[CIP] Purpura (XPS 720)

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  1. Alain-s

    Alain-s Member Guru

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    This will be the start of a new project. Purpura
    For this build I am going to use for an old acquaintance. In the summer of 2013 I had the change to get my hand on 2 XPS 720 cases. I will use these 2 beauty's to create 1 complete case.

    The hardware and water cooling parts will be reused from my previous build Bel Air. Because I never got to finished the mod I will be using most of the parts that where sponsored then.

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    The black Case came complete with hardware when I bought it. The only thing that was missing was the foot of the case. That is why I got the other one I also will use they silver case for donor parts.

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    Dell created a really good system to open 1 side panel in seconds with these series. But the other panel was a nightmare. U had to remove all the hardware before U could reach to the screws of the other panel. This system would not be handy at all of u wanted to do some tight cable management.

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    This is where the donor case will come in handy. I removed the mechanism from the case and install this in the case that i will use my self.

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    Removed the profiles from the top and bottom plate and removed all the double-sided adhesive tape.

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    Making sure that the profiles stay on the same place before I can fasten it.

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    To Fasten the profiles I will use 2 methods. First I use 2 compound metal glue the other type will be rivets this way they will never come loose again.

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    Where the rivets where placed I had fill up the hole and sand them even with the panel.

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    Coming up next will be the side panels and the slot mechanism.

    Till next update!
     
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    Cant wait to see the results of this build!
     
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    I have an XPS 720 and an XPS 730X. I'm very interested in your final results. Anxious to see this for some ideas to mod one of my XPS cases.
     
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    Thank U :)
    Well I hope u like it. I know I will like the end result ^^
     

  5. Alain-s

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    Update!

    Time to work on the side panels and the slot mechanism.

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    This is how the original mechanism looks like.

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    Made a small adjustment with the dremmel. Removed all the material that is not needed anymore.

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    Repeated it 2 times for every panel of the case.

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    Did the same on the bottom of the panels.

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    The only rested to do was to remove the double-sided adhesive tape from the panels.

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    Now when there ready it is time to test it. And see if the systems works ok.

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    Thank u for reading till next update!
     
  6. Alain-s

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    Here is a small preview for the next update.

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  7. BLEH!

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    Ooh, that's pretty. Please tell me it's gunna involve perspex and LEDs :p
     
  8. Alain-s

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    Thank U Bleh tbh i still have no idea.

    Thank U Nexxo,

    Update!

    A few weeks ago I went to visit Pascal to pick up some parts for the build. For the build I choose to go with a new front,back plate + a new motherboard tray. This way I have more option for the case.

    This was the first idea/theme that I wanted to use for this project.

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    After a while I dissected to create something that really would fit with the elegance from the case.

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    These where the parts that I picked up at Pascal.

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    The only things that needed to be done where bending and drilling holes for the mounting.
    After a few hour Pascal and me where done with all the work and the case could be assembled for test.
    Thanks again Pascal to help me with this project. :D

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    There where only a few thing that still needed to be done like drilling the holes for the stand offs and pci brackets

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  9. Alain-s

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    Assembling of the case.

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    This was it cya till next update. ^^
     
  10. Alain-s

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    Update

    Last weekend I had some time to continue my work on the case. I started to make a support for the DVD and bottom plate. Used 2 alu profiles for this. To attache them I used 2k glue and rivets to secure to the bottom plate.

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    Still need to make a cover for the DVD I will do that when the new materials arrive.

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  11. Alain-s

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    Few weeks back I visited Sander from MWM to help him a bit with building some mining pc's. In return he made a few parts that I needed for my cable management.

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    The pieces have bin polished and sanded to get the frost look.
    Mounted it at the back of the motherboard tray.

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    This way the power cables will run nicely next to each other.

    Next step was the front/back of the case.

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    Same for the back panel.

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    Installed the polished pieces in to the front.

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    In every open space will come a piece of aluminum. This will give a nice retro look for the front.
    This was it again cya at the next update.
     
  12. Alain-s

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    It has bin a while when I showed my face around here. :hip:

    So Time for a Update !

    In the preview I already show U the 24pin cable, now its time for the cables for the GPU.

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    The colors from the MB didn't really fitted with the rest of the theme that I was planning. So time to change that to.
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    Next up was making my own pcb for the power/eject/light button.

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    To get a nice look for buttons I got my self a aluminum bar

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    With this as end result simple stylish buttons.

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    Atm the glue is getting hard when that is done I can start the prep work for the painting the front.

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    Short video about the change I made for the DvDrom

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    Till next Time!
     
  13. Alain-s

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    Time to continue this project now that my previous mod (Eden) is finished.

    I would like to tank Nate from E22 for supporting this project with a custom made windows and reservoir. :)
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    Got my self 40meters of purple teleios sleeve. This color will fit better with the coolant color then MDPC sleeve. Will have to change all the purple cables that I already sleeved. :p
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    Just need 1 extra window for my sidepanel
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    Over time my idea of the front changed. just to refresh your mind this was my first idea for the front of the case.
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    As you can see, the first idea still far too many openings so you can still see what is behind it. So I would like to avoid this and am therefore I created a new design.

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    This was it again, thank you for following.
     
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    Always liked that xps pc cases
     
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    Thx Punkpablo :)

    Update!
    It has bin a while when there was a update. But it doesn't not mean that there was no progress.
    Change all the purple sleeve with the sleeve from E22. This color fits beter with the coolant color.
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    Made a HDD/SSD Bracket that can be installed behind the motherboard.
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    Started to cut out the top window and reservoir. And completed the copper loop. The pipes will be sanded polished and nickleplated.
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    This week the package arrived from Parvum System

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    They made a new set of windows for the case.
    Thx Justin :)

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    Made the cut out with a jigsaw and cleaned the borders with a file and sanding paper. With this as result.

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    Test fitting the windows. :)

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    Now the only thing that need to be installed is the PSU/GPU cover
     
  17. Alain-s

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    meanwhile the last package arrived from Bouwplastics.nl

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    Couldn't resit to bend the PSU at once to get a idea of how the look will be.

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    Sadly there is a lot of work at my work, so less time for modding :(
     
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    looks very nice, how did you get the metal engraved ?
     
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    The metal cut out have bin done by laser.

    Just a small teaser of what is coming. :)

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  20. Alain-s

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    Little progress on the case.

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