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    Thanks for the kind words folks, it is much appreciated. πŸ₯° I went into this whole contest with solely a 'theoretical' understanding of how I could use the acrylic. In my head the plan was to create a cleaner version of the View 51 Snow. Now this isn't to say that the case doesn't already look great stock, as it certainly does; but we all know how factory paint jobs can be, especially when dealing with multiple materials. I'm now getting to the stage where I will start to see whether these ideas actually work or not! So catching up from the last time I checked in, once all those things above had been painted and lacquered, it was time to start putting some pieces back together. First up was the small front panel where the power switch and USB ports etc. reside, as well as getting the 200mm Riing Trios in: I had removed as much of the fan bracket as I was comfortable with, as I still wanted it to successfully hold these monsters in place. Whilst not perfect, it definitely makes things less busy behind the fans. Some other minor things were making the Power Button and Reset Switch black, just to give it a little bit of pop. Another reason for starting to get things like the fans and front panel in was to get started on cable management, as that would eventually be a slight pain. At least at this stage there were barely any cables: It's a shame that the above shot doesn't show how glossy that front panel is, but I suppose that's what happens when you just take candid photos rather than lighting them properly and whatnot. Admittedly when I'm working on a PC I just want to get stuck into it, so pausing to take a pic is something I constantly have to remind myself to do! I then put the thicc boi back in as well as the 3 Riing Quads up top, and it was time to make some new bends: I think this shot gives a better idea of just how white the case is now after the paint job, you can also see a decent bit of reflection on that bottom right corner. After several iterations of different bends, keeping in mind I wanted the area of acrylic on the right to not be covered up by tubing, these are how the final bends turned out: I had considered having the CPU>Distro run travel at a 90 to the right and then straight up, but running it straight this way kept the panel nice and clear for... ...well, stuff πŸ˜‰ I flushed the system several times with Distilled Water and then ran just the pump for a couple of days to make sure there were no leaks. Everything checked out, so it was then time to drain the system and put in the proper fluid. Whilst the system did look pretty cool with clear coolant, there was really only one choice: I've honestly never used the P1000 coolant before, but I have a decent amount of experience with opaque coolant from other brands. So I'm unfortunately well aware of some the issues that can be encountered. My first build with some really cheap stuff turned quite yucky after a few months, but usually the reputable brands work quite well provided you do the prep work correctly. Next step was to get the system filled and get out all the air bubbles, so ran the pump once again for a good couple of days: I always love how much quieter a pump runs when you use a pre-mixed coolant compared to distilled water, just that slight change in viscosity makes a world of difference. I briefly turned on the system fully, just to make sure everything worked. System was absolutely fine, it just took me a little while to get used to the TT RGB Plus software. But I got there in the end. Before proceeding any further I wanted to get to work on the cables around back. I had all the intentions of making it super-clean back there, but if you recall, the rear panel was going to be modified with a lit Unicorn's Head (still the plan). In order to help facilitate this, as the actual cutout would be clear, I needed a blank canvas back there. So instead I did an alright job of running the cables fairly tidy and then slapped this in there: Now nobody will ever know what sins lurk beneath πŸ˜‰ I haven't started working on the actual panel that will go there yet, waiting on some dry weather up here as I need to cut some acrylic outside. But once I get that done I can then get it bonded to the panel frame and start working on that. So shouldn't take too long. With the back kinda sorted out for now, it was time to return my attention to the interior of the case: I was pleasantly surprised with how it looks in person so far, the glossy acrylic really shines; which ends up giving a nice combination of reflecting light as well as letting some through. Next on the agenda was to start working on the basement. This is another part of the build that I wasn't sure whether it would give me the effect I wanted or not, so I just very quickly took some off-cuts and slapped them in there to give myself an idea of whether it was going to work or not: The image probably doesn't do the visual effect much justice, but sure enough it is functioning as a lightbox fairly well. So I was very relieved it would work as intended. As of today I've got 3 weeks and 1 day to get the build finished and a video made. So in reality that translates to between 1-2 weeks left, depending how much time I want to leave for filming and the subsequent editing. The outstanding items still to be completed are: Finish off basement and the trim/frame for the side panel Clean up interior and put in 'stuff' Finish fabrication then Prime/Paint/Gloss Front and Top Panels Fabricate and then Prime/Paint/Gloss Rear Panel Glass Etching So I think I should have enough time to get those items done. With that being said though, I will likely only have another 1 or 2 updates this month. Well, before the video goes live at least; as I want some of it to be surprise after all. Anyway, thanks for popping by and make sure to stay safe folks!
