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B NEGATIVE
08-13-2013, 07:07 PM
Hurro!

So,as you would expect,this is another build log but this time (for a long time) its for me for a change!

I am working away on a scratch build in the ITX flavour but got held up trying to get stuff actually made up,so i decided to do a build anyway while im ironing out the wrinkles in it.
You can see my scratch design here (http://www.overclock.net/t/1394697/scratch-build-prot07ype-ocn-exclusive-log/0_20)

So i started looking at cases,nothing really caught my eye until i saw the S3 from Caselabs.......well,it ticked all my boxes and,even though its not cheap once its imported,I was sold on it.
No expense spared on the naming as usual.
The basic hardware will be as follows:

Asus IMPACT Z87 ITX mobo,on pre order.....still waiting.
i5 or i7...not sure yet as this will be a LAN box/daily driver while the SR2 gets its upgrade,i7 is a bit overkill for this purpose. Plus im delidding it,i5 is a bit less of a hit if my hands of meat ruin it.
780 of some description...
Corsair Platinum 2400 ram,Scan have a good deal on this right now. http://www.scan.co.uk/products/8gb-%282x4gb%29-corsair-ddr3-dominator-platinum-pc3-19200-%282400%29-non-ecc-unbuffered-cas-10-12-12-31-dhx-
Couple of SSDs...The new Samsung EVO drives look a bit tasty.
WD Caviar Black for the pron and pizza pics.

Obviously wasserkooled,this time acrylic rather than my standard copper tubing (I dont think Magoo would let anything else happen tbh)

So,shall we have a mooch around the case?

I went for the full fat S3 with pedestal,windows all round and the vented IO panels
I bought the pedestal as a precaution in case my cunning plan doesnt work out like i want,i did mention its going R-ITX rather than horizon right? No? Sorry.......= )

The finish is in primer grey as its having a custom paint job......airbrush work not done by myself so it should look good!


Whats in the box Mr Parker?

http://i.imgur.com/5E0LZkm.jpg

Instructions...thrown away....Im asserting my manliness today.

http://i.imgur.com/00r6sfm.jpg

All the nicely wrapped panels in a pile.this is the case bit,the pedestal is an entirely different pile....

First panel and the one that is not being used in the mod (R-ITX remember? Im making my own)
I did mention to Caselabs about selling front and back blanks and it was well received so maybe I wont have to make one.......

http://i.imgur.com/cn40OSg.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/VEn5zQq.jpg

Base panel.

http://i.imgur.com/IjVjI2u.jpg

A bent piece.....nothing a pair of pliers cant sort tho.

http://i.imgur.com/0MAn60X.jpg

And the 2 panels fixed up.

http://i.imgur.com/qnDI9KH.jpg

Another piece im no likely to use...except the mounts for the SSD and HDD

http://i.imgur.com/O39hZXv.jpg

Pick of it inside.[...before it all gets hit with the mod stick.

http://i.imgur.com/e3KwukL.jpg

Front panel. Nice mesh.

http://i.imgur.com/5DMVzG5.jpg

More assembly......

http://i.imgur.com/R2s1yvl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/E6WMhQm.jpg

And panels on.

http://i.imgur.com/UyelCzL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/LCN7RVL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/c47AMLk.jpg

Thats all im doing today,the light is going and my hand hurts,tomorrow i will be assembling the ped and then showing roughly what im doing inside before breaking it all down again.

If you were wondering how easy is it to build this case......

http://i.imgur.com/wJM4VJe.jpg

Im doing it one handed....

B NEGATIVE
08-13-2013, 07:08 PM
Board has arrived!

