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  1. Hey guys! Time for some update! Wew, it's been a while. Last time, after printing the pump mount, I ended up printing a few more parts that I will be using in this project. I printed a hinge, And some custom case feet, And I was finally able to get my hands on these! Been waiting for them for a month, and they were selling like hot pancakes! So when I saw a couple of these are available on a online store, didnt hesitate to grab them. Test fit on the front panel. Changed the pop rivets of the case to hex screws. After that, I then proceeded to make the side panels. First attempt was a failure. I was using a heat gun to heat up the part of the acrylic sheet that I want to bend. It did bend although the sheet ended up warping. It kinda looks good on this photo but that was because it was clamped in the case. The next morning when I removed the clamps, the acrylic sheet was basically warping. I tried it again, but it was almost the same result. So I decided to make a DIY sheet bender using some wood, aluminium U channel and nichrome wire. So instead of doing a curved edge, I ended going for 45 degree bends. And earlier this morning, the weather here was a bit nice, cold and a little gust of wind but it was sunny. So I dismantled the case and decided to jump in to the paint part of the project. After 3 layers of metalcast from Duplicolor, I ended up with the front panel looking like this. And for anyone who might be reading and following this log, some of you might be wondering why my side panel looks empty since the other half of it is hollow in the middle, well, here's a little hint. If you still have no clue, you will need to wait for the final photos. That's all for this update! Next update will be the final update since the deadline is just around the corner. Hopefully I could make it in time! Thanks for reading my work log and see you next time! Ciao!
  2. Hey Guys! Update time! And yes, I am still alive! Did some work for the past weeks for the project after finishing up some important commitments. Shall we begin? Did some more measuring on the view 27 chassis to confirm if the radiators will fit in without having clearances issues, which it had. I tried to fit x2 slim 360mm radiators from Thermaltake, and it looks like the radiator for the front will have one issue. I won't be able to connect the 8 pin power connector for the CPU on the motherboard. I did not noticed the issue at first so I trimmed the front panel (was the top side of the case before) to fit the 360mm radiator without having any interference issues with the side panel. After trimming the chassis, I found a scrap acrylic sheet that was laying around the basement for probably 3 years now, I took that to make it as a "front panel template" for mounting the fans on the chassis. But then, that was the time when I noticed the issue with the radiator and the 8 pin power connector of the motherboard. I could plug the cable in, but it is going to be TIGHT to the point wherein the connector on the motherboard is being forced down to some scary degree. So instead of forcing the dual slim 360mm radiator, I decided to just use one thick 360mm radiator and just have 3 fans as intake on the front panel. After that, I went ahead and draw some random lines and circles as the design for the front panel. And then after that, I went ahead and tried throw an aluminum sheet on my cnc (SO3) just to see if it's going to crap on me. If it did, I will mostly end up making a new design that is not too complicated to do by hand. But my CNC was on a somewhat good mood that day, aaaaaaaand...... I said "somewhat" on a good mood because........ Sometimes my CNC will decide to not follow the .gcode instructions and just do some random lines around the material that I am cutting. In this case, I was on the 95% before completion of the job, but then the CNC decided to go deeper on the cut instead of following the gcode, aaaaaaaaaaand..... I ended up having a broken cutting bit and an unfinished job. So I went ahead and did the cutting the old fashion way.. After a few minutes of filing, I ended up with this front panel. Grabbed a Coolermaster Jetflo 120mm fan that I had laying around and it on the front panel. I just wanted to see what the cut out will look like once there's an LED fan attached to it. Kinda looks cool but I need the MasterFan Pro RGB version. I am hoping that it will become available here before the end of this month. The front panel was a bit long, but that was quickly fixed with a jigsaw and a hand file. After that, I went back to the drawing board (CAD) to try and come up with a mount for the Pump/Reservoir combo that Thermaltake provided. I recently purchased a small 3D printer before the end of last year and threw in my cad design to the 3D printer. I came up with this. I ended up with this kind of mount since the most logical (for me at least) place to put the pump/res combo is on the back side close to the power supply. This way, it'll be much easier to run tubing around. That's all for me for this update. Side panel mount, sliding rods for the side panel, the side panel itself. Hopefully I could get those done for the coming next 2 weeks. See you on the next update! Ciao!
