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Adrenaline™: Poison-Ivy™

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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.

Roccat Kone
Wired and able to put to green LED to match the color theme, from my previous abandoned Adrenaline™ series project.

Alive With Adrenaline™
post #2 of 25
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Working day:

Day 1: 1st September 2013, Sunday

While still deciding which casing to buy, I disassembled my abandoned Adrenaline™ series project that I kept in a store room. I got myself an Intel Core i7 3770K which able to do 4.5GHz @ 1.215vcore, quite a good chip for me. Since I had nothing better to do, I cleaned the leftover TIM (Oxidized IC7 Carat Diamond Thermal Interface Material) and thought about removing the IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader), to get better reading in temperature. As I said, I wanted to build a low temperature reading PC.

After that, quickly I walked back from my store room, and started to do something which I not supposed to do. Voiding the warranty!!!

Step 1: Find the box and the receipt to identify the processor

To make sure which i7 box it belonged to, I searched the store room and found the box, retail unit with 3 years warranty, previously I bought this from my good friend, Kevin, a.k.a (also known as) “owikh84” the hardcore overclocker in Penang, Malaysia. (I know he admires me, secretly)

Step 2: Voiding the warranty!!

Did I say 3 years warranty? Yes, now I could just throw away the receipt and the stock cooler of this processor. But wait, the warranty might still valid!!! Why….?

Step 3: Unlocked and unleashed!!!

Right, Intel misleaded me, I unlocked and unleashed my i7 processor!!! They should not void my warranty. I just did what they asked me to do… 

Around 4.00P.M. , I went to Bukit Jambul shopping complex to search for a casing that suited for my project, and more importantly, I need ready stock!! I went to E-Tech and looked at Corsair Graphite 600T, it is one very fat casing, not a chance. Then, I went to Gadget Zone and looked at Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced White Edition, no side panel, internal is not as good as what were in my list, so, sorry!!
Next, my last hope, Swisspac Resources, not bad!! They had Vengeance C70 military green, ready stock, as well as Cooler Master CM690 III. Quickly I asked the sales person to take them down and show me the internal in detail, CM690 III has great built quality, but it is not spacious enough for my requirement. Actually the Corsair Vengeance C70 is big enough for my project, but the built quality is like a piece of 70gm A4 paper. So, I went back home disappointedly, and started surfing LYN to hunt for casing.
So, that’s it for day 1, it was fun delid-ing a RM1000++ processor, because you will need courage and patience and time and the right equipment to do this, try this at your own risk, either you will happy with the temperature, or you will need another RM1000++ to get your rig running again.

Alive With Adrenaline™
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Day 2: 2nd of September 2013, Monday

I’ve decided which casing to buy, instead of waiting for the no ETA’s Fractal Design Arc MIDI R2, I went for NZXT Phantom 410. The reason already stated above, and I PM-ed few sellers in forum.lowyat.net, none of them had ready stock except for 2, so without delaying, I quickly banked in the money to the seller and waited for the casing to reach me next day, happily.

Then, again, I had some time left before my class started, I took out one of my secret weapon, 2 x 4GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 Samsung generic green PCB memory that came with highly overclockable chipset, and sandwiched them with my long kept Thermalright High Riser 07 (HR-07) memory cooler.

This was how it looked like, from this:

To this:

Pretty cool, huh? I bought this ram cooler since 2007, and used them for years and they are still as good as new, with very minor oxidization.

Alright, that’s it for day 2, I cleaned the dust of both ram and the cooler, pasted the thermal pad and installed the cooler for my ram, waiting to perform from 1333MHz all the way to 3000MHz……? Who knows? biggrin.gif

Day 3: 3rd of September 2013, Tuesday

Ok, got the casing from the seller, very excited!! Let’s take a look on my NZXT Phantom 410 Special Edition (Black + Orange). The Kangaroo courier company taken cares their parcel, the box was in perfect condition, impressive!!

But I had much more important things to do today, so I put aside the casing into my store room. And, move on to my display card, the giant monster, Asus GeForce GTX680 Direct CU-II Overclocked Edition. One bad ass card!!

