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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 S
  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 (
  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
  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
  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 fo
  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
  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. Window
  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 fi
  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 be
  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
  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 w
  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 displayp
  16. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Working on the motherboard tray this week. I'm going for a glass shelf-like appearance, raised up off the panel with back lighting. So starting with a sketchup model, I converted it into a vector drawing and sent it to Brian at Primochill to be cut out of 3/8" clear acrylic. Once I received the tray, I tapped the holes for the motherboard stand-offs.. and mounted the board. Placing it onto the panel, I noticed that it would interfere with my bubble tube, so I had to trim a bit off that bottom corner. Searching the web, I found a source for aluminum glass shelf standoffs..
  17. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Finally got the last rose cut out for the top fan grill. Couldn't wait to see how it looked with the lit fans behind it. I was able to dial these Thermaltake RGB Riing fans in to match the pink lighting from the bubble tube perfectly! I also added a flexible mesh screen behind the cutouts to give it more contrast.. I posted a quick video test on FB that shows the bubble feature in action, as well as the fan grill, if you want to check it out
  18. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Worked on the integrated fan grill over the last week. I wanted a rose grill, but wanted to maintain a clean look so instead of doing a separate acrylic screw-on grill, I decided to incorporate the design into the one-piece panel. So I printed out a few rose patterns and placed them accordingly onto the panel, gluing them on with a gluestick. Then I proceeded to cut out each petal one by one. Since the panel was all one piece, I couldn't simply use my scroll saw to cut all these pieces out. So I was forced to use just my dremel and drill, and the jigsaw where ever I could. After t
  19. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Now that the bubble tube assembly is done, I just have to install it into the case. And the only feasible way to do that is to come up from the bottom. So I started by cutting out a piece of the bottom panel. The hole is just big enough for the bubble base to fit through. Then a cover plate was made, and mounting brackets to hold the base. Now the base is secured to the cover plate. And the whole thing can slide right in from the bottom, and secured in place with a few screws. All I need to do now is connect the lights and the pump and its good to go! Filled and
  20. Boddaker

    The Rose

    More progress on the tube... As some of you may have guessed, the tube is going to be a bubbler feature. I acquired a 12v mini air pump from amazon. The kit came with a porous stone and some tubing. To start, I threw together a quick mounting base for the tube, and to hold the pump. The stone aerator was a bit to wide, so I sanded it down to fit into the tube. After setting the correct depth, I hot-glued it in place. Once that was done, I could glue the entire tube to the base. After that was dry, I filled the tube with water to check for leaks. Then I fired it
  21. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Thanks Mike! Snuck into the garage last night and got a little bit more work done on the acrylic post for the back corner... The tube is 1 1/4" diameter, and I just so happened to have a hole saw in that size. So I marked the top of the panel and cut it out. For the bottom hole, since it is on an extreme angle, I cut the tube to match using my miter box. This will not be the actual tube end, I'm just using it to trace the bottom hole. I'll square it off again so it sits flat at the bottom of the case. Here's the tube in position.. Now that I have the hole t
  22. Boddaker

    The Rose

    Hey guys, it's time for another case mod project! This will be for my daughter this time (if you recall I did a Minecraft R2-D2 mod last year for my son). I'll be using the Suppressor F51 for this build, as it lends itself well to the sleak and elegant design my daughter and I came up with. She wanted a pink rose themed build, so I will have a beautiful rose-shaped reservoir in the front, and all the hardware will be openly displayed on a custom one-piece angular chassis insert. All plumbing will be hidden behind the insert, except for an elegant curved water channel that spans over the moth
  23. Ok, here are the final hi-res batch of pics. Enjoy and thanks for the support!
  24. Thanks Ron, not sure why, maybe people just aren't ready to have their adrenaline express-delivered to their door in such a bold and flamboyant manner. Perhaps a bit more discretion is needed? ...or maybe all the other cases are just too damned amazing (like yours) for me to compete on the same level!
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