  3. Hey guys! Okay, a little update. I was able to take some photos and tear the view 27 down to confirm some measurements. This will be the motherboard that I will be using. Did some test fitting yesterday to see the areas or the computer case that I could possibly cut off a little bit to make room for a 240mm radiator. My plan is to flip the case 90 degree so the front panel will be the bottom of the case and the top panel will be the front panel. Time to tear the case down to see some more fan or radiator mount. Okay. I was hoping that I could use the half part of the bottom of the case for a 240mm radiator, but since the power supply that I will be using was a bit longer than what I expected, that area will be cut off to make some room for a 140mm intake fan. Looks like the radiators will go either this way. Or this. Looks like I might opt with the last option since the view 27 already has a radiator mount for a 360mm in the front (now the bottom). Now that I have a few options confirmed, I will be working on cutting out some radiator and fan mounts this coming weekend. See you guys on the next update! Ciao!
  4. Hey guys! It's been a while since I participated here in this prestigious event every year. The last time I participate was 2014 (I think). But anyway, this will be my entry for this year's Case Mod World Series. I am calling it "HoloView". This is a sponsored project by Thermaltake and EVGA. I completely forgot about the World Series this year when I got the project approval. Wasn't intending to join in this year, but with some convincing from a few of my friends who are participating in too, well, why not. Anyway, this is the case that I will be modifying, the Thermaltake View 27. I will be chopping this case off a little bit to give way to some radiator mounts and fan mounts. I will be adding something special on this one and hopefully I could pull it off before the deadline. I will be using some CoolerMaster 120mm fans for this guy, I will be using a few CoolerMaster MasterFan Pro. But first, I need to free up some space in my "Work area" then do some measuring. This will be my post for now, but I will update the work log as soon as I get some more progress and chopping action. Ciao!
  5. Hey Guys! let's continue the work log shall we? For the custom reservoir bracket, I needed to redo them since the CNC screwed it up. It was almost perfect though. And even though the CNC did the job with no issues, I will need to redo them since the brackets were too short. I need to at least have an inch and a half more of height for the reservoir brackets. So I tried the CNC again since it almost got a small job done, then after it did successfully cut the new custom reservoir brackets, I then went ahead and tried to abuse it a bit more. I tried to make some cable comb. It actually did complete the job this time with no problems at all! Looks like I will finally be able to get the CNC running more efficient next time. Just need to do some more tweaking! And then after that, I moved on to do a little modding with the motherboard. Took this beautiful heatsink and painted it matte black. Proceeded to paint the SSD mounting brackets too since the weather was a bit better than normal. The following weekend (i think), since I got the CNC to do a complete job without any further issues, I tried if it will crap out on me if I try to give it a bit more complicated patterns to cut. Well, it actually did not! There were still a few minor issues that needs a bit more tweaking. And while i was at it. decided to design and make a custom GPU backplate for the project. I needed to redo the back plate in the end since I encountered 2 interference when I was test fitting it. This was the back plates that I ended up using. Its time to put the GPU water block! After taking the cooler off from the card, I almost didn't want to put the water block on it. The damn card actually looks sexier. Stared at it for a couple of minutes until I realised I needed to put the water block on it or else I wont get anything done on that day. This photo, for me, is just mesmerizing to look at.. Did a custom sticker for the Thermaltake Riing 12 fans that I will be using for this project. Test fit! This will be the top panel. Some more additional details for the side covers that the wife suggested. Some additional details for on of the PSU cover. And after a few months, I finally got the project completed. This took me almost 7 months to complete. This year was A LOT busier for me than what I expected. Again, thank you very much and a huge shout out to all the sponsors for giving me their full support for this project! The reps from EVGA and Thermaltake who provided assistance with this project were just phenomenon! Never heard a rep that would actually reply on emails on 2 in the morning on a damn weekend! And there it is guys! Hopefully you liked it! And if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment. Have a great day guys and keep the mod on! For me, I guess its time to move on to the next project. Or maybe not...... Ciao!
