Modding Log - markkleb's "Project Crossflo"

Upper Case Construction, Fan Mod & Final Images

The top half

Now to make the top shell. This one is a little harder as it needs to match the width of the bottom . I measured and bent the perforated metal over the edge of my desk.

bent top

The sides need to be longer so there can be tabs that fit into the bottom piece of the case to lock them together.

tabs for join

Now I just need to figure where the I/O plate is and the exhaust for the video card will be. Out comes the Dremel and Voila..

graphics card hole

Cut the holes small and then trim/file to fit.

graphics card rear II

For painting I used a self etching primer (sticks better) than a few coats of Dupli-Color Metalcast Red Anodized. After drying a few coats of clear should help out.

Now to install the GPU and chipset cooler. It seems to me that if I mount the Thermalright hr-05 chipset cooler like this I can use a 80mm fan in the back side of the case to supply cool fresh air to cool it off and than on to the 8800GTS to act as a intake for it as well

gfx and nb cooler

Now on to the iMON. It's a 2 line VFD (vacuum fluorescent display) that can show you info from the internet as well as be a spectrum analyzer. It allows all the computers functions (including ON/Off) to be remote control. To mount the iMON I cut a piece of threaded rod and attached it to one of the unused holes in the Apogee CPU block.

imon front

imon rear


Making the fan

I am trying to clean up the case as much as possible so the elimination of screws is important. I have always felt 4 screws to hold the fan and grill was just too much. Here is what I started with, typical 120 and 80mm fans.

stock fan

I get out my trusty dremel and cut away everything that's not round.

cutting fan

Than on to the belt sander to smooth it out.

belt sanded fan

Throw on a little Bondo (body filler) and sand it down spray a little primer and VOILA no more mounts.

finished fan

To mount its so easy just cut a hole in the metal, add a little rubber moulding and push it in.

fan in hole fan in hole


Front Panel

Now I have a frame I line the edges of the metal with a rubber strip. I cut a piece of Smoke plastic to fit tightly. Than its just a matter of cutting the hole for the fan, Voltage controls and a slot for the DVD to pass through.

front panel


Rear Panel

The rear panel is the same as the front except for the 80mm SilenX fan and on/off button.

rear panel


rear panel II

To finish this off I had to have a matching keyboard!

matching keyboard

A couple more finished shots:

finished front finished tope view

I really had a great time building this comp and had some luck at the PDXLAN 9 mod contest sponsored by CPU magazine.. (took second place)

fiished inside finished inside 2

finished case imon


top5 pdxlan

Thanks to Mark for writing the article.

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08-03-2007, 07:46:47

FarFarAway
We all know Mark makes some good stuff so I thought it would be interesting to have it laid out and easy to peruse.

Cheers to Mark for writing it

Check it outQuote

08-03-2007, 08:02:26

Dav0s
ooo definately better having it there, will attract more attention aswell i expect

a great read, cheers matt/mark

ps. matt, remember the forum link at the endQuote

08-03-2007, 08:11:23

equk
Nice article

Can see someone trying to open their PSU without reading your warning and blowing themselves up tho.Quote

08-03-2007, 08:22:18

FarFarAway
Basically: unlucky if they do.

It's not a guide or anything (which we would have even more of a disclaimer on) so tough Quote

08-03-2007, 09:14:57

Mr. Smith
Nice bit of exposure for Mr. Klebofski and a decent insight into modding...

Could there be more of this type of article in the future, leaning more towards the 'how to'?Quote

08-03-2007, 09:36:45

FarFarAway
Well yes I was planning on getting a few people to do the same thing as Mark

As far as guides are concerned we do have a fair few, but if we get time then we could perhaps do some more.Quote

08-03-2007, 09:53:24

equk
I think the article is good because it's not a howto

Just from the images, you can makeout the make-up of the case and what's involved in building such a case.

I like looking at build logs esp when the end product is so good.

It's a shame perspex seems so expensive in the UK unless you're buying bulk Quote

08-03-2007, 10:29:58

markkleb
A BIG thanks to Kempez for all his help

(I bet it was more work for him to piece together the article than it was for me to build the case)

I love building things but have a hard time documenting the work.

Later on it would be fun to make a series of How-To articles. I really appreciate

for giving me a place to show my stuff.Quote

08-03-2007, 10:45:33

[Ins]
It's amazing what you can do dude! Very impressive stuff indeed!!! Quote

08-03-2007, 10:51:09

markkleb
Thank you very much.Quote

08-03-2007, 10:54:52

FarFarAway
Just don't forget to Digg it guys Quote

08-03-2007, 10:58:51

[Ins]
What does "digging" it do?Quote

08-03-2007, 11:07:03

FarFarAway
Digg has a huge readership so it exposes it to a huge online community - meaning we can share the cool stuff with loads of others Quote

08-03-2007, 11:11:48

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Just don't forget to Digg it guys
Yep, you can also click this icon: http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/digg.png at the bottom of the article page to get it dugg Quote

08-03-2007, 11:46:45

Toxcity
Mark! I salute you!

One hell of a intresting mod diary.. Quote

08-03-2007, 12:01:34

mrapoc
I jsut cant get over how good it looks

Also looking at those fans as my silverstones do feck all, or those noctua fans also reviewed. Not sure which would perform best - might get a karma fan controller too Quote

08-03-2007, 12:08:08

markkleb
Thanks guys for the nice comments.

