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[Completed - Build Log] Lucky 13 - NZXT Phantom featuring the new Primochill Compression Tube Res!

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Hi everybody biggrin.gif

With the my Cancer Awareness Phantom, and the giveaway of the build completed, I was able to finally get to my personal Phantom. This case mod itself, took place over a 6 day period, and the completion followed shortly a couple of weeks later.

With it now completed, I gave myself some time to write up a build log of its progress and finish.

I just completed this mod yesterday, and got some free time to make a log.

System Specs are

Asus CrosshairFormula V
AMD FX-8120 @4.6Ghz
16GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600Mhz
2 - XFX 6970 w/EK 6970v2 water blocks - Bitspower Crytal links
XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
2 - MCP355 Pumps w/ XSPC Dual Pumo Acrylic
Alphacool 240mm Radiator
XSPC RS360 Radiator
Primochill's *NEW* Compression Tube Reservoir
Primochill Primoflex PRO LRT UV Red Tubing
2 - Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD in Raid0
1 Seagate Barracude 7200rpm 2TB for storage.
ModSmart 24pin, 6pin PCIe, 8pin PCIe sleeved cable extensions.



A little background for the motivation on this build. I've been into hot rods for a good majority of my life. I used to modify and drag race a few of the cars I have owned through out the years. Mostly Camaro's, but I've built a few decent DSM's as well. 2 years ago, I injured my shoulder at work, and have not been able to do any of the heavy mechanicing that I used to be able to do. I have since had 3 surgeries on my shoulder, and have been told heavy lifting or a lot of repetitive work is going to be off of my list of capabilities now.

Luckily, I have also been building and fixing computers for at least the last 10 years as a smaller, back burner(winter) hobby. So I started modding cases, and building more computers while recovering from my surgeries. It has now become my passion, and I can do it one handed if the need ever arises again

On to the mod. I decided on Lucky 13 for the name, because I like the brand, and it deals around the old school hot rod scene, which is the theme I wanted to go far.

I loved NZXT's Phantom case, ever since I laid eyes on it in a few forums. It's shape, size and cable management possibilities are great, not to mention the moddable aspect of them. I loved my white Phantom, but with all of my watercooling gear, it felt cramped, and I got sick of feeling claustrophobic, looking inside the case. So I obtained a black Phantom, and got started.

I ditched the 5.25", and all the HDD bays immediately. I fabricated a panel to smooth out the visible part of the MB tray, and gave me room to mount my HDD and SSD's in the back of the case, and wrapped it around to the front of the case also. I decided to add 2 more 120mm fans where the 5.25" bays used to be, since I removed the original fan mount on the front of the case. Next, I made up my PSU, and radiator shroud for the bottom of the case.
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Once I had all of that test fitted, I drilled out all the rivets on the case, sandblasted all the panels(except for the plastic pieces of course) and got to repainting. I painted the exterior, the MB tray, and cover satin black. I then taped off the back side of the rear panel, and painted it, and the PSU/rad shroud, and the exterior plastic trim, satin red, to accent all of the black.
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Reassembly of the case after painting.
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I then decided that the front door of the case needed to be able to flow some air, for the 2 new fans that I was going to install, and took the opportunity to make something special. This is what I came up with.
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Case and new fab'd parts all put together.

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Once all of the big modding jobs were completed, I got started build all of my wiring blocks for my pumps, and LED's. Turned out to be a good time to do it, while I waited for my new reservoir to arrive.
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Resistors soldered onto the LED's
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They worked! Success!
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The first Primochill Compression Tube Reservoir to leave there building
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With the arrival of the new res, and tubing, the transfer of hardware could commence!

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post #2 of 16
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Here are the final pics from the photoshoot I did when everything was put together. Hope you all enjoy them biggrin.gif


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This is so ridiculously relevant to my interests... Camaros, the color scheme , th hot rod scene, the name, shoot even the shoulder injury. Rotator cuffs for me...thumb.gif

I love it! I vote motm!
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Absolutely Stunning thumb.gif Looks very very good, That res fits in so nice with the entire build! Your photography is superb but is it just me or are the gpus a bit dusty tongue.gif

EDIT: Got ninjaed by ^ but I would second MOTM
    
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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post

This is so ridiculously relevant to my interests... Camaros, the color scheme , th hot rod scene, the name, shoot even the shoulder injury. Rotator cuffs for me...thumb.gif
I love it! I vote motm!

Thank you, I'm glad it peaks a lot of your interests, because thats what I was going for biggrin.gif

Shoulder injuries seem to be more common than I thought they were smile.gif I've had 2 Labrum repairs, and a 3rd surgery to move my bicep tendon to another location. Still not 100% but better than it was.
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Absolutely Stunning thumb.gif Looks very very good, That res fits in so nice with the entire build! Your photography is superb but is it just me or are the gpus a bit dusty tongue.gif
EDIT: Got ninjaed by ^ but I would second MOTM

Thanks for the kind words also, golfer biggrin.gif

Yes, the GPU's are slightly dusty redface.gif All the hardware was used in my old case, and tried my best to dust everything off. Some of it was more stubborn haha. I may be getting some back plates for them, but that's still a few months out right now.
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it's aching to be included there!

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it's aching to be included there!

I really wish I could afford to get at least one of those, but I think my wife might murder me in my sleep if I ordered one biggrin.gif

I made a video build log, with all of my pictures a couple nights ago. It's my first attmept at making a video in ~10 years. Constructive criticism is welcomed biggrin.gif
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This build is amazing and very inspirational. I love what you did to cover the cable management holes and stuff. How much do you think it would cost me to bribe my welder friend to do something like that for me?
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Very very cool build! I have taken many ideas from this! Looks great, keep up the work!

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This build is amazing and very inspirational. I love what you did to cover the cable management holes and stuff. How much do you think it would cost me to bribe my welder friend to do something like that for me?

Thanks NHS smile.gif I like to try to be inspirational to some, especially with case modding. There really isn't much that can't be achieved, with a little planning and time devoted to the project.

In all reality, I used maybe $20 in raw steel to make my panels. The hardest part was getting the bends in the MB tray panel with a flat harbor freight metal brake. If I would have been just making a box, it would be fine. The PSU cover is a really quick job though. I'd say if you threw him $20-$30, if he is a close friend. If he's just an acquaintance $40-$50 smile.gif lol
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Very very cool build! I have taken many ideas from this! Looks great, keep up the work!
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Take all the ideas you need biggrin.gif Thank you for the compliments!
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