  6. Hey Guys! I just recently finished a project for EVGA called "Dark DragonBlade". I was one of the lucky winners for their Gear Up with EVGA program. The project was based on the Overwatch game character, Genji. Genji's color theme are white, green and grey. Me, as a sucker for black and green theme, I decided to go withe black and green for this project. A huge shout out to EVGA and Thermaltake for giving their full out support for this project! Here's my first render/sketch of the concept that I had in mind. I chose the CoolerMaster MasterCase Pro 5 as my victim to be chopped up for this project (well, just a little bit of chopping). Here are the awesome goodies from EVGA. EVGA SuperNova 1000G Power Supply 32GB EVGA SuperClocked DDR4 EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard EVGA GTX 980Ti Classified Let's start the gruelling acrylic cutting. For some reason, I went this route and decided to try to cut almost everything by hand, file the edges, sand then down before polishing them. And you will need patience. A LOT of patience. This is going to be a part of the PSU shroud. This was cut using a Dremel Motosaw, filed down to the cut lines and sanded. For this small piece, it took me days to get a perfect fit. All the pieces will be glued together using acrylic cement. Time to start with the front panel. Same story when it comes to cutting except for that I started cutting the sheet using a jigaw. Im using a black acrylic sheet for this, but I ended up painting it since it was glossy. After marking down my cut lines on the sheet, I used my jigsaw again to cut the piece out. Then used a hole saw for the circles. Again, this required me to have a lot of patience. The small logo, I used a drill press to drill holes down along the pattern of the logo, then filed it down. I used my Motosaw for some of the parts of it. Now this is the part that I am somewhat proud of. At the time that I was doing this, I didn't have my phone with me to take photos of the process, but this, this took me quite a while to achieve. I used Motosaw on most of the cuts and a drill press on some parts. Plus A LOT of filing with needle files and sand paper. This letters will be part of the PSU shroud. This will be the acrylic cut for the PSU shroud/cover. Instead of screwing the cover on the case itself, I decided to use magnets to mount the cover on the case. It's a bit more convenient to use magnets in my opinion. If I need to access the PSU, I just need to pull the cover out. Saw a bunch of magnets on our fridge and decided to sneak them out. The time I was doing the PSU cover, I ran out of screws, button head ones to use. This screw, although long, was enough for the time being to hold the piece together. I needed to trim the one side of the PSU cover to be able to pull the cover out easily. The acrylic cuts will be glued on the cover like so. This will be the side covers of the case. Im using a smoke black acrylic sheet for these. These will be the details for the front panel. These were the details for the left side cover. It will basically have the logo/icons of Genji's set of skills. A year ago, I bought a CNC (Shapeoko 3), I used it a couple of times but never really used it that much because the bed is not levelled correctly (although I did everything I could to get the bed levelled, still no luck), and there were some software issues and compatibility issues with the software that I was using and windows 8.1. But after all the experience that I got from cutting those letters out and the logo, I decided to go back and try to get the CNC up and running properly. Which I did, but 80% of the time, it would suddenly stop in a middle of a job. Which takes back on using my trusty needle files, motosaw and jigsaw. I successfully made a fan grille with the logo of genji on it before it started to crap on me again. Here are the goodies from Thermaltake that I used on this project. Back to the motosaw and hand file cutting. Disassembled the case to get the divider out to drill some holes for tube routing. After a few weeks, I decided to give the CNC a second chance. I was thinking of doing some custom reservoir brackets from acrylic as a test piece. Again, it did work, but in this photo, you will see what I mean. Sometimes, the CNC would decide that it's getting sick and tired of following the gcode that is being given to it, and instead, it'll roam around and explore some areas that its not suppose to explore. The first brackets, the first piece was fine, but the second one got screwed up. My CNC gave it some attitude. Well, I will continue the log tomorrow since it's getting late here. Stick around for the 2nd and final photos of the project tomorrow! Ciao!!
