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(Portal?) Themed mATX Build

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This summer I finished my first gaming build. It's a more than capable rig that lives in a Corsair 500r case. It has a i7-2700k on a high end Asus board, cooled with a plethera of fans and run by an Intel 520 series SSD. This thing is fast and awesome to play games on, but it sits BIG next to my desk.

After months of creeping on OCN, I've noticed a lot of mATX builds that pack the same capable hardware into small footprints, all while maintaining looks. Assembling a decent midtower gaming computer requires very little planning and effort. You buy the parts, install them, and away you go. On the other hand, mATX cases can present a challenge to the total amount of hardware you want to install.

I've always loved a challenged, so I've decided that to replace my current rig with a new, challenging build. I've decided to try to pack a full set of high end gaming hardware into a highly customized mATX case and include watercooling. I don't really like the idea of using AIO water coolers on just the CPU so it'll be a full system water cool (my first eperience with water, also).

With all this in mind, I want the case to look great and be able to perform well, which suggests that some serious modding will happen before I'm happy.

The case in mind is the SilverStone TJ08-e case. I very much so enjoy the profile of the case and I think that it's internals will lend themselves to letting pack that hardware in. The first part of the case that I'll see is the outside though, so I want to make it sparkle.

I had an idea of doing a Portal theme on this case. While the shape of the case doesn't scream Portal, it has a lot of clean lines that would look great with the right mods.



Thanks for sticking with me if you've made it this far. If could make a Portal themed computer, what would you put on it?

I want to use this thread as a springboard for ideas, mine and all of you mad OCN modders. biggrin.gif

If Portal isn't your thing or you think that this case would lend itself to another neat theme, what would it be and what would you do to the case.

I have access to all kinds of crazy tools, so don't leave any ideas unwritten. Give me your craziest ideas and we'll see how this case is transformed.

Thanks all! smile.gif
First Gaming PC
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2700k ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 MSI GTX 660 Ti PE 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 520 series 240GB SSD ASUS DVD Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2412M Acer V223W Generic Dell Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W Semimodular 
CaseMouseAudio
Corsair 500R White Edition Logitech M705 Wireless Bose QC15 Noise Canceling Headphones 
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First Gaming PC
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2700k ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 MSI GTX 660 Ti PE 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 520 series 240GB SSD ASUS DVD Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2412M Acer V223W Generic Dell Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W Semimodular 
CaseMouseAudio
Corsair 500R White Edition Logitech M705 Wireless Bose QC15 Noise Canceling Headphones 
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+Rep and bump for interest. thumb.gif
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I'll be posting my Portal theme that I drew onto a layout of the case as soon as I find a scanner around!
First Gaming PC
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2700k ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 MSI GTX 660 Ti PE 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 520 series 240GB SSD ASUS DVD Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2412M Acer V223W Generic Dell Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W Semimodular 
CaseMouseAudio
Corsair 500R White Edition Logitech M705 Wireless Bose QC15 Noise Canceling Headphones 
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First Gaming PC
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2700k ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 MSI GTX 660 Ti PE 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 520 series 240GB SSD ASUS DVD Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2412M Acer V223W Generic Dell Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W Semimodular 
CaseMouseAudio
Corsair 500R White Edition Logitech M705 Wireless Bose QC15 Noise Canceling Headphones 
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