And she is a beauty!

http://i.imgur.com/JJ13QSd.jpg

No AS bag....hmmmm.....

http://i.imgur.com/kEHv1NQ.jpg

The bare board,the fiddly bits are yet to come...

http://i.imgur.com/UJQpaPu.jpg

VRM Daughterboard.

http://i.imgur.com/92WYURU.jpg

Push to start...like a Ferrari. Except this is cheaper in pants.

http://i.imgur.com/2c3rzPC.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/aBnWl3Y.jpg

Debug panel,because ITX builds are normally cramped...however they saw fit to use a start button...

http://i.imgur.com/fdheJfz.jpg

Back of the VRM board,hopefully the backplate will be compatible with a VRM block.

http://i.imgur.com/BN6sYHR.jpg

The soundcard,a welcome addition,ITX does suffer cut backs...this board is trying hard to reverse that.

http://i.imgur.com/ywSJgj3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3uIKUKp.jpg

The mPCI-e slot...takes Wifi card and the new (soon to be released) SFF SSD's

http://i.imgur.com/nEO7M2p.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/hgzDoRr.jpg

And all together now...

http://i.imgur.com/WMv1203.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/sKj8gvf.jpg




Magoo approves this post.

http://i.imgur.com/zBCAoXT.jpg


I will be tackling the pedestal later,maybe slip the board in for a look-see

B NEGATIVE
08-13-2013, 07:08 PM
Today is all about the pedestal.
Another pile of parts,all wrapped very nicely

http://i.imgur.com/TMVztkJ.jpg

The base panel,drop in mount with a drain port or 2

http://i.imgur.com/UuFPvLF.jpg

And the top panel.
These are interchangeable with one another,the pedestal can be extended with another ped if you feel the need.

http://i.imgur.com/h6I9Cqf.jpg

This is the back panel for the ped,I chose a 120 exhaust for mine.

http://i.imgur.com/gV05JV5.jpg

Some assembly.

http://i.imgur.com/lIiveFm.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/HVRWcmn.jpg

Now we are at the front panel,inner and outer skins

http://i.imgur.com/VgwjGP5.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/PxZJphj.jpg

These are vital...and not included.
These are the 240/280 mounts and they will be useful in my idea.
Remember to get these if you use the ped.

http://i.imgur.com/6f8FiaN.jpg

Not the kit i will be using but it gives sense of size.

http://i.imgur.com/5nQhj3S.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/74pLInf.jpg

The feet i will be using are the MNPC feet i won for Bittechs MOTM for May.

http://i.imgur.com/EQt3cMI.jpg

And the finished (to a point) assembly.

http://i.imgur.com/3IX1ZMM.jpg

To give a sense of scale,thats a Bitspower 400mm res,it will fit if you remove a cover plate in the bottom of the case.

http://i.imgur.com/H8jWRjj.jpg

This will fit,its a toss up between this and the XSPC 270 Photon in this build.

http://i.imgur.com/B6iORu3.jpg

Now this is where it gets interesting and this pic should give you an idea of what i intend to achieve.

http://i.imgur.com/4VrpAeA.jpg

The board is R-ATX and the PSU will sit behind the mobo tray,much like my scratch design.
I will need to fab a midplate,a mobo tray/support and a backplate,all simple stuff.
I will also need to get solid doors (im a DUMBASS and didnt spec it with them) to rework the windows and add intakes for the rads,2 240s (one each side intaking)

There look like there is enough room and the ruler says yes but whether it will look right is another story,this why i got the ped...i can swing back to having rads in the bottom and i can get creative in the main case.

joji1
08-20-2013, 06:47 PM
nice casing bro;)

B NEGATIVE
08-23-2013, 03:30 PM
So,while im unable to chop anything up right now,i will have to amuse myself by planning the res.

The front needs something to fill it up,im not normally a bay fan but the S3 is begging for something on the front to give it some detail (other than the paint job thats coming)

I came up with this.

http://i.imgur.com/Z4N2Mms.png

http://i.imgur.com/QoAWFxQ.png

http://i.imgur.com/yP9xb8f.jpg

The window has a nice chamfer on the raised section to mirror the Aquacomputer GPU blocks,when i first saw those GPU blocks,i wanted them soooooo bad,enough to buy a 780/Titan for that awesome active backplate.

http://shop.aquacomputer.de/images/product_images/popup_images/23563_2.jpg

http://xmysterae.webspace.virginmedia.com/oc3d/aquacomputer_titan_waterblock_01.jpg

A tidy looking res that will fill that gap nicely.

When i finish the SW model of all the panels of the S3 then can show you hopefully what it will look like in place.

