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Project gSquared: Hardline Tj07 with dual 480 Radiators, Panoramic Windows

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Hello and welcome to project gSquared! This is my second build, and my first custom liquid cooled one! I started this project back in August, and I only recently finished it. Before that, I had planned and saved money for over a year. This build involves very heavy modding to a Silverstone TJ07, which I scored on Ebay for 80 bucks! The color scheme is black and green, and I have decided to go for a clean and straight overall theme, with mainly parallel bends to the hardline tubing. So without further ado, let’s get to the build log!
Specs:
Processor: Intel i7-4790k
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 Z87
Ram: 4 x 8 GB G.Skill Value series
Video Cards: 2x Nvidia GeForce GTX 780’s with 6gb of VRAM each
Storage: 2x Samsung 850 Evo SSD’s in RAID 0
PSU: Corsair RM1000i
Case: Silverstone TJ07
Peripherals:
Mice: Logitech MX Master and Logitech G602
Keyboard: Logitech G710+ (Can you tell I like Logitech? wink.gif
Mousepad: Perixx DX-2000 XXL Extended Mousepad
Monitor: Philips BDM4065UC 40” 4K 60hz VA Monitor
Cooling Components:
CPU: EK Supremacy Evo Acetal and Nickel
Motherboard: EK-FB GA G1.Sniper 5 Full Board Block
Ram: EK-Monarch Heat spreaders
Video Cards: EK Gtx 780 Full cover Blocks, Acetal and Nickel with black back plate
Pumps: 2x EK Xtop D5 Vario Pumps
Radiators: 2x Black Ice Nemesis 480mm GTS
Fans: 8x NoiseBlocker BlackSilent Pro PL-2 120mm Fans
Reservoirs: 2x FrozenQ Liquid Fusion 250mm Reservoirs, all black Helix
Fittings: Monsoon Free Center Hardline Fittings, Black, Monsoon Free Center Soft Tube Fittings, Chrome, Monsoon 90 Degree Adapters, Ek-Passthrough Fittings
Tube: Monsoon 3/8 x 1/2 Clear PETG Tubing
Fluid: Mayhems X1 UV Green
Miscellaneous:
Sleeving: Mainframe Customs/ E22 Teleios Black
Combs: Mainframe Customs LC Stealth Combs
Lighting: 2x Darkside Connect 12” White LED Strips

Just a Quick Rationale for a few things:
- Ram: I chose these kits because they don’t have a heat spreader, which leads to less hassle when installing the EK Monarch Adapters, which I used as an air heat spreader because they look amazing!
- Motherboard: I used the sniper because I had it from my previous build, and it’s green!
Water-cooling Loop:
Dual loops, One for CPU/Motherboard and one for the Graphics Cards, each with a 480 rad in Push configuration, with a d5 per loop. All pipes go straight into midplate for CPU loop, and up and behind the Motherboard tray for the GPU’s
Mods:
Cut midplate to accommodate 480 Radiator in the front
Cut drive cages to width of Radiator to open up the case with space for dual reservoirs
Create Covers to clean up the drive cages
Create a midplate cover to clean up the interior
Reverse ATX mod
Create a “Backplate” to go across the entire backside of the case, cleans up Motherboard tray and allows reservoir mounting
Have dual panoramic windows machined into the side and top (Which were then inlayed with glass) to show off this beast
Modify Motherboard tray mounting rail to accommodate for GPU piping
Sleeve all cables at custom lengths
Full gloss black powder coat
(I apologize in advance for the poor photos)
Let’s start with a photo of my previous build:

Stock Components:








Shot of the core components all blocked up:

Some of the aluminum work:

Drive Cage Covers

Midplate modified to fit 480 Rad

Midplate Cover

The two together
Other liquid Cooling Components:

All dem Fittings!



Peripherals:


Photos of Sleeving:

Unsleeved Cables

Supplies

My sleeving setup




Please note that this photo is significantly less color accurate, in terms of the green.
This was my first time sleeving, and I had a blast! It was a bit tedious, but I enjoyed it.
My initial Test Fits:

With Hardware:

With hardware and aluminum work and sleeving:

Aaand the Final Test fit before I sent the Case off for windows and Modding:

Case back from the machining for windows. The guys who did this absolutely killed it, and I can’t thank them enough.

This photo was taken after the case was powder coated, and I had started (What I had thought was going to be) the final assembly. However, that was not the case.

The built rig before filling. I did have to re-bend some of the pipes (Notably the Motherboard pipes), because the tight bends close to the fittings were causing some leaks.

Here is the build before After the GPU loop was filled, and I found out I had a dead pump on the CPU loop. I had to wait for that, and I ended up disassembling everything AGAIN and sleeving all the cables again to go blackout, because the green sleeving was not the some shade of green as the fluid. This yielded a much better result.

After that, the rig was completed, but I just wanted to show what the state of my living room was for 5 and a half months. 

Alright, alright. Here are the final photos. This was my first time in the studio, and I would love to know how I did!













Here some photos of the rig in my office and of the setup.




A couple of stop-ups that I don’t have photos for: (These are mainly what caused the build to be so long)
- The Coldzero back plate that allows for a reverse ATX mod only comes in matte black, so I had to clear coat it. I ended up screwing up really bad on the initial plate, so I had to order another one.
- A few panels got scratched during powder coating, so they had to get redone.
- As previously mentioned, I had a dead pump, and the RMA got lost at the destination, so I ended up buying one to get on with build, although I did eventually get the RMA
- I screwed up on the full back plate that I had cut out of aluminum, which had to get recut.
- The previously mentioned leaks caused a little pain.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this project, and for my first major mod, I think it turned out really well, considering I’m 15. Thanks for looking, and I welcome any questions or criticisms!

Peace!

Dawson
Edited by BlackAcid - 2/7/16 at 8:28pm
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Looks great! One suggestion, make your pictures much larger. It's a pain for people to go through and click on each one and make them larger. Just my 2cents.gifsmile.gif

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Originally Posted by Jeffinslaw View Post

Looks great! One suggestion, make your pictures much larger. It's a pain for people to go through and click on each one and make them larger. Just my 2cents.gifsmile.gif

-Jeffinslaw

Thanks for the suggestion! This is my first OCN Post, and I am glad that there are helpful people like you!
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