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[WORK LOG] Project: Serious Black

post #1 of 10
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Hello everybody,

my name is NixNuz and I am from Germany. I have never modded a case before, but when I saw this thread I suddenly knew something had to happen to my Define XL and I wanted to let you guys watch how it goes smile.gif


This is the overview. Updates and pictures will be released in new posts.


[GENERAL INFO]

My computer is placed inside my bedroom so annoying fan speeds are a no-go at night (currently it is kind of quiet with the built in case fans, but there is always space for improvements), therefore I have decided that my sweet case definitely needs watercooling sooner or later. With a budget of about 200 to 300 Euros (just for the cooling stuff) I think I will be able to afford some nice parts (I haven't purchased any of it yet but with Amazon prime it takes like 1 day).
The name serious black comes from my idea to create / modify a case which looks serious and (of course) black but is actually a monster rig, oh, and btw it sounds like Sirius Black (in case you haven't noticed) biggrin.gif

The tools that I use thumb.gif


[WHAT TO DO]

- [STEP 1] Remove the HDD- and the drive bays
- [STEP 2] Build an alternative HDD-bay and paint it black
- [STEP 3] Put in two fans to cool my HDDs
- [STEP 4] Cut out a hole in the bottom for the radiator
- [STEP 5] Paint scratched and new parts black (again)
- [STEP 6] When the hole is cut, dust filter and radiator will be installed
- [STEP 7] After the radiator, the pump, the reservoir and the CPU cooler will be installed
- [STEP 8] Attach some LEDs, maybe a little spray paint job could be done


[COMPUTER PARTS]

Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl PC-Case ATX black
Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
Intel Core i7 - 3770 (1155)
Corsair Vengeance (PC1600, 16GB, CL9) DDR3-RAM Kit
Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHZ-Edition
(A second 7970 will be built in once my 1st one is watercooled)
2x Samsung 840 Pro Series internal SSD-Drive 128GB (6,4 cm (2,5 Inch), 256MB Cache, SATA III)
3x Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB Internal Drive
1x Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB Internal Drive (it broke a few days ago so it isn't visible on every picture hence I just sent it in)


[WATERCOOLING]

Reservoir: Swiftech MCRES Micro Reservoir
Pump: AlphaCool Laing DDC-Pump 12V DDC-1T Plus
Radiator: Hardware Labs Black ICE Radiator GT Xtreme 280 - black
Fans: 5x BeQuiet Silent Wings USC (140x140x25)
CPU block: Phobya CPU-Cooler UC-1 Extreme Intel
GPU block: Haven't decided yet but it's gonna replace the Vapor-X stuff one day
Tubing: Masterkleer Tube PVC 16/10mm (3/8'ID) UV-active Dark Red


[MODDING THINGS]

I am planning to attach 2 or 4 LED stripes on the bottom outside of it so that the floor will shine red. Does anyone know a way to make them glow stronger / weaker all the time like a razor mouse? Also I will put in some red LEDs inside which will hopefully match up with my red tubing. I hope the red tubes and my red LEDs will look neat together with the blue stuff of my mainboard. If not I will just paint it black, hehe. Probably I wont build in windows because the case's current sides are very nicely isolated.


Stay tuned and be sure to check in again!
I try to make every step as easy to understand as possible so newbies (like me) can profit from it (hopefully).
Also please let me know whether you have any improvements for me wink.gif

Regards,
NixNuz
Edited by NixNuz - 5/17/13 at 1:52am
post #2 of 10
looks very interesting.

a short list of mods you could try:
window (clear, UV)
Mesh
Fan grill
LEDs
EL wire/tape
volenti cooler/bong cooler
painting (spray, sparkle, powdercoat)
cable sleeving
post #3 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Noskcaj View Post

looks very interesting.

a short list of mods you could try:
window (clear, UV)
Mesh
Fan grill
LEDs
EL wire/tape
volenti cooler/bong cooler
painting (spray, sparkle, powdercoat)
cable sleeving

Thanks for the suggestion, I have added a modding stuff section to my 1st post smile.gif
post #4 of 10
two things i forgot:
PSU cover
Light panel

CPU block: phobya, XSPC raystorm or koolance 380
GPU block: for universal, go XSPC raystorm. full-cover, whatever looks best.
Edited by Noskcaj - 5/16/13 at 3:11am
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
[WHAT I'LL BE WORKING WITH]


Images from the web (obviously ^^)


Unpacked and mainboard installed


[MY TOOLS]


