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Design Philosophy

With my past builds, I've always tried to incorporate a single color as a central theme of the build. With the aggressive styling of enthusiast motherboards and video cards, this is almost a requirement. If you try to move away from the design set by the components, you end up with a cluttered mess that misses the mark.

Inclusion of the color can't define the entire project either, or else you end up with too much saturation. The parts that would then pop would end up melding into the rest of the build. Granted, that can be an asset if it's something you are attempting to accomplish, but it's not something that I feel suits my aesthetic taste as an esports and hardware enthusiast who is a grown adult.

The folks who have been going to LANs for the last 15+ years, staying on top of the latest and greatest tech, and building your machines have gone through a similar transformation. UV cathodes, LED fans, and more primary colors than a Mario game gave way to refinement and cleanliness.

Too often, hardware companies assume the aforementioned category of consumer is obsessed with staying adolescent in both habits and style. Sure, I still get enjoyment out of ruining other people's fun on the internet in competitive play, but I'll have a glass of whiskey to go along with my game instead of Mountain Dew.

This insistence on a 'Gamer' theme has forced my hand to always include it despite moving towards a more professional aesthetic. Though, I will say, green and white do look smashing together.


What I'll be trying to accomplish with this build is to have a finished product that incorporates a polished and clean look which also acknowledges the hobby I love so much. I'll be going at this with an extremely limited palette, sticking almost exclusively to white, silver/nickel, various grays, and black. Maybe a proper color might find its way in there.

Quake and Single Malt Whiskey is what I'm after.

Special thanks to BNegative for providing the inspiration to go that extra mile. A true modding professional.


Part List

Core Components
CaseLabs Merlin SM5
Intel Core i7 3820
ASUS Rampage IV Gene
Corsair Dominator Platinum 1866 4x4GB
EVGA GTX 690
Corsair AX760i
256GB, 128GB Crucial M4
Noiseblocker NB-eLoops

Water Cooling
Koolance VID-NX690
Heatkiller GTX 690 Backplate
Koolance CPU-380I
Alphacool VPP655 D5 Vario
Aquacomputer D5 Pump Top
Aquacomputer Aqualis
XSPC AX240, AX360
10mm Copper Pipe
Phobya 10mm Push Fittings
XSPC Bulkhead Fittings
XSPC Male to Male G1/4 Adapters
Koolance 90 Degree Fittings
Bitspower Fill Ports

Miscellaneous
Mod/Smart Cable Clips
3M Graphite DI-NOC
MDPC Titanium Grey MKII


Table of Contents

  1. Box o' Goodies
  2. A Bit of Midplate
  3. Pipedreams
  4. When Disaster Strikes

I'll update this with links to the direct post as each part is completed.

Teaser Pics




Edited by Michalius - 5/17/13 at 10:54pm
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Copper pipes eh? That's going to be interesting
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did you get an Aquaero as well ?
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You know that it's going to be a good build with an intro like that. I expect a long, drawn-out (hey, the best ones are!), meticulous, cut-and-dry build log that will blow the fudge out of any other build log around here.
   
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Originally Posted by scogoth View Post

Copper pipes eh? That's going to be interesting
Indeed. I'm going to try out some copper pipes painted with a matte grey, then with satin grey, then actual nickel/copper pipes (the silver ones). We'll see what I like the most.
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did you get an Aquaero as well ?
I did not yet include it as I can't quite squeeze it into the budget as of yet. If this build ends up taking a month or so, I might end up adding it in at the end.
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You know that it's going to be a good build with an intro like that. I expect a long, drawn-out (hey, the best ones are!), meticulous, cut-and-dry build log that will blow the fudge out of any other build log around here.
TY!

That's my hope. No rushing myself this time, no corners cut.
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Thanks for your kind mention Michalius,looking forward to see what you come up with.

Now flex that mod muscle fella! thumb.gif
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Awesome. Can't wait to see how the piping works out. Quake colours too. Cool!
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So you're getting an SM5, awesome choice. It's a great case, love mine so far. thumb.gif
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I'm quite happy with it. The build quality and attention to detail is absolutely fantastic. Without a doubt the best case I've ever played around with.The only slight complaint I have is how grainy the powdercoat is. I get that it's pretty much a heavy primer job, but it does take away a bit from that initial quality feel.
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Oh boy, this is gonna be good.
Edited by Lazy Bear - 3/11/13 at 3:45pm
 
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