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Old 31st December, 2005, 09:13 AM
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Next mod: Acrylic, water, bling. (Planning stages)

I saw this linked in another thread, and it made me think.
http://www.casemodgod.com/Worklog-story--8.html

I like the basic layout of this case. What I am planning is to make a water rig more for bling than bang. This is about a month off. I'm only planning it atm. This PC doesn't have to be fast, just has to look sweet. I'm sick of my PC's at work and I wanted to throw together a decent machine. Might as well go crazy with it though.

In my mod I plan to use a ITX board mounted upside down. The next divider would be just far enough away from the board to clear it. All the return water lines would only run to this divider, and pour back into the lower section where the water reservoir would be. The divider would prevent water from splashing on the board. With lighting, the churning water will look really cool. The overall size would be a 8" cube. The motherboard area would be slotted in the back for air intake. The PSU wouls be mounted with it's intake drawing air through a hole in the wall the motherboard is mounted to, and forcing it out the back of th case. This would allow for airflow over the motherboard without adding a fan.

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I know this is not to scale.
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Old 31st December, 2005, 09:31 AM
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If anyone wants to suggest decent ITX boards, feel free. I plan to use a normal CPU waterblock on the CPU, but everywhere else, Just blocks of copper. I plan to run water all over it, wether it's needed or not. I'll use tiny tubing where the cooling really isn't needed to make sure I'm not starving the CPU block. I work in QC in a production machine shop. I am proficient with every machine in the building, so nothing here will be at all difficult. This is mostly bandsaw and sander work anyway.
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Old 31st December, 2005, 11:58 AM
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whaa

thats nice

sorry i have nothing else to say
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Old 31st December, 2005, 03:12 PM
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My feeling is that they look cool when nice and shiny and new, but with a little dust in there it could start looking old and dirty very quickly.
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Old 31st December, 2005, 07:22 PM
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The real perk is that it's gonna be in a clean room. Climate contorlled etc. Anyone who has ever had to work on equpment in a "clean room" knows, however, that they are anything but.

I've been looking, and it's amazing how cheap you can get lexan remnants on ebay. I'll probably make it out of smoked lexan, which actually has a greenish tint to it when you shine light through it. I was also thinking I need to make traps so the water doesn't run out of the blocks when it's off. All the outlets would have to reverse twice. down to splash guard, back up 1 inch, then down again.
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I seen that mod on casemodgod a week or so ago, that one looked SOO sweet, can't wait to see yours when you're done!
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Old 1st January, 2006, 02:09 AM
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VIA Epia boards are the only ITX-boards I know. the SP-Series is one of the best. everything you need is onboard. it's good for internet, films (non hd-videos) and 24/7. don't try 3D games with that.

what kind of hdd you want 1.8", 2.5" or 3.5"?
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Old 1st January, 2006, 02:12 AM
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Thanks for the kick in the ass there. I just got done ordering the Lexan and aluminum needed.
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My feeling is that they look cool when nice and shiny and new, but with a little dust in there it could start looking old and dirty very quickly.
ah you're such a nay sayer lazgoat!
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Old 1st January, 2006, 08:54 PM
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For a pump I'm using a generic 572 GPH outdoor fountain pump. Sounds like a lot, but it will only flow that much with no vertical distance. At 3 feet, it's output is almost 0. It is 4 inches tall, so I'm going to run it submerged on it's side, mounted to the back side of the tank with a smoked lexan box hiding it. I need to order yet another piece of material. Goodie. I'll run the power cord up the corner in a piece of opaque tubing to hide it's contents. For the water blocks I plan to have a center feed with multiple small lines pouring back into the tank. The pump I am using is whisper quiet, and, durring very high tech testing in the bathroom sink, shot water to the shower without any trouble. It should have no problem with 4 inches of vertical push.

The feed is going to go up in the back corner, and T into a 7.5" long tube that will serve as a manifold to distribute it to the components. I'm using 1/4" lexan for the walls, so the inside dimension will be 7.5. I have considdered the possibility that the board will be slightly larger than 7.5 square. I'm actually counting on it. It will be a lot easier to mount the board clean if I have to slot the walls to clear it's edges. I won't need to use screws. Just a nice network of ground wires.
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Old 1st January, 2006, 08:58 PM
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Someone educate me on PC coolant. I really want this to have blue water. I found some 4" cold cathode lights I can use that are sealed in polycarbonate tubes with a cube on each end. Green would be sweet too.
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Koolance makes a decent uv-reactive blue coolant.

thermaltake has GREAT color UV reactive green coolant, but i think it's too "wet".
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Old 1st January, 2006, 09:19 PM
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hmm.. so should I use UV lights with it? I can get those in the same casing. I want a really vibrant blue for the water. If i can get UV reactive coolant, this might be the best way.
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well, uv lights would "hide" alot better than any other, yet the overall "light" effect would be greater coming form the components themselves, and the cooling, rather than the cathodes themselves. there are multiple uv additives you can get, but i persoanally don't like adding stuff to my coolant, and on personal preffernce, i only use the koolance stuff, if i ahve that choice.
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I'll probably go with the blue cathodes then. I really want the bulbs themselves to be seen. While the UV may be a more vibrant blue, I really don't want purple bulbs.

As far as cooling the reservoir, I'm pretty confident that a 3/8 thick 7.5x7.5 grooved aluminum floor will do the trick.
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perhaps you could draw a picture with Paint program to show what you're meaning since the forums don't allow a good ascii drawing.
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