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[Build Log] Zero to ROG Hero - A commitment to improvement and excellence. A lot of "firsts"

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Hello, everyone! I've put this off out of anxiety for long enough. It's time to get everything rolling and I can't wait to share my experience going through my first time custom modding a case, first time water cooling a PC, and my first time not settling for "good enough". Also, as part of this build log or in a seperate thread, I'm also going to include a setup work log which will include a custom desk top, floating bed frame (probably put that one in an OT thread) and overall refinishing of my gaming/productivity bedroom setup. I've got a lot of work ahead of me but I can't wait to go through the process and share it with you guys. I've been looking through a lot of amazing work on OCN and great advice, so it's exciting to be a part of it in the future.

Getting straight to the point and hitting the main goal and purpose of this build as hard as possible, this build is going to be an outlet for the creativity and confidence I've held back for so much of my life and it's going to reflect my commitment to excellence and precision in even the most menial of occasions (Thanks, Dad!). Great performance, cooling, noise and aesthetic; combination of function and form without compromise. Ain't nobody got time to settle. *Deep breath* "Let's do this!"

Hitting it off with the basics. Here's my parts list:

Core:
Case- Corsair Carbide Air 540
Mobo- Asus ROG Maximus vIII Hero
PSU- Corsair Ax1200i
CPU- Intel 6700k
Ram- 16gb Ripjaws V 3000mhz
OS SSD- 120gb Kingston Hyper X
SSD #2- 250gb Samsung 850 Evo
GPU- Undecided between 2x of either Polaris or Pascal. For now I'll be running either my previous 970 or an old HD 6770.

Cooling:
Pumps- EK-XTOP Revo Dual D5 PWM Serial
Resevoir- EK x3 250 Lite
Radiators- 2x 240mm Nemesis GTS x-flow and 1x 360mm Nemesis GTS u-flow
Tubing- Rigid/Undecided
Fittings Rigid/Undecided
Fluid- Orange Pastel/Undecided
Monoblock- EK CPU+VRM monoblock (Nickel/Plexi)
GPU Blocks- EK upon release (Nickel/Plexi)
Ram Block- EK Monarch x4 (Nickel/Plexi)
Exterior Fans- NB E-Loop B12-P (only in push)
Interior Fans- Daz Mode Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm PWM

To preface my plans for the exterior of the case, I want to include a reference to the idea behind one of the things I'm going to do. I feel like I need to give credit to one of my personal favorite Air 540's. The 540 mbk (MadeByKier) http://www.overclock.net/t/1421828/corsair-carbide-mbk

I had toyed around with the idea of running open fans in the pedestal of a TJ-07, but the idea to do it with the Air 540 came from him, so cred where its due.

The overall build itself will be a dark grey and white contrast with a splash of orange highlights.

Exterior Plans:
-Gray tempered glass side panels for both sides (future)
-I've already glued the drive bays in place and filled the gaps with bondo
-3M di-noc graphite carbon fiber vinyl wrap around all panels except custom fan/rad cover
-Gloss charcoal vinyl wrap around fan/rad cover panel
-The fan/rad cover itself will be 2 pieces of satinIce acrylite with a white demciflex filter sandwiched in the middle. Let's hope the acryfix holds everything together tightly and the plan works out. The cool thing about the white demciflex is it still shows off the beautiful E-loop fans
-Same LED config below acrylic panel as the MBK

Interior Plans:
-Entirely custom DIY psu cables
-Paint interior of case gloss white
-Push/pull on all rads
-GT fans painted white frame with orange blades
-Radiators wrapped in graphite vinyl
-The fan/rad mount for the top of the case will be a 1cm (think it's thick enough) thick acrylic panel connected to the top of the case with spacers in between
-acrylic fan mount will also double as a lightbox for the case with LED strips along both sides of the fans above the mount
-HDD bays cut out of bottom panel
-aluminum sheet to mount bottom fans and then lightbox created in the same fashion as the top of the case
-I'm not sure whether or not I want to make an acrylic panel to cover the vent holes around the IO/back of the case

I hope you guys are as excited to see the process as I am to go through it. I seriously can't wait to get more into it but I'll definitely need your help staying on track with the pretty lofty ideas I've got going on. If you guys have any ideas or criticism with regards to any part of the build, please don't hold back. I'd love to hear your input!

And of course.... PICS!!!!


Edited by PCery - 2/6/16 at 1:47pm
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Just doing a little work at work. Gotta keep those cables nice and tight.
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This is what I have done so far. Not a lot but it's a start. Just to show you guys the color scheme. Sorry the pics suck. My lighting is awful and phone camera so... frown.gif
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That's a time consuming task to tie all those cables. Looking forward to the product.
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Yeah it sure is. The cables are definitely a time sink. The cool thing is that I can slowly work on those little things while I'm actually working so it saves me a bunch of time altogether. On another note, I'm getting the vinyl wrap ordered tonight/tomorrow so I'll have some pics up soon!
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