A casecon specifically designed for a water cooling system with more than 1500cm² of radiator surface.
- good cooling performance leveraging two large 560x140mm radiators, ten 140mm fans (1500 m³ throughput per hour) and a full water cooling stack
- support for an E-ATX mainboard and a Quad-SLI graphics card array
- support for a 1500W power supply unit
- silent operation under full load
- clear style without windows or fancy lighting
- easy maintenance and refilling
- robust but accessible without screws (using magnet connectors)
- This takes some time. The complete build took around 30-60 hours.
- For information on building watercooling systems, see the Watercooling 1x1
- To prevent surprises, plan the build in CAD.
- At a good hardware store or woodcraft shop, you can buy wood panels at custom dimensions and designs with all-laminated edges.
- The laminate layer on the edges is ~0.5 mm thick, which might increase a panel's overall dimensions by ~1 mm.
- Some components of this case are are taken out of another stock case. An ATX (305x244 mm) form factor case should be sufficient, as most full-size PC motherboards are approx. 305x270 mm in size and thus do not require an E-ATX (305x330 mm) motherboard tray.
- The setup requires a fan-controller that supports at least 25W power output.
|Preferred Tool||Alternative/Optional Tool|
|manual + cordless electronic screwdriver||power drill|
|bits (PZ1, PZ2), wood drills with centering tip (⌀ 2 mm, ⌀ 10 mm), countersink||-|
|electric jigsaw with clean-cut blades||fretsaw and guide rail|
|oscillating detail sander with sanding discs (P40, P80)||sandpaper/sand-sponge|
|angle grinder (for seperating the stock case modules)||rotary multi-tool ("Dremel")|
|matte black spray paint (for surfacing edges and parts)||black permanent marker|
|-||bar clamp (for screwing the panels together)|
|-||rivet squeezer (for connecting metal sheets)|
|-||metal file (for deburring metal ridges)|
Assuming, that you already have:
- PC Hardware (Motherboard, CPU, GPU(s), PSU etc.)
- Water Cooling Stack (pump, water blocks, reservoir, hoses, connectors, controller etc.)
|680x400x16 mm panel (top/bottom) - laminated Multiplex or particle board||2x||17 €|
|648x368x16 mm panel (middle)||1x||8 €|
|400x400x16 mm panel (front/back)||2x||15 €|
|648x400x16 mm panel (left/right)||2x||17 €|
|160x190x16 mm panel (drive tray sides)||4x||8 €|
|160x146x16 mm panel (drive tray bottoms)||2x||6 €|
|Phobya G-Changer 580 radiator||2x||200 €|
|Phobya 560 HEXX grill||2x||50 €|
|Phobya 280 HEXX grill||1x||19 €|
|Noiseblocker BlackSilentPRO PK-3 1700rpm 140mm case fan||10x||120 €|
|Y-Cable 3-pin Molex 1 to 4||3x||10 €|
|magnetic door latch||12x||11 €|
|power button with red lighting plus wiring||1x||10 €|
|Stainless steel screws: 4x40mm and 3x12mm||50x||5 €|
|Steel brackets 40x40mm||4x||4 €|
|Rubberized furniture feet||4x||5 €|
|LEDs, wiring and connectors for Power, HDD activity and Alarm notification||3x||10 €|
|Another ATX PC case (e.g. Sharkoon Rebel9 Aluminium) provides motherboard and PSU trays||1x||45 €|
|PC noise-absorbent mat set (Big Tower)||1x||25 €|
- Seperate the motherboard and PSU trays from the stock case, resulting in two distinct modules.
- Deburr all wood panels as well as the case modules.
- Build the two drive trays from the small wood panels (inner width: 146mm, length: 160mm).
- Cut out the holes in the side panels, countersink them and mount the grills.
- Cut out the hole in the top panel, countersink it and mount grill and fans.
- Cut out holes for the PSU (bottom and back), motherboard (back), drives (front) and cable duct (middle). Countersink the front holes.
- Attach four furniture feet to the bottom panel.
- Screw the panels together: bottom, front and back.
- Mount the middle partition panel using four steel brackets (distance to bottom panel: 157mm).
- Attach the noise-absorbent mats to the long sides of the radiators. The compressed material will keep them in place in the lower compartment.
- Mount six magnetic door latches each on the front and back panels, so that the side and top panels can be magnetically attached/detached. It is recommended to first mount the metal plates and then the magnets.
- Install the power switch and status LEDs in the front panel.
- Mount motherboard, PSU and drives in the respective trays. Make sure the motherboard solder contacts do not short-circuit.
- Install the water cooling system - starting with pump and flow sensor in the lower compartment.
- Fill the water cooling system while not powering the PC hardware - and thoroughly test for leakages.