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The Core Reactor


Final Product

I just finished the final touches on the outer case with the rubber trimming, and the large cut out window, it doesn't even look like an antec 900 anymore!!!

Methodology Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Back in the day the Antec 900 Came out, and was the marvel of a gaming nation, the first time someone had ever seen a "BIG BOY" fan 200mm and Blue LED's in the front fans. This was the start of an era where it was not just the hardware inside the case, it was how you showed off your case. At the time, 9 - drive bay unit with hard drive cooling and top exhaust fan was unheard of, it was every overclockers dream case, and was rather large for the current hardware.

Lately, computer cases have been so ungodly huge, you can fit 3 4x120mm radiators in them, a huge reservoir and 5 pumps with another whole side for almost another full computer! I don't want a "mid size" case where it takes up two desks or has so much space inside the case, I feel like I need to fill in the extra space with more random hardware. The Antec 900 was huge fir it's time, and is still a perfect sized case for all your needs.

I took on this project in revamping an old case with new hardware because of the nostalgia and the challenge. I have always loved the case, but cable management was non-existent and the drive bays were impossible to access!, with this build I maximized the space given and fit in a dual cross-flow radiator and a single 120mm radiator without anyone seeing any of them! biggrin.gif

The second part of the task was cable management, there is none! this case was a nightmare for cables, but where theres a will there is a way! I had fabricated each and every hold so literally you cannot see a single cable but just the motherboard power and the video power.

now lets see how I did it and what I used thumb.gif

Background Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This will be an overhaul of my 2nd ever personal build, I have only recently gotten a career so making a build like this has always been a pipe dream. When I first built this computer I sold everything I had and went all-out with what I was able to save and built my first water cooled pc. This is also going to be my first build log and am taking constructive criticism as I go along.

Original Parts List Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
  • Case - Antec 900 Original
  • Power Supply - Mushkin 1000 Watt
  • Motherboard - ASUS P8Z68 - V / GEN 3
  • CPU - Intel i5 2500K 3.3Ghz (O.C. 4.7Ghz)
  • Memory - 16GB Kingston HyperX 1600MHz (O.C. 2200Mhz)
  • Video Card - Nvidia GTX 650Ti (O.C. 955/2055)
  • Hard Drive - 120GB OCZ Intel 330 Series SSD SATA3 6GB/s
  • Water Cooling - Thermaltake BigWater 760 Plus (Modded Push.Pull Config)
  • Fan Controller - Scythe Kaze Server Advanced 4-Channel
  • Exhaust fan - 200mm Cooler Master Blue
  • Side & Rear fans - 2 x Crystal LED 120mm 2000RPM 77.26 CFM
  • Radiator fans - 2 x Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance
  • Front fans - 2 x 120mm TriCool blue LED

Goals & Reasoning Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This Overhaul is well over due, as I said before I sold everything I had to get the computer above and it was more then I needed, and took pride in my build. I now have some income, and have always wanted to expand my watercooling to the GPU but could never afford it. Now that I have the ability to purchase what I really like I can customize my rig to my liking with some class. My goal is to finally build a computer that I can take pride in, by having personal customization with every portion of the case and parts.

I'm keeping my old Antec 900 case, this is for a few reasons:
1) I don't like the size of the cases now-a-days, they are so big and bulky its a waste of space and almost becomes a little too much going on.
2) When the Antec came out originally I fell in love, it was the first real gaming rid that showed off some flair with the vintage blue LED's in the front and the historic 200MM BIG BOY fan!
3) I know people hate working with the Antec because the drive bays suck and cable management is almost non-existent, and I want to show that with a LOT of love, you can bring this case into the 21st century

Naming
the frozen q reservoir is sick looking, and well look up core reactor on google images...

The Overhaul
I went all out and spent over $1200 on expanding my watercooling loop, and increasing my esthetics with a new pride for esthetics. My focus on this build is going to be very clean, cable management with a flash of "wow", these parts are going to help me do this.

