[Case Mod] Aero Cube

Discussion in 'Worklogs' started by Dirk Kramer, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Dirk Kramer

    Dirk Kramer n00bie

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    Hey enthusiastic PC builders,

    I'm going to start a new casemod, this time a micro-ATX build in the Aerocool DS cube.
    It has to be an HTPC that can also be used as a LAN-box, so it has to be a freaking awesome case.

    Hardware : not known yet
    Cooling components: Not known yet

    Here are some pictures of the Aerocool DS Cube.


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    Playing with some LED`s.

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    See you soon :cool:
     
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  2. Logan321

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    That case fits a matx motherboard. They're usually cheaper and have more features than the comparative mitx board. Just a thought.

    Also, needs handles if you're going to be packing it around. ;) have fun!
     
  3. spugm1r3

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    It looks like it has a recess on the back for a handle, I'm supposing you grab the bottom with your other hand. Some proper handles sure would make it easier to lug around.

    I agree on mATX, way more bang for your buck. mITX is fun, but only if you have a case nothing else will fit in.
     
  4. Dirk Kramer

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    This week started making a midplate and some minor adjustments to the case itself ;):


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    Pre-drill the holes and then cut out with the cutter.

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    Mid plate fits perfectly :D:


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    I made a window in both side panels, here you can see the graphics card en later the cooling en hardware.


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    Problem ?? Little space for power cables,s o I did a little adjustment.


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    Did some wrapping on the midplate with some mat black.


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    I got the idea of making a pump with reservoir combo in the front of the case, so the round hole has already been made.
    Had two more pass through fittings spare, so I used them to make an easy connection through the midplate.


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  5. Dirk Kramer

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    Hey, another update.


    This week I started with the front panel of the case.
    I used the Asus Mayan pattern for the front, later on there will be a lot of RGB led`s behind this panel and case parts.


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    Used some primer, more in the next update

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    If you have any questions, I'd love to hear those :D
     
  6. Logan321

    Logan321 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Did you do all that cutting by hand? That's some pretty amazing attention to detail.
     
  7. Dirk Kramer

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    Yes, I've cut it all out with a fretsaw. Thanks :)
     
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  8. Dirk Kramer

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    I got a new tool for modding, bought this airbrush starter-pack with some paint to get started.

    For a first time I did a nice job I think, of course there are some points we can improve but we can work on that.

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    These colors I`m going to use on the case. (red madder dark, black)


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    First I used the color (red madder dark), then I used a airbrush and brush and added the color (black). And added a clear coating, for a first time I did a great job I think.


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    The sharpness of the pictures will improve in the next update.
     
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  10. wra18th

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    Sub'd! Interesting.
     
  11. Dirk Kramer

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    Thanks :D
     
  12. Dirk Kramer

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    So I got two packages last week, one with all the hardware and one from Highflow.nl with all the cooling parts. So let`s get started with the inside.
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    MB: Asus ROG Strix Z270G Gaming
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    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K
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    RAM: Avexir ROG Tesla Red 2666 MHz 16GB
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    PSU: Corsair RM850I
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    For cooling I chose EKWB
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    EK-FC1080 GTX Strix – Nickel with a shinny Nickel Backplate
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    A group photo
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    Best handy tool ever, no sharp edges anymore.
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