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Build Log - Nazara - Danger Den Tower 12 Mod



Case as of 11/20/12
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hey guys, i'm back again with another build, but this time it's on a much smaller scale thumb.gif
my last build was with an 800D, and with that beast I had all kinds of room, and I never really had to worry about space or sizing things to make sure they'd fit..except for running the pumps and reservoirs lol but that's another story, another build.
this build is going to be extremely small form. I think a tad smaller than I had originally planned, but we'll see how it goes tongue.gif

to make a long story short, I have been wanting to build a small form rig for quite a while now, but never really found the case that stood out among the rest to start as the basis for my build. Danger Den was going out of business, so they're entire stock was 75% off. I had always liked their cases, being made entirely of acrylic. I then found the perfect case while looking through their stock. Its called a Tower 12, and it is incredibly small. It's not even designed to hold a power supply - it's that small.

I figured while I was buying stuff for my new build, I might as well try and snag a few more things for a good price.
I came out with:

1 Danger Den 1155 cpu waterblock
8 Yate Loons - high speed
4 Danger Den 120mm fan grills

I had planned on running a 240mm radiator inside the case as an intake, and had talked to Danger Den about accommodating me but the case was just too narrow to fit 120mm fans. The case was designed to run 3 hard drives and 3 80mm fans as intake. I talked them into removing the hdd screw holes from the sides and giving me a different design for the front that didn't have 80mm fan brackets on them. They were able to accommodate me even with all the stress over their sale orders taking them longer than expected, and I greatly appreciate it.

Build Plans

-Hardware-
EVGA Z77 Stinger
Intel 3570k
Gskill Sniper 2133
EVGA 660ti or 670, or XFX 7850
Kingston Hyper X 120gb ssd
Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W Modular PSU

-Watercooling-
Phobya 480mm Radiator
EK-D5 X-Res Top 100 CSQ
XSPC D5 Vario
Danger Den 1155 Waterblock
Heatkiller NSB Rev 3.0 LT
Heatkiller SW-X G3 LT
Heatkiller 670 Waterblock or Heatkiller GPU-X3 Core LT
Aquacomputer Ram Waterblock
4 or 8 Yate Loons (push/pull or just push)
Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 3 Fan Controller

Acquired

Gskill Sniper 2133
Kingston Hyper X 120gb ssd
Danger Den 1155 Waterblock

Just Ordered

Phobya 480mm Radiator
EK-D5 X-Res Top 100 CSQ
XSPC D5 Vario
Silverstone ST45SF-G 450W Modular PSU
Sunbeamtech Rheosmart 3 Fan Controller



I plan to run all of the key watercooling parts first, as well as finding suitable placement for the power supply before purchasing any other hardware - but I do plan on snagging something I'd need during black friday or cyber monday.

and finally, here are the pics i've taken so far!

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as you can see, this thing is tiny compared to the 800D!
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as you can see, it's way too narrow for 120mm fans inside the case.
so I decided to run the case sideways, with the 480mm rad mounted underneath the case - seeing as the rad has almost identical dimensions as the case! you'll see what i'm talking about soon wink.gif

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if you look closely, you'll see I had to super glue one of the fan blades back on...broke during shipping mad.gif not surprising as they threw them in saran-wrap
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there's a final sheet of acrylic that goes before the rubber feet do, but I need to mod the acrylic to accommodate mounting brackets for the 480mm rad first. so i'll get to that in time.


that's all for now folks! my order from performancepcs should be here sometime within 4 days (says them rolleyes.gif)
Edited by lifeisshort117 - 1/7/13 at 8:38pm
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ppcs just sent me an email - seems my first shipment will be here a week from now! oh well.
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UPDATE - 11/24/12
more pics!
so yesterday i ended up going to my local microcenter to grab a few things. the ssd i had planned on getting ended up being sold out but there were a few watercooling things i wanted to get from there.
grabbed an xspc ex240 radiator, and some black primoflex lrt tubing, 3/8"ID 5/8"OD to match the black acrylic.

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i had planned to run the 240 rad directly behind the case, along with the 480 rad being mounted underneath the case. figured the extra 240 rad would help with temps seeing as i plan to watercool the ram, nb, mosfets, cpu, and gpu. but first i need to find a way to mount the 240 rad.

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in the above photo, the rad screw holes are circled in blue, and the case holes are circled in green. the case holes are the screw holes that mount the rear acrylic panel to the rest of the case. what i need to do is make a very small bracket that would bridge the two screw holes so that it would mount on the back - hence the white lines.

so i came up with this..

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ended up being perfect fits all 4 of them. pretty happy with that!

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so it'll be sitting like this until i get the parts in from ppcs in the mail

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mmm black tubing matches perfectly!

let me know what you guys think! i never really get much attention in this forum sad-smiley-002.gif
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I like that little case.. looks interesting. Have you read any reviews of that Evga z77?

Have not heard much positive for it.
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I like that little case.. looks interesting. Have you read any reviews of that Evga z77?
Have not heard much positive for it.

Yeah man I really didn't know what to expect getting the case. When I ordered it, the only photos I could find of it were super htpc like builds; real minimalist. So I had no real way to gauge how the case was. When I built it up, I have been more and more impressed with it. I'll be able to pull off some really cool implementation into this case.