I am looking forward to making the next version so "over the top" it will give me a chance to rest finally....:sleep:Quote

08-03-2007, 12:10:40

equk
Quote:
Originally Posted by name=''[Ins
;124075'']What does "digging" it do?
I'd also like to know I know it's sommit to do with digg.comQuote

08-03-2007, 14:24:15

Dav0s
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='equk'
I'd also like to know I know it's sommit to do with digg.com
yes, the DIGG IT icon submits the page to digg, and once it is submitted you can "digg it" to make it gain more viewsQuote

08-03-2007, 14:30:43

equk
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Dav0s'
yes, the DIGG IT icon submits the page to digg, and once it is submitted you can "digg it" to make it gain more views
Ah cool, so it's sort of another form of advertising

I've not used digg.com before tho tbh just seems like one of those new fashionable things to do Quote

08-03-2007, 16:11:21

chudley
Think it is agreat idea as it will definately attract more people, well done guys.

Quote

09-03-2007, 04:02:25

Harrythepot
ok i want to know where he got the fan with the temp on it from.

Love the projectQuote

09-03-2007, 05:04:50

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Harrythepot'
ok i want to know where he got the fan with the temp on it from.

Love the project
I believe Thermaltake sell them under the name i-flash (or something like that)Quote

09-03-2007, 08:50:07

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='markkleb'
A BIG thanks to Kempez for all his help

(I bet it was more work for him to piece together the article than it was for me to build the case)

I love building things but have a hard time documenting the work.

Later on it would be fun to make a series of How-To articles. I really appreciate

for giving me a place to show my stuff.
It`s an excellent presentation and layout Kemp, really shows the work off well imo.

Have to be fair, I thought the markkleb`s project looked awesome b4, but in this form it really does both the site and the project that much more credit.

Once again, awesome work markkleb, I see little things differently each time I see it. Just spent 5mins looking over the circular fan. Quote

09-03-2007, 09:17:32

FarFarAway
Cheers Rast, took a while to get it all written up, though not as long as building it

Glad everyone is enjoying it though Quote

09-03-2007, 13:10:25

markkleb
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Harrythepot'
ok i want to know where he got the fan with the temp on it from.

Love the project
Hey Harry, here is the fan (best $12 I ever spent)

http://www.specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/product.php?productid=2224&cat=0&page=

Something to consider, it dosent blow a lot of air and its not the quietest fan (not terrible either) but for "WOW" factor it does its job.

And to Rastalovich a big thanks.Quote

10-03-2007, 01:16:41

BigD
love the case, great worklogQuote

10-03-2007, 16:57:34

markkleb
Thanks Drew. I have had some luck in selling the hardware so i can start on the next version this week.

Do you guys want me to finish the Sidewinder (alum case) mod up or go in a different direction?Quote

12-03-2007, 17:16:06

pete
great article, great build.

amazing difference between the before and after fan.

whatever new mod u decide, what about considering the servo assisted motherboard tray option. think u were trying to source before?Quote

15-07-2007, 06:04:22

TJS
Thats a great job you did, Markleb, liked the idea with the dual radiator on the inside instead of on the outside where it sticks out like a sore thumb. Very smooth looking, thats a case anyone and everyone would want!

TJSQuote

15-07-2007, 08:15:57

PV5150
Yeah he is a great modder for sure. I'm in the process of getting something sortedf for this as we speak Quote

15-07-2007, 09:26:08

Toxcity
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Yeah he is a great modder for sure. I'm in the process of getting something sortedf for this as we speak
Will be looking forward to this Mr PV! Quote

15-07-2007, 17:14:55

markkleb
I just got a email saying someone responded to this thread, lol (seems like so long ago, wow time flies)

Due to a lot of personal stuff I have been out of modding (and internet stuff too) for quite a while. I think I can get started again.

So, Hello all

I just noticed there are 21935 NEW posts since my last visit, better get reading.Quote

15-07-2007, 17:16:02

llwyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='markkleb'
I just got a email saying someone responded to this thread, lol (from almost a year ago, wow time flys)

Due to a lot of personal stuff I have been out of modding (and internet stuff too) for quite a while. I think I can get started again.

So, Hello all
oh my god

its markkleb!!!


we've had 'where on earth is markkleb' threads hahaQuote

15-07-2007, 17:16:13

Ham
Good to see ya again Quote

15-07-2007, 17:20:35

markkleb
Hello guys, I need to switch notification to my new email so i know whats going on.

Hope ur all doing well.Quote

16-07-2007, 05:24:29

FarFarAway
Hey mate, good to see you again!!! Quote

16-07-2007, 06:58:04

PV5150
Hi markkleb It's so nice to see you back again, we were about to send out the missing persons unit after you. Please don't go vanishing again...or look out Quote

03-08-2007, 12:19:56

K3Y
Nice little read and the end result is amazing! Looks so goodQuote

03-08-2007, 18:24:07

markkleb
Thanks K3Y and welcome to OC3D.

Thanks to everyone else for the hellos.

I am trying to finish another one for PDXLAN 10 at the end of August. Its another 500 man LAN and probably my last for quite a while.

I have gone nutts on the new one and like AI and Kempez recommended its made from aluminum. I threw in some CarbonFiber as well for giggles, I call it CrossFlow Xtreme.

Here is the link to its Build log

http://forum.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=11526Quote

10-08-2007, 01:32:06

markkleb
I had a chance to read over the nice article about CrossFlow (Thanks again Kempez) and forgot this pict. Its hard to realize how small this comp actually is but here is a pict showing it sitting next to a PS box.

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m.../2nd_place.jpgQuote
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