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Case mod Lenovo K320 Ice Series Lets Make Ice!!!!

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November 30, 2010 3:37:26 AM

Hello all, This mod came from a concept that I submitted For the lenovo Mod Contest. http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods

My design was selected as one of the finalist and Lenovo sent me Thier Ideacentre K320 PC to mod to my heart desires. The winner of the contest gets to showcase thier mod at the 2011 CES at Las Vegas.

I had a few ideas in my head, and I sent them a rough design of a PC encased in ice for my initial entry in the contest.

K320 Specs

CORE_I7_870_2.93
8G_DDR3_1333
ATI_RADEON_HD5970_PCIE_2G
1TB_7200RPM_SATA2
Blu-ray Disc combo

The main transformation of this Mod is to replicate the Lenovo K320 chassis into a Liquid acyclic shell to give it the appearance that the K320 was encased in ice.

Features:
Custom mold made from the original chassis to create the Acyclic Ice replica

Feature as many of the original details from the original chassis, keeping the screw less system as well as the easing to use hard drive enclosures.

Adding special lighting through out the system to show the performance modes of the fans all throughout the case. Red, Blue, Green

Adding custom water cooling and reservoir to keep all the components running at optimal overclock while keeping the system cool.

ATI Eyefinity System with 3 28 " Monitors.


Part List

Molding & Building materials
1 x Silmar 41 Clear Polyester Casting Resin (5 Gallons)
5 x 75-80 RTV Liquid Urethane Mold Rubber 3lb Kit
2 x 3M Double Strap Dust Mask
2 x Poly-Ease 2300 Mold Release 12oz
1 x Disposable Latex Exam Gloves – Large
1 x Disposable Tyvek Coverall – Extra Large

Components

1x XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoirs w/ Blue LED Light - Clear / Silver / Black
1 x MC-TDX Block for LGA 1156 i3, i5, i7
1 x LED Lightstrip with Controller and Remote
3 x LED Lightstrip - 12 inches (30cm)
2 x DD Fillport Options:Fillport Color: Bright Blue Anodized
1 x Custom Laing D5 -Bitspower Black Sparkle
6 x ENERMAX T.B. VEGAS TRIO 120mm
1 x Mod/Smart Professional System Sleeving Kit - White
2 x Feser One Non Conductive Cooling Fluid - 1000 ml - UV Clear / Blue
1 x Black Ice GT Stealth 360 Radiator - Blue
6 x Feser Tube Active UV Hose - 1/2" ID (3/4"OD) Tubing - Clear / UV Blue
1 x EK Radeon HD 5970 VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel (EK-FC5970-Nickel)
1 x EK Radeon HD 5970 VGA Liquid Cooling RAM Backplate - Nickel -



A Picture of The liquid resin that i will be using


A few design pics



With the side panel off


And the other side
November 30, 2010 3:42:41 AM

Started working hard this weekend on the project after a few setbacks.
First thing was disassembly of the pc and make a few adjustments.




1st adjustmnet i wanted to move the power supply & hard drive cage to the bottom of the case to free up the Top for a 240mm radiator.





Time to start removing some rivots.




Need to make a few cuts To make room for a 120mm Fan on The bottom & Replace the bottom base with arcylic






Also Made room toward the top for the dual bay reservoir


Stayed tuned for more modding !!!
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November 30, 2010 3:44:04 AM

Well I made some good progress over the past week and through the weekend and the frame should be completed this coming week,

Cut out the power supply support out, so it can be moved to the bottom of the case and re rivoted to the frame.





I am also moving the Blue-ray and all in one reader to the bottom of the case. teh reason i chose it on teh botton instead of standing up or reaching to reach all of the i/o ports and rom. So i started cutting out the levono tool-less supports





Made a little room for the hard drives and Cd rom supports on the base



Need to make a few more cuts to the front panel, cd and hard drive fram supports



re attaching the Cd-rom and hard drive brackets back together







A little test fit



More to come.

Please go check out all of the neat mods at

http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods
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November 30, 2010 4:08:06 AM

Made alot of good progress over the last two days completeing the frame and prepared to add teh Primer.

I wanted the frame to look as thin as possible so its no impeading the view when looking through the resin, I was pretty please ho wthe skelton looks.






The hard drive bay and Rom bay was really hard to compact and rebuild. but I kept the screwless features intact.





A few test fits




a nice clean look






A few More items came in today
The Ek 5970 Waterblock and back plate




and some awesome BILLET MACHINED ALUMINUM "Diamond Knurl" CASE FEET
From MNPCTECH.com


Thanks for looking !!!!

Also dont forget to go cast a vote at http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods
I can use all i can get. no registration , click teh mod and vote!!!!
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November 30, 2010 12:53:05 PM

A nice way to start the 4 day weekend!!!!

Frame is primed and ready for to be painted metallic



Ok now to the tricky sticky stuff

Making a mold of the new front panel to pour the Clear Resin into !!!







in goes teh molding materal





Letting all the bubbles rise
took of the bottom to release the front panel



The completed Front panel Mold




A nice icying effect for the resin





Last but leaset did a little ecting



A little lighting effect for the side panel




Thanks for looking !!!!

Do you want to see this case at CES go cast a vote for it at http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/meet-the-mods
click explore and vote!!!! no registration
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December 2, 2010 2:23:27 AM

Work on teh front panel today shoudl have pics soon !!!
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December 3, 2010 4:23:56 AM

More pics !!!!!!

Added The Case feet from MNPCTECH.com They look so good



Prepared base for the fan hole for the power supply







Test fit the powersupply




Cut the Tray to size


Routed out the front panel using a table router for the dvd , reservoir and lenovo lighting switch



test fitted the reservoir


Almost look like a pc cut & added theMB tray !!



Attached the top and front panel, with black screws




Still Undecided to go with black or silver Screws ?? Post a your opinion

Dont forget to go cast a vote to see this case at CES !!!

http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/content/k320-ice-series
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December 6, 2010 4:25:07 AM

Thanks for all your Input !!! and The great compliments

Went with Silver /stanless steel lol screws!!!

They go with the case very well





Currently Got The sides panels mounted



Inside look of the lenovo K320 Ice mod



Started Finishing The Front and back panels Almost ready to assembly











Up next The fan cut outs!!

Dont forget to check out Lenovo New website http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/

And cast a vote to see this MOD and 2011 CES!!!
http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/content/k320-ice-s...

Just click on Vote for this Mod !!!
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December 7, 2010 5:00:00 AM

Small Update, The final few cuts Fan holes

MNPCTECH offers some great templates for rads and grills!!!

I use one of my favorite tools Teh Hole Cutter :) 





Side panel Fan







Finalizing The Back panel !!!





Cleaning and test fitting up next !!!

Dont forget to check out Lenovo New website http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/

And cast a vote to see this MOD and 2011 CES!!!
http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/content/k320-ice-s...
Just click on Vote for this Mod !!!
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December 9, 2010 8:34:12 AM

that is one of the best case mods i have EVER seen. Bloody well done sir, i Slaute you indeed.

I wouldnt want to live with it tho, could be rather off putting for late night gaming.

Kudos tho... Lots of kudos

+ i voted
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December 9, 2010 9:30:13 PM

Thank you !!!
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