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post #1 of 7
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Hi, this is just a simple worklog by myself to share with u guys.
At first i was considering between CM 692 Adv and Corsair 400R, some of them said that CM 692 is better for WC but i said i won't be going WC in the short future. At last still got poisoned and upgraded to custom WC in few months, sometimes u just can't resist. I'm in love with this casing, so try to do some research around to see how others install custom WC in 400R. This casing is very awesome for air cooling but there are some limitation for WC.

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Previously was using Spire Gemini as CPU cooler, is quite a good cooler for budget user. But it's quite tall (165mm) so not every casing can fit this.

Current Spec :
Intel i5 2500k OCed at 4.5Ghz
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe rev3.0 LGA 1155
GSkill Ripjaws X 1.35v 4GB x 2 DDR3 1600Mhz
Plextor M5S 128GB
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM
MSI Twin Frozr III GTX660 2GB DDR5
Corsair TX650M
ASUS Xonar DX PCI-e

WC components :
XSPC Raystorm CPU waterblock
EK FC660-GTX GPU waterblock
Bitspower z-250 multitank
XSPC D5 vario pump
XSPC D5 pump top acetal
XSPC EX240 rad
Hardwarelabs black ice GTS 240 rad

Sleeved 24 pin and 6 pin extension
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Side panel modded by APES.my using laser cut.
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Okay watercooling part now, waiting for RS240 kit to restock since december. But still no stock so just go for the EX240 kit, using Laing D5 pump and EX240 radiator.

XSPC Raystorm D5 EX240 Watercooling Kit
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Scythe Gentle Typhoon
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Ready to start
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Copper base waterblock
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Installed waterblock on motherboard
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The tricky part is here. Most mid tower can't fit a radiator at top because there is some clearance issue. The radiator + normal thickness fan will block the RAM slot and the 8 pin connector.
So what i did here is move the radiator slightly near to the side panel.

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Top View
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bought this
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D5 pump top arrived!
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the res is too tall for my 400R :x
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spray on the fan grill
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Some new items arrived!
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EK-FC660 GTX
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full cover for kepler GK106? it's not worth i know, but the price not much difference with universal block, so why not?

removed MSI twin frozr cooler and put on this!
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casing out of service, put everything on mobo box first
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running
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and this is where the leaking happen, first time installing the gpu WB and didn't put on the o-ring into the FC link
coolant spill all over my mobo, pci-e slot and ram slot all kena coolant.
left it dry for 3 days and turn it back on! now everything working well :clap:

3mm twin led from XSPC quality really bad
have to solder a new LED
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thanks to the person who give me this acrylic sheet for free! :respect:
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PSU cover incoming
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rivet HDD cage, not so WC friendly casing
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de-rivet success by using screwdriver and hammer. thanks to [@irenmodz] for guiding
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next, going to cut off the 5.25" bay bottom as it blocking the rad
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and the cutting disc broken before i can finish that little cutting
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thanks to infernoaswen and honeydewboy aka alex wong for bringing me diamond cutting disc
done the cutting!
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fit nicely!
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figuring how to place the res and pump
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thanks to onnjeyyon and xiong91 for suggesting a better idea
to rest the reservoir on the acrylic
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use some leftover acrylic to make a mount for the front radiator
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another rad arrived!
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GTS240 is a very thin rad!
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epoxy for sticking the psu cover. no acrylic bender so terpaksa use stick
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done joining 2 acrylic together! now ready to put matte black sticker on it
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get it done after 3 attempts. not so easy for first timer.
still got a lot tiny bubble around frown.gif
the tiny hole is to show the PSU label but it seems failed in the end frown.gif
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ready for leak test
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a small drain port behind
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siap! i know the res is misaligned, but no choice. made some mistake
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i think it consider completed. MAYBE will add on a fill port, but not so soon.
and high res pictures coming next week, sorry for bad pic quality.

i thought i can stop, but the CPU temperature giving me headache.
at last decided to reloop everything, and once i open my CPU waterblock, disaster.
i found some tissue stain inside stuck in the jet plate.

here are some more clear pictures. but ignore the bubble at PSU cover. i fed up already sticking that haha
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since i already replaced my front panel with radiator, so the front fan LED on/off switch will be useless
and i decided to change it to work with LED strip

made some research before starting
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this is the on off switch
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the fan connector is not the normal 3pin fan connector, so i need to take the stock fan header
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and only that pin can hold well in the header
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change it to the LED strip and sleeved the LED strip
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moarrr picturessss

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post #2 of 7
Hello,

Great job . . . Big fan of the 400R case (used it in my mod) although I went with air cooling option vice WC (did not think I would have enough room) - Well done, you proved it could be accomplished thumb.gif

Cheers

Fen
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core, Socket LGA2011, 3... ASUS Sabertooth X79 Zotac 660TI Corsair Vengence DDR3 (olive green) 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD 1TB ADATA SSD 512 GB Corsair H80i Windows 7 64bit Professional 
PowerCase
Corsair AX850 Corsair Carbide Series 400R 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-3820 Quad-Core, Socket LGA2011, 3... ASUS Sabertooth X79 Zotac 660TI Corsair Vengence DDR3 (olive green) 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD 1TB ADATA SSD 512 GB Corsair H80i Windows 7 64bit Professional 
PowerCase
Corsair AX850 Corsair Carbide Series 400R 
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post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Bad Fenny View Post

Hello,

Great job . . . Big fan of the 400R case (used it in my mod) although I went with air cooling option vice WC (did not think I would have enough room) - Well done, you proved it could be accomplished thumb.gif

Cheers

Fen
thanks smile.gif
but still there are some limitation with this casing. like top panel need to use very thin rad.
planning to cut it off and change it to acrylic
post #4 of 7
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post #5 of 7
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24 pin ATX cable under UV lighting


redo the PSU cover due to imperfection


IGNORE the pictures behind, just some motivation.
bought a used 360 rad to replace my 240 front rad
fit a 360 rad in front of casing


Drilled a hole at top for fill port

post #6 of 7
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new GPU :hyper:
ASUS HD 7970 Direct CU II TOP




lovely backplate


EK-FC7970 DCII


EK Supremacy Clean CSQ




Took out SGT fan blade to spray it into blue color to match theme




done spraying!


final product


ready to install waterblock. say goodbye to massive heatsink


much more VRM compare to my previous gtx 660


thermal pad applied


completed!




installed on mobo together with CPU wb


closer look at ek supremacy nickel
previously flush all wc components with distilled + vinegar


everything up, went for MU vs Stoke
then only fill in with coolant


both storage drive hiding behind


ready to fill in coolant


whole bottle of coolant habis
but still not enough


final product













thanks for checking out, sorry for the low res pictures. will try to borrow a better camera to take better shot















Bring to APES for photoshooting


Fillport


PSU cover


ASUS HD7970 DCU II TOP


post #7 of 7
I have to say that looks beautiful.
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