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Project: Vortex

Welcome OC'ers and Case Modders alike!

Introduction

First, a little introduction. This is my first work log, and will detail the continued modding I am performing on my semi-new build, which also happens to be my first. I set it up last year, and after doing some small mods to the case, seem to have caught the modding bug, and it's quickly turned into a hobby. This time round, I'm starting to think bigger, and will be using some body filler/putty to make bigger adjustments to the case, particularly the front and top ABS panels.

Table of Contents
Being Updated!
Disclaimer type thingy
Now that I've tidied up this thread a fair bit, I'll do my best to keep it this way. Also, the majority of the images of the build will be hidden by spoilers, to save people with slower internet speeds agonisingly long loading times. Anyone who would like me to explain a step in more detail or give some pointers, feel free to ask. Lastly, thanks for following!

Edited by evil_scotsman - 5/1/12 at 4:06pm
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Current Status

As of now, I have finished up all pre filler sanding of the case, completed all the planned body filler related mods to the steel chassis of the case, as well as the ABS panels. I have finished painting the fans/fan mounts, reassembled them, and done some quick testing, and finished the front I/O bezel mod. I have also completed the body filler GPU cover mod (to increase GPU stability).

Latest Photos

I'll constantly update this section so that the latest few photos taken of the build will be shown here.
Current look from front (Click to show)
Lighting was poor here, and the case itself looks in a pretty sad state. This will be fixed soon though! The mesh holes in the front panel here will be cut out soon, to allow better airflow, and will be replaced with 120mm fan grills I have.

Current top view (Click to show)
Same story with the top panel, putty needs to be shaped and sanded down, which will be next on the list after the front panel. The 140mm fans will be covered slightly by some 140mm fan grills, one of the fans has already had a nasty meeting with something falling through it while powered on!


Front Panel Planning

After a bit of thought, I decided to lay the front panel out with the two 120mm intake fans towards the bottom of the case, and the fan controller and Optical Drive up the top. It allows me to hide the cables for them much more easily. A basic sketch of my plans can be seen below.


Note that the Fan Controller and ODD in the image above have been switched around in the build.

The red lines show what I'm going to do to the mesh panels. I intend to use body filler to smooth out the areas on the outer side of the red lines.

Currently using painter's tape on the mesh panels to create a more detailed outline for the area to be filled. Once it's cut out to shape, I'll start the putty work on it!
Edited by evil_scotsman - 12/8/12 at 9:44am
Project: Vortex
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Core i7 2600 ASRock Z68 Extreme7  Asus GTX 570 DCII Corsair Vengeance 
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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Subbed lookfoward to the outcome smile.gif
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Originally Posted by ryanbob1234 View Post

Subbed lookfoward to the outcome smile.gif

Thank you my good sir! I've pretty much ordered the last of my supplies tonight, the body filler, new case feet (bought on a whim), and other stuff is on its way already (fan grills, thumbscrews, odds and ends really). I'll be able to get my sandpaper locally so I can get that anytime thumb.gif
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Build prior to starting the rebuilding project. Use it to see what I was working with, and compare with how it was before to how it looks on completion.

Old build: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Top view
450

Front
700

Side
450

Edited by evil_scotsman - 2/27/12 at 7:54am
Project: Vortex
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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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21.5" Asus VE228H LED Logitech Ultra Flat Corsair AX750 CM Storm Sniper (temporary) 
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Project Build List

Completed tasks have been stricken through, unless otherwise noted.

Cutting work:
  • Cut out "squares" around 140mm top exhaust fans, in prep for raising the top panel several mm (needed to provide room for new 140mm fans/wire guards)
  • Cut out new hole for the motherboard's 8-pin ATX power in top left corner of the motherboard tray.
  • Redo cuts around the rear fan mount, front fan mounts, and PSU fan hole, to reduce sharp edges.
  • Cut off tabs for cable management on the rear of the motherboard tray (unused).

Sanding work:
  • Sand down the holes made by cutting the "squares" out of the top panel.
  • Sand down NZXT logo on front panel, as well as the wire mesh slots that fit onto the front panel.
  • Sand down all the fan holes to get rid of any remaining sharp edges.
  • Sand down the 8 pin power hole on motherboard tray, holes left by cable management tabs, as well as any and all unnecessary holes inside or outside the case.
  • Sand around the grooves on the top and front panels.
  • Sand around the noew unused holes in the I/O panel.