Again, the reason why I chosen Asus GeForce GTX680 Direct CU-II Overclocked Edition already stated above, but seriously, for me, it is one very nice looking card, giant tri-slot cooler with 5 copper direct contact heat pipes on the small GK-104 core. The temperature and the noise produced are good considered that it is a stock cooler from Asus. At first, I really wanted to SLI them, but it will be overkilled. In the end, I sold one of them.
When I got the card with me, it was dusty and very dusty, so I had to dismantle the cooler and cleaned the dust and replaced the stock thermal paste for better temperature.

Alive With Adrenaline™
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First thing, I removed the fan shroud. This actually voided the warranty of the card, because I had to remove the red and the black trim at the center of the fan shroud to access to the 3 screws sitting underneath it. But I wanted to make the card as clean as possible, so, I didn’t really care about that. Removing the shroud will show the naked heat sink of the cooler, they are imba, one is bigger and one is slightly smaller.

Look at that core contacted heat pipes, actually only ½ + 1 + ½ out of 5 contacted the core. I cleaned the stock thermal paste and replaced it with the best bang per buck Arctic Cooling MX-4. You may curious, why not the best conductivity and the best performance thermal paste that can be found in Malaysia, the Coollaboratory Liquid Metal Ultra? Simple, it can’t be used on aluminum surface. The Direct CU-II cooler came with copper direct heat pipe and aluminum separator, therefore, I couldn’t use the Liquid Ultra. At the same time, my good friend Kevin messaged me and told me he just killed his 7970 due to the Liquid Ultra leakage and caused a short circuit to the core or something, I was like “Great, I didn’t apply it!!”. But I did make sure I applied a thin layer of that MX-4 TIM and it will not leak out from the contact.

Then, I had to clean the dust that stuck on the fans and the heat sink, remove the 3 screws to take out the fan.

The cooler is as good as a new one now.
Next, moving on to the fan shroud, since all the trims had been removed, suddenly I thought of, “Why not I just wrap some sticker on it?” For your information, I built plastic model car kit since I was a kid, my sticker wrapping skill is still acceptable, hahaha….

And yes, first thing to do before wrapping the fan shroud was to clean the entire remaining residue from the double sided tape under the Asus’ trim. I used BHP RON 95 petrol with double addictive added (rated 800ppm) to perform this operation. 

The oily fan shroud must be cleaned with dish washer to make sure it is oil-less before sticker wrapping.

Residue-less and as good as a new one, after washed it with GLO dish-washer, now, show-time!!!
Anyway, due to me had to make sure my hands were clean and oil-less, I didn’t take any picture when I was wrapping the fan shroud. Because not only oil, I also had to make sure that my hands were free of dust and sweat. So, sorry about the wrapping part but here was the end result.

Military woodland green with original black from Asus, it matches my color theme perfectly. Not only that, by using a white glossy photo printing paper and double sided tape, I was able to make my own sticker using simple cutting. But, because of the fan shroud design, the wording placement must be put randomly, or else I couldn’t tighten the screw.

End results:
Let’s game harder!!!

After dismantled the monster card, to make sure I did not killed it during the cleaning, I need to put it back to the test bench to test it, and yes, it survived!!

That’s it for day 3, what a busy day, but seeing the end result of the display card, it was awesome. Stay tuned, tomorrow is case mod day!!

Alive With Adrenaline™
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Day 4: 4th September 2013, Wednesday

Alright, case mod day!! Finally I could start the modification according to the draft designs. First of all, I removed the side panel and inspected the casing’s condition. And…it had manufacturer defects straight out of the box. The motherboard tray had few very deep scratches. Please refer to the pictures for further details.

They were located at the back of the motherboard tray, right above the PSU area. Two scratches and they were very deep.

This was the deepest hole, just like someone poked the metal with very hard and sharp object.
Not only scratches, few screws were missing and a lot of plastic “legs” or “tighteners” were broken, too.

Another deep scratch of the casing, this was located at ODD door area. Both black and orange plastic covers had the same scratch.

