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Why EVO IV?

Well, cause its my 4th water cooled build in as many years. While I was quite happy with the way things turned out on the other mods, I think this time this is going to be something special. And for something special, we always have to start with a good base canvas....

After traveling 16,000 kms in the last few days, the case has finally arrived.


Edited by mav2000 - 5/20/13 at 12:31am
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what are all the parts gonna be? looking at your other mod, i have a feeling this is going to be great. Subbed thumb.gif
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Thanks man....parts, will be worked out as the build progresses. We are at that time of the year when we are between two generations of technology, IB and Haswell.

The part list will completely depend on this.

But in the meanwhile, for a 480 rad, The XSPC AX480 or the Alphacool XT45? I like the extra ports on the Alphacool and I like how the AX looks. But both seem t perform about the same. So am a bit confused.
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The first case labs in India...
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Subbed for a CL build in India !
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Begs the question......which case? smile.gif
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Its the Merlin SM8. Well so lets start off. A whole lot of packaging material. Thick plastic sheets. Packing peanuts and cardboard. Took me close to 30 mins just to unpack the box and get the parts out. Was easy to put it together, but I think a few things need to be better explained in the book. For eg. the motherboard tray comes with these nuts which are on the thumbscrews that connect to the case. These nuts need to be removed, otherwise the motherboard tray sticks out a bit. This I think got missed out in the manual, unless I am doing something wrong. There were 1 or 2 more exceptions like this, which got me a bit confused, but its more or less done now..

First off, the unpacking:









And this is where I am right now. Had some confusion on the hinges, but sorted them out soon enough.



I also needed to change the sleeving on the front panel connectors. The quality of the sleeve is nice, thick and nt see through at all. But since the sleeving ends a few mm's away from the connectors, I decided to resleeve it with some MDPC:

Off with the old:



In with the new:



Thats it for this update. I have ordered most of the cooling parts from performance pcs. Its shipped last night, so I guess that will take 2 weeks to get here.

In the meanwhile, I need to work out the placing of the heatmaster and the cabling for it. I also got my reservoir tube today, so need to work out where thats going to go.
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post #8 of 106
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And finally its all together. It took a while but I finally decided to go RATX.












And trust me, I could not be happier. The quality is just something else. I have worked with a few aluminium cases, but this is just on another level.

Now, a few plans. At the bottom, there is going to be mid plate, but one which will not cover the PSU, as the PSU is too close to the mobo and then I wont have enough place to install a light panel....yes, thats right, this build is going to have a mid panel light mod...

The whole piece will be made out of acrylic. and I will install a length of LED's which will light up the top of the box. And trust me, I could not be happier. The quality is just something else. I have worked with a few aluminium cases, but this is just on another level.

Now, a few plans. At the bottom, there is going to be mid plate, but one which will not cover the PSU, as the PSU is too close to the mobo and then I wont have enough place to install a light panel....yes, thats right, this build is going to have a mid panel light mod...

The whole piece will be made out of acrylic. and I will install a length of LED's which will light up the top of the box. AT the bottom, I have installed the Heatmaster, which will automate my water cooling pumps and fans as per temperatures. And the white box is the controller for the LED's.
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post #9 of 106
looking great!
post #10 of 106
Wow I can only imagine what shipping was like to India.

Look forward to seeing this build!
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