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[Completed] Red Rover - NZXT Phantom Build Log

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This is the build log of my current project, which I have deemed, "Red Rover". I've torn it down 3 times for various mods/upgrades I have listed below. But now it's going to be watercooled with DUAL 480MM RADIATORS INSIDE THE CASE. Read all about it below.

In its original vanilla form, it used to look like this. Very nice, clean build, and hard to look better. BUT THIS IS OCN. WE MUST TOP IT!!!! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

INDEX found below. I'd like to thank mybadomen and phillyd for inspiring me and indirectly therefor helping me lay out my build log index.

Completed pics:





Note that a few of those pics had Crucial LED RAM, whereas the final iteration had Avexir CORE dimms.
Edited by Phelan - 2/12/13 at 7:38pm
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
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Bitfenix single-sleeved cable extensions Red Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech Apogee Drive II 
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post #2 of 188
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Red Rover - Build Log
INDEX


May 29th - Inception

June 11th - Tear Down #1, 200 up front, and who would tear aprt a perfectly fine PSU?

June 13th - Only 4 drive bays now

June 16th - Running again

June 26th - Small, but big difference

August 28th - Case Tear Down #2 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This is the second time I've taken this build down to the dissassembled frame, with many mods in progress.



I cut out the moby tray where the left radiator will go ( I'll have two of them sitting on their sides in tandem).



I made a few cutouts for more hidden wire management.





And I cut out a hole for and glued in my power extension cable so I can hide the whole cable from the other side.



A couple shots of the mess of parts laying around. No GPU here, as I traded off my non-ref 6950 and bought a reference XFX 6950 2GB but it won't be here for 2 more days.







My heavily modded XFX PSU and my wife's MacBook



My matching peripherals (Logitech G600 and painted Azio Levetron Mech4)



Today I hope to start reassembly. I'll take pictures along the way. I tried to touch up the white paint on the frame earlier, but I rushed it and it turned out like crap, so I'm not going to mess with repainting it until I disassemble it again to install the loop.

August 29th - front input panel mod

August 30th - Drive relocation

August 31st - running again!

September 5th - Door Mod

September 6th - More Door Mod

September 11th - never forget. On a side note, a sweet shot of my desk at that time Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
And 1st radiator came in!

September 18th - re-sleeving

September 19th - re-sleeving done!

September 22nd - Tore down again?!?!? And more...

September 24th - Apogee Drive II and test fit

September 27th - More Stuff Ordered

October 1st - Finished front input panel

October 3rd -Mounted rear mesh

October 4th - More W/C stuff in! And more mods!

October 6th - mods and goodbye old faithful

10/7/12 - Mock ups and block fitting

10/08/12 - In Living Color

10/09/12 - More Color

10/10/12 - Breath of fresh air

10/11/12 - Make it clean? Got it covered

10/16/12 - Are my mockups mocking me?

10/20/12 - I can see clearly now, the mesh is gone

10/21/12 - Persistence pays off! Up and running!

11/08/12 - you only thought I was done! New RAM
Edited by Phelan - 11/8/12 at 7:51pm
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intel i5 2550K Asus Maximus V Gene XFX 6950 reference Avexir CORE series red LED 16 GB 
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
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Bitfenix single-sleeved cable extensions Red Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech Apogee Drive II 
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post #3 of 188
Looks good man! I like how different it is. deffinally creative.
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Thanks, Ken! I have a history of being creative with my builds, whether they were trucks, motorcycles, or even model cars.

Anyway, here's a short update with progress pics. My GPU will be here tomorrow, so I hope to have this reassembled and ready for it by the time it gets here. I'll be doing a tear down of this build again soon, so some of the details, like paint, are not a huge concern at this time.

I re-mounted the PSU, and was happy to find out that I have just enough room left in my bottom 5.25" bay for it to be usuable. Previously, before I welded the floor in, I used a screwed-on 5.25-3.5" adapter to hold the sides of the drive bays together, so to see I have that bay back is nice. I put my DVD-RW drive there for now, though I may move it again.





