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[Project] Rusty Cage - Fractal Design Define XL - GPU waterblocks installed (new pics!)

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devil.gifFINAL PICS IN POST #2 GO GO devil.gif

*All the quick jumps should be fixed. I guess the site changes broke them.

[QUICK JUMPS]
Update 1 - Special Sauce
Update 2 - Case Info
Update 3 - Painting Fans
Update 4 - Painting Mobo Heatsinks
Update 5 - Define XL Review
Update 6 - PSU mounted and hard drive cages removed
Update 7 - A note on painting the mobo heatsinks
Update 8 - Radiator mount "fabricated"
Update 9 - SSD mount with re-used drive cages
Update 10 - Slot covers, PSU hole cover, and Crossfire Bridge cleaned up
Update 11 - Ze Watercooling
Update 12 - "Sleeving", DVD painted, LED Lighting!
Update 13 - Acrylic side panel!
Update 14 - GPU Waterblocks added!
Completed Pics!



[TASKS]
1. Order components.
2. Put 'em together.
3. Mod some stuff!
  • Paint fan blades. DONE
  • Paint mobo heatsinks. DONE
  • Mod case for radiator. DONE
  • Mount PSU sideways to make room for radiator and cover hole. DONE
  • Mount SSDs to be visible through side window. DONE
  • Create and attach acrylic side window. DONE
  • Sleeve cables and do management. mad.gifDONE
4. Put it all in the case.

[WHO]
Been doing this for 17 years now, so not my first build, but my first time modding and water cooling. I game, work, and surf. Patiently awaiting Diablo 3.

[WHY]
My now 3 year old Wolfdale E8500 running on a Asus P5Q with an ATI 4850 just couldn't cut it any more. The Antec P182 case is still gorgeous though.

[WHEN]

Most components were powered up sitting on top of the mobo box on May 18th. I found my Crossfire bridge 2 days later. tongue.gif

[WHAT]
Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl
Asus P8P67 Pro
Intel Core i7 2600k
Corsair Vengeance 8GB
XFX Radeon 6950 CF
Creative X-Fi Titanium
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB x 2
Corsair HX850
Razer BlackWidow & DeathAdder
Asus DVD-RW
Gentle Typhoon AP-15 x3
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
XSPC RX360 Kit
Primochill tubing (white)
Arctic Silver 5



[WHERE]
Newegg
Performance PCs
Frys Electronics (i7 2600k for $250!)
Delvie's Plastics

[TBD]
Headphones
GPU Blocks DONE
2nd Rad/Pump/Res?

*First page is a work in progress. thumbsupsmiley.png
*updated "Completed Pics" URL.
Edited by NKH - 3/28/13 at 11:50am
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post #2 of 105
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Final pics, with a little special sauce. heart.gif


All mine to mold:


Phase 1:


Phase 2:


Phase 3:


Phase 4:


Close-Up


Before GPU waterblocks added


Light Grey Side Panel On
*I swear the tubing doesn't look orange, its my ****ty camera, lack of proper lighting, and an all orange room!


Here's a better shot with the lights out










More special sauce.

I wanted to chase after the oh-so elusive 7.9 Windows Experience Index score. I realize that the WEI is not a end-all-be-all benchmark, but it's something easy and fun. thumb.gif

Here's all I could get at 4.8GHz. At 5.0GHz, I kept blue screening during the test and I wasn't comfortable dumping more voltage into it to try for a higher CPU score. My RAM was stuck at 1600MHz too. I'll have to work on overclocking my RAM some other time.







*fixed Phase 4 image.
Edited by NKH - 3/28/13 at 11:45am
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Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl


I chose this case because I'm a fan of minimalistic cases. Normally a Lian Li enthusiast, I turned down the A70F and A71F in favor of the Define XL, mainly because I wanted the chance to work with something new. I also considered the Lian Li P80 and Danger Den's Tower 26/29, but I decided to spend that money elsewhere, like my GPU blocks. post-flame-small.gif

This is all for tonight. I already have about 3 more updates worth to add since I got started before I began this log.


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Ah yes... the Sexy P182. I have 2, but that Black Pearl is really stunning. Good luck with the build!
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I've always loved the Fractal Define XL Cases, Subbing to this and Good Luck smile.gif
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looks promishing tongue.gif

And why, why did you have to remind me of Road Rash? tongue.gif .. Great tune, now I have to game some good old Road Rash tongue.gif
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Before I had my case selected, I had decided I wanted to go with a black & white theme. I ordered my white tubing and after some searching around for people who had painted their fans, I felt like it was an easy enough task. The 3rd retaining ring from my Gentle Typhoon AP-15s was lost for a couple of hours even though I was working inside of a plastic bag. It's no joke when you read people talk about those bastard rings. mad.gif

The tools:
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Prepped and ready to go:

img1586ch.jpg

Manual labor calls for beverages:
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Finished product:

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Damn that's huge:
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I really like the design of this case.

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Very nice, cant wait to see the finished product smile.gif
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The Asus P8P67 Pro is turning out to be a great board already, but the blue heatsinks had to go. The blues slots will be covered up by cards and even the SATA connectors are covered by the end of the 2nd 6950.

There is a lot of skepticism on this process, but I wasn't afraid. All said and done, my temps didn't change. The mobo has stayed at 35C and 36C even after an hour of Starcraft 2. cheers.gif

My Boy Blue:

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Woah, Asus. ***?
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Much Better:
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Back in place:

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