All kinds of screwdrivers and stuff

Our awesome drill smile.gif I think its a suitable alternative for a Dremel in some cases smile.gif
Edited by NixNuz - 5/17/13 at 11:54am
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
[STEP ONE - REMOVE THE UNWANTED BAYS]


The bays are out, I marked the approximate positions from where I had to remove the damn rivets (hell of a work, because we only had a stupid rock drill which took like 5 minutes per rivet -.-)
Note: I always have to assemble the pc again after every step, because this is where I post from biggrin.gif
Edited by NixNuz - 5/17/13 at 2:19pm
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
[STEP TWO.ONE - THE ALTERNATIVE HDD-BAY]


This is how I imagined the HDD-bay to be - the metal for it will be bent & cut tomorrow
Edited by NixNuz - 5/17/13 at 11:53am
post #8 of 10
As a current owner of the Define XL R1, I've got my eye on this. Subbed!
Folder Rodriguez
(21 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k MAXIMUS V FORMULA EVGA 680 FTW+ 4GB  16GB (2x8GB) G.SKILL Trident X 2400mHz CL10 1.65V 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD Seagate SV35.5 2TB 64MB cache 7200 RPM HDD LG blu-ray R/W Heatkiller CU 3.0 Nickel/Black 115X 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Swiftech MCP355 w/ Petra's Mod Top Undecided radiator config 12mm OD push fittings, and E22 12mm acrylic tubing Slackware 64-bit 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Arch Linux 64-bit Asus 24" 1920x1080 LED Rosewill 9000 w/ MX Blues Seasonic X650 
CaseMouseMouse PadOther
Scratch build test bench Logitech G600 black Xtrac Ripper XXL 2x Corsair AF 140mm quiet edition case fans 
Other
Promilatech PK-1 
AudioAudioAudioOther
**Possibly used** HifiMan HE-500 headphones **USED** Schiit Lyr headphone amp Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC EK Nickel CSQ 680+ Waterblock 
OtherOtherOther
2x Aplhacool NexXxos UT60 360mm full copper rad... 6x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450 RPM fans 10 meters of 12mm OD nickel plated copper pipe,... 
CPUMotherboardAudioAudio
4770k Asus Maximus VI Impact Audeze LCD-2 Woo Audio WA3  
Audio
Jolida Tube FX DAC 
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Folder Rodriguez
(21 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k MAXIMUS V FORMULA EVGA 680 FTW+ 4GB  16GB (2x8GB) G.SKILL Trident X 2400mHz CL10 1.65V 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD Seagate SV35.5 2TB 64MB cache 7200 RPM HDD LG blu-ray R/W Heatkiller CU 3.0 Nickel/Black 115X 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Swiftech MCP355 w/ Petra's Mod Top Undecided radiator config 12mm OD push fittings, and E22 12mm acrylic tubing Slackware 64-bit 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Arch Linux 64-bit Asus 24" 1920x1080 LED Rosewill 9000 w/ MX Blues Seasonic X650 
CaseMouseMouse PadOther
Scratch build test bench Logitech G600 black Xtrac Ripper XXL 2x Corsair AF 140mm quiet edition case fans 
Other
Promilatech PK-1 
AudioAudioAudioOther
**Possibly used** HifiMan HE-500 headphones **USED** Schiit Lyr headphone amp Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC EK Nickel CSQ 680+ Waterblock 
OtherOtherOther
2x Aplhacool NexXxos UT60 360mm full copper rad... 6x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450 RPM fans 10 meters of 12mm OD nickel plated copper pipe,... 
CPUMotherboardAudioAudio
4770k Asus Maximus VI Impact Audeze LCD-2 Woo Audio WA3  
Audio
Jolida Tube FX DAC 
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post #9 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by briddell View Post

As a current owner of the Define XL R1, I've got my eye on this. Subbed!
Awesome, thanks! thumb.gif

At the moment the paint for my drive bay is still drying, because I had to repaint the bars several times and I'm not experienced with metal painting but I think it will look quite nice smile.gif The Update will be coming in a few hours upsidedwnsmiley.gif
Edited by NixNuz - 5/18/13 at 7:23am
post #10 of 10
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[STEP TWO.TWO - THE ALTERNATIVE HDD-BAY]

This is how I painted and bent the HDD-bay: click me
Note: This picture is 22MB big, so please wait for it to load completely smile.gif


The HDD bay is now built in. It looks neat - I really didn't expect that biggrin.gif I have to think of a good way to put in the SSDs wink.gif
Edited by NixNuz - 5/28/13 at 4:30am
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