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Green Lantern Core X9 [BUILD LOG] (FINISHED!)

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Hey guys! It's time to start the build log on this project.
I decided to build a green lantern themed build inside a Thermaltake Core X9 case, in white. I decided I want to sleeve all the cables and try to do a really pro job, so that's what I'll be working on first. I'm using UV reactive green paracord as well as arctic white.

Here is the list of hardware I plan on using for this build. Things may change later but for now this is the plan.

CPU--I7 6700k
Motherboard--ASUS ROG Maximus Hero
GPU--Nvidia GTX 980 Ti
PSU--EVGA 850 G2
still undecided for the rest

Watercooling parts

CPU block--EK monoblock
GPU block--Aquacomputer Kryographics
reservoir--Monsoon MMRS using a 200mm center tube with 50mm tubes on either end, white tension rods and matching pump. I'll be using the fill/drain port and drilling a hole in the bottom of the case for mounting.
tubing--I'm thinking about doing hardlines (i made everything else difficult, why not tubing? tongue.gif ) but if there won't be much tubing visible I may just go with regular flex tubing, I'll have to think about that some more.
fluid--Mayhems X1 UV green
fittings--white Monsoon fittings to match the res
radiators--2 360mm Darkside slim rads, one regular and one cross-flow


I only have a few pics to get started, this sleeving project is going to take forever! I spent almost 2 hours just sleeving the first fan, (only 19 left!!) but this is my first time sleeving so things should move faster once I get the hang of it. I only ruined about 8 fan pins before I figured out how to get my crimper to work right. rolleyes.gif


Here is just the case, figured the dog would help you get a good idea of just how big this thing is if you haven't seen one in person yet.





Here's all my sleeving supplies and PSU ready to go!





The first fan is finally done! I wish I could have found some 3:1 heatshrink in this color instead of just 2:1, but it will hardly be noticeable in the end I think.




I'm still waiting for a few things to show up (mostly from china) so hopefully I can get more updated on this by next weekend.
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Excited to see this develop! Going to be sleeving my first time as well soon here so do post any tips you have while doing it or any tools you bought for it! smile.gif Super stoked to see the MMRS in the system - so glad people are giving them good attention and notice!

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Quick update! I got the rest of my fans in today and they all work thumb.gif
I also got one pin on a VGA cable sleeved, though it doesn't look great so I think I will use it as a practice cable, good thing there's 3 more lol

Here's all the old sleeving/heatshrink I cut off the cables. Kinda nerve wracking to take a brand new PSU and start tearing it apart like this



Not really looking forward to this monster. I'll keep practicing on the VGA/fan cables



Here's the first pin I sleeved, not the greatest but ok



so many fans!!! wheee.gif

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I finished the "practice" VGA cable and I pretty much have my method down now. thumb.gif I won't actually use that cable until I redo most of the wires, the shrink looks pretty bad on most of them, but it was good practice.
I only had to cut my hands up about 6 times before I figured out what I was doing wrong. The little "feet" at the base of the pin kept slicing me up when I was pulling the wire out, but it was happening so fast I didn't catch on for a while rolleyes.gif So keep your fingers out of the way or wear gloves!



Almost lost both thumbnails!

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The VGA cable. The top wire was the last one I did, and probably the only one that doesn't need redone, and bottom wire was the first.




Here is the completed VGA next to the CPU cable




These cables look amazing under the UV. The green is so vibrant.



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Those look good.. For sleeving, i find lutro0's heatshrinkless method to be the best. I also wrap the connector pins in scotchtape until i've melted the sleeve ends. That prevents me from cutting myself.

Keep up the good work
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Those look good.. For sleeving, i find lutro0's heatshrinkless method to be the best. I also wrap the connector pins in scotchtape until i've melted the sleeve ends. That prevents me from cutting myself.

Keep up the good work

I thought about the heatshrinkless method, but that seemed to easy tongue.gif Plus, I wanted some experience with heatshrink and I like the looks of it. I've got some masking tape that I'm using to cover those pins, I don't think its possible to get the wire through paracord without it. I had one pin with a tiny bit of metal exposed and of course it snagged like crazy and only went about a foot before it got stuck. Ruined the section of paracord, good thing I went crazy and bought 600ft lol
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I thought about the heatshrinkless method, but that seemed to easy tongue.gif Plus, I wanted some experience with heatshrink and I like the looks of it. I've got some masking tape that I'm using to cover those pins, I don't think its possible to get the wire through paracord without it. I had one pin with a tiny bit of metal exposed and of course it snagged like crazy and only went about a foot before it got stuck. Ruined the section of paracord, good thing I went crazy and bought 600ft lol
Well, sleeving it itself isn't inherently diffcult, just painful and tedious. I went all out and made my own cables since I didn't want to ruin the original ones. Main reason I went with the heatshrinkless method though is because I know at some point I'd cut the heatshrink in imcomsostent lengths and it would bother me to no end. Lol
600ft?! I bought half that amount and I've still got alot more to spare. And I've remade my cables from scratch twice!
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Well, sleeving it itself isn't inherently diffcult, just painful and tedious. I went all out and made my own cables since I didn't want to ruin the original ones. Main reason I went with the heatshrinkless method though is because I know at some point I'd cut the heatshrink in imcomsostent lengths and it would bother me to no end. Lol
600ft?! I bought half that amount and I've still got alot more to spare. And I've remade my cables from scratch twice!

I'm noticing the inconsistent heatshrink cuts already. I may end up just getting some of the precut stuff and redoing it. I originally figured around 300ft total for it but when I was ordering it I guess I ordered 300 ft of each instead lol.
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I'm noticing the inconsistent heatshrink cuts already. I may end up just getting some of the precut stuff and redoing it. I originally figured around 300ft total for it but when I was ordering it I guess I ordered 300 ft of each instead lol.
Nooo!!you're not a master sleever until you've burnt your fingertips on melted sleeving..lol
You did the exact same mistake i did!what are the chances..
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The uneven shrink was bothering me so I ordered some pre-cut sections. The white heatshrink I got was complete garbage, I couldn't stretch it at all and it was to small to fit over the sleeving. I think the green shrink on everything turned out pretty good though. I'll start on the 24 pin tonight.

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