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Intro

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"!

Goals

-Watercooling.
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!

-Power.
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!

-Aesthetics.
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.

-Learn.
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!

Parts

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.

Watercooling

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.

Mods

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!

Notes

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

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!
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UPDATES

All images will be kept in an Imgur Album

25/02/14 - Got impatient and ordered the Case on my credit card haha, will hopefuly have some pics up from the tear down!

26/02/14 - Red Plasti Dip ordered, photo shopping some color scheme ideas too.

27/02/14 - Ordered red sata and sleeve from MDPC. Decided to try the sleeveless and Lutro0 shipping took way to long considering I paid extra for express.

3/03/14 - Reservoir and pump ordered, along with a 240mm radiator, but had to order another due to space limitations. I have plasti dipped the top and bottum, along with the faceplate of the case. I got a sheet of aluminium that i intend to create a a cover for the psu and a place to hide cables as well.

Decided to ditch the HDD + SSD idea, trying to fit a HDD will cut my internal space down my quite a bit. I've decided to opt for an Intel 730 SSD 480gb when they are released.
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FOR ALL THOSE WHO WISH TO PERFORM THIS, I CAN CONFIRM THAT THIS RADIATOR WILL FIT ALONG WITH THE FAN MOD TO THE SCYTHE SLIMS

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/4083/ex-rad-84/Black_Ice_GT_Stealth_240_Radiator_-_Black.html#blank


Here are the Mock up images:
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Side View.

Front Panel and Side.

And all red for those who are curious wink.gif

Red MDPC Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Sata Sleeve

PSU Sleeving

The fun begins:
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Pulling apart the case!

To be sprayed.

Also getting sprayed!

Sheet to be manufactured into a cover of such.

I'm dreading sleeving this.

Drive cage out.

A touch of Red.

The top.

The 4th coat I think.

I got side tracked with my friends pc! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Finished making the gfx sleeved cable at 1 am frown.gif

My poor baby shunned to the side.

For the above!

Kept me going!

Completed my friends pc, all his stuff that is in picture. Pc cost around $1600 all up!

Some sleeving Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Half of the 8 pin mobo power.

Right angle sata sleeved and shrunk.

The other end.

PrimoFlex Advanced.

MDPC sleeping arrives

XSPC Raystorm CPU water block with red LEDs

Got my slim fans

Definitely need to change this, looks poop.

This is how I'll remove those nasty piggy backed cables

Soldering is so boring

And through the magic of camera...

Zee backplate to make some cable management Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The mock up drawing

Bout 30 mins which the grinder

And this is where all the cables will hide behind and the res pump combo will mount to

I'm going to cut all the metal from behind the plate to allow me to fiddle with the cables and it creates a heap of room to tuck cables too.

Showing the extra room I've gained.

Was a good day, so I did some spray painting! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Read in a few reviews about poor paint coverage wink.gif

So I sanded it back this time and primed it to get a more vibrant red

The front plate actually looks good in a grey haha

After 3 coats I was satisfied.

Updates biggrin.gif
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Much red.

Very Vibrant

So Color

Got all my fittings

Reow wink.gif

Sex!

It fits with Note's Fan mod biggrin.gif

Got about 2mm of clearance. If you used a MoBo without the big strip along the top you may get a bigger rad in, only 2-3mm more maybe.

The amount of plastic that got sprayed around in my room mad.gif

Such Mess

Tested fine, all good to go

All works with windows 8.1 installed. Still waiting on gfx card to make sure its working before i got installing water blocks

500gb ssd biggrin.gif

LATEST:
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Summary: Well, What to say. I'm done, although only air cooled. I went to fit everything and had the water blocks on and found not enough room for the pump. Which I'm obviously disappointed about, given that I now have $1000.00 of new WC parts doing nothing :@

I put the Intel CPU cooler back on and reinstated the Reference Cooler for my GTX 780.

All in all, it looks excellent, absolutely pleased with it.

I ordered a EVGA M-itx CPU cooler, as the intel one isn't that great, now that I've decided to make the air cooling permanent. Also ordered 2 Noctua fans to replace the stock fans on the top of the chassis. Currently it is sounding a little bit too much like a jet under load. Hoping to have it almost dead silent so i can leave it on over night.

A EVGA GTX 780 Backplate is also on it's way to finish off the build. I'll take more photos when it's completed!

Alas, this is the end of my journey. I appreciate all the support and conversation smile.gif

Keep eyes out for when I move this into a h440 with the water cooling in the near future wink.gif

DONE!
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X-flow radiator doesn't work on this case. It won't fit, so your best bet is Black Ice Pro II(25mm).
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Damn, already ordered one haha, ill just return it and get the 25mm one, thanks note
    
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Hey,
Since you did open the PSU do you think that it can be mod to put a 92 or 10mm slim fan on the top to stop using the 40mm and reduce noise?
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is that slit in the side for optical disks?
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Hey,
Since you did open the PSU do you think that it can be mod to put a 92 or 10mm slim fan on the top to stop using the 40mm and reduce noise?

I could snap some more photos, but from what I can see, no, there's no room, it's all packed very tightly.
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is that slit in the side for optical disks?

Yes, there is room for an optical drive, but if you remove the drive cage like I did then you remove the mounts for the optical drive as well.
    
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Hey,
Since you did open the PSU do you think that it can be mod to put a 92 or 10mm slim fan on the top to stop using the 40mm and reduce noise?

I opened my psu too, I don't think that is possible.
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I can't source a black ice 2 from anywhere frown.gif they are a discontinued line and the site I ordered through had to refund me after checking their stock
    
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I could snap some more photos, but from what I can see, no, there's no room, it's all packed very tightly.
Yes, there is room for an optical drive, but if you remove the drive cage like I did then you remove the mounts for the optical drive as well.

well it seems like it might be case i'd like if i ever went SFF.
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