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Biomechanical Desktop PC, A tribute to Artist H.R. GIGER

Postby Mnpctech.com » Sat Aug 02, 2014 6:00 am

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This is a resurrection of my personal gaming PC project tribute to H.R. GIGER. It started out years ago titled "Psychosis". Half way into the build, I decided the P-1 era chassis wouldn't fit my overall vision. I decided on using Cooler Master's 912 mid tower and enter their annual case mod competition in 2011. Half way into the project, Mnpctech was approached by Antec, Corsair, and Fractal Design to create custom PC builds for their booths and hotel suites at 2012 CES. The progress of this PC build is one we're most often asked about. I was talking to Bitfenix about sponsoring the revival of this project right before hearing about H.R. Giger's passing on May 14th, 2014. I will be posting periodic updates on this page over the coming weeks.
 
Featuring PC Hardware and liquid cooling products from....
 
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ADATA was founded the same year as Mnpctech, in 2001. Mnpctech uses ADATA brand DDR and SSDs in our custom PC builds, for their speed, reliability and exceptional customer support. Show your support of the HR GIGER Tribute project by visiting ADATA's website
 
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I've worked with AMD on several different projects. My first build for them was Project Phenom for 2006 Cebit Sow in Germany.  They deliver the best performance for your dollar. They've sent me two Radeon R9 270X video cards to use in this build. I will be water cooling them with water blocks from Syscooling.
 
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Swiftech was one of the first U.S. manufacturers to offer liquid cooling products engineered specifically for PCs. Excellent quality and reliability at affordable price. Support of HR GIGER Tribute project by visiting theirwebsite
 
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Intel 1155, i7 3770, 3.5 GHz CPU will be cooled by Swiftech's new Apogee XL waterblock.
 
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The Asus TUF Shield was removed, before painting it Matte Black Enamel Paint. The custom paint will be done b our Airbrush artist, Brad Galvin. He uses Iwata HP-CH airbrush with custom made air-trap and 50 gallon air compressor. He'll be applying White Enamel paint mixed with Lacquer thinner, so the airbrush doesn't clog.
 
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HR GIGER inspired design from the custom PC bezel is outlined in chalk first, before airbrushing it.
 
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This is a custom stencil made from construction paper for this design. Don't pay $40 for professional airbrush stencils! Make your own, grab image online, edit in photochop, print it, then cut it yourself with Xacto knife.
 
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Airbrushing a spiral design in same location the ASUS Sabertooth logo sticker was applied.
 
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I'll be anodizing the factory Green heat sinks Black. You won't see the Brown & Tan PCI Express slots.
 
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Round Hole Modder's Mesh Sheet was used as stencil for airbrushing the round background.
 
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Asus Sabertooth with Intel 1155, i7 3770, 3.5 GHz CPU and Swiftech's new Apogee XL waterblock.
 
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AMD has sent me two Radeon R9 270X video cards to use in this build. I will be water cooling them with water blocks from Syscooling.
 
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https://mnpctech.com/images/companies/3/1_cooler_master_case_mod_contest_2014_2015_2016_haf_x_xb_stacker_window_biomechanical2.jpg[/img]
 
In order to create, you must first destroy...  the Cooler Master HAF 912 bezel is chopped and modified
 
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Cooler Master HAF 912 chassis was flipped upside down. Custom Nerf bars were added as feet.
 
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This machined billet 1/2" thick 120mm PC Cooling Fan Overkill "Ring" from Mnpctech
 
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This machined billet ring is from 120mm PC Blowhole Fan grill kit from Mnpctech
 
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Mnpctech Overkill 120mm Ring mounted over Black Ice Nemesis 120 GTX Radiator for CPU loop
 
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Test Fitting Hardware Labs Black Ice NEMESIS 360 GTX Radiator.
 
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Need to fabricated mounting brackets, and possibly a grill for Black Ice NEMESIS 360 GTX Radiator. Fabricating front holder for front Stainless Steel reservoir, made by Cheapskate!
 
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Stainless Steel Reservoir for the GPU Loop with 90 degree bitspower compression fittings.
 
