Awesome work so far, but i have a quick question: Are both 480's in the box pulling air inward relative to the radiator box then out up the top, or is air being pulled in one side through one rad then through the other rad out the other side? Basically, where is all the hot air going?
This is looking simply outstanding so far and Hybrid...I'm sorry if you think it matters how much money you throw at a mod, some of the most classy and groundbreaking stuff I've seen has come out of builds that were much more budget oriented.
I give coolmiester credit for the original take on an external rad enclosure but again...it's just as possible to "wow" the public without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars, it just so happens that the SR-2 and a dual 120.4 watercooling system isn't cheap.
Got the extended motherboard tray all made up and added the rails for it to slide in and out but took photos with wrong WB and they came out crap so i'll have to take more pictures once it stops raining.
Also the front bezel SR-2 logo which i did have the correct setting on the camera and added some scrap red plexi behind but the plan is to fill up the logo with red Crystal Resin so its flush and light it from behind.
Decided to make a replica motherboard tray out of yellow plexi so i could align all the stand-offs to the motherboard rather than straight into the metal tray itself so if any adjustments needed making i could do it in the plexi rather than the tray itself.
Dropped in a couple of old graphics cards to make sure it was all in the right place and all the measuring and double checking paid off as all 11 stand-offs were in the correct position in the plexi so it was a simple case of just using the plexi as a template laid on the actual motherboard tray to drill the holes for real and jobs a gud'n apart from a bit of patchwork needed around the back panel.
Also couldn't resist a couple of block shots with the Bitspower fittings
The new motherboard tray is 365 x 395mm as appose to the original at 335 x 350mm so for the tray to still remains functional and still removable i had to adjust the rails in the case slightly.
Was a pretty easy fix by simply adjusting the height of the top rail with a bit of cutting and a new little bracket riveted in which all looks a little rough at present but should be fine once its all stripped down and powder coated but all in all im happy with the fit.
I got to give a BIG shout out to Crucial UK who came good with a couple of 6GB kits of RAM. It wasn't my first choice kit but given the current economy, i'm more than grateful for them getting involved in the first place so thanks Crucial.
Still not sure on SSD's yet but still a little while to go before i'll be needing those.
Anyway, got all 12GB added to the MIP's RAM Freezers and hopefully should get a bit of proper case mods done over the holidays but i've been a little worried to chop up the chassis any further until i decide on reservoirs.
Well, time to make a whole new top cover for the rad box as i wont be needing the power/reset button and just wanted something that looked a bit different as ive never really been to keen on the look of the standard 840 fan grills.
Got one large piece of 7mm alu which will cover the entire top all i got to do is round off the front to mimic the original, then cut the vent in and finally chamfer the edges.
Lets see if my little B&D jigsaw can cope with 7mm alu
Still got to draw file all edges and put the 45 degree angle on there but time and cold beat me today
Well after humming and harring about which pump/reservoirs i was going to use, the final decision came down to what would actually fit.
Due to the placement of the bottom two 240 radiators i'm going to lose at least one drive bay, probably two and given i'm going to be running three loops it came down to a couple of RP-450X2's.
I got to say my initial impression of these is nice but those logo's just had to go so set about making them fit in with the rest of the mod.
I had to ditch the original bezels and black M3 hex bolts and replace them with slightly shorter countersink ones so once the plexi had been countersunk, the heads would be flush to allow my new hand cut bezels to mount directly to the plexi.
The last couple of mock-up shots show how they fit in with a wide screen TFT just below - obviously they will be powder coated and painted in the not to distant future
Got the side panels cut down to size for the rad box and then went about fitting four flush mount vents using the mesh out of Bitspower rad grills and used the actual grill as the template to hand cut the four openings pretty much as i did a while back on a Corsair 800D mod which gives that kinnda simple but effective kind of look and should look good with the red LED fans behind.
Just got to do the other side now and then two in each side of the main case but i think i'll concentrate on getting the rad box finished before moving onto the main chassis
@ Jesse B - i've been importing them from Taiwan for a year or so now.
Ive previously used 5.6" (4:3) touch screens like the ones below which fit into a three 5.25 bezel in a few mods now and thought id give the smaller 4.3" (16:9) wide screen which fit into two 5.25 bays a go.