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BULGAR an open case modular test bench adventure

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Hello again everyone!  my name is or Mickee from the Philippines and I would like to present this build/casemod called BULGAR.
 
As of now I have a simple sketch of the casemod that I have in mind, this will be based on Thermaltake's Core X71, I named it BULGAR which is a Filipino urban word for revealing.

 

 

 

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by far here are the things that I have in mind for this casemod: 
 
- Create a modular test bench that perfectly fits the case
- Remove the back panel and both side panels of the case for easy removal of the modular test bench.
- Motherboard will be laying on a 45 degree angle tray.
- Fabricate brackets that will support the case since it will be without the back panel, motherboard tray and both side panels.
- Fabricate custom covers for the side of the case but it will not be a full cover panel
- Color Scheme for the case is Black, White and Orange.
- Watercool the CPU.
 
Some parts of the design might change as I go along the process but I have high hopes with sticking to the plan, So for now I am sourcing the materials that I will use which are mainly Acrylic and Aluminum sheets as well as Aluminum bars. 
 
I will be back with actual progress on the case and other components again thank you very much and have a great day. :)

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i like the idea of a modular testbench ,

i do hope you meant an AIO waterooling setup for the CPU instead of a custom loop.

working with a custom loop will make it very hard to keep the modular idea going..

Hi Thanks! I will try both but yes permanently I would like to use an AIO for this :)

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The case for this project has finally arrived it is a Core X71 and here's a quick look.

 

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It comes with a couple of Riing 14 Blue out of the box which is nice though I am not going to use them for this build. The case is tall I like it :)

Next is to dismantle some parts of the case and for that I will be back very soon :)

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Hi it's been a short while and I am really happy that I can finally post some progress on this work log, Schedule has 

 

been really tough for me in the past few weeks but I got everything figured out now so I will be posting updates every 

 

week.

 

To kick things off lets start to strip the case down.

 

They were really easy to remove.

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For this batch I used a drill to take out the riveted parts.

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I'm really not an expert in sleeving that is why I use sleeved extensions on my builds but I want to try it out this 

 

time,

Clean looking cables from the front I/O would be nice. 

 

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The front audio cord needs to be stripped off its rubber coating because I only have 3mm sleeves.

 

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I am very slow at this lol this took me about 30 minutes.

 

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And yes! but I don't know where I can get a sleeve that would fir the USB 3.0 cable :(

 

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EVGA!

 

 

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Lets unbox them!!

 

Lets start with the memory modules :)

 

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The 1000G Power Supply :)

 

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Superb packaging!

 

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I am going to sleeved them later down the line.

 

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Lovin' the hammered finish :)

 

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The Z170 Classified K Motherboard

 

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Shroud for the rear I/O

 

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Beatifulll!!

 

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EVGA Classfied 980ti

 

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Very nice! we have bonus items :)

 

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Going back to the card itself.

 

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It is massively awesome!

 

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That was a blast!

 

So that took a lot of time for me because I was really amazed with your products and by the way this is my first time 

 

using EVGA gears :)

 

 

Going back to the case :)

 

The case has temporarily lost its rigidity when the motherboard tray and rear panel was removed so aluminum bars to 

 

the rescue! I like using aluminum bars because they are easy to cut and file.

 

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I also gave the case a little tilt :)

 

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It not super sturdy yet but it will be later :)

 

3mm Acrylic will serve as out motherboard tray for this project, some cutting and measuring.

 

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Aluminum bars for the skeletal system of the modular test bench.

 


 


 

So those are all that I have so far, I am working on the measurements them cut them altogether then screw or have them 

 

riveted to the relevant points.

 

Next update will be on the weekend, see ya!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A few updates for now, I have always used sleeved extensions on my 

 

previous builds so I am not an expert in sleeving but this time I am 

 

giving it a shot and I would like to get it out of the way because I am 

 

really slow at this. Color of the sleeves are Black, Carbon and very 

 

little white on the 24 pin cable.

 

So here we go :)

 

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A good friend gave me one of his DIY pin extractor, thanks man!

 

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Here is the 24 Pin cable.

 

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Cables for the GPU

 

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EPS 12V

 

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and some other shots :)

 

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I haven't done the Sata and 4 pin molex yet because I ran out of Carbon 

 

sleeves :P So I have slow progress right now but I think that it's 

 

better than none ;)

 

Thanks and see you on the next update :)

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I am very sorry for the lack of updates this past few week but hey I'm back on 

 

track :) Also sorry but the pictures that I have right now are not with the 

 

best quality it is raining all day :( when the sun comes back tomorrow I'll 

 

take it outside for better images :)

 

Let me go back with the case, here is the skeleton for the modular test bench

 

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It fits exactly as planned.

