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[Build Log] Hyperion Mk.III - A Silverstone ML08 build

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Forgive me if I'm posting this incorrectly, this is my first build log.


Hello, I have been lurking the Silverstone Raven RVZ01 / RVZ02 / ML07 / ML08 / FTZ01 Owners Club for quite a while, and probably have read a majority of that thread. I've always had a penchant for Small Form Factor cases, using in the last couple builds the Lian-Li PC-Q08 and Bitfenix Prodigy (Hyperion and Hyperion Mk.II respectively). The last couple years had really whet my appetite to build a new SFF system, reading about every Silverstone ITX case release as well as the gorgeous Lian-Li PC-O5s. Ultimately I decided on the ML08 because I really liked the design of the Front Panel as well as the handle. I'll admit that had I known about Bitpower's waterblock for the X99 ITX motherboard sooner I probably would have gone with the FTZ01 and a completely different route, but that is neither here nor there. smile.gif

Some credit is due before I continue. One mod to this case that I was very impressed with was the addition of three 80mm fans to aid in pulling air out from the video card space. @phdpepper was the one that did this [1][2], and I wanted to give a shout out that I totally stole your idea and used it myself. thumb.gif

I decided early that in my own build I wanted to add some accent lighting to that front panel but did not have enough information about the front panel itself so I pretty much had to take a shot in the dark. Now that I have disassembled the case I've taken some pictures that may or may not help others interested in this case.

To start, here is the parts list:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/palerider/saved/Nrs323

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Scythe BIG Shuriken 2 Rev. B 45.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Thermal Compound: Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut 1g Thermal Paste
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
Storage: 2x Mushkin Reactor 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card
Case: Silverstone ML08B-H HTPC Case
Power Supply: Silverstone 500W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Panasonic UJ-260 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit)
Case Fan: 3x Evercool FAN-EC8015M12CA 28.5 CFM 80mm Fan
Other: Silverstone CP10 Slim-SATA to SATA Adapter Cable
Other: ASUS OEM USB + eSATA PCI Bracket
Other: 2x Silverstone CP11B-300 Low Profile SATA Cable
Other: 3x Silverstone FF81B 80mm Fan Filter
Other: Low Profile USB 3.0 internal Header Cable
Other: 3Pin Fan Power to 3x 3 Pin Fan power Splitter Cable
Other: 2x Logisys LDXRM12C RGB LED Strip
Other: 20mmx20mmx​6mm Chipse​t heatsink​ x 4
Edited by madboyv1 - 8/19/16 at 11:42am
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Parts Showcase

In my haste of working parts around I did forget to take individual pictures of certain items, namely the processor and power supply, Oh well~ let's start with the goodies:

You might be asking "why did you buy a PCI bracket with ports on it? Most dedicated ITX cases only have at most 2 slots." All will be revealed shortly.

A shot of one of the low profile SATA cables compared to a regular USB cable. The molding comes out to be a little less than half the thickness as the cable comes out from the side instead of straight out. The cable itself is actually made of two 30 gauge cables, but still is practically 2/3 the thickness when including the braiding, and a quarter the width.

Believe it or not, but I never saw the post about using a low profile USB 3.0 extension mentioned here. I found out myself that while I COULD fit the Scythe heat sink in and use the original connector, it would have been extremely tight and would be putting some pushback pressure on the heat sink. I opted to get one myself from the same vendor. A word to the wise: using free shipping from Moddiy is a huge game of Russian roulette, and took 32 calendar days to get this part from China (where they ship almost everything out of). It's one of the reasons why my build took so long.

As you can see this thing is VERY small compared to the cable included in the ML08, and matches the style of the Silverstone PSU, and skipping a head a little bit, here's a picture of it installed in the case.

Edited by madboyv1 - 3/19/16 at 6:35pm
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Case Showcase

Fairly typical pictures of this case, but as mentioned earlier I was interested in adding some lighting to this case in a rather... unorthodox way as far as this case was concerned. There was no information on the front panel or front I/O plate. For starters, the front panel is held on by four screws and eight (iirc) tabs. The third screw going from top to bottom is inaccessible after you install the power supply.

The I/O panel is held in place by four screws. The middle two screws are just for the panel, and the two outer screws also hold the power and reset button assemblies in place. The LEDs in the clear button assemblies are 5mm LEDs and pop into place, and I would go on to eventually replacing the blue LEDs for Amber LEDs. One thing I have learned is that the wiring attaching the LEDs and especially the buttons are fairly fragile. With all the manipulation that I was imposing on these connections I did have to fix the power button and solder one of the wires back on.
Edited by madboyv1 - 3/19/16 at 6:41pm
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It's Moddin' time~

In addition to the lighting mod that I wanted to do as well as the GPU cooling mod, I also wanted to do something about the perceived lack of ports on the Gigabyte Z170N. While I'm sure 4 USB A and 1 USB C would be enough, I like having a little extra breathing room, and I felt that the lack of eSATA was a travesty. That is where the ASUS PCI Bracket comes in. The plan is to harvest the ports from the bracket and put it elsewhere. Where you ask? Why on the I/O Plate of course. Unfortunately I do not have access to some of the more advanced or more precise tools/set ups that others do, so almost everything was done with the handy rotary tool.

I had to cut the molding to fit the tight space provided by the heat sink and heat pipe that Gigabyte included on the board. In addition to that, I cut the holes on the I/O plate with the rotary tool, and even cannibalized the PCI bracket for extra support for the ports against the plate's foam backside.

Finished product; it might not be the cleanest cuts but it does the job. Tried a half dozen USB cables and devices and they all clear properly.

