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Projekt 13 MK.II - Obsidian 350D With 720+mm Radiator space?

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Projekt 13 MK.III

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(that's right! 360 rad in a 350D)

So, I've been lurking the forum for a while now, I thought it would be a great idea to share the build log in wich I'll cover my process of upgrading my rig!
It was my first water cooling build, but I've been building my own and my friends computers for years.
Well, once you go water cooled you won't go back is all I can tell from the experience. Sure, it's a hassle but in the end I think it's worth it.

From the beginning I was going to do a build log from the start, but my friends thought it would be a great idea to get together for a LAN to play BF4 when it was about to be released. So I had to rush it and complete the build fast, so there wasn't much time to take pictures. Haha the leak test was started the night before the LAN..

So now I can share my upgrade process instead!
Well one of the reasons I'm upgrading is because one of my HD7950 gave up like a month ago and I got a GTX 780 as a replacement. I asked really nicely if I could pay the difference and get a GTX 780 instead of the offered R9 270.
And since I think that two cards look way more better than one in a custom loop, so the plan is to add one more GTX 780 in a near future.
When I decided that I started to think if one 360 (yes, with a minor modification one 360 radiator fits in a 350D!) and one 240 radiator is sufficient for an OC'ed Ivy Bridge i7 and two GTX 780's. Did some calculations and got to the conclusion that it might barely be enough. Then I did some measurements and realised that I could fit one 120 in the back and one more in the bottom, it would be tight, but might work.
So that's was the point that I decided that I would fit as much radiator space in a 350D as possible. Heck why not? As I see it, if it doesn't look cramped to much I would be able to run the fans at lower speeds.
Since I hate computers that aren't silent/really quiet it's a total win for me. And from I can tell there aren't many 350D's with that much radiator space, alone with a 360 rad in it. But if there is, I'll be happy to join the club!
Heck,a real win win situation. Quiet and kind of unique computer.

Well the only "downer" is the color scheme, black and red. Ha, won't be alone with that combination! But I like it so it's good enough for me (:
Thinking of trying to do as much black as possible, with red accents.
I've decided to sleeve the cables for the graphic card/s, the ATX 24-pin and fan cables. I won't sleeve the ATX 8-pin since it won't be seen at all.

Well enough talk!

Specifications MK.III Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Case: Corsair Obsidian 350D
- Modifcations
- Removed the "floor" at the 5,25" bay to accommodate ST30 360 in the front
- Removed rear fan mesh for better airflow and acoustics. And to be able to fit a radiator on the inside and fan at the outside of the case
- Applied Acousti AcoustiPack sound dampening materials inside the case and the borders of the windowed side panel, PCI-slot covers and other ventilation holes
- Removed both 3,25" and 2,5" drive bays
- 2,5" drives is attached to a plexi plate, located behind the motherboard tray
PSU: Corsair AX860
- Going to sleeve 24-pin and 4x PCI-E cables with MDPC black and Color X
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene
RAM: 4x4GB Muschkin RedLine 2133MHZ
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.6GHZ
GPU: Evga GTX 780 SC ACX
- Planning: to add one more in a near future
- Originally: two Radeon HD7950 in Crossfire
Soundcard: Asus Xonar D2X
SATA1: Samsung 830 Basic 128GB - Primary OS drive
SATA2: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Raid0 - Primary Gaming drive
SATA3: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Raid0 - Primary Gaming Drive
SATA4: Corsair F120 120GB - Lightroom/Editing Drive
SATA5: Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB - Secondary gaming drive/Fraps/Shadowplay drive
SATA6:
Other: Red leds for CPU Block, Primochill Vortex and Swiftech Reservoar, AcoustiPack Ultimate PC Soundproofing all around the case


Cooling

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Here with my old XSPC Raystorm block, now switched out for an EKWB Supremacy. And the Beautiful Muschkin RedLine memorys.

