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#188165 Project ITX Treasure

Posted by Richi on 11 April 2017 - 12:40 PM

So a long way off from getting this completed when I wanted but never less back on it now, spent the last week or two prepping the chest for radiator and components and getting layout sussed. First up time to glue the feet onto the chest.



Once I was done with that and had added some fake looking water seal tar into the chest as well as paint it black.


Still more to paint, but before I do the lid, I think its time to make the mobo cut out and PSU cutout.



Cut outs done for these sections, plan is to actually have a hole for the cable to come through but cable braided with twine to make it look like a rope, I can picture it, but best to show it in the future.


Now most of the cutting work is done, time to mount the radiator to the underside, there will be about a 2cm clearance off the surface.


After this time to mount fan and PSU in place and check the layout options again.


Now next on the agenda was making supports for the motherboard to screw into, these would have to be done via 3d software as well they would need to be different heights.


So a quick design in sketchup for the supporting mobo mounts and then export them as STL files.


Loaded up in dremel print studio and let’s get printing


Of course 3D Printing is not perfect, but after some sanding and painting black to match the chest here is how they look in place.


Before I do any more it is time to see how the layout will work in this build.


Just a rough plan, still have to design and print custom mount for the GPU but finally getting there, need to tidy up a few things and touch up some of the blackboard style paint in place but finally finishing line in sight (of course apart from cable tidying and such). Got to love this black board style mat paint though it takes the work out of making stuff look old and worn, and trust me those that have done the worn and old look know it’s quite hard to achieve, but this black paint makes it simple.
Until the next update.

#188160 Project Tattoo Flash (tower 900)

Posted by Richi on 16 March 2017 - 01:20 PM

Well it was a quick build so here are the final photos of project tattoo flash.


Just from this photo alone I believe you can see that I managed to hide the cables as much as possible





















I like the way it came out in the end and enjoyed using 3d Printing for the first time in a build, I know this build wont be someone's cup of tea as the saying goes but I am proud of it and learned some new things with regards to 3d printing. I hope you enjoyed this quick build.

#188098 Project ITX Treasure

Posted by Richi on 26 July 2016 - 01:14 PM

Project – ITX Treasure

Hi all its been a while since I have done any mod project, but that’s down to moving from London to Kent and popping out my best mod ever my son AJ. Anyway back on track and welcome to the new build I am about to embark on this time.
Back in 2010 before mini ITX gaming was even a thing I scratch built a mini ITX gaming rig, since then I have done quite a few mods, but have yet to venture back to mini ITX and with so many sexy and great looking mini ITX builds coming around and on the web, I thought this time round I would try something different and by different I mean scratch the case, scratch any ideas of making my job easy and put myself into a corner.
So I present to you my latest build based on a pirates treasure chest, first off though I would like to give a big thanks to the sponsors of this project without who this would of never got off the ground.


A big thank you goes out to the guys over at ekwb for stepping up and supplying the watercooling solution for this product, they were kind enough to supply everything that I needed for this build and more. 


Also a massive thanks to gigabyte for supplying the GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 mini ITX motherboard for the project something that will be needed in such a small form factor due to limitations I have on size.


Thanks to Dremel who seem to step up on every build and supply me with accessories and tools.


A Massive thanks to the guys over at XFX too for managing to grab me a AMD Fury NANO for the project, this again is another important piece due to the size limitations of the project.
Well let’s begin shall we and show you what the plan is roughly, first off let’s take a look at what is going to house all these products.


Yes that’s right I chose a small treasure chest, to give you some context on how big this chest is in real life here is a picture of the chest with some of the boxed hardware and products that have arrived.


Yes already you may be thinking I am crazy, but in all honesty I am thinking the same thing too and all that is meant for this little chest and that’s without taking into consideration I have to fit a PSU inside this chest too.. let the fun begin as well as the headaches as I attempt to do this. Until the next post :D

#187896 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 20 September 2015 - 07:44 AM

Hi guys, really sorry about the lack of updates on this went through big home move and had to take rig (not fully completed to show at i55) here is a few shots of it on display at the show. I will follow up with final pictures once I have completed the tubing change over.




Will follow up with more as soon as I get desk built and change over a few things, for now enjoy.

#187886 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 18 August 2015 - 08:14 AM

So my last few days were spent leak testing and just ensuring everything was running as it should be.
Few things to do first was a quick power up.




Love the way this is coming out, and the mobo section has surpised me as all that light in there is coming from the CPU block.


I had to drop the ev down – 4 to get this picture otherwise it would be just one big glowing white thing in the center.




This is how you see the block when its all bright, of course once finished I will need to take more proper pictures to show the block and the light from cpu block. The next picture should show you in a better way how much light comes off the cooler into the compartment.