Look at this!!! 4 legs were broken and the plastic panel still intact!! biggrin.gif
I was very disappointed with the quality control of NZXT, immediately I contacted NZXT HQ and issue my complaint. Because I knew that this had nothing to do with the seller or the courier, the box was in perfect condition when I collected it. NZXT HQ contacted NZXT Asia and responded my complaint in critical priority. They offered to exchange the casing for a brand new one for me. But this project was a rush one, so I told them I just need the replacement parts for the plastic cover instead of sending back the whole casing to NZXT (NZXT willing to bear the shipping cost and everything, bravo!!) Since I was planning to paint the casing, the defected areas on the casing were not a big deal for me. But the authorized reseller (I bought it from Dotatech IT) will deal with NZXT to get the replacement parts for me.

Ok, moving on, let’s rape the casing!!!

Ok, all the removable parts have been taken out.

NZXT Phantom 410, without top plate and the removable HDD cage. To begin my cutting, I had to remove all the rivets that secured the ODD and HDD bays. I did not use drill to remove the rivets because I wanted to maintain the same size of the rivets holes.

Set and prepare to remove riveted areas.

There you go, everything removed to prepare for painting. That’s it for today, freaking tired already.

Alive With Adrenaline™
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Day 5: 5th September 2013, Thursday

Ok, I visited a small factory located somewhere near Jalan Patani to make my cutting, they were all my old friends who can let me operate the machine freely, but with one condition, no camera, I could only take photo of the end products. So, I could only show you the finished cutting product.

I was waiting for my friend to finish his job before I could operate the machine. Let’s take a picture before I began.

Simple and easy job, a square cut to clear even the thickest radiator available on the market. Push and pull configuration, 2x25mm fan width + the width of radiator. To be safe, I measured 110mm cutting for the ODD bay, so I left 60mm width to clear the radiator for future upgrade. The fan bracket at the front will be used to hook up my fan. After that simple cutting which took me around 10 minutes, then I brought this up and measure the drilling points.

The casing has been modified to fit a radiator at the front as intake, but the original ODD bay came with 3 solid 5.25” covers. I had to remove them to get the cold air intake, but then, this door is blocking the way because it is solid and not ventilated. Ok, small matter, 120mm fan, so I drew a box with 120mm height and 120mm width to let the air feed into the intake fan.
Again, no camera allowed when I was drilling the cover, so I could only show the finished product. This took me an hour ++ to complete.

Intake holes, directly facing the intake, I measured an inch at every corner so that I wouldn’t get the screw holes drilled.

Back view, it penetrated because I set the machine to drill it as one piece. See the screw holes? Good measurement, right? biggrin.gif

Not only the door, the body of the front plastic cover also being drilled to provide air intake path to the second bottom fan at the radiator, although it helped just a little.

The drilled “worms” of the orange plastic cover and I had to remove the panel to clean this.

Ok, let me show you the measurement of the air intake holes. They were 4mm in diameter, not too big and not too small because during drilling, plastic would expand a little bit, maybe 0.01mm or maybe less, but please make sure that cooling is provided during the drilling so that it is not hot enough to melt the plastic, I didn’t use any lubricant during the drilling, I just used air compressor to blow it while drilling, it was more than sufficient.

The drilling diameter of intake holes

The distance between holes

The finished product of my cold air intake modification

Alive With Adrenaline™
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To give you an idea what I was using to make the cutting and the drilling.

Next, after all the cutting and drilling done, went back to my place to test the fitting and the measurement.
First, I removed the stock Swiftech fans that I’m not going to use.
Removing the fans was very easy. But bear in mind that you better use back the provided screws to screw your replacement fans, because it will not hit the radiator and causes leakage. So, in case you are changing the fans of H220, just use back the provided screws.

Ok, now, sandwiched the radiator with dual Cooler Master Sickleflow, see the clearance? I can upgrade to any thicker radiator as long as the thickness is not more than 60mm (110mm cutting – 50mm fans width), I have more than an inch extra after sandwiched the radiator.

Next, checked the bottom clearance, it’s good, because the HDD cage has been removed to fit in the giant GTX680 and the radiator, so I left only 2 HDD bays to install my drives. But I have three units of 3.5” drives with me, so, let’s see whether it had enough space to fit in the third HDD drive or not.

Plenty of space left. It should have no problem putting another HDD onto the cage.

Awesome!!! It can be fitted without hitting the radiator, so all I need to do is secure the HDD on top of the cage, small matter.

Let’s see the front intake.