CPU Block: EKWB Supremacy Clean CSQ Plexi Nickel
GPU Block: None at the moment
- Think I'll go with Aquacomputer Kryographics GTX 780Ti Black Edition Nickel with EVGA GTX780 Back plate
Pump: Swiftech MCP35X
- Mounted on a 120mm fan mount
Reservoar: Swiftech Reservoar top
Radiator Front: Alphacool ST30 360
Radiator Top: Alphacool ST30 240
Radiator Bottom: Alphacool XT45 120
- Planned
Radiator Back: Alphacool ST30 120
- Planned, and if it fits next to the ST30 240
Fans: 9x Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP15
Fittings: Monsoon Black Free Center
Hose: Tygon RC3603 10/13
- Changed from Masterkleer 10/13
Coolant: EKWB EKoolant Blood Red
Watercooling/Fan Controler: Aquacomputer Aquaero 5LT with waterblock
Other: Bitspower ball valve, EKWB 45/90 angle fittings, Primochill Vortex flow indicator
- Planned: Aquacomputer water temperature sensor
To Do Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
- Add XT45 120
- Add ST30 120
- Rearrange the loop, change to new pieces of Tygon
- Cut a whole for the XT45 at the bottom
- Maybe remove the fan mesh in the front
- Make a PSU cover
- Sleeve 2x6 pin PCI-E
- Sleeve 2x8 pin PCI-E
- Sleeve ATX 24 pin [Started]
- Custom power cables to SSD´s and 2,5" HDD
- Spray paint the GT AP15. Thinking of matte black frame, glossy black fan and red cable sleeving

Some pictures that I took when I modded the case Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Tools of the trade!
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The modders primary tools? A dremel, electric screwdriver and a screwdriver. Well a knife, duct tape and other bits and pieces should be added to that list as well I guess..

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Here you can see the ST360 dry fitted in the case. I just had to drill out two rivets and cut the rest with the dremel. The sweet thing is that it uses the existing screw holes so not that much modding needed.

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Here you can see the clearance to the floor. About 9mm.

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And here is the clearance to the roof, about 7mm. It's tight, but it works!

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And here you can see how the 350D looks without the front.

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A fan fits under the 5,25" covers, there are like a centimetre to spare so it does get air from the front cover.

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And here with some old parts before the actual molding of the case. The XSPC Raystorm was used for like a month or so before I switched it out for a EKWB Supremacy. The XSPC EX240 didn't fit, blocked the 8-pin on the Maximus V Gene, so I got a ST30240 instead. Although here pictured in the front, dryfitted.

Updates Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
None yet! But soon to come (:

That's all for now and thanks for checking this log out! I know I write a lot but I hope you liked it anyway (:
I'll do my best to keep this log updated as often as I can, but with work, girlfriend and everything else, time is of the essence (:
If anything, please ask!
Critisism and/or ideas and tips is also very much appreciated!

// Christoffer
Edited by KungSkog - 4/20/14 at 2:19pm
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Subbed of course!I really enjoy seeing water cooling in this case,plus your front rad mod is very interesting..
Very curious about how this will play out thumb.gif
   
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CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H75 Hydro series Push/Pull Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition High Sta... Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition High Air... Windows 10 Pro 64bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Samsung Syncmaster P2470HD TV monitor Dell U2713HM Magicforce 68 Gateron Reds Coolermaster V850 
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Corsair Obsidian 350D window Logitech G502 Proteus Core Corsair Vengeance MM200 Extended Edition Gaming... Creative Gigaworks T40 SeriesII 
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FiiO Olympus 2 E10K Beyerdynamic DT 990 NZXT Sentry Mix 2 Fan Controller BitFenix Alchemy extension cables blue 
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TP-LINK TL-WDN3800 Sharkoon 5.25" Bay Extension 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Atom Quad Core Z3740 (1.33-1.86GHz) Intel HD Graphics(Ivy Bridge) 2 GB DDR3  32 GB eMMC  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 4 128gb Kingston 16Gb Micro SD Windows 10 Home 32-bit 10.1" IPS (1368 x 768) 
CaseMouse
iPearl mCover Hard Shell Case - Blue Logitech M560 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-4670 ASRock z97m Pro4 msi Gaming 280X  Kingston HyperX Savage 2x4gb @1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
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Originally Posted by mAs81 View Post

Subbed of course!I really enjoy seeing water cooling in this case,plus your front rad mod is very interesting..
Very curious about how this will play out thumb.gif

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Originally Posted by lowfat View Post

Nice photographs. thumb.gif

Thanks guys! Appreciate it alot biggrin.gif

How the computer looked when i was going to the lan a couple of months ago


Sorry for the crappy phonepics, it´s the only pic I have at the moment.


Lil´Update
In the comming days i´ll start to cut a hole in the bottom for a 120 radiator, continue sleeve the 24-pin (why the hell did corsair make their 24-pin such a pain in the bottomto sleeve?), and probably paint the fans. I am also going to order a full cover block for the GTX780, XT45 120, more fittings and other bits and pieces (:
Stay tuned!
Edited by KungSkog - 4/20/14 at 2:15pm
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