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Hey everyone if you didn't see it there was a thread about a Little Devil PC-V8 water cooling case posted on Performance-PCs.com in their scratch and dent section a while back. It wasn't a long thread but here it is in case you want to take a look.

http://www.overclock.net/online-deals/1141576-scratch-dent-little-devil-ld-pc.html

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Well I purchased said case for about $360 shipped to my door! This is an amazing price for a normally $700 case which is why I could not say no to the purchase. Well this thread will start as a account/review of the case after it's arrival and what state it was in, and then will eventually become a Build Log as I start to work on the build. Please be patient with me on this as I will not be rushing into anything as I want to take my time with a build for a change. You might notice in the pictures that I've removed the 5.25" bay covers, this is because I already know that all 4 will be used.

Review and Condition: Ok to give some props to Performace-PCs.com even though the case is a Scratch and Dent item it was still very well packaged and protected for shipping. When I first took it out of the box I was very interested to see how bad the dent was.
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To my surprise I found that it really wasn't that bad but found it to be in an awkward place to try and work out the dent as it is dented around one of the fan grilles on the case. Now as I moved forward the next step was to remove the side panels and see what the inside had to offer. Here is where I hit my first issue, the screws that hold all the side panels on have a Allen Head on them and most of them were rounded out. Well this was a frustration but easily overcome, enter my trusty rotary tool and a cutting disc. I simply cut a notch across the head of the screws that wouldn't come out so I could use a standard flat tip screwdriver to remove them. When I got the side panels off I noticed that for some odd reason the back panel was scratched right behind the CPU area of the motherboard tray confused.gif This scratch maybe odd but will be totally hidden once a board is installed, but other than this I found the case to be all in all in good condition.

Update 11/2/2011: So I've been giving some more thought to the possible Mod of this case to cover up the dented area on the front of the case. Though the Fan shroud would do the job and would give the case a unique look I'd prefer to do as little as possible and not spend to much money trying to fix the case if possible. So I've been thinking of ways to cover up the dent and keep the case more or less as is. So at the moment here's what I'm thinking, very carefully work to try and remove as much of the dent as possible without causing more damage. Then repaint the case with a textured paint that will help hide small inconsistencies in the surface. This will cost less than the fan shroud mod and still leave the case with a unique look, not to mention it will leave more money for actual build parts!

Edit : First actual Mod is now done, if you know this case you'll know that the 2 front fan ports on the front the case have bolt studs on the inside of the case to attach the fans. Well this wasn't going to work for me because I want to put fan filters on the outside of the case. So I cut the studs off and drilled holes where they used to be to allow me to mount the filters.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=36_463_461&products_id=29792

11 / 4 / 2011: Well the case is all sanded and ready for paint however I am out of masking tape mad.gif So I'll pick some up in the morning and start putting on some paint, I found some textured paint that I like in a black color with some slight gray/white specs in it. I'll post some pics as soon as I have them !

11 / 6 / 2011: Well the case is now painted and the last few panels are drying now biggrin.gif and the dent is no more which is just what I was hoping for and in my humble opinion it looks awesome too cool.gif
Here is what the dented area looks like after paint:
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Or here's a link to the post with all the pics of the painted case:
http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/1156601-little-devil-pc-v8-scratch-n-2.html#post15590273

11 / 7 / 2011: So this morning I sprayed the last 2 panels that I left to dry last night with the clear acrylic paint protector this morning and I'm now waiting for that to dry and then I can start to reassemble the case and then I'll have some more pics for you all.

Ok here's the link to the pics of the fully assembled and painted case:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156601/little-devil-pc-v8-scratch-n-dent-case-build-log/20#post_15605992

11 / 17 / 2011:
Ok, so now it's on the actually building the system so here's what I've come up with:
I'm going to go with an AMD setup based around the 990FX Sabertooth board with 16GB of Corsair 1600Mhz Memory and I'll reuse my current 965BE Phenom II X4 to start with at least.

My plan and basic timeline: Over the next few weeks I'll order some for the small stuff like Fans and a new DVD drive, then I'll order a Rasa RS240 kit and a EX480 Radiator to replace the 240 Rad that comes with the kit. This will give me everything I need to set the system up with at least the CPU under water cooling. With any Luck I'll have some Pics of the start of things like the install of fans and so on by late next week.

