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White Red Phantom 820 [BuildLog][FirstMod]

post #1 of 38
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It all started when...
when my old Antec case power switch broke.
Sure thats a reason to go see if there are interesting cases for sale smile.gif So off I dove into the world of internet.

Found myself ordering NZXT Phantom 820 in White smile.gif

This is my first build. Little bit about me smile.gif I have been playing around with computers all my life but never have I done any case modding or water cooling. I don't play the latest of games so I do not have the best GPUs or other HW. I do enjoy building stuff and this is why the broken power button kind of exploded into this project.

This build is going to have a color scheme of Glossy white and red. Phantom is White and looks cool with the red LEDs on. Also to add to this White/Red theme I'm going with Mayhems Aurora Tharsis Red coolant liquid. You can check it out in youtube. Looks super cool doesn't it. Well it also inspired me for the White/Red theme. Going to set up a array of White LEDs to light the insides.

HardWare :
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (modified)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Rev.3.0
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
RAM: 16GB 4x4GB Corsair Ven. Blue DDR3-1600
GPU: Asus ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 PCIe
SSD: Vertex 3 Series 120GB SSD

Water cooling thingies
Blocks
GPU: EK Water Blocks EK-FC580 DCII - EN
CPU: EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy
RAM: EK Water Blocks EK-RAM Dominator and EK Water Blocks EK-RAM Dominator Module

Pump: aqua computer Aquastream XT USB 12V Pump - Ultra Version
Res: MagiCool AGB 250
Tube: Clear 10/8mm
Fittings: Bitspower Compression fitting 1/4" for 10/8mm - shiny silver

Liquid : Mayhems Aurora Tharsis Red

Sleeves : MDPC sleeves. White and Red smile.gif

I know the Hardware is old and weak but I'll update it at some point. For now it has to do. Its my first case mod and water cooling rig smile.gif
And I want this to look cool and nice.

All things have been ordered and now that I look back at the list I ask myself... Why have I ordered that small res? Why have I ordered so ugly pump...
Lets see. Might have to rethink those two items on the way.
post #2 of 38
Get the paracord from Lutro for sleeving

http://lutro0-customs.com/

He's a member of this forum that started off as an Artisan. It'll cost you less too since you aren't ordering from germany. Also careful with colored liquids, they can stain and cause issues with blocks. Anything you put in a liquid, will eventually settle.
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post #3 of 38
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NZXT Phantom 820 arrived and I know it was the right choice. Looks cool. Has lots of room inside. Quality of everything on the case is great.

Only one down side. Side panel window is too small. I seen on this forum that lots of people change the black mash with Acrylic Plexiglass. But somehow its still not enough.

As I wait for the parts to arrive (Wonder if this is a common problem with builders? Having to wait for the bits and pieces to arrive for weeks on...) I thought I give a side panel fully made out of plexiglass a try.

Worked a bit with Google SketchUp and this is what I came up with :


Off to the local modeller store and get some plexiglass smile.gif

Here is the SketchUp file if anyone wants it...
Caseside.skp.zip 34k .zip file
post #4 of 38
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Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

Get the paracord from Lutro for sleeving

http://lutro0-customs.com/

He's a member of this forum that started off as an Artisan. It'll cost you less too since you aren't ordering from germany. Also careful with colored liquids, they can stain and cause issues with blocks. Anything you put in a liquid, will eventually settle.

Yes watched his video and he recommended MDPC. I do live in Germany so no problems on that smile.gif
Need to get one of Lutros sleeving tools... I'll see if he delivers here smile.gif

The liquid might be a problem. Hope it would not be as I really think it will be one of the main things in this White/Red theme smile.gif
post #5 of 38
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Plexiglass side panel practice peace number 1.

Got some plexiglass smile.gif To try out my Acrylic working skills (Which I noticed that are non existing smile.gif )

I got the same strength that I'm going to use on the side panel. 5mm thick. The plan that is earlier in the thread says that I need to machine the front to be 2mm thinner then the rest of the panel. So I tried it with my Dremel. Not as easy as I thought smile.gif


So some sanding with 400 strong wet sanding paper and then some more with 800 strong. The corner proved to be tricky. Maybe I'll change the plan a bit to not have a square edge but a round one smile.gif
Super horrid workmanship. Good thing this is a practice peace. I got 4 more to practice on.


There is also one groove machined to the back of the peace but that sucks as much as the front...

Cut some U and square profile to measure and glued them on. Lets see tomorrow how it will look as it has set. I used electricians tape to cover some bits of the plexiglass. I quess it is for the glue not to make a mess. I made one anyway. I should have used more of it. Next practice peace will have more.


Any tips would be useful now. I think most improvement can happen with the machining. I do not have a proper router so I have to make do with the Dremel.
post #6 of 38
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So clue set over night and here is the end result of the first practice peace.


Lessons learned :
  • Using the Dremel as a router is tricky. Need to find a way to use it with minimum "trackmarks" you see in the pic. Maybe a file of a sanding block to level it...
  • Use electricians tape to cover all areas that are next to glued surfaces.
  • Use less glue. As seen in the pic there are places that have excess amounts of it glueing clamps (red spots) and the tape on to the acrylic glass.
post #7 of 38
I would recommend instead of replacing the entire panel with a sheet of acrylic, cutting out a larger design in the existing panel. It'll be easier to build, and easier to mount to the case. Those Phantom 820 doors are rather tight getting them on and off. Making it out of acrylic, if you've got any slop at all, it's not going to look quite right. I'm pretty good with acrylic, but I wouldn't do a full panel replacement like that. It's just not the right material for the job.

I've got a Phantom 820 too... definitely thinking of hacking up the side panel. I think I'll be keeping the shapes similar to what's existing, but will be making some acrylic panels to inset with a painted background around the edges. It'll be a while though as I don't have much to budget right now as I'm going to be spending most of my available cash on building a CNC machine.
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

I would recommend instead of replacing the entire panel with a sheet of acrylic, cutting out a larger design in the existing panel. It'll be easier to build, and easier to mount to the case. Those Phantom 820 doors are rather tight getting them on and off. Making it out of acrylic, if you've got any slop at all, it's not going to look quite right. I'm pretty good with acrylic, but I wouldn't do a full panel replacement like that. It's just not the right material for the job.

I know it probably won't look cool but as I got the bits I'll give it a go. And it's good practice smile.gif I got a new routing tool and it makes lot better cut.
I will wind up cutting the existing side to have a bigger window...
post #9 of 38
well that is something to learn on biggrin.gif
post #10 of 38
Thread Starter 
Warranty void if opened biggrin.gif

Let the chopping begin from the power supply.



Idea is to paint the casing white. Fan red and the fan cover either red or white... Not decided yet. Might look cooler if the fan was bright red and the cover would be white smile.gif
Sleeving needs to start also. Got white sleeves from MDPC. Need to change the cables to white ones before. I hear that it will not look nice if there is a black cable running in a white sleeve. Also changing the cables gives the opportunity to make then correct length and getting rid of the ones that I do not use.

Not liking the black connectors... Wonder if it would be possible to get white ones...?

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