 

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Tubular aluminum to thumb screw the test bench on to.

 

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Ohh sliders <3

 

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I also need to make handle bars out of flat aluminum.

 

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Manual bending yeah!

 

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The integrity of the case has been compromised since most of its parts was 

 

removed so I have some reinforcing to do.

 

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Connected!

 

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Custom acrylic panels will be placed on the sides of the case mounted on the 

 

sliders and I have to give those sheets some curves. I have been bending 

 

acrylic sheets with a heat gun since day 1, I guess I'm tired of that :P Very 

 

timely a friend handed down some Nichrome wire yes it's time for a DIY line 

 

bender. (I just followed some youtube guide on how this is done)

 

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Power source is a PSU that I took from an SFF PC that I haven't used for a very 

 

long time, I try to save money whenever I can :)

 

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So with some ply board, nails , wood screws, alligator clamp, old PSU and 

 

Nichrome wire we now have this :)

 

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Time to use it on the panel for the project.

 

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Mounted!

 

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I will be back with better images of the progress! thanks :)

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Hi everyone I am back with a few

 

Worked on the mobo tray

 

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My handwriting is super bad lol

 

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Removing those 2 thumb screws will make the mobo tray pop off the it's base.

 

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Yes in every project I have to mess one two or three things up lol have to 

 

retouch one of the stand offs as it was not on point,

 

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The Z170 Classified K fits right on top of the custom tray :)

 

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EVGA 1000G sitting in there nice and tight.

 

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And some angled shots

 

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Thanks be back in a jiffy!

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This gonna be a sick build man cant wait for more!!

 

Hey man! thanks for checking the build log, you got a handful of awesome builds and you work super fast :)

 

 

Hi, I am very sorry for the lack of updates it was due to the renovation that is still ongoing and my modding area is part of it but now I am back as I've found a 
 
small spot where I can continue my work :) I have also brought in some help with the help of a vinly cutter and a 3d printer which I got a very deal on yay! So I 
 
have some updates :)
 
First off I have manually cut a couple of EVGA logos with a scroll saw, these will be put on each side of the sliding panels.
 
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I spent most of the holidays with the family and the 3d printer lol, It was frustrating at first because I have zero Ideas on how it works but after plenty of 
 
playing and tinkering around as well as reading I guess I got some decent prints or usable at the very least :) I do not know how to make my own designs just yet as 
 
I am still focused on understanding its dynamics as a whole so I just print stuff that I find online which suits the mood for the project ;)
 
Something has to hold the PSU on the test bench so..
 
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Mobo Stand off
 
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For the GPU
 
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One of the things that I've learned a few days ago was converting JPEG files to ohh I forgot the file format haha then to STL as a 3d printable file, so I tried it 
 
on the Gear up logo and wow it worked :) then I just made a few adjustments to better suit my taste.
 
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Short update but there will be more to come soon!
 
see ya' around! :)

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After a long time I am back with some updates, Modding has stated to pick up since the construction of my little workshop is finished :)

 

Here we go, Watercooling should be an option with this simple test bench so i found a solution where I can mount a Radiator and a Pump+Res and yes a 3d printed fan grill :)

 

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The plan is for it to be mounted on this position.

 

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Back to the bender for a custom bracket.

 

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Now we have this and I know this is not the best looking solution but I strongly believe that it will work for me :)

 

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Screws on! Pump+Res+Rad mounted, it still needs additional support on the lower portion but I'll get back to that later because I want to try and watercool this now :)

 

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CPU block Pacific W3 and behind it is an Intel Core i5 6600K that i forgot to take a photo of since I am too excited but I guess we've all seen that before ;)

 

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Pacific 90 degree fittings installed :)

 

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Tubes done annnd the here are the random shots :)

 

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I've tested it for leaks and luckily there was none, Some of the parts for this mod are being detailed already and those will be up on the next updates ;)

 

later!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Update time :)

 

Back to cutting some panels

This one is for the Front panel

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For the lower side panels

Scoring the Acrylic sheet helps a lot with the accuracy of manual cuts ;)

 

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Test fit

 

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Some more pieces for detailing.

 

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Sanding with an angle grinder.

 

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Stick em' up.

 

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Started to paint the sliding panels.

 

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This one is for the top of the case.

 

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Labelled the handles for the sliding panel.

 

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and here we are ;)

 

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End of the quick update thanks! :)

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone I guess this will be the last batch of Pictures for this project :( I really enjoyed working on this but then again there is no such thing as finished hehehe there will always be a few bits and bobs to be tweaked every now and then :)

 

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And that is a wrap for Core X71 Bulgar! Once again than you very much for the support! :)

 

I will see you guys on the next one :)

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