[PROJECT] "The blank.box"

tHe sR5

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I must say this is going to look great when its done!

I also have to ask how are you going about finding sponsors for a project like this, I would love to start modding to this extent but just don't have the cash to do this all on my own, I have some great ideas but no funding to proceed.
 

Arcygenical

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I also have to ask how are you going about finding sponsors for a project like this, I would love to start modding to this extent but just don't have the cash to do this all on my own, I have some great ideas but no funding to proceed.

Get a portfolio going. Show the sponsors you've got the skills to back up their investment. Then make some 3D models of your planned mod, and contact various vendors with all of the previous included.
 

smee

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I must say this is going to look great when its done!

I also have to ask how are you going about finding sponsors for a project like this, I would love to start modding to this extent but just don't have the cash to do this all on my own, I have some great ideas but no funding to proceed.

Email companys, ask nicely. ;) :p

Thanks!

wow, doing arealyl great hob here, thats gonna look fantastic...

Thanks! :)

What are you using for you 3D Renders? AutoCAD or Visio?

looks like sketchup?

Yes, sketchup.
 

smee

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Update 4-10-09

Arite... it's been a while, my bad... but it's spring break now and i've gotten some little bits of work done here and there!
I also have the metal and acrylic I got from the shops, but will have to post that later.

For now lets get to some pics!

Did a test fit of the rads in both cases, fits very snug and straight!
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Next I wanted to lay out what Watercooling parts I've collected for The blank.box so far. :D
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Notice the fittings on the right D5, will be doing this to the left one as well, but the pump and custom threading is thanks to Snyxxx! :up:
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Heres some fans (need 10 more actually.... :eek:) and my rads so far!
I'm contemplating getting two MCR320 Stackable rads to add... but not sure, and I'm also going to get an MCR120. You'll see where that goes in the new renders I'm working on. :D
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Next, did some more cutting on the case... getting rid of the nastys in the front... hehe...
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Tool of choice, trusty dremel and Gyros wheel!
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The cuts:
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This pic makes the cases look huge. xD
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Finished product:
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More updates hopefully tomorrow! Working on renders TONIGHT as well, new idea's. :D

Thanks!
~Parker
 

AVT

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Man, what are the all components you're cooling that you need so many radiators? :eek:

That's probably enough, for, like 4x Quad Opterons + Dual 4870X2s.
 

smee

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AVT, planning to have 3 loops, adding an MCR120 aswell and POSSIBLY adding two more MCR320's (the stackable ones)...
Planning to cool an i7, mosfets/chipsets of X58 board, two GTX2xx (not sure which cards yet..) and POSSIBLY the ram hehe....

I call it... overly overly overkill. xD

OK now...

Update! 4-10/11-09

Got to some work this weekend!

Here is all the metals, acrylics, screws and cases to be worked on.
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This weekend I focussed on making the case's become one.
Here we go! :D

So from top to bottom here, gots some mini washers and aluminum rivets, and then at the bottom I have what I call some 'dummy rivets' (screws & nuts) so I can put the case together without having to permanently rivet it.
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1/4" acrylics I got a while back, this will be used for secret surprise. :p
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And on the right, I've got this long 1/2" by 1/16" rusty metal strip, this will be main victim for today. hehe...
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However, we'll start with this first:
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Ok so I want to put the case together, but notice the gap that the tops make between the cases:
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Closer look:
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So I just wacked it off... good ol' dremel :D
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(of course, filing will come later...)

And there we have it, quick and easy...
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now lets get to the real meat.....
I love these two tools.....
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Used the husky (oh i love the sound it makes when it runs... xD) to get all that grainy stinky nasty rust off....
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Close up:
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All shiny and clean now. :D
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(and before the case gets some painting, I'll be putting some anti-rust primer on that piece of metal too, obviously, keep it from rusting over again.)

Ok now Parker... what did you do with that nice long piece of shiny un-rusted metal?
Cut it up, drilled holes, got some yummy dummy rivets and....
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AND.....
TA-DA!
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Filled the gap PERFECTLY between the cases....
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The case is now VERY sturdy and I like the way it turned out...
Heres some close ups:
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I'll leave you with a little fun shot..... :D
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You should be seeing one or two more updates this week, already been working on more of the project..... :D
 

Elledan

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That last pic is very artistic :D

Nice job, I know from experience how hard it is to get a good flush fit between two similar cases, them never being designed for it and stuff :)
 

smee

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Thank you Elledan!
Yea it was difficult... but when I thought of the metal strips I was like "YEP! That'll do..."

Alrighty!
Yet another... quick...

Update! 4-13-09

Well I've been working long and hard hours on this part of the project... the part that helps me visualize what I'm planning to do...
The Renders. :D

So here we go...
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Notice the stackable MCR rad's on top, I'm PRETTY sure i'll be doing this... but I'm not exactly sure lol... we'll see.
And BTW, the mobo and GPU's are just there for example, I'll be using i7 and two GTXxx series cards.