Great, radiator and fans were both fitted according to my original plan. How about the bottom fan? Either install the fan on the radiator, or install the fan at the casing itself. Both of them would work the same way, providing cold air intake to the radiator. But I think I won’t install on the radiator because it would add up the weight and stress the top intake fan that fitted on the fan bracket.
Actually, the whole radiator and fans will be supported by the top intake fan only. While the bracket is hooked at the both side of the ODD bay, the metal of the bracket is strong enough but what about the plastic quality of Cooler Master Sickleflow? The vibration of the radiator and fans will definitely kill the plastic one day.
So, not to stress the fan anymore, I will put the fan on the casing intake area.

I would need to work out on something to secure the top HDD drive and maybe I could use the HDD as the bottom support for the radiator. I just need to add up the height for the third HDD to reach the bottom of the radiator. OK, WD Green, it’s your responsibility!! biggrin.gif

Alright, what a busy day, time to get some rest, continue tomorrow. I had continue working on the casing for few days non-stop already, ya? 

Alive With Adrenaline™
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Day 6: 6th of September 2013, Friday

What a great day to kill my casing’s side panel. Since this is a military themed setup, I was thinking that, I needed something that people never did before. So, I rang up someone to service the gun in the armory and made an appointment to go to the firing range. I wanted to put some real bullet holes through the side panel.

Ok, no joke, marked the side panel just like the draft, I need real bullet holes. Grabbed a Glock 34 with a fully loaded magazine (15 bullets), and walked toward the firing range.

I believed that this moment was the worst nightmare of the side panel. Loaded, and firing!!!

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

(Click the link below to watch the preparation)

Click the link below to watch the first testing shot

Click the link below to watch the first shot result

Click the link below to watch the confirmed shot

Click the link below to watch the additional shot

Additional shot

So, this was the result on that day, real bullet piercing holes.

The reason why I asked to shoot from inside to outside is because I wanted the pierced metal to be at outside, yes I know that the inner holes look better but that effect can be done with sticker or simple drilling. So, I made it in the other way.

This is the rear panel.

The voice in the video was not me, I had much more sexy voice than that guy, and I was busy registering myself in the office. But the videos proved that the side panel bullet holes were made by using real gun and real bullets. biggrin.gif

That’s it for today, will update the side panel work by tomorrow, time to go back and open my Poslaju parcel. Good night.

Alive With Adrenaline™
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Day 7: 7th September 2013, Saturday

Ok, after the bullets shot, next day, I sent my side panel to my good friend Mohd Fadli a.k.a “Shepard” for modification. Due to I was running out of time, and I thought I was unable to complete the whole project within 14 days. So, I contacted him about few days ago and he accepted my request.

I wanted the transparent acrylic window at the bottom to be cut to larger size, a bit larger than the original size, while using the same trim provided by NZXT. Not only that, I wanted the distance between the two windows with only 5mm thick.
Next, there will be another transparent acrylic where the name of the project will be carved on it and bolted onto the panel.

Just like the draft design, something like this. This image sent by “Shepard”, great job. With some closer look of the bullet holes.

Measuring the new bottom window size, I wanted it to be as large as possible to display the hardware inside, so he tried to fulfill my requirement. The next cutting will be the drawing at the side.

He updated me just after a while with the latest progress. So this will be the confirmed design of the side panel.
After that, he contacted me that he had issue clearing the frame due to that both of the windows were too close. This is the picture where he couldn’t clear the holes. (Red highlighted area), so I had to send him my original upper transparent acrylic window to measure precisely.

I wanted the side panel to be rugged one, so I requested him to drill holes around the acrylic and the panel, so that I could put bolt and nuts to secure the windows. Just like the arch fender of Proton Satria GTi.
While waited for his latest update by 6pm like that. Boring, nothing to do, and I was thinking to lap my 3770K IHS, but….really lazy. I didn’t sleep well for almost a week due to this project.

Remember the Poslaju parcel that I mentioned yesterday? I ordered something from APES Malaysia and N.T Computer from the east coast.

I finished the very last drop of my Liquid Ultra in my previous built long time ago. Therefore, I need to get a new one to apply it onto my processor’s die and the IHS.

