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[Build Log] B.A.S.I.C 2.0 - Into the Corsair 540

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My core components

Corsair Carbide 540 Air
Asus GTX 780 DCII
Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
FX-8320
XFX PRO Series 750W Power Supply - Fully Modular (I'll be sleeving this bad boy)
2x SAMSUNG 840 EVO SSD 120GB (Hopefully running on RAID 0... maybe)
1x 500 GB HD
8 GB Gskill RAM

Watercooling Components

1x 360mm AeroCool Rad (Slim)
1x 240mm AeroCool Rad (Slim)
1x AMD Raystorm CPU Block
5x Corsair SP120's
1x Corsair AF120
1 x EK-D5 Vario X-TOP - Plexi
1x XSPC 170mm Res
14x Rigid Revolver Compression Fitting 3/8" x 1/2" Diamond Knurled - Nickel Plated Brass - Black
2x Rigid Revolver Compression Fitting 3/8" x 1/2" Diamond Knurled Coupler - Black Nickel Plated
1x PrimoChill Acrylic T Fitting Adaptor- G 1/4
5x EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel
2x Bitspower G1/4" Black Sparkle Male to Male Rotary Adapter
1x Bitspower G1/4" Black Sparkle Low-Profile Stop Fitting
1x Bitspower BP-MVV-BK Mini-Valve - Black Sparkle
30' of Rigid Acrylic Tubing to bend at my hearts desire (yes that's feet)

Wanted to get Bitspower Black Sparkle 90° rotary adapters but they're sold out everywhere in the US.

Misc
1/2' 'x 8 1/2'' x 12'' clear acrylic sheet
24'' X 48'' 3mm White Translucent Acrylic sheet.
Scythe SCH-1000 Himuro for 3.5 inch drive
MDPC Sleeve and heat shrink
3528 RGB Strip 16'
1' and 3' of Silicone O-ring cord stock (for bending the acrylic)


Stuff I need to order
More MDPC sleeve and heat shrink and a molex remover and crimper
Internal PWM Fan controller.

Stuff that's back ordered and I'm patiently waiting for:
EK ASUS GeForce 780 GTX DCII VGA Liquid Cooling Block - Nickel CSQ + Backplate.... 1-18 days.
I contacted EK and they said they'll be making and shipping some out within 10 working days about 4 days ago so it shouldn't be too long.

If you aren't familiar with the 540 it's divided into these two sections one side for main components and the other for the power and cables. So my idea is to have while paneling inside of both sections of the 540. Also to have the LED's back lighting major components. I plan to also have both sides windowed.

For now here are a few shots of my watercooling components.


I needed to start by making the bottom of the case flush so in order to do that I needed to bust out the dremel.
Masking tape to somewhat protect what I didn't want to cut and used a guide.


Cutting


Done.


Still needs to be cleaned up but this is what it looks like without the panel.


Stuff that I recently got.


HD cooler


And some fans, I'll probably just end up using one of these for rear intake.


That's all I have right now. Hopefully the next update will show the LED RGB lighting and the white acrylic paneling done.

Should be fun.
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Subbed! I love 540 builds. I might be a bit biased though. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by jameyscott View Post

Subbed! I love 540 builds. I might be a bit biased though. tongue.gif

540's are awesome cases I don't blame ya biggrin.gif

Just a few updates.


I managed to finally cut the bottom and back panels of the inside but I didn't like how the back one turned out so I ordered another sheet of white acrylic 24'' x 48''. After all the different methods I think I'm just going to take it slow and use my dremel. It's slowly coming together. Slllllowwly.


This is my idea for the front of the case instead of the two drive bays covering the inside I'm going to use this as a window so the res can be seen. This is a first cut its very rough the next one will be much cleaner. I will sand and polish the hell out of that.

Hopefully this weekend I will for sure have the paneling done for one side of the case.

Stay tuned!
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Hello Everyone,

Just a few updates I manged to get the back left and bottom paneling done. Here are some progress pictures. Everything fits very snug but there are a few imperfections. Still I'm happy with it!












Hopefully next update I'll have the other side of the case paneled out and the Res, Pump and LED lights mounted

We'll see how things go! Wish me luck.

-Danny Gee
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More updates
I manged to get all the front side paneled.

This is how it will look with both rads mounted.






and here is a sneak peak for tomorrow!



I hope to to finish soldering the leds by this weekend and to have them installed.

I have a few more things to order and my GPU block is finally arrving!

Then on to sleeving!
post #6 of 16
Looking good! Can't wait to see some more.
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Originally Posted by jameyscott View Post

Looking good! Can't wait to see some more.
Thanks man! biggrin.gif Work is coming along slowly but surely


Here is a short video showing off the LEDs


All most done with the back paneling, still have to order some through-hole fittings. Hope to make more progress this weekend.
OH AND FINALLY AFTER A MONTH AN A HALF OF WAITING MY GPU BLOCK IS ARRIVING!
post #8 of 16
I like it!
post #9 of 16
great idea, cant wait to see the finished product
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Originally Posted by AlderonnX View Post

I like it!
Thank You biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by LuminatX View Post

great idea, cant wait to see the finished product

Yep I figured I should take advantage of both sides. biggrin.gif I can't wait either hopefully it comes out nice.

Just a quick update from a delivery I got.



Got this 780 block and the back plate finally!

I'm getting a package on Friday with a few more things. Should be a good weekend.
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