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    Smile IBM PS/1 Vintage Mod - SFF & Custom watercooling

    Hi everyone,
    I’m am just done with a new vintage mod project. I figured I would share a few pics.
    This is a follow-up to the mod of the IBM PS/1 2121 I posted a few weeks ago (The PS/1 2125 - ROG https://rog.asus.com/forum/showthrea...-6th-June-2015 ).

    Objectives:
    - Switch the box from a PS/1 2121 to an IBM PS/1 2011: the original PS/1, twice as thin: 26x7x30cm (width/height/depth).

    My PS/1 2011, in working order, keeping this one


    - Bring as little modification to the original box as possible, except the paintjob, and especially preserve the way it slides open.
    - Keep the same CPU/MB and GPU (Asus ROG Impact VI et EVGA GTX770 SC)
    - To do so, give up on both closed-circuit loops previously used for a single custom watercooling loop, with an external cooling tower.
    - Having the tower’s design somewhat match the PS/1 look, especially air intakes.

    Elements of the loop:
    - CPU Block EK Supremacy MX
    - GPU Block EK-FC770GTX with EK-FC780GTX Ti rear plate
    - Pump-Tank Combo EK-SBAY DDC 3.2 PWM
    - Radiator EK Coolstream XTC 280
    - 2 x Be Quiet Silent Wing 2 140mm fans
    - mostly L-shaped Alphacool 13/10 fittings
    - 2 Phobya Quick Coupling Valves, 13/10
    - Red EK coolant fluid
    - flexible Alphacool 13/10 tubing

    Other parts :
    - A flexible PCI-E 16x riser
    - SD Card Reader (Akasa AK-ICR-13)

    First Step I : The cooling Tower

    This PS/1 case is so small that I didn’t find a way to host the motherboard and graphic card together with the pump and tank. I chose a combo pump/tank instead and decided to put it in the external tower.
    As for my previous mod I have few tools and mostly used spare acrylic sheets.
    The tower dimensions are 15,3(width)x36(heigth)x13,5cm(depth) and the shape of the radiator let me install a SD card reader at the bottom.

    Just to have a first idea, I stacked these elements together with a cardboard version of the grill:


    And here are the blueprints (made with Draftsight):

    Sides and vertical parts of the grill (acrylic 2,5mm) :


    Top and bottom parts (acrylic 5mm) and horizontal parts of the grill (acrylic 4,5mm) :


    A first try at putting things together:


    Cleaning and gluing the grill


    Front view, once assembled and painted


    For the paintwork, I tried to get the same texture as the PS/1 case using a sandy texture layer, plus a black layer… not quite like the original but still ok.
    The grill is removable for maintenance


    The back is still messy


    I still need to simplify and braid the cables to get a cleaner look.
    Front view with temporary braiding and quick coupling system installed



    Step II: modification of the PS/1 case itself
    Over the summer I modded the case a bit with the following objectives:
    - Keep the upper part clear of any modification in order place the screen on top, in the original PS/1 spirit.
    - Cut/drill the bottom of the case : to make an intake for the SFX PSU, and to fix it as well as the motherboard.
    - Mod the back of the case to accommodate the I/O backplate, as well as connections to the cooling tower.
    - Add something to hold the PCI-E 16x riser.

    Before starting…
    Front view of the original case


    On my previous PS/1 mod someone told me it was a shame to do make use of the original 3.5’’ hole… I don’t have much space as the GPU will be right behind, but at least I will put USB ports there and the eject button will be recycled as a power-on switch.
    Rear view


    Quite a bit cutting required… with an obvious issue of rigidity in the end. Those PS/2 ports are exactly the size of the pass-through Phobya quick release valves I bought… at least that one less cut-out.

    Freeing space…

    (parts of) what will get in


    Clearly this will be quite packed in there… the SFX PSU barel fits in height, there is not enough width to use a rigid riser… hence the use of the flexible one so that the GPU and MB overlap.

    Some additions

    From bottom to top :
    - The PCI-E Riser holder
    - A plate to reinforce the backplate
    - The PSU holder

    Front plate, painted


    [b][i]The front USB/LED/Switch panel



    Inside view



    Step III…. hmm… step I bis, back to the cooling tower


    I made a tidier layout, using L-shapped fittings (3x G1/4 ->13/10 from Alphacool and a generic 13/10 -> 13/10). I kept the flexible tubes, no real need to go for hard-tubing.



    As a final touch I made a rear grill out of a spare steel grill sheet.

    Note to self: this badly cuts, don’t forget gloves next time.

    And here is the final view (just need to remember to conceal the power cable of the pump):


    Step III inside tubing & installation of the components
    First of all I had to mod my 770 into a single slot, as it was not fitting the height of the case, especially as ROG Impact VI has a rather high module for wifi and M.2.
    I hope that for the next gen Nvidia will move to single slot cards, it’s always scary to ‘butcher’ one’s equipment like this and I would like something more affordable than an EVGA 980ti Kingpin

    Removing the cover of the second DVI slot:


    I then cut each connection with cutting pliers:


    As the graphic card is placed above and horizontally I had to wire everything and place the tubes in advance. I also had enough space to install a 2.5’’ hard drive

    Inside view before the installation of the GPU:

    Compared to my original plans I had to move the water intake to a closer location from the CPU… it’s not as nice as having in/out tubes side by side but I just didn’t have enough space... that said, this way the loop is simple and short.

    With the GPU installed:

    I am quite found of the EK backplate

    Testing the loop, finally:



    Au finally…

    Here is the PS/1 once everything back on my desk and working.


    Really glad I made this first attempt at building a custom watercooling loop it was fun

    It’s not quite over though… I’d love to lower temps a bit, probably going to install EK vardars, maybe a thicker radiator.

    And now let the game begin.
    Last edited by IBMer; 11-07-2015 at 05:13 PM. Reason: Changed title

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    You could put that rig in movie with a late-1980's to early-1990's setting and have it be a computer geniuse's who modded it with the working PC parts he/she had of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardliner View Post
    You could put that rig in movie with a late-1980's to early-1990's setting and have it be a computer geniuse's who modded it with the working PC parts he/she had of the day.
    I tried to keep the 1990s feel indeed (LCD excluded), thanks for the interest!

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    I am glad to have seen it!

    The glass desk looks sort of space-age, though. . ..

    I saw an Intel commercial on Youtube with 'Sheldon' from The Big Bang Theory and it had two guys on there from the early-90's looking like Vanilla Ice with their dinosaur dot-printer that started printing when they pushed a button on the keyboard and they got really excited and one guy said, "Oh, we straight up printin', YO," and they started dancing. lol

    Here it is:

    Last edited by Hardliner; 11-10-2015 at 02:31 AM.

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    Thanks for the link

    Actually an option for the IBM PS/1 was a PS/1 branded 24 pins printer. This should be my next mod

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