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PHASE 1 - PLANNING:

 

So my original idea was to create a LAN case with a built in removable portable 15.6" 4k monitor with a really awesome and expensive paint feature and call the build the "Fractured Cosmos". Due to some unforeseen circumstances I had to cancel the use of the paint and almost pull out the competition completely.Till 2 weeks ago when I was struck with an idea to still do the built in removable 4k monitor but instead to vinyl wrap the aluminium parts, door and internal steel psu cover plates with carbon vinyl wrap, in a chameleon purple colour as a tribute to Cooler Master and the 10yr anniversary of this competition. Here is some pics of the original plan designs I had.

 

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DIAGRAMS PLUS ORIGINAL HARDWARE LIST BEFORE MAKING MAJOR DECISION ABOUT PAINT AND TO SIMPLIFY THE RIG TO SAVE ON WEIGHT

 

Original Planning video: 

 

 

PHASE 2: ARMOUR ETCH GLASS DOOR PANEL

 

So I had always originally decided to put vendor logos plus the Cooler Master 10th Anniversary logo on the glass side panel. I firstly got a friend of mine to use their cricut explore to cut out my logos on to vinyl to be transferred onto the glass for the armour etch to do it's thing. This was my first time using Armour Etch, and for the most part I am very happy with the overall result. In all this process took a good 3 hrs, to lay the stencil vinyl and to armour etch all the logos and to clean off.

 

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First lot of vinyl stencils layed

 

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First batch of logos coated in Armour Etch

 

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Second batch of stencils layed

 

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Second batch coated in Armour Etch

 

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End result, one logo still yet to be done, will be done later. YouTube clip here: 

 

This is where things took a turn.....decisions had to be made...hard ones. I wanted to go with custom paint and custom cooling but cost and weight were a deciding factor here. I was lost and defeated and almost had to pull out of the competition, but then an idea struck of using Vinyl Wrap instead of painting and saving on weight by using Cooler Master based AIO as well. With 2 weeks left I ordered my wrap and pulled out all of my Cooler Master parts I had on hand and began strip down of the case and install of hardware with cables to begin cable management and alignments. Given time constraints I wasn't able to continue the episodes following the whole build but did take photos.

 

PHASE 3 STRIP DOWN AND HARDWARE INSTALL + BEGIN CABLE MANAGEMENT (3HRS+)

 

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Initial strip down complete, start moving controller and cables around.

 

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Switch out non A-RGB fans that came with case.

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Installed Masterfan MF140R A-RGB x3 in front panel, x1 on rear of case.

 

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Installed Masterliquid ML360R RGB

 

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Motherboard installed. Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-fi X570

 

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Samsung 250GB 960 EVO NVME

 

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AMD RYZEN 7 2700X CPU installed

 

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Final parts installed- Cooler Master V1200W PSU, Samsung 500GB 750 EVO SSD, WD 5TB Blue HDD. CPU liquid cooling attached to CPU.

 

PHASE 3: MAKING THE ACRYLIC MONITOR HOLSTER (6HRS+ with failures!)

 

So I had originally intended to cut out all the acrylic by hand as I don't have the power tools needed to tackle such a task. unfortunately I was half way through cutting my first side panel when this happened....

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I made the decision to get my acrylic pieces custom cut to size, but a second failure arose with the side pieces being just too shallow to bond to the main panels, so I cut these out by hand with the remainder of the damaged piece I had originally. With the acrylic pieces now correct sizes I began gluing the holster together.

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Monitor holster finished and wrapped. This hinge idea decided to fail so have attached both hinges to the door and the holster with Permastik double sided tape instead.

 

 

Phase 4: VINYL WRAPPING AND EDGE CUTTING ALL ALUMINIUM PLATES, DOOR AND CUTTING THE TOP VENT HOLES BY HAND. (9HRS+ with some fails too*)

 

This was one heck of a task, given this was my first time ever using vinyl wrap, let alone something this extensive....and the top vent was by far the longest piece, cutting each hole out by hand was painful but I picked up a decent rhythm towards the end. All in all I am really happy with the wrap I chose, I felt the chameleon purple colour was a real tribute colour to Cooler Master. Here are some pics of the panels the cutting progress of that top vent. *There were some fails during this wrap, I had to wrap the top plate and the door twice, which used more wrap than I had hoped but this was all a learning curve.*

 

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Finally completed the top panel after 8hrs...

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And at the last minute I decided to wrap my Vega 64 so I could mount it on the riser and look the part as well.

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PHASE 5: PUTTING ALL PANELS BACK INTO PLACE, AFFIX MONITOR HOLSTER, FINAL CABLE MANAGEMENT, FINAL LOGO ETCH.

 

The final phase consisted of placing all the wrapped panels back into place. once this was complete it was time to affix the monitor holster to the back door inside panel and the finishing the cable management with some split tube conduit to keep majority of main cables neat and generally tidying the rest of any visible cables to be neat. Also did the final logo that needed to be etched onto the glass panel. Here are the final pics of the build.

 

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Final logo etched into glass door

 

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Monitor holster attached to rear door on hinges for easy removal

 

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Cable management by using a piece of split conduit.

 

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G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GB DDR4 Ram installed

 

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Final plates mounted and GPU mounted.

 

END RESULT

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Here is the final video I put together for the final submission. Apologies for shaky video, gimble wasn't being kind during recording.

 

 

HARDWARE LIST:

AMD RYZEN 7 2700X

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR HERO VIII (WI-FI) X570

G.SKILL TRIDENT Z RGB 32GB DDR4 3200

SAMSUNG 250GB 960 EVO NVME

SAMSUNG 500GB 750 EVO SSD

WD 5TB BLUE HDD

SAPPHIRE RADEON VEGA 64

DROP BEAR GAMING GEAR KODIAK 15.6" PORTABLE 4K MONITOR

 

COOLER MASTER PRODUCTS USED:

COSMOS C700M

MASTERLIQUID ML360R RGB

4x MASTERFAN MF140R A-RGB

V1200W PSU

TRIDENT 3 TO 1 A-RGB SPLITTER

MASTERKEYS LITE L COMBO

TOTE BAG

 

OTHER COMPONENTS:

ASUS ROG A-RGB LED STRIP 60CM

NOCTUA 30CM PWM FAN EXTENSION

600MMx600MM ACRYLIC SHEET

ACRYLIC GLUE

2x 1520MMx75CM CHAMELEON PURPLE VINYL WRAP

ARMOUR ETCH

PERMASTIK DOUBLE SIDED HEAY DUTY TAPE

HOBBY KNIFE PLUS EXTRA BLADES

80 GRIT, 120 GRIT SANDPAPER

HEAT GUN

FILLER APPLICATOR

 

First boot was successful once built, avg temp while idle is between 28 degrees and 30 degrees. under load while gaming it hits no more than 40 degrees, IBT stress test reached a max of 62 degrees on maximum test. even with so many fans the system remains quiet even while under load.

 

Last and final pics....

 

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Edited by Oz Tech Mods
final edit for submission

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