First of all I'd like to welcome you all to my work log of my Hadron Air that is yet to be! I have been busy theory crafting heavily as to how I wish to achieve goals for myself and to achieve the things I have planned for this byte sized computer!
I've been a long time lurker of overclock.net and have long gained inspiration, tips and advice from everyone of the members who have contributed and have decided to contribute back in whatever way I can!
I myself have built a few systems myself and am adequately experienced with computers and the ins and outs associated! I built a Lanboy Air Early last year which featured a GTX Titan and many case mods, including a complete respray and replacement of the mesh windows to perspex! I'm currently building a Corsair 350D with window for a friend and have sleeved all the cables (which I'm glad I've learned to do) and will hopefully finish within the next few weeks or so and begin my own build to replace my Razer Blade 14"!
Whilst this is my first watercooling attempt I dont think it's completely out of the question. I found Note's Gold Nugget to be very helpful and informative in regard to my goal. I will probably base my build heavily of what he accomplished with his and perhaps improve upon it if possible!
I have no intentions of going easy in the power department! I hope to pack this tiny shoe box of a case with at least a GTX 780, to make it a truly portable gaming beast. I hope to add a 4tb WD Black HDD along with a 512gb SSD as well to make this a truly future proof rig!
I would say this is one of my more prioritized goals in this list. I chose the tiny case with the big window for a reason, I'm confident I can hide cables and run the WC loop cleanly and efficiently.
This for the most part will be my learning curve, I can guarantee i'll make mistakes and I'm sure we can all laugh along at them, but the more important part being that you guys, that have taught me so much, can take something in return from my experiences, whatever that may be!
Case - Will obviously be the Hadron Air , which includes a PSU.
CPU - Intel Core i5 4670K, Lots of power and room for overclocking!
MoBo - ASUS Maximus VI Impact Motherboard, The only board that I could find that had both the 24 pin and 8 pin on the right hand side, along with the usb 3 on the same right sight. Sadly no right angle sata ports, but I can live with that!
Ram - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB), In red, may need to opt for a lower profile ram if room becomes limited!
SSD/HDD - Most likely a Corsair Force series ssd and WD Black HDD.
GFX Card - GTX 780 Ti/GTX 780, Depending on how the budget goes, will decide my choice.
Other - BitFenix Alchemy Connect 30cm Red LED Strip, Scythe Slip Stream 2000 RPM.
The majority of this section is undecided as of yet but will build quickly once I have a few questions answered!
VGA Waterblock - XSPC Razor GTX Titan / 780 / 770 Backplate, XSPC Razor GTX Titan/780/780 Ti Waterblock
CPU Waterblock - XSPC RayStorm CPU Waterblock for Intel
Res And Pump - EK-D5 Vario X-RES 100 (incl. pump)
Rad - I was thinking a Black Ice® GT Stealth 240mm XFLOW Radiator GTS240 like Note had used but I searched a little deeper into Rads and found that the Rad from a H100i is infact 27mm thick. Thats 2.7mm shorter than the Stealth. Now I'm sure you would frown upon me destroying a perfectly good h100i just to use the radiator but i am curious to hear your thoughts regarding the issue! Can I reuse the radiator and how much effort will it all be?
I mean, 2.7mm might not seem like much but it's that little bit extra that I could potentially save on modding a few bits here and there? Let me know your thoughts!
Fittings,tubing and coolant are all undecided.
I will be ripping out the HDD Bays to make room for my Res/Pump combo and to free up some room in general, I'm not concerned about the disk bay.
I will be looking into inverting the PSU into the top and seeing if i can fit the rad in the bottom under the GPU. Obviously trial and error, but it will be easier after I tear down the Chassis and have some parts to fiddle with.
Modding will need to be done to the fans if i have any hope of jamming a 240mm rad up the top like Note did with his build!
The front plastic will be removed and painted either red to match the general theme of my build or plastidipped.
All PSU cables will be Shortened to the approximate length needed and re-sleeved with Lutro0's glorious goods (as i spent $100 on his tools for my mates pc)
I may go as far as respraying the entire thing red as I have plenty of success respraying my last build early last year!
As this is a progressive work log I apologize for any lack of updates for a few days or even weeks as I do work full time and work is getting busy at the moment! Regardless, The show will go on and updates will be given when I can!
Thanks for stopping by, contributing, lurking or even just reading the first line! I appreciate any and all advice/criticism whatever they may be! Wish me luck as I'm gonna need it, Peace out!
Edited by tysonischarles - 4/12/14 at 6:03am