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  1. #41
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    Unboxing pics:









    2 motherboard trays are better than one:



    Some accessories:



    These are only the frame parts - the exterior skin is still at smasher's place:



    "Super Mounts" - From top: 120x4, 140x4, 180x3 and 5 way hard drive flex bay mount (120x5)



    Pedestal front and back:



    Frame top and bottoms for case and pedestal:

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    I have a video that I'm trying to put together of building the case. Here's a shot of assembling the pedestal pieces:



    - Unfortunately no more photos of the pedestal, but essentially there's a front and back and a top and bottom, each of the four joins look like the pic above.
    - They get screwed together with 7 screws along the top and one on each corner (side).
    - Screw the top and bottom to the front, and then add the back on.
    - Then start work on the main case. Start with the center and work outward. Here's the motherboard compartment - the two inner vertical sheets and the top and bottom sheets.



    - Assemble the two vertical sheets to the top sheet (8 screws):



    - Then add the other bottom sheet (8 screws):



    - Then put the case down on it's front and add the back (34 screws)



    - Then put the case back on it's side so you're ready to easily add the front panel:



    - Screw in the front panel to all the other pieces (36 screws) and put the case on top of the pedestal.
    - Screw the case to the pedestal (4 screws) and it should look like this:
    - Screw in any flex bay mounts and accessories



    - Add the motherboard trays to the motherboard back plates and attach the handles (6 screws total)
    - Add the hinges for the doors
    - Rearrange any back panels
    - test your super mounts fit
    - Clip on the exterior frame panels
    - start building or clip on the frame
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    Here's mine without the exterior panels, don't worry the black plate covers will dissapear by the end of the build (18 bay waterfall reservoir to come)

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    So I got the opportunity to tour this new workshop close to downtown that just opened. It has all the workshop tools you could never afford to buy yourself, and you can buy day passes or month passes depending on how long you need. So this resolves all my issues with manufacturing the waterfall reservoirs myself, as well as opening up possibilities like custom waterblocks...

    It was the launch weekend so there was a free bbq (there were plenty more people later on)



    Wood shop room, saw stop tablesaw, planer, chop saw etc. bunch of other stuff that isn't shown:



    Large CNC Mill for wood:



    Sand Blaster:



    Vinyl cutter so you can print your own stickers:



    Forgot to take a photo of the 3D printer, but here's an 150W laser that cut through some hefty steel plate:



    There's two other lasers good enough for acrylic/wood, and a third one is apparently on the way:



    Spray paint booth, they have an oven for powder coating, but not all the rest of the powder coating tools yet:



    Metal press and folding machiens:

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    Other metal machines, bandsaw, grinders and a lathe:



    Metal lathe:



    Old school mills:



    CNC mill - can you say custom waterblocks!



    Electronics room - not much here, bunch of soldering irons, power supplies and scopes:



    So what do you all think I should do with this opportunity?

    I definitely want to:
    - make the custom metal backplates for GPUs
    - make the waterfall reservoir
    - make some custom waterblocks for parts that aren't ultra high performance e.g. raid card, memory blocks etc.
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    Alright here's an update. Can you say gentle typhoooooooooooooooooooons?



    Don't worry they're not all for me. I only have 14 of those plus the 10 I already own.

    My waterblocks also came in, thanks again to DT Waterblocks, here they are next to my spare rasa (both my raystorms are still in systems)



    You can see there's plenty of room for fittings. On the back you can see the copper base plate is pretty chunky - this should mean it should distribute heat better laterally through the plate but worse directly through it. Not sure the right trade off, but this copper block is the largest I've seen both in terms of area and thickness.



    Here's some results from Martin's testing:

    Temps in comparison to the raystorm:



    Restriction:



    Performance is about as good as it gets, but there is some refinement in the mounting system needed. Considering this is their first block produced and it’s not only keeping up but lower in restriction than the other blocks says a lot! Overall, I see it as a block with a ton of work and emphasis put into the design and quality of the block itself. That 5Noz is something very special and it’s very refreshing to see a design done very differently from the norm that also performs extremely well.
    It should be noted that the mounting mechanism now has thumb screws. Next update I'll show you a pic of it mounted.

    Anyway the other big news on this update is the exterior panels. Here's some close up shots of the color, it's a dark metallic grey flake with a smooth finish to the touch:



    Even closer:



    And as much as I can loosely hang on the case without it being clipped on. You can see one motherboard has also been mounted. The TX10 makes EATX look like a MITX lol.



    Working with Smasher and Jim on this has been a delight and I highly recommend them
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    So while I was waiting for the screws, I decided to mount a reservoir to the motherboard tray. As the motherboard tray is HPTX there is a lot of spare space. Initially I wanted to also fit an RX360 on there, so that the motherboard/gpu/ram loop was self contained on the tray so that I could just pull it out and swap CPUs without disturbing that loop. Now I have another plan for the radiator instead. Here I am drilling the tray:



    With the res mounted (it's a 250 EK multires if anyone cares and there's just enough room for a D5 underneath):



    From the back with the reservoir mounted. You can see the two nuts holding it on:



    Now with the motherboard tray back stiffening and tiding plate added:



    Here's another shot of the front also showing the new cpu block. BTW any barbs are just place holders.



    A quick test inside the case:



    I also did a test run with the gtx560 radiator and the fan adapters with my new shiny 2150 rpm gentle typhoons!



    That was it for the night, then the next morning I found an extra fitting and connected the res to the ram block. Almost a straight line lol.



    No one had photographed the new thumbscrews on the cpu block - so I took a couple of that also:



    Again ignore the barbs, I haven't quite decided how to route the tube out of there yet.

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    Here's a pic of the iwaki next to a D5



    Then I put the dvd drives in. These will eventually be hidden



    Then I starting putting in the new ssds into the hdd side mount:



    I have another 3 ssds and 5 hard drives to put in later on, when I really transplant everything over:





    And now a tease of the case with the panels:



    More to come soon
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    double post
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    More to come ???? wait I have to digest all of this.... this case is sick, it's far better than a Montain Mod.... I have to check more and more..... more comments to come......

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