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[Build Log] "Neutron" Scratch Build, Acrylic Tubing, Custom Wiring, Small!

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Hello everyone. I'm here with a new build for you guys. This build basically was started not because I am not happy with my current system, but... I need a change. I've been looking around at some of the fantastic other builds around this site, and it has just made me want to rebuild my system even more! With that said, there are two things that I need from this system:

1. Size
2. Aesthetics

I will be using the same components as I used in my previous build log, Black and Blue, but I will go ahead and re-list them.

Intel Core i5 3570k @ 4.5
Asus P8Z77-V
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600Mhz
EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB
SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W
Sandisk Ultra Plus 60 GB SSD
Hitachi 320GB Hard Drive 7200RPM

My current system is great and all, but it runs hot, doesn't look the best, and isn't that quiet. This brings me to where I scratch-build my own case. I have wanted to scratch build my own computer case for forever now, but I never knew how to go about it the right way. This will be a first for me during this build. I have also always wanted a tiny system, what with seeing all of the fantastic Mitx builds here on OCN, but I could never justify spending an extra 100 dollars on a motherboard and some more money on a case. The case I am making will be one of the smallest cases possible that can fit an ATX board.

The build will feature acrylic tubing, as well as much of the same watercooling gear as my last build.

EK Supremacy Clean CSQ Copper Acetal
Bitspower Multi Tank Z 150
(2) XSPC EX240 Radiators
EK FC580 Copper Acetal
EK FC580 Backplate
Acrylic Tubing
Assorted Bitspower fittings
Swiftech MCP35X

The color scheme of this build will be Gray, Black, and Silver. The reason I named it "Neutron" is because I wanted the color scheme to be completely neutral, like the subatomic particle in an atom called a neutron. One of the things I really want to do with this build is to TAKE MY TIME. I rushed my last build and it did not turn out as well as possible because I rushed it. I will be doing custom cables in this build as well. I could possibly add a RAM waterblock and paint my motherboard heatsinks, but we will see as the build develops.

Knowing me I probably forgot some crucial information in there but just let me know and I will edit the OP. I promise to give you guys lots of pics and updates, because I have not been the best at that in the past. Thanks!
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Reserved for final pictures
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Okay, so I know from the first post that you guys probably won't have a good idea on the case situation, but I have a few pictures from my progress today that might give you a better idea. The case will be made of MDF, and the motherboard tray and I/O bracket is from an old HAF 912 of mine. Here are some pics of my progress.


These first couple of pictures are just from the MDF panels for the case. As you can see, I still have a bit of sanding to do on some of the cutouts:







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I got the motherboard tray sanded today, cleaned it thoroughly and then started priming with some Rust Oleum Self Etching Primer.


I then got to work on the I/O bracket. Sanding this one was a pain.


Here are the spray cans that I am using for painting/priming both the metal and the wood.

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I unfortunately was not able to get much done today because I was at a lacrosse game, but I'll see if I can get some time to sand and prime tomorrow.
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Making an executive decision on the aesthetics. I realize that all of my tubing and blocks are going to contain the traces of my mayhems pastel blue berry, so I think I am just going to stick with this as the coolant to avoid having to flush all of the blocks to get the staining out. Any ideas? The case will still be gray, but the main build will now be blue themed.
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