The tubes that I’m going to replace for my Swiftech H220 All-In-One water cooling kit. They are Premochill Premoflex Advanced LRT, white in color, and NuclearTec UV Green Extreme, green in color. I’ve chosen white color for one of the tube on purpose, to generate a striking contrast in the entire interior of the project. This would be the one and only white in color component for the entire PC. Why not black? The original tubes and the water pump that came with the H220 are both black in color, I wanted three different colors in the combination, if I choose to remain one of the black tubes, then the pump will be not so clearly visible due to the dull contrast.

Alive With Adrenaline™
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Day 8: 8th September 2013, Sunday

Rainy day, I was feeling so lazy to start my work, but when I checked my phone, I received latest update from “Shepard” regarding my side panel. It worked much better than an alarm clock. Quickly I downloaded the images that sent from him and I got this.

The acrylics of top and bottom windows have been installed!! Very nice, don’t you agree? Then what about the carving?

Yeah, almost done!!! So basically you will have a rough idea of how it is going to be. The side panel will be ready by 12th September 2013 evening after all the perfect touch up by the carving master.

During the evening of the day, I started lapping the IHS of my i7-3770K.

This was the IHS with some serious oxidization caused by IC7 Carat Diamond TIM. I was not happy with the oxidization, so I decided to begin the lapping with Grit 320 sandpaper. Wet lapping started with a piece of Grit 320 sandpaper.

I used semi-dry lapping technique with water instead of dish washer. You can see that my 3770K IHS was concaved. This image has been taken with 5 minutes of lapping only. So, great, I think I’ll have another 1 to 2°C drop, or maybe more, in temperature reading.

Ok, after another 30 minutes of lapping, I had this with Grit 320.

I will continue with Grit 400, Grit 800, Grit 1000, Grit 1200 and Grid 1500 or maybe until Grit 2000 on Wednesday. I took two days off to do my personal things.

Day 9: 11th September 2013, Wednesday

Ok, another rainy day to begin my work. On Sunday, my IHS was lapped to Grit 320, I chose to use Grit 320 as starter because of its roughness, and the grit of 320 is the best to start of the lapping work. Again, by using semi-wet technique, I was able to finish my lapping with Grit 400 in just 30 minutes. Here’s the result of the lapped IHS.

Seriously, it has not much difference in between Grit 320 and Grit 400, but I had to do this as part of lapping procedure. Then I changed to Grit 800 directly to smoothen up the surface of the IHS. Again, another 40 minutes and I got this.

Much better smoothness now, but still it was a rough one, because it was only Grit 800. I took some rest before I started the Grit 1000 journey. The rain was getting heavier and heavier. I couldn’t start my painting yet 

Ok, after rested for an hour, had my breakfast, I continued lapping it with Grit 1000. This took me an hour because Grit 1000, for me, is a critical one, here you have to fine lap to close the gap and smoothen the surface before you move on to Grit 1200, Grit 1500 and maybe Grit 2000. So, an hour work and I got this.

Finally, it was flat and smooth, here’s another angle of the Grit 1000 lapping.

Not bad, I like it!! But that’s it for today, as lapping the IHS alone was killing for my fingers, too thin to hold and move around the sandpapers. I cleaned the surface with toothpaste before I kept it into the processor protective plastic socket. No reason why I used toothpaste, just for fun 
I’ll only continue the lapping to Grit 1200, Grit 1500 and Grit 2000 only when I want to assemble my PC, to prevent oxidization on the IHS surface.

Around 7.30 p.m., my E-mail synchronization in my phone alerted me for new incoming E-mail. I read it and guess what, my side panel was ready since evening!! The carving master “Shepard” completed my side panel request and he told me personally, this was the worst nightmare request he ever received in his case mod life. I really thank him so much for making the military themed project into a reality. This project won’t be a perfect one without his assistance. Let’s take a look on what he did to the carving area, the “Poison-Ivy™” carving.

The carving master: Mohd Fadli a.k.a “Shepard”
Designed by: KC “Ace™” Ong
Material: Acrylic
Color: Transparent
Thickness: 2mm
Font: Jokerman

Bad ass craftsmanship, really impressive!! I guess you agree too, ya?
Again, thank you so much my friend, please check out his details in the credit section.

Alive With Adrenaline™
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