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Hello OCN!

Its been a while since I did any sort of modding on my rig. My last upgrade to my build included doing a complete rebuild of my water cooling loop which consisted of copper piping. So lets take a look at what I had before I started getting ideas tongue.gif

Old Copper Piping Build Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





The build above consisted of:

ASUS P6T Deluxe V1
12GB G Skill 1600MHz PC12800
i7-920
EVGA GTX 670 2GB
Plus more...


Now, the main components are about 5 years old so I wanted to do a full components upgrade. I thought that if I am going to spend a good amount on an upgrade, I would want to make it look AMAZING.

On to the Ultimate 800D Build!!!

INSPIRATION:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I loved Bomberjun's 800D Build Log and the custom 3x and 2x (on the other side) RAD mod he did at the bottom of the 800D. I will definitely be trying to do the same smile.gif

I have also seen a TON of red and white builds that have blown me away! I will definitely be taking ideas from them all and try to incorporate my a bit of my own thinking.

I also will be taking a lot of help from B Negative's Pipe Bending 101 thread. I've done copper before, but it is an extremely helpful guide filled with lots of information and people that are willing to help anyone out thumb.gif

MODS

1. RX480 Top Mod
2. 1 and/or 2 EK 360 RAD at the bottom (I'll see how much space I will need if I can fit 2)
2. 2 XSPC RX360 RADs at the bottom (confirmed to have enough space)
3. Custom acrylic Mid-Plate reservoir (still trying to work out the logic and how to do it)
4. 12mm Clear Acrylic Tubing
5. Full Gloss Candy Red & White Painting for the 800D (still trying to figure out how I will sand blast this thing lol)
6. Fans and all rads will match the theme colors
7. Complete sleeving of all wires
8. Clear front Acrylic front window panel (I will paint this to make it look authentic, but still working on it)


PARTS

1. i7 3770k
2. ASUS Maximus V Extreme
3. 16GB Corsair Dominator GT 2133MHz
4. 2 GTX 680's (not sure which ones yet)
4. Add another GTX 670 to the loop (not a real big difference between SLI 670 vs SLI 680)
5. Waterblocks (CPU, GPU, RAM, Mofset)
6. RADS


This is just an overview of what parts that will be going into this build but there are a TON of other things that I will update as things progress.


AND NOW ON TO THE SHOW!
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Pre Modding Shots Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Last shot before all the old parts go bye bye worriedsmiley.gif


Its OK! I have new parts biggrin.gif


Putting all the goodies in the 800D


Everything works fine and smooth!


Took everything out of the case and set it on my desk...yeah I think I should have done this first...lol


800D ready to be taken completely apart to start the modding and adventure! thumb.gif


So that's where I am now. Today I will be taking the 800D apart to make sure I can get all the dimensions correct and see what needs to be modded. Hope you guys enjoy this build log, because I know I will!

800D Disassembly Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Update time everyone! I went ahead and started removing all the rivets and screws to try and see what I needed to do to fit potentially 2 360 rads at the bottom. It doesn't look like I will be able to fit 2 RX360's at the bottom. Will probably need to go with slimmer profile rads. My only question is where will I place my D5 pump...hmm...































Next steps are to get my bottoms Rads sorted out. Tomorrow I will be receiving my RX480 so I'm super excited about that biggrin.gif
I am also going to be ordering my GTX 680's and my acrylic tubing and see how that works out thumb.gif

Watercooling Parts Arrival Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Update time biggrin.gif It was a busy weekend, so I didn't even get a chance to touch my build. But the good news is that more parts came in and I bought some more hardware stuff as well. I'll update with more pics tonight once I have started the dremeling. Enjoy for now!




















Dremel Modding Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Finally had to throw in the towel for tonight. Will finish the top 480 rad mod tomorrow and file it down to smoothness. Than off to making the mid plate!







