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Azazel

Case- & Hardware Modding

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Noale

Shame you noticed it. Now my top secret Eiffel Tower mod has been exposed.


Back to the drawing board.

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Noale

Compartment separation in the Evolv Shift X. Hopefully with this setup, all hot air gets immediately blown out of the case instead of lingering inside.

 

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EK XE120 in push pull. (2nd fan is underneath, a little hidden by the case)

 

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Here's the full shroud for the lower half, which I quickly sat on top. Still waiting to drill and bolt it together. When it's properly placed, the radiator should be completely isolated from the rest of the interior, and will only pull air from the front of the case. I probably could have left it open, but it looked much cleaner sealed off. 😁

 

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HaRdSTyLe_83

saw a post yesterday about that, tbh im not surprised

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Noale

Yeah, with the pricing on some of their cases, this isn't all that surprising.

 

However, it's very unfortunate. And this will probably affect MOD-ONE, which is CaseLabs as well. That's where I've been buying MDPC wire/sleeve/etc.

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Azazel

Shame about CaseLABS. Never got to use one of their cases, but considered them many times.

 

Wasn't sure where to post this, as it isn't strictly modding, or even PC-related for that matter - but here goes. I love doing cable management, and got tired of ugly black cables dangling behind my TV. Had a tiny bit of this very awesome modular cable tray thingy left, which just fit the bill:

 

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Much better! 🙃

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Audi

Nice

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Noale

I still have no plans to use this case since I have no plans to build a new PC. Nor can I move my current E-ATX rig into this. But it makes for a neat side project anyway, and I'll likely use it in the future.

 

New side panel glossed out with a smaller window to view the GPU. Revised the cutouts to be longer slits for easier cleaning, and in my opinion, it looked much cleaner this way. On the Evolv owners thread at OCN, people complained about poor temperatures in the GPU area because of the solid glass panel, so hopefully the venting will help fix that.

 

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And here is the currently assembled interior. I didn't want to destroy this case as much as my previous ones, so the goal was to avoid cutouts or excess drilling. I think I've only drilled one hole to redo this case interior (In order to mount the reservoir), which makes it easy to go the original layout. I'm thinking of wrapping the reservoir tube in black just to complete the all black theme.

 

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Noale

Long time, no see people.

 

Not strictly tech related. But I've got a new seat in the works. I wanted something new that looked like it belonged in a science fiction movie.

 

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It's secured to the chair base using .125" steel and .250" aluminum. This current chair base is a little small for it, so I'm waiting for the larger one to arrive.

 

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sivispacem

I've spent a bit of time over the last week planning how the custom loop in my C70 is going to look:

 

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Plan was to drill out the 5.25" drive bay rivets to make space for a reservoir and pump assembly, but right now I'm thinking it might be easier to go for the largest drive bay reservoir and pump combination I can sort.

240mm radiator up front with Push/Pull fans, something fairly chunky

280mm radiator at the top- space will limit this to something fairly slimline with only one set of fans.

Current thinking of flow is Pump > 280mm > CPU > GPU > 240mm > Pump

Will also do some kind of shroud at the rear to help hide cabling.

Will probably be soft tubing.

 

What's the consensus view? Sensible ordering, sensible component size/spec? The rads are probably a bit oversize for current requirements but the intent may be to add a second GPU eventually.

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Noale

I would drill out the 5.25" bay. It frees up a lot of space. However, since this looks like a Corsair case, beware of the motherboard tray flexing. When you remove the 5.25 bay, you will probably need something else to support the end of the tray. A rectangular piece of aluminum or acrylic should be easy to acquire.

 

You might even be able to fit a 360mm radiator up front with it removed. A radiator mount for your pump/res is also an option.

 

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sivispacem

I can do a 360 up front, but only if I dremel off some of the fittings on the bottom of the case. And also cut out the mesh and replace it.

 

The only system I've ever seen with a 360 up front in a C70 is this one: 

 

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That runs a 360 top and front, but only with a huge amount of chopping. So it can be done, and looks awesome, but is a LOT of effort.

 

It is indeed a Corsair case- C70 Vengeance. It seems pretty sturdy but I'll definitely look at bracing options.

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Noale
1 hour ago, sivispacem said:

but is a LOT of effort.

 


Totally worth it. 😁

 

I haven't had the C70 case specifically, but I did remove the 5.25" bay from my 600T and 900D. In both cases, the motherboard tray seemed to be a little too tall for the case itself. So with the 5.25 removed, the tray bowed outward slightly to compensate for the extra length. The 5.25 seemed to be what kept it rigid. My cases all seemed sturdy initially as well, and I only found out about the issue after removing the 5.25 bays.


I found these photos of someone else who had the problem, hopefully they help visualize the direction of the warp more clearly. This guy also removed the 5.25 bays.

 

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A simple flat plate reattached using existing holes in the tray and case frame would probably make it rigid again. Effectively extending the tray to the front, while acting as a shroud. Could even slap on a design on it since it will be a nice flat empty canvas.

 

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sivispacem

Really interesting, thanks. There seems to be a lot less material (and a lot more cutouts) in the examples above than in the C70 (which probably goes goes some way to explaining the weight difference), plus I imagine the raised motherboard tray helps as opposed to a flat one:

 

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Buuuut as I need somewhere to mount a reservoir and pump it kinda makes sense to fit a crossbrace or similar anyway...

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sivispacem

Just been sent this by ShakMods

 

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Super, super pleased.

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sivispacem

Postie has been and new cables are here:

 

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The quality is incredible- really impressed with them.

 

Can't fit them, though, because the GPU one has the wrong PSU-end plug design

 

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