Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Copper Top Case Mod

Case Modding by Cooper Top

Rig Info:

Mainboard: MSI KT3 Ultra-ARU
Case Brand: Custom
Small Form Factor: No
CPU Cooler Type: Air
CPU Cooler: Stock AMD 2500+ Cooler
VGA: Matrox Millenium G400

The case was made from three 10 ft. 1/2" copper pipes, 32 T connectors, 8 elbow connectors, and a butane torch (connectors had solder already applied which made connecting the beast much easier).

All the cutting and grinding was performed with my cordless Dremel (if I only had a pipe cutter). The pic pretty much speaks for construction itself. The corners each have two horizontal bars for support and to act as handles.

The hardest parts are making sure all the pipes for mounting the hardware were in the correct places since mounting on a 1/2" cylinder doesn't give you much leeway for errors. Additionally, a new top right mounting hole for the PSU had to be drilled so that the top left and right holes were both aligned rather than staggered as on most standard power supplies.

When finally completed, the case is much lighter than one would expect and as strong as a tank.

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