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Yes, this is my first true build / mod log. Why "relativ" you ask? Relativity is a special thing I live by, and it is this relativity that will influence the result of this mod. If I can manage each step in my build here with patience and hope I will definately have a worthwhile product. If I rush on any step of the process, relativity states that my project will not turn out as well as I have planned it. However, I have no intention to rush (the project will more than likely take months to compete), so I'm sure I can pull it off.

Alright, enough of the philosophical stuff..on to the mod!

First off, all of the main components are going to be carried over from my current build, as listed in my signature.

For a refresher, that includes:
  • DFI LanParty UT NF-4 Expert
  • AMD 3700+ San Diego
  • OCZ Gold GX XTC 2GB PC4000
  • XFX 7800GT
  • NeoHE 550 PSU
  • X-Fi Extreme Music

My new rig is mostly going to include of a new custom water cooling build and a custom modded Lian Li V2000 server case. Unfortunately, I am going to need to do most my modding without the components being used in this computer. I need this computer operating for obvious reasons. Once I am complete with my mod, THEN I will take a long day to transfer all these main components and complete the build.

Yes, that makes it a bit tougher, but it is necessary...

The parts for my custom WC include:
  • DangerDen MCP655
  • DangerDen Maze4
  • Swiftech Apogee
  • Bonneville Heater Core w/ Custom Shroud
  • DangerDen Fillport and Fillport Reservoir
  • Danger Den MCT-40 Coolant
  • 7/16" Tygon Tubing



Only a *FEW* of the case mods I have thought of so far include:
  • Window w/ Mesh and Plexiglass
  • Water Passthrough (Through the center divider)
  • Possible LCD job somehow
  • Custom 5 1/4" Bay grill
  • Hole in top of case for fillport
  • Do something to top..
  • Mirror Black interior and exterior paint job
  • Carbon fiber interior (drives? what else?)
  • A reset switch (didn't come with one)
  • Maybe a new power switch?
  • Custom (hidden) LED job
  • Insane wire stealthing and cable management
  • Possibly a seperate line and transformer to power all lighting and fans

Other mods I have to do include:
  • Remove IHS from CPU
  • Lap all heatsinks
  • Volt mod 7800GT

The theme of the case is going to be UV green on a mirror black finish. I might mix in a few more colors emphasizing different sections of the case with my LED job. Should be neat. It also seems ike I will be getting a lot of this Carbon Fiber film from mnpctech.com for a cool effect. I want to strictly enforce cable management on this project as well.

Please give me more ideas for this mod. I don't feel like I have enough personalization. Thank you!
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Well, here are some pictures of all the parts just to start it off.



Here is the empty case. I ripped out the HDD brackets in the bottom chamber. I also removed the fans and fan grills and the annoying speaker that was placed conveniently (sarcasm) right smack in the middle of the center divider..LOL. I DID have a picture of the case before I removed all this stuff, but I guess I deleted it somewhere along the lines. No biggy tho.



Side panel on..



Front..



Back..



Bottom?! Have you ever seen then bottom of a case look so pretty? Yes this case is perforated EVERYWHERE. Plus the chrome wheels give the case some bling. The wheels themselves have many features believe it or not. There is a brake, just in case if you park your case on a hill. There is also an option to "mod" the case with rubber wheels, which I did right away for noise reduction purposes.



Ah yes..The parts that make it all happen. Well, I guess not the Chipforce cooler, but I through it in this picture because I recently got it for this mod and it's shiny http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/chchcojt.html

Alright, so that's it for the introduction. My next update will feature my shroud heater core shroud.

Please give me some more ideas for my mod!! Thanks!
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woo a Lian Li with some beautiful parts, that right there used to be my dream PC until conroe came out.
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post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by Akhen
woo a Lian Li with some beautiful parts, that right there used to be my dream PC until conroe came out.
Yeah, I don't have *THAT* much money lol. I always will have room for future upgrades with this case though.
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Isnt it nice, I love my v1000 but wish it was bigger cause its starting to get cramped.
So where are you going to mount the heatercore?
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Originally Posted by Akhen
Isnt it nice, I love my v1000 but wish it was bigger cause its starting to get cramped.
So where are you going to mount the heatercore?
Yes, I love how big it is.

My next post is going to be all about the heatercore. If you've seen my progress here you will notice how big the thing is. I found out it fits nicely in that gap where I removed the HDD mount brackets. I'm not conclusive on the spot though. I may even take out that last bottom divider so I can slide the heatercore over further.

This is where the passthrough comes into play. I remember seeing one on a different casemod. It is basically a slab of metal with babs on each end. With this passthough, I can cut out a rectangle on the middle divider, stick this on, and route tubing from the top half to the bottom half professional and with ease.

Maybe you can help me out if you've ever seen such a thing.
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Right I remember seeing that one and being impressed with the shround, its gotten even better so far.
I had a boneville too which I was going to add to my Lian Li but since it was quite big I went with BIP II and a BIP I. I hope they are as good performers together as a boneville.
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Heh, yup, they are pretty big. Right now I am at the final step of my shroud log (I guess you can call it): painting.

I'm giving it a mirror black finish as well.

I am also making a FAQ to make one, both projects should be finished this weekend.
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neat I cant wait to get my hands on that faq!
And goodluck with the build, keep us informed.
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If anybody has any information on where to pick up the "passthrough" as mentioned in my posts above, please tell me! Reps for help!
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