The Corsair User Forums  

Go Back   The Corsair User Forums > Corsair Enthusiasts Section > System Builds, Modding, Custom Components, and Picture Gallery

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-23-2012, 02:01 PM
L3p's Avatar
L3p L3p is offline
Casemodder
L3p's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 103
POST ID # = 621448
L3p Reputation: 10
Default L3p AlCu



Here a small project :)

The TC-100 is already an out of production case and was a present from Marco en Ruud van Cooler Master Benelux.
Always wanted to do something with passive cooling!




Cause it was a really busy year for me I wasn't able to find the time for it.
Finally found it!
For the support I got from several company's I though, why not make is a small project :)





My plan is to get this working as a passive cooled htpc/internet pc with a Corsair logo window and brushed aluminum look.






Hardware:

Cooler Master TC-100
Cooler Master Copper passive cooling kit
Lian Li SD-03A Case Stand Silver
AC Ryan Aluminum brushed 1mm panel
Lamptron 19mm switch blue

Intel Core i3 2120T
Asus P8H77-I
PicoPSU 150XT
Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB 1866Mhz
Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB
Corsair Vengeance K60
Corsair Vengeance M90


Big thanks to:


__________________
www.l3p.nl - www.facebook.com/l3p
Reply With Quote


  #2  
Old 12-23-2012, 02:59 PM
stratosrally stratosrally is offline
sketchiness abounds...
stratosrally's PC Specs
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 429
POST ID # = 621464
stratosrally Reputation: 10
Default

Looking forward to more of your magic, my friend - happy holidays!
Reply With Quote


  #3  
Old 12-23-2012, 04:53 PM
L3p's Avatar
L3p L3p is offline
Casemodder
L3p's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 103
POST ID # = 621473
L3p Reputation: 10
Default

Thanks stratosrally! This will be a bit smaller project though :)


The hardware.




Don't know why, but I just love brushed aluminum.




Won't be much left of the original steel frame.




Will also replace the front since it won't have a dvd/blu-ray player.




Can't wait to figure out the cooling as the original kit was designed for real old VIA chipset mainboards :)




At first it was going to be an AMD setup but cause of some driver issues and heat problems I went for an intel based setup.




Also ordered a PicoPSU 150XT.




The H77 board.




And the Intel i3 2120T (35W)




So glad Corsair wanted to help out on this little project!






First run with the new psu went perfect.




Without any airflow it gets pretty hot :)




Set of aluminum Lian Li casefeet.



Outside all Alu.




Next update the heatpipes.
__________________
www.l3p.nl - www.facebook.com/l3p
Reply With Quote


  #4  
Old 12-23-2012, 09:31 PM
wwwicked wwwicked is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 1
POST ID # = 621505
wwwicked Reputation: 10
Default

Really nice project L3p.

Looking forward to see more of your progress.
Reply With Quote


  #5  
Old 12-27-2012, 02:24 PM
L3p's Avatar
L3p L3p is offline
Casemodder
L3p's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 103
POST ID # = 621967
L3p Reputation: 10
Default

Thanks Wwwicked!

So ... got everything off my attic :)




Ohh boy :P




Just love untreated copper.




Ever seen a Cooler Master heatpipe bending iron? :)




Because these sets are originally for VIA chipsets it was quite a puzzle.




This'll be it. Left for the CPU with 4 heatpipes, on the right, 2 pipes for the chipset.




While I was at work I came up with a solution for the front with unwanted DVD slot.
Just make a new one :)








Because it's about $4 a kilo I also took 2 bigger panels for if I ever want it to support ATX.




Finding the right size logo for the casewindow.




Further with the copper.




Was looking for a way to mount it all .. luckily I had an EKWB bracket left somewhere.




Will probably become something like this.




First need to clean it up and shorten the bolts.




Nice mess again :D




To get the EK bracket working with the copper parts I had to change some parts.






Bottom with just 4x M4 and plastic rings.




Top with a nut and MDPC-x cap.




And measuring again.




Decided to just replace the front panel only. (Not add a back one)




Getting the tools from the car.




The panels are pretty damaged, will be quite some sanding.




Getting the switch in the panel.



__________________
www.l3p.nl - www.facebook.com/l3p
Reply With Quote


  #6  
Old 12-29-2012, 08:38 PM
L3p's Avatar
L3p L3p is offline
Casemodder
L3p's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 103
POST ID # = 622411
L3p Reputation: 10
Default

Larger update this time!

