Page 1 of 9 1234 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 218

Thread: WIP, my V-Twin

  1. #1
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588

    WIP, my V-Twin

    Was fairly happy with AC and my Lian Li V1000 but needed to upgrade cpu and graphics as I do a lot of 3D modeling and other gpu intensive use.
    So, I started by adding a 680i board, e6600 cpu and 8800gtx gpu to my existing case.
    As this empty interior shows it's a tight little case.



    Took about two weeks to realise it needed WC.
    Looking through everyones' builds here, I could see I wanted a quad or similar.
    However there was a couple of problems.
    Neither MM cases or Lian Li 343 were sold in my country and although a couple of intrepid souls had shipped theirs' in it was a total cost blow out at step one. That was not going to go down well with the little woman, especially as the V1000 was only a couple of months old. Still I figured it could go to her if I found a case to suit me.
    The other was that switching AC cooling had shown how much I didn't want to have to strip out half the build and motherboard any time I wanted to change a block. Along with that I was hoping to adequately cool quad cpu, dual gpu and chipset in the future, so two loops with all that entailed was to fit in some how.
    The more I looked for WC components, the more a PA120.3 for each loop looked right. So a few more of the usual cases were crossed off the list.
    As the first couple of 343B builds appeared I could see it was in essence two Lian Li cases joined together and guys were fitting two big rads. Why not do the same?
    If my V1000 was only six inches wider there'd be room for everything I wanted and even a small section at the front for my M-cube set up.
    The V-Twin was conceived!
    I'm currently trying to make it a reality. A very slow process.

  2. #2
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    First off was getting a second V1000 and stripping it out.
    Wasn't too difficult. Just drill out a few rivets and the motherboard plate came out. All the drive cages, fans and front slot covers were removed.
    I'd already done some sketchup and photoshop work and knew the stock slots had to go. They don't look great on one case and it was twice as bad with two.
    The finished look will be the same hole pattern as the rest of the case.
    So there it was a case with a hole. I was committed.

    Last edited by Jedda; 08-26-2007 at 08:15 AM. Reason: Spelling

  3. #3
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    Strip my first box and tape up the motherboard plate.
    Then pop the stripped mobo back in, so I could mark out the block fittings through their holes.



    Out with the mobo and in with a hole saw.


  4. #4
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    I use a hole saw for each corner then join the holes with dremel or jig saw (once I found how slow a dremel is and had the first exploding cut-off wheel whistle past my ear). Jig saw rules!


  5. #5
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    A little bit of file work to clean up the edges.



    And then cut and fitting some edge mould to neaten everything up and protect against the leads fraying.



    You can see I joined cpu and N/B cut out together but this pic doesn't show the S/B holes. The two long slots are for my mobo wire management. The top Grommet is for usb leads.

  6. #6
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    Joined up.
    Here's how it looks from behind the board.



    There'll be a rad top and bottom in this half.

  7. #7
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    Cut out the top rad twice. First time with a hole saw but after seeing how it looked with individual grills I went to a full hole for the TC grill.



    And had to add a couple of rad hose holes up front.


  8. #8
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    Quote Originally Posted by mcoffey View Post
    Now that's some skilz. Very nice and great work, keep it coming. Damn that's looking good, front looks really good.

    subscribed,

    andyc
    Thanks Andy.
    The front is never going to look as good as the 343 but I think with everything behind that hole pattern it should look integrated.
    I have an extra power button, of course, so I'm going to use it to open and close the dvd door. That way I can stealth it into the other mesh.
    Wiring, sleeving etc is taking up heaps of time. Just getting rad screws sorted took a week.
    BTW crap camera batteries, so I'm swapping rechargeables in and out. So the date stamps don't mean anything.

  9. #9
    I am Xtreme
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    The Sacred birth place of Watercooling
    Posts
    4,689
    looking good keep us posted
    Quote Originally Posted by skinnee View Post
    No, I think he had a date tonight...

    He and his EK Supreme are out for a night on the town!

  10. #10
    Xtreme Guru
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Finland, joensuu
    Posts
    3,530
    looking good, this is gonna be a great project.. keep the updates coming bro
    Evga X58 sli under cascade
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=219788
    Evga X58 Sli ultimate overclocking/ overview/ discussion thread
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=221082


    proud owner of E8600 Q822A435

  11. #11
    Xtreme Addict
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    near Boston, MA, USA
    Posts
    1,966
    Love this concept, and if I didn't have a 343 it would be a high contender. Could use one of the switches for reset one for power, but don't hit the wrong one

    More pics! More pics!

    Has to be some form of addiction we have watching systems come together

  12. #12
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Andrews AFB
    Posts
    144
    Looks very good and good concept! Hopefully you won't have to move it much after the build though! I wonder how sturdy the joint between the two cases will be once you get the weight of the entire system in there. How are the two cases joined together physically? Did I miss it?
    MSI K9N Diamond 1.2 Bios
    AM2 X2 5600+ @ 3.3 Ghz
    2 GB Firestix DDR800
    MSI HD2900XT
    Silverstone Zeus PSU
    X-FI Xtreme Music
    Antec 900 Case
    Petra's basic H2O Kit

  13. #13
    V3 Xeons coming soon!
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    33,457
    Quote Originally Posted by Idaho View Post
    Looks very good and good concept! Hopefully you won't have to move it much after the build though! I wonder how sturdy the joint between the two cases will be once you get the weight of the entire system in there. How are the two cases joined together physically? Did I miss it?
    I was thinking this also. Maybe add a 3/16" aluminum plate across the whole bottom riveted in for structural strength..Maybe in some key locations bolts and washers to spread the load and take any stress off of the rivets..
    Make it the entire size of the bottom and add your wheels after to tie it all together..
    Crunch with us, the XS WCG team
    The XS WCG team needs your support.
    A good project with good goals.
    Come join us,get that warm fuzzy feeling that you've done something good for mankind.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frisch View Post
    If you have lost faith in humanity, then hold a newborn in your hands.

