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[Build Log] Project Martian - 900D Dual Loop, Custom paint, Mods

post #1 of 18
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A few weeks ago I finished this build for this 900D case and decided it was not good enough (it was really bad) so I took everything apart and re-built it. I logged everything in the process in case if I want to do a build log. Since a few peoples ask me for a build log I decided to make one. I will try my best to list all the components in this build and process in details. This is my first time build something like this so there are lots of learning and mistakes. smile.gif


[Main Components]:
  • ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
  • Intel Core i7-4930k
  • Corsair Dominator 24GB (6 x 4GB) DDR3
  • 2x MSI GTX 780TI
  • SilverStone ST1000-G Evolution (1000w)
  • Corsair 900D Case
  • 2x 512 GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD
  • 5 TB WD External HHD

[Cooling Components]
Water Blocks and main components:
  • EK ASUS Rampage IV Extreme full board cooling block (EK-FB KIT RE4)
  • 2x EK Monarch Series X4 Ram liquid cooling block
  • EK-Supremacy CPU Water Block
  • Bitspower G 1/4 Thread Dual D5 Mod Top - POM Version (BP-2D5TOPP-BK)
  • 2x MCP655-PWM Pump
  • XSPC RX360 V3 Triple 120mm Radiator (G1/4)
  • EK-CoolStream XE 480 (Quad) Radiator (G1/4)
  • Mayhem pastel Red coolant
  • Bitspower Water Tank Z-Muti 250 inline reservoir.

All the fittings in this build are listed here:


[Fans, Lights, Cable Sleevings and Misc/Toys]
  • DarkSide CONNECT Dimmable Modular LED Strip - White and Red
  • ModMyToys HELIOS - Premium LED Spotlight - White
  • ModMyToys 4-Pin Power Distribution PCB - 5-Way Block
  • ModMyToys 4-Pin Power Distribution PCB - 8-Way Block
  • ModMyToys 4-Pin Power Distribution PCB - 8 x PWM/3-Pin & 2x Molex Output, 1x SATA & 1xMolex Inputs
  • Corsair SP120 High Performance fan. (And other Corsair fans)
  • EVGA Pro SLI Bridge V2, 2-Way Long (100-2W-0023-LR)
  • LC Teleios Sleeve (White and Red)
  • LC custom cables and sleeving tool (http://mainframecustom.com/)
  • E22 cable combs
  • 3mm/5mm thick White Arylic covers
  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

[Peripherals]
  • Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Full Mechanical Gaming keyboard
  • Razer Naga Epic gaming mouse.
  • Astro A50 wireless headset.
  • Steelseries QCK mousepad.
  • 2x ASUS 144hz 1ms 24” monitor VG248QE black.

Finished Build:



























Build album here
http://imgur.com/a/rPNN2
post #2 of 18
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I'm making my PSU cables from scratch. The sleeve i'm using is Teleios from (http://mainframecustom.com/), I really want MDPC sleeve but I don't think it's available to order right now frown.gif

Most of the cables in this build are made from scratch. The sleeve i'm using is Teleios from (http://mainframecustom.com/), I really want MDPC sleeve but I don't think it's available to order right now. For more information on how to sleeve, and make custom cables checkout this guy and his channels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIFwusIu-_o&list=PLPZbMurO9Ou3Ya2Qkn1uVIQfbkmY5inda. And here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1262900/frequently-asked-sleeving-questions




post #3 of 18
really impressive, love the symmetry of everything, well done, VERY well done!
 
Spare Parts
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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Spare Parts
(8 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
intel i5 750 Lynnfield Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 ASUS Strix GTX 960 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin... 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial BX100 SSD 500GB EKWB EK-KIT L120 Corsair SP120 Koolance 2x140mm Radiator HX-CU1402V 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair AF140 Bitspower VG-NGTX960 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Samsung Curved 27" S27D590C 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair Strafe RGB Apevia Iceburg 680 watts Apevia X-Sniper 2 EVGA Torq X3 Laser 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9750 ASUS M3A78-CM PNY XLR8 GTX 460 Corsair XMS2 (4 x 1GB) 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingPower
Hitachi 5K500 Silenx 92mm EFFIZIO Corsair SP 120 Red LED Antec 500watt 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6400 Skylake ASRock A170A-X1/3.1 Gigabye G1 Gaming GTX 970 Windforce CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DD... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bykski CPU-XPR-A High Performance Acrylic Nicke... EKWB Acrylic Nickel GPU Block Monsoon MMRS Reservoir Bykski BY-PUMP-XPH-PA Water Cooling Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Koolance 240 30 FPI Radiator Magicool 280 14 FPI Radiator Bitfenix Spectre PWM 120mm Fan ML140 140mm PWM Premium Magnetic Levitation Fan 
OSPowerCase
Windows 10 Pro Corsair RM Series 850 Thermaltake Suppressor F31 
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post #4 of 18
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At first I was thinking a single loop so below is my ideas for the tubing run. (IMO it still look really cool and somehow better then my current build).






post #5 of 18
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One nightmare I have to deal with was the Mayhem coolant and EK XE coolstream radiator. I was using Mayhem pastel red and after setting up everything for my first version of the build; the color of this coolant getting really dark after a fews hours of running. Yes, I did flush the radiator with DI water a few times. I knew that it has nothing to do with the coolant but because the new radiator was contaminated. After doing some research I found this thread which talked about the issues in details: http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/unsatisfactory-mayhems-experience-input-requested.199168/. I then flushed the radiator with 50/50 vinegar /DI water and the first flush was green. The EK radiator that I got was so dirty, no matter how many times I flushed it with DI water and shakes it, there's always black stuff coming out. I also have water running through the rad like the pictures below for hours. I tried boiling water, Isopropyl alcohol and vinegar. I then used Mayhem blitz pro to clean it and it help a lot. So that was a nightmare.



Coolant new and after a few hours in the system


Mayhem Blitz Pro



Edited by TPham - 11/9/15 at 10:30pm
post #6 of 18
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Next I decided to
Quote:
Originally Posted by Radnad View Post

really impressive, love the symmetry of everything, well done, VERY well done!

Thanks dude! That mean alot to me.
post #7 of 18
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Next I decided to paint the case so I have to disassembled the 900D case. I found a good video show how to take apart the 900D case (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynJZ-6XmxlI).



post #8 of 18
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I hate the 5.25 bay so much I decided to remove it. At first I was thinking buying the acrylic sheet and make the cover plates myself but then I found a company call ColdZero (http://www.coldzero.eu/208-corsair-900d) that mades custom cover plates for computer cases including the 900D. At that time, they don't have a full motherboard cover plate (the motherboard cover plate only go up to the 5.25 bay). I emailed them and they told me that they will make a full motherboard tray cover. I ordered a mid-plate long, back-plate, and a full MB tray cover. I also asked for it to be made in white biggrin.gif.






post #9 of 18
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One problem with the full motherboard tray cover from ColdZero is that it require to make a modification to the case that will be impossible to revert. You have to drill out the 5.25 bay of course and cut this bar that was holding the 5.25 bay (see pictures).


The easiest way to do this is to file the back of this bar at 45 degree until you can bend it, then bend it backward and it will come out.


post #10 of 18
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Some pictures of the paint job:











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