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[Build Log] "The Black Box" mATX AM3+ Watercooled FDR

Poll Results: What type of tubing should I use?

 
  • 66% (6)
    Hard Copper Tubing
  • 22% (2)
    Primochill Hard Tubing in Black
  • 11% (1)
    Primochill Hard Tubing in Clear (please suggest a fluid!)
9 Total Votes  
post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Hey everyone!

It's been awhile since my last build log. I think the last time I posted here was with my LD V8 quad socket project; a project that never truly was finished and never quite came out the way I wanted it too. The case was practically torn apart and the build log stopped after 2 weeks. This build log will be different, I've got a lot of excitement and motivation for this one:thumb:

I'll be building an mATX S775 S1150 AM3+ budget rig modeled after the flight data recorders (FDR) that are mandatory in all commercial and large aircraft. It will be painted the traditional orange with black lettering. The internals will be white, with black and grey accents. I may be using copper pipes as well.

An important note about this log-I don't have access to great photo gear. All I have is my Samsung S4 currently. Please bear with me on the pictures as your input is greatly appreciated and needed!

Parts that make it go:
  • Processor: AMD FX-4300 Quad Core --HAVE
  • Motherboard: ASRock 960GC-GS FX --- HAVE
  • Video Card: Undecided
  • Power Supply: Enermax Platimax 860W PSU -- HAVE
  • RAM: GSkill RipJaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) 2400Mhz -- HAVE
  • Storage: Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD --HAVE, other 3.5" HDD's to come
  • Case: Lian Li PC-V354 mATX Case -- HAVE

Parts that make it cold:
  • EK Supremacy RH Gold 04/51 --HAVE
  • Swiftech MCP35x PWM Pump x2 --HAVE
  • Black Ice GTX120mm Radiator --HAVE
  • XSPC EX240 Radiator --HAVE
  • Monsoon 13/10mm HardTube Compressions (painted black) --HAVE
  • Undecided Tubing -- HAVE
  • Alphacool 150mm Anodized Gold Tube Reservoir (painted black) --HAVE
  • 5x Scythe Slip Stream 120x12mm 2000RPM Fans --HAVE
  • Lutro0 Black and Dark Grey Sleeving w/ Black Heatshrink ----HAVE, PSU Completed

Peripherals
  • Unknown Mouse
  • Unknown Keyboard
  • Akasa Venom Mousepad

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Edited by WebsterXC - 5/20/15 at 9:14pm
post #2 of 34
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post #3 of 34
Subbed!!!! This is an awesome concept.
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post #4 of 34
Brilliant idea!! Love the theme.
post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! Currently trying to get one of my quad socket boards up and running so I have something to work and do homework on. The 775 board is being used right now in a "homework" rig.

So I think I decided to paint the case flame orange with the classic white stripes. What do you guys think; should I keep the inside black and keep the gold/black theme, or switch blocks and hardware and make a new theme for the inside?

Anyone have sleeving ideas? What I'm trying to avoid is making it look like a Coast Guard computer.
post #6 of 34
Good choice with the orange base and white stripes. I think that is the way to go.

As far as the inside, I'd go black sleeving. Keep it serious business on the inside. It might look cool having the wires sleeved in their respective color coding for an "industrial" look. Just my two cents. When I think aviation, I think schematics and over engineering - function over form.



It would be cool to pickup an old Intel OEM 775 board that is green.

But it could also go the themed route and do different shades of orange for the sleeving. Lots of fun ways to do it. Just pick what you think looks best!!
Edited by OverK1LL - 10/26/14 at 12:22pm
post #7 of 34
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I actually have a Lenovo OEM board that might accept DDR3 1333, I'll dig that out and see what I can make of it. Thanks for the ideas, the picture is a tremendous help as well thumb.gif

Another question, I plan on getting a 4K monitor or some high resolution equivalent; will my GTX670 FTW 2GB be enough to handle the high resolution? Should I be looking at cards with a larger framebuffer?
post #8 of 34
I'm really liking OverK1LL's suggestion. With keeping it function over form themed.

You're going to run into issues with 4K using a 2gb GPU. Even 3gb cards will struggle with 4K. You would be lucky to hit 30 FPS even on lowered graphics quality. Maybe consider going with 1440p. Though, 2gb cards work best with 1080p.
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post #9 of 34
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Alright so I took the case out of the box and cleaned up all the cables and most of the dust that was inside it. The case was already used by a friend.

Got the "backup" rig running thumb.gif


I'll have to use goof off on the glue residue from various cable management pieces.


Back of the case. I plan to turn this into the 'front' of the case. The fan hole on the back won't be used, I'll need to use a fair amount of filler to fill that in.


The previous owner drilled some careless holes in the front in an effort to fit a radiator. However, I was told that the holes were close, but not exact and a radiator doesn't actually fit in its place. I'll have to use more filler here to fill the outsides of the front grill. I also have to figure out a solution for the 5.25" that's there.



I've decided on Sunburst Orange Automotive paint for the orange coat. A gloss clearcoat will make the paint shine, as well as very tough to scratch. The side panels aren't anything special; literally single, unbent sheets of anodized aluminum with holes drilled to attach to the case.

I probably won't take the case apart when painting. Three sides of the case are one single piece of aluminum and taking off the bottom piece gives me more hassle than help when painting. I'm thinking of going with a grey PlastiDip for the inside. What do you guys think?
post #10 of 34
Great chassis for the build! I've got that same case at my office. Grey will look sick on the inside. I'm very curious as to how you will address the front. This is going to be a great build.
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