Project: eVGA GEFORCE GTX Lan box

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  1. nVIDIASLiRig

    nVIDIASLiRig n00b

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    eVGA GeForce GTX LAN BOX

    Here I am going to start building itx modding, it would be my first time modding with itx. Since I've been attending PDXLAN, Lanfest, and several lan, it became more difficult to carry those huge, heavy and even fragile glass and wooden case to lan. So I decided to go with small itx case. My goal is building itx case which makes it looking like eVGA GeForce GTX 690 card. Front case will look like this,

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    Here's a picture of Lian Li TU-PC200a silver itx case and eVGA GEFORCE GTX 690.
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    Just placed an order on the full swiftech watercooling loop and am going to order evga itx z77 Stinger and evga 750w next week. Im expecting to get all of the parts together and ready to use by next weekend.
     
  2. nVIDIASLiRig

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    Been really enjoying Thanksgiving with family yesterday and black friday today. I decided not go out shopping for black friday, there's online store :). Today I started some work by cutting 140mm holes on front of case and then added MNPCTECH overkill "Ring" 140mm fan grill on it.

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    Here's MNPCTECH Overkill "Ring" 140mm fan grill silver.
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    Put ring on the front case and mark circle for cut it off
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    Took front fan mount off from case
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    Put some car putty on each corner
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    Rough cut front cirle off and getting ready to smooth router for 140mm fan
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    Done with cutting and put MNPCTECH fan grill on to test it out.
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    Just got package from Swiftech today.
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    Full watercooling from swiftech!
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    Will start painting and some more work this weekend, also supposed to get all of hardware ready by this Tuesday!
     
  3. FM_Fixxxer

    FM_Fixxxer Limp Gawd

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    I'm very anxious to see how you're going to handle that small work space with watercooling. I'm looking forward to this progress. Sounds like its going to be freakin' awesome though for constant LANs. Good stuff!
     
  4. Hanniblex

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    Thats a lot of power in such a small box. I'd be bringing that thing to work with me everyday. I've never been to a lan. What kind of games do you play?

    Where did you get that nice evga swag?
     
  5. dimazz

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    Looks awesome! Good luck with the watercooling in that tiny case.
     
  6. mnpctech

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    will be sweet little rig..
     
  7. nVIDIASLiRig

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    WOOT! Just got package from EVGA today! Here eVGA z77 stinger, eVGA 750w gold, GTX 690 backplate and mouse pad!
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    I just send my case to power coat yesterday and should be ready by tonight! Wait for CPU and ram coming tomorrow from newegg.com.
     
  8. nVIDIASLiRig

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    Finally back to modding project, been really busy lately. Last time I intended to complete it by

    November for Intel LanFest but then I realized there was no time :( Now this time I'm hoping to

    get it done by next weekend for PDXLAN.com.

    Since it ran out of time and doesn't have time to modding for lanfest last November so I decided

    to buy LianLi itx benchmark system to test it out just for temporary and loving it! Here's some

    pictures of all hardware build up on benchmark system.

    Here Lian Li itx benchmark system
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    Intel i5 3570k and GSkill 8gb 2x4gb 2400mhz arrived
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    eVGA GTX 690 backplate installed
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    It's all ready for lanfest!
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    At Intel Lanfest.
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    After I got home and decided to order evga cpu cooler to overclocking and play around with it.
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    I ran some test with 3dmark and 3dmark11, the score turned out pretty good for itx motherboard! So

    far I've pulled cpu to 4.7ghz with 1.22vcore but wouldn't let me oc ram to 1867 and 2133 so I

    decided to leave ram as default. Ram will work oc, seems like if I don't oc on cpu, looks like

    there's kind of bios issues. Guess I will have to wait for better bios. Here's 3dmark score

    results http://www.3dmark.com/fs/78173, and 3dmark11 score http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/5840051.

    idle temp around 30, and load temp around 60 average but goes up to 90 while running

    intelburntest. It's pretty high temp, hopefully watercooling helps a lot!

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  9. ivoryg37

    ivoryg37 Limp Gawd

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    Looking good even on the test bench. Can't wait until you transfer it to your final project
     
  10. Rattle

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    That's pretty awesome seeing that 690 in an ITX setup. 4,7ghz is impressive. Good luck with the rest of the build.
     
  11. nVIDIASLiRig

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    Now it's time to get back to work on project for lan weekend!

    Working on the side of case with carbon fiber vinyl and nvidia logo.
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    Working on 140mm fan.
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    Remove the washer on back of fan
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    Remove fan fin and now ready to cut it.
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    Cut 1/2 off the fan case.
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    Perfect fit!
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    Now working on resvoir add "GEFORCE GTX" logo on front of DD resvoir bay.
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    Wrinkle black spray on front resvoir.
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    Done with resvoir.
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    I got case back from powder coating and the front case, it looked so awful with melting on hole area from jb-weld!
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    I've learn something better putty for powdercoat, they sugguest me get Hi-Temp Lab-Metal here
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    I had to order new front part!
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    But the overkill ring ended up looking good with wrinkle black.
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    After recieving the other front case back and it looks much better than before!
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    comparing to before powder coating.
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    some more pictures after powdercoating metallic.
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    Let's build all together!
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    watercooling!
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    Add GTX 690, it fits perfectly!
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    It's all ready to go for lan weekend!
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    Now I got the set ready but there's one more thing is small aluminum circle placing on middle front of 140mm fan as same as GTX 690's fan, would need to find one or make one.

    Thanks for looking! I will post some more pictures at LAN.
     
  12. caddys83

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    Caddys83 like....Nice :cool:
     
  13. mannyman

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    I have been wanting to see some more builds with that case. Looks good.
     
  14. ccityinstaller

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    Awesome little build...Did you bleed the air outta the loop? The last picture shows air in the tubing, and with that res tucked up in the small drive bay, how did you bleed it?
     
  15. mnpctech

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  16. CMadki4

    CMadki4 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Ha, that turned out really well! I was really anxious to see the outcome. Not really a fan of the case. it reminds me too much of some makeup case (..caboodle?) But this just looks excellent! Nice work, sir!
     
  17. nVIDIASLiRig

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    Some more picture from Mike Deal.

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  18. DraginDime

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    Awesome job, came together nicely. I dig it!
     
  19. CMadki4

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    Can you get a small aluminum piece turned for the front case fan to match the card? That would be a nice touch. The surround already matches, the center would just be the cherry on top. :)

    And the green vinyl over top the 3M Di Noc turned out pretty good! I wasn't sure if it the texture of the DiNoc would show through too much, but it doesn't seem to.
     
  20. nVIDIASLiRig

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    Now this GeForce LAN case is for sale with watercooling system for $250 and GTX 690 for $850. PM if interested.
     
  21. Lu(ky

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    Question for you did you have to use a oven at 400 degrees to heat up the compound to make it cure? And what sand process did you use after that? I have a project myself and I need to do the same but where the on/off switch and USB holes I need to use it there.
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  22. nVIDIASLiRig

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    Yes you will have to put in 400 degree oven for 20 min after put putty on hole, it will swell a little bit, you will have to sand it down with 120 grit till smooth then putty over and bake 400 degree for 20 min again then sand with 250 grit then 400 grit till smooth that's it. Now it should be all ready for powder coating or paint :)