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[Build Log] Redemption

post #1 of 47
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Hello everyone. I would like to share with you my case mod called Redemption. I have been modding my Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Gray to fit my desire idea. I will be putting 2 x 360 mm radiators with push/pull on both. One of the rad will be on top of the case and the other on the bottom sitting on its side to accommodate the PSU. I originally wanted to have the PSU mounted to the back of the case but it didn't workout since I had cut the wires for 24 Pin connector too short. So I tried to have it hang on the back (half in the case and half out and that didn't please me). Here's the render that I did on SketchUp






Case: Fractal Desing Define XL R2 Titanium Gray
PSU: Silverstone Strider Evolution 1000W Gold with MDPC sleeves
CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K
MB: ASUS Maximus VI Formula
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws Z 16 GB 1866MHz
GPU: EVGA GTX 780 Hydro Copper
Storage: Samsung 830 256 GB
Sound: Creative SB Z
ODD: Samsung DVDRW
Keyboard: Logitech G710+
Mouse: Corsair M60
Display: Dell 27" U2713HM
Controller: Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
Headset: Sennheiser PC 350
Speakers: Audioengine A5+B


Cooling Hardware:
2 x 360 mm EKWB XTX rads
1 x EKWB D5 Vario w/ X Top
1 x EKWB Supremacy Plexi Copper
1 x EKWB X3 Multioption Res 150 ml
2 x Alphacool Res clamps
EKWB 3/8"ID x 1/2"OD SCF and some 45 and 90 degrees fittings
13 x 120 mm Noctua NF-P12 fans
1 x Koolance 360 mm rad shroud
1 x Bitspower 360 mm rad guard
Edited by hero1 - 12/16/13 at 9:33am
post #2 of 47
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This is my last setup prior to starting the mod. I like it but I wanted more cooling and change the look of things.


First, I measured and tape everything. Then I went to do the cutting and filing. I started with the top of the case and work my way to the bottom of the case.

Top of the case:



Left Side Panel Window Cutout:




Bottom of the case:

post #3 of 47
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After that I decided that I could use the piece that came from the left side panel for a rad plate on the bottom. So I stripped all the sound deadening material and went to work on it.




Then I cut the fan holes using a hole-saw and a drill. Iliked how they turned out but I ended up messing the middle hole. I tried to fit it by using the Bitspower radguard layout but I wasn't satisfied either.



post #4 of 47
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I proceeded to take a few shots and get the feel of how the rads would look like once inside the case.



I didn't like the look of the bottom rad plate so I bought 2 sheets of steel and made new one. I also had to make a plate for the top since it wasn't offset far enough for the rad to clear past the I/O bracket.




When that was done, I took a few pictures of the case before I started sanding it.




post #5 of 47
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Then I went ahead and sanded started to sand the case and got that done.
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When that was done, I tried to fit the bottom rad and PSU in a way that I thought it would have worked. I had used the larger HDD cage to make a PSU housing that would have hang on the back of the case. I didn't like the look and the rad didn't fit properly due to the front fan mount. So I took care of the front fan mount and I changed the design.

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This time the rad would sit on its side with the PSU next to it, bam! And I had to cut the motherboard tray in order to have air go out the other side of the case.

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The next move was to reduce the PCI slots and make a cutout for the PSU.

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Changing the design meant that I had to find a way to make holes and help with the air intake for the bottom fans. I replaced the bottom rad plate and top with 2 mm thick aluminium sheet. I cut the left side panel all the way to the bottom and make a cover with fan cutout from the remaining aluminium sheet. This is how the case looks at the moment and I need to have it powder coated.

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post #6 of 47
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I managed to get the case powder coated and this is how it looks in Rock Star Red. More to come as I put the system together!




post #7 of 47
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System building!





post #8 of 47
I remember cutting into a Lian Li 1000B and installing a loop. What a tight squeeze it was, and I remember the holes on top turning out something like what happened with yours but in the end it functioned perfect. I just wish I would of chose a 655 pump for it's quietness

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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Evo 128Gb OCZ VertexLE 100Gb Megahalems  Windows 10 Pro 64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VG248QE Corsair K70  EVGA Supernova T2 1000W Lian Li PC-A20 
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i7 970 between 4 - 4.4GHz Gigabyte UD7 Rev 2.0 EVGA GTX 1070 FE 2000MHz CL8.8.8.24 1T tRFC 88 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung Evo 128Gb OCZ VertexLE 100Gb Megahalems  Windows 10 Pro 64 
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Asus VG248QE Corsair K70  EVGA Supernova T2 1000W Lian Li PC-A20 
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Sidewinder MX5 Creative Zx 
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post #9 of 47
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I remember cutting into a Lian Li 1000B and installing a loop. What a tight squeeze it was, and I remember the holes on top turning out something like what happened with yours but in the end it functioned perfect. I just wish I would of chose a 655 pump for it's quietness

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Some cases are tough to work with. I am glad that I keep at it and it's working out just great! Thanks for dropping in!
post #10 of 47
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Here are some photos of the goodies that I have!



















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