That’s how light it is in there, you may have noticed the backplate nvidia claw logo has change colors. This is because its made out of some nice heat reactive material. I did have heat reactive paint, but it had too much of a yellowing effect. So I rubbed it down and put the heat reactive vinyl down instead. Oops I nearly forgot to put this in, here is what one of the hyperX SSD’s looks like, you may have glimpsed it before but here is a better picture.


Last but not least, added the two tributes to the back panel, the one for #keepfightingmicheal and for the sports most recent sad loss #JB17. 


Until next time.

#187880 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 15 August 2015 - 08:10 AM

So have been quite busy with the project, so I’ll just run through the things I have done.
So as we have seen the poles for window mount on the case, let us attached the windows to it shall we.



One simple task out of the way onto the next one, this time it was back to finishing the loop.


So on this build, I wanted no angle connectors inside the motherboard section and also want to ensure that the tubes were one piece, boy did I not realise what I had let myself in for, do you want a clue… well here are the total tubes including the bends for the build.


So tubing aside its going well, although I have to say its been a bit down heartening knowing that I have to pull all the tubes out to give them a polish after mocking up. Let me show you why. By using an earlier pic before final tube was put in place.


This tube end to end is one piece and runs along the back of the case inside, now look at all the bends after I remove the tubing.


I can tell you straight taking these out and putting them back in was a complete nightmare and a almost like a brain puzzler :P time to move on from the puzzler now.


Second on the agenda was the front plate for the odd, I had a piece of dark smoked acrylic lasered with Mercedes logo, but there was an issue, due to the way the ODD bay opens, if this was fixed to the ODD it would interfere with the correct operation as the edge would just hit the case when trying to open. Simple solution is to grab out the dremel and table router accessories.


With the 45 degree angle router part in the table it was just a case of taping up the surface that was going to be flat down when using the router and sliding it through the end result is this.


As you can see there is now a 45 degree angle on the edge that sits near to the main part of the case which will make the bay still open as intended.


Faceplate on front of the ODD, not final though as I plan to blacken it out so it’s not transparent, and yes that is the F1 style rpm, gear and info device that reports cpu usage, temps ect.
A couple of other things what had to be done were done, first lay down the vinyl for the build, this luckily for me is a simple one as I have a plotter to do this.


List of participants that helped to create this rig and build…
Now for the vinyl from nose cone from last year’s champion winning team and driver


I am starting to love the way this is coming along, but before I leave you on this post, I think I should show you the amazing piece of hand engraving done, remember like all my previous builds I am lucky to have a wife that is very artistic when it comes to engraving.



All done with 1000s of dots to create what you see, simply amazing, here is the picture she used for reference.


You can see her art on www.xtreme-etching.co.uk.  Sorry about late posts it has been hectic around here, but I will keep you updated on the progress as much as I can as I reach the latter stages of the build now.

#187872 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 09 August 2015 - 07:19 AM

Sorry about the lack of updates guys, got quite a bit going on including a planned move of home to a bigger place (from 1 bed flat/apartment  to a 2 bed house with garden), which off topic means I can only get better with my modding as I now will be able to build a little workshop… :) 
Anyway back on track and first up, I have to say thanks to MAX keyboard for the custom key set, I did want white, but system is not quite ready for that yet so they were kind enough to supply some of their transparent keys for the keyboard.


I only had a few keys customised though, but love the result.



Minor customisations, but I still like it, but of course I will be even more happy once the white backlit keys are ready to be made.
Moving onto the main rig I decided to start doing the hardline, it has been a mad process, due to there being two pipes that are long, twisty and go from inside the mobo section, the return from GPU going out through mobo tray opening along the inside of case to the back of the pass through at the back of the radiator. Then the last tricky one will be from the back pump, all the way from the pump in the ODD bay, out through the gap in this section and along the inside and out into the tray to the memory block.


Thank god for the Primochill bender, made process a lot easier, anyway here are some pics of how the inside of the motherboard tray is looking.


I may make changes to this, but its roughly what it should be, I know the 2 pipe in from mem block is not something that makes sense really, but I like how it looked so I will be keeping it.
There are a few other things I need to test out with this plan, but for now I like it.


Now why I am here I just thought I would quickly test rad grill/model mount to see roughly how it looks.



Looking at this, despite the writing on the model being the right way up, I am not 100% sure it looks right so Ill flip it around to see what it looks like.


Ermmm, see not 100% sure on placement up or down, what do you guys think?.
Before I leave you today to get stuck in with some more pipe bending let me just show you how the engraving is coming along.


