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[COMPLETE!] [Build Log] [Illuminate] Time to upgrade my HAF-X with Alphacool UT60 480 and 2x 780Ti Classifieds

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I built this computer a year ago. It was my first stab at water cooling but I'm due for an upgrade. I was inspired by "Saer" and his build at : http://www.overclock.net/t/1148967/skynet-water-cooled-haf-x-840mm-radiator-990x-tri-sli-evga-580-hydro-coppers.

RomeoKilo,
http://www.overclock.net/t/1422597/build-log-corsair-c70-with-twin-xspc-ax360s

and indiyet
http://www.overclock.net/t/1409404/haf-x-mod

I first started with a Swiftech H2O-320-Elite which came with the Apogee Drive II. It has served me well in the past year but now its time for an upgrade. These are my current specs:

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core
MSI Z77 MPOWER Motherboard
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 3.0 PCI-Express
Crucial BLE2KIT8G3D1869DE1TX0 16GB kit 1866 Balistic
OCZ VERTEX 3 120gb SSD
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s HD
Swifttech H2O-320-Elite Watercooling Kit
Alphacool NexXxos UT60 480 Full Copper Radiator
Windows 8.1 Pro
Asus 24" VS247H-P Monitor
Logitech G510 Keyboard
Seasonic SS-850AM 850W 80 Plus Bronze M12II PS
Cooler Master Haf-X Case
Azza USB 5-keys Wired Mouse

The tubes are discolored because of the age they are also soft on some spots. I only used distilled water in the loop. I know its a little dusty but here are my current Before pics with the major mods being the relocated media panel and the 480 Rad installation.



























This is my list of all the items for my build including some items I already have:

Main components
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER
Video Cards: 2X EVGA 780TI Classifieds
Power Supply: Cooler Master V1000 - 1000 W Fully Modular 80+ Gold
Case: Haf-X

Water Cooling
Swifttech Apogeee Drive II
Alphacool NexXxos UT60 480 Full Copper Radiator
Alphacool NexXxos UT60 360 Full Copper Radiator
2x EK-FC780 GTX Classy Water Block - Nickel + Acetal
2x EK-FC780 GTX Classy Backplate - Black Rev.2.0
Lamptron FC-5 v3 Fan Controller
8x Corsair SP120 PWM Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm Fans
6x Corsair SP120 Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm Fans
XSPC Photon 270 Tube Glass Cylinder Reservoir / Pump Combo
2x XSPC G1/4" Plug with 10k Sensor - Black Chrome
2x Swiftech G¼ Male-Male SLI & CrossFireX connector fitting 41 to 65mm
5x Swiftech 90° Swivel Elbow Lok-Seal adapter
2x Swiftech 45° Swivel Elbow Lok-Seal adapter
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Male to Male Rotary Adapter
Bitspower Shiny Silver G 1/4" Anti-Twist Adapter
Phobya T-Piece - Inner Thread G1/4
Phobya valve with 2 x G1/4" IG-connection
14x Monsoon Black 3/8"ID x1/2"OD Hardline Compression Fittings
12 feet 3/8" x 1/2" Rigid Acrylic tubing
2x Monsoon Hardline UV Cure Adhesive for Acrylic - 8ml

Misc:
Monsoon Hardline Pro Cutting Kit 3/8 x 1/2
Monsoon Hardline Pro Heatgun Kit
Monsoon Hardline Pro Measuring Kit
2 feet Monsoon 3/8" ID Silicon Bending Insert
3x GELID Solutions - PWM Wye "Y" Cable - 14"
Mayhems Biocide Extreme
Icemodz Brand - Sleeved cable Extension set (Grey/Black/Red)
Cast Acrylic Sheet, 1/8" Thick, 24" x 48"
5 Meters 5050 RGB SMD LED Strip Light +44Key IR Remote Controller
Graphite 3M DI-NOC Carbon Fiber Flex Wrap DI NOC CA-420
Hexagon-Hole Perforated Sheet (Modders Mesh)
Stainless Steel Woven Wire Cloth, 42 x 42 Mesh (For dust Filter)
2x 12"x24" 22Ga Metal sheets







Anything, anyone wishes to donate to my build I will greatly appreciate it or sponsor any items in my wish list. I will pay for shipping.

Wish List:

EVGA Hydro Copper 780Ti ClassifiedBought
8x Corsair SP120 PWM Performance Edition High Static Pressure 120mm FansBought
2x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD512BW 2.5" 512GB SSD
Asus VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" Monitor
XSPC Photon 270 Tube Glass Cylinder Reservoir / Pump ComboBought
CM Storm Trigger - Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Blue, Brown or Red Switch)
CM Storm Havoc - Ergonomic MMO Gaming Mouse
Swiftech MCP655-PWM 12v Water Pump Module - PWM Enabled

Build 'Illuminate' Completed

I finally completed my build and upgrade. You can see the completed pics and video below.
Illuminate Completed Pics: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Illuminate Completed Pics: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Illuminate Completed Video: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Edited by DreadManD - 7/11/14 at 1:06pm
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Ok lets get started. Since this is my main PC I will be doing the external case mods first to minimize my down time. I got a Lamptron FC-5 v3 Fan Controller to help control all the fans I want to put in my build (14 total just for the Rads). The first problem is that I will have no drive bays to put it in because of the 360 rad in front. But no worries since I relocated the media panel on top to the side of the case, I will use that space for the Fan controller. Of course that is better said than done. I tried different options but settled on removing the Fan controller components from the braket it come in and mount it directly to the top panel with a couple of mods


The controler is made of two main parts, the LCD Screen and the controller board and they are connected by a single ribbon cable. Here I measured and cut openings for the LCD Panel and 6 holes for the fan channel nobs that are connected to the controller board.


