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2012/09/12 05:37:35 (permalink)
Here's a few images of the custom case that I just finished for my 4P rig.  My main objective was to build a case where I could lay the 4p horizontally and protect from my young grandsons inquisitive fingers.  If building this case were only that simple...  I was to learn of the many areas to consider in design and then all the unexpected ones that would crop-up during construction.  Needless to say, it was a much larger undertaking than I had expected to design a case from the ground up. 
 
The sides are Plexiglas and are removable by just unscrewing the 4 thumbscrews up top.  The Fans are all Bitfenix Spectre Pro series and very quiet.  On the sides, the 140mm fans on bottom are drawing cool air in and the 200mm fans above them are exhausting hot air from the heatsinks.  The 230mm fan in top is drawing cool air in on top of the heatsink area.  The case frame is all 20mm extruded aluminum, very lightweight and strong.  I really love that stuff.  When I saw that extruded aluminum has a channel down the length on all 4 sides, my first thought was to use those channels to slide-in the plexiglass.  Learned a bit about cutting/working with Plexiglas too through all this.
 
Sorry about the window reflection, but with where I have it sitting and Plexiglas it's hard to get around.

 

 

 




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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 06:07:14 (permalink)
    "It looks pretty, but can it fold"... Looks great dude.




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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 06:35:54 (permalink)
    +1  Nice case indeed.



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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 07:05:36 (permalink)
    Can I... Can I... Can I haves one.
    Gorgeous design.  I would just have gone for blue led fans, but thats just me.  Great job

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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 07:05:57 (permalink)
    Very nice!!
    "The Green Hornet" ??


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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 07:06:44 (permalink)
    Thanks guys! 
     
    Horvat...Fold?  What is that?  Actually, the AMD CPUs are so happy working amid all that green that they are running at 10GHz all by themselves! 
     



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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 07:07:17 (permalink)
    That actually looks really awesome!  Great job!


     
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 07:08:35 (permalink)
    texinga

    Thanks guys! 

    Horvat...Fold?  What is that?  Actually, the AMD CPUs are so happy working amid all that green that they are running at 10GHz all by themselves! 


    Hey, if the CPUs are so happy working amid the green that they run at 10GHz all by themselves, I will be happy.  Fold on brotha.

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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 08:02:38 (permalink)
    Beautiful! 

     
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 08:54:11 (permalink)
    Nice job texinga!
    I'll still fold nekkid tho, too bad you have no choice in the matter.

       
                 
      
          
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 09:09:39 (permalink)
    Super great looking case! Great Job!
    I was just thinking about something like this for all my rigs just last night.
    I have a couple work benches pushed together & was thinking of moving all my rigs to those then adding plexiglass and fans pretty much the same as you have.
    I want to use ducking at the top so I can pump the hot air into the loft of the shed.
    I'll probably have to use at least 3 or 4 ducks going up to dispense of all the heat they will make in a inclosed area.
    I'd post picture of what I'd be trying to work with but don't want to mess up your thread with my mess. lol
     
    I love it, great job!
    How's it working for keep the temp where you want them?
    BTW I love to have that one for my SR2. Get a patten & start making & sell them.
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 09:17:34 (permalink)
    Thanks Wolf and to all the additional replies from fellow Folding-fiends!  I have no "thread-ego", so post away right here if you want to.  The idea of ducting all the hot air from rigs is something I'd love to do too.  Just can't easily do it within my office without cutting holes in wall-work and thereby using up the last of my wife's goodwill toward all my Folding idiosyncrasy. 



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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 09:20:51 (permalink)
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    Super great looking case! Great Job!
    I was just thinking about something like this for all my rigs just last night.
    I have a couple work benches pushed together & was thinking of moving all my rigs to those then adding plexiglass and fans pretty much the same as you have.
    I want to use ducking at the top so I can pump the hot air into the loft of the shed.
    I'll probably have to use at least 3 or 4 ducks going up to dispense of all the heat they will make in a inclosed area.
    I'd post picture of what I'd be trying to work with but don't want to mess up your thread with my mess. lol

    I love it, great job!
    How's it working for keep the temp where you want them?
    BTW I love to have that one for my SR2. Get a patten & start making & sell them.

     
    You know, I have never thought of ducking before.  These things are obviously massive heaters with all the juice that they pull, but if they were exhausted out a duct outside like a clothes dryer, that would be amazing for keeping a folding farm cool.

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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 09:26:05 (permalink)
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    How's it working for keep the temp where you want them?
    BTW I love to have that one for my SR2. Get a patten & start making & sell them.

