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Boddaker last won the day on February 26 2016

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  1. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Hey guys, after finishing up a very cool mod project for Nvidia Geforce Garage, I can finally get back on the Rose case and tie up all the loose ends. I have a long list of items I need to fix/add/cleanup before I can finally call it done. One of the main issues we were having at the LAN was the intermittent video signal going to the monitor. Shannon and I were fiddling with the PCIe riser cable all weekend, and managed to get it working about half the time. So that was on the top of my list: 1. Swap out PCIe riser cable 2. Add acrylic window to back panel 3. Add led lighting to back SSD and tubing area 4. Fix led lighting under mobo tray 5. Fix leaky res 6. Paint rose stem solid green (transparent green tubing with pink fluid not very appealing lol) 7. Add glass insert in front bezel 8. Connect all three SSDs 9. Cable management So with all these accomplished, I snapped a few shots with my phone.. Everything is looking much better and cleaner than before (love the glass front). Unfortunately, I'm still having that pesky intermittent video issue, even with the new PCIe riser cable installed. Which leads me to believe it may be motherboard related. I'm going to try installing the video card directly into the PCI slot and see if the problem persists. ...and because of that, I'll leave you with a pic of my lovely daughter giving me the 'loser' sign under the soft pink glow of her computer.
  2. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Well I made it! (barely) I had to do a few emergency hacks to get it up and running literally just before packing it into the car Friday morning. Here are a few pics of the Rose case set up at the lan. A wider shot of the kids both playing Lego Star Wars. I was dealing with a bad PCIe riser cable on the Rose all weekend, as it would randomly drop the signal to the monitor. So Helena would bounce between her rig and mine. Special thanks go out to Shannon Robb for helping me (numerous times) to get it working again. The Rose case came in 3rd in the CPU mod competition (woot!). Here's a shot of the top five mods. From left to right: Gigantea (2nd), Kit's etched moonlight Mods case (5th), Jon's Yoda case (4th), the Rose (3rd), and Kurt's Diablo case, Sanctuary, which ended up winning 1st place (congrats again Kurt!) Once I get the bugs worked out and tidy up a bit more, I'll post some final pics.
  3. Boddaker

    The Rose

    So my earlier attempt at printing a transparent res with the T-Glase filament didn't go very well... It wasn't playing nicely with my initial settings (which were recommended by the company's website), so I'll have to play with it. But I don't have time for experimentation right now, so I'm falling back to plan B... printing with pink PLA.. Success! After 16 hours of printing, we have a full size rose reservoir.. It's now large enough to place the Primochill tube res inside of it. And what's a rose without a stem? And what kind of rose stem would it be if it didn't have needle sharp thorns to protect it? ...ok so these thorns aren't needle sharp, you get the idea. The stem will come up through the rose print and go directly into the bottom of the tube res. I made an acrylic disc that will fit snugly into the bottom of the res, and glued the stem to it. Then glued the disc into the res. To help support the whole reservoir, I made this little shelf that will mount to the back of the display case. The rose res will sit in it like this.. And here's the display case I made, using some red anodized aluminum sheet. The rose by itself sitting in the case for size comparison. I'll make a hole in the bottom of the case so the stem can go through and down to the pump. Once the paint is fully cured and I can re-install the pump, I'll know where to drill the hole. The next 4 days will be a frenzy of installing, mounting, cabling, and lighting. So I apologize in advance if I don't post anything until after the LAN. I may throw up a quick shot on FB, but other than that, you'll have to wait til the weekend to see the finished case.
  4. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Paint is done! Not the best finish, but it will have to suffice for now. My daughter absolutely loves the color, and that's all that really matters. Firstly, I painted the inside of the main panel a light pink, making sure to tape off all the holes so I dont get overspray onto the other side. Then once the pink was dry, I assembled the case and taped off all the holes again so I didn't get any purple overspray onto the pink. There were just a few extra parts to paint along with the case, so they were hung up on the ladder. When you don't have a nicely lit and air controlled paint booth, you improvise... Base purple going on.. After two coats of purple, I sprayed another two coats of clear. While everything was drying, I started work on the full size rose reservoir. That will be in the next update, coming up in a bit...
  5. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Well, I didn't get much painting done over the holiday weekend, due to our well pump crapping out on Saturday, leaving us with no water for three days, and nobody available to come up to replace the faulty part! So instead of painting, I decided to work on something that didn't require water. I found the perfect 3D print model to use for the rose reservoir, and did a test print in black abs. Came out pretty nice! I think all I need to do is scale it up just a bit so that this Primochill tube res will fit into the center of the rose. Then I can utilized the G1/4 inlets on the top for the return line. Also testing the effects of this brush-on coating from Smooth-On. Thanks Darth Beavis for making me aware of this stuff! For the final print, I'll be using a transparent PLA. Actually I bought a spool of T-Glase clear PETT filament. I know it won't be completely transparent, but with the help of the clearcoat, the fluid color will come through well enough. I'll also prep the rose a bit more by sanding down the layer marks and deburring the edges, so it ends up nice and smooth.
  6. Boddaker

