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Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« on: December 06, 2010, 08:08:50 PM »

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
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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2010, 08:10:00 PM »

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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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010, 08:15:02 PM »

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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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010, 08:15:58 PM »

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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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010, 08:16:41 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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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010, 08:17:19 PM »

Aluminum Foil + Resin =  ICE ICE Baby











Front Panel



Top, Back , Tray



A few Sneak peeks











Thanks for Looking !!!

Dont forget  to Head over to The Lenovo Mod Contest And cast a Vote 

Just click Vote for this mod, No registration

http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/content/k320-ice-series
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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 08:18:04 PM »

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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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 08:19:48 PM »

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-series

Just click on Vote for this Mod !!!
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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010, 02:03:24 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-series
Just click on Vote for this Mod !!!
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Re: Lenovo K320 Ice Series Mod
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2010, 03:14:27 AM »

Small Update 


Cleaned all the panels



Added The MB tray







Added the 5970 Ek waterblock





added the rad and fans



Please help me out by Casting a vote for teh lenovo building contest  at http://www.whatsyourideaoffun.com/us/content/k320-ice-series  I am only 300 votes behind
Just click on Vote for this Mod !!!

Thank you
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