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05-04-2012, 06:32 AM
This case is pretty much done but I want to share it with you anyway. I'm 99% sure you have never seen anything like this before :P

So, once upon a time I was a student (well, still kinda am..) and I wanted to watercool my PC but ofc I didn not have 300e to put for it. Through school I got a free 12V waterpump and an almost new car radiator. It was only slightly bent but perfectly usable. I bought a used CPU block, garden hose and I was good to go! Ofcourse, it was impossible to fit the radiator in, or on, the case, so I made a simple stand for it.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/th_P150410_2118.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/?action=view&current=P150410_2118.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/th_P290310_164901.jpg

The garden hose was ofc very stiff and the radi took a lot of space on the floor. It was really difficult if I needed to move my PC or the radi. The pump also had its own power brick so I had to connect and disconnect it manually everytime. It was time to get back on the drawing board. After few weeks of learning Scetchup, this is what I came up with. It was very very crude model so I called it v. 0.01 alpha prototype ;)
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_Untitled.png (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=Untitled.png)

Anyway, Im really bad at writing any kind of build blogs or anything so I'll just pics with few words. Comments and questions are still welcome!

I wanted my case to have manly rat look, so scrap metal found from the forest was perfect. With 2mm thick steel, resonating is not going to be a problem.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P070711_1047.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P070711_1047.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P070711_1411.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P070711_1411.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P080711_1933.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P080711_1933.jpg)

Here you can see the very few parts I have spent any money on this project. 4e for the hinges, few more on the switches. I was going to use the oil can as reservoir, but I didnt find any reasonable way to mount it.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P130711_2038.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P130711_2038.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P160711_1439.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P160711_1439.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P160711_1458.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P160711_1458.jpg)

The door did not fit very well - 10kg hammer was needed to make a few adjustments. Door locks were found laying around, another freebie. I used a gas burner to get rid of the ugly shining zinc coating :p
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P160711_2034.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P160711_2034.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P160711_2216.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P160711_2216.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P170711_123501.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P170711_123501.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P170711_150801.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P170711_150801.jpg)

The case was starting to look like something.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P180711_2238.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P180711_2238.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P210711_0007.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P210711_0007.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P220711_2006.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P220711_2006.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P220711_2010.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P220711_2010.jpg)

Panel for the switches. Power/Reset, radiator fans 12V-off-5V, lights on-off and one empty. Sleeving? Whats that? :rolleyes:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P260711_2259.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P260711_2259.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P260711_2305.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P260711_2305.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P280711_131401.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P280711_131401.jpg)

I sacrified my old Antec Thee Hundred for a mobo tray. The steel I used was anything but straight (it's been run over with tracktors etc..) and it took me forever to put the right amount of washers between the case and the motherboard tray, to get it level. Bent material was the biggest difficulty during this project, it was a real challenge of brute force and hammers to get everything lining up.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P270711_2100.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P270711_2100.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P280711_2339.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P280711_2339.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P280711_2354.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P280711_2354.jpg)

Rest of the build coming later!

05-04-2012, 06:46 AM
Dude...........come the end of the world you're PC might join the roaches as one of the few things left....... Looks awesome man.

05-05-2012, 04:03 AM
Dude...........come the end of the world you're PC might join the roaches as one of the few things left....... Looks awesome man.
Yep, at the end of the world my PC and joystic holder shall stand pride ;) Yeah Im a bit crazy but I hate if my stuff breaks down!
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/th_10123173.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/?action=view&current=10123173.jpg)

But back to the case. The radiator is mounted on hinges for easy cleaning so the water hoses run outside the case so it allows the radiator to open without disconnecting any hoses. The hose is pink because I use red car antifreeze, I will have to do something for them, I dont want my case to look all barbie :o
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P290711_2336.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P290711_2336.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P290711_2345.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P290711_2345.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P300711_0004.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P300711_0004.jpg)

Simple HDD mount bracket with ~2cm noise insulator. Radiator cover was made from a tool shelf.
Cutting the windows needs some heavy power tools.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P300711_1557.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P300711_1557.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P300711_2013.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P300711_2013.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P010811_1527.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P010811_1527.jpg)