B NEGATIVE
08-23-2013, 10:09 PM
I made a quick and dirty 'playdoh model' ,rather than the full assembly of individual panels that i prefer to do, to have a look at how it fits and looks.

http://i.imgur.com/TMZRt34.jpg

B NEGATIVE
08-25-2013, 04:12 PM
Just got back from i 49,good to see Tom and Sub there along with the Specialtech forum guys,Coolmiester,Namron and the hammer flinger Skully,plus the PARVUM guys (you should see the cases they dont show the world...)

Anyway...
I want to fill that gap under the res,I think a touch screen will do very nicely..this one to be precise.
http://www.lilliputuk.com/monitors/open-frame/of701/

I will lose around 5mm around the sides and bottom of the screen but i can just resize the display to suit.

http://i.imgur.com/0GSEwu6.jpg

Grills cut in the doors to match the existing S3 slotwork.

My hand cant heal fast enough im telling you.

B NEGATIVE
08-31-2013, 07:52 PM
I made some changes to the res design to more mimic the AC kit im planning on.

http://i.imgur.com/njtKNET.jpg

Thicker window and adding the bolt thru face plate ties in nicely with the 780/Titan blocks.
Also etched aquacomputer into the front.

http://i.imgur.com/rfOUpUQ.jpg

+ Pins came out of my finger yesterday!

-Splint stays on for another 2 weeks....

Alu is on its way for the backplate and interior,still 2 weeks before i can do anything with it,its just going to sit in the corner.....staring at me......:madsmiley

Rockford
08-31-2013, 08:28 PM
Great thread, and build.......

is the antenna wires (the connectors), improved?

can be a pain in the a** to attach the connectors to the wifi card, the "gold" plated push knobs

Giannis996
08-31-2013, 08:35 PM
nice project man!! btw your dog looks badass in the pic!!! very beautifull ( dog , project and your hand xD)

LukeeVassallo
09-01-2013, 08:16 AM
especially if you attaching the wifi module after your done ! The place would be so cramped and the connectors are small.

LukeeVassallo
09-01-2013, 08:18 AM
An i5 with a 780 beats any game but unless you are doing intensive cpu work such as movie encoding and other programs that make use of multi threaded cpu, an i7 would be useless.

B NEGATIVE
09-01-2013, 03:43 PM
An i5 with a 780 beats any game but unless you are doing intensive cpu work such as movie encoding and other programs that make use of multi threaded cpu, an i7 would be useless.
An i7 is never useless.......

Anyway..
Because Ayd wants one,i resized it for 3 bays and went a little mental on the window....

Now to send the design off to a few people for quoting.

http://i.imgur.com/4PvhudR.jpg

Left the screen off till i have one in my hands,I really need to check the dimensions of the screen itself

B NEGATIVE
09-07-2013, 01:42 PM
I was feeling a bit brave this morning so i went to bend me some metal for the rear of the case.

http://i.imgur.com/AgPBcBj.jpg

Mark out the total width and height of the back panel,+20mm each side for the bends,remember to allow material for the bend so it doesnt come up short.

http://i.imgur.com/kMhYKgM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/nuxNjI6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/BYPvFSI.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Vgm29Q5.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3FgIDKo.jpg

Because i dont have a press bender or tooling for the top 90,these will be fabbed on afterwards and screwed on.

2.5mm Alu

http://i.imgur.com/JuKJWDb.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/N33cSmm.jpg

Oops....broke teh workbench.

Anyway,the panel is a solid fit,very happy how it came out.

http://i.imgur.com/zYRYEln.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/N33cSmm.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/W3oGPdL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OXZBVqP.jpg

Im a Magoo....hear me RAWR!!!

Todays modding soundtrack has consisted of..



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1UEr6oSHsU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WURSHMot-vY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRU-IFx-7yQ


So after breaking teh workbench,rain has stopped play for today.

B NEGATIVE
09-07-2013, 03:43 PM
Because its funny,I thought i should post this too.

http://i.imgur.com/8xcpl34.jpg

EPIC form factor v the pocket rocket

B NEGATIVE
09-17-2013, 04:24 PM
Some progress but not of the great kind.....

I made the replacement backpanel and have it fitted,unfortunately I cant go R-ATX like i first wanted,there is simply not enough room.

