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[Case Mod] MKG-SH1 - Superbowl Edition Cosmos 1000

post #1 of 66
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Hello again OCN.

It's been a while but I'm back with another build log. Being born and bred from Tacoma, Washington, I am super proud of the Seattle Seahawks for finally winning the Super Bowl and have decided to give tribute with a Seahawks themed case. I have a CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 case gathering dust in my garage along with some other parts left over from a previous build that I will be recycling, along with some new components.

Parts I am reusing include the previously modded CM Cosmos 1000, a 6 channel fan controller, a LG blu-ray/hd-dvd/dvd burner, and 2 radiators (black ice 280, and xspc 120). These have been sitting in my garage for the last couple years so first off, I need to clean out these old rads!

After a quick trip to the store, I return with some distilled water and some vinegar that I will be using to flush out the radiators.

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Next I heat up some vinegar in the microwave...

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...and then pour some hot vinegar into one of the radiators.

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After plugging the rad, I use a couple pot-holders and shake vigorously for a couple minutes.

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Then I pull out the plugs, drain, and repeat once more with hot vinegar. After that, a thorough rinse with hot tap water for a couple minutes.

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Finally a good rinse with some distilled water is needed. The rads are now clean enough to return to service.
Go Hawks!

Edited by bob808 - 5/3/14 at 5:36pm
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post #2 of 66
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Here are some pictures of the stock CM Cosmos 1000 for reference-

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I had previously done some mods to the case, so I wont have to do much besides painting. I completely disassemble the case and thoroughly clean it. Here is a picture of the frame after painting it blue. Notice that all the fan holes have the mesh cut out for better airflow and less noise. I am using 'Dupli-Color Engine Enamel Ceramic' spray paint, 'Ford Dark Blue' , and 'Grabber Green'.

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I have also previously added two additional 120mm intake cutouts to the case. One on the front of the case, below the optical drive bays....

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... and another at the bottom/front of the case

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For fans, I am using mostly these Cougar green led 120mm 1200 rpm fans. I also am using a couple 140mm of the same type. I will also use 1 blue one and 1 CM Excalibur.

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Go Hawks!
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I thought about putting a green fan in the front of the case but decided to go with the blue one-

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Here are some random pics of the freshly painted parts.
Green side trim on the frame-

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Windowed side panel pieces-

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HDD caddy and inner side door piece-

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new HW Labs Black Ice 120mm radiator-

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Go Hawks!

Edited by bob808 - 3/3/14 at 8:53pm
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i7 920 DO oc'd to 4.25Ghz EVGA 3-way Sli Classified 2x480 SLI 3x2g Corsair CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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post #4 of 66
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Here are a couple pictures of the modded and painted front case door. I was able to separate the black acrylic from the aluminum door for easier painting. In the pictures, I am using 3M speedtape (a very strong, very thin double backed tape) to re-apply the now painted acrylic to the door.

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Now I'm off to go look for my plastic polish to try and buff out some scuffs out of the side panel window.
Go Hawks!
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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post #5 of 66
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Bah! I couldn't find my Novus plastic polish. I looked high and low for it. Looks like I will be buying some more, and then I will probably find it when I am not even looking. Also, I have been waiting for a package to arrive from FrozenCPU. I got an email from them stating that it ship on 2-24 via UPS with 1-5 day shipping. Anyway, I checked the tracking last night as I was getting worried and was relieved to see that it was expected to be delivered today and was 'on time'. Well, it didn't show up so I checked the tracking number again and was greeted by this....

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I don't see how last night they thought it would be delivered today when it was in Montana... hopefully it is still intact and nobody was seriously injured.
Here's a picture of the train and a LINK to the article about the 58 train-car pileup.

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Where are all the Sehawks fans?!
Go Hawks!

Edited by bob808 - 3/4/14 at 7:57pm
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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post #6 of 66
Im also in Washington; Seattle area. Go HAWKS!!
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Subbed smile.gif Cant wait to see what it looks like.
post #8 of 66
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Thanks for the sub Heruur thumb.gif

Today I scuffed up the windowed side panel with some 000 steel wool and laid down another coat of blue on it as I wasn't satisfied with the result. It's drying. The thing about painting is that it's a slow process. I get impatient waiting for paint to dry. So I try to do something else.

