Project: L3peau

Discussion in 'Worklogs' started by l3p, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Been busy the last 4 months with a little project for the LDLC Modding Trophy 2015
    I was asked by In Win to choose any case and mod it.
    Easy choice for me!

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    When I saw the D-Frame the first time I already had plans for it.

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    I had to post in their blog first until finished but now I will also show all details here in the coming few weeks.
    If you've already seen it somewhere please don't share here yet :)

    Have fun!

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    Specs:
    In Win D-Frame Mini black
    Intel i7 4790K
    ASRock Z97 E-ITX/ac
    Inno3D iChill GTX 980 Ti X3 Air Boss Ultra 6GB
    G.Skill Ripjaws X 2 x 8GB 1600Mhz
    Samsung SSD 850 PRO 512GB
    Be Quiet ! Straight Power 10 600W CM
    LiHeat 25cm Pci-e Extender
    EK Blocks - Rad - Pump
    Bitspower Fittings
    CoolForce Cableclips & LED strips
    Mayhems Aurora 2 Blue


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  2. spugm1r3

    spugm1r3 Gawd

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    Oh man... B-Negative/l3p build-off?!? This should be rad.
     
  3. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Certainly not, this build was for a contest with specific parts and budget.
     
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  4. spugm1r3

    spugm1r3 Gawd

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    I didn't mean to imply you guys were battling, but B-Negative built a pretty rad D-Frame mini a while back. When two of my favorite builders do something in the same chassis, it's bound to create some fun comparisons :)
     
  5. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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    Sub'd for another epic build.
     
  6. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Haha thanks man.
    Well I hope to do something different ;)


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    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Lets kick-off with a huge update!

    First the case.

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    Asked for black rubbers from the start .. no red please.

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    Nice day in the sun.

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    Huge card!

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    And the mobo, mem and cpu

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    Playing around with pipes and possibilities

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    The first planning.

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    Quite some time went into figuring out something to stay within the budget.
    But also a loop so you can always see it flowing and a construction to maintain stability.

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    Off to the attic

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    Always a bit scary at the start

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    But have to admit .. also afterwards this time :)

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    Sharp edges be gone.

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    And more pipes.

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    Top side done!

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    How strong it is even without any glue used.

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    Finishing the edges.

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    Inside the frame I used flexible tubing, used glue on the tube fittings for extra stability.
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    Intently engaged :)

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    And giving it a rest.

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  8. RazorWind

    RazorWind 2[H]4U

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    So, is the idea here to use the frame itself as a heat exchanger? That would be super cool, assuming you can actually dissipate enough heat that way.

    Regardless, that's a neat looking case.
     
  9. spugm1r3

    spugm1r3 Gawd

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    I don't think it so much as a heat exchanger, as it is a route for the tubing. He ran flexible tubing through the frame and replaced sections of the frame with rigid tubing. Now that I've seen it, it surprises me that no one has done this before; the frame just lends itself so well to the idea.
     
  10. waseem

    waseem Limp Gawd

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    A question ;
    What do you use to connect the to the pipe wich part can I know
     
  11. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Thanks guys!
    And indeed as spugm1r3 said, it's just part of the loop, mostly for the looks.
    For heat dispensation you need a much bigger surface.

    I used flexible 10mm ID tubing inside the frame connected it with a Q-block to a hardline fitting
     
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    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Lets see what I have left between my plexi stack :)

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    I wanted to replace the original tinted glass with blue plexi

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    Removing all stickers with specs and serials

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    Lets change something about the ssd

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    With plex and old fan mounts

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    An extra support/cover for the PSU

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    More about it later

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    Extra hole for the fan wires on the radiator

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    And removing some of the original PSU bracket for the new cover/support.

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    And finish the edges

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    Till next update!

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    gigatexal [H]ardness Supreme

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    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Thanks :)

    And another big update!

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    First the liquidcooling parts.

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    Ready to mount ... but decided to polish them first.
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    5 minutes for all blocks with P600

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    And another 5 minutes with P2000/3000 I still had from previous projects.

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    And the last 5 minutes with polishing paste.

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    Clean it up.

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    And mount it.

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    And a small modification on the old heatsink.

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    Mounting the pump.

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    Coverplate for the PSU

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    Still not sure about GPU placement.

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    I do know I'm going to work with an extender.

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    Different idea!

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    Lots of drilling and tapping.

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    For more reinforcement

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    And for who's interested:




    Till next time!

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  15. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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    This is turning out great! I wish I had 1/4 of the talent you real modders have.:notworthy::notworthy::notworthy:
     
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    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Thanks guys!
     
  18. gigatexal

    gigatexal [H]ardness Supreme

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    The idea to use the tubes of the case for the cooling was innovative instead of just hanging stuff off the tubes.
     
  19. Rav3n

    Rav3n Gawd

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    Like someone said above, he is just routing the flexible tubing through the frame, not using the frame for heat disspation.
     
  20. gigatexal

    gigatexal [H]ardness Supreme

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    i know i was saying routing the tubing through the frame is a really good idea
     
  21. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Small update this time.
    A case like this deserves a nice power cable :)

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    Got some wires at work.

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    And sleeved them.

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    Make nice connections

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    Braiding them.

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    And connect the last one.

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    Done!

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  22. spugm1r3

    spugm1r3 Gawd

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    Crazy, non-American-style plugs:pompous: Looks excellent, sir!
     
  23. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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    I think I just made a mess in my pants after seeing that power cable.
     
  24. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Haha thanks guys!
     
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    l3p Limp Gawd

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    This time a lot of cutting, sleeving and shrinking.
    I wanted to shorten all cables and sleeve them without heatshrink.

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    Also using some of the same prototype cableclips I had left from my last project L3pipe.

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    Cables for GPU are done.

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    Up next the Semi-modular PSU .. ffs

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    Also nice to keep the wires in place :)

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    Sanded the PSU cover.

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    And tested the PSU

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    Cables in place

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    Playing around with lighting.

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    And changing all the cables for the fans, pump and lighting.

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    Also decided to use clips on the back and mount them to the mainboard tray.

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    Blue LED vandal resist power button on the back.

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    And rigid LED strips for the GPU back and GPU block.

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    All cables in place.

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    Next time .. the loop!

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  26. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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    Those cable management blocks are giving me a woody.:D
     
  27. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Haha well thanks man :facepalm:
     
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    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Finally .. the loop!

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    On this build it's 50/50 with bends and fittings.

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    Argh that space!

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    But the first connections are there.

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    And the last ones.

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    Also decided to change the SSD again, want the original HDD holder to be smaller.

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    Done

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    And polishing all acrylic sides.

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    Next time filling the loop.

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    l3p Limp Gawd

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    Filling time!

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    First with clear liquid to see if everything goes according to plan.

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    All fine.

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    So I can replace with Aurora

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    The extra pipe takes care of extra stability for the construction, I could almost lift the case on it.

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    Also used black glue to hide the white leds and brown pcb

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    All air from the loop

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    Also black glue at the back

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    Stresstest!

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    Next time ... final pics :)

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    And a filling video.

     
  30. l3p

    l3p Limp Gawd

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    And here's the final shoot :)

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    Another awesome experience in France together with the LDLC crew and my co-modders!
    And ... I'm very honored to reach second place in the contest :)

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    Thanks for following!
     
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