So it back to square one.

No bad thing as now i get to use the pedestal and have a LOT more room to do stuff.

http://i.imgur.com/H05S7UL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7fhTHjG.jpg

As you can see here,its so tight,I could 'force' it in but it would just look cramped...

http://i.imgur.com/GSBXbeS.jpg

No fan could be installed there and the rad would be on the floor.squashed right in with no room to work on it other than by removing the backpanel.

http://i.imgur.com/47JlZtG.jpg

So,I need to get some paint on soon so it can start the cure now for mop polishing in 3 months time.

Also need to get over to the PARVUM guys for a day of mill action for the res.....

All in all,a bad month...broke finger,a small ding in my car and now my lovely plan for this build has gone slightly south.






Reminds me,I must play the Lottery......

B NEGATIVE
10-04-2013, 06:47 PM
Im excited!

My paint has arrived!

Off to the spray booth this weekend for some splashing!!

http://i.imgur.com/VdPBtpM.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/zkE9mQi.jpg

And a nice little touch up gun,there is not enough flat surface area for my full size and this is a great little gun for feathering......as will be explained tomorrow when i video it in action.

http://i.imgur.com/fkEoYiR.jpg

If i told you that these 2 liters of paint cost more than the case (not including shipping)...would you believe me?




Yup,it did.


I need to get this started now,before i start with hardware,so the airbrush work can set before i clearcoat,this is all time consuming so its getting done first

Got some nice 2 component clear coat coming for this,its going to be.....MmmmMMMMMMmmmmmMMMMMMmmmmmMMMMMMMmmmmMMMMmm mmmmm........*


XD

B NEGATIVE
10-06-2013, 02:49 PM
Paint day!

Time to break out the trusty rusty...24ltr tank,all you need to spraying cases.

http://i.imgur.com/MjTkjdw.jpg

The amount of panels for a Caselabs becomes apparent when its all laid out.

http://i.imgur.com/mCtmpya.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7giOEXt.jpg

And the first few coats of paint are done.

http://i.imgur.com/U7LpdxP.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/R6R6oIX.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/QvmipyL.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/8Q9JD9D.jpg

Drying in the sunshine.

http://i.imgur.com/XUS8ooa.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/YdmIBLi.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/TbJ6PI2.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/IJFFJrP.jpg

Not bad,will buff up nicely.

http://i.imgur.com/97U3aFA.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/97U3aFA.jpg


And the frame all back together.

http://i.imgur.com/16gZlhc.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/YIb5cMv.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/auxTaJK.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/y1ZCAnN.jpg


Doors/Panels have had the base coat done,next weekend they get the ICE FX and Spectra coat top coat.
You get to see what i have in mind then!

Maybe some shots with the board in....after dinner i think.
http://i.imgur.com/vMzeBOo.jpg

MNPC case feet that i won for Bittechs MOTM

http://i.imgur.com/2EolZT4.jpg

B NEGATIVE
10-12-2013, 03:34 PM
Well it time to start unveiling what im trying to..

Today is the turn of the Spectracoat top coat.

Key the exterior panels ready for spraying,key,tack rag then a wipe over with a panel wipe to get rid of any fingerprint grease etc.

http://i.imgur.com/zX8741V.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/RaDSyh8.jpg

Then we apply the Spectracoat..

http://i.imgur.com/qpqFzx0.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vUuLYeK.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/3DtaLq1.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/4DQIs3O.jpg



I know what you are thinking...doesnt look like much right?

How about now?

http://i.imgur.com/QgngLko.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/NZXEZVu.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/WdYrMQV.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/uU4j1mc.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Y9WOHWx.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/0VTImNF.jpg

And smooth as a babies bum.

http://i.imgur.com/tqU8Gpw.jpg

The pics dont do it justice,the panel shimmers thru all the prismatic spectrum,looks awesome.
When its clearcoated and buffed,it should pop out really well

And to top off my day..

A glorious MIPS Iceforce HF block!
Last of the breed and very possibly the block i will use in this build,unless i can find another then it will be going in the SR2

http://i.imgur.com/oHWh7vd.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lkadBZF.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/HHrYYe1.jpg

Thanks Namron!

