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Blue Eyes Black Dragon (In Win Dragon Rider 360 rad mod) completed!

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Hey there! Finally got all the parts I needed for a decent loop this Christmas. I have been planning it for awhile but its a pretty basic loop that requires a bit of modding on my part. So here we go! (also lul@yugiohreference, watch the abridged version on youtube for some laughs)


Components:

i7 2600k
Asus Sabertooth p67 mobo
MSI R6950 (full unlock to 6970) now a 7950
G.Skill Sniper 2x4 gb
Samsung 830 128 gb
640 gb WD Caviar Black (yeah yeah WC before SSD tongue.gif)
Seasonic X750
In Win Dragon Rider

Watercooling

XSPC Raystorm
EK full cover 6970 Reference waterblock EK nickel/plexi 7950 Reference waterblock
Swiftech MCP655 pump
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR1 360 radiator
FrozenQ Reactor Core Reservoir
Danger Den Dreamflex 1/2 ID 3/4 OD tubing UV Blue
9x XSPC black chrome low profile compresson fittings
1x XSPC 10 mm extension
2x Bitspower black sparkle rotary 90 extensions
Akasa FC Six fan controller
4x Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP 15
1x GELID Wing 120 UV Blue

Also some random sleeving using FTWPC sleeve/paracord done before I started this

Case Modding Planned so far:

-Gotta move the control panel forward to fit the 360 rad in the top and cutting out all meshed fan openings < actually going to be way harder than it sounds
-Maybe make a few holes in the mobo tray to route cables back behind
-Also have to see if the radiator and pull fans will fit in the roof. I measured and came up a few mm short so we'll see how that goes haha

-install the WC stuff
-Fully assemble and get up and running

Future Plans:
-maybe make the mesh a full plexi window
-buy the double helices from frozenQ to add to my reservoir
-upgrade to 7950
-buy some more 45/90 degree extensions to shorten tubing
-get some black anti-kink coils
-paint the AP 15s blue or black haven't decided (IT NEVER ENDS)
-update: sold the 6950 upgraded to 7950 with full EK Nickel/Plexi block with mayhems XT-1 glycol UV Blue coolant
Edited by discipline - 3/6/13 at 1:50am
post #2 of 26
Thread Starter 
Pics incoming soon I already started earlier today. Also TINDADRAGON I MADE THESE POSTS WITHIN SECONDS HOW U NINJAAAA! biggrin.gif

First pics!

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First step dis-assembly!

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watablockin' dat vid card

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check out that shine!

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ASSEMBLED!

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control panel top off

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rest of it out R U KIDDIN ME THE ESATA PORTS ARE SEPARATE!
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talk about sneaky. . . I thought those screws would be impossible to reach

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using the grill to see how far I'll have to move the control panel forward. . .

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Some FTWPC sleeve and sata sleeve AND an awesome overclock.net fan grill for the back!

last thing for the day was cutting out the back fan mesh
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Edited by discipline - 1/3/12 at 9:30pm
post #3 of 26
lol. I thought they made a new card in Yugioh. Can't wait to see ur dragon. thumb.gif
post #4 of 26
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short update: Had to buy a new dremel and then I did some more cutting. I'm still thinking how the heck I'm going to do this control panel nonsense.

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Cuttin this stuff out

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stuff is cut out

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put the raystorm on!
Edited by discipline - 1/4/12 at 11:45pm
post #5 of 26
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update 3:

So I put my motherboard in to see if I could put fans inside as opposed to outside of the case and looking horrible and they fit! I have to grind down a little bit off of one of my fans to get the 8 pin power cable to fit but I honestly can't believe it fit!

So I went ahead and mounted the 2 fans that don't need to be modified to the radiator and put the fittings on

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2 brand new GT AP 15s and one of the two I was using before

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2 fans mounted and I covered the fittings so no dust gets inside the rad until I'm ready to assemble all this stuff.

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I ended up having to move the control panel so far forward that I just had to cut out the entire top of my case

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When I cut out what held the control panel in place I made the two pieces into a bracket. Something I had seen done in another build log of a case mod for a dragon rider. It's really a brilliant idea

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Anddddd the first potential problem. It turns out that the spacing of the two bottom holes on my FrozenQ Reservoir are not really far enough apart for compression fittings. I can almost get them so we'll see what happens when tubing is applied.

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Went ahead and sleeved the cords to the UV cold cathodes in the reservoir and the one I'm using at the top of the case. I'm thinking I'm going to mount it on the side panel. If I mount it on the top I think most of the light will be blocked by the radiator.
Edited by discipline - 1/6/12 at 12:36pm
post #6 of 26
I fit an H100 in the top of the Dragon Rider with 4 ultra kazes. Had to have 2 on the outside but it worked... until he blew it up installing a new psu. Maybe this will give him the enthusiasm to learn more about his computer, not just that its a powerhouse.
post #7 of 26
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update number 4: "MO FITTINGS MO PROBLEMS"

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hey look the fitting won't fit with the backplate on! Decided to go ahead and order an extension + some 90 degree extensions to clean up a bit and solve that problem on the bottom of the reservoir

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cut a larger hole in the back to route all the fan controller cables through. Gotta keep dat cable management fresh to death

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didn't have a bit big enough to drill a hole for the fillport so I cut it with my trusty dremel! I know it looks horrible now but I have a neoprene washer to put in between that ugly hole and the fillport to cover it and make it fit tight.

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reppin mah site. Thanks to FTWPC. Also put my GELID Wing 120 UV Blue fan to give it a nice glow

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had to go to the home depot close by and get some 3M double sided tape and 12 mm M4 screws. The ones that came with my radiator were literally a few mm too short to go through the grill+case+rad. Put 3M carbon fiber stuff on the washer that covers the ugly fillport hole

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cut the front bezel or w/e you call the plastic piece that goes on the front so my newly moved control panel will fit. It's an extremely rough cut I might go over it with a fine grit sandpaper to make it look a bit better.

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this is where I'm at right now. I need to drill the holes to mount the reservoir and then put everything else in and just wait until my new fitting extensions get here on wed/thurs
Edited by discipline - 1/9/12 at 1:28pm
post #8 of 26
To answer your question

Because I am one

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post #9 of 26
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update number 5: Almost done! Got the new extensions in today. Getting these low profile compressions on and to stay tight is pretty freakin tough. Just need to redo the ones on the radiator and its ready for a leak test.

new fitting extensions! Man the bitspower black sparkles look awesome. The other is a 10 mm XSPC one
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this is why I needed this one, now I can get the stupid fitting on w/o cutting up the backplate!
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These bitspower 90 degree extensions have convinced me to only buy bitspower from now on. They are just on a whole other level
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one on the top leading to the fillport
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and one on the bottom of the reservoir leading to the pump

Like I said I need to unbolt the rad from the top and get the fittings with hose on tight. It's such a tight space up there that its impossible to sufficiently tighten those two enough to not leak.

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Edited by discipline - 1/12/12 at 1:37am
post #10 of 26
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Will post the leak test pic soon.

edit: Here it is!
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w/o the paper towels and everything hooked up
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Edited by discipline - 1/13/12 at 7:53pm
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