Got my I/O panel installed, and here's the wiring so far...





And the hole I made bigger up top just below the I/O panel? I didn't have to make it quite as big as I did, but it worked to allow me to fit the surprise:



That's the I/O's from a Phantom 410, less the fan controller switch. I cut it off but kept it's PCB intact so I can hopefully use it later to control the fans on my radiators (edit - I ditched that idea and I'm now going to mount a second fan controller in the top identical to the original) . Once I get it mounted solid, I'll mold an I/O shield into the cover and paint it.

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Edited by Phelan - 10/7/12 at 3:20pm
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
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NZXT Phantom Full Tower in White/Red Logitech G600 generic red/white/black mouse pad Sony 520w stereo 
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Bitfenix single-sleeved cable extensions Red Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech Apogee Drive II 
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post #5 of 188
Did you notice any stability problems with the case after you the motherboard tray like that? I would think it would be a bit wobbly.
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Originally Posted by kgtuning View Post

Did you notice any stability problems with the case after you the motherboard tray like that? I would think it would be a bit wobbly.

I have very little experience with Computers, but that being said as long as he has Re-enforced it securely to the three sides it's attached to, it'l be a steady as a rock. And I'm sure once the Rads are in it'l be attached to them anyway strengthening it further.
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It is a little wobbly, but not much when all corners are flat on the ground. As Kirky noted, it's rock solid when I put the doors on and will be even more sturdy once I bolt in the rads.
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
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Progress update. I got all 3 200mm fans installed and wired in, and have my 2.5" drives in place:





I had to notch out the front of the top cover for the stacked drives to fit forward the way they are.





Stacking the SATA power cables was a pain.... But I got it done.







And the UPS guy made me happy today biggrin.gif.



Too bad I'd have to completely dissassemble the card to put the EK backplate on, or I'd run it on there with the stock cooler till I got the rest of the WC parts. Oh well, it'll have to wait.

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Edited by Phelan - 9/28/12 at 5:27pm
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intel i5 2550K Asus Maximus V Gene XFX 6950 reference Avexir CORE series red LED 16 GB 
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Cooler Master Storm Trigger XFX 750w  
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NZXT Phantom Full Tower in White/Red Logitech G600 generic red/white/black mouse pad Sony 520w stereo 
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intel i5 2550K Asus Maximus V Gene XFX 6950 reference Avexir CORE series red LED 16 GB 
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Cooler Master Storm Trigger XFX 750w  
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NZXT Phantom Full Tower in White/Red Logitech G600 generic red/white/black mouse pad Sony 520w stereo 
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post #9 of 188
very interesting idea with the hhd. nice work man.
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Thanks. It was an old external drive my wife had that she gave me. I took it out of it's shell and immediately knew I wanted to stack it on my SSD and hide them together.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 2550K Asus Maximus V Gene XFX 6950 reference Avexir CORE series red LED 16 GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Cooler Master Storm Trigger XFX 750w  
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Full Tower in White/Red Logitech G600 generic red/white/black mouse pad Sony 520w stereo 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix single-sleeved cable extensions Red Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech Apogee Drive II 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Swiftech Maelsrtom EK FC6970 waterblock NZXT FS200 (x5) NZXT FX120 (x1) 
Other
XSPC Xinrulian 120mm (x8) 
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Red Rover
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 2550K Asus Maximus V Gene XFX 6950 reference Avexir CORE series red LED 16 GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Cooler Master Storm Trigger XFX 750w  
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
NZXT Phantom Full Tower in White/Red Logitech G600 generic red/white/black mouse pad Sony 520w stereo 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Bitfenix single-sleeved cable extensions Red Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech Apogee Drive II 
OtherOtherOtherOther
Swiftech Maelsrtom EK FC6970 waterblock NZXT FS200 (x5) NZXT FX120 (x1) 
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