You will notice that I don't have the big pile of parts laid out. ( YET
) This is first and foremost a case Mod. There will be incredible Hardware from EKWB, Corsair, MNPCTECH and Mayhems but a lot of things are still in transition on this build and we may change some of our plans as this evolves. There are a lot of new parts on the horizon but I want to build something that you don't have to be named Rockefeller to afford. It's only thanks to our great sponsors that we can do this at all.
Originally I wanted to use 200mm fans In the front of the case. I had Bill Owen with MNPCTECH make me two 200mm Nautilus grills that had never been made in that size before and they are just gorgeous grills. I have the fans and everything already to go, but everyone kept working on me to use a triple Nautilus grill on the front, which is what we will be going with. It really saves me a lot of grinding and cutting, and I really love 200mm fans but no one else seemed to get my vision there , so I gave in. The biggest part of that is the finish that I was able to achieve on the 360 grill that I will show you. The look of the grill swung it for me and that was that ! There Is a story behind it so I will tell that first. ( What did you think I was just going to show you a picture ha ha ha - hey you've got a scroll wheel ) But first let me show you the 200mm set up. We may use it on the top, but when Sam rendered it ,that was just to much of the same thing to look right.
That is a 140mm fan under the grill, just to give you an Idea of the size of these grills.
This always scares me! you take something that is already beautiful as it is and you have to commit to making it better and hope that you don't mess it up. And mess up I did ! I thought I would have trouble with the masking lines and so I tried a gold paint pen, Bad Idea - It came out all splotchy and wasn't going to cut it. So I wet sanded the top and polished it and it came out very nice. I decided to just go with polished Aluminum on the front face, which actually looks very good and will play into some of the things I will do on the build.
A painter friend of mine turned me on to Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish. This stuff is incredible. It works on the Copper too.
Now not just any fan would do for a Metallica build ! If it can't meme and destroy what good is it ?
Some one referred to this as a cat deterrent. DX You know I just don't like people fiddling with my fans! Touch it, touch it, I dare you.