Hi there, first of all, thank you for reading my project work log. I'm from Malaysia and sorry for my bad English.
I’d like to say that it is a simple, but very effective modification to reduce the overall temperature of the entire computer. It’s everything about temperature, as well as the look of the casing. But I almost voided all the hardware warranty for this modification, do it at your own risk.
Modder: KC “Ace™” Ong
Project title: Poison-Ivy™ (Ace’s Adrenaline™ Series)
Project theme color: Black & Military Green (Woodland style)
Budget: Very limited, only used parts.
Ok, before I started everything, I planned what hardware to get in order to have perfect color theme. Usually people did black and green theme with cables sleeved and coolant in a transparent reservoir, but not the hardware. For me, I wanted all hardware to have green and black color components. During hardware selection, what troubled me the most was selecting a suitable casing. At first, I wanted Fractal Design MIDI R2 for this project, but the entire Malaysia ran out of stock for this casing and it was seriously overpriced.
After that, I considered Corsair Obsidian 650D, Cooler Master CM690 III, Corsair Vengeance C70 and NZXT Phantom 410. First, my only requirement is, it must be able to put the 2x120mm radiator at the front of the casing (as intake instead of exhaust), but too bad, none of the cases above able to fulfill this requirement except the Corsair Vengeance C70. I really wanted to get the C70 at that time because I could mount the radiator in front without any modification. Not only that, the Corsair Vengeance C70 came with military green color!!! But…..plug and play without modification? Sorry, I wanted a casing that I must be able to do something to it!!!
From the list of the casing, 3 of them are squarish in design and look very dull. So end up, I went for NZXT Phantom 410 Black and Orange Special Edition, because I thought it could be modified to fulfill my requirement. Let’s find out what I wanted to do with the casing.
Simple, I want cold air intake only. I want the radiator to be cooled by using cold intake air instead of warm or hot exhaust air. While remain most of the functionalities of the casing (try not to disable or disconnect anything). You can find out the reasons in the Q&A section later. Let’s see the draft design of what I want to do with the casing.
Front mounted a 240 radiator with push and pull configuration, remove the removable HDD cage to clear the radiator and the giant display card. The top exhaust fans will be mounted outside the top metal panel of the casing, so that it will have some distance to extract the heat in the processor and VRM cooler areas. The rest will be standard.
Meanwhile for the side panel, I’ll remain the original top window, while cut and enlarge the bottom part to put a transparent acrylic window to show the hardware inside the PC. The frame that separated the top and the bottom acrylic windows will be remained but I will trim it down from 25mm to 5mm only. This is to maximize the vision of the acrylic windows. Another cutting will be made beside the windows and the name of the project will be carved right there with Jokerman font. While the holes, I will make sure they are made by using real gun and real bullets. Well, military themed PC, how can it be without the real battlefield scars?
Lastly, top metal panel, where two exhaust fans will be installed here. Nothing much to be done here, since the removable HDD cage will be removed, therefore I might not have enough place to slot in my SSDs. So, I can only put maximum of either 2 or 3 drives inside the casing. So, I have to plan somewhere else to put my SSDs. The top plate of the Phantom 410 had plenty of space on it. So, I came across with an idea, which is, securing both of the SSDs side by side. But the top plate has another plastic cover to close it up, solid cover, so it will be no cooling or ventilation at all for the SSDs. Due to this, I might need to create a fan shroud and guide some of the air from the exhaust fan to cool down the RAID drives. Let’s see what I can do to settle this problem.
Hardware: (Direct link to images only)
Intel Core i7 3770K, why?
That’s because I was using it before this project.
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3, why?
Because black PCB + green layout slots, suited my theme.
Samsung 2x4GB generic ram, why?
That’s because generic green color PCB, and this one, with secret chipset.
Asus GeForce GTX680 Direct CU-II Overclocked Edition, why?
I’m not going to WC the display card. Asus is tri-slot and good looking, and silence, too.
In Win Commander 1200W, why?
2 units of CWT made 600W inside with military green color in extended size. There’s no reason why I don’t use this!
Swiftech H220 All In One Water Cooling Kit, why?
Not going to put external reservoir and pump, but still, I want to customize it, do I have other options?
After long consideration, NZXT Phantom 410, why?
Not too big and not too small, able to fit in my small tiny little bedroom, cheapest among all the casing selection, also not the best looking, and not much modified Phantom 410 in Malaysia, yet.
Creative X-Fi Titan Professional Audio Edition, why?
It has full size black in color PCB. It served me so well from my first Adrenaline™ project until now, good thing, made in Malaysia.
Intel 34nm SSD 160GB Gen 2 RAID 0, why?
Due to limited budget, I’ve no choice but to go for SATA 2, but…..RAID 0….
Western D 1TB Green HDD, why?
Need that green color label, slower and cheaper, no choice.
Western D 1TB Black HDD, why?
Need that black color label, faster but more expensive, no choice.
Hitachi Deskstar 2TB HDD, why?
5960RPM smart drive, low working temperature and I didn’t want to sell this drive from my previous abandoned Adrenaline™ series project.
Silverstone Aeroslot, why?
Black and at least they are ventilated slots, can cool down 0.001°C, maybe?
8 units Cooler Master Sickleflow Green LED, why?
“Rated” 90CFM, green LED with black blades and frame, the brightness is good enough.
Thermalright High-Riser 07 (HR-07) Ram Cooler, why?
Do I need to explain this? They are pure sex!!
Premochill Premoflex Advanced LRT White tube, why?
Premoflex is one of the best quality tubes in Water Cooling product. I’ve chosen white color for contrast vision.
Nucleartec UV Green Extreme tube, why?
Premochill ran out of stock for green color one, therefore, I opted OEM quality for my green tube.
Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra, why?
Best conductivity TIM I could find in Malaysia market for now, hard to clean but good performance.
UV reactive Green and Black SATA Cables, why?
Well, needed for the color theme. With color combination, it is easier to differentiate the drives.
NZXT Premium cable starter kit, why?
Got bundle discount when buying Phantom 410, and I am lazy to sleeve the cables, pre-sleeved one serve me well.
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013, why?
I bought it very cheap. Matte black with green backlit LED, suited the theme.
Wired and able to put to green LED to match the color theme, from my previous abandoned Adrenaline™ series project.
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