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Phantom 820 Case Mods, Custom Paint, Custom Loop, ROG Theme (ASUS MVE, 3770k, X-Fire 7950's)

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04/30/2013

Hey guys, so I decided I'll just throw this build log up to update every now and then as I get closer towards my goal of a full custom water loop. My appetite started a couple months ago after I bought my H100i and was scrolling around the water cooling club looking at pictures. The sense of personality of some of these loops really tickled my brain and started making me want to do something to express myself. Luckily a member of this forum lives close to me so I got to go visit him today and check out some of his work (and his work is AWESOME by the way). I'm trying to keep this loop as cheap as possible, but not so cheap that I actually "cheap out" on components. I will be starting out small and working my way up towards something amazing.

To start off my adventure I traded a delidded 3570k with non-functional dual-channel memory (scraped the PCB with the blade) and a 120Gb Kingston HyperX for:

Phobya Xtreme 200mm Radiator

Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 250 Inline Reservoir


6-pack Monsoon Black Chrome Carbon Fiber Compression Fitting - 3/8"ID x 5/8"OD


Jingway Technologies DP600P Pump

EK-Supreme LTX Nickel Plexi CPU Block


Not a bad start if I do say myself!!! Especially since it was all FREE

05/01/2013

Alright guys time for an UPDATE! No comments on this thread yet..... just wait until I get further into the build. THEN I won't be talking to myself anymore!!!! biggrin.gif

So I had a very eventful day. Decided to do some custom painting to my case. Also, took a ride over a buddy's house and he surprised me with an NZXT Switch 810 panel (been trying find one for two months now) and all he wants is my 820 side panel for a trade. Awesome. Got some quality work done today and the grand total is STILL 0$

Boo ya

Decided to paint the trim and the side of the door panel red.




Then I thought of painting the screens on the case red so I popped those out of the black border and just painted them the same color red as the trim.


Wanted to get some contrast along the front of the case so I took that curved part off of the top of the front of the panel and painted that black.


and HERE IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT after lots of coats of paint and lots of waiting.

and here is a quick shot of the switch 810 side panel


Thanks guys and I hope you enjoyed my update. Tomorrow I'm going caseless and am going to set up the CPU loop with my board on a box so I can get some drilling and modding done while I wait for the money to roll in to order the GPU blocks and other rads.

05/02/2013

Ok yet another update guys. So I took everything out of the Phantom to do some work on it and setup my CPU loop today. I have everything running gracefully on boxes. Everything is working well and I am extremely happy that today I *officially* setup my first custom loop. This is just the beginning though! There is SO MUCH more to come. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure thumb.gif








Hope someone is getting some pleasure out of me doing this build log. I am mostly doing it for myself though so I can look back on it a couple years ago and see where I was. Even if I helped one person come up with some ideas for modding or a loop from looking at this build log it would all be worth it. Now I can go ahead and sell my H100i to save up some more money for my GPU blocks.

Alright here is another update for today. Decided to start painting the bottom fan filter, USB cluster, and the fan controller. Still have to put a couple more coats on today.








I'll post some pictures of everything put back together when it's finished. Enjoy!

Here is the list of parts that I am going to be buying next:

(2x) Alphacool NexXxoS ATXP ATI 7970/50 Series V2 - Polished Stainless Steel - Black - $208
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_580&products_id=36088
(2x) Alphacool NexXxoS ATXP Back Plate - ATI 7970/50 - Black $42
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_1018_1042&products_id=36087
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 280mm
http://www.alphacool.com/product_info.php/info/p989_Alphacool-NexXxoS-XT45-Full-Copper-280mm.html
Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 360mm
http://www.alphacool.com/product_info.php/info/p973_Alphacool-NexXxoS-XT45-Full-Copper-360mm.html
Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 120mm
http://www.alphacool.com/product_info.php/info/p971_Alphacool-NexXxoS-ST30-Full-Copper-120mm.html
PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 5/8" OD - 10ft Retail Pack - Onyx Black
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/17891/ex-tub-1624/PrimoChill_PrimoFlex_Advanced_LRT_Tubing_38ID_x_58_OD_-_10ft_Retail_Pack_-_Onyx_Black_PFLEXA10-58-BK_w_Free_Sys_Prep.html?tl=g30c99s1615#blank

Along with some fittings and other things that I still haven't decided on.