A perfect fit!


The fit is so snug and perfect that I would not have to use anything else to hold it in place





This is the controller board from the back attached to the front of the top panel. It is held into place when the nobs for the fan channels are attached
Edited by DreadManD - 6/23/14 at 6:22pm
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I worked on the front and top panel today. I started with clearing out the middle to make way for a full grill for the front and top panels.


Here is the gutted front and top panels for the Haf X


Front


Top


The front was very easy to do but the top panel requires a little more work. I used the old grill as a template to get all the bends and the placement for the tabs


All Done!


Closer look at the front


And the Top


Together



The grills will be painted flat black together with some other parts later on so they are not quite done but you all should have a good idea of how they will look.

Tomorrow I will be working on the custom mounts for the front Alphacool UT60 360 Rad and also one for the 480 Rad that I will be re-positioning on the top. Let me know what you all think so far.
Edited by DreadManD - 4/3/14 at 5:56pm
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Nice job on the grills. Looks like good clean bends. thumb.gif
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Nice job on the grills. Looks like good clean bends. thumb.gif

Thanks, I still have a long way to go
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Thanks, I still have a long way to go

I like the cage you are making, the white looks good.... keep us posted
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I started working on my custom radiator mounts that will be added to the front and top of the case. One is for the 360 that will be to the front and the other will be for the 480 that I will be turning around on the top. They will be riveted into place and will also add back structural integrity to the case from the new cuts that I have to make.


Everything measured and ready for cutting. I am using 12"X24" sheet metal to start with.


360


480


I used a 4 1/2 inch bimetal hole saw for the 120mm fan holes


Just for reference everything lined up perfectly and one set of fans will be on the outside just like this.


Cutting metal is no easy task my jigsaw was screaming and barely making any progress so I added my metal cutting wheel to my rotozip and it just pulverized it. The rotozip was cutting it but there is no easy way to get that beast to cut in a straight line.


So here they are one not powerful enough and the other just no way to focus that power. I could try to use the Spiral bit with the rotozip but you just don't get clean cuts without some kind of guide to jam the tool on.

I just bought a new jigsaw with some 24tpi blades. I will give that a go tomorrow.
Edited by DreadManD - 4/3/14 at 5:57pm
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I've always had luck using my dremel with the hardened spiral cutting bit but like you said, those are a pain in the arse to keep straight. Those bits cut through anything!
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What a difference the right tool makes. I got a new jigsaw from Sears, a Craftsman Evolv. It was on sale for $25 and one of the best prices I saw for a new jigsaw from anyone.

http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-17434-evolv-4.5-amp-corded-jig-saw/p-00917434000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

I paired it with some craftsman 24tpi metal blades and I went on a cutting frenzy.

The new Toy


Front and top panels cut. The panes are cut 7" wide and measuring from the center line I used the technical measurements found on Alphacools website to get the mounting holes and center of the fans for the 360 and 480 Radiators. The 480 is 10mm off center to give a little more clearance from the top of the Motherboard for the fans. All that is left is to clean up the edges with my Rotozip and painting.

http://www.alphacool.com/download/120-360-60.pdf
http://www.alphacool.com/download/120-480-60.pdf




Next up I decided to cut the side panel and acrylic for the full side window. The window opening is 1 1/4" from the edge on all four sides making the cutout 18"w x 17 1/4"h. The acrylic I cut 19 1/2"w x 18 3/4"h.

Measurements:

Part - Width - Height
Side Panel - 20 1/2" - 19 3/4"
Window Hole - 18" - 17 1/4"
Acrylic Window - 19 1/2" - 18 3/4"
Hole Spacing - 99mm - 95mm

I measured the mounting holes 3/4" from the edge of the acrylic sheet. Then I used C-Clamps to hold the acrylic together with the side panel to drill the holes and get perfect alignment. I will be reusing the fasteners from the old window plus a couple I had, 12 in total.

A tip for cutting metal is to paste some oil on the blade. Especially when you are cutting curves. It helps keep the blade cool and minimizes the friction on the sides. I used some olive oil from the kitchen, it worked like a charm.










Edited by DreadManD - 4/9/14 at 8:50am
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It's been a while but I am still working on this build. I had a little setback but now my build has been upgraded to 2 780Ti Classys in SLI. I have done quite a number of mods. Here is where things are. I have completely cleaned out the interior of the Haf-X. I am using 1/8" acrylic sheets for all the panels for the interior of the case. I attached the radiators temporally to get measurments. The fans will be in push and pull on both.














Edited by DreadManD - 4/9/14 at 8:57am
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