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[Project] Blue Fractal: Re-Defined XL

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Current Progress: Test Run

So I've been wanting to do a build now for a long time, I've never really done one before so this will be the first time modding a case. Although, I think the case mod itself is fairly minimal, but I want to show others what you can do to an XL. If you guys have seen Maliks fractal build over at XS it will look similar to his build, probably not as elegant cause he's bauss lol

Originally, I was going to turn the Define XL into an inverted ATX but after talking to some pro modders we have on the forum we came to the conclusion that it would cost too much to do.

So here is the plan I have laid out so far as far as modding the case:

Remove:
- All HDD Bays
- Mid plate
- 5.25 Bays

Cut:
- top of the case to fit a 360 radiator
- window mod (maybe full acrylic like in NKH build)

and whatever else I can think of down the road.


Components:

- i5 2500k
- Asus P8P67 WS Revolution
- Zotac GTX 580
- Corsair Dominator GT (currently have regular doms)
- Corsair AX750

- MDPC-X sleeving

Watercooling Parts:





- Mayhems Dye Ultra Blue
- Biocide

Note: I am well aware of what is going on with EK and their nickel plated waterblocks, as well as using dye in a water loop.


On top of those, I finally got me a dremel weee. So this shall be fun, first aquatuning shipment should come in by this week if not next week. The case should be here this week as well, I will update once I get them.

Future Outlook:

- upgrade to GTX 580 sli
- SSD
- i7 2600k
Edited by phaseshift - 6/26/11 at 3:20pm
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subbed for the epic.
post #3 of 55
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Small update, just a few pictures of the components. The Define XL came today, I'll snap pics tomorrow.



















then ext two weeks are going to be soooo exciting!
Edited by phaseshift - 6/15/11 at 10:44pm
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it seems as the EK radiators will be too thick for the top of the case, so I've decided to get Magicool Extreme Slim Profile 420mm and 280mm
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Update: Modding the Case

Today I spent a few minutes removing the HDD cage, 5.25 bays and the midplate. The rest of the parts are ordered and should be arriving Monday or Tuesday.

Before:



After:

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subbed to this, and if you dont mind me asking what kind of camera are you using for your pictures, they look great.
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subbed to this, and if you dont mind me asking what kind of camera are you using for your pictures, they look great.
its a Canon 60D w/ 35mm L lens
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Subbed.... I'm really looking forward to this one
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its a Canon 60D w/ 35mm L lens
Nice that's a little nicer setup than I have (t2I and 50mm 1.8), looking forward to the next update.


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****s weak son..step your game up and be BAUS like me!
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