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post #1 of 19
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Hi,

So the time has come for my first case mod. I want it to be worthwhile so I have few things planned for it. Might not be the most powerful computer in the end but will be enough for me!

What?

Watercooling overclocked x4 640 and a GTX 460 (maybe two).
Case colour theme will be mainly black and red
Case will feature it's own separate surround with a removable dust filter to house the rad and fans (see pic below)
Want a build that can handle temps when needed but be quiet at night

Components

I've done as much research as I can to come up with this list so hopefully its all ok!

Case-Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl
PSU-Corsair AX750
Graphics-GTX460
Memory-G-Skill DDR3 Ripjaws-7-8-7-24, 4GB
Pump-Laing DDC 18W + EK Rev2 Top
Reservior-XSPC Single Bay Res Swiftech MCRES
Radiator-Swiftech MCR320QP RS360 and RS240
Fans-5 x 120mm Scythe Gentle Typhoons, 4 x 140mm Thermalright X-Silent
Fan Controller-Lampron FC Touch
CPU Block-EK Supreme HF
GPU Block-EK FC460
Sleeving-MDPC-X sleeving

Table of contents

Update 1 - The case and new parts.
Update 2 - Surround Design
Update 3 - Painting
Update 4 - Sleeving
Update 4 - Case Modifications and making stuff!
Update 5 - All together

Latest update pic-28/08/11-fan and rad surround testing


Edited by skaboy607 - 9/4/11 at 11:52am
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post #2 of 19
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Some pictures of the case when it arrived.








Edited by skaboy607 - 8/11/11 at 2:22am
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post #3 of 19
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Design of the radiator/fan surround is coming along nicely. Radiator and GT's have been ordered and will allow me to finish this. Hopefully get an aluminum prototype by the end of the weekend. Top of the case has been removed together with the front panel/door.

My workspace....


top and front panel removed


A lot of glue!


Exhaust section of surround


Complete surround (in cardboard).




If it wasn't clear before this should give people an idea of what I am trying to achieve.
Edited by skaboy607 - 8/11/11 at 2:23am
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post #4 of 19
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I can't get hold of the radiator at the moment, no one has it in stock! Very annoying. So to keep me busy I took the case to bits some more and started on the fans. Only got one done before it rained which is annoying.

Disassembled


Masked off


After a few coats of primer and paint


All back together-BMW Red


Glad I only did this one on it's own as I learnt a few things whilst doing it. The paint came out of the can really fast! So next time I will be sure give a good bit of distance and just put a light sand coating on first before applying a full layer.

GTX 460 ordered today, should be here tomorrow.
Edited by skaboy607 - 8/11/11 at 12:46pm
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post #5 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by skaboy607 View Post
All back together
Me likey.
Did you watercool in the A900, or was that air only?
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post #6 of 19
Looks nice. A red and black build pulled off nicely can be the sex. GLWB!
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post #7 of 19
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Quote:
Originally Posted by [Adz] View Post
Me likey.
Did you watercool in the A900, or was that air only?
Air only. Temps were fine, just real noisy with all them fans.
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by skaboy607 View Post
Air only. Temps were fine, just real noisy with all them fans.
Yeah, I know what you mean. I went water on mine to eliminate the noise. Forgot how loud the PSU is though
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post #9 of 19
sounds like a good plan... let sit over here to watch the show
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post #10 of 19
sub'd

This is going to be epic, I almost went with the Fractal XL before going for the 600t.
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