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    Project: I.S.A.C. by Andy Makin

    Hi-diddly-hey modderinos! Welcome to the project log of my entry in the Thermaltake 2020 Case Mod Challenge; Project: I.S.A.C. - themed on Tom Clancy's The Division 2, a game by Ubisoft Massive. For the competition, 5 of us have been given the same components to do a case mod with and we have until 15th June to complete our mods. I'll try and post regular updates to keep you updated on the progress. A huge thanks to all of the sponsors for making this competition possible; Thermaltake UK, Scan Computers UK, AMD, ASUS and Seagate. First off lets have look at the parts we'll be using for the mod: Thermaltake View 51 Tempered Glass Snow ARGB Edition Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 850W PSU Thermaltake ThoughRAM RGB 32GB 3000MHz Seagate FireCuda 520 500GB M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS 3.5" SATA HDD ASUS ROG Strix X570-F Gaming AMD Ryzen 7 3700X ASUS Radeon RX 5700 8GB 300mm Thermaltake TT Premium PCIe 3.0 Extender Thermaltake TtMod Sleeved Cables & Combs Kit Pacific V-RX 5700 Series Plus GPU Waterblock Thermaltake Pacific C360 DDC Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit and Hard Tube Bending Kit Again huge thanks to Thermaltake UK, Scan Computers UK, AMD, ASUS and Seagate for sponsoring the competition. I'll be back soon with some progress, so stay tuned Crap fans. Same Crap time, same Crap channel.
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    Ahoy hoy Crapfans! Despite telling myself that I'd update more often I just don't like showing stuff before it's finished, but the end result today is worth the wait. So, remember that big package? It contained a sheet of mild steel, 1000mmx600mmx0.9mm. 😲 It's a heft beast, you don't appreciate how light aluminium is until you start working with steel. Getting this first piece cut was quite an ordeal, having to try and balance it with one hand and cut with the jigsaw with the other hand. Was much easier when I got the first cut in and it fit on the workbench properly. Now I had thought that the corners of the piece that came would be nice and square, but they were slightly out so my piece ended up a bit off and needed some careful adjustments. Filing the 0.9mm steel was a lot tougher than the 2mm alu too, was really hard going and took 2 days to get it finished, but finally had a nice square piece exactly 360x460 πŸ˜πŸ‘ Which will be a new motherboard tray and pass-through plate. This bottom left corner has a bit of a tricky profile to it, which meant the sheet wouldn't sit flush. At least until I gave it the profile to match πŸ˜‰ This sheet isn't replacing the original motherboard tray, as that provides a lot of the rigidity and support for the case. To attach the new one, I'll be drilling the motherboard mounting holes through it, then sitting it on top of the original motherboard mounts and #### the new one's into them. To get the hole positions I clamped the trays together, used a Sharpie to put a mark where the hole was and a centre punch to scribe the centre. With the hole positions marked out it was time for drilling. I started with a 2mm hole so I could check the positioning and adjust the hole for any errors in either the marking or drilling. There were a couple that were a bit off, but I was able to pull them back to the correct position with a round needle file and then my 6" smooth cut round file, also using them to enlarge the rest until they were all 3.5mm and centred. To give me more room for the fittings, tubing and cables I took out the original cable holes out with my Dremel. Sadly, when removing the lip on the motherboard tray it attached to, my Dremel died 😭 But at least he died doing what he loved best, destroying cases πŸ˜„ Now with the motherboard and CPU block having new custom armour, the clear plexi block would look a little vulnerable so... Getting the design sorted was such a faff. it was just small enough to fit onto an A4 sheet of paper. "Brilliant" I thought, "I can make the design in SketchUp and print it out so it's nice and accurate ". Could I get it to print out properly scaled? Could I heck. Spent ages searching for how to guides, none of which worked when I tried. 