    The Rose

    One more update before painting begins this weekend.. Had to make one more bracket, the main IO that will cover the ports on the motherboard, and extend down to the video card as well to provide support. Here is the cardboard template I made, copying the holes from the actual IO panel that came with the motherboard. Then it was just a matter of extending it down to cover the DVI, HDMI, and displayport on the EVGA video card. Here is the aluminum version along side the template. Unfortunately, I didn't pause to get pics during the drilling, cutting, filing, and sanding. Pretty standard stuff anyways. ;-) With the 90º bend along the bottom edge of the piece, I'm able to screw it into the motherboard tray so the fasteners are hidden under the mobo. Couple close up shots of the top and bottom part of the bracket. I like utilizing the DVI screw heads to secure the card to the bracket. Here I was able to use 3 out of the 4 screws. I'm thinking I should add another small bracket at the back end of the video card for added support, but I'll have to drill into the water block to do it. It being a smaller GTX970 card tho, I'm not sure I'll need it.
  7. Boddaker

    The Rose

    And now for something completely different.. For the back panel, I wanted to showcase only specific features, and hide the uninteresting and boring parts. So Instead of one huge window, I'm doing two smaller openings to focus on just the cool stuff. After a ton of measuring, I settled on the shapes and locations of the two windows, and masked them out on the backside of the panel. Cutting out the SSD window first, I started with the rounded corners and finished off the straight cuts with the almighty jigsaw. For the more complex shape, I opted for the scroll saw. Windows cut! You can probably guess what the zigzag window will be featuring.. Here are the SSD's mounted within the window.. Now comes the fun part! Matching the rigid tubing bends to the curvy lines of the window. In order to do that, I needed to make a jig that follows the curves.. Using that wood jig, I'm able to make the slight bends, one by one.. Here's the top line that goes to the radiator: The lower line took a lot longer to do, since it was much longer and with multiple compound bends. Not only does it turn down 90º, it also bends inward following the slant of the main panel. I think it matches the window's curve quite nicely.. ..of course the pump area will be dressed up, and both windows will be lit accordingly. Will be prepping for paint the rest of the week, and hopefully will be shooting some candy violet on Saturday!
  8. Boddaker