  7. Hey Guys! Here's a little update with what I have right now for my scratch build project. I have been busy for the past, at least, a week and a half between work, and taking care of my daughter. I got a little spare time yesterday and today and I ended up spending those time to do some progress with my project. The last time, I finished up the front panel of the case, and I decided to do the back panel this time. I "pencilled" out the outline of the back panel first on a 0.032 inch aluminum sheet and started cutting the outline out using a, uuhm, not sure what you call these scissors, metal cutting scissor maybe? Since it was thin enough, I thought using a metal cutting scissor instead of a jigsaw would be easier for me, so I jumped in and did the cut. It was fine I guess, but it left some "teeth" mark on the cut line. Sanding it down was my only solution to get rid of the marks. Then using a hand drill, I started drilling the vent holes for the back panel. I pencilled in the outline of the holes that I needed for the I/O ports, and from there, I just started drilling holes inside the outline of the I/O and filed it down to the outline of the I/O. I tried my best, and it looks good enough for me. (Although patience is a must if ever your going to sand down small cut outs like these, which I do not have ) Here's a photo of how the back panel will look like. The internal layout of the Brix is, the exhaust fan of the unit is on top, and the RAM and HDD are on the bottom. Since I wanted to make a easy access for HDD/RAM upgrades, I will be rotating the Brix 180 degrees. That way the access for HDD/RAM will be on top, and the fan will be at the bottom part of the build. Time for some bending! I recently purchased a small Press Brake that can only bend up to 22 gauge metal sheet. I am using a 0.032 inch thick aluminum sheet, which is way past from the 22 gauge specification of the bender. It can still bend the sheet, but it's gonna have some obvious radius or curve on the bend. As you can see here, there's an obvious radius in the bend. But it still looks good for me, so I'll go with it! Now I got the front and back panel cut out finished! Although I still need to do some work with the front panel. Notice the front panel (left side of the photo) has it's side "pointing up"? That was a screw up that I made. It should be flat, horizontally, so I will need to cut and sand it down horizontally. Same with the back panel (right side). Here's a photo of the back panel I/O cut out. I tried my best to do an accurate cut out for the I/O, but I still screwed it up. Notice the hole for the for the kensington lock? it was a bit too high. I might do some more filling to get that a little bit aligned. That's all for now. Hopefully I could get some more free time next week to get some more progress on this project. Thank you so much for taking your time to go through my build log update, and if you have any suggestions or questions, please don't hesitate to drop a comment! Happy Modding!
  8. Done!
  9. Hey Guys! Here's a little update with my build. 0.032" 12"x 12" aluminum sheet + Dremel + hand drill = front part of the case, done! Since I don't have a drill press, I ended up using a hand drill. Well, someone might say "Oh, it will be much easier if you used a hammer and a nail to make those holes.", well, I was too lazy to look for a hammer. Those holes will be the vent or "breathing" holes of the case. Time to bend! Lesson learned here, do not use a bender unless it's firmly secured! My first attempt of bending it was not that great, but as soon as I have the bender firmly secured, it was like folding a paper. I forgot to took a photo but I was actually using 2 vise grips to hold down the metal bar of the bender. Here's the first cut out that I made earlier. Finally, I could get a clear idea on how I will layout the components inside the CL4P-TP case. From top, the SSHD, then the "naked" Brix, and then underneath will be the 92mm fan. Ima try to cut the back panel of the case tomorrow. My next challenge is going to be, how the :) am I gonna make a switch for this? The switch of the Brix is soldered to the board. The switch looks kinda like this. I was planning on using a Vandal Resistant switch for this and make the switch as the eye of Clappy. But it looks like that's not gonna happen. Not sure yet, Im gonna need to do some more research about this kind of switch and find a work around making the vandal resistant switch happen. My brain is still not working properly upon writing this update. Looks like 2 hours of sleep is not enough for the brain to function properly. 2.5 hours maybe? Well, see ya next update! If you have any suggestions, please feel free to drop a comment!
