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[BUILD LOG] Project Frosty- Watercooled White Node 804

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I really liked the Define R4, but it always seemed too large, and wasted a lot of space.

So my goal for this bud was to find a smaller case, one that still allowed me to keep my full custom loop, and I settled on the Node 804. Some of the parts are. Carried over from the R4, but a lot was bought to try and match a Blue/White colour scheme.


CPU: i5-4690K
GPU; Galax GTX 980
PSU: Corsair RM650
RAM: 8GB Kingston HyperX
Motherboard: MSI Z97M-G43
SSD: Intel 730 Series 240GB
HDD: 2TB WD Green
Case: Node 804


CPU Block: XSPC Raystorm For Intel
GPU: EK Fullcover VGA Block
Reservoir/Pump Combo: EK XRES 140 D5 PWM Combo
Radiators: 2x XSPC Ex240
Fittings: 10x XSPC 7/16 Chrome Compression Fittings
Tubing: 3M Primochill UV Blue Tubing
Fans: 4x EK Vardars
Misc.: Silver Kill Coil, Biocides and Demineralised Water

So This all fit in well and good, but I could only get the 804 in black, so after a lot of Googling, I decided to give painting the case a go. I bought some 240 and 480 Grit sandpaper, some white paint, and, after some more reading, a trip back down for some aluminium primer, and got to work.

I've read conflicting information about scuffing vs going to bare metal, but I decided to just scuff it up a bit:

And after 2 coats of primer and colour, I'm pretty happy with the result:

I decided, at this point, I had the primer, so I picked up some blue, a bit more white, and got the radiators and the fittings painted, and I'm glad I did:

Edited by liquid aussie - 8/29/15 at 5:31am
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Nice. Really like the 804. Can't wait to see it assembled. I wanted to go with node 804 for my upcoming pc but lack of white color made me choose white/black parvum s2.0.

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white/black parvum s2.0.

I really like the partum cases, but I couldn't get one in a white/blue colour
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It took a while, and work got in the way, but I'm finally finished with the build, just going through a leak test, but so far so good:
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It was a tight fit with the CPU block on one side, bit even tighter for the reservoir on the other side:
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There was no room next to the motherboard thanks to the overhang from the 980, and that left nowhere else to really mount it properly with screws. I moved it over to the other side, but the ports weren't high enough, so I grabbed and painted a spare bit of wood, got some "industrial" Velcro , and it solved the problem:
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