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Motherboard substitute arrived!!! First thing was to set it up on my open bench table and make sure the motherboard works....and it does!! Booted up with no issues!

Thanks Again to Martin Lopez for reaching out!

 

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Installed the motherboard inside the case...

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...Power supply

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After the motherboard and power supply was installed, I needed to install the front fan....

 

What I did was to put small rectangular neodymium magnets and hot glued them at the back of the fans...

 

 

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The fans stuck to the front panel well!

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I wanted to test if the fans with the magnets can hold it well even when the fans are at full RPM for extended periods of time and I was impressed that even with just 3 corners of the fans with magnets, it managed to stay in place.

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Installed the rest of the hardware and wanted to see the overall look of the case with all the hardware installed....

 

 HAF Stacker "SHORTY" Airflow configuration.

 

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Overall, me thinks the case still looks like the original Haf Stacker albeit shorter. I'm relieved that the parts were able to fit in the case nicely....

 

 

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Took some time but finally!!! I disassembled the hardware for the next phase...watercooling!!!

 

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The fans are barely touching the PSU...

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This caused me a lot of troubles. The inlets/ports for the GPU block where blocking the fans for the radiators....

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I didn't know what to do....fortunately, a fellow modder, Paul Perez of PAULPEREZMODS, suggested that to rid my issues with the inlets/ports, to mod the GPU block...

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And his idea did make sense and after sending it to him 'coz  I didnt have the tools for it, here is the result of the mod to the block...

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Getting the reference 5700XT ready for the waterblock....

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....Plus checking if the front GPU plate would fit...

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The block now would not be interfering with the fans for the radiator.

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I used 90 degree PCI-E adapters because the clearance between it and the fans are just too small...

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...And using these adapters solved the problem of the cables interfering with the fans.

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Doing a bit of cable management...

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Here is the GPU with the block and proceeding with the rest of the watercooling...

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I used a small compressor to check any leaks in the loop...

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Hooked up the compressor hose with quick detach fittings and a 15mm extender...

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Success!!! No Leaks!!!

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After passing the leak test, it was time to add the purple coolant....

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I also set the rgb lights for fan, cpu block and small rgb strip near the gpu to white...

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After the watercooling, I used CorelDraw for some layouts for the side, top and front panels for case. I did the designs hoping I could fine a place that did some custom lasercutting service and fortunately a shop had some scrap acrylic that they could spare for me to use. The laser cutting service was bit pricey but I was able to get a discount because I was able to help them rid of their scrap acrylic.

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Prepping the acrylic pieces for painting...

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Painting the pieces with an airbursh...

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There were two pieces that needed to be bend first. I used my DIY bench PSU and bender...same one I used for my entry for the CMWS2019...

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After the painting of the pieces...

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...There was this space at the rear of the case where the PSU is usually placed...

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I decided to put a small LCD screen to be used as a sensor panel...I cut up a small acrylic piece for the LCD...

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...Tested it to make sure that it works (I accidentally dropped it while trying to fit the acrylic piece)...

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After painting the frame for the LCD and with just a few days left before the deadline, I put together all the acrylic pieces together on the modified HAF Stacker 915R.....

 

 

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This event has been a roller coaster experience for me. My goal of converting the Haf Stacker 915 to a shorter version of it was a real eye opener. There were plenty of hardships along the way but I was able to overcome those obstacles. It is an honor to be part of this event and good luck to all of us participants. Special thanks to the following people:

 

Laires Mae Lomadilla

Ivana Mikal Dulay

Linda Dulay

Ayzie Dulay

Joseph Calimon

Matthew Yap 

Martin Lopez

Aloy Magtoto

Limbert Sanoy

Paul Perez

PC Square Cabanatuan Branch

 

Without you guys, these endeavour would have not been possible.

 

Again I would like to present to you my Entry for the CMWS2020, The Haf Stacker 915R "Shorty"

Specs: Processor: Ryzen 9 3900

               Motherboard: X570i Aorus PRO WiFi

               GPU: 5700XT reference with Bykski GPU waterblock

               Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16 x 2 DDR4 3200mhz

               Storage: Corsair MP510 M.2 NVMe 480gb

               PSU: Cooler Master V750 watts SFX modular PSU

               Chassis: Cooler Master Haf Stacker 915R ITX case

               Cooling - Barrow Pump/Reservoir/Waterblock, Bykski GPU waterblock and fittings. Cooler Master 240mm radiator and 2 Masterfan SF120R ARGB Fans.

DIMENSIONS: (L)350mm x(W) 228mm x(H) 248mm = 19.79L

 

 

            

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