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[Build Log] [Beginner] Project Spark - Azza Hurrican

post #1 of 20
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This will be my first attempt at really modding my case and first time trying to water cool a system. For my first attempt i'm gonna stick with my current case which is an Azza Hurrican. it may not be the biggest full tower case out there but i wanna see what i can do with it before i move onto something bigger (that also costs a lot more).

my current setup:
Gigabyte 990 FXA UD3 motherboard
16gbs corsair vengeance ram
sapphire 6870 vapour x video card
WD black 500gb hard drive
340gb OCZ agility 3 SSD (haven't used it yet)
AMD 1090T 6 core CPU
Coolermaster V6 gt heatsink
lian li 650w power supply
LG optical drive

Upgrades
sapphire 7870 OC edition
XFX 1000w PSU (bought)
new fans (haven't decided which ones yet)
Lamptron FC9 (bought)

Mods
cut a window on the side panel
MDPC sleeving for PSU (bought)
attempt some designs and FPS clan logo into my case, haven't decided where yet.
many more ideas jumping around in my head but don't know if they will make the cut for this case.


Water Cooling Parts

XSPC EX360 rad (bought)
240 rad
Swiftech MCP655-PWM pump (bought)
EK D5 top (bought)
FrozenQ liquid Fusion 250ml res (bought)
bitspower compression fittings
XSPC raystorm CPU block
EK 7870 GPU block with back plate
primochill advanced LRT Atomic green UV tubing (wanted 1/2 ID - 3/4 OD but can't find any stock for it so i am still deciding what size tubing to use now.)

here are some pictures of the tear down and some of the parts that have arrived. Sorry for the bad photos i don't really have that great of a camera







testing the new PSU, i love the silent fan feature!


case stripped




Some of the new parts







this is the color scheme im going for. i'm trying to match my case with my sleeving colors. the plan is to have the interior of the case ivory and the exterior green or maybe a mix.

any insight anyone has would be much appreciated. will update more as i keep taking apart my case.

Spark
Edited by Spark10 - 5/9/13 at 7:18am
post #2 of 20
Depending on the look you want, this link may help you.
It works especially well on fans.

And that case looks a lot like my old CMstorm enforcer.
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by Noskcaj View Post

Depending on the look you want, this link may help you.
It works especially well on fans.

And that case looks a lot like my old CMstorm enforcer.

that looks pretty cool, thanks for the link may try it.
post #4 of 20
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Small Update:

started to plan out how to mount the 360 rad on the top and ran into a little problem. Supposedly this case supports a 360 rad at the top, but when looking at it there isn't enough mounting holes to do it. so i got some scrap aluminum at work that ill use to mount to the top so i can mount my radiator. Still have to order my 240 rad and find a way to mount that to the front where the 2.5 inch bays use to be. while i'm waiting for the funds to purchase the rest of my parts i gonna start sleeving my PSU.

small package arrived today, pump and top!





also bought this on the weekend to cut out my side window and other various things i want to do to the case


marked out my side window.


still trying to mark the corners out properly. Can't seem to get the curve that i want right.
post #5 of 20
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got my side window cut today. for my first attempt it wasn't to bad, I nick one of the corners off on my line so ill have to figure out how to fix it. i didn't really want to use C channel molding but i think i will have to just to cover up some of the mistakes.

here are some after picks.



not sure if you'll be able to see it since i don't have a very good camera, but i nicked it in two spots. I'm thinking that some molding would cover it up.
post #6 of 20
looking good!

I think you should sand the cut more, thats what I did with mine to get it more perfect and smooth
I spent nearly 1/2 an hour for the sanding process

with the nicked spot, I would use U channel for it
it doesnt look bad imho smile.gif
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post #7 of 20
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looking good!

I think you should sand the cut more, thats what I did with mine to get it more perfect and smooth
I spent nearly 1/2 an hour for the sanding process

with the nicked spot, I would use U channel for it
it doesn't look bad imho smile.gif

thanks, i still got a lot of sanding to do on it. so far just iv just been filing. I went out and got 3 grades of emery cloth to work on it and make as smooth as possible.

I was thinking of using this to cover it up
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5096/mol-04/Slim_C-Strip_FanWindow_MoldingGrommet_Edging_-_Black.html?tl=g42c217s338#blank
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Originally Posted by Spark10 View Post

thanks, i still got a lot of sanding to do on it. so far just iv just been filing. I went out and got 3 grades of emery cloth to work on it and make as smooth as possible.

I was thinking of using this to cover it up
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/5096/mol-04/Slim_C-Strip_FanWindow_MoldingGrommet_Edging_-_Black.html?tl=g42c217s338#blank
Yeah that would do the trick
from the place where I come from we call it U channel , just realize the C channels is the same thing
good luck with the sanding
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Ok, this has caught my attention! I enjoy watching others mod the Hurrican (I don't have the skill redface.gif) but unfortunately there aren't too many owners compared to other cases so it is rare that I get the pleasure of reading a build log.

I do have one question for you though, how did you manage to take the side panel apart?
I'm in a position where I think I will need to replace one or both of my fans due to bearing issues (rattling has started), but I couldn't work out what I had to do to get access to the fans themselves. If you have any pointers I'd be really interested in hearing about them.

Also, did you previously paint your case red? Mine is all black inside so that's why I'm asking.
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Ok, this has caught my attention! I enjoy watching others mod the Hurrican (I don't have the skill redface.gif) but unfortunately there aren't too many owners compared to other cases so it is rare that I get the pleasure of reading a build log.

I do have one question for you though, how did you manage to take the side panel apart?
I'm in a position where I think I will need to replace one or both of my fans due to bearing issues (rattling has started), but I couldn't work out what I had to do to get access to the fans themselves. If you have any pointers I'd be really interested in hearing about them.

Also, did you previously paint your case red? Mine is all black inside so that's why I'm asking.

You should try, this is my first attempt. Just learning as i go along and reading a lot of build logs. that's one thing Iv notice with azza fans are the bearings go after awhile. Happened on my solano and one of my hurrican fans. To remove the fans on the side panel you just have to remove the screws on the inside of the panel which will pop off the outer piece so you can get access to the fans.

My case came stock red like that because I got the hurrican 2000R which just stands for the red model. I will be paint this one once I finish cutting something on the inside.
Edited by Spark10 - 5/17/13 at 2:45pm
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