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Hi guys, I'm performing some basic modifications for the Corsair Carbide 500R case. This is my first mod ever, so my build is based on a couple of pre-existing builds, namely:

I strove to build my system like Project Cobalt, however since I'm using a modular PSU the bottom radiator and fan combination blocked access to the PSU ports, thus forcing me to restructure my build. In this build log, you will see the evolution of my case and how I had to modify my original plans. I'm open to suggestions and positive comments are always appreciated! biggrin.gif

Also, Project HULK SMASH was just a name I came up with on the spot, since I'm using purple uv lights, green sleeving and may decide to go with uv green coolant. Initially, I had named it Project Sunset with the intention of using orange sleeving and blue coolant, but I decided that green was a better contrast with purple, plus the uv blue coolant doesn't really glow well under my light. I'm open to other names as well!

Here's a picture of how my build currently stands:

  • ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard
  • Intel i7 4930K CPU
  • Sapphire 7970 Dual-X OC Boost Edition
  • Gigabyte R9 280X Windforce Edition
  • Corsair HX1050 PSU
  • 4x Corsair SP120 fans
  • 2x Corsair AF120 White LED fans
  • 2x (2x4GB) G. SKILL Sniper Series DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB Toshiba SSD
  • 2x 1TB Seagate HDD

Watercooling Components
  • Swiftech MCP655-B Water Pump / Pump Top / Mod kit
  • Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150 Reservoir
  • Swiftech Apogee HD CPU waterblock
  • 2x Black Ice GT Stealth 240 Radiator - Black
  • 2x 240mm Phobya UV light strips

I started by modding the side panel by cutting out the middle section using a dremel. This is where I give credit to user @stevenplanet for giving me this idea. Please refer to his thread (mentioned above) for a how-to-guide. One thing I may do differently than steven is tinting the window.

I've built a custom workbench (for under $50) specifically for this project and because I've always need/wanted a larger table smile.gif

Here's a picture of the Swiftech Apogee HD waterblock mounted

I've cut a square hole on the bottom of the case. This is where I give credit to joejoe69 from Corsair Forums. He cut a circular hole on the bottom of his case and as you can see I've attempted to do that, but the hole cutter I used wasn't strong enough. It actually bent the teeth on the hole cutter, so I used a jigsaw and dremel to cut out the square.

Here's an image of the bottom mounted radiator. The top radiator is also mounted and you can see the tube connected to the CPU. Both top and bottom radiator fans will be used as an outtake/exhaust, however at this point I realized that the bottom radiator/fans were blocking off access to the ports on the PSU. This would've been okay if I only had 1 GPU, but since I'm using 2, I'll need access to an additional 8 pin PCIe ports.

I removed the ODD bay so I could mount the 240mm radiator to the front and I also drilled two reservoir clamps to the case. The loop is almost complete. Initially I had bought two full cover water blocks for my GPUs, not realizing that they had non-reference PCBs. I'm now ordering a pair of EK universal waterblocks with a bridge to connect the two cards in a parallel configuration. What I've done in the meantime is use a Koolance quick disconnect setup from the pump to the top reservoir so that when I install the waterblocks on my GPUs they're ready to be integrated into the system. Obviously, I will need an additional male and female set of quick disconnect fittings.

This is paracord in neon green and neon orange. I couldn't decide which color to get, but since they were so cheap I decided to get both. I'm going to be using purple UV lights with clear blue UV reactive coolant. I decided to go with green, since green seemed like a better contrast to purple.

That's all I have for now. As the system stands, the back and bottom white LED fans are used as intakes, while the top and front radiator fans are used as outakes. Please comment and any kind of feedback is appreciated! biggrin.gif
Edited by surjerrylee - 1/18/14 at 4:12am