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NZXTInerTia's H630 5GHz Build Log!

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Introduction!

Alright, finally getting back into the PC world after being pretty inactive for about the last year. After purchasing a XSPC Raystorm 750 EX360 kit, and upgrading to a FX6300 (and overclocking, dun dun dun) I learned that the NZXT Phantom case wasn't exactly doing the trick. This will be just a simple progress log to record all of the bits and pieces, both big and small, to be added to my main rig over the next few months!

Goals

I'll be upgrading my now aging EVGA GTX470's to a single EVGA GTX680 and perhaps adding a block to aid with cooling. After listening to two 470s for the past year at 100% fan, a water block on an updated GPU sounds endlessly nice. Not to mention looks great! I would also very much like to add a block to the mosfets, I know at 5GHz they're going to have a tendency to get pretty toasty. I also will be making a small home server, so a large WD Black HDD for games/software will be added and my multiple WD Green drives will be moved to that.

Original Rig

NZXT Phantom White
ASUS ROG Crosshair V Formula
AMD FX6300 x6
G. Skill Ripjaws 1600MHz 8GB 2x2GB
EVGA GTX470 SLI
NZXT Hale90 850w
Sandisk 64GB SSD
XSPC Raystorm 750 EX360 with tubing/fittings




My entire rig is in table mode until my case arrives on Wednesday, so until I can make some visible progress here are some pictures of what I've purchased and what I have prepared for the new rig.

Some attractive pictures of my board taken with my girlfriends Galaxy S4. I absolutely love these Monsoon fittings.





Primochill Flow Indicator with Monsoon fittings and blue LED light recycled from my pump/res.



Six Corsair SP120's on my XSPC EX360 Rad. I love these fans, especially with the white rings.



Brand new out of the box XSPC X20 750 Pump/Res because the first one I had (pictured in the Phantom) made a god awful noise so I RMA'd it. Although I've now disassembled my original one, and reassembled it and its silent, assuming a large air bubble. I also picked up a Bitspower 1/4 Ball valve for my drain loop, and a 1/4 liquid temperature sensor stop fitting.



Then finally my two 12" white cathodes. After having blue LED rope lights in my Phantom, I wanted to try these instead. I love how they look outside of the case, I can imagine how they'll look inside. I'll be snipping the PCI bracket mounted switch off, and soldering the connector directly to the Molex connector instead. I won't even need to turn them off, so I may as well reduce the amount of wiring.


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CASE TIME!

Sorry for the lack of build pictures, after working all day I was quite anxious to get this thing together. Custom HDD mounting, drain loop, OC' pictures/benches, and acrylic covers to come. Stay tuned!



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Just a quick update here

Went to lowes today and picked up a 36"x30" sheet of plexi today to make the bottom, back, and rear covers. I was able to prep and prime them before it got dark, but they turned out great. I also picked up a can of Gloss White paint and will be applying it via gun tomorrow afternoon.

Once I get those covers in place, I'll be measuring and cutting the front of the case (chassis, not front panel) to make the plexi front/rad mount. Then I can mount all three fans and I can hopefully optimize the already sub-par airflow in the front. It will also be prepped/painted in the same manor. I'll also be assembling the PSU, HDD rack cover hopefully within the next few days as well. I plan on using a piece of angle aluminum with small black bolts and white painted plexi sheets to make the cover.

Once I get the case how I like it, I'll be putting in another FrozenCPU order to assemble my drain loop, and perhaps I'll be ordering a Mosfet block.

Stay tuned! thumb.gif





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Update!

My paint gun worked great! After using satajet paint guns to spray paint/primer all summer at the body shop I worked at, the cheap-o $10 gun from Harbor Freight worked great. I mixed the paint with about a 20% mixture of acetone and it ended up very glossy. It took me awhile to get the gun dialed in, simply due to the less than standard temperature conditions, and my new air compressor doesn't have a filtration/regulator installed on it yet. But that will be of high priority come 60f+ weather.

Regardless, the paint came out great. Very very glossy and it matches the case color very well. Next "mods" will be reducing the amount of metal in the front of the case to maximize airflow, and to make the cover for the HDD, and PSU. It will also make the rest of the paneling come all together, it looks somewhat out of place with only the two in it. I'll also be picking up sleeved 6 pin PCI extensions.

Opinions? Curious to see some input!






And then the main reason this wasn't posted sooner, the home server build I basically got for free. Picked up the case from Micro Center for $20 and some cheap Kingwin 120mm fans for another $6. 160GB boot/storage drive, 500GB Green storage drive, and three 1TB Green storage drives.

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Progress!

When I first got the case, I didn't have ANY zipties. I had been using a tube of ties I bought from Harbor Freight about 7/8 years ago, but I finally ran out. Made a trip down to the hardware store today and bought a ton of Large, Medium, and Small zipties so I was finally able to get the back of the case managed for the time being.

Next update I'll post will include a larger acrylic "back wall" considering I've rethought my hard drive mounting options for a relocation to the cable management section of the case. The new back wall will be longer and will cover the complete back of the case up to the PSU, up past the 5.25" bays, and underneath the motherboard. I will also be adding four PCIe 6-Pin sleeved extensions, as well as four 3-Pin fan extensions, and a 4-Pin Molex sleeved extension for the additional GPU power socket on my board.

Here's everything managed minus four of the 3-Pin power cables from my SP120s. I also got a chance to reduce the wiring from my cathodes and I sleeved it as well. It was a MESS before, so this definitely brings some rest to my OCD for messy PC's.



Here is where the HDD will be mounted. I'm going to be modifying one of the existing HDD trays from the original cages to hold the HDD in place. You can see how I've just cut down one of the trays. I'll use the SSD mounting holes to bolt it to the back, as well as countersinking the holes to prevent the bolts from rubbing on the bottom of the drive potentially causing damage.


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Alright, I got anxious. Here's pictures of the modified drive tray and the HDD installed in the cable management area. Looks great, is inaudible over my SP120s (which are pretty quiet when the case side is on), and made the interior of the case looks amounts better. I removed an HDD sized portion of the sound dampening material, and spent upwards of 15 minutes removing the leftover adhesive, but this will allow more air to move up around the drive.


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