New Ordered Parts: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
  • Radiator - XSPC EX240 Cross-Flow Slim High Density Dual 120mm Radiator (arrived)
  • Tubing - Feser Tube Hose Clear - 3/8" ID - 1/2" OD (arrived)
  • Reservoir - Liquid Fusion - 250mm blue helix
  • CPU Waterblock - XSPC Raystorm (arrived)
  • GPU Waterblock - XSPC Razor 7970 Full Cover Water Block Prepared for SLI (arrived)
  • Coolant - Ek Water Blocks Fluid UV Blue
  • Fittings - Bitspower BP-RCPF-CC2 Silver Shining Rotary Compression Fitting (45 & 90 degrees)
  • XFX- Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition OC 1000MHZ 3GB 5.5GBPS GDDR5 V3
The Build Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
My focus is to do a 2x radiator GPU + CPU water loop, I will be doing a push-pull configuration for both radiators. I really don't like the top or bottom mounted radiators, they look bulky and are usually taking up visual space either on top or bottom of the case. During this build I am going to convert the front 120MM fans to a push-pull configuration for my dual radiator in order to hide the radiator and use the front fans for something other than just pushing air through the computer. This will also be run through my current thermaltake bigwater 760 plus 120mm radiator, with a push-pull configuration, this is tucked into its own dual drive bay installation.

I am replacing the bigwater 760 stalk reservoir with a FrozenQ liquid Fusion blue helix reservoir. This will be mounted half in and half outside the side panel as a focal piece, I will cut a hole in the side panel next to the window to have this beautiful clue helix shining outside the computer. As well I will be painting the interior of the case a glossy black, so the UV colors of the coolant will bounce off the shimmering sides. If this ends up the way I hope it should look fantastic and I will be happy with my first GPU watercooling with all bitspower compression fittings.


The Water Loop



Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I wanted it to be as clean, and short and efficient as possible. I bought a cross flow radiator so I didnt have to bring tubing down to the pump again, the flow goes as follows:

Pump -> XSPC GPU Water Block -> XSPC Raystorm block -> XSPC Dual Cross flow radiator -> Frozen Q Reservoir -> Thermaltake 120mm Radiator -> back to the pump.

This flow is clean shor and you can barely see the tube runs. I'm using clear tubing with EK Blue UV fluid.

The Hardware PICTURES! (Click to show)









Cross-flow Radiator for optimal tubing and direction of flow


These cards didnt work with the waterblock so just got another one!!


ALL BITSPOWER COMPRESSION FITTINGS smile.gif








The Prep and vision PICTURES! (Click to show)

Drivebays cut out for radiator and fan location


First coat of paint[


Fits perfectly like the antec 900 was meant for this smile.gif




Cross Over Radiator to bring the loop back where it came without a long tube for the return!




Push Pull Config, nice clean LED's and amazing air flow


A mock up of what it will look like once I fasten it in, but still more cutting and modding to get it just right wink.gif
Things are coming along smoothly, the radiator push pull is setup, and the placement is perfect, it was made for a dual radiator! I still have a few holes to cut for the exiting of the loop to the Frozen Q reservoir on the outside of the side panel, but Im waiting on the fittings, Res and video card...

Lots more to come just gotta organize and upload Im blown away at the cpu temps with an added dual radiator!!!


I just finished the case cover (except the black rubbing trimming on the metal lining) but it looks amazing with the cover on! I finishe dthe cable management at the back (I cant believe it closed!)

I just finished the final touches on the outer case with the rubber trimming, and the large cut out window, it doesn't even look like an antec 900 anymore!!!





Hey guys I just uploaded how I customed my Antec 900 Case and cable management with the custom case cover for the Frozen Q.

Let me know what you think smile.gif

The Core Reactor Build Log

Edited by darwing - 5/21/13 at 7:21pm
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bump??? nobody frown.gif

The Core Reactor Loop
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Looks cool. I have a 900 sitting in my basement. It was a great case a few years ago. Pics of the finished product in normal lighting conditions would be nice so we can see all the parts. thumb.gif
 
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I will tonight
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Originally Posted by subyman View Post

Looks cool. I have a 900 sitting in my basement. It was a great case a few years ago. Pics of the finished product in normal lighting conditions would be nice so we can see all the parts. thumb.gif

I will tonight I love the fact that I was able to put a dual and single radiators in the case without showing the rads, my whole idea is that the cases now are so big u can strore two computers in them and its impractical.

This build doesn't look or feel tightly packed because you can't see any wires or rads, just tight tube going through the loop smile.gif

I also am so happy I got a cross flow radiator to continue with the flow of the loop
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I just finished the case cover (except the black rubbing trimming on the metal lining) but it looks amazing with the cover on! I finished the cable management at the back (I cant believe it closed!)
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Edited by darwing - 4/28/13 at 7:48am
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Looks very clean, good job.
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Originally Posted by wh0kn0ws View Post

Looks very clean, good job.

Thank you so much I'll post some deeper pics of the interior cause im still really happy with the cable management, there are two wires that you can see, and the clear tubing with UV liquid goes amazing with the components.
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I just finished the final touches on the outer case with the rubber trimming, and the large cut out window, it doesn't even look like an antec 900 anymore!!!



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