    The Rose

    For the top of the case, I wanted to replace the magnetic mesh with something a little more substantial (and paintable), so I rummaged through my pile of left-over parts from my previous Thermaltake builds and found an extra case panel from which I could harvest a slotted section. Using the old mesh as a template, I centered and marked around it. Jigsaw cut-o-rama.. File and sand-orific.. Din done diddly! I also removed the magnetic strip from the old mesh and applied it to the new metal grill so it stays in place. Next up is the back panel windows, and more tubing.
  9. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Working on the front rigid tubing.. I had originally conceptualized a curved manifold of sorts, but couldn't figure out a good clean way to secure it to the gpu block without gluing it. So I opted to do rigid tubing for now. I first made a paper template of the curve between the top bulkhead fittings and the GPU block. I wanted a smooth constant bend with no straight areas. Some extra thought had to go into the pieces that feed the CPU block, as I wanted to maintain the overall curve with the two tubes. Using the smallest bend radius, I managed to achieve the correct angles to fit the block's inlet & outlet. The other line was pretty basic, just one long bend. I cut a piece of wood from the paper template, and taped the tubing down as I went along with the heat gun. After a little end trimming I got the piece to fit nicely. I love how the two pieces flow out of the back of the panel! Now to move on to the back to finish the rest of the tubing. Stay tubed!
  10. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Wow it's been a month since my last update! Gonna have to step it up, or else my daughter won't have a rig to game on come July.. and we just can't have that now can we! Did some modification to the front bezel, in preparation for a large viewing area for the rose res. Had to cut away some material, and remove all evidence of door hinges. After the extraneous material was surgically removed, I added a piece back in at the bottom to hide the pump area. It might also be a good location for a back-lit graphic or text of some kind. ;-) Speaking of lighting, there will be pink leds behind the slots on both sides of the bezel, diffused by these acrylic bars I added. The bottom piece was glued in, then copious amounts of bondo was applied to smooth out the seams as well as the top grill pattern. For the hinge openings, I cut pieces of ABS to fill them in, then sanded them flush before adding the bondo. Once the bondo cured, I sanded it down, starting with 80 grit, then going to 120. It was finally time for the first coat of filler primer... Test shot on the case. I'll sand and prime once more to make sure the front is nice and flat. While the bondo is out, I might as well start on filling all the spot welds and corners on the main panel. So that will be next on the list.
  11. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Thanks Allerleidesign, I'll have more progress to show in the next day or so. I had to focus on other projects these last few weeks, but am slowly making headway again on this build.
  12. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Got a bunch of little things knocked out last week and over the weekend. First up was to mount the SSD's. I originally thought a nice geometric shape would be cool, so I broke out the circle template and worked something up.. But then I realized that it didn't quite fit the theme, so I scrapped that idea (but will keep it for future use) in favor of a more organic design.. Satisfied with the new shape, I went back to the scroll saw to cut it out. Cutting complete! After a quick de-burring with the files, it's looking better. SSD placed in the center for marking the bend lines. ..and bent! SSD's in for fitting.. .. and taped in place on the back of the angled panel.. plenty of clearance between it and the PSU. Next up was to trim the main panel so the side panel will fit around the back edge and close fully. I cut about 1/2" off to make room for the side panel's rear lip, but left the area in the center where the grab handle is. Side panel on and closed.. Close up shots of the tight fit.. the corners were just a tad tapered. Here's the handle inset.. I also made the PSU cover to clean up the back area. I welded mounting bracket onto the back panel just above the PSU grill to give the cover something to fasten to, and folded a lip at the bottom and screwed it down. I also made some notches along the back edge for the 24pin, 12v 8pin, and SATA cabling.. Lastly, I got the D5 pump mounted at the front of the case. Pretty basic stuff, just using the stock mounting bracket. Work continues.. thanks for reading!
  13. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Got the PSU power plug hole roughed out last night. A closer up shot.. I had to widen the bottom of the rose a bit more, so it matches the width of the power plug opening. Still gotta clean up the edges a bit. Here's a shot with a green power cord. This is just a photoshop mockup, to see how it will look with the stem. I'll be mounting the PSU so it will sit flush with the panel. But I'll be securing it to the floor so there won't be any visible screws on the back side.
  14. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Finally finished the last rose cutout! This time I could use my scroll saw, as the cutout was located in a more accessible area on the panel. Made up a slightly different rose template to match the more vertical shape of the PSU. Glued it down, and started cutting out the holes. A bit cumbersome maneuvering the whole thing around on the saw, even with using a spiral omni-directional blade. So far so good.. .. and done! After the scroll saw, I went back over every hole with a dremel grinding bit to smooth out all the cuts. Still need to do some sanding yet. Final shot with the PSU placed behind. Notice the bottom hole lines up with the power switch. Next step is to cut one more square hole at the bottom for the power cable plug, then I can mount the PSU. Thanks for reading!
  15. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Got the graphics card placement figured out over the weekend.. As much as I hated to cut into the angled panel, I needed to set the video card down into it. So I cut a wide H pattern and bent the top down so it was vertical.. Then I bent the bottom half so it was flat, creating a nice ledge for the card to sit on. Next was to cut away some material for PCI riser card and IO clearance.. Here's the card in place. Wide shot with mobo tray.. Close up of DVI ports. Wish I could just remove them from the card altogether, since I will just be using the HDMI and/or displayports. And finally, a little reinforcing was done, using a spot welder. Of course all the welds will be smoothed over with bondo before paint. I just have one more rose grill to cut out (for the PSU exhaust), and then a few wire pass-through holes and it's ready for final prep/paint.
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