on the integrated fan grill over the last week. I wanted a rose grill, but wanted to maintain a clean look so instead of doing a separate acrylic screw-on grill, I decided to incorporate the design into the one-piece panel. So I printed out a few rose patterns and placed them accordingly onto the panel, gluing them on with a gluestick.


            Then I proceeded to cut out each petal one by one. Since the panel was all one piece, I couldn't simply use my scroll saw to cut all these pieces out. So I was forced to use just my dremel and drill, and the jigsaw where ever I could.


            After the rough cuts, I went back over the holes with files and grinding bits to clean them up.


            A shot from below..




            Moving onto the third rose. I used the dremel to start the longer cuts, and then used the jigsaw to finish them up. It's faster, and it prolongs the life of the cutting wheel.


            A close up of the rough cuts all finished.


            And finally the third rose is done!


            The last rose is a bit smaller and at the edge so I won't be able to use the jigsaw at all. It will take a bit longer, so I will leave that for later. Once its all done, I'll go over all cutouts with sandpaper to smooth everything out.

            Work continues!
            www.bods-mods.com

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            • #7
              Finally got the last rose cut out for the top fan grill. Couldn't wait to see how it looked with the lit fans behind it. I was able to dial these Thermaltake RGB Riing fans in to match the pink lighting from the bubble tube perfectly!


              I also added a flexible mesh screen behind the cutouts to give it more contrast..






              I posted a quick video test on FB that shows the bubble feature in action, as well as the fan grill, if you want to
              check it out
              www.bods-mods.com

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              • #8
                Working on the motherboard tray this week. I'm going for a glass shelf-like appearance, raised up off the panel with back lighting. So starting with a sketchup model, I converted it into a vector drawing and sent it to Brian at Primochill to be cut out of 3/8" clear acrylic.



                Once I received the tray, I tapped the holes for the motherboard stand-offs..


                and mounted the board. Placing it onto the panel, I noticed that it would interfere with my bubble tube, so I had to trim a bit off that bottom corner.


                Searching the web, I found a source for aluminum glass shelf standoffs..


                I had incorporated 7/16" holes into the design of the tray to save me the trouble of drilling them.


                The last thing I had to do was chamfer the bottom edge so it follows the vertical plane. This was accomplished by using a large diameter dremel cutting bit, belt sander, and orbital sander to smooth it out.


                Next up is to come up with a mounting solution for the EVGA GTX970 graphics card. Stay tuned!
                www.bods-mods.com

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                • #9
                  This is coming our quite nicely.

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                  • #10
                    Got the graphics card placement figured out over the weekend..

                    As much as I hated to cut into the angled panel, I needed to set the video card down into it. So I cut a wide H pattern and bent the top down so it was vertical..


                    Then I bent the bottom half so it was flat, creating a nice ledge for the card to sit on.


                    Next was to cut away some material for PCI riser card and IO clearance..


                    Here's the card in place.


                    Wide shot with mobo tray..


                    Close up of DVI ports. Wish I could just remove them from the card altogether, since I will just be using the HDMI and/or displayports.


                    And finally, a little reinforcing was done, using a spot welder. Of course all the welds will be smoothed over with bondo before paint.


                    I just have one more rose grill to cut out (for the PSU exhaust), and then a few wire pass-through holes and it's ready for final prep/paint.
                    www.bods-mods.com

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Boddaker View Post
                      Thanks Dewayne!

                      More progress on the tube...

                      As some of you may have guessed, the tube is going to be a bubbler feature. I acquired a 12v mini air pump from amazon. The kit came with a porous stone and some tubing.


                      To start, I threw together a quick mounting base for the tube, and to hold the pump.


                      The stone aerator was a bit to wide, so I sanded it down to fit into the tube.


                      After setting the correct depth, I hot-glued it in place.


                      Once that was done, I could glue the entire tube to the base.


                      After that was dry, I filled the tube with water to check for leaks. Then I fired it up to see if it worked and added some lighting.




                      With the pump at 12v, it was producing way too much bubbles, so I down-volted it to 7v to slow it down a bit.