05/03/2012

So I did a number of things today, but first here are a couple more pictures of my loop. Added some more fans to try to direct the airflow.




and here is what I got done today:

Drilled out the final HDD cage from my case

Started drilling out the rivets to replace them with screws and to obtain access to some parts within the case

Decided to paint the PCI slot covers red



Also, drilling out the rivets let me gain access to the IO/PCI panel to paint it black so I could get some contrast between it and the red PCI slot covers

I also traded my H100i for a nice set of fans that I can use on my rads, a bitspower y connector for a drain, and a lapped IHS for my 3770k




So I got a lot done today and the grand total is STILL 0$!!!


05/06/2013

So I'm just finishing painting the IO/PCI panel black, the PCI slot covers are done, and I'm dropping my cables off at a buddy's house tonight to get sleeved while I'm away at the cape next week.. They are going to black, white, and red. If anyone needs their cables sleeved be sure to message chino1974 ( http://www.overclock.net/u/278504/chino1974 ) because he does absolutely AMAZING quality work. He produces a finished product that screams quality. Also, finished the paint job, mounted the front radiator which was a pain in the butt trying to drill the holes correctly and to keep enough space for my bottom rad. Decided to put it a little higher so I can fit a UT60 in push pull config and it will be almost resting on the bottom of the front rad and I will be able to rest the pump on top of it. That way I could achieve a really clean look. I was able to get the whole case put back together and I ziptied the different cables together to make them neater and installed the motherboard and graphics cards and also attached the resevoir. Sadly, no pictures for you guys just yet because all of my PSU cables are at my buddies house being sleeved so I will try to post pictures tomorrow from the girlfriends laptop once we get all settled at the house. I absolutely LOVE how this is turning out. It really looks fantastic!



















05/08/2013

Alright guys, so I got another 6-pack of black chrome monsoon fittings, a male to male connector, a bitspower 45 degree angle fitting, and a bitspower 90 degree fitting today. I havent put them in yet, but here is couple pictures of the loop as it is.





Enjoy!

05/10/2013

Alright so time for a quick update. Like I said before I got some new fittings so I have just been playing around with those and getting all the tubing the perfect length. I also mounted my SSD's behind the motherboard since I got rid of all my drive bays. Enjoy the pics!










I actually just realized that I can't use a UT60 280mm rad in push/pull because the resevoir sits about 40mm too high and prevents me from being able to use a 360mm rad up top so I am just going to have a 280 rad that is 45mm thick with a set of fans pushing cold air into the case. That way I can still use the 360mm rad up top.

05/11/2013

Hey time for an update. I'm currently leak testing and bleeding while waiting for my cables to finish being sleeved. I just did a little cable management today and painted my rear fan filter black. Looks like I'm done painting and now it is time to completely focus on the hardware aspect of the build.
Here are some pics with the Switch 810 side panel on

Some cable management before I get my PSU cables back

The black fan filter

I put part of the monsoon foam fittings holder on the bottom of the pump to stop the vibrations

and here is right before the leak test


Next update will probably be when I get the sleeved cables back.

05/12/2013

Here are a couple more pictures guys thumb.gif

Successful leak test

Rear fan filter painted


05/13/2013

So I've been hating how my crossfire bridge just throws off the entire color scheme of the case so I decided to spray paint it today. I was very careful of what type of spray paint to use because I didn't want it cracking when the crossfire bridge was bent. I ended up deciding on some vinyl and fabric paint. Luckily I had it in black! So here is how it turned out!

Crossfire Bridge Before

Vinyl & Fabric Spray Paint

Right After First Coat of Paint

Right After Last Coat of Paint

Finished & In Case


Edited by RavageTheEarth - 5/13/13 at 9:15am
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Going to be getting Alphacool 7950 v2 blocks, a top ST45 360mm rad, rear ST30 120mm rad, and bottom ST45 280mm rad along with some LED's including a red one for the res and many other awesome things. Stay tuned! thumb.gif
post #3 of 5
Some very nice work you're doing here. I'm definetly excited for the lighting. It will really boost those awesome components you're using.

GL with it
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Originally Posted by nepToon View Post

Some very nice work you're doing here. I'm definetly excited for the lighting. It will really boost those awesome components you're using.

GL with it

Thanks a lot man!!!
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
So I've been hating how my crossfire bridge just throws off the entire color scheme of the case so I decided to spray paint it today. I was very careful of what type of spray paint to use because I didn't want it cracking when the crossfire bridge was bent. I ended up deciding on some vinyl and fabric paint. Luckily I had it in black! So here is how it turned out!

Crossfire Bridge Before

Vinyl & Fabric Spray Paint

Right After First Coat of Paint

Right After Last Coat of Paint

Finished & In Case


Edited by RavageTheEarth - 5/13/13 at 9:14am
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