Slowly but surely she is coming together, one thing that is on my mind is my own deadline of the 20th to finish the build to get software ect installed to be on display at i55. Let’s hope I match the deadline.

#187864 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 27 July 2015 - 07:49 AM

Another small little update for you guys,
The panel I cut out for mobo section are finally ready, the lacquer has hardened so time to get a few little bits done.


Ermm it looks the same, well in fact it is, it’s the closest I could match to the case, although saying that there is one slight difference in the panels.


Yes its metallic silver rather than a flat powder coat :P, so really all that’s left to do is mount the pieces onto the case with the window risers.



Now they were ready to go, also as I have the mobo tray out, I thought I would go ahead and put the Bitspower SLI bridge in place, with the CPU block.


The loop is not final as I am experimenting still with it, although I have to first organise the mounting of the rad on the gold plate on the case as well as mounting the pump, res and f1 display into the ODD, remember its going to be quite a task on this as I don’t want the loop to hang out the case, but also want a way to insure I can take the mobo tray out still without draining the system. Stay tuned for more updates soon.

#187863 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 18 July 2015 - 09:08 AM

Another small little update for you guys, some goodies this time, big thanks goes out to hyper X team for supporting me with these goodies.


So memory and SSD wise going into this build we have the 256gb  Hyper X predator M2 SSD drive, this is standalone rather than with pcie adaptor, the good thing is the MSI X99 Xpower AC contains a M2 turbo slot, which should theoretically provide much higher speeds with this drive than the actual pcie adaptor and I cannot wait to see it in action. The memory is a  Predator - 16GB Kit* (4x4GB) - DDR4 3000MHz CL15 Intel XMP and finally the 2X SSD’s are HyperX 256GB versions.



Due to the motherboards layout of the M2 slot I am going to have to cover the current logo on the Predator M2 SSD otherwise it will look upside down in case, a Minor thing, but if I can see it, then it simply will not do.


Both the SSD’s will be covered, too and again, maybe you will see them maybe you will not, but it still matters to me, if I know it is there it is not good enough.


MMM memory and some bitspower boxes, could only mean one thing.



OMG 1 hour later (yep it took that long as one side of the spreader was stuck to stick almost like it was cemented there, I had to be so careful with this, heating up spreader with hair drier why feeling modules temp to make sure both did not get to hot, lift up a small piece then reheat again.


Bitspower spreaders ready to be attached, so as normal had to do some cutting with the heat pads.



Finally we are there, now these will be put under some memory Waterblocks so they wont be visible in build, but as it’s a dedication build to F1 and lasts years F1 champion and constructor champions, I thought I would just add something, again maybe not visible when built, but I will know its there.
Now why I was attaching bitspower items, I thought I better get the GPU blocks on the 2 Nvidia 980 GTX cards.


As I showed in the pictures before, I went with the Gold style block and the white backplate.


This was the original design, but I did decide to change one thing for the GPU backplate that will be sitting on top.


How about some Heat reactive material for the Nvidia claw  I love the way it reacts to heat now before I move any further at this point I need to check some clearances in the rig so lets get these cards and motherboard in and work out the layout.


Ha ha ha that moment you realise the GPU will not be able to fit in the top slot oops, ok time for a quick rearrangement.




Now that’s better, now let’s see how it hooks up in the case


That’s better, gone a bit over the top with the Primochill raceways, but it’s just a test at the moment, let’s throw some connectors on there


Just messing about checking connection options, waiting for the gpu multilink to turn up  so I might as well move onto another piece to do before continuing on. 


So a big thanks goes out to the guys over at Primochill for the couple of custom plates I have received the first one is to cover the PSU mount, I’ll show the second one once I get onto it, for now though I need to do some cutting to the case, time to whip out the dremel and one of my smaller used cutting disks that’s worn to a small size.


Scary moment taking a Dremel to this case, but it needs to be done as I need whole in this area to allow the rad inlet and outlet pass through the case to be routed around the back of it.


This is the mock up plate in place (what the radiator will be mounted too, although raised above), just have to work out tube placement when the pass through connectors get here, this is a tight case to work with from the beginning but I am attempting to keep the tubing inside despite the two small pipes that will come out of the rad into the pass through connections.
That’s all for today but will be back soon with more updates as I try to get this ready for insomnia 55 to be in exhibition area.

#187851 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 06 July 2015 - 08:59 AM

So yesterday was pretty productive, first I spent over a few hours rubbing the cut panels down, phew it was hot to so had to jump in the shower twice I got that sweaty.


