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[Build Log] Project: Apex Alien

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A brief intro.

Hello World. For four years I educated myself about computer basics via forums, videos, and buildlogs. In the hours spent learning, I came to the realization that many young lads and lasses; shared an interest in the exact abyss I was diving into. It was inspiring, and so I kept up the pursuit of knowledge. For the first 2 years I watched videos, derped through forums and for the most part, was content. Then the inevitable happened, I stumbled onto a buildlog. Oh my was it infectious, from that day forward I was hooked and knew I wanted to build something with my knowledge.

Problem 1. Money

Problem 2. Worried

Problem 1 was overcome like all money related issues, I got a job. However, problem 2 lingered, not only in my mind, but in the minds of the young lads and lasses that shared my new found passion. We were worried about our skill set, our knowledge, our ability to dive into that abyss and come out with something that turns over when you hit the key. So today I begin my adventure down, and I invite you to join me. I invite professionals to delve into their past and remember their first ride. I invite amateurs to take this ride with me, to not be afraid of what lies in the depths. If you can rise to the occasion, and inspire others needing that little nudge, do so.

Special thanks to the wonderful community at Overclock.net for inspiring me, and for giving me a place to inspire from.

I must also thank the following for everything you have done for me and for everyone:
Linus Tech Tips
OC3D
Ronsanut
Miller ModPCs
NCIX Tech Tips
SingularityComputers
TastyPC.TV
Tech of Tomorrow
Tek Syndicate
MadeByKier
Bit-tech.net
Asus North America & Asus Australia and New Zealand
Epic PC Cases
Hardware Secrets
Respective buildlog owners on the various sites

...and to everyone else whos names currently evade me. Thank you.

Finally, the build.

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy
Mobo: Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3
PSU: Corsair AX860i
CPU: Intel i7 3770k
Boot Drive: OCZ Vector 128 gb
GPU: Undecided
Memory: A-DATA 16 gb kit @ 2400Mhz

Cooling:
CPU: Koolance 380i
GPU: Undecided
Reservoir: Swiftech Micro Revision 2
Radiators: 1x Phobya Xtreme 200, 2x Koolance 240mm (HX-CU720v)
Fans: 1x NZXT 200mm (FS-200RB), 4+ Akasa Apache Black 120mm


Edited by Newbie101 - 9/3/13 at 2:16am
post #2 of 9
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The Case before teardown.






post #3 of 9
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Prodigy coming apart + new panels ready to be cut.




Planning to cut out most of the metal on everything but the side panels. I then plan to rivet/bolt the newly cut panels to the skeletal frame of the prodigy.
I feel that creating new panels will greatly simply the build process later.

More to come soon.
post #4 of 9
Very cool intro, really looking forward to this!
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ROBOCOP
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4970k EVGA z97 Stinger Nvidia Titan Black 8Gb Corsair Vengeance LP 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 500Gb Swiftech Apogee XL CPU block Swiftech KOMODO NV LE GPU block Darkside 240mm & 120mm Radiators 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower True Brass fittings Noiseblocker Multiframe 120mm fans  E22 Acrylic Tube Mayhems Aurora 2 fluid 
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Windows 8.1 Corsair RM650 Custom Parvum Systems Ensourced Custom Sleeved Cables 
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Intel 4670k @ 4.8Ghz Asus Gryphon w/ Thermal Armor 2 x EVGA GTX 770 SC Corsair Dominator GT 8Gb 1866Mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Samsung EVO 250Gb EK Supremacy Clean Nickel Plexi Swiftech MCP35X Pump Mayhems Aurora 2 Coolant 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
4 x Coolermaster JetFlo 120mm Fans 3 x NoiseBlocker Black Silent Pro 80x15mm Fans EK Monarch X4 Clean Nickel Plexi 2 x EK GTX 770 Clean Nickel Plexi 
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2 x EK Coolstream PE 240mm Radiator Bitspower Black Sparkle Fittings E22 Acrylic Tube Bitspower Reservoir/Pump Top Combo 
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Windows 8.1 Corsair AX860 Parvum Systems Customized S2.0 Ensourced Custom Sleeved Cables 
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3930k @ 5.1 Asus Rampage IV Extreme 3 x EVGA GTX 780 SC 16Gb Corsair Dominator GT 2133Mhz 
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12 x Noiseblocker Multiframe 120mm Fans 1250rpm Windows 8 Pro 3 x LG 27ea63v Corsair K95 
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You cannot beat SUBulba. He always wins.
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post #6 of 9
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Glad you liked the intro! Here are a few rough mock ups of the prodigy interior design, not too detailed as I don't want to give it all away.

Main design goal, maximum cooling without breaking the prodigy's outside lines. Cheated with the bottom fan but it is well hidden when the handles are on.





Revisions not in images:
1. Front two radiators are moved down to allow for prodigy handle screws to still be placed.
2. Graphics Card length may be changed.
3. Motherboard tray may be moved to allow for more back compartment space.
4. Temp sensor + drain port in back compartment.

Few spoilers to look forward to in the design.
1. Rigid acrylic tubing, all strait, all vertical or horizontal. Angles to be done with fittings.
2. ec6 Green UV coolant.
3. Possible gtx 780 with swiftech komodo block.
4. Complete Cable Sleeving.
Edited by Newbie101 - 9/4/13 at 9:30am
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Case construction over the next week or so. Still need to aquire a lot of the little goodies like fittings and fasteners.
Edited by Newbie101 - 9/4/13 at 4:25pm
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Update Time!

Watercooling loop complete, no fittings represented to save time. I have abysmal Google Sketchup skils for the moment. Some of the near 90 degree angles represented, will be dual 45 degree angle fittings in the end build.






SSD is mounted vertically behind the reservoir. The tubing link outside the case will be completely metal, and a small amount of soft tubing may be used to connect fittings in the bottom. However any soft tubing showing will be blanked off perhaps with illuminated acrylic panels over the rads. Still un sure in this phase of design.
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looks cool!! Subbed!
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