Modding Intro I: eVGA Classified SR-2 Case

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Today we are featuring a recently completed project by Spotswood. He is outstanding with woodwork, which can be seen in various custom wood cases he has made for clients. The project featured here is a custom wood case created to house eVGA’s high-end dual-socket motherboard, the SR-2. Not only does it house the huge SR-2 motherboard, but it will also have a complete custom water cooling system contained within. This is truly one of the most beautiful cases I have ever seen, and it is my pleasure to present this masterpiece to the public.

The Idea and Design Concept

The quote below, describing the basics of this case, was taken from the full project log found in the forums. This case is an excellent example of the fantastic modding projects that are documented in the forums, and deserves highlighting as one of the best custom cases we’ve seen.

I’ve been commissioned to build a very large wooden case to house his upcoming watercooled EVGA Classified SR-2 rig. This case is designed and built to run cool, quiet and be ultra-flexible for future upgrades.

The walls will be constructed of 1.5-inch solid oak face frames with 5.2mm oak veneer plywood “panels” bolted to the inside of the frames and with aluminum “adapters” bolted to the front of the panels. The openings in the panels are sized to the largest pieces of hardware envisioned to be mounted in a particular location. The adapters could be exchanged with different adapters depending on what particular hardware is to be mounted in a panel opening.

Here are the specifications and some of the features of this case.

Physical Characteristics:

  • External dimensions (HxWxD – inches): 44 x 26.5 x 35.5

Materials:

  • 3/4-inch solid red oak, 3/4-inch and 5.2mm oak veneer plywood.
  • .100-inch aluminum sheet and 1/8-inch aluminum angle, channel and rectangular tube.
  • 1/8-inch clear acrylic.

Features:

  • The side doors act as air ducts to supply fresh air from the bottom, top and back of the case to the front/sides.
  • Unique modular panel construction provides flexibility for the placement of drive bays, fans, power supplies, etc.
  • Mounting locations for two power supplies.
  • Air flow is: fresh air enters from the side/front and exhausts out the back.
  • The bottom case has two custom radiator holders for mounting up to four 140×4 radiators.
  • The case is actually two separate cases bolted together.
  • Removable ten slot motherboard tray.
  • Motherboard tray can be mounted in a horizontal or vertical position.
  • Powder coated aluminum.
  • Wood finished with black water-based stain and polyurethane.

Spotswood

Construction

Here are just a few pics of Spotswood‘s superb woodworking, metalworking, staining, and painting skills!

Unfinished PSU Plate

Unfinished PSU Plate

Powder Coated PSU Plate

Powder Coated PSU Plate

Top Case Frame

Top Case Frame

Back of Top Case Panel

Back of Top Case Panel

Plates Mounted on Back of Top Case

Plates Mounted on Back of Top Case

Inside Top Case

Inside Top Case

Top Case Finished Paneling

Top Case Finished Paneling

Finished Bottom Case

Finished Bottom Case

Finished Project

The finished case absolutely blows me away every time I see it. Such great workmanship and attention to detail is unparalleled.

There’s no way I could include everything in this short introduction. So, don’t forget to check out the full project log for all of the detailed steps along the way. A big thanks goes out to Spotswood for gracing our forums with such amazing projects!

Matt T. Green

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  1. Very impressive, in size AND workmanship. Thanks for sharing spotswood, and thanks Mattno5ss for pointing it out - I wouldn't have seen it otherwise. Pretty cool.
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    Today we are featuring a recently completed project by Spotswood. He is outstanding with woodwork, which can be seen in various custom wood cases he has made for clients. The project featured here is a custom wood case created to house eVGA's high-end dual-socket motherboard, the SR-2. Not only does it house the huge SR-2 motherboard, but it will also have a complete custom water cooling system contained within. This is truly one of the most beautiful cases I have ever seen, and it is my pleasure to present th... ... Return to article to continue reading.

    Any way to make it so when the article gets posted to the forums (which I assume is automatic) it converts the HTML code to vBB?
    Just a nickname
    That thing is huuuuuuge! :shock:
    The bottom space is for radiators?

    Yes, four 140x4 rads along with pumps, an extra PSU or two and a slew of 140mm fans are to be stuffed into that compartment. :rock:
    Now thats the kind of posts and fanaticism I've seen on overclockers.com in 2001.
    Really really impressive work!
    However, I just have to leave a small but maybe valuable comment.
    I noted your case was made of wood. Have you thought on EMR protection? Maybe some full sized metal grid inside the case, forming a cage and grounded to PSU will solve this problem. Two xeons, sr-2 and possibly several video cards will generate great amount of EMR, this may be very dangerous to your health.
    David
    This one was my fault: I'd been hitting publish before leaving the house in the morning and I was running late today. Sorry!

    Hehe, I was just messing with you; thanks for hitting the button. :salute:
    On topic, Spotswood I already said as much in your thread, but this behemoth is just stellar. Excellent craftsmanship!
    Finally, it took you guys long enough...lol :rolleyes:
    An amazing work of art that was definitely worthy of the first modding intro. Great job Spotswood :thup: