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Old 01-29-2010, 08:00 PM
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:01 AM
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The rad grill pictured here is a 420 (3x140mm) it's machined from 3/16" 6061 aluminum, and anodized Black. It has fully adjustable inserts.
Different sizes and finishes of these rad grills are available from performance-pcs












Using 3/16" drill bit to make mounting screw holes.


This is how my initial cut out for the radiator looked.

I attempted to install the grill/rad/fans, but the remaining "recessed" material wouldn't everything to fit together flush without using different size screws. I then decided to modify the panel further by removing the remaining honeycomb perforation and flatten the lip.

The recessed center portion of the top panel helps reinforce rigidity. However, the chassis is steel, so I don't believe it was too detrimental to do this. I think it would have been fine to have left the panel flat. I would consider designing the panel perforations in a Obsidian 2.0 with optional for both 360 or 420 size radiators.


Flattening the fold was done by turning the chassis upside down on the bench, and flattening the folds with a rubber mallet. Now I could use M4 x 30mm length machine screws to attach everything together.












I installed the three included 140mm fans from Corsair to pre-fit everything.

All of the 140mm fans will be replaced by another brand to be announced.

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Old 01-30-2010, 01:14 PM
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The 140mm fan mounted on the HD hot swap bay relies on air drawn up to the mid section of the chassis by the other 140mm fan AND perforated chassis floor. A better solution would be perforated holes in the side panel over the fan's location. Draw in more cool air and eliminate the plastic "duct-like" enclosure altogether.

Addtronics was one of the first to implement "cross flow" drive bay cooling. They gave you the option to mount fans on both sides of the bay. Both side panels were perforated over these fans. It was great way to isolate cooling for your HDs.

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Old 01-30-2010, 08:45 PM
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Here is the "photochopped" revision of the HC 140mm fan grill, much improved airflow, we'll be working on the real deal in the morning. Yes, I work on Sundays, keepin busy is good these days!

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Old 01-31-2010, 10:04 AM
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Here is the multi pane window frame design based on the fan grill I'm working on. This could be cnc milled with beveled edges from 1/8" 6061 aluminum. Lower left was sketched as after thought, the final design will be draw in cad to match.


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We finished the HC logo inspired window frame today. This was made from 1/8" thick aluminum.







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simply beautiful, you guys are pure artisans. my hat's off to you!!!
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:43 PM
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Thank you for watching and commenting Synthohol! Please keep tuned for more updates

We finished the custom HC logo 3x140mm rad grill last night.. each of the grill are 360 degree adjustable...just for fun







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Old 02-05-2010, 12:15 PM
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Sometimes it's just easier to remove parts like the switches and led lenses instead of taping them off before we prep for custom paint. The Obsidian power and reset switches can be removed with a soldering iron.





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Wow, that is beautiful work I checked out the other parts on your site, very impressive.
My family used to own a small machine shop, so I know what went into that - pure craftsmanship and knowledge. In those days I was modding cars - cold air intake systems, heat shields, small custom race parts....
I have often wished I could go back & mod my old towers (haf932 and a 1200) because they were missing many features, but now with the OBSIDIAN, I don't have to, because they did everything right!

I want a few of those Hardware Canuck ones, as I am a Canuck They are very nice - where can I get some?

I was also wondering if, since that Canuck grill is very open & non-restrictive to air, could there be a version that would just drops on top of the Obsidian top fan area... without us having to cut up the top of our beautiful case? ;) It could 3 singles or one 3 grill piece - I would buy in an instant

The only non-cosmetic mod I would make to the Obsidian would be to replace a USB or firewire port on the front i/o panel for an ESATA port, I wish it had one or two - @ mnpctech.com Do you think that is do-able?

Either way, great work and thanks for sharing - gives us great ideas

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Old 02-05-2010, 08:22 PM
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Thank you for commenting! The last photo of the grill is the final version. Hardware Canucks will be retailing the single fan grills for $29.95 apiece. You can cut your hole, Or buy a 5.25 bay device with ESATA

The power switch bay all taped up, ready for prep and paint. Now I just need to decide what paint color I will do.


Taping off the inside wall of the side panels from over spray.


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Old 02-06-2010, 08:51 AM
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Anything you can remove instead of masking off, makes a custom paint job much more professional looking. If you decide to paint your Obsidian, you may or may not consider removing the panel release button and rod assembly.



To remove the button, you'll need to poke in 4, release tabs with a small screw driver from the inside of the case.

Red arrow shows location of one of the 4, plastic tabs



Remove the release button trim ring in the same manner



Then you can remove the 4, tiny black screws. The rod is attached to the front of the chassis in the same manner, but without the button assembly.

Each rod has one spring one the button side.

Store these springs and fasteners in a plastic bag so they don't get lost!



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Bill, I know from your work I have seen that you are thorough and meticulous. The level of detail in this thread is very impressive.

Keep it coming!
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... Or buy a 5.25 bay device with ESATA
Until I saw this post, I read this entire thread with the recognition that I was seeing the work of a higher power. .

Now, I'm thinking that you guys could be the solution to a problem I have. I've been trying to find a single bay device that combined a fan controller with eSATA and a card reader. No such device exists, that is, none that seem to work well.

Would you guys consider something like a custom mod of an off-the-shelf product to create this über-bay device?
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Bill, I know from your work I have seen that you are thorough and meticulous. The level of detail in this thread is very impressive.

Keep it coming!
Thanks for the props Bro!

@ x509, Have you checked out the variety of 5.25 bay devices sold at performance-pcs?

Black
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...Path=52_87_137

Silver colored
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...Path=52_87_138
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