Putty work:
  • Fill in holes on the front 120mm fan mounts.
  • Raise the top panel's base by several mm (giving clearance for new 140mm fans/wire guards).
  • Fill in the old 8-pin motherboard power hole.
  • Fill in the areas on the front panel's wire mesh slots to give it a new look.
  • Fill in any other holes in various places on the case (underside, rear, internal, I/O panel holes)
  • Use filler/aluminium mesh to increase the stability of the GPU when in the case.

Painting work:
  • Paint case fan blades white.
  • Paint case fan housings black.
  • Paint single PCI brackets black.
  • Paint all cutting/sanding/filling work black. Now plan to paint entire case using new black paint.
  • Re-paint the PCI bracket for the GPU and the GPU cooler's cover black.
  • Paint RAM heatsinks white
  • Paint motherboard heatsinks white

Other:
  • Remove power/reset buttons, and replace. Currently re-doing this task with soldering equipment.
  • Remove eSATA and audio connections on the I/O board.
  • Rebuild case fans and check that paint has not affected performance.
  • Drill holes for custom mounting the SSD's.
  • Buy/create a custom mounting solution for HDD.
  • Drill holes for new case feet.
  • Add the USB 3.0 extension ports (rear).
  • Replace CPU cooler (Cooler Master V8 chosen).
  • Look at replacing CCL with NZXT LED wire (needs PCIe x1 slot).
  • Look at ways of supporting the GPU (cooler size causing slight sagging). Update is in Putty work section.

Possible future mods:
  • Indivudually sleeve all internal cabling (black or white?)
  • Use frisket paper to make custom stencils for various areas of the case, and paint the stencils in white.
  • Replace side panel/mod existing panel and replace window with clear acrylic.

Build Specification

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3
CPU: Intel i7 2600
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8
Graphics Card: ASUS GTX 570 DCII
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB
PSU: Corsair AX750
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 (1x1TB)
ODD: Sony 24xDVD RW
F/C: NZXT Mix Fan Controller

[individual case fans to be added]
Edited by evil_scotsman - 11/27/12 at 3:44pm
Project: Vortex
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Core i7 2600 ASRock Z68 Extreme7  Asus GTX 570 DCII Corsair Vengeance 
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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Try and get a corsair hx850 or a Ax850 that those are bomb proof and modular which means less cables tongue.gif

I love my tx650 but damn there are so many connectors that my little case cant hide them all haha.

Looking forward even more now thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by ryanbob1234 View Post

Try and get a corsair hx850 or a Ax850 that those are bomb proof and modular which means less cables tongue.gif
I love my tx650 but damn there are so many connectors that my little case cant hide them all haha.
Looking forward even more now thumb.gif

Thanks! Though it seems you're the only one really interested haha. Maybe it'l change once I get down to work. Most of the supplies arrived today but I'm busy with other stuff this weekend, so probably won't get much done, maybe some sanding and prep work if I'm lucky.

On the PSU's you suggested, they look damn good, and fully modular is a definite plus, but 850W seems like overkill for my build. I reckon a fully modular 650-700W would be more than enough for me. My current one will do at the mo' though. biggrin.gif
Project: Vortex
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 2600 ASRock Z68 Extreme7  Asus GTX 570 DCII Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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Core i7 2600 ASRock Z68 Extreme7  Asus GTX 570 DCII Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Better to have to much than not enough wink.gif

When you get some pics up people.will look you know how people are tongue.gif

I won't make my log till I got some pics smile.gif

Free bump for good measure
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If all goes to plan today I'll have the prep work done! Huzzah! smile.gif
Project: Vortex
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Core i7 2600 ASRock Z68 Extreme7  Asus GTX 570 DCII Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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Core i7 2600 ASRock Z68 Extreme7  Asus GTX 570 DCII Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 Sony 24xDVD RW Cooler Master V8 Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
21.5" Asus VE228H LED Logitech Ultra Flat Corsair AX750 CM Storm Sniper (temporary) 
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