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  1. Ninth Update: I cut two aluminum "L" shaped profiles, and drilled them: Then I fixed them on the front part of the stucture: These profiles will be used for the fixation of the CoolerMaster Seidon 240M radiator. I wait for the radiator before drilling its fixations holes because I have a doubt on its dimensions. I started the covers for the front faces. They will hide the DVD/Blu-Ray reader and the front panel. For this I used a cutout that I spared: As this cutout comes from the same plank and position in this plank as the side, the veining of wood are similar: And my goal will be to keep this veining continuity I cut this piece with a hacksaw (which has smaller teeth than a handsaw): Then I did the finishing with a belt sander and sand paper. The result is quit what I expected: The only thing left for this cover is to do the hole for the eject button. Other side, same process. I used a cutout for the front panel cover: Roughly hewn with hacksaw, belt sander and sandpaper: Prior to the holes in the cover, I had to finish the fixation of the front panel. For this fixation, I used a small sheet of aluminum: That I cut and fold: I used the existing fixation holes to screw the front panel on its support. For the fixation of the front panel support on the wood, I cut a cover in aluminum: Two screws tighten this cover on the wood, two other screws tighten the front panel on this cover: Last piece of the front, I cut in a small block of aluminum: To do: The power on Button: Now that the front panel is completed and fixed, I started to do the holes in its cover: Not yet finished, only the audio and USB ports for now: Stay tuned
  2. I cut the aluminum cover for the inner right side: It will look like this: I made a small modifiaction on the rear side:
  3. Seventh update: I started to modify the front panel for its integration in the mod: I first modify the fixations: Then adjusted the wood slot so the panel can fit in: I also bought two aluminum profiles in "U" shape: The will be glued here: And will be used to fix the dust filter.
  4. Sixth update: The pocket for the DVD reader is finished, the reader can now be mounted in: I am obviously using an old and dead slim reader that doesn't fear dust The rear part of the structure is also finished, the PSU now fit in:
  5. And the final Mod assembly: Hope you liked it
  6. Final pictures!! First of all, the components: Cooler Master G550M: Cooler Master TPC800: Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm fan: Asus GTX660Ti DCII OC: EVGA Z75 SLI Motherboard: Intel Core i5 3570k: Corsair Vengeance Pro 2x4Gb 1866C9: SSD Samsung 840EVO 120Gb: 2x HDD HITACHI Deskstar 500Gb: Sony Optiarc Slim Slot-in DVD Writer:
  7. Ninth update: Big update, with the summary of all the work done during the Christmas holidays, meaning: -Integration of the glass and its dedicated illumination -Integration of the DVD reader -Motherboard placement and standoff integrations -Creation of PCIe slots -Final wood structure assembly First, the glass: A nice, 8mm thick extra white glass. In order to glue it on the wood, I first had to scratch the surface of the glass with my Dremel: For the illumination of the glass, I will use a 30cm led strip: After a first try, it appears that the leds were too visible in the edge of the glass. In order to get a smooth diffusion, I cut a stick of PMMA of 6x8mm: It will be frosted on one side. To hide the leds, and avoid light diffusion in the lower part of the case, I planned to add an aluminum cover: I keep the lighting effect as a surprise for the very end Second topic: the DVD reader: I cut the slot with my Dremel, working on the hidden side to reduce the damage in case I slipped: And after a bit of filing: The slot seems not horizontal but it's just the picture! As the three components of the rear side were finished, I glued them together: Then I adjusted the aluminum covers: And now the positioning of the motherboard. Using an old one as a template, I have marked the position of the screw holes: Then drilled and screwed the M3 standoffs: Using an old VGA card as template, I have marked the position of the PCIe bracket: Then again drilled: Dremelized: And filed: Still some finishing work to do. Before moving on the PCIe fixation, I have finished the left side, with the drilling of the PSU mounting holes: Then I glued the three components of the left and bottom: And now, the PCIe support. I began with a sheet of aluminum: Folded once: Then twice: I drilled the sheet then the wood and inserted M4 nuts: In order to screw it: And here it is, back in place: Again, assembly of the motherboard and graphic card: The rear I/O ports will be accessible by flipping the case: I took the measures, disassembled and drilled the PCIe support: Then clinched M4 nuts: These nuts will be used for the PCIe brackets fixation: And then came the dreaded but expected moment: structure gluing! Still work to do, stay tuned.
  8. Eight update I have received a new piece of hardware: the graphic card. It is an Asus GTX 660Ti DCII TOP: That is a beautiful card, which IMHO fits well with the motherboard. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, I don't have a good camera for now. I will get a proper one for the final pics. I started the cabling: I will do all the cable extension like this CPU 8pin extension: Naked, simple black cables. The cables are rubbed with acetone to remove the labels.
  9. Seventh update: Big update ahead with integration of aluminium covers and HDD supports First I cut two steel stick of 10mm width and 3mm thickness, along with two flexible magnet stick of the same size: The steel stick will be glued on the wood, the magnet will be glued on the main cover, giving this: With this solution, the main cover will be easily and toll-less removable. Let's begin with the inner covers. First the rear right cover, cut: And the future channel cover: After bending and cutting the upper face (without finitions): The two side by side: For the fixations of this covers, I use 10mm M3 standoffs. I drill into the wood with a slightly smaller diameter and insert the standoffs with a hammer: Here they are in position, on the channel: And the right rear side: Once screwed: With the main cover: And finally, here is some hardware All old, dusty and dead, but perfect as templates. And here is the aluminium cover for the DVD reader: Which takes place here, once cut and drilled: Next step: The HDD supports: Bended with a 60ton industrial bender!! First step: cutting the hole for the connectors: Second step: the fixations holes: And done: The HDD take place here: They screwed on the wood structure with thumbscrews
  10. Fifth update: The holes for the assembling pegs are all done, the structure can be assembled: I did the last piece of the structure, the rear one, which will support the PSU and the PCIe cards: Everything put together:
  11. Sixth update: I have repared my mistake on the front side by cut the damaged part and gluing a new one. The result is decent: Then I was finally able to finish the routing on this side: The glass will take place here. Once assembled: I started to work on the aluminium, with the support for the front panel: I used a 1mm thick sheet, first cut: Then folded: Cut and drilled: And assembled Stay tuned
  12. Fifth update: I finally received some of the aluminum sheet! From left to right: The HDD supports, the inside cover, the main cover, the beam cover and another inside cover. The assembly is almost finished with the pegs in positions: The structure can now be assembled: Unfortunately I ruined the front flank with a through and through hole (the drill ripped :/). I will have to do this part again; First try with the covers:
  13. Fourth update: The first piece of the rig is here! I ordered an EVGA Z75 SLI motherboard for this mod: The bundle is well garnished! And here is the motherboard: A quick test, with some components ripped off my 24/7 PC and a spare PSU: The mobo boot well I will do further test and OC with the final components. Some more work on the wood with the holes for the assembling pegs:
  14. Third update: The objective of teh day was to do the pockets in the flanks. For this, I used a router. It was sleeping in the dust for almost a year (since I worked on the HyperMod) First step: drawing the cutouts: Easy. Second step: routing! I used the edge against the wall as a guide to obtain straight cuts. After teh warm up, lets begin a harder part: the integration of the DVD reader: First pass... ...then two, three and it's done: Third element to cut, the central beam: And the left side is done: Last job of the day: the opening for the PSU in the back: One side and then the other: Another dummy assembly for the pictures: The wood part is almost done now, I still have to do the holes for the assembly and the screws.