I made some pretty window frames out of solid steel bar. Piece of 6mm plexi was glued on later.
I brushed the insides with orange rust protect paint so it looks all nice and prevents any rust chips from flying and shorting out 1000€ hardware :) I was going to leave the outside as it was, but rust doesnt feel very nice and it gets your hands dirty. So what I did I just sprayed all the rust with clear coat. And it actually looked super cool! Comparison of rust and coated rust below. I had no idea if it was gonna be durable because as you know, you're supposed to REMOVE all the rust before painting. Ofcourse I didnt want to do that. It's been over a year now and I dont have any problems with the clear coat.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P010811_2207.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P010811_2207.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P020811_1841.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P020811_1841.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P030811_104402.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P030811_104402.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_P090711_2019.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=P090711_2019.jpg)

Aaand here's the current situation. It's 86cm tall, DVD case for comparison.
I'm currently at 5th revision of the water reservoir and I'm still not happy. I might add a window on it http://120hz.net/images/smilies/cool.png
Weight was just below 40kg empty, so I'm guessing the weight is now somewhere around 50kg. But it has wheels and a handle so its LAN party ready, I just hope there aren't any stairs on the way :D

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_IMG_20120505_123825.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=IMG_20120505_123825.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_IMG_20120505_123852.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=IMG_20120505_123852.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_IMG_20120505_123951.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=IMG_20120505_123951.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_IMG_20120505_124042.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=IMG_20120505_124042.jpg)

Closeups from the "paintjob" and a video.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_IMG_20120505_124102.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=IMG_20120505_124102.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_IMG_20120505_124124.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=IMG_20120505_124124.jpg)http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/th_IMG_20120505_124139.jpg (http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/?action=view&current=IMG_20120505_124139.jpg)


There are still some little things to do but I dont have tools or place to work with this thing right now. You can find more picture and other projects in my album here http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a279/Neme91/Panzercase%20project/

So that's my PC case! Comments and questions are welcome :)

05-05-2012, 04:50 AM
If a Big Daddy saw this would it,

A: Take it's life?


B: Take it's innocence? :D

From the pics though the paint over the rust does give it kinda old school look from something that has survived a long time.

it has wheels and a handle so its LAN party ready, I just hope there aren't any stairs on the way :D

After this bang up job of portability you should to make tank like X-men 6 player old school Arcade. There would finally be six working arcade sticks in an X-men Arcade in the history of mankind, but somehow Jubilee's never broke down............................. :mad:

Anyways OT, you ever thought of getting like an old 17"-20" LCD and attaching the panel somehow to it so it could have it's own readings? Like temps, OC status, CPU/GPU usage, HDD info, ect, that way when you take it to a lan party you don't have to to set up a monitor, just park the little behemoth in the corner whip out a mouse/kb , a stool, minimize the readings and you're good to go! Though making any kind of cut to fit it would be problematic I would think. Hmmmmm

Anyways, again great job! It's good to know that when the apocalypse comes there will still be a working PC out there in the world, if I can just get to Finland that is. :)

05-05-2012, 05:18 AM
No LCD's, too modern :) My plan is to put some _mechanical_ gauges on it someday, like 12V rail voltage, in/out watertemp, things like that. I have looked around some junk shops but I havent found any gauges that I could use. Car thermometers usually go from 40 celsius to around 120, but since my temps don't even reach 40 so I cant really use them and I can't come up with where I could get one that goes from around 0 to 80 celsius.

05-05-2012, 05:34 AM
If you did, go old school tachometer.........found one! thank you google!

Maybe something like this100

Mod that sucker to give a few readings and perfect! Just a few of those puppies would look BA man on it.

05-05-2012, 05:55 AM
I don' really like 60s' style meters. Besides, there isn't anything I could mod a tachometer to show! Old ones have a wire that goes to the gearbox and rotate with it. Only thing rotating in a PC is a fan, and I'm guessing it doesnt even have enough power to rotate a tachometer wire :P
Im looking for something like these, but with more usable readings (10-14 volts, 0-80 celsius).

05-05-2012, 06:03 AM
Absolutely gorgeous! Just stunningly beautiful! I hope it works out and you can get a few of those, they would look absolutely perfect on it.

05-05-2012, 08:36 AM