Umbra Aqua - Mac Pro Mod - Sniper in the building / Full throttle modding 10.7.2013
- Front I/O - PSU mounting
- Second Rad mounting
- Road trip to FrozenCPU.com
- Rad mounting re-enforcing
- Front Panel Part 1
- Front Panel Part 2
- Custom Fan shroud video
- Custom Mac Pro Convertion kit sponsored by The Laser Hive w/video
- G1 Sniper, 4770K, Kingston HyperX Beast explained
- Bending acrylic for top rad shroud
Umbra Aqua is a Mac Pro mod. When the Apple PowerMac G5 first came out I was inspired by the case. It was so clean the lines were beautiful and the thermal zones were a perfect idea. It was the first mod I had ever attempted. I had placed my PSU at the front and my hard drives were the psu was located at the back. I ordered modders mesh from MNPCTECH and also also painted my case. It was a crude attempt to make my PC look like a G5.
As you can see that was my first mod. It was crud, but I tried to pack as much innovative ideas into the case. I was happy with the ideas but my modding skills needed help.
That was about 7 years ago. Lets got to the future. My sister in law was throwing out her mac. When I saw it was a Mac Pro I just knew what had to be done. I did some research and it look like there were many people who had done G5 mods but not many Mac Pro mods. There was even a small group of people who only do apple mods. From what I gathered at the time, the apple mods were going to be a little tricky but for sure could be done. Little did I know that most of my time was going to be spent thinking designing and planning out my mod.
Umbra Aqua objective is clear. To create a chassis that future hardware would be cooled. Not only to meet the cooling needs of today's computers but the future. As computers get smaller and smaller we are going to be able to cool more of the chips and voltage regulators. Umbra Aqua needed to be a water cooling, to meet the objective of the project the case will be sporting 3x 240mm rads. Fitting 3x 240 mm rads was quite the mission, but also what was hard was the fact it will also be sporting a D5 pump. I have scraped the apple front i/o and created my own from a lian li case.
After 5 hours the case was striped.
Side case window.
PSU and back I/O cut out.
Cut out for CPU mounting. Drilled and tapped.
This was a mounting system made for the first rad.
To make this mod possible I had purchased a lian li case on boxing day. I was going to use the pc mounting hardware to mount my PC parts to the Mac. There was only two things I found on the Mac Pro that would work on a pc. The hard drive mounting the optical drive mounting. Everything else was Apple wierd.
I cut the front i/o from the lian li case. Then I filed the metal round. I then J&b welded the plexi to to front i/o connectors. I drilled the two pieces and tapped them. Later I went back to cut the extra plexi off the front i/o and rounded the corners.
To mount the PSU, I used the Lian Li PSU bracket. I had to mount the psu vertically because I had planned to have a small rubber piece under it. To absorb some of the vibrations from the fan.
The hardest part so far was taking apart this case. Apple had put close to 50 T8 screws to mount the main area to the sleeve. The two piece were well made and housed many mounting points. This case gave me a good idea why Apple computers are so expensive. There was so much cnc and milling work that went into this computer.
Now you are all caught up. I have another update I am about to post.
looks good man!
I'm gonna follow this for sure :)
So I got a special delivery. My second rad arrived and it was time to bang out the final place for it. As I have said in the past this case is a lot of planning out before any cuts are made. Since there is no normal mounting place for a 240mm rad I made one on the floor of the case.
I also received a Corsair single braided cables in black. I got to say that I was looking forward to getting these in but now that they are here I am really disappointed that the cables look like cheap plastic.
The braid on the wires is very cheap looking and I can see through the braid up close.
So when I got the second rad I tried some ideas I had for mounting it. One idea was to mount it on its side on an angle. This method would help blow air to the back of the case. But it was going to be a nightmare to connect the tubing to the first block.
So I settled for mounting it flat to the bottom of the case.
As you can see there was some filing to be done to the cuts that was made.
Filed it down with two files, then sanded with 80 grit, 150 grit, and 800 grit.
Mounting the beast.
Here is a shot of the lines that will need to be connected. I am thinking 30 degrees would do the job. or maybe a dual rotary 60.
As you can see here I have a line that will go the CPU from the first rad.
Its going to be tight in this case. Just over 5.5cm for the motherboard, mounting and water blocks.
So I spent the better part of the last two weeks measuring the case and transferring those points into Sketchup. That was the easy part. The hard part was then transferring that file into PDF to print 1:1. It took me forever to figure that part out. So here is the first print of the motherboard tray. When I am done with my work the file is going to be sent to David at thelaserhive.com. David is then going to place the motherboard standoff points on the tray and cut it from 5 mm acrylic in neon green. This is what David's trays look like. Motherboard tray
This was the first model I made. I found issues with it so I started all over again.
This tray is closer to what can be done. I still need to add a bit more material to the top and the bottom of the tray for the screw to hold on to.
So over then next couple of days I am going to take the case apart again and fit this paper model. Then make some more changes and print it again.
Over the may 2/4 weekend I toke a road trip to buffalo area and decided to head over to frozencpu. We stooped at every little place and toke pics but lets get to the real deal holy Field.
So I have to make two more cuts at the top to run the tubing and fittings through. I also need new tubing case the stuff I have now doesn't work with monsoon fittings.
I have anther update coming up. The next update should be about the new pump, res placement and the last draft for the motherboard tray. Sneak preview.
So I have been meaning to do videos for this project but there where some issues I had to fix. How that I the right set of people around me, I can put out videos to supplement the work log.
So I spent the better part of the last couple hours fixing a problem with the rad mount. There was to much movement on the mounting system. I made a bracket to reinforce that area.
Once that was done I started work on the screws that held the plexi glass which the mounting system was placed on. I made a screw cutting rig and started to cut all 10 screws. Once that was done I mounted the whole thing back together. Lastly I cut space for the screws that will hold the front of the case back on. Little more filling and she's done.
The last version of the motherboard tray was finished this morning. I have sent the design off to thelaserhive.com to get cut. David was really helpful with the designing this custom one off tray, i/o shield and backplate.
While I wait for those pieces to arrive I am going to be work out the rest of the W/C route and mounting the fan controller. If all goes well the case should have some colour on it by September.
What are your thought on the project.
I first want to thank all the people who are subbed and like the thread. You're good vibes help push me harder. Thanks Guys.:clap:
The Laser Hivehttp://mi-pcs.com/uploads/3/2/3/1/3231892/2085094.jpgI have to give a very special shout out to David from The Laser Hive: Laser cutting/engraving. PC/Mac specialist conversions . David and I have been working on a totally custom motherboard tray, i/o shield and backplate. When I saw his products I just had to have them in my case and ever since then we have been designing the pieces that were needed to make this happen. The new motherboard tray is be made as you read this, it will be made from clear neon green 5 mm acrylic.
The Laser hive not only the first place any apple modder should check out first but also does custom designing, cnc, and fabrication. Its a really neat company it you have a cool idea but don't have the specials tool to make it happen.
Front Panel part one and two
So for this part I did all my designing on the computer and tried my ideas a couple of times before I had a working templates.
I screwed it up the first time I tried. I was feeding to fast and to large of bit.
Front Panel part two (backplate)
For the back plate I used the Lain-Li case I had for scrap metal.
For my next update I will cut the holes in the case to allow the fan controller and the switches through the front. Here is a preview of something I am also working on for the next update.
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