  14. #14
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    Thanks for the responses guys.
    So far I'm using the standard side panel mounting holes to bolt them together but I have the axle mounting points underneath if it needs to be strapped together like Movieman suggests. We'll see.
    I'm not sure about wheels yet. Two pairs of V-series trucks looks OTT and the wheels domed hubs conflict anyway. I may have a set of 343 castors coming, which would be great as they have brakes too.
    I've tried a set of local castors and not been really happy with them. Hope the 343B ones suit it more.

  15. #15
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    393
    I like the motherboard backplate mod, very practical, nice work

  16. #16
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    793
    Awesome!! About time you teased us with some pics Jedda. I knew that you've been working on this for a bit with the info I've gathered from some of your posts, great to finally see it irl!!

    *waiting to see more* xD
    They say the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.
    Howlin' Pelle Almqvist

    Project Log Completed: all internal v1000

  17. #17
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    Wanted socket head screws for a contrast on the top rad grill, so had to tap the rad holes.

    First a quick drill to get 3.3mm for M3 threads. I used the hole offcuts to protect the core.



    Then the tapping was easy. There's enough room that the tap is turning freely before you get near the core.



    I won't bore you with the fan sleeving. It's been seen enough.
    But since it was done already, I decided to do a trial fit as I wanted to see how it was going to look from the front.



    What do you think?
    I'm kinda happy with it but might play around a bit more.
    The screen is mainly to show the M-cube readings but can do other stuff too. I'm not totally keen on it's look without the hole pattern. Might mount two stealthed dvd's instead.

    This camera is garbage. Gotta bite the bullet and finally get a digital slr. Been using my old nikons and hasselblads with film, like a dinosaur. Never have caught up on all my scanning of transparencies. lol
    Last edited by Jedda; 08-27-2007 at 01:37 AM.

  18. #18
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Wales, UK
    Posts
    659
    drill the holes in the bezel?

    also - that case needs some colouring
    Chilled PC UK - Watercooling Parts, Any Custom work undertaken including Laser Cutting (any parts, grills, side panels, brackets etc), Anodising, Powdercoating , Custom Spraying and Airbrushing, Fabrication, Watercooling Installs and more all done to the highest standard.

    International shipping no problem, even on Cases!

  19. #19
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    Quote Originally Posted by welshtom View Post
    drill the holes in the bezel?

    also - that case needs some colouring
    Actually that pic is quite puzzling. In the flesh, all the sections look exactly the same colour and finish. They must be reflecting different specularity to the camera's flash, but not to the eye with other light sources.
    I can't drill the LCD bezel as the pcb and components extend behind it.
    Painting the case has crossed my mind. We'll see. First I want to finish it as silver and black and make it work.
    After that I might strip and paint it, if I'm not content with the outcome. It definitely looks better than the pics show. Which is a bit frustrating.

  20. #20
    Xtreme Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    535
    Now there's a cube! I like it so far, keep 'em coming
    C2D E8400 @ 4.4 Ghz
    Asus P5K Deluxe
    Nvidia 8800 GTS @ 648/900
    2GB Ballistix
    Dtek, Swiftech & EK blocks, 2x D5, PA120.3, 2, & 1.
    WD Raptor X 150GB & Seagate 7200.10 320GB
    X-Fi Prelude
    Corsair HX620
    Silverstone TJ07
    Dell 2407 WFP

  21. #21
    Xtreme Legend
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts
    1,025
    Read the title, and thought you were talking about one of these.

    The case project is shaping up to look good though!

  22. #22
    Xtreme Cruncher
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,553
    excellent project idea...
    keep up the good work

    i dont understand why people like the 343? maybe its just me that doesnt like it?

    My Free-DC Stats
    You use IRC and Crunch in Xs WCG team? Join #xs.wcg @ Quakenet

  23. #23
    I am Xtreme
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Australia! :)
    Posts
    6,098
    *jim carrey voice* ITS ALIVE ITS ALIVE

    i've been looking out for this WIP Jedda, after u mentioned it in that other thread



    Quote Originally Posted by Cathar View Post
    Read the title, and thought you were talking about one of these.

    The case project is shaping up to look good though!
    dam that bike is pure sex
    DNA = Design Not Accident
    DNA = Darwin Not Accurate

    heatware / ebay
    HARDWARE I only own Xeons, Extreme Editions & Lian Li's
    https://prism-break.org/

  24. #24
    Xtreme Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Tilburg, the Netherlands
    Posts
    489
    this is going to be an awesome wc setup!
    I like the you're thinking about stuff, I had this in mind a few years ago... Seriously nice! keep on going ninja!!!

  25. #25
    Xtreme Mentor
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    2,588
    That 1098 is pure sculpture. I'd want one for a glass case in the living room and one to keep for pure freedom blowing out the cob webs at the track.

    It's going to be a tight fit but the M-cube system should fit underneath the 'hump'



    It'll be a BigNg in one side with all the fan control and a Sensor hub and MiniNg in the other half for sensors and pump control. I'm using the front fans to keep it all well cooled.
    Here's the MiniNg and fan.



    The MiniNg and Senser hub are so small that even with the rad hoses passing through there should be heaps of room.



    All the gear will be up under here suspended by Velcro.



    I'm sleeving and adjusting all the spaghetti involved which is taking time. Pleasantly surprised by how many choices I have for wire management. This is the easiest case I've ever run leads in. Even with all the temp sensor leads involved in the M-cube install.

Page 1 of 9 1234 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •