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[Planned] The Rally Car - mITX, watercooled, carbon fiber-wrapped LAN/gaming build

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After a few days of Google-fu, I've pretty much finished planning out my case-mod/build. Read on, and basic sketches will come in the morning biggrin.gif

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy (whenever it gets released)
Mods on case: 2 side windows (one on each side), carbon fiber vinyl (3M Di-Noc), momentary key switch to start PC, with engine starting sound (powered by Arduino Uno). Perhaps even automatic pneumatically-powered side doors that hinge up (later date, probably).

Watercooling stuff: Aircraft-grade stainless steel braided tubing, with adapters and fittings to fit G1/4" threads. Koolance RP-402X1 with 2 DDC pumps in parallel. 2 loops, one for CPU, filled with blue coolant, other for GPU, filled with red coolant. 1x 30FPI 120mm rad for CPU, 2x 30FPI 120mm rads for GPU. 3x Gentle Typhoon GT-31s. 1x slim fan above DDC res to keep DDCs cool. Either 2 universal GPU blocks or a custom-made split loop full cover block (water goes into block over first GPU, out to rad, back to block over 2nd GPU on card, back to another rad, then back to res).

Actual hardware (that I have prices for):
CPU: i5-3570K, $244
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe, $229
GPU: 6870x2, $350
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer BLT2KIT4G3D1869DT2TXOB, $75
PSU: Silverstone Strider Plus ST75F-P + PP05 Short Cable Kit, $160
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB, $129 (primary/OS drive)
HDD: Seagate Momentus XT 750GB, $199
Soundcard: Creative X-Fi Surround USB, $65
Fans: 3x Gentle Typhoon 5400RPM, $87
Watercooling bits: Koolance RP401X2 ($84), Swiftech Apogee HD ($79), 2x XSPC RayStorm GPU ($79 each), 3x Hardware Labs Black Ice GTS 120 ($49 each)
Total (approx): $2180

PS: If anyone wants to use the same hoses as I do, then you'll want Kinsler part no. 8281, IIRC. It converts an AN fitting to G1/4", so you can connect the hose fittings to your blocks/reservoirs/etc.
Edited by BodenM - 5/17/12 at 10:13pm
 
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post #2 of 13
Sounds like a kick ass build.

One thing I'm really curious on, though...how are you planning on fitting 2 6870s on an mITX board? I thought they only had 1 slot. I've never seen one with more, anyway.
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Its a 6870x2 (Dual GPU Card) and not 2x 6870.
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Sounds like a kick ass build.

One thing I'm really curious on, though...how are you planning on fitting 2 6870s on an mITX board? I thought they only had 1 slot. I've never seen one with more, anyway.
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Its a 6870x2 (Dual GPU Card) and not 2x 6870.

^ What he said. the 6870x2 is pretty awesome, goes almost as fast as a 7970, but costs less (also uses more power and makes more heat though, xD). I've never seen a full cover block for one either, so if I want one, it's going to have to be custom.
 
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Here are the sketches, as promised (my apologies in advance for my horrid sketching skills, LOL, also, they don't detail the buttons and shiz):
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Anyone got some compliments and/or constructive criticism for this so far?
 
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Although I really dont like the prodigy case in general, this seems to be a really cool sounding idea. ISnt there space for 2 x 240mm rads in that case though? One on the roof and one in front? I like the dual loop idea and the carbon fiber though. As for the engine noise, it is going to sound really bad if you play it through a tiny speaker. You need some low end if youre going to make it sound like a rally car. thumb.gif
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Although I really dont like the prodigy case in general, this seems to be a really cool sounding idea. ISnt there space for 2 x 240mm rads in that case though? One on the roof and one in front? I like the dual loop idea and the carbon fiber though. As for the engine noise, it is going to sound really bad if you play it through a tiny speaker. You need some low end if youre going to make it sound like a rally car. thumb.gif
There is space for 2x 240mm rads, but having a 240mm in the front means I can't cool the GPUs independently of each other (I'm going to have it setup like this: pump > GPU 1 > 120mm rad > GPU 2 > 120mm rad > res), and a 240mm rad in the top means I can't use the 5.25" bay, which I need for the pump/res combo. I'll have to work out a system for the Arduino and wave shield that won't sound like crap though thumb.gif
 
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ive seen key start cases and always thought it needs an engine start noise. its just permanently attached for me. so do it right!

putting the board like that and having clear side panels all your going to see is tubes. if thats what you want then by all means go for it. though i think you could probably take the car theme more. perhaps wheels instead of feet. and replace those handles with old steering wheel chunks.
    
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ive seen key start cases and always thought it needs an engine start noise. its just permanently attached for me. so do it right!
I've always thought that too, haha. I got the original key start idea from a case mod I saw (Maximum Security) that used a key to start the PC. The car starting sound was originally just an afterthought of that, but now it's a fully fledged part of the build biggrin.gif
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putting the board like that and having clear side panels all your going to see is tubes. if thats what you want then by all means go for it. though i think you could probably take the car theme more. perhaps wheels instead of feet. and replace those handles with old steering wheel chunks.
That's the plan, braided aluminium tubes are smexy n_n. I'll be putting some race-style decals on the front corner of each side panel, and a name tag on each side window with a small country flag too, once again, like a rally car. I think cutting the handles off, and then making it look smooth, then trying to affix wheels (with brakes, wouldn't want it rolling off the table, xD) would just be too difficult, especially considering those handles are made of something BF calls "plastic steel", something about being able to flex and then return to its original shape.
 
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