OKAY- sorry for the delay in updating this, It's been quite the weekend, I'm not to the point where it's either update or do homework so we all know who wins this one XD This update covers the process of a period of 3 days so it may seem a bit concentrated
First thing I did was rip the whole case apart- specifially the front, which was thankfully very easy to remove the mesh came off with a few screws and we get this
Case boxes make wonderful make shift paint booths for small-medium objects. Cut one side and once your done painting you can lay the side back over to protect your stuff from dust and nasties. They went in black
And came out white
Installed mesh and covers, and used that previously mentioned white 'carbon fiber' vinyl to cover up the cooler master logo and add balance to the front face of the case.
NOW- for my odd cable management sleeving system. I used electrical tape and cut corrugated tubing to cover up -all- cables and whatnot. Total cost was around $14 and i have LOADS extra of 3 kinds of corrugated cut tube. I really like the effect that this gives it's sort of a cyber-y look. This is just the fan cable but you'll be seeing the same sleeving method elsewhere. (cable ties are NEEDED if you are using very high grade tape) The reason I chose this method is because it's very very cheap, it's great if you want to keep your warranty, and if done right I think it looks better than the (sometimes) chaotic parachord sleeving- It's also MUCH easier than any method I've seen/done and all you need are scissors and nail clippers for tools. Just keep patience and tension with the tape.
Covered the side panel orange GX650 with black carbon fiber vinyl (gives a great effect later with the white cathode)
Dents in tape do happen- but they can easily be undone. The top shows what it should NOT look like and the bottom shows what it SHOULD look like. Double zip ties are stylistic- only one is really needed.
[IN THE ZONE TIME- didn't take pictures for a bit]
That NZXT fan DOES NOT fit coolermaster 200mm fan ports (i didn't read all of the description on newegg) Ended up rigging it to the top which is why you see tie nubs all over it XD The outside shows none of this. I'll eventually make an adapter.
Suddenly it looks pretty put together. The H70 was a total dick to put in, but i had also only been used to non-bracket systems so that may have had a large effect on my novice knowledge in this particular setup.
Main power connector, and GPU 8 pin + 6/2 pin lines. It was cleaned up a bit with the ties after the shot
Money shot #1: all put together and flowing wonderfully with the white cathode. Much to my dismay the ECS mobo has a slight brown to it when i SPECIFICALLY wanted a pure black- but It's not too bad as long as you aren't taking pictures of it XD
I used to have a XSPC white LCD temp reader but it broke somehow and only reads Lc. I've contact jab-tech to RMA 2 days ago but no reply.
Sadly I'm now in the process of RMAing the H70 cooler- it's a wonderful part which is why i'm not just junking it, but the clicking i believe will lead to failure of the pump and either way it isn't supposed to run like that (my unit specifically is heard below- without side panel removed)
At least one more update to come. I still need to work on cable management some, get the temp reader installed, and do quite a bit of LED work- this project isn't finish guys XD that's why there's only one money shot.
Thanks ^^ I like it a lot too. I could only find sizes of 1/4 3/8 1/2 inch but it does the job- If i had larger size tubes I could have consolidated even more, but I'm very much satisfied with the job as-is. The most expensive part was the tape which was $5 for a pack of 10 rolls and I only used one so as far as what I USED it cost less than $10 XD The idea for it came a lot from the fact that it very much matches the tubing on the H70
Once I get my h70 back I'll test it out and make sure it all functions well and THEN start considering custom tubing the cooler- having to keep it inside my rig is pretty restrictive and a simple t line could remove all the air from the whole system improving the performance a bit. I'm no huge overclocker or anything, but I like to have overhead and I want my res to be on the outside of my case! Couldn't be terribly hard to do, I just wouldn't be including the micro res like other peoples do- fill port is cheaper and does the same job. The case already has 3 tube holes too ^^ Perfect for the setup