(For the ones who didn't know, all my photos are linked to bigger ones)


Finally able to use the investment I did a year ago :)
AC Ryan Brushed alu panels.




Lets get the grinder first.




Hi




I'm going to use the brushed aluminum on both sides of the original bottom/mainboard tray.




Panel for the bottom, will be using acrylic on top of that.




And the inside, or mainboard tray.




Measuring and fitting the bottom panel.




And again measuring and fitting with the mainboard.




This is how the bottom will look.




Drawing the panel for the casewindow.




And used the grinder to cut it out, also cut a hole in the original panel.




Cutting the logo in the right size.




Determining the spot.




Drawing it on the aluminum.






Cutting out the logo with my fully automated lasercutter with built-in footpedal and spotlight.




Lots of filing and sanding to do afterwards.




Polished the thin edges so they will shine.




Glued the alu panel to the original panel.




Also glued in the acrylic panel.




Measuring the exact spot of the copper parts.




Drilling and tapping.






Determining the holes to attach the new front panel.




And again drilling and tapping...




Cleaned up 2 out of 3 desks on the attic to move on there :)
(As in, all the mess is on the third now)






Shortening the bolts so I won't damage the cpu.




Can't wait to test it all to see if it actually works.




Testsetup :)




First boot in bios is always exciting .. but looks good.






Light stress, 65 degrees max .. works for me.




Next test, streaming blu-ray for 3 hours.




Temps were between 40 and 50 degrees.




With light from the original powerbutton.




Next update ... more light :)

__________________
www.l3p.nl - www.facebook.com/l3p
Reply With Quote


  #7  
Old 01-01-2013, 05:14 PM
L3p's Avatar
L3p L3p is offline
Casemodder
L3p's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 103
POST ID # = 622852
L3p Reputation: 10
Default

To start off right .. an update .. and ..




Let's get rid of all the cables.




Where to hide them?




Connecting the vandal switch.




Shortening some cables for led and psu.




Had some Enzotech heatsinks laying around and used them too.




Testing the ledstrip and vandal switch.




Psu and all cables :)




Gone!










Another full test and photos with flasher.






And without flasher.








Time to do something about the ssd.




My idea is to make it a 'bit' shiny.








Almost there.




And a last shot before it disappears in AlCu.






Done.






My daughter is extremely happy with it!
Daddy's happy too as it's the first time since the new Xbmc he can see the DTS-HD notification on his receiver :)




What's left to happen.
- Sanding the frontpanel.
- adding thermal paste between all the heatpipes and copper side plates
- adding a Cooler Master logo.

__________________
www.l3p.nl - www.facebook.com/l3p
Reply With Quote


  #8  
Old 01-14-2013, 06:21 PM
L3p's Avatar
L3p L3p is offline
Casemodder
L3p's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 103
POST ID # = 626432
L3p Reputation: 10
Default

Thanks Rodrigo!

And another small and last update.
First disassembled all copper again.




To get some thermal paste between it.




And cleaning it all afterwards.




Disassembling the front panel.




To start sanding again.




Also did something else with the SSD.
Wet sanded it with P2000 which gives a non mirroring nice shine.
After sawing a Corsair logo into the Cooler Master case .. well thought it would be nice to add a Cooler Master logo somewhere too :)




More sanding.




And even more sanding.




Finally the result I wanted.




So assembled it again.




And a few photos before powering and testing it again.






Also a few in daylight.












Oops ... wrong wire..
Not even that weird :)
(ssd also still not attached)




And a final test with temperatures.
Idle 40-45 degrees, stressed 70 max.

__________________
www.l3p.nl - www.facebook.com/l3p
Reply With Quote


  #9  
Old 01-15-2013, 01:05 AM
stratosrally stratosrally is offline
sketchiness abounds...
stratosrally's PC Specs
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 429
POST ID # = 626553
stratosrally Reputation: 10
Default

All that hard work really paid off, it is gorgeous!
Reply With Quote


  #10  
Old 01-15-2013, 06:16 PM
L3p's Avatar
L3p L3p is offline
Casemodder
L3p's PC Specs
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 103
POST ID # = 626741
L3p Reputation: 10
Default

Thanks again stratosrally!

Hereby the final photos.

I have to say, I really liked this small project, a complete different thing.
Also very weird to have a running pc making no noise at all ... 0dB.



















































I want to thank the following companies for all their support the last 2 years!


__________________
www.l3p.nl - www.facebook.com/l3p

Last edited by L3p; 01-18-2013 at 11:27 AM.
Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.