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[Build Log] Revamped Number Cruncher - Custom painted 800D, custom waterloop

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Hi everyone! I thought I'd start a build log for my ongoing project, Number Cruncher, aka my main rig, daily driver.
Here are the components I currently have: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Hyper 212 EVO + Arctic Silver paste
Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
8GB Kingston HyperX RAM
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EVGA GTX 670 Sig2 FTW 2 GB
Rosewill HIVE 750W
Rosewill Thor V2
Achievia Shimmian 1440p 27" display
Logitech 2.1 Channel speakers
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013

Now this is a decent build, but I've been wanting to water cool it. So, I bought a Corsair Obsidian 800D used for $120. (I think it was an alright deal, but the case is a bit beat up) Here are some pictures of it:




So it is a bit beat up, but for the price I couldn't pass it up!

Anyway, so this build log isn't a build log from scratch, but it will be a revamp from my current specs, and it will feature WATER! devil.gif

I'm currently planning out the waterloop, but it will definitely consist of:
-360MM radiator
-1155 waterblock

I'm not sure on the other components yet, but I already own the 360MM rad, a MCP655 pump as well as a dual bay Danger Den res. I'm not sure if I'm going to be using the res and pump in this build though, I've heard having a pump separated from the res sometimes really messes the case up. I'm also planning on starting out with a CPU only loop, because I'm not sure how much longer I'll have my 670 for, even though it is very powerful. smile.gif

If you have tips, or ideas feel free to post them, I'll take them into consideration!
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This PC in a Rosewill Thor V2 case






As you can see the cable management wasn't the best, but the case was very nice, just not accommodating for water cooling.
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Quick first real update on the build: I started cleaning the stickers off of the side of the case, here's how it looks now: T85VUXt.jpg

Just need to get rid of the sticker on the window, which I want to be careful with not to scratch, so I think I'll need to carefully use my fingernails for that sticker, and clean the sticker remains off the side panel with some varsol.

I've also decided I'll be painting the whole case, and filling all the homemade grommet holes with hole plugs, which will leave a rounded bump, but should look like it came like that from the factory. I also plan to use matte black or a satin black spray paint for the coating on the case.
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if i were you, and had access to rivets, i would dissasemble the whole case into little bits, and coat all interior white and order new front/top panels from corsair. also i would repaint the side panels into black or would just get it wrapped with matte black or something.
 
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if i were you, and had access to rivets, i would dissasemble the whole case into little bits, and coat all interior white and order new front/top panels from corsair. also i would repaint the side panels into black or would just get it wrapped with matte black or something.
I have access to a rivet gun, I took a few out last night in an attempt to take the top of the case off to sand it and paint it eventually. Turns out the top is connected on the backside with screws and more rivets, so it'll be a bit of work to get it apart, but hopefully I will be able to. thumb.gif But anyway, I plan on just having a black case, no white. I don't want it to get too confusing, or white/black drip marks on the wrong parts.

Anyway, quick update again here:
I started sanding the paint off of the back panel of the case. Unfortunately, it was the one part of the case I didn't picture, but there were 2 big scratches on the back, so the plan is to sand all the paint off it, and then spray paint it with Satan black paint. Here's a picture of about an hour of sanding the back panel:

I plan to finish sanding it after this post in fact, maybe I'll add another update later tonight again!

I also practiced a bit of spray painting, and just seeing how the colors will look spray painted on some PCI covers the case has that I won't be using.

Anyway, here's a picture of how the painting went:

The lower PCI slot (the one closest to the nails) was the one we used as a test for painting. As you can see, they look pretty similar, but the paint I used was glossy black, so it has a bit of a shine, compared to the stock paint, which is not so shiny, and has a little bumpy texture all over it, kind of like little sand pieces are all over it, but it isn't rough.
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Looking forward to this build. I did a similar thing to you buying a used 800D off of ebay with some damage and did it up. It was great fun, I have just finished doing it. I am not sure about the graphics card to be honest, not very good on graphics cards rolleyes.gif.
 
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Looking forward to this build. I did a similar thing to you buying a used 800D off of ebay with some damage and did it up. It was great fun, I have just finished doing it. I am not sure about the graphics card to be honest, not very good on graphics cards rolleyes.gif.
Welli decided against the GPU, just because there's no water blocks made for it. I think I'll wait to see what the 8xxx series has to offer.
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Well I haven't really updated this thread much in the last few days. Tonight hopefully I can get some sanding done on the windowed side panel (don't worry, window is removed!) then maybe fill the holes that the previous owner drilled in.

This thread isn't very busy though, am I doing something wrong?
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800D custom painted and fixed up! 15 year old Microsoft Custom Minecraft Mousepad Logitech 2.1 Speakers (wub wubbity wub wub) 
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Intel 520 120 GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD LG Blu-Ray Lightscribe Combo Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Swiftech H320 (CPU only) Windows 7 Ultimate 27" Shimian 1440p Monitor 1000W Corsair PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
800D custom painted and fixed up! 15 year old Microsoft Custom Minecraft Mousepad Logitech 2.1 Speakers (wub wubbity wub wub) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k MSI Z68 MA-ED55 MSI GTX 750 Ti 6GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue ASUS DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 
PowerCase
Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Blackbone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Sempron 145 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 4x MSI GTX 750 Ti 6 GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500 GB Seagate Barracuda Stock Windows 7 LG 20" 900p display 
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