The “case sleeve” pieces were cut from ¾” sapele planks
Anchor details and rounded corners were cut with a hole saw
Jigsaw for most interior cuts
Edges formed/rounded with a dremel tool (sanding bits)
Unorthodox leg rounding with a drill
Clamped and glued into shape. The case construction would have gone much smoother with a jointer, planer, or even just a table saw.
Sanding all edges and faces
Untreated wooden case/sleeve complete
Finished with danish oil
A very tight fit around the 011
Cut some acrylic panels
Sand the edges
Layering acrylic panels with silicone
Pierce the air hose to make bubbles happen
Paint and plasti dip the edges
Cosmetic bubble wall created
Mount, and force air in with small aquarium pump
Cut some holes in the case for lighting effect
Cut other holes for increased airflow
Spare pieces were cut for future improvised mounting solutions
Led strip grid for anchor and bubble wall backlights
Built layered panels of led grid -> wax paper -> acrylic panels for backlights
Test boot for mobo/cpu/ram/psu
Test boot now with fans/drives/gpu
GPU cooler removal
Prep for water cooling
Horizontal GPU test fit :( Only option is to go vertical.
Bend some tubes
Cut some tubes (14mm acrylic if interested)
Token parts collection picture
Intel Core i9-10900KF - 10-Core CPU Lack of availability for Ryzen 5000 series chips and underwhelming reviews of 11th gen intel led me to the discounted 10th gen i9. Significant upgrade from my current 7700k.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra GPU Was on the hunt for a 30-series gpu for a year and a half. Wanted anything 3070 or greater. Snagged a newegg bundle with the gpu along with several parts I didn’t need.
Gigabyte Aorus Master Z490 Motherboard A Z490 board with enough connectivity that I didn't need a fan or rgb hub. Got a deal on this from someone who had bent a pin, sent it for repair and bought a 2nd mobo in the meantime.
Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) 3200MHz C16 Memory - Black Wanted 32GB. Couldn’t afford Trident Royal. These are pretty and should be plenty snappy.
Thermaltake Toughpower iRGB Plus 750W 80+ Gold First experience with thermaltake, hoping it’s a solid unit. Ashamed to say I picked this because amazon had it on sale and it has programmable rgb. The accompanying power monitoring software is a big plus though.
Lian Li 011 Dynamic (Black) Case I mainly picked this because I was planning on utilizing vertical air flow to intake cool air through the bottom, and exhaust heat out the top. The 011 having psu and storage tucked neatly behind the motherboard tray, top/bottom 360 radiator support, and glass panels for display made the 011 a winner.
(2x) Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD & Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200 RPM Most of these drives I had already from a previous build. This will be my first experience using RAID 0. I don’t require redundancy as no important files will be kept in the array.
(2x) Cooler Master Sickleflow 120 ARGB 3 Pack These 3-packs were a bargain and have a reasonably high static-pressure rating.
Custom Water Cooling Loop FormulaMod 80mm rads, Bykski and Barrow blocks, pump, tubing, and fittings. This is my first custom water cooling project. Aliexpress seems to be the only affordable avenue to attain water cooling goodies in Canada. These parts appear to be of decent quality, my only gripe is the lack of assembly instructions for the barrow and bykski blocks.
Other build accessories include a vertical GPU bracket, led strips, aquarium air pump, cable extensions, pump/res support bracket, weatherstripping, woodworking supplies and tools