Heres the back:
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Other side:
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The res/pumps will be held up via (UN) Designs Pump brackets and Z-Brackets.

Thank you Dave. :)

Now if you noticed, I've got an extra mini BP res above those two HD's, and also the Radiator behind it... but what you don't see is this:
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This will be my third loop, the chipset/mosfet loop, that'll be a DangerDen DB-1 pump, MCR120, and Bitspower 3.5in. Bay Res.

Now here is the front:
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The line down the middle will have a secret slot loading drive close to the top, but it won't be visible unless you put a disk it.

The three orange things will be some LED's... I'm still entertaining this idea.. but I'm thinking of using them as activity lights, or just for the heck of it....
Thoughts on that please. :)

Also, the case front will be completely custom made, I'm going to build it myself.... got some snazzy ideas, going to be really fun. :)


Now you also may have noticed that there are radiators in the very front of the case... how are they going to get ventilation?
This is how:
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Two slits on the bottom front of the case.



Comments/suggestions/critique are very much appreciated! Let me know what you think!
:D
~Parker
 

ekuest

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i dont see how the front rads will get enough air from those slits. you might wanna consider opening it up a bit more in front, or else adding similar slits on the sides and top of the front fascia as well at the very least. i didnt read your whole thread sorry, but make sure you have enough intakes and enough outtakes to somewhat balance each other. it might be easier to make the fans in front blow out through those little slits than try to suck air in through them. just some suggestions. :p
 

holinger

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haha. nice work. but you're previously stated "lan box" will not be all that great for lan parties anymore... its slightly large :p. looks like the party is going to have to be at your house now... and judging by the sounds of how your dad is... thats the place I'd want it.
 

lkiller1231

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Now you also may have noticed that there are radiators in the very front of the case... how are they going to get ventilation?
This is how:
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Two slits on the bottom front of the case.



Comments/suggestions/critique are very much appreciated! Let me know what you think!
:D
~Parker

Suggestion: You should get some vents on the side of the "door" as well, I don't think there is enough space for the air to pass through, especially if there are two 2x120 rads;)
 

smee

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i dont see how the front rads will get enough air from those slits. you might wanna consider opening it up a bit more in front, or else adding similar slits on the sides and top of the front fascia as well at the very least. i didnt read your whole thread sorry, but make sure you have enough intakes and enough outtakes to somewhat balance each other. it might be easier to make the fans in front blow out through those little slits than try to suck air in through them. just some suggestions. :p

haha. nice work. but you're previously stated "lan box" will not be all that great for lan parties anymore... its slightly large :p. looks like the party is going to have to be at your house now... and judging by the sounds of how your dad is... thats the place I'd want it.

Sweet project!

Suggestion: You should get some vents on the side of the "door" as well, I don't think there is enough space for the air to pass through, especially if there are two 2x120 rads;)

Lots of great suggestions, the slits on the sides might be doable... But I really think theres gonna be enough air flow guys.... a sketchup model doesn't do it justice. :)
There'll be about 1 1/2" of airspace between the front and the rads.

Thanks guys!
 

smee

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Update! 4-15-09

Well, it's sorta a small'ish update, but here it is.

Recently I came across an amazing deal on some Diablo CSX RAM's... Mmmmm....
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They are the Diablo CSX 6GB DDR3 2000mhz. Can't WAIT to try em out! :D
Me loves some germany hardwarez.....

Not sure if they'll be used in The blank.box or not, but we will see!
 

smee

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Update!
6-3-09


Well, some good news and some 'bad' news (I guess heh...).

So, just recently I've been asked to fly out to Oak Brook, Illinois to work in the IT Department at IBLP Headquarters (Institute in Basic Life Principles) for 3 months (possibly more, but planning on 3 months).
It's a Discipleship / Work Study program, and it's something I've wanted to do for a year.
I fly out of the San Fransisco airport Sunday June 7th (in 4 days), returning flight will be in September.

Now, I'm not planning to bring the case I'm building as there aren't the necessary tools there and I simply won't have time to build things like that, so it'll all stay here which will put the build on hold for a while (thats the bad news).

The good news is that while I'm there I will be looking for hardware sponsors for the build so when I return I should be able to put the entire build together pretty quick.

But I'm not just going to simply leave ya'll hanging with this case half in pieces.... I plan to have it a single piece by Saturday night. So be looking for updates!

With that being said, please keep me in your prayers while I'm away.
I'd greatly appreciate it!!

Thanks all,
~Parker
 

CopyCat

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Man this really reminds me of projects I used to do back in High School :p 18 months in the making, constant changes to all the parts and ideas :)

I don't think I ever had sponsors though, except for my parents....hahaha

Keep it up man, glad to see you stick with this project for so long!

Cheers
 

smee

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Well I'm back!
Making progress, check first post for updated hardware lists....