Still got to go other it with some 1200 to do final prep for paint , but its too hot for that, so off I went to my zen master to sought out the keyboard and mouse (my airbrush mentor)… ekkk boy was I way ahead of myself here… I would not even attempt to post the results up here as my mentor did warn me not to attempt anything small and detailed yet, but lets just say I had to re rubdown the mouse in the heat and ended up having to let him do both after suffering hand cramps from all the rubbing down I done yesterday.
Anyway enough of the hand cramp crap before you lot start commenting it was from watching stuff on the internet :P here is how the mouse and keyboard frame turned out.


Mouse and keyboard are themed around lewis Hamilton's helmet to tie in with the theme…


I cant believe how nice it came out to tie in with the mod, but then I suspect that’s down to the master (I bow down to your teachings and knowledge).. things are starting to move along on this build now, just need to get cpu bought (don’t tell the misses how much it costs though) to start the main loop.

#187827 Project F1 Dream - Another level 10

Posted by Richi on 13 June 2015 - 08:32 AM

Back again with a small update, had some issues but finally this turned up for the build, from OnPole.com


It took an eternity for minichamps to get it to market, but OnPole was superb in that they got it to me within 2 days of it hitting there store, let’s take a closer look at it.






Overall the model is really nice and I have to say minichamps have done a fine job of replicating the race car and they should of with the time it took to get to market. For you F1 fans out there, you should check out OnPole’s website for memorabilia.
I do have to say though getting the model, presented another issue, the 240mm radiator I had planned to use to mount the model above is now too small as the car over hangs it, so I still can not cut the part of the case I want due to the fact I have had to order a 280mm radiator. So I am going to have to redo the radiator again :( oh well.
Ill post some more pictures of the car before mounting and a few bits tomorrow of what else has arrived :)

#187811 Thermaltake Case mod invitational build (Illusionist)

Posted by Richi on 15 May 2015 - 02:21 PM

If anyone liked the build vote for me here http://community.the...opic/1425-vote/ if not vote for one of the others I wont be sour after all it is a hobby and should be enjoyed by all.

#187810 Thermaltake Case mod invitational build (Illusionist)

Posted by Richi on 14 May 2015 - 09:22 AM

Now the next set of picture are not perfect, but I had to do something, just to show you how many flakes are in the paint job.






They are all over the paint, 1000s and 1000s of them Ohhhh candy and flakes…. (not intentially trying to sound like homer simpson with a candy and Cadbury;s flake fetish  :P) any way let us take a look at it lit up inside.






Oops bit bored of the white, lets change it controller to red


Love the reaction between red and blue, it’s a good contrast, let me put the panel back on and take a few more photos.








Back too the other side of the case


SSD placement sticking up through window now let us take a look at the reservoir







Yes there are quite a few, well actually one, just part of the little trick on the eyes. I Think I do need to upgrade my ageing DSLR though as I could not take video with it and Kodak HD cam is not working to do a video… but I will add a video sometime in the next 2 weeks.  But to be fair please judge your voting on what you see here. This is only fair and respectful to all the people involved. I have to say I enjoyed this build and thank Thermaltake for the invite and have to say a big massive thanks to the sponsors who produced. Thank you so much all.

#187801 Thermaltake Case mod invitational build (Illusionist)

Posted by Richi on 02 May 2015 - 02:25 PM

Ok last time we were looking at the state of the cabling in the rig, well its hectic trust me, here are some shots of it.



This is quite serious to me so I thought I would try something different that I normally would do, just because of the space in the  case.


I think the picture tells the story some black trunking, yes trunking should sort the mess out, let’s see what I ended up doing.


I actually quite like this as it gives it a much cleaner look than cable ties, it’s the first time I have used trunking ever in a PC but I think it works… To Be Continued

#187799 Thermaltake Case mod invitational build (Illusionist)

Posted by Richi on 29 April 2015 - 08:35 AM

Ok so today is a mixed bag of things I have done, first up is the Res mount, due to the infinity mirror design I have I will be placing the res inside that area.
So placement is important too


OMG do you see the wire mess inside the case, don’t worry I have a plan for that, but back to the res.


This is the placement area I have chosen the reason being is I want this on its own to be the inside of the infinity mirror, I want it to be visible endlessly. To give you an small example of what I mean.


With a double sided mirror acrylic piece in between motherboard and res, you can see the effect I am going for, this means outer windows need one way privacy mirror film.. (ignore blurry pics I did not want to take the protective film off and wont until the last minute). Now the hardest job on this build lol.


Yep that’s right putting the mirror film onto the panel is the hardest job, only because I have a lovely white cat that meant I had to order extra film as the first few attempts were failed due to bloody cat hair… GRR little git he he.. anyway this time it was more effective and I will post some pics up to show you final result with window in panel tomorrow. To be continued…….