🀬 Sod it, I'll just draw it, but at least I can set the Division 2 logo size in paint.net and print that properly...... Nope. πŸ˜– That wanted to play silly-beggars too. I ended up putting the picture into word and setting it's size using the margin ruler to get the right size printed. πŸ™„ I glued the paper to the sheet of alu I'd be using, drew the pattern onto it by hand, cut out an 80mmx80mm square with my Stanley knife for the logo and glued that in. First up I drilled out the outer circle using a 3.5mm bit. In hindsight I should have used a 3mm bit as the 3.5mm didn't leave much room for error, of which there were a few 😬 I had planned on filing that out before doing anything to the '2', but luckily I realised if I did that, there would be very little holding it in placed when drilling and filing, so that got drilled out too and was the first bit to be filed. Came out just perfectly πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘Œ Here you can see where the drill has strayed over, so annoying, but I should be able to work it in ok. The circle was MUCH tougher to do than the '2', with such a small space to work in. I'd increased the size of the 2 from the original design so you'd be able to see more of the block through it. It was easier than trying to get the circle thicker, but I wish I'd spent a bit more time trying to get the circle thicker. Still looks great though and good to finally have something Division related going into the mod. With the logo pretty much done it was time to get the rest of the shape out. In no time I had it filed out and stripped the paper off. I needed to get a better look at the circle and see what needed doing. The 2 looks perfect though, just needs the burrs on the edges taking off. Couldn't resist getting it on the block for sneak peek. It wasn't till I was doing my morning download of pics that I realised I'd forgotten to file out the gap for the power connectors πŸ™„ Had to redraw the pattern on the metal and hope I'd filed the rest accurately enough not to put the measurements out. Soon had the gap done though and afterwards I set to work tidying it all up. I did some work on the circle to smooth and even it out and deburred it all. I'd also started work on trying to sand out all the little pock marks where I'd got a little "overenthusiastic" with the needle file πŸ˜… I'd also filed a small bevel around the edge of the piece to soften it up. Much MUCH sanding and brushing later... I hadn't been able to remove the pock marks entirely, let’s just call them battle damage πŸ˜… Still looks 🀀 Now it was time to make it a shell. I used my square files to cut a grove in the sheet to make the bends cleaner and easier. No bending brake here. Just some steel grips for my workbench and a bit of brute force. What I hadn't accounted for was that the hole for the power cables making that section very tricky (and unwilling) to bend. There may have been a hammer involved πŸ€” The tab on the side didn't go smoothly either, I hadn't removed enough material for the bend to go 90degrees, so I had to bend it back to file some more out then try bending again. This unfortunately led to stress fractures forming on the edge, might be able to do something about them, will have to research that. If anyone has any tips that'd be much appreciated. You might just be able to make out the be able to make out the errant edge here. Hopefully I can smooth it out, maybe a light hammer tap and a sand? It doesn't look bad though πŸ˜ƒ Now I was going to end the update here, but then this morning I thought, why not put everything together for a few shots? πŸ˜‰ I'm going to try and gets updates out more regularly, every couple of days in the morning when I have a bit of time in between my morning physio that gets me moving again, along with a Columbia's worth of coffee β˜• So stay tuned Crapfans! Same Crap time, same Crap channel. Until next time..... (*larger expandable pics) 😍😍😍
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    Large Thumb screws View 71 rgb edition

    So don't ask me how but i have managed to lose 2 of the large thumbs for the view 71 rgb edition case. my question is any idea where i can get original replacements? or suitable ones. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum
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    Hi Sir Sorry for late reply. I have sent you an e-mail. please check it , thank you.
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    Project: I.S.A.C. by Andy Makin

    good work man !!
