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[BUILD LOG] Acqua. A sleek, hospital-clean, TRON-inspired build

Hey all! I've recently acquired a Mountain Mods Extended U2-UFO and how can I possibly not build a new rig when I have a new case sitting around? It'll be named Acqua. Color theme is all white everything with blue and black accents.

I'm a huge fan of TRON (Legacy) and while details aren't quite panned out yet, I think we could definitely expect straight lines, sharp bends, and subtle neon glows in/around most components.

I'll be pulling a few parts over from my current rig, namely PSU, a couple SSDs, a mechanical drive, and an optical drive.
Entirety of case will be painted snow bunny/ powder/ cocaine white. (See: blinding white)

Also, a Haswell processor may be calling this rig his new home in April. TBD Edit: Going for it. CPU, MOBO, & RAM below are placeholders. Current Mobo, CPU, and RAM will be brought over from current rig until release of Haswell. Since I'll be moving back stateside at the end of the year, I'll have plenty of time to focus on the details of the rest of the build and wait for it biggrin.gif


1. Case & First Lot of Parts
2. Fans, Bay Devices, Fittings, SSDs, Modding Supplies
3. Walk-through: FrozenQ PC Mods Reservoir Mounting
4. Case Painting
5. More Fittings! SATA Sleeved
6. Case Paint Stripping
7. Old Rig Tear-Down
8. Case Assembly Part 1, PSU Painting
9. New Fan Controller, Front Rad Fan Wiring and Mounting
10. Ram Painting
11. Rear Rad Fan Wiring and Mounting
12. Ram Finished Pics
13. New CPU Block, Wire Color Concealment, MDPC-X, Custom Stickers
14. Completed Power Supply Unit- Painted, Sleeved
15. Walk-through: CPU Lapping
16. CPU Block Installed
17. XFire/ SLI Block Installed
18. Front Panel, Front Fan, SATA Power Wiring & More
19. Cable Management in an Open Case
20. MDPC-X Sleeve and PSU Sticker
21. GPU 'Spine' Custom Sticker
22. Motherboard Trays Know Best- Managing Cables in a Mountain Mods Case
23. Finished Custom Stickers and Light Bar
Edited by Khepira - 12/5/12 at 2:40am
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Current Build List:

Case: Extended U2-UFO CYO - Custom Computer Case
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked+ 02G-P4-2684-KR GeForce GTX 680
Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: COUGAR-GX1050 1050W
SSD 1: Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III x 2
SSD 2: Crucial RealSSD 64GB (From current rig)
HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
External HDD: LaCie Porsche Design P'9230 2TB USB 3.0 Silver Desktop Hard Drive
Optical: LG DVD Burner 24X

CPU Waterblock: XSPC RayStorm High Performance Acetal CPU Liquid Cooling Block
GPU Waterblock: XSPC Razor nVidia GTX 680 Full Coverage VGA Block
Radiator: Swiftech MCR320-XP eXtreme Performance Triple 120mm Slim Radiator
Pump: Swiftech MCP655 Variable Speed 12v Water Pump
Reservoir 1: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Res Clear
Reservoir 2: FrozenQ PC Mods Liquid Fusion V Series "2nd Generation" Reservoir 400mm - UV Cathode - UV Blue Helix
Fans: XIGMATEK eXTREME OCTAGON Pure White Fan Series x 8
Fan Grills: 120mm Black Steel Mesh Fan Guard
Fittings 1: Monsoon Free Center Compression Fitting - 3/8"ID x 1/2"OD - Modders 6 Pack White x 5
Fittings 2: Bitspower G1/4" White Rotary 90° G1/4" Adapter
Fittings 3: Bitspower G1/4" White Rotary 45 Degree G1/4" Adapter
Fittings 4: Koolance QDC (High Flow) No-Spill Shutoff Nozzle, Male Compression
Fittings 5: Koolance QDC (High Flow) No-Spill Shutoff Nozzle, Female Threaded
Fittings 6: Alphacool 5-Way G1/4 Connector Block
Fittings 7: Bitspower G1/4" Low Profile White Stop Plug
Fittings 8: Bitspower G 1/4" Temperature Sensor Stop Fitting
Fittings 9: Koolance G1/4" Brass Inline Drain Valve Fitting
Pump Base: Koolance G1/4" Threaded Acetal Pump Base for PMP-450 / MCP650/655 / Laing D5
Tubing: Tygon R-3603 3/8" ID (1/2" OD) - Laboratory Tubing
Coolant 1: Fluid XP+ Industrial Grade Deionized Water - UV Midnight Blue
Coolant 2: Fluid XP+ Industrial Grade Deionized Water - UV Invisible Blue

Fan/ Light Controller: Lamptron FC Touch - 30W - 6 Channel Aluminum Rheobus w/ Touch Screen - Black
Front Panel USB 3.0: SYBA SY-HUB20134 InfoZone USB 3.0 4-Port Internal Hub
Extra USB 3.0: VANTEC 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCIe Host Card

Lighting 1: Logisys 16" Corner LED Light Bar - 12V - UV x 2
Lighting 2: Logisys White 12" LED Sunlight Stick x 2
Lighting 3: Logisys UV 12" LED Sunlight Stick
Lighting 4: Logisys 4" Dual Cold Cathode Kit - UV
Lighting 4: 3 Meter Blue EL Wire Kit x 2
Lighting 5: 24" EL Wire Strip Kit - Blue x 2
Lighting 6: 24" EL Wire Strip Kit - White

Sleeving 1: MDPC-X Sleeve Small - White
Sleeving 2: MDPC-X Sleeve SATA - White
Sleeving 3: Mod/Smart Kobra HD - White
Heatshrink 1: MDPC-X Heatshrink Small - Black
Heatshrink 2: MDPC-X Heatshrink SATA - Black
Heatshrink 3: FrozenCPU Generic Shrink - Black
Edited by Khepira - 11/17/12 at 1:48pm
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Beginning with bare bones:

Modding parts galore:

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I decided to jump on the second reservoir mounting and ran into the issue of mounting the brackets since neither could be spaced out enough to fit on metal. My options: super glue the brackets to the acrylic, fabricate a metal 'Z' bracket to hang down and give me something to mount on, or attempt to drill through the acrylic.

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Deciding I didn't like the idea of seeing the superglue from the outside and questioning the longevity it would have holding up, I passed on supergluing. Not having any black anodized metal matching my case to fabricate 'Z' brackets tossed that idea out as well. This left me with drilling through the acrylic to mount them with screws.

I prepped the side panel with masking tape, marking out 1" from the top and bottom of the acrylic for my prospective mounting positions.

Having bought aftermarket rubberized black brackets for the reservoir, I was inclined to use them though with mounting directly on the window now, I decided to pull them off and switch out for the clear acrylic brackets to match.

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Having made the switch to the clear acrylic mounts, I measured out the clearance and spacing and marked the measurements again.

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Worried about splitting the acrylic, I started off slow and with the 1/16th bit.

I gradually increased in size one bit at a time until I reached a hole I could fit the screw though.

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Once I got the hole size I needed, I found the screw/ nut combo only worked with the nut on the outsize of the case, since the nut wouldn't fit into the bracket groove designed for the head of the screw. A little bit of elbow grease and cranking wedged the nut into the groove proper and let me have the head of the screw exterior for a clean finish.

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After blowing off the acrylic dust, and reattaching the panel to the case, we've got a FrozenQ PC Mods reservoir mounting success.

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