I wanted a case that is a little unique and not as common that incorporates straight lines and angles and I could modify to be as minimalistic as possible (including hiding and organizing ALL wires and controllers).
I chose to use the Cougar Blazer open frame case. I modeled the entire case in Fusion 360 3D modeling program. From there I designed additional parts and modifications to the case.
The main modification will include:
1. A custom dual loop distro plate with two integrated D5 pumps including Digital RGB’s and an integrated 7-inch touch screen status monitor with PETG hard line tubing. The top of the monitor cover will also incorporate a hidden power button for the pc using a micro-switch. All wires, rgb's and all the "messy" stuff will be covered with aluminum plate (shown in black)
2. A custom aluminum vertical GPU bracket that will sit at an angle.
3. An aluminum PSU cover that will also integrate and hide an internal USB hub and a device to connect the status monitor HDMI to internal USB (this way I don’t have to run a HDMI cable to the back of the GPU).
4. Custom wire management with aluminum covers and power cable combs to minimize the visibility of all possible wires even at the back of the case which will integrate a Corsair rgb/fan controller. The cover on the inside of the case will also hide all the wires from the front IO of the case.
Color(s): Black Gray
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Case Mod
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Type: General Build
All Modeling and Renderings were done with Fusion 360. There were a few revisions as I was not happy with a few things, and I kepts adding things.
The GPU in the renderings is a different GPU then the one that will be installed in the PC.
Using a generic touch screen USB powered monitor with an HDMI output, I printed the enclousre on my Prusa mk3s+, using PETG+ fillament. I used heat Heat-Set threaded inserts for plastic to accept 3M screws. The entire assembly also has a top cover with an integrated micro switch topower on the PC.
The PSU Cover is made out of 1.6mm aluminum, cut on my CNC and hand bent to shape.
The back cover of the PSU cover will hold a NZXT internal USB hub and a USB to HDMI convereter, in order to avoid running a HDMI cable from the status monitor to the back of the GPU. All wires will be hidden. The convereter is made by j5Create and I took it appart to integrate the board directly into the PSU cover. The USB cable will plug directly into the USB hub with a USB to internal USB cable.
I milled the brackets out of 1/2" aluminum and the back panel out of 2mm aluminum, and using M4 screws that I drilled and threaded using the CNC.
I 3d printed two plastic pieces to help me hand drill the holes in the exact locations need for securing the GPU to the bracket with the two top 3M screws and for securing the two bracket pieces together using 4M screws (covered by the back panel).
Front Wire Cover with Integrated Wire Combs
Front wire cover out of 1.2mm aluminum with integrated 3d Printed wire clamps and combs.
I might reprint and change the main large wire comb.
Back Panel Wire Cover
I 3d Printed the the back panel cover, and the panel holding the corsair Commander Core XT and RGB Node, interlocks into the large cover. All the 3d printed parts will be sanded, filled, and painted to match the case.
3D Printed Parts Prep
I sanded down and filled with bondo all the 3d printed parts for a smooth even paint finish. Redsigned the cable comb for the 24pin power and 3Xpcie for the GPU. I will strip down the entire case down and clean all parts before painting.
Distro Plate Milling
Milled both sides of the distro plate out of .5" and 3/4" acrylic. Between all the tool changes (no automatic tool changer) and having to mill each part of the distro on both sides, it took about a total of 8 hours to mill all together, I dont like to push the machine hard if I dont have to. Slow and steady, with no isues at all, everything fits perfectly.
Distro Plate Assembly
Assembled both pieces of the distro and installed DRGB led strips (total 20 led's from EK). I replaced the the standard 3 pin rgb plug with one from Corsair so I can plug it directly into the Corsair Node Pro and controll it through ICue.
Paint Prep and Finall Fitting
I used bondo to fill and smooth out all the 3d printed pieces. Primed all the new aluminum pieces and 3d printed pieces. Then installed all the pieces to make sure everything fits.
I dissasembled the entire case and painted all the parts using automotive 2 part epoxy paint, in black and gray.
Customs Cables and Adapters
Made my own cables:
1. USB micro to internal usb
2. HDMI cable
3. Plug for connecting PC shelve LED's to a corsair RGB plug that will directly plug into the Corsair Node Pro.
The build is finally all complete. Will upload finall photos soon. Still need to finalize my Aida64 Sensor panel layout, but everything works prefectly fine and assembly went with no issues or surprises. All RGB's including the shelve work within ICue as planned.