Quick update. Finished cutting the top tonight. I'll try to get started on the acrylic sheets tomorrow for the top as well. Not sure if I can depending on the time I get home from school :/






Acrylic Modding Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Alright finally making some progress! I got my GTX 670 back plates in and finally sorted out how I would make my top cover for the RX480 and how I would do the mid plate res thingy. I used a dremel to cut the polycarbonate sheet, but MAN the edges were TERRIBLE. It looked so unprofessional and bad. The regular dremel cutting disks were melting the acrylic away and left nasty uneven edges. I was pretty bummed out because the finish would look terrible frown.gif But I had an idea! I had a rotary tool attachment with a universal cutting bit, so I attached it and used a wooden block the get a straight line cut. Man the results are absolutely amazing! Perfect straight line cuts! Now I can make my mid plate tomorrow and use the rotary attachment tool to cut out the fan holes for the top. Very excited that I found a nice solution biggrin.gif


















Quick update again OCN! Had a chance to drill the holes in my acrylic top. All but 2 holes aligned up wit the RX480, but they were only slightly off so I just drilled around a bit to give them more space. I went ahead and removed the protective film since I will be painting over the top anyways. Everything looked good. I had a little time to go and cut out one of the fan holes with the dremel rotary tool. Overall results were not too bad, but I did have a few dings along the way. I don't think it will be a problem since the fan holes will be covered with u-channel rubber molding. I Plan to do the other 3 tomorrow. BIG KEY FOR SUCCESS IS PATIENCE!!! If the end results look like crap, I'll go ahead and make another top plate tongue.gif











Thanks for all the kinds words everyone! Here is my mid weekend update. I finally finished the top acrylic piece for the 480 rad. Man it took a while, but I am very happy with the results. One of the 120mm fan holes could have been done a bit better, but it was the first hole I made and the u-channel molding will cover all the of the edges so no worries smile.gif I can finally start working on the mid-plate reservoir piece I have in mind for my build. Not 100% sure it will work, but I have ordered a 11.8mm drill bit and a G1/4" tap to create the threads I will need. Hope you guys are enjoying the build so far biggrin.gif













Alright another update! Progress has been very slow in the past couple of weeks due to school, work and a lot of traveling! Just wanted to share with you guys on what has happened so far. Finally got done with my mid plate "idea" that I have in my head. I also received a few more boxes which I didn't get a chance to take pics of. Anyways, I'll finally be free after this coming weekend so I'll be working on this build around the clock afterwards. Enjoy the the small update for now smile.gif I also got my class ring in biggrin.gif














LOL right, updates! Ok well finally I have been able to make some more progress on this build! I am getting very close to the point where I will need to disconnect my PC and start fitting parts into the case again guiltysmiley.gif I guess that's a good thing for this build lol

The inside of the midplate res. Still not sure if this idea will work, but only one way to find out biggrin.gif




Using some double sided tape lines to stick everything together


Top placed and taped on




Fitting the bottom rads to make sure everything is lining up



Needed to cut a piece off the bottom of the mobo tray to extend the rad out as much as possible



Mid plate is in smile.gif




I went ahead and cut another piece of acrylic for the top of the 800D. I really didn't like the first one I did


I used a 4 1/2 inch hole cutter which is just about the perfect hole for a 120mm fan


First hole done! Looking great!


Difference from the first holes I made vs the second ones



As you can see, free handing holes with a dremel is not the way to go. Wayy too much slipping and creating bad lines



And now off to bending some acrylic tubing biggrin.gif

Test Fitting Parts Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Alright guys. time for another update! Inching closer and closer to completion smile.gif

Using some nice handy dandy tools and improvising to cut my acrylic lol


This is one of my pipes that will connect both rads. Its a bit complicated, but I will take better pics once all pipes will be made


In order to make exact G1/4 holes in my acrylic sheet, I had to grab a new drill bit and a threading taper bit


Success smile.gif




Now on to the EK blocks. I ordered all EK acrylic blocks but didn't really like that they had a "frost" look to them. So i went ahead and sanded and them polished them to a nice clear finish thumb.gif



Before


After


Some of the sand paper I used. I didn't use all the grits, just a few of them


Before


After


Before


After








Getting ready to place the parts back in








And now off to make a loop diagram in my head and cut some more acrylic

Thanks for all the kinds words everyone, it definitely means a lot thumbsupsmiley.png

AND FINALLY, THE LOOP IS COMPLETE!!!! wheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gif

Just did a couple of leak tests and have found about 6 minors leaks that need to be dealt with. I should have that sorted out hopefully by tomorrow. After that, it's off to cable sleeving and then painting!!!!

Enjoy these pics for now thumb.gif












FINALLY SOME REAL UPDATES WITH PICTURES biggrin.gif

This build has been dragging out for far too long. I should have had it done ages ago, but better late than never smile.gif My main shortcoming was tying to experiment with new ideas that I did not have the proper knowledge and tools to do so. I have kicked this build into top gear and am planning to have it done within this coming week. Sleeving will hopefully only take a few days after I put the build back together. Enjoy for now as more updates are right around the corner!