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Re: Biomechanical Desktop PC, A tribute to Artist H.R. GIGER

Postby Mnpctech.com » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:26 am

Made mesh shroud for the D5 water pump and Alphacool Black Acetal top, and waiting for fittings to arrive for GPU loop.

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Re: Biomechanical Desktop PC, A tribute to Artist H.R. GIGER

Postby Mnpctech.com » Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:30 am

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*Hardware Labs Black ICE NEMESIS 120GTS with Scythe 120mm fan for CPU loop
 
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*Hardware Labs Black ICE NEMESIS 360GTX with Panaflo L1A 120mm fans for GPU loop with Black acrylic3.120 / 360 PC Radiator grill, "H" design reminded me of HR GIGER
 
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These are something I've wanted to offer for awhile, Best description I can think of is "Open Air" style fan and radiator grill frames.
 
You can use them as template.  Combine or layer them with other grills or perforated materials to create your own custom styled fan or radiator grill. 
 
http://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-cooling-fans-grills-custom/open-air-grills/
 
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Using spring loaded res bracket from I&H, I like how they look like claws, he gave me these before I&H closed their doors few years ago. 
  
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Apogee XL cpu waterblock and EK 190 reservoir installed with Primochill Ghost Revolver fittings, ready bending PETG tubing.
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Re: Biomechanical Desktop PC, A tribute to Artist H.R. GIGER

Postby Mnpctech.com » Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:38 pm

For the liquid loops, I'm using Clear Plastic PETG Tubing I bought locally. This is the same material used to make Pop bottles, so it won't stain and it's also shatter resistant. Video of PETG tubing for PC hardline.

Primochill now sells PETG Tubing to work with their Primoshill "Revolver" compression fittings, I'm using in this build

Here are the steps involved in working with PETG, same identical procedure as cutting and bending the Acrylic tubing from Primochill, so here are the photos I used for the Frozen Tech Station build for FrozenCPU.

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I'm using a Jewelers hand saw, but Hack saw with bi-metal cutting blade also works great.

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Cutting down the PETG tubing to length

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To clean and debur edges of the PETG plastic tubing, you can use hand file or medium grit sandpaper. I've opted for quicker solution and used Plumber's tubing reamer. You can pick-up these Tubing / Pipe Reamers at most Home Improvement Stores, in their Plumbing Aisle. Pretty handy tool for this task, so placed a bulk wholesale order and stocking them here, Acrylic / PETG / Pipe / Tubing Reamer

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Place reamer on flat surface, hold it in place, apply pressure while twisting or rotating tube clockwise or counter clockwise*between three blades, then flip reamer upside down and repeat for inner diameter.

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...then flip reamer upside down and repeat for inner diameter.

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It does decent job...*you can also use medium grit sandpaper or hand file as alternative*

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Place Primshill "Revolver" compression fitting shell over PETG tube first, then o-ring

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then insert tubing into compression fitting...

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Silicone Fill Tubing, insert into PETG Tubing, 1/2" OD x 3/8" ID, ordered from McMaster.com #9245K21

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Dip the Silicone Fill Tubing in Dish Soap water

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Insert Silicone Fill tubing into the .5" PETG tube before heating the Tubing.

Hold the PETG tubing around 4" above the heat, and keep rotating the PETG tubing over the heat.

PETG tubing is easy to bend by hand, but if you prefer, I made this PETG Tubing Bending Jig, from Acrylic!

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I made it from .5" Clear Acrylic scrap from the workshop. For the bends, I used these aluminum PC case feet Billet PC Case Feet[/b] for two different sized PETG tubing bends.

1-3/4" pc case foot diameter, https://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-stereo-desktop-case-feet/grooved-pc-computer-stereo-rack-server-case-feet/grooved-case-feet.html
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1" diameter pc case foot, https://mnpctech.com/pc-computer-stereo-desktop-case-feet/mini-itx-pc-case-feet.html
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Placing .5" OD PETG Tubing along channel and 1" case foot, to create 90 degree bend.

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I could have never done with type of bend with .5" OD flex tubing, without it kinking
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