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  1. Project Open Core: Thermaltake P5 Build (Introduction) I have been using my current build for almost 5 years now, and it is time for an upgrade! Not only are the components getting a bit long in the tooth, but I recently received my Oculus Rift VR Headset, and my system just wasn't ready to help me step into the world of virtual reality. For this new build, will be using the Thermaltake Core P5, open air case. This time around decided to go with hard acrylic tubing, so I did a 3D render in Google SketchUp to get a better idea of how things would be installed, and what kind of bends I will need to do. This is going to be a bit different from by previous builds using the Corsair 800D, as there will not be much "modding" required to the case itself (we will see if that holds true). I really like the design of the Core P5, and am looking forward to seeing what I can create using it. I will be including some custom lighting as well, but still deciding which direction I want to go with the acrylic panels, and lighting source. Testing both RGB LED light strips and EL Wire at the moment. I will go into more detail regarding the components that will be used in a future post. Until then, check out this short video showing the 3D render from a few different angles. [ame= ]Project Open Core - Thermaltake P5 Build (SketchUp Render)[/ame] [ame= ] [/ame]
  2. Hey guys, Let me just get this out of the way. I decided on the 600T for my new PC solely on a few images I've found on Google of the case with a full acrylic side panel. I just loved the way it looked, especially with some tasty water cooling inside and I just had to have it. It wasn't only after I had already owned the case that I started researching into it and found that there doesn't seem to be any sort of cad drawings or sketches out there that would help me and I realized I'd have to do this from scratch. So I've spent the better part of this lazy Sunday measuring, tracing, scanning and drafting in AutoCAD and CREO (it's a good thing I do this sort of thing for a living (some extra loud new retro wave helps too)) and this is where I am right now: http://pic.armedcats.net/i/ic/icebone/2015/11/15/10mm.jpg There's a few snags, though, and they're basically the primary reason why I'm doing this thread ahead of the final build showcase and it's due to the nasty niggle that the original panel is curved towards the left and right edge. In the above image, the panel thickness is 10mm with a 2mm chamfer on each side. As such, in the middle of the panel, it will sit 5mm inside and become flush with the case on the sides. The latch holes have a 3mm bevel to have the latches lie completely flush with the surface. This, however, means that the little hooks on the latches that grab onto the case are now 5mm further in the case than they were before and won't hold the panel in place, as the panel is 5mm thinner at the latch positions. One solution to this would be to make the panel out of 15mm material, making it flush for the most part and where the latches are, but that way it would jut out 5mm at the edges. http://pic.armedcats.net/i/ic/icebone/2015/11/15/15mm.jpg Another solution would be to pad the inside of the case where the latch hooks on. I think there's enough room. Yet another solution, on the other hand, would be to completely ignore the latches and go with another mechanism, such as adhesive magnetic strips and have something like a leather strap on the top to pull the panel off. http://pic.armedcats.net/i/ic/icebone/2015/11/15/no_latches.jpg The part of the case the side panel sits against is steel, so that would work. I had planned on painting the edges (and a bit more) of the inside of the panel black (or something similar to the case's own paint scheme) to hide some of the inside bits like the drive bays, so the magnetic strips wouldn't be visible anyway. Any thoughts on this? Also, has anyone here done this in the past and can shed some light on any other issues that might come up? May thanks! :) I might share the CAD file with the community once I know everything is fine... if that's OK with Corsair...
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