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My rig as it currently stands. case modding in spoiler below

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Asrock Z77 Extreme 9
OCZ Agility 4 256GB with Windows 7
OCZ Agility 4 128GB with Windows 8
WD Caviar Black 1TB Storage
Seasonic 1250X PSU

Cooling:
Watercool Heatkiller Rev3.0 Nickle/Black CPU block
2 X Watercool Heatkiller GPU-X^3 GTX Titan "Hole Eddition" Waterblock and backplate
Alphacool NexXxos UT60 Triple 120mm Rad
Alphacool NexXxos UT60 Double 120mm Rad
Swiftech MCP655 pump
Bitspower Z-Multi 250 Inline Res
Primochill Rigid Acrylic Tubing
Primochill Rigid Compression fittings
Mayhems Pastel Mint Green with some Dark Blue Dye. ~1.5 liters pastel 2 drops of dye
assortment of enzotech and bitspower extensions and rotary fittings
















open the spoiler to see previous versions of this build and go through thread for additional details of the modding.


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hey guys so i started to mod my case to fit a XSPC RX360 in the roof. so in order to do this i need about a total clearance of close to 90mm (64+25)

i am also going to paint the bare chassis green, and leave the panels untouched.

for the water loop, i am going to start off with the XSPC Raystorm RX360 kit with the dual drive bay Res/w D5 pump. i think this is a really good kit. it comes with everything needed, and all parts are of good quality. i don't think i could go wrong with this. i will be choosing better hosing. and i want to run mayhems green pastel!

to start off my water cooling journey i am only going to start off with my CPU, for now the RX360 is overkill however in the future when i upgrade my GPU i will add it to the loop as well, i will add in a RX240, or similar when the new GPU goes in.

as for fans: i want to use the Corsair SP120 quiet editions, only one set in push for the Rad. and i will also paint the white ring that comes with'em green.

this system is my current system, but in case you all cannot get to my build

AsRock Z77 eXtreme 9
Core i7 3770k @ 4.5GHz - 1.224v
EVGA GTX 480 with Zalman VF3000f cooler
2 x 4Gb G.Skill sniper 1866
OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD
WD Black 1TB
Noctua NH-D14
CoolerMaster Storm Trooper with windowed side-panel


here are some pictures of what i have done so far. i have temporarily moved my system into my old Apevia case tongue.gif , it looks so silly in there.



















so this is what i have done so far.

i know that there are tutorials for adding a 360 rad in the roof of the trooper however since i want to have a push config on the rad and i want to push air out of the case i am going to make custom mounting brackets that will rest in the big cutout... i will add some sketches of what i am going to do and why.


so guys i finally finished the build here are the final pics












more final photos
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with lighting, i need to learn how to take some better photos to get the effect right, because it looks really awesome in person. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
















my original setup Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)






cutting the roof open Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)













original coat of green when i thought i was only going to put a rad in the roof and use a bay res, i thought i was done so soon. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)










cut drive bays completely out. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)












un rivited everything again to make the panel where i was going to mount the SSD'd HDD, Res, pump. these pictures are of the first one i made. i accidentally made a hole in the wrong spot when i was figuring out where to route everything. so i made another Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
























at this point i took the case to get sand blasted. i had to remove all the green paint because i had scratched it really bad all of the place. these pictures are of me making the PSU cover and the cable shield. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


















in here i have pictures of the first front fan mount i made as well the second one i made because i didn't like the way the first one turned out. this also the pics of when i drilled out the holes to mount the fans Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


this is the first fan mount. i cut out the area of the fans





this is the second one, i made the holes in the mesh bigger in the area of the fans












this is also how i mounted the drives



at this point i ad finished all the modding and finally got all of my parts, here is some unboxing Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
























next up was test fitting everything. i had to cut the roof panel to get it to fit. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)












next up was flat packing it to get it to the powder coaters Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


and then i had to wait for the powder coat. i was worried i wasn't going to like it. but i did smile.gif then i reassembled everything using black headed pop rivets. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


















then i did the PSU sleeving Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)













i could have finished 1.5 weeks earlier but the first order to MDPC wasn't sufficient to sleeve the PSU so i had to order more and wait

while i waited i did the lighting Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)








and that brings us to the final assembly. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
which i didn't take pictures of

small finishing touch that was necessary
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the only shot of my ugllies you guys get


i will gladly accept any constructive criticism

here is a picture of the uglies


Edited by benito - 9/2/13 at 1:44pm
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post #2 of 98
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here is a sketch of what the brackets holding the rad and fans will look like, the fans will be inside the case pushing air out