  10. Hey Guys! Here's a small update with my project. Last weekend, I started to do some metal/aluminum cutting for the case. I recently purchased a desktop CNC machine, and I was planning on using it to do all the cuts for this project. But I accidentally broke the cutting bit that came with it while I was trying to do some test cut with a galvanized metal sheet. So I decided to just go ahead, and do the cuts the old fashion way. Using AutoCAD, this is what I usually do with my projects. Draw the concept to scale, try to fit in all the components to see what might become a possible interference and what not. The red box in the middle represents the Brix. Well, that's the overall dimension of the case, but I will strip out the existing case of it. The test metal that I was trying to cut in this picture is a 22 gauge sheet metal that I found laying around our basement. I decided to do the test cut using this sheet first before I do the final cut on the aluminum sheet that I have. And by doing this, I could confirm that all of the components that will be used will actually fit in the build without wasting my aluminum sheets. Last year I purchased a cordless Dremel Rotary tool and my reason for grabbing a cordless instead of the normal rotary tool with cord was, I do all my work at our backyard. Our backyard/garage is fairly small and most of the space in our backyard/garage is being occupied by cars, and dragging around tools that have cord are kinda pain in the butt to deal with. The I was happy with the cordless Dremel except for one thing, well, this is expected from a tool that is battery operated. The battery life of the cordless Dremel is too short. 2000-2500 rpm, the battery will drain out within 45 minutes of straight usage. It takes 1 hour and 18 minutes to get it fully charged. As you can see in the photo below, I could only finish half way of the layout line that I made. Well, considering that I was using a 22 gauge sheet metal, that was expected. So I decided to just wait till next weekend and finish the cut off. Last weekend was a bit busy for me around the house so I could only work on the cutting part around Sunday afternoon. And the additional fan that I purchased last week came in! This CoolerMaster Blademaster 92mm fan will get modded so I could plug the fan into one of the USB ports of the Brix. The airflow will be significantly reduced by doing that, but it's still better to have something than nothing. That's all I have in my plate right now, but I will be updating as soon as I get all the cuts and the bends for the case! Till the next update!
  11. Thanks man! Hopefully I could finish this on time. I have been staring at the photos of CL4P-TP, and the amount of work that needs to be done for the details is just enormous. Wish me luck!
  12. Hello guys! This is my third and current project right now. I will be dong a scratch build case with a CL4P-TP theme from Borderlands using a Gigabyte Brix 4570R. This is going to be a HTPC (ish) type of system. A very good friend of mine suggested to do this mod, which I kinda accepted as a challenge. I am still undecided on what material I am going to use. I am planning on using aluminum and HDPE plastic for the case. Still not sure yet, but I already have the aluminum sheet that I might be using. Right now, I am still on the designing stage but will start the build as soon as I get all the dimensions pinned down. I already have the Brix up and running, all that is left is to start the dimensioning and make sure everything fits inside, then I could start the actual build of the case. I will be adding a little twist to the build. Right now, I don't want to reveal the twist yet, but as soon as I get the preliminary cuts for the case, the twist will be revealed. Here are a few photos of the components that I will be using. I will be using a 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport SODIMM single DDR3 1866mhz for the RAM and a Seagate 500GB SSHD for storage. Right now I am still on a hunt for the Cooler Master Blade Master 92mm fan locally. And that's it for now. Hopefully I could finish this build on time.Till the next update!