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[Mod Log] POLARIS - Watercooled ITX Build - Now with Caselabs S3!

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I chose the name Polaris, because it is the name of the north star, a tiny but very prominent element of the night sky. A star that stands out among the others. On top of that, the theme of this build will be lack with white accents. Anyway, enough talk:

This is what my case looks like except with a mesh front rad mount thumb.gif

Components:
AsRock Z77E ITX Motherboard
Intel 3570k CPU
Fractal Design Array R2 Case Caselabs S3
Corsair Vengeance LP White Low voltage Ram Gskill Trident 2400 C10
Silverstone 450w SFF PSU CM Silent Pro Hybrid 1050 watt
XFX Reference 2GB 6950
Samsung 830 128GB SSD
250 GB Hitachi notebook drive

Edited by Shadow_Foxx - 5/31/13 at 10:11am
POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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post #2 of 197
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Picture of Old case (Click to show)
Hello OCN,

I am embarking on a new mod project, in a much smaller form factor. My previous mod, Red Alert, was my first foray into building and watercooling. All those parts have been sold to fund this build that will be easier to carry back and forth to college. Now that I actually know whats going on (sort of tongue.gif) I am going to try to do even better this time around. I got my hands on a decent (although still point and shoot) camera, so I will be attempting to take better pics. If you loved the quality of pics of that were taken with my droid incredible in my last log, I apologize tongue.gif I will also be moving to the intel camp, which is another new direction for me. The case will be a NAS case, a fractal design array R2, which is not really available anymore now available at Newegg for around $200, but a microcenter sort of near me had 2 in stock for $170. Some of you may know that Hannes, Laine, and even Bill Owen have already had a crack at modding this case, but I assure you my design will be alot different. I will do my best to give my thoughts on products, as well as share any knowledge that I gain. Its more fun to read a log if you learn something thumb.gif

Pitchuhs:
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Initial Testing

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She boots! biggrin.gif Be sure to comment and subscribe, the more the merrier thumb.gif


How she looks beside me at the moment:

Edited by Shadow_Foxx - 5/31/13 at 10:07am
POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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post #3 of 197
Nice! Subbed for sure, I'm embarking on a similar project with a slightly different case. This will be interesting to watch.
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Originally Posted by Scorpion49 View Post

Nice! Subbed for sure, I'm embarking on a similar project with a slightly different case. This will be interesting to watch.

Ah yes, I saw you over in the SFF thread, ITX builds are everywhere lately! And thanks for the sub thumb.gif
POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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post #5 of 197
Subbed as well - would love to nick a few ideas from you ^_^ (converting a dead shuttle xpc to be watercooled too)
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sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub'd

that enough sub spamming? too bad its not subway
Darth FADEr
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G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL G.SKILL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOS
Seagate Barracuda  Patriot Pyro SSD Patriot Pyro SSD Windows 7 Home Premium 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
Samsung T220 Samsung T220 Seasonic X750 Modded HAF 932 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon 5160 0MY171 NVIDIA Quadro 4000 Hyundai Electronics  
RAMRAMRAMRAM
Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  Samsung  Hyundai Electronics  
RAMHard DriveOSMonitor
Hyundai Electronics  Fujitsu Enterprise 15,000 RPM Windows XP Home Premium Dell U2411 
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post #7 of 197
Subbed. Althought I fancy bigger cases more, this seems interesting thumb.gif
post #8 of 197
Subbed as well. I love how the ITX boards have gotten so good lately
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Subbed...
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Intel i5-2500k 4.4GHz Asus P8P67 Pro 3.1 HIS HD 7870 2GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial m4 128GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Noctua NH-D14 
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Accelero Twin Turbo II Windows 7 Professional N Dell U2311H Realforce 87U White 55cN 
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Crucial m4 128GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Asus DRW-24B1ST Noctua NH-D14 
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Accelero Twin Turbo II Windows 7 Professional N Dell U2311H Realforce 87U White 55cN 
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post #10 of 197
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Originally Posted by cheewah0 View Post

Subbed as well - would love to nick a few ideas from you ^_^ (converting a dead shuttle xpc to be watercooled too)

Nick away mate, thanks biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by shadowhero18 View Post

sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub sub'd
that enough sub spamming? too bad its not subway

I worked at Subway for 3 years of my high school career, can barely go there anymore tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by nuusk1s View Post

Subbed. Althought I fancy bigger cases more, this seems interesting thumb.gif

Yea, there are some sacrifices to be made, but Im hoping the gains will make it worth it for what I need!
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlderonnX View Post

Subbed as well. I love how the ITX boards have gotten so good lately

I know, even the Z68 ITX boards had a ton of problems. This seems like the first gen where they are actually close to being as fully featured as they larger brethren, and I love it wheee.gif
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Originally Posted by csm725 View Post

Subbed...

Thanks mate thumb.gif


Thanks for the subs, some parts have been ordered and should be arriving within the week, this bad boy is starting to come together smile.gif Also, its good to have some modders here that I have seen around already, some with stellar projects already. Lovin the OCN community grouphug.gif
Edited by Shadow_Foxx - 5/30/12 at 12:51pm
POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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POLARIS
(14 items)
 
Red Alert SR-1
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3570k 4.5Ghz 1.25v AsRock z77E-ITX XFX Reference 2GB 6950 1015/1500 1.255v 8gb Gskill Trident X 2400 C10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128GB Ek Supreme HF White Acetal/EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Dell U2913WM 2560x1080 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w Caselabs Mercury S3 Logitech G500 Fiio E10k USB DAC 
Audio
Creative Aurvana Live! 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 955 BE (4.4Ghz @1.52v) NB @ 2870 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev. 1.1 [F4] Dual Reference XFX 2GB 6950s (950/1437) 1.25v 8GB Gskill DDR3 1333 CL7 @1412 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Vertex II 60GB, 2x Caviar Black EK Supreme HF, EK FC 6970 Windows 7 Ultimate Alienware AW2210 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated Corsair 650TX Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech G9 
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