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Hey Guys, Here is my most recent build in progress photos, this case was designed by me and laser cut by Clockwerk Industries in Ohio. The build stemmed from the idea of wanting a vertical mounted pc that allowed for a very showcase type look. I wanted to be able to display all of the components and pretty stuff on top while keeping all the radiators and fans underneath. The goal for the build is to allow for some modularity and as the build develops i want to make panels of the case hot swap-able to allow to add more water cooling down the road and add different motherboard mounts or anything else my frail heart desires. Images of the build start off with just the panels and go through the process of what we have done to make the build work the way it needs. The original goal was 3x360mm radiators but we ended up with 2x360 because i didn't measure correctly. If I were to remake the case I would add another 1 or 2 cm to each side to accommodate the extra cooling I planned for. Also the milled plates were added because i didn't take fitting clearance into account and it hit the radiator so we had to move it up but I think of it as a happy accident now as I think it helps the way the build looks. Let me know if you have any questions of it and if you would like to see more of it I post mainly on Instagram @drewcifer_mods. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I will be adding shots to the replies as time goes on.
Who Am I? A bit about me; a few years ago I suffered a traumatic brain injury that caused my brain to hemorrhage. After spending a long time in intensive care I kept thinking about case modding. Before long, its all I could think about. After recovering from my injury I was left with epilepsy and brain that no longer functioned like before. I started to look at things differently. Inspiration for mods began to pop up in the oddest places. I eventually became overthrown with modding ideas and designs. Soon I decided it was time to start. Theres nothing quite like being in the grocery store and yelling, â€œthats it, 45 degree anglesâ€ and then running out of the store like a mad man. No matter what I was doing, it all kept coming back to case modding. Today case modding is my life and it allows me to be truly happy. For some case modding is a hobby but, for me its a lifestyle. And So It Begins: Why: I decided to do this scratch build, â€œDark Matterâ€ for several reasons. I was tired of limiting my mods to the confines of a typical sized case. There are a ton of great cases out there but, I wanted to do something my style from the ground up. The design phase began once I started getting close to completing the StarCraft Day Zero case. However, a lot of the main features for this build have been floating around my head over the last year. During the scratch build I will be using new modding techniques as well as using materials that aren't always associated with case modding. I will also implement 3D printing and some new tech in that feild. If you like seeing original creations and have a love for the truest form of modding; you're in the right place. Design Screen Shots: â€¢ Quad vertical PCI-e slots added â€¢ Modded the stock 80mm rear fan into a 120mm â€¢ Tons of custom metal fabrication found throughout the build â€¢ Almost every piece is hand fabricated (freestyle modding) â€¢ Aluminum triple SSD rack â€¢ Custom built PSU mount w/acrylic center plate (backlit) â€¢ Hand made aluminum grill (top of the case) â€¢ Modded an Xbox 360 power ring to fit the front of the case and added individually addressable LEDs â€¢ Hand built acrylic dual voltmeter mount â€¢ 12mm thick acrylic honeycomb floor â€¢ Acrylic 240 fan grill (custom made) â€¢ Cable shroud door mounted next to the motherboard â€¢ Hand built aluminum brackets for Lexan water-path & EK 480 radiator â€¢ 90 degree brackets for the frame of the case â€¢ Snap in color matched rings for the 120mm PureWings 2 PWM fans â€¢ Designed and printed a front switch panel â€¢ Gskill logo badge with backlit letters â€¢ EK logo with plate on the top grill insert â€¢ Extensive cable management setup and cable combs â€¢ Case for Arduino Mega and mini TFT touch screen for the animated case badge â€¢ Hinges for all side panels â€¢ Mounts for the aluminum grill (top of the case) â€¢ Custom countersunk washers â€¢ SSD mount extension â€¢ GPU cable combs â€¢ Cable passthrough bezel â€¢ Switch panel for Xbox 360 power ring and 2 Vandal switches â€¢ Supermicro C7 Z170â€“OCE motherboard â€¢ Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme SLI GPUs (4-gig each) â€¢ Intel i7 6700k Skylake CPU â€¢ Gskill Trident DDR 4 (16 Gb of ram) â€¢ 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU â€¢ 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs â€¢ Full custom sleeved Ensourced cable set â€¢ RantoPad MXX mechanical gaming keyboard w/backlit LEDs â€¢ RantoPad Optical Gaming mouse â€¢ RantoPad aluminum mousepad â€¢ 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans â€¢ 16mm angel eye Vandal switch (blue) + 16mm power Vandal switch (blue) â€¢ 5050 RGB LED strips with wireless remote â€¢ Automotive true RGB LED modular pods â€¢ Arduino Mega with mini TFT touch screen (animated case badge) â€¢ Printrbot various filaments (3D printed plastics) â€¢ 4 X Gas struts for gullwing doors â€¢ Large custom lexan water-path behind the motherboard tray â€¢ Combination of nickel plated and PETG hardline tubing â€¢ Custom built acrylic & nickel reservoir mount w/custom smart LEDs â€¢ Water-cooling passthrough for motherboard tray â€¢ EKWB X3 250 reservoir â€¢ EKWB Supremacy Evo CPU block â€¢ EKWB Coolstream XE480mm radiator (quad BeQuiet 120mm fans) â€¢ EKWB Revo pump with acrylic top â€¢ 12mm HDC hardline fittings, 90 degree adapters (black nickel), 50mm extenders, passthroughs, coolant and hardline bend kit Main Sponsors: Gigabyte: (SLI GPUs) â€¢ 2 x Gigabyte GTX 960 Extreme 4 gig SLI GPUs (8â€“gig total) Supermicro: (Motherboard) â€¢ Supermicro C7â€“Z170â€“OCE motherboard G.Skill: (DDR4 Ram) â€¢ Gskill Trident DDR4 black & white edition (4 sticks of DDR4) OCZ: (Solid State Drives) â€¢ 3 X OCZ Vector 180 SSDs (almost a terabyte Total) BeQuiet: (Power Supply & Fans) â€¢ 1,200 watt DarkPower 11 Pro BeQuiet Modular PSU â€¢ 7 X 120mm PWM PureWings 2 case fans Ensourced: (Custom Sleeved PSU Extensions) â€¢ Custom length cables, sleeving design and cable combs Printrbot: (Filament & Hotend) â€¢ 7 rolls of filament and an experimental hotend with a 1mm nozzle EMI Design (lasercut work) â€¢ Honeycomb floor panel, 240 grill and bottom door EKWB: (Water-Cooling) â€¢ EKWB X3 250 reservoir â€¢ EKWB Supremacy Evo CPU block â€¢ 480mm radiator (quad BeQuiet 120mm fans) â€¢ EKWB Revo pump w/plexi top â€¢ Fittings Including: - 12mm HDC hardline fittings - 90 degree adaptors - 50mm spacers - M to M adaptors - 10 & 12mm hardline bending kit - 12mm tubing - Passthrough fittings My Last Build: StarCraft Day Zero