In my opinion, I don't really mind getting the Asus vs the Evga. The only thing I'd think about is color scheme based on pcb colors.

I'd prefer the Evga. Only cause it'd make the color scheme just a black based scheme. I don't feel like adding blue to it. other than the colors they're about even in terms of a solid overclocking board.
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got my ppcs order in today.

will post an update once i take a few key photos and figure out exactly what i am going to do lol, this build will be so incredibly compact.

awesome biggrin.gif
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Keep the pics coming..thumb.gif
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alright so its 3am here and i am exhausted. i've done a bunch of stuff to the case and what not. i'll have a legit update ready tomorrow but im just too tired to do it right now.

but i mounted the psu, pump/reservoir, 480 rad, and fan controller tonight.

much more than i had planned on doing and thats okay with me biggrin.gif

will have pics tomorrow (today) after work! thumb.gif
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11/27/12 - UPDATE

alright so i have finally uploaded the pictures!

last night was a pretty busy night for me, i started working on the build from around 6pm to 3am lol
yesterday i received the following parts from performance-pcs.com:

silverstone st45sf-g power supply
sunbeamtech rheosmart 3 channel fan controller
phobya quad 480 radiator
ek-d5 x-res 100 csq

so the first thing i had to work on was deciding where everything will go and still be able to fit the motherboard - this case is extremely small lol
i started with the pump/res and psu




after placing the psu inside the case, i realized it would be in the way of the motherboard, but that it'd work if the psu was mounted opposite side width wise.
then it was time to decide for sure whether or not i could mount the pump/res where i had planned originally. the only thing i could do is move the pump "upward" toward the top of the case (laying down sideways - the permanent way this build will sit) but only about 10mm. technically i should have room...the ram sockets will be very close to where the res sits after all is said and done. im pretty sure i'll still be able to mount the ram and not worry about it - i should have about 5mm of space worse comes to worse, but i doubt i'll be able to mount a waterblock to the ram, which is a huge bummer. i wanted everything under water.





since mounting the pump/res was relatively easy compared to anything else, i decided to work on mounting the radiator next.
the first issue i had with the radiator was that i realized there is some loose flux inside the radiator, opposite side of the ports. after some research, i concluded that some radiators simply have some loose flux here and there, and that they can operate just the same, the only thing you'd have to do is flush the heck out of it and make sure the flux doesn't eventually come out and enter the pump..
on mounting the radiator to the bottom, i used the same idea i came up with on the rear of the case and mounting the 240 radiator. cut up some aluminum strips, measured the hole distance from the acrylic to the radiator and took those dimensions to the strip.



another problem was the threading for the radiator is for M3 screws, and unfortunately the only screws i could get locally are "4-40, 6-32 and 8-32". so i took the risk and decided to tap the M3 threads into "6-32" threads. the only thing i was nervous about was when the tapper would finally create the threads, it would be embedded into the radiator fins or worse..
but i lucked out, and the gap was big enough to get the threads tapped successfully.






then it was time to mount this thing! i decided not to take off the paper-plastic wrap off the rear acrylic sheet until i put the build together for the last time. just in case i scratch it accidently figuring stuff out.






as long as the mounting screws get the nut locked on after threading it into the radiator, its very solid. i definitely trust it enough for the weight.
afterwards, i mounted up the yate loons and threw on the danger den fan grills. they look slick. i also was able to use the rubber feet that i got with the case and mounted them on the fans.






after that, i decided to get with the psu mounting. this part was pretty tricky, as i need to take off the "side" acrylic panel, measure out EXACTLY where the psu would go, and cut out the hole for the plug, and drill out 4 holes that line up exactly to the psu. i decided (at 2am) that the best way to do this is throw in some 1/4" screws into the bare psu, and paint them, as well as the rubber grommet that goes around the plug socket. with the wet paint applied, i lined up the psu the best i could, and pressed firmly to the acrylic. and it worked PERFECT. dremeled out the plug hole, and drilled the 4 holes. they matched up perfectly first try. i decided to tap the holes with the same threading as the psu (6-32) so that it'd be mounted to the acrylic itself as well, rather than just pressure. not needed, but whatever. i had the tapper lol.






it worked out perfectly, because of a couple reasons. 1 because the fan will now get a good amount of space for airflow, and 2 the motherboard will forsure have space to be mounted, with the psu mounted above it adjacent.

the last thing i did last night was figure out where to place the 3 channel fan controller. it was kinda tough because its a bit awkward, especially in my case. its a bit long, it has foam glued to the bottom, and the honeycomb grill on the outside got in the way of a few ideas, until i retaliated lol







i had to put off the side grill, and alter the front panel a bit but i think it worked out great.

all in all, it was a great night for modding to say the least biggrin.gif

here are a few other pictures i took last night..











the only things i thought of after all this was that i need a few 90 degree compression fittings, and i need to grab some sleeving, probably paracord, i like the super tight weave it has. the cables will be shortened greatly if you couldnt tell it needed to be done lol so that'll take some time to do, in which case i'll be saving as much money as i can for the actual hardware haha.

let me know what you guys think!

those of you who read through the whole update! thanks i appreciate the dedication to go through it! very big update haha

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Wow. You got a lot done. Good job tapping that too. I hate M3. Looking Good. thumb.gif
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