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Bennyboy
01-22-2011, 07:45 AM
Nvidia has given me the gracious opportunity to build a case to showcase their beautiful 580s; this case was showcased at CES; it was on Good Morning America, Morning Show, CNN, Discovery Channel, Forbes, and thousands of other blogs and sites.

I origonaly built a keg computer for PDX 16.5, which caught the attention of Nvidia; they told me to build a bigger and better one, and it needed to have a working beer tap; this is 2 1/2 weeks of hectic work; I hope you enjoy :)

Thanks nVidia for giving me the chance to showcase some of my artistic skills and letting me work Darthbeavis a legend I'm not worthy of even sharing air with.

Glasses up to a kickass project!

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Daily Planet of Discovery Channel Canada dedicated a segment of their show to the construction and showing off at CES of this work; you can watch the video here (http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/daily-planet/january-2011/daily-planet---january-06-2011/#clip398284), segment starts about 00:40

Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyuxL7oqxUw) is the offical video of the Kegputer from Nvidia

Thanks for all the great sponsors that made this project such a success!!! Kudos also goes out to DarthBeavis and Kris Rey of Nvidia.

Worklog Pictures Next page

Bennyboy
01-22-2011, 07:46 AM
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The 15.5 Gallon and 2.5 gallon mini keg.
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Triming the mini keg down to size, no need for extra metal : P
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So the reams I cut off of the mini keg look like they'll work pefect to make a catch basin up top for the beer; w00t!!!
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Sliced the keg open, nothing like the smell and smoke of burning stale beer!!
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Making the Screen for the bottom of the keg, this will allow airflow from the bottom.
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I needed to slice to keg into several peices so I could fit them into the oven for baking, you can see the hole up top for the mini keg.
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The mini keg all trimmed down.
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The frame for the mini keg and cooling unit starting to take place.
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Cooling unit from a portable cooler added into the slot, a little 60mm fan will circulate the cold air around the mini keg.
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The bottom of the keg made a perfect cap to keep the mini keg in.
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PSU frame taking shape.
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Mobo, PSU, and Radiator frame taking shape; I'm using an industrial size arc welder to do really fine work, call me crazy, but it gets the job done : P
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View inside the keg with frame in it.
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Powder compound, black, candy lime green, crhome.
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Testing out the latches to make sure it holds the shell together alright.
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Top of the keg and drip tray starting to take shape, hole in the middle for the tap yet to be cut.
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Welding support struts ontop for the tower.
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The top portion of the keg almost finished, just powder coating and logos yet to do.
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Acrylic logos cut my Danger Den and donated by DarthBeavis : P
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Beer drip tray with Nvidia logo ontop, can you say epic?
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Match made in heaven!!! Let's say I buzzed 90% of the time working on this project.
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Getting ready to powder coat the hinges.
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500degree masking tape, and tinfoil as an experiment.... fail fail fail... I'll never end up using tape for powder coating, it was a big pain in the ass to use, and didn't end up with very good results.
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Top portion after baking with chrome base for candy coating.
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Candy Lime green before it goes into the oven.
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Rich aka(DarthBeavis) was kind enough to drive 7 hours to help with install the components.
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Buddy of mine testing out the system after we got it up and runing, COD:BO in 3D to do testing.
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Me totally sporting some sexy apparel.
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What a mess!!! Definatly asking for some cable managment.
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2000watt PSU is almost as tall as the 240radiators..the thing is a beast!!!
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SExy sexy sexy... some LED lights under the grill should look great!
Power buttons.
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Logos are attached with JB cold weld.
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After cable management.. looks much better.
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Shroud to keep the hot heating element from burning anything.
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Expanda foam to keep the keg insulated, this stuff is such a mess to work with.
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Beautiful tap handles provided by Sierra Nevada!!!

pcjunkie209
01-22-2011, 08:40 AM
That's awesome!!

martin_metal_88
01-24-2011, 02:57 AM
Very nice work and design! Does the loop cool with beer :P

xeromist
01-24-2011, 07:13 AM
Very nice work and design! Does the loop cool with beer :P

How many times do you want to pasteurize your beer? heh.

Brian@ASUS
02-02-2011, 07:03 PM
saw this at CES, VERY NICE WORK