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    Hi Everybody, I'm Tom from sunny Birmingham, UK. I work as a software engineer / web developer which I've been doing since university and mainly play PC games and run in my spare time. Been building and modding computers since around 15. My first mod was a side window cut-out and blue CCFL tube lighting, was so proud of that at the time (simpler times). Started water cooling at university on an overlclocked Q6600 which kicked out a lot of heat and kept it up ever since. Current PC is an ITX build with a 280mm and 120mm rad which has been a little workhorse / hotbox for the past year. Onto this considerably more substantial build as a result of being selected for the Thermaltake UK 2020 Case Mod Challenge which has been awesome πŸ˜„ and the perfect distraction from current events. Been spending the past couple weeks getting everything together for the planned mods. Anyhow, onto the parts list: Thermaltake View 51 Snow AMD 3700X Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB 3000MHz 4x8GB ASUS ROG STRIX X570-F Gaming ASUS Radeon RX 5700 500GB Seagate FireCuda 520 14TB Seagate IronWolf Pro Thermaltake Pacific C360 DDC Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit Thermaltake Pacific V-RX 5700 Series Plus GPU Waterblock Thermaltake Water Cooling Pacific Hard Tube Bending Kit 300mm Thermaltake TTMod Sleeved Cables 300mm Thermaltake TTPremium PCIe Extender 850W Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 A couple photos of all the parts received: Thank you to Thermaltake, AMD, ASUS, Seagate and Scan for sponsoring and who've done a great job at getting the parts together in such trying times. Will be updating this thread over the coming weeks with my progress, at the moment just going to do a quick test set-up and take some case measurements. Best of luck for everyone in the competition and happy building! πŸ˜€ Tom
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    Colin McNally

    Colin McNally - project motogp

    Hi I'm colin Mcnally from consett in durham. Iv been building gaming PC's for around 10 years when I started sim racing after moving from console's. The last 2 years iv started doing full custom water loops in mine and a few friends PC's. This will be my first themed build so I thought I would include my other hobbie/passion which is motorbikes. Project motogp will include moving parts and a motorbike stand. I'll like to thank all the sponsors for all the hard work in these tough times for making this possible. The first parts from scan arrived yesterday which include ThermalTake View 51 Snow ASUS ROG STRIX X570-F Gaming ASUS Radeon RX 5700 500GB Seagate FireCuda 520 14TB Seagate IronWolf Pro 850W Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 Thermaltake Pacific Hard Tube Water Cooling Kit Thermaltake Pacific V-RX 5700 Series Plus GPU Waterblock Thermaltake Water Cooling Pacific Hard Tube Bending Kit 300mm Thermaltake TtMod Sleeved Cables 300mm Thermaltake TT Premium PCIe Extender With more parts coming soon I'll be starting my build in the next few days and will post as much as I can. Thanks again to Thermaltake Scan computers AMD seagate Asus Ttuk2020casemodchallenge I'll also like to wish the other 4 competitors the best of luck stay safe and have fun building.
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    Colin McNally - project motogp

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    Good luck to you all!
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    Update 2: 07/05/2020 Due to the corona virus it has limited on the amount of modding I can do. Due to having limited space in my house, I have no where to perform the modifications. This was originally going to be done at a friends house who has a workshop, Originally I didn't think the lockdown would last this long so I waited, however it looks like I am going to have to find the space.. I didn't want to leave you guys with nothing so here is what I have done so far. 1. I decided to build the parts in the case to see what the case is like etc. (without the watercooling). see image below. 2. Of course to get more performance out of the RX 5700 I flashed it with an RX 5700 XT Bios. This worked successfully and you get about a 7-10% fps increase. If you guys would like to see benchmarks of the difference I will be happy to make a video! 3. After waiting, I have recieved a bunch of parts needed for the modifications, I just need to start the updating, Notes: It will include, sandpaper, paint, saw, 3D printer, Laser Cutter, and dog tags
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    Thanks for the encouragement guys, much appreciated. Would have replied sooner, but spinning a lot of plates at the moment; I'm sure many can relate! 32GB of Thermaltake TOUGHRAM RGB and an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X arrived last week: So quickly put the core components together to make sure everything was working alright. The ROG Strix X570-F Gaming is good looking motherboard, and there is plenty of space in the View 51: Using PCIE Gen 4, the Firecuda 520 should be blistering fast. Was also nice to see that using the 1st M.2 slot does not cause the X16 slot to bump down to X8 like on previous generations (X470/370). Whilst I have not installed it just yet (I want to keep it safe and sound), the 14TB Ironwolf Pro is an absolute monster: The TOUGHRAM is some good looking memory, and the Ryzen 3700X is sitting underneath the Wraith Max cooler. For a stock cooler it is admittedly pretty decent, but this build is destined for a custom loop. The stock cooler on the AMD Radeon RX 5700 from Asus also functions alright, but gets pretty loud when the fan get up to higher speeds. Another component that will greatly benefit from a water block. The Toughpower GF1 is an 80 PLUS Gold certified fully modular PSU, 850W is more than enough for the job. With everything installed fairly quickly (did not put any effort into cable-managment of course, as it will all be coming back out again), it was time to make sure the PC booted alright and everything worked as intended. Sure enough, everything worked without any issues. After dialing in a few settings within the BIOS, it was then time to make sure that the PCIE extender also worked. Yep, everything is working just fine. Whilst I'll be fairly 'radio silent' for a couple of weeks yet due to exams and whatnot, I will have a couple of updates that I prepared earlier. Not related to the design, but as far as tweaking a few bits and pieces. But as soon as my academic work is out of the way, I'll get torn into this project and keep you up to date!
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