In the mean time... Some teasers for ya.
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Shadowssong

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Welcome back, now finish this thing, I want to see the final product, its going to be amazing!
 

smee

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Will do!
I cleaned out the garage a bit, which means I've got more workspace :D
So expect an update very soon here. :)
 

ekuest

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Will do!
I cleaned out the garage a bit, which means I've got more workspace :D
So expect an update very soon here. :)

just saw your fs thread, and remembered this build log. what happened to this? "very soon" does not equal "a month and a half." :)
 

smee

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I'm back!

Update! Finally!!
11-27-09


Oh my word.. well I got back from Chicago, and life swept me off my feet and flung me half way across the planet! :O
But I've made my way back, and got a few packages in the mail.

I now have a full running i7 System with these babies finally here.
I introduce my Asrock X58 Extreme and i7 920 D0 (B#: 3910A298):

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Also finally picked out and ordered a disc drive, the Pioneer Slot Load DVR-TS08 DVD burner.
Also had to get a Slim Sata Power 7+6pin to SATA+Molex Cable:

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Then I ordered a Psychopack Sleaving Kit from Murdermod, this should take care of my PSU:

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Can't wait to get started:
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Finally, heres a special sneak peak for you all. :D
The other night I decided to put together most of the parts of which I now have, and do a 'mock-up' of sorts, but this time it's going to be real life.
The photo speaks for itself, more to come but I just wanted to show you that it's finally becoming real! (ehh don't mind the apple sticker in the background)

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More to come! Should get some more cuts done on the case this weekend.
Stay tuned. :-]
-Parker
 

smee

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Lol well me neither!
I'm good with both, will recommend both, but personally windows is just the best environment for what I do. :)
 

smee

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YO ITS AN UPDATE!!
(from 10-9-09)


Ok ok. Been procrastinating a lot with this project...
I've got like three updates I haven't even posted. So here i go!!

Day 1

I did some cutting on the front of the case, the pictures should basically tell the story themselves. ;)

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(had to cut some little notches to clear the screws)

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(mark out the cut!)

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BOOM cut... whats this for?

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Oooooh... hmmmm

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Hmmmmm

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GASP another cut....

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GASP2 what is this....

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Ooooooh I see....

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Interesting...

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Case in one solid piece now!!
This project is beginning to lift off the ground! (wait... its just{/I] beginning? This project is almost THREE YEARS OLD!!!) xD

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Yippdeedoo!


Day 2

Moar cutting!!!

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Waaat!? I haven't even started yet! Oh wellz....

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All fixed!

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Cut cut cut!!

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Looking good!


Day 3

Lets test out the hardwarez on the tech bench... sweettttt.

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(No I didn't pay $350 for this... that's ridiculous!)

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Little drop of MX-2

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Stinky stock cooler on.

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Everything fits! Alrighty...

Keep in mind, I'm watercooling everything you see here.


Day 4

So lets make some mounting holes...

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(I used the casing of an old PSU to get the holes exact.)

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Cutting time again!

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Sweetness!

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Time to mount the fan grill!
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Cut out...

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Filed down a bit

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I think this'll work....

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Good jorb homestar!!

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I likes it.
Well what does everyone else think so far? (even though the best has yet to come....)

Next update comes in an hour. Hehehehe.... ;)
~Parker
 

smee

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Hey! Another update!
4-15-10


Check it check it check it out!! Its watercooling time guys and gals!! :D

READ:
First and foremost, the motherboard I have does NOT have a chipset waterblock set made already like most of the popular Asus/EVGA boards, etc...
So I had to find some blocks that would fit. I found a good NB block, and a Mosfet that would fit close enough... but needed some slight modifications (I needed two mosfet blocks to make it work).
Like always, pictures speak for themselves... so Here. We. Go.

Meet the mosfet:
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Ouch it doesn't fit against those caps...

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Those bumps? Thats why it doesn't fit...

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Bumps all gone now! (with the help of my hand dandy flat sander!)

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Ooh nice.

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And it fits!!!...

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OH DANG... its short by 1/4in.!! what to do what to do!!!

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Thats why I got two blocks....

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Cutting time!

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What the heck are you doing parker....

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Umm... okay...

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Yea, and?

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Nasty file work... what are you doing???

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Oh okay..... what?

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Whats under that wood!??!

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Whoa dude! Its Arctic Silver 5 Opoxy Paste!!

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Did you just seriously extend a mosfet block??

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Wow...

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Oooh shiny...

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It fits!!

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Dude nice!

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Snug as a bug in a rug? You betcha! The block is one solid piece now and fits perfectly on the board. :D


Next we have the NB block. This is a lot simpler.

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It would go right there... oh wait... I don't need 4 screw holes.

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So I cut off the two extra screw holes, AND I shaved off a bit of the delrin to fit around some caps...

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Fits perfectly!

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Would ya look at that! With a little bit of reverse engineering and innovation with a little bit of creative thought, I now have my own custom waterblock set for this board. :D

What do you guys think so far? Comments/Suggestions/Criticism?

Lats,
~Parker
 

silent-circuit

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Fairly impressive work with the MOSFET block, though I wonder how strong that epoxy is going to be under stress. I've never used it for anything like that.
 
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