    Temps are just fine and I'm exhausting the same amount of hot air as before when it was open-air.  I positioned the Noctuas to where they all exhaust their heat directly to their respective sides.  That left the center area of the mobo open to draw-in cool air which is also why I have that 230mm fan on top pushing cool air right into the intake sides of the Noctuas.  Of course, these AMDs (at stock clocks) run so cool to begin with that there really isn't a heat problem.
     
    I'll have to leave the case building business to someone else.  I'm too slow and would have to charge a lot more than anyone would want to spend to make money at my rate of work.  I will say that if you haven't ever built a case from scratch, it will give you a very unique and pointed understanding of why some people charge what they do for custom cases.  After my exposure to it, there is no price that is wrong IMO. 



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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 09:32:24 (permalink)
    This would be what I'd be working with. You'll have to use your imagination some on getting it cleaned off 1st. lol
    I'll move the middle shelf down a little, place 6 or how ever many I can get on the lower 2 shelves.
    I wouldn't need to put plexiglass in the back, but still close it in with something. Ends & front only for plexiglass.
    I think if I can do what I have in mind with the ducking and all I should be able to reduce the heat by a good bit in the surround part of the shed.
    Shed is 12'x24' and get quite hot in the summer with all the rigs going.


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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 10:00:08 (permalink)
    yodap

    Very nice!!
    "The Green Hornet" ??

    NICE!!!
     
    looks more like the "GREEN LANTERN"
     
    just a couple of Green neon tubes over and under the big 230-250mm fan would do
     
    maybe we shouldn't give him ideas...next thing you know he'll be running around thinking he's the real deal
    then we'll see the buying splurge when he buys up all the Green Lantern collectables
     
    at least it goes with his AVATAR

     
       


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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 10:00:25 (permalink)
    I did want to share with you guys a really great hole-cutter that worked perfectly for the large Plexiglas holes I had to cut.  I got it from McMaster (the 1 3/4 to 7 7/8" range version) and here's a link to the product page:
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#...e-hole-cutters/=j9fab5
     
    It is adjustable and designed for use in a drill-press.  In that capacity, it does a very clean job of cutting plastic.  I could not recommend the tool for hand-use in a drill because it is unwieldy to try and control (I tried that one).  But mounted in a drill press, it is a sweet tool for sure.  I cut about half-way through, flipped the plastic sheet over and cut from the backside using the same pilot hole from the first cut.  It produces a perfect circle with clean edges.
     



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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 10:03:57 (permalink)
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    NICE!!!
    looks more like the "GREEN LANTERN"
    just a couple of Green neon tubes over and under the big 230-250mm fan would do
    maybe we shouldn't give him ideas...next thing you know he'll be running around thinking he's the real deal
    then we'll see the buying splurge when he buys up all the Green Lantern collectables
    at least it goes with his AVATAR

    I will admit to somehow being drawn to "green" lately.  Every time my ring starts to glow, I feel compelled to do something with green in it. 



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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 10:21:06 (permalink)
    Looking good Tex! I like the green and the overall design

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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 13:48:48 (permalink)
    I would love to have such a rig at home

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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 14:34:45 (permalink)
    It's beautiful! 
     
    Where did you buy the extruded aluminum?  Does it have a special finish?  It almost looks bronze rather than plain silver.
     
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 15:20:25 (permalink)
    That is craftsmanship that you can be proud of.
    Nice job!

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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 15:21:02 (permalink)
    Thanks again for all the comments guys and I'm glad that you like it.
     
    Punchy, I got the aluminum T-slot from McMaster Carr.  The color is standard aluminum, but has a soft look to the finish that I really like.  I didn't use a flash in the photos so that the green lighting wouldn't be washed out.  Because of that, the aluminum picked up on the incandescent lamp in my room and it appears bronze. The T-slot isn't cheap, but I fell in love with using that stuff.
     
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 15:31:18 (permalink)
    Very, very nice. I love it.


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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 15:38:42 (permalink)
    Really awesome! 

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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 17:03:41 (permalink)
    Nice setup, would be nice to see a build log on that one... great job! Fold on brother!

        
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 18:26:27 (permalink)
    What's green, cost a lot of green, leaves people green with envy, glows, and folds like the hulk, lol.

    Very nice.



     
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 21:57:10 (permalink)
    looks great, is that a modified Spotswood case?
     
     
    Regardless, looks very well.

     
     
     
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    Re:Mint-4P photos of my finished case. 2012/09/12 22:08:28 (permalink)
    muy bonita

     
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