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11-23-2010, 11:06 PM
Hey Guys,

I wanted to share with everyone my worklog on my ASUS ROG Case mod. This mod is very different from many of my previous mod. For this contest, the contestants received points in 3 categories. The contestant with the most point was crowned the winner. The 3 Categories were the following (1) Super Pi 1m Time, (2) Weight, and (3) Style. So the mod had to look good, be light weight, and fast as possible. These categories actually made the contest very appealing to me.
So here goes. Since this was an Asus competition, the requirement was to use an Asus ROG motherboard. I chose to use the Maximum III Gene motherboard. The mATX form factor was ideal for the weight, and the board also looks great with the Red and Black.


As for performance, the processor would be a very crucial part. The rules stated that only Water and Air cooling would be allowed. Since performance was based on SuperPi, I went with a very cost effective Intel i3 Processor. With only 2 cores, I did not have to worry about dissipating unnecessary heat.


To cool the processor I used Corsair’s Hydro H70. This very small All In One cooling unit provided the best cooling possible with minimal weight. The weight of the H70 is just slightly higher than some of the very High End CPU HSF. I sacrifice a few grams for the superior cooling.


As everyone knows, high end power supplies are VERY heavy. The weight typically is a sign of a very well built power supply. I have always favored using SilverStone PSU in my projects. I just enjoy the great quality and craftsmanship. I used SilverStone’s ST45SF power supply. This is a SFX form factor with 450 watts. The power supply supported 2 PCIe, as well as a single 36A rail, which ideal for SuperPi and CPU Benches. Look at the small size of the PSU next to a SilverStone 120mm fan. The Corsair H70 was upgraded with the higher CFM 120mm SilverStone fans.


As for the memory, I went with a set of Corsair Dominators with the Cooling fan. Corsair’s high performance memory and color schemed, matched perfectly with the Asus ROG colors, which will be used in this mod. For storage, a 64GB Corsair SSD was also used.


We just covered all the great gear in the rig. Now its time to get into the mod. Check the next post.

- Ton

11-23-2010, 11:16 PM
With the parts selected, the performance aspect was pretty much done. It would come down over clocking the components to maximize the results. Now I had to focus on the Weight and Style points. Since this was an ASUS ROG case mod competition, I decided to make an Out-Of-The-Box case mod. I decided to utilize the shape and color of the ROG logo for this case mod, and build the system to highlight all the great components. Here is a pic of the ROG logo:


To help prototype the case mod, I used a bunch of Foam boards. Foam boards are ideal for testing out proof of concepts, and help bring your design to life w/ minimal effort. The Foam boards are roughly 24”x36”, so a simple box cutter and a straight edge help cut the boards down to size.


To minimize the weight, I decided to go with a rib / roll cage approach. This approach would give the structure rigidity with less with. Each foam board was cut to shape. The center pieces had large cavity to hold the PSU, Hard drive, and the Radiator. The top was set at a slant, to allow the board to be highlighted. Then end pieces were the same shape as the center ribs, but solid.


I used a combination of 6 all thread rods and nuts to keep the structure together:


Here is a pic of the completed foam structure, and how the PSU and Radiator fit perfectly in the inner cavity



With the prototype completed, I was able to closely examine how the case mod would behave in the real world. I found some issues, which I made sure to correct in the final case mod. Till the next post!!

- Ton

11-23-2010, 11:23 PM
Now with the prototype done, it is time to bring this case mod to life. Initially I wanted to build the case mod completely from Carbon Fiber, but the raw material cost was insane. I wanted to use Balsa wood, but couldn’t find a place to get the thickness and dimension I needed. I decided to finally go with a combination of ¼” Smoke Acrylic for the outside pieces and mobo tray, while I used ¼” Pine for the inserts. This combination yielded the best weight and strength profile.

Just like the foam, I had to cut the acrylic sheet to size. Instead of using a box cutter and straight edge, I had to get out the scroll say to complete the work.



Since the Foam board was a great prototype, I cut the acrylic the same shapes. Here is a pic of the foam motherboard tray and the acrylic version of it.


After the wood and acrylic pieces were cut, it was time to prime and paint the wood and acrylic pieces. Here is picture of the wood insert being primed, as well as the “ROG” logo being painted.



After all pieces were dried, it was time to reconstruct the case. In order to properly space out the insert, I used vinyl tubing, and slide the all thread into each piece. These gave the custom spacing needed.



Here is a picture of the case being constructed as well as the test fitting:



Now the frame and painting is done. Next post we will get into the water cooling and installing the components.

- Ton

11-23-2010, 11:30 PM
The Corsair H70 is built very well. The orientation that I needed the unit mounted did not agree with the way the unit was constructed. I actually had to remove the original tubing, run new lines, and refill the loop without using a T-line or reservoir. Here are some pics of that adventure:





Now that the new frame has been built, and the water cooling challenge resolved, it is now time to put the final case together. I attached the ASUS ROG logo to the side of each case, which looked great.


After the glue was dried, time for final assembly. Next post will have all final pics.

- Ton

11-23-2010, 11:37 PM
Now we are done w/ all the modding.. here are the completed pictures of the case mod. Remember, the 3 categories I was trying to achieve was

(1) Performance, (2) Weight, and (3) Style.