Now i need to ask myself,does that awesome machined retainer need painting to match the panels....

B NEGATIVE
10-12-2013, 05:18 PM
How about a few more shots of the paint under interior light?

http://i.imgur.com/wXo5mGZ.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/SJ3GXIU.jpg

B NEGATIVE
10-13-2013, 08:04 PM
I couldnt resist getting the panels on for a look....im secretly chuffed on how this came out,I hope i can get a similar result with the ICE FX kit,my first attempts didnt look so hot....MORE PRACTICE!!

So,with no direct light...

http://i.imgur.com/XU1XUHr.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Q1VvjXH.jpg

Looks nice.

untillthe LIGHT!!!!!!

http://i.imgur.com/iRkzz6U.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/y6Xneaz.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/E3WCNlr.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/YfSxdGo.jpg

And the piano black interior.

http://i.imgur.com/fFTPMIL.jpg

Magoo.

http://i.imgur.com/ycreRjg.jpg

Edited out the purple force lightning so as not to disturb the younger viewers.

Let me know what you think?

B NEGATIVE
10-31-2013, 08:11 PM
'Touchscreen...welcome to your new home.....in the basement....Muaahahahahahahaahaaa!!'

http://i.imgur.com/R0DWn3i.jpg

Time to break out the fretsaw for some sweaty bezel action.

I have to say,I was a diehard jigsaw and file guy but after seeing what Coolmiester does with one,I had to give it a go...the side panels for the rads are much better than my usual method,using downloadable MNPC rad templates doesnt hurt either!

XNine,if you read this,I need some vector pics of the caselabs logo so i can cut stencils,the jpeg looks like ass when i blow it up......

onevoicewild
11-01-2013, 02:06 AM
You meet the finest people around here! It takes half the week to update and the other half is left for Modding!

B NEGATIVE
11-03-2013, 12:11 PM
You meet the finest people around here! It takes half the week to update and the other half is left for Modding!

Damn Son,you following me? Wasser cant be far behind.....:D

Righy oh,time to see this baby fits ...

and it does.....just!

I will be making a bezel for it that will be mounting off the front panel rather than the bays as usual,it will be a lot simpler for me this way.

http://i.imgur.com/1y7TgwW.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/vfoEHh4.jpg

And proof of life?

http://i.imgur.com/xPaKiJz.jpg

Wooooo!

This will be dedicated to an Aquasuite display,will look pretty cool i think.

Now,some better shots of the rads an PSU.

Check those fins,dead straight FTW!1!!

http://i.imgur.com/ypAPzaG.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/VvVEzQW.jpg

This a dual circuit AMS rad,i will be using the both circuits as one with a flow meter/temp meter being the link up.

http://i.imgur.com/OSc3H7E.jpg

The PSU is a BeQuiet Powah zone 750w,plenty for the 4770k and 7990 going in this.
I went with this as BeQuiet are big in Germany for silent,reliable PSU's and It goes nice in there,obviously it needs to be gloss blacked but some of the small details...and i like small details....are uncanny.

http://i.imgur.com/9TNi4vF.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/lm7MYiu.jpg

The all important spec sheet

http://i.imgur.com/c0chxpN.jpg

The stock cables,nice braid for stock units but those blue plugs....no.....just no.

http://i.imgur.com/lDGWTeD.jpg

And in the case,the black just doesnt match up in the slightest...gloss is the way forward here.

http://i.imgur.com/VFdMsUv.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Z6c6Esj.jpg

Because of the tightness of the case,there wont be a cable longer than 8",I have a few 90 adapters coming for the 24 pin and some will be re-purposed to make up a 8 pin 90 pair too,the idea is to make the 24/8 pin connectors go thru 180 and face down towards the PSU.

http://i.imgur.com/Pvzit7x.jpg


Now,the first time out with the fret saw was a great success,2 240 mounts that will panel off the rad bay instead of leaving the sides open for the rads to re breathe their exhaust....plus it centered now rather than the slight offset that the CL mounts have.

http://i.imgur.com/PoGnVX6.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/pGpw9oH.jpg

So...small advances but getting there!