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[MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« on: 27-October-15, 22:01:36 »





Inspired in futuristic spaceships, this project will be a casemod for the Thermaltake Core V1. Hope you like!


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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #1 on: 27-October-15, 22:14:21 »

After spend some time designing and cutting, the puzzle is ready. Now the main appareance is clear and the ideas will come up in the process.

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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #2 on: 02-November-15, 17:46:56 »

The panel is relocated from the front to the top. Don't ask why is gold... is a long story











A cover will hide this panel, only access when need, main feature of stealth systems.
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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #3 on: 07-November-15, 11:51:23 »

The fan grill on the back is removed, allowing to use a new grill as bridge for the watercooling tubes.









Looks even more tech with the compression fittings.

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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #4 on: 15-November-15, 08:48:43 »

New located in the back... 

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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #5 on: 22-November-15, 09:34:29 »

The project requires a custom reservoir, placed on top as main turbine or core power. A few hours in solidworks, then rendering let me design it. 






Then, the process to make it. An acrylic tube of 50mm diameter and the anchorage, lasercutted. The tops were machined in cnc with a groove for the o-ring.






Then, the final location, need to be fixed to the cover, as well as the other parts too.

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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #6 on: 27-November-15, 09:41:34 »

Fixing the armor.







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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #7 on: 29-November-15, 16:23:53 »

Working on the front... first step, cut around the border.





Now the path is clear to fix the new front. This part won't have any screws, so the fix point must be inside. To do that, i cut an acrylic tube, measuring the screw length to fix from inside and then cover the hole.





Here you can see where the holes are located


And hide...


The fan is gold too (again, don't ask why). but i'll paint it white or black... let's see what fits better. On the botton there are two lights... 
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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #8 on: 06-December-15, 07:16:53 »

Cutting the cover of the front panel...





More parts of the armor (top)





The ailerons needs to be cutted in angle... by now are hold using presses
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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #9 on: 11-December-15, 17:33:55 »

Time to paint... finally the shiny black.




the screws didn't fit in the scheme with that tone, so, need to be painted too.


Top ailerons are cut in angle (45 degree) to keep the inclination



Now assembly...


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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #10 on: 13-December-15, 20:14:49 »

NMC fan&grill design


in the middle an acrilic grill again... this time is transparent.


placing on front panel...



The new design for nova waterblock... putting the pieces together


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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #11 on: 18-December-15, 21:24:50 »

I manage to get a vcard with twin frozr II, for use the heatsink, with a new black and white colors, and replace it into my N460 cyclone.





Then the backplate... engraved logo and dragon



Meanwhile the front:
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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #12 on: 23-December-15, 11:12:44 »

Modding the pump...





I tried to install as separate pump, but the truth is, there's not enough space inside to put it


So, my solution integrates pump and reservoir on top.



Side test.
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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #13 on: 23-December-15, 12:03:49 »

The project parts:



Making the thermal armor:





Adding some details...


Testing the location of each part, the thermal armor has three parts which frame around the waterblock. Mounting the waterblock allow to check each one.



Also, the i/o ports will be cover. to fix to the motherboard i bend two pieces of acrylic that ends in the mounting hole.







I/o was painted too. Masking was more difficult than i thought, but the result worth it




More details...



Time for start the final assembly:

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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #14 on: 25-December-15, 18:54:57 »

Installing the front lights...




Vcard installed and hdd led replacement



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Re: [MSI PRO MOD - S3] NOVA CORE
« Reply #15 on: 27-December-15, 14:12:41 »

Now is done :D

Parts list used in this project:

- MSI H81i motherboard
- Intel Pentium G3258 @4.5Ghz
- Corsair Vengeance Pro series black 2x4GB 1600Mhz
- MSI Gtx 460 Hawk
- PSU NZXT hale82 700W
- SSD G.SKILL phoenix III 120GB
- Custom watercooling @modbox nova.










Guess lucky found his personal spaceship!









Take off!
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