One of my cracked pipes that I had to replace. Still need to chamfer all the ends for a nice snug fit.


This is my new redesigned loop. As you can see, the mid plate reservoir is gone. I spent wayyy too much time creating that mid plate piece to find new leaks popping up. I realized that I would have to ask a professional to laser cut all the pieces for me and to assemble it for it to work the way I designed it.


The pump will sit on top of both radiators. Wiring will be a bit easier since the mid plate is no more.


Leak testing the loop once again.


Bottom plumbing for the radiators. It was a bit tricky bending the pipes to align perfectly, but it worked thumb.gif


Finally got around to creating the fan holes for the back 360 radiator. I didn't like the spacing of the holes, it seemed too close together. I ended up ordering 2 more back panels to redo the back and create a new panel for the front.


It looks fine from far away, but it looks pretty bad up close.


Testing the screw hole placement for the top 480 rad. It all fits and looks great!

Paint Prepping Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
For the past 3 months (maybe more lol), I have claimed the dining room table as my work bench. No one was exactly all too thrilled lol


Made some progress in the fittings department. Taped up and ready to be painted.


Pile of all my pipes that need to be cleaned.


Taking apart all the GT's.


Yay more mess biggrin.gif Stickers everywhere wheee.gif


Masking is such a pain in the butt, but has to be done.


More fan prepping.


All the panels sanded and ready to go. I'm not gonna lie, I wanted to kill myself halfway into it...lol. I skipped some of the interior piece and just did a light sand.




Rinsing all the dirt away.


The paint shop...more like the ghetto paint shack tongue.gif

Painting Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I picked up some Rustoleum Satin Paint to do the job.


I sprayed 3 somewhat light coats of red on my PSU. Note that all I did was sand and spray the PSU. Looking pretty good if I say so myself smile.gif I'll check back tomorrow and see if I should have primed first. But its the PSU so it wont be too much in sight.


All the fittings painted white. I have a few that will get a red coat of paint tomorrow.


GT's ready to go.


I must say that I was really impressed the way they turned out. The pictures color is off but it looks more red than brown. Can’t wait to finish the fan housing tomorrow with a coat of white biggrin.gif


Rads ready to go.


Fins painted white and the housing will be painted red.



So that's about it for tonight. Almost 3AM here so I'm off to bed to finish some more tomorrow!

A small update from yesterday. Got around to finishing up the fan housing and priming all the parts. My god the parts never stop popping up! Hope to spray the color layers soon.







Final Reassembly Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

ALMOST AT THE FINISH LINE I CAN TASTE IT!!!!!! Man this has been one long and crazy build with many roadblocks in the way. Very glad to almost be done with this build. By far it has been the most customization that I have done and I think it came out superb! I'm just finishing up the final leak test with just a couple of pipe ends that I need to reinforce. Then...OFF TO THE FINAL BOOT SEQUENCE

I must say, the Red and White paint came out amazing! I like it so much that I renamed the build to Red Velvet biggrin.gif



















Boot Up Sequence Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Alright OCN finally got a chance to boot my rig up after almost a year!!!!! Glad to say that everything is working great with the delidded 3770k. I'm just waiting on sleeving to arrive so I can finish up my other gpu wires and a few other wires. I'm running Mayhems Aurora Tharsis Red and it looks superb! Of course, I'll be switching over to a daily use coolant but we'll see how long it lasts wink.gif Enjoy a few pics of what the rig looks like at the moment smile.gif Hope to have all the sleeving done real soon






Edited by Boweezie - 12/15/15 at 6:27pm
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FINAL COMPLETED PICS wheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gifwheee.gif




















Edited by Boweezie - 4/28/14 at 5:55pm
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Do you plan on keeping that stock Corsair fan in the back of the case?
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Probably, not since I am thinking of placing a slim 120 rad there with a GT AP-15 on it.
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I would replace it

I find that the Corsair stock fans way too noisy but i am also very picky about noise
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Thanks for the heads up, will definitely do thumb.gif
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Interesting to see how you go about with the red and white theme. Have you thought about doing a model in sketchup on what you want it to look like? I have found that helps alot when you imagine one thing and then find out that it looks different. thumb.gif
 
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Thanks for the heads up, will definitely do thumb.gif

Something like a noctua NF-F12 is very quiet that is one good fan but there are other just cant recall any other

You could ask here for advice http://www.overclock.net/t/1321074/tator-tots-big-quiet-120mm-140mm-fan-round-up
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