                      Still a bit fast, but better. Then I remembered that the Suppressor F51 case has a built-in fan controller on the front IO panel, with a hi and low speed setting. So I hooked it up to that and put it on low. Even better than the 7v! I'm guessing the low setting is 5v, and hi is 12. So I think i will utilize that fan controller for the bubbler.

                      Tonight I will work on mounting the bubbler assembly into the case. 'Til then!
                      This post just made my jaw drop. Outstanding sir, out-f'ing-standing!!!

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                      • #12
                        Thanks killr, yeah the bubble feature turned out nice.

                        Finally finished the last rose cutout! This time I could use my scroll saw, as the cutout was located in a more accessible area on the panel.

                        Made up a slightly different rose template to match the more vertical shape of the PSU.


                        Glued it down, and started cutting out the holes. A bit cumbersome maneuvering the whole thing around on the saw, even with using a spiral omni-directional blade.


                        So far so good..


                        .. and done! After the scroll saw, I went back over every hole with a dremel grinding bit to smooth out all the cuts. Still need to do some sanding yet.


                        Final shot with the PSU placed behind. Notice the bottom hole lines up with the power switch.


                        Next step is to cut one more square hole at the bottom for the power cable plug, then I can mount the PSU.

                        Thanks for reading!
                        www.bods-mods.com

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                        • #13
                          Got the PSU power plug hole roughed out last night.


                          A closer up shot.. I had to widen the bottom of the rose a bit more, so it matches the width of the power plug opening. Still gotta clean up the edges a bit.


                          Here's a shot with a green power cord. This is just a photoshop mockup, to see how it will look with the stem.



                          I'll be mounting the PSU so it will sit flush with the panel. But I'll be securing it to the floor so there won't be any visible screws on the back side.
                          www.bods-mods.com

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                          • #14
                            Got a bunch of little things knocked out last week and over the weekend. First up was to mount the SSD's.

                            I originally thought a nice geometric shape would be cool, so I broke out the circle template and worked something up..


                            But then I realized that it didn't quite fit the theme, so I scrapped that idea (but will keep it for future use) in favor of a more organic design..


                            Satisfied with the new shape, I went back to the scroll saw to cut it out.


                            Cutting complete! After a quick de-burring with the files, it's looking better.


                            SSD placed in the center for marking the bend lines.


                            ..and bent!


                            SSD's in for fitting..


                            .. and taped in place on the back of the angled panel.. plenty of clearance between it and the PSU.


                            Next up was to trim the main panel so the side panel will fit around the back edge and close fully. I cut about 1/2" off to make room for the side panel's rear lip, but left the area in the center where the grab handle is.


                            Side panel on and closed..


                            Close up shots of the tight fit.. the corners were just a tad tapered.


                            Here's the handle inset..


                            I also made the PSU cover to clean up the back area. I welded mounting bracket onto the back panel just above the PSU grill to give the cover something to fasten to, and folded a lip at the bottom and screwed it down. I also made some notches along the back edge for the 24pin, 12v 8pin, and SATA cabling..


                            Lastly, I got the D5 pump mounted at the front of the case. Pretty basic stuff, just using the stock mounting bracket.




                            Work continues.. thanks for reading!
                            www.bods-mods.com

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                            • #15
                              Wow it's been a month since my last update! Gonna have to step it up, or else my daughter won't have a rig to game on come July.. and we just can't have that now can we!

                              Did some modification to the front bezel, in preparation for a large viewing area for the rose res. Had to cut away some material, and remove all evidence of door hinges.


                              After the extraneous material was surgically removed, I added a piece back in at the bottom to hide the pump area. It might also be a good location for a back-lit graphic or text of some kind. ;-)


                              Speaking of lighting, there will be pink leds behind the slots on both sides of the bezel, diffused by these acrylic bars I added.


                              The bottom piece was glued in, then copious amounts of bondo was applied to smooth out the seams as well as the top grill pattern. For the hinge openings, I cut pieces of ABS to fill them in, then sanded them flush before adding the bondo.


                              Once the bondo cured, I sanded it down, starting with 80 grit, then going to 120.


                              It was finally time for the first coat of filler primer...


                              Test shot on the case. I'll sand and prime once more to make sure the front is nice and flat.


                              While the bondo is out, I might as well start on filling all the spot welds and corners on the main panel. So that will be next on the list.
                              www.bods-mods.com

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