400mm long
46mm20mm wide (forgot to subtract the fans
one lip is 15mm wide
and the other is 20mm wide

i will place the 15mm wide lip between the fans and the rad, and the 20mm wide lip will be screwed onto the roof









Edited by benito - 12/23/12 at 10:19pm
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This looks promising, keep up the good work! Love the green smile.gif
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small update.

i didn't like the way the top had the dips from the old screw holes ....



so i marked new lines....



and then cut them out...





they do look better and are straighter.

here are some sketches of the rad placed inside the case.



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so its been a while since i last did anything however here is a what is did over the holidays

some paint!!






i also cut out some material from the drive bay, as you can see in the picture







with the panels









i did the cut out and the paint on 12/29/12
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But then today (1/2/13) i was looking at the way the i going to put the bay res. i was going to place it in the middle drive bay cage in the storm trooper

here



facing the side panel, so that the front would be clean, with just the drive bay covers. But i didn't like the way it looked, so i started looking at tube res' and i like that look more. this also means that i will not be using the XSPC kit. so the new set up will be

in the order of the loop-
1. Res-Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250
2. Pump-Swiftech MCP655, with the built in G1/4 threads
3. Rad1- XSPC RX360
4. CPU- XSPC Raystorm basic

i have also decided to add in the GPU now as well!!!

5. GPU- as i have a GTX 480 with a Zalman aftermarket heat sink it came with a pretty beefy heat sink for the VRM's and RAM and all that good stuff so i will be using Watercool HEATKILLER® GPU-X³ Core LC
6.XSPC EX240 Multiport Series

so i did some more modding. going to have to repaint but that is no big deal

I un-riveted the pieces that compose the front face of the chassis. I forgot to take pictures of what i pulled out.

this is the chassis without the front face


this is what was left of the pieces. left piece attatches to MoBo tray, right piec hold windowed side panel in place.
i am also goig to add a solid peice of sheet metal on the left piece.


starting to rivet everything back together


rivets and rivet tool


rotate (1/2)*pi


big open area now


i also sanded the paint on those pieces because i scratched them all up cutting and sanding down the sharp edges.












don't be afraid to ask any questions guys
Edited by benito - 1/2/13 at 7:17pm
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hey guys/girls, i really need some input on some rads. i have max clearance of 90mm, so my question is what would be best:

XSPC RX360 in push only config (83.5mm)

or

XSPC AX360 in push/pull config (90mm, Pushing clearance limit)

or

any Rad in push or push pull that will fit in the 90mm space <$100 USD
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Under $100 USD, definately do with the RX. If you can drop a couple more dollars, go with the Black Ice GTX360.

EDIT: What kinds of fans do you have running on this radiator? By the way, I love the green paint. Subbed. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by WebsterXC View Post

Under $100 USD, definately do with the RX. If you can drop a couple more dollars, go with the Black Ice GTX360.
EDIT: What kinds of fans do you have running on this radiator? By the way, I love the green paint. Subbed. thumb.gif

I want to use corsair sp120 quiet editions
Or should I get the high performance on a fan controller?

Is it safe to say that running a thicker rad in push would be better than a slim rad in push pull?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by benito View Post

I want to use corsair sp120 quiet editions
Or should I get the high performance on a fan controller?
Is it safe to say that running a thicker rad in push would be better than a slim rad in push pull?

I would get the high performance ones because of their very high static pressure. Corsair HP fans are somewhere around 3.0mm H20 which is mighty impressive for their price. However you'd have to do some research on which is better, thick rad/push or thin rad with push/pull. Personally I would go with the thicker RX but in a pull configuration. The nice thing about the thicker rads is even though you don't have as many fans smacked on it, the larger area gives a greater capacity for heat dissipation.
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