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[UPDATED 8/7/14] My first ever PC build...the "Cosmos" (Hadron Air) V2

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ORIGINAL POST REMOVED AND UPDATED.....

FINAL FINAL UPDATE, HAHA 8/8/14

I broke down today and did my own method of sleeving so no more ugly wires. I just bought two rolls of purple and blue ribbon and hand wrapped them myself. True DIY on the cheap, cost me $3. Only thing I'm gonna change is get some zip ties that match the ribbon, they just didn't have it at WM.






8/7/14 FINAL UPDATE (FINISHED BUILD)

So it's been months and I officially finished my build last week so here is an update on parts and new pictures.

So as you remember my original mod was black with purple hexagons but the clear coat turned milky white and I sanded the whole case down to bare metal and gave it a cosmic look, hence the name cosmos.

Since then I just saved money and did a lot of research. I ended up deciding on this setup

EVGA z77 Stinger MOBO
i3 3240 3.4ghz
EVGA GTX 660 SC (Best Buy Exclusive model with +79mhz) Overclocked additional 13% to 1202mhz! (stock gpu boost rated at 1124 for this card but actually hit 1178)
memory clock OC'd +500mhz to 6502mhz (250 in AfterBurner is actually +500 for both memory chips)
WD caviar 640GB HDD
Corsair silent AF fans
Gskill Ripjaws X 8gb 1600
Modded Hadron case

I am playing BF4 on Ultra with 60fps on 60hz Sony TV running at 1360x768, I was actually amazed given the CPU I ended up with. BF4 obviously dips every now and again but only when there is a major explosion in your face and it dips to about 55fps.

The case stays really cool with my modded front with exhaust fan where the ridiculous drive cage used to be. I used one of the drive caddies to make holes in the back and mounted the HDD to the caddy with screws, I think that looks awesome, plus I painted the HDD to match the case wink.gif .

The CPU max temp is 62 while the max temp I get on the GPU is 65 under full load (ONLY with WatchDogs actually, every other game about 63-65). This case is really amazing for cooling especially if you open up the front as I did.

Here are all the pictures, I also took some pics of MSI Afterburner monitoring at startup, then after a BF4 session to show max figures achieved.

























4/11/14 UPDATE
BIG CHANGE TO MY BUILD

So I ran into a little anomaly on the finish I applied to the case. After the first post where I showed you guys my paint job, I experienced some milky spots on my case. The semi-gloss clear coat was separating from the case. It took 3 days for this to happen. So I figured it might need a heavier coat so I took it all apart again and applied a lot of clear coat. This turned out to look really good and I thought my problems were over. NOPE. The same thing happened 3 days later on all pieces of the case.

ENTER CHANGE

So today I went by the paint shop and picked up some sand paper and went home to sand the entire case panels down to the bare metal. This was a very long process, I had wanted to drop it off at the powder coating shop in my town and let them sandblast it, but hey, that would cost the same as a 1TB hdd, so NO. So I spent hours removing the finish and that extra coat of clear actually made this job harder than I had imagined. Nevertheless, I sanded all the pieces by hand for 4 hours straight, no lie, I'm OCD, haha. Finally after getting the panels to bare metal I took the air hose to them and then cleaned them all with alcohol. I really loved my first paint job with the hexagons, but that was not gonna happen this time so I decided to go with the nebula cloud look that you may remember from my pictures before I removed the vinyl. This time I elected to skip clear coating it. My theory says that the powder coating from EVGA rejected my clear coat, and I did remove their finish, but I'm just not going that route again because if I have to remove the finish again, I'll pull my hair out.

So without further ado, here are some screenshots of my work today. You will also notice that my Corsair AF120 purple came in and is installed in the front of the case as exhaust. It looks pretty rad so far, but I'll let you guys be the judges. I know this may not look as awesome as the Hexagon Cosmos design from before, but it's still a cosmos and it's still pretty spacey. Thanks Guys!













Edited by Feerlyss - 8/8/14 at 5:36pm
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drool.gif Awesome paint job
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drool.gif Awesome paint job

Thank you very much. I actually had the .png from a tattoo that i got last year of the hexagons so I loaded that pattern up in my LXi software and sized it to where 2 patterns would surround the case and then i cut the stickers on my plotter/cutter. then as you saw i just wrapped the case and removed the part that I wanted the paint to show through and viola! Thanks again, people around this forum seem really uplifting. updates as soon as I can get back to it. BTW the lighting you guys see right now is just my led poi set inside the case. was cool for the photo op.
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Very nice thumb.gif
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Awesome paint job and nice front panel modification!
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All you guys are awesome! Yeah, Wisk, I have a plotter/cutter in the studio that I use to cut stickers for my artists and bands so I just went in and cut the design I wanted. Taped that bad boy up and shot the colors. May have looked awesome reversed too but once I pulled out the lines there was no going back. If anyone is interested in getting a design cut for you case and you don't know a place near you just hit me up.

On my build it's gonna be a little slow for a moment while I recoup my money from buying the case and mobo. I do have the Corsair AF 120 LED purple for my front of case mod arriving sometime this week so I'll update the pics with that installation.

Thanks again for your interest in my first PC build, it's going better than I could have hoped. smile.gif

edit...Quick note guys, I had a scare 2 days after I clear coated the case. These milky streaks showed up on the panel that doesn't have a window and I was like "omg it's ruined". It looked like trash. I thought to myself "oh well, you live you learn". Well I decided to take it all apart again and so I removed all the panels once more took them to the shop and I super coated them in Semi-gloss clear coat until they were practically dripping. I let that dry overnight and I'm glad to say that the new coat soaked up the old coat including he streaks and now it is in perfect shape. smile.gif
Edited by Feerlyss - 4/7/14 at 9:10am
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BIG CHANGE TO MY BUILD

So I ran into a little anomaly on the finish I applied to the case. After the first post where I showed you guys my paint job, I experienced some milky spots on my case. The semi-gloss clear coat was separating from the case. It took 3 days for this to happen. So I figured it might need a heavier coat so I took it all apart again and applied a lot of clear coat. This turned out to look really good and I thought my problems were over. NOPE. The same thing happened 3 days later on all pieces of the case.

ENTER CHANGE

So today I went by the paint shop and picked up some sand paper and went home to sand the entire case panels down to the bare metal. This was a very long process, I had wanted to drop it off at the powder coating shop in my town and let them sandblast it, but hey, that would cost the same as a 1TB hdd, so NO. So I spent hours removing the finish and that extra coat of clear actually made this job harder than I had imagined. Nevertheless, I sanded all the pieces by hand for 4 hours straight, no lie, I'm OCD, haha. Finally after getting the panels to bare metal I took the air hose to them and then cleaned them all with alcohol. I really loved my first paint job with the hexagons, but that was not gonna happen this time so I decided to go with the nebula cloud look that you may remember from my pictures before I removed the vinyl. This time I elected to skip clear coating it. My theory says that the powder coating from EVGA rejected my clear coat, and I did remove their finish, but I'm just not going that route again because if I have to remove the finish again, I'll pull my hair out.

So without further ado, here are some screenshots of my work today. You will also notice that my Corsair AF120 purple came in and is installed in the front of the case as exhaust. It looks pretty rad so far, but I'll let you guys be the judges. I know this may not look as awesome as the Hexagon Cosmos design from before, but it's still a cosmos and it's still pretty spacey. Thanks Guys!












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