Back to the Base-ics (Kraken, Part 5)

In basic trim, the case in which Kraken will lurk looks like this:-

You can clearly see the main case with 2 side chambers (central panel of blue LED lights runs down the central divider, with each half being roughly the width of a regular PC case; and you can also clearly see the plinth.

For our design, Kraken’s plinth serves 3 main purposes: it will house the power supply, it will allow us to route cabling… and it will also serve as space to deploy 2 of the radiators, specifically those for the GPU physically lowest on the vertically mounted motherboard.

“But you’ve got a problem right there!” I hear you say. “Now you’ve got to run your plumbing from the card through the floor of a metal case and in to the plinth.” And you’d be right. Thanks for that.

Careful examination of the floor of the default case (it has a series of circular fan cut-outs and that’s about it) left us with the opportunity for more metalwork. So we did this:-

which, as you can see, is a carefully cut and shaped piece of aluminium, corners hacked off so that it won’t foul the pass-through mounting plates for the plinth, and with the previously-drilled holes for the coolant (in this image) sporting a couple of pass-through brackets – again to test fit things. It looked pretty good. So, of course, it was given to me for a dose of vinyl wrap:-

The pedants among you (and you know who you are) are going to observe that the vinyl is a subtle shade darker than the powder coat. You’re only mostly right. Actually, in this shot the case itself is showing quite a layer of workshop dust – and will brush up nicely. And, of course, the perspex side panel in the case door is slightly tinted (grey) so we’re pretty confident that any remaining difference in tone won’t be too visible.

Next up, we’re going to have to remove the motherboard in order to fit the main aluminium pump/reservoir mounting plate… after which, hopefully, the only major piece of structural work left to do will be the siting and drilling of mounting plates for the reservoirs and the siting and drilling of pass-throughs (we’ll need 4) in that main sheet of aluminium.

After that – he wrote, getting way ahead of himself – we’ll be on to actual assembly…