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Nikko Cortez's NZXT Vulcan mod: POW-MIA Tribute build

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Started on this Mod a few weeks ago but finally finished it up over the weekend. I started with the goal of building a compact portable LAN rig since I'm in the military and travel home frequently to frag out with my buddies at LANs. As I started I wanted to incorporate something beyond what hardware I put into it so I spent some time developing the theme for this mod. I started off with the possibility of using some art work I have done over the years but decided to put something more meaningful into the build so I decided to do a tribute build for POW MIA.

So lets start off with the hardware. Most of the hardware was from my former LAN rig which consisted of a X79 ASUS Rampage Gene IV, an i7 3820, replaced the 8gb of 2000mhz Dominator GTs with 16gb of Samsung 1600mhz sticks, and I'm still rocking the GTX580 CoD edition from EVGA.

My former set up.


So lets start the build.

Started with a NZXT Vulcan that I stripped down and started moding.



Painted it in Desert Tan from Rustoleum along with the Alpha Cool 80mm thick Monsta rad.





And then I commenced to moding the front panel. Decided to cut out all of the drive bays from the case and decided to mount a slim laptop slot load inside the front panel. I used a USB external drive case to hold the drive and mount it internally of the front panel.







For the two 3.5" HDDs and my SSD I remounted the spare dual 3.5 drive cage to the beck of the front on the case interior.





Now for building the water loop. The loop is just the CPU using a Swiftech Drive II Pump/CPU Block, a Alpha cool Monsta 120mm rad, a Frozen -Q multi res, and a ton of 45* rotary adapters with Barbs and 1/2ID tubing.





I went to make a panel to hide away cables on the other side of the mobo tray. This took some measuring and a 2X2 foot piece of 1/8" Acrylic sheeting.






And now we are back to the front panel for some of the final touches including a back lit POW MIA faceplate.





And now time for some final pics of the build.








Thanks for reading my build log!
Edited by nikkocortez - 11/13/12 at 4:17pm
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As a fellow vulcan modder I approve of this!

That is a huge rad there man, I was able to somehow mount a 360mm rad on top on mine, its a shame I wasnt able to properly finish it
    
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c300 128GB SSD 2TB FireCuda 7mm 2TB Firecuda 7mm 1TB 5400rpm 
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Thanks! A 360 in a Vulcan? That is crazy!

I am new to this community here at Overclock.net. I have been lurking and posting over at EVGA for a few years and decided to start branching out a bit to other sites so I guess this is a good first thread into the community.
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This was my second mod, and first watercooling experience. Cant say that I planned it, it just sorta came together like that lol, im sure if I had actually done more planning, it would have been more practical. As I was also thinking of mounting the psu in the drawer of the desk and use a special order case back plate and a few 460 2win's in there. If i ever get to a stable financial point in my life I may reattempt something like that again lol.

But hey, ultimately. Welcome to the community! I think you'll like it here, lots of modders, and theres also a Vulcan club, though im not sure if there still active though
    
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i7 2670 @ 2.8Ghz m4600 m5100 @ 1100c/1500m 16GB DDR3 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
c300 128GB SSD 2TB FireCuda 7mm 2TB Firecuda 7mm 1TB 5400rpm 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
750GB 5400rpm Windows 10 x64  1920x1080 @90hz 150w 
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c300 128GB SSD 2TB FireCuda 7mm 2TB Firecuda 7mm 1TB 5400rpm 
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