11 / 23 / 2011
Here is a link to a post with more updates:

11 /24 / 2011
Black Friday Deals got me my main components biggrin.gifHere is the link:

11 / 30 / 2011
I got the stuff I purchased on Thanksgiving from Newegg's Black Friday Deal biggrin.gifClick Here!

12 / 3 / 2011
Today I finally had the time to unbox everything and get it on the bench to make sure everything worked! Click Here!

11 / 6 / 2012
Okay So looks like even after all this time the XSPC Pump and Res that I was thinking of using for my Vid Card loop is still the best for what I want to do, which is mount it on the floor of the motherboard compartment just behind the hard drive cage.

Here is the pump/res:
ex-pmp-63.jpg

Then I'll use the RX360 Rad in the Bottom on the case to cool the loop:
ex-rad-146.jpg

As for the water block for the GTX670 by EVGA that I'm looking at getting I'll be using the XSPC Full Card cooler:


It will go on this Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130824


And I'll tie it all together with some Primochill White Tubing with some nice clamps or fittings, I will also be replacing the Blue tubing from my original build with White tubing since the tubing looked kinda purple under UV and I didn't like it.
Edited by WeirdHarold - 11/6/12 at 2:14am
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As someone who has been looking into Little Devil and CaseLabs cases for my next build, I sure will be looking forward to the pics of your case and how it evolves. Subbbbbbed. yessir.gif
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little devil cases look fantastic. I would do the bare minimum to hide or remove the dent, maybe adding some type of custom metal artwork, adding ports like USB3, etc. Very interesting thread, will be following along too.
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As someone who has been looking into Little Devil and CaseLabs cases for my next build, I sure will be looking forward to the pics of your case and how it evolves. Subbbbbbed. yessir.gif

I had my eye on the Little Devil cases now for a while as my someday dream case as it would allow for all the expansion that I could probably ever need. Don't know why I decided to click on the scratch and dent link last week but I'm kinda glad I did. Anyway even Dented I can say these cases are extremely well built and would probably be worth the $700 if you can afford it. Not to mention that LDcooling.com has amazing customer service best I've ever seen, ever email I've sent has been quickly answered and always in a nice cheerful way. So if you have the money and you want a great case to last you for quite some time I don't think you could go wrong with one of these!
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Man you really have to go looking for the dent to find it.
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Originally Posted by Los Hog;15531506 
Man you really have to go looking for the dent to find it.
And I see two 480 rads in your future smile.gif

Actually I will probably be running 360's in the bottom so that I can run a second power supply without extending them out the back of the case with the optional PSU extension bracket. I figure that I can run my current 1000 watt psu and maybe like a 500 watt psu under it. I'll use the 1000 watt for the mainboard and graphics cards, then use the 500 watt for all the lights that for the pump or pumps and fans. But I might eventually run a 480 in the top of the case, but I'm not yet sure time will tell biggrin.gif
Edited by WeirdHarold - 11/4/11 at 7:20am
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I had my eye on the Little Devil cases now for a while as my someday dream case as it would allow for all the expansion that I could probably ever need. Don't know why I decided to click on the scratch and dent link last week but I'm kinda glad I did. Anyway even Dented I can say these cases are extremely well built and would probably be worth the $700 if you can afford it. Not to mention that LDcooling.com has amazing customer service best I've ever seen, ever email I've sent has been quickly answered and always in a nice cheerful way. So if you have the money and you want a great case to last you for quite some time I don't think you could go wrong with one of these!

Yeah, I've had my finger hovering over the checkout url many times now. Problem is that I have to find justification for the warden (read: wife) to allow me to make such an extravagant purchase. I probably will be doing this once I move on to SB-E or IB-E as I will *need* a new case for my new hardware! laughingsmiley.gif
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Yeah, I've had my finger hovering over the checkout url many times now. Problem is that I have to find justification for the warden (read: wife) to allow me to make such an extravagant purchase. I probably will be doing this once I move on to SB-E or IB-E as I will *need* a new case for my new hardware! laughingsmiley.gif

Yeah I've used that very excuse so many times it's not even funny, and every time I tell myself this is the last case I'll buy for a while biggrin.gif Then I find another awesome case and out the window goes the idea of not buying a case for a while. When I bought my Corsair 800D I figured this case has all the room I'll probably ever need, then I started seriously thinking of water cooling and the 800D would work but would eventually be outgrown. So I started looking at actual water cooling cases and the rest is history another case is now sitting here just begging to have parts put in it doh.gif
Edited by WeirdHarold - 11/4/11 at 7:21am
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