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Mastercase Pro 3.5 - Full size ATX Mobo in a M-ATX case

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Hi all,
 
I'm not sure if this quite a build log, but I wanted to share my progress with my latest build. I know I like my context when sharing a build, so I'll do my best to not go waffling on. :lol:
 
This has been going since Oct 2017 when I decided, after much thinking, that I wanted to build a smaller PC. At the time I had been involved with strike action at work, so money was a bit tight. I couldnt afford to build a entriely new rig, so made the decision to re-house my current setup and bought a Mastercase Pro 3 to see if I could make it work.
 
I started a new job shortly after that, and finding free time to do the build became a bit harder, so progress slowed. I chipped away at the mod, and after a number of external things holding me up (disadvantages of doing things on the cheap sometimes) I finally managed to get it 90% built ready for my event AtomLAN 41 in August this year. I then moved into my first house, etc, and this is where we are today (Still sorting out that free time :duh:)
 
Parts:
 
CPU: 4790K
Mobo: Asus Z97-Pro WiFi ac
RAM: Corsair Vengence Pro 16GB
GPU: 980ti Hydrocopper
SSD: Crucial M4 256gb
HDD: WD black 1TB, WD Green 3TB
PSU: Focus Plus Gold 750w
Cable + Connectors: Pexon PC's
Sleeve: Telios
 
Cooling:
 
CPU EK Supremacy EVO
Pump: EK-XRES 100 D5
Rads: EK 280 XTC, Blackice GTS 240
Controller: Commander Pro
Fans: Areocool Dead Silence 120/140 Blue
Temp Sensor: Aquacomputer G1/4 straight through, Alphacool Eiszapfen G1/4 plug
 
To start, I got home to the new case, ripped it out of the case and got some cardboard out to see what was happening. I had already bought a second hand EK rad to go with the Blackice I had from my old LANBOY build. Now that has been around quite a while. Still not much better at taking photos :hehe:
 
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A quick look at the new Pro 3 vs the current TJ-07
 
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I grabbed some cardboard and started brainstorming
 
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I wanted to get a feel for what I wanted to do, so hooked up the fans and spent more time thinking about it. One thing I did know - those blue LED's would have to change.
 
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I ordered some diffused white LED's and got to replacing all of the LED's on the fans.
 
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Getting there
 
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Apparently the 120 and 140 Areocool DS's are made differently. The LED's are placed facing different ways which gives a different effect between fans. Not a major thing, just having them next to each other they look a bit odd. The white LED's I used are the same brightness.
 
Before/After
 
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Full Set
 
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Whilst this was happening I had drawn up a few parts on the PC, from my CAD (Cardboard Aided Design) and the parts I had that were not in use in my PC, including a D5 EK pump/res that I had bought in anticipation (thanks to el2k) .
 
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The first parts came back from the laser and went onto the case to test for fit.
 
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The PSU bracket was one of the things I had worked out I would need fairly early on in the CAD process, as I needed to move the PSU over ~10mm.
 
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Pump/Res to Rad mount
 
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A while later, a second (or third) hand GPU from another BT member (thanks keenan) had arrived, so I took the opportunity to partially strip my rig to test fit some of the parts in the case
 
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Throwing the Mobo and GPU in the case proved it was going to work, with only a couple of tight places.
 
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Mobo to HDD cage clearance
 
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Mobo to PSU clearance
 
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HDD to pin header was always going to be close, and I had had the idea of 90deg headers, which also looked like they were good to go :worried:
 
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I put the old rig back together and got back to the CAD
 
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 I had already decided that I liked the hex mesh on the case and had made the pump/res mount and Mobo tray passthroughs to suit. With the midplate back in and the Mobo now properly bent to suit, I thought it would look cool to have the Mobo sort of punch through the midplate.
 
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I got back to the PC, and spent quite a while thinking about what I wanted to do. Hexagons did become a bit of a thing - I do have a fondness for polygons. After a lot of head scratching, this is what I had. Mobo Tray, Midplate, Front panel and there is a new bracket for the PSU as I gave it another 2mm clearance (12mm total)
 
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and some acrylic parts to match, including a new swirl plate for the D5 res
 
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I also wanted to give hex cable combs a go - so drew a few up to see how they would come out
 
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With those files at various different friends for cutting, I turned to sorting the case out to fit the PSU. A larger hole was cut and I modified a hole punch to pull a boss in the sheet metal to allow it to take a thread.
 
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The holes came out well, only needing a touch up of paint on the metal that had been stretched
 
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The Mobo tray came back from laser cutting, so I went for a test fit with my old trusty socket A test board 
 
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Not looking to bad
 
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Midplate in
 
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I made a few changes to the rev 1 Mobo tray and had another cut. After getting that back it was time to get some primer and paint on
 
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Mobo tray finally fitted with rivets to the main chassis
 
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Really happy with how the steel/acrylic interface came out
 
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Trusty old socket A back in
 
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It was at this point that the project stopped for a bit whilst I sorted my life out. I also managed to buy a new PSU, but I didn't do very well with taking pictures. Things get a little less well documented from here on in. 
 
I had a pile of wiring, paint, LED strips, and other assorted bits ready to go. I made plans and ordered a load of bits ready to have my PC off for a while. Then it was time to pull the TJ-07 apart and get the new build sorted. 
 
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I then started on some wiring while the other painted parts were drying
 
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With the painted parts then dry and fitted, I carried on with the job of the wiring over a few evenings
 
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My fittings and tubing had arrived in the post, so it was time to mock up the loop
 
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I wasn't that happy with the loop layout, so had a think and decided the flow meter had to move and a 45 was needed to the GPU
 
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Some more wiring happened for the GPU's
 
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Fittings for the new loop design
 
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Midplate back in
 
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Made a LED loom for the CPU block with white LED's
 
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WS2812 LED Strip for the midplate
 
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Sub assemblies ready to go together
 
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Pressure testing using a G1/4" Transducer I had in the bits box
 
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Filling the loop and getting some colour in. I 100% didn't think about not being able to see the swirl plate through pastel coolant :hehe:
 
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A quick shot of the back
 
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While sat on leak test it was time to dismantle and clean the TJ-07 to go into storage
 
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And by that time it was AtomLAN. I set it up 2 nights before to do updates and make sure it was ready for LAN. 
 
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Got to AtomLAN safely for it's first outing
 
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The LAN was great. A good friend of mine and co-founder of AtomLAN, Jimbo, has a very decent DSLR and offered to take some pictures. This represents pretty much where I have got to with the build.
 
 
 
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I do have a few other bits planned, for example a 3D printed base for the flow meter, and a desk info screen. 
 
Hoping to be updating soon with progress on those. 
 
Until then, thanks for taking the time to read :happy:

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