Well, that completes this case mod. It was done in about 2 weeks, and was showcased at the Asus’s Booth at Blizzcon. I hope everyone enjoyed

the case mod.

- Ton

11-24-2010, 12:33 AM
That is a really slick looking build. I enjoyed seeing how it was done as I've been toying with the idea of scratch cases when I have a bit more cash flow.

11-24-2010, 01:21 AM
how did you seal the h70? im thinking of doing the same for one of my builds.

11-24-2010, 06:08 PM
wow that awesome...:)

11-24-2010, 11:43 PM
Work is pretty nice and sweet. I like it. Just wondering, do you plan adding support for HDD and a place for the PSU like to fix them in place?

06-07-2011, 06:41 AM
Hey Guys,

I am really enjoying this rig I built last year. This case had a great balance of speed, weight, and look.

Now its time for Version 2.0. With this new version, I will be taking out the weight limitation, which means I can change out some of the material and equipment. So stay tuned.. this will be finish before you can even blink your eyes :)

Hopefully this rig will be considered for ROG's Sunnyvale event :)

- Ton

06-07-2011, 04:56 PM
Hey Ton, how are you liking that PSU? At some point I hope to scrape the cash for a new LAN build and I want to go super lightweight.

Six Foot Ginger
06-08-2011, 04:31 PM
This is a really cool build

06-12-2011, 05:13 PM
Hey Ton, how are you liking that PSU? At some point I hope to scrape the cash for a new LAN build and I want to go super lightweight.

Hey Xer0,

The PSU is fantastic.. it is fricken small and lightweight. I personally think this is one of the best SFX formfactor PSU. It had shortened cables for a nice mini rig, and even comes with two PCIe jacs (6 and 6+2).

- Ton

06-12-2011, 05:19 PM
Hey Folks,

Ok.. time for an update. As I mentioned, this is a v2 version of the casemod. It is bascially a "refresh" from what I didn't like from v1. There were a few things I didn't like from my fist build, which I am changing for this v2. Some areas I wanted improvements inclueded, Strenght / Rigidiity of the frame, Coolant color, and GPU Power.

Here are pics of things case as V1.




Here is the picture of the Dual ASUS 560 I am planning to add to the case mod :) I did say more POWA!! Especially compared to the dinky 2000 series radeon, which was choosen for weight, vs performance.


- Ton

06-12-2011, 05:23 PM
Ok.. Time to get rid of the hot pink coolant. First thing I did wa remove the Corsair Hydro from the case mod.


Taking the barb our was an easy process, just remove the screw on the side of the pump. The barb has two o-rings, which keeps a nice dry seal;


Bye-bye hot pink coolant:


New Blood Red Coolant that will be used in the loop:


Since this is a thin loop, the turkey baster won't work. So I used a bulb syringe. Any of you that have kids, know they are useful :) (ps - this one is clean)


- TOn

06-12-2011, 05:26 PM
GPU Done, Coolant Done.. time for the frame.

For V1, the case was built from "wood" and "Foam Boards". A major goal of V1 was overall weight. Wood and paper, was just soo much lighter and stronger than acrylic.


In the sake of weight, I had to sacrafice looks. You can see that the smoke acrylic is much smoother and shiner than the wood ribs I used in V1.


Instead of using the foam board as spacer, I used 1/4 ID Tubing, which fit snugly on the all thread:



Here are some nice pics of the fram reassembled. I love the shiny and open appearnce of the chasis:



- Ton

06-12-2011, 05:33 PM
Now that everythign is finish, time to put the case back together:

One of the great thing about scratch built case, you can make everything fit perfectly. Look at how snugly the PSU and Radiator sit on the back of the case:


For V2, I dropped the back ribs a little. This makes accessing all the IO Ports and DVI much easier:


Here is a pic from the top:


I have 4 sticks of Corsair Dominators, which is being cooled by the Airflow:


Corsair Hydro with Blood Red Coolant keep ths CPU nice and cool:


Here is a side pic of the GPU. (I had to go single, since the new PSU didn't come in time to power the second card)


A close up of Asus's DirectCU GPU:


Top View of the case mod.. Love the black and Red color scheme of Asus and Corsair:



That is it for my ROG V2 Upgrade. This will be my submission for the Asus ROG Formula X Submission.

- Ton

06-12-2011, 05:50 PM
Very nice work and upgrade Ton!

06-12-2011, 08:17 PM
Very nice work and upgrade Ton!

Thanks :) I wish my other PSU would have came in time, I wanted to put two GPU in this micro rig :) Now that would be fun.

- Ton

06-12-2011, 08:34 PM
Thanks :) I wish my other PSU would have came in time, I wanted to put two GPU in this micro rig :) Now that would be fun.

- Ton

ya that would have been sweet

06-13-2011, 10:00 PM
Very nice. Should be a good display rig in Sunnyvale :)

02-28-2013, 03:03 PM
nice build man!!!

02-28-2013, 03:06 PM
Yes, indeed...

very great..

02-28-2013, 05:39 PM
Awesome Build . Nice to see out of the box builds.

02-28-2013, 07:03 PM
I really want that bench.. ;o)