Lets take a peek at some of the beautiful hardware going into this build. Here is a picture of the EVGA mainboard that I'll be using. I have had it for about 6-months. I got a great sale price on it a while back, but it has been just sitting on the shelf, collecting dust and getting outdated. It's about time to do something with this!



To keep temps in check, I'll be using Watercool Heatkiller blocks. I really like the quality and engineering that go into Watercool products.



Here is the motherboard with an i7 already in the socket. I had to test for functionality when I first bought it.





Off with the stock heat sinks! I'll save these in case I need to rma the board for any reason.



Chips after getting thermal grease cleaned off-



Heatkiller water block set for the board-



Chipset thermal pads applied-



thermal pads for the mosfets-



Motherboard blocks installed-



Hard-line connector made from fittings thumb.gif





Backplate for cpu water block-



Thermal paste applied on cpu- (pro-tip if your thermal paste if thick/dry and wont spread, stick your finger into a corner of a plastic baggie and put just half a drop of thermal paste remover (or isopropyl alcohol) and use the bag to spread the paste. It will loosen right up)



Here is the nice package that the ram came in-



Nice performing ram and only 1.5 volts. I'm hoping these will overclock well.



I forgot to take a picture of the cpu block before I installed it, but it's the Heatkiller 3.0, in black and nickel. Here are some pretty pictures for your enjoyment biggrin.gif







More to come!
Go Hawks!

Edited by bob808 - 3/6/14 at 9:16pm
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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LG W3000H, dell ultra-sharp 24" Ducky 'OCN' with brown hx1000 Cosmos II 
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80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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post #9 of 66
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Ok then, on to the graphic cards! I'll be using a couple EVGA GTX 570's in sli with Watercool HeatKiller blocks and backplates. I acquired these cards a couple years ago from a friend of mine as payment for work I did on my last custom build that was originally going to be for Lane, but he had to back out the build. He was gracious enough to give me the cards and the case. Thanks Lane! wink.gif

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Here's one of the cards with it's stock cooling-

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After removing all the screws off the backside and one from the end, I remove the fan/heatsink and clean up the gpu, ram, and mosfets. The instructions that came with the block are in German, so I use my kindle to look over instructions in English. Also, I'm using mx-4 thermal paste. It's easily one of my favorites as it isn't too thick and spreads easily.

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Thermal pads applied (be sure to remove the film from both sides of the pads!)

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MX-4 applied-

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I gave the business side of the waterblock a quick wipe with some arctic clean surface purifier to make sure it was good and clean. I use coffee filters when cleaning chips and blocks, as the filters are lint free.

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Then I carefully position the block on the card.

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Next I flip the card over and install the spacers and backplate, tightening in a 'star' pattern like you do when you tighten down a wheel on a car. In this case, snug but not too tight.

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Rinse and repeat for the 2nd GTX 570-

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While test fitting the motherboard in the case, I realized I would not be able to plug in the two 8-pin cpu power leads because the rear fan on the top 240mm radiator was just a bit too close. Basically just the width of the little locking tabs on the plugs too tight. Solution? trim the frame of the guilty fan thumb.gif

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Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions. More to come!

More to come!
Go Hawks!

Edited by bob808 - 3/7/14 at 4:51pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 DO oc'd to 4.25Ghz EVGA 3-way Sli Classified 2x480 SLI 3x2g Corsair CMG6GX3M3A2000C7 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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LG W3000H, dell ultra-sharp 24" Ducky 'OCN' with brown hx1000 Cosmos II 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
80g Intel ssd, 2x300g raptors (0), 2x1 TB RE3 (0 Pioneer Blu-Ray burner, 22x dvd burner custom loop Windows 7 64bit 
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post #10 of 66
nice man; keep it; are you pulling on upgrading gpus down the line or keeping as is? I take it those waterblocks for the gpus are cheap.
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