Now onto the GPU cooling mod. I originally opted to use a template downloaded from here and even got it printed out for a 3x1 template:

I instead got lazy and used the filters themselves as guides, using a silver permanent marker to first mark the mounting holes. The drill bit I used was barely a millimeter larger than what was necessary, which would later help align the fans due to "poor workmanship."

Then I used the same permanent marker to mark out rough cutting lines for the fans. For the portion of the case by the venting, I simply used the vent to save time and cut through parts of the venting.

No action shot of cutting this panel; once I started I did not want to stop for pictures plus it was late at night and sort of forgot about it ha ha ha. With the cuts complete I test fitted with the fan filters. As you can see, it was not the best fit but with fans attached it aligned better. Speaking of which...

I sleeved the fan power cables and then covered the motor mount and wires with Gaffer's tape so that you could not see any of it from the outside.

Finally, time for the lighting mod. I noticed on the front panel that part of the panel is recessed, and I thought it would be cool to illuminate the recessed portion by bouncing light out into the space. Back to the trusty rotary tool.

This made quite a bit of a mess, and due to the heat caused by the cutting wheel the plastic would actually partially melt as I cut it. It was easy enough to scrape/knock out with a small flat head screwdriver and I would check for lighting with a flashlight. Again my workmanship was a bit lacking and had a hard time getting a straight line for the life of me, but it turned out okay.

The first picture is a test fit of one of the LED strips. I neglected to take intermediate pictures of this install as well, but it involved using hot glue to affix the LED strip to the back of the front panel at approximately a 45 degree angle. I connected the two LED strips with some short single pin extension wires that I had found in the DIY section of my local computer store. Then to prevent as much light leakage as possible I covered the backing of the LED strip and the hot glue with Gaffer's tape. The final location of the pins for the LED strips lucked out as there is a small hole on the case body right above the cutout for the front panel wires, as pictured below. Just above that spot is where I stuffed the inverter and IR receiver as well.

If you noticed, the tray cover is not black anymore. I asked a local body shop to paint the exterior panels with automotive quality paint and finish. I was going for a warm gunmetal color and ended up choosing Mercedes-Benz Indium Grey (paint code 953) in a matte finish. I was not there for the painting but I do have a couple aftermath pictures:

Edited by madboyv1 - 4/4/16 at 10:57pm
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Getting it All Together

Here is the completed GPU Cooling mod from the outside and inside. Didn't feel like spending the money to replace the white fan connectors ha ha...

@phdpepper mentioned in his build that to put all three fans you had to forego having an optical drive due to the tool-less ODD tray. This is partly true as the tool-less bracket gets in the way of one of the 80mm fans. However, you can still use a couple M2 screws to more snugly install the optical drive as I did above, and have the clearance for the fans.

Part of the PCIe riser card screws onto the chassis which actually makes a great spot to route cables through, in this case for SATA power and the front panel audio header.

Very little space for straight SATA cables in this case if your SATA ports are on the edge of the board. The low profile cables I got for the Mushkin SSDs were great, but the eSATA and combo cable used for the optical disc were not going to give me that amenity. There still is space to use normal cables, but you have to be a little cautious.

Interior view of the I/O panel mod installed. I got lucky on the clearances and used the PCIe riser to help cover up the excess cabling.

Being that Nvidia's Pascal or AMD's Polaris are not available yet, I opted to put my old EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked into my case. Since the EVGA card is based on the reference design it easily fits the case. I did try to use a friend's old Sapphire Vapor-X 7970 GHz. It was a tight fit considering how tall it was, and being longer than the GTX 570 made the space for the LED inverter and cable bundle a lot smaller. The 7970 was also wider than two PCI slots by a little bit, but borrowing one of the rubber pads used on the interior or the side panel made getting the clearance for the GPU fans easier. Ultimately I did not use it since it sounded like a jet liner taking off at full load.

While I do not intend on using Wi-Fi for this computer, I found out that the Bluetooth relies on the antenna to get a proper signal. With that in mind I installed the antenna on the side of the case, tying down the extra cable length with wire ties instead of zip ties for the sake of being able to remove and reuse them easier if I have to.

Here are a few pictures the "completed" build, which also includes a clear shot of the motherboard cut out and general location that several Z170 ITX boards use for the M.2 slot. The M.2 SSD is a couple millimeters from being flush with the chassis, and the chassis again only has a few millimeters clearance from the side panel so there is almost no airflow to the M.2 SSD, but cursory evaluation of the drive has this not being much of an issue.

White is not true white since the Logysis RGB LED strip uses three LEDs for each cell instead of 4, so it makes white from using all three LEDs. Because of how large they are and the large separation between each cell and within the cell, it does not make true white.

Edited by madboyv1 - 3/19/16 at 7:07pm
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Upgrades and Modifications

Finally got my GTX 1080! Also was unhappy with what temperatures I was experiencing at stock, so I made some modifications. Please see them here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1595110/build-log-hyperion-mk-iii-a-silverstone-ml08-build/20#post_25453043

Performance and Temperature Benchmarks

I still have yet to finalize processor clocking, but after the changes/upgraded mentioned above, I have some numbers relating temperatures. Please see them here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1595110/build-log-hyperion-mk-iii-a-silverstone-ml08-build/20#post_25446102

Final Thoughts

At this point I'm pretty much done at the hardware level, the only other idea I have for this case would possibly add a second lighting mod. The bottom of the carrying handle has a bit of a divot inside the handle, and between adding another LED strip and encasing the hollow sections of the handle with probably hot glue, I could get a pretty neat glow effect through the top and bottom of the handle. If the prospect of having to take out the LED for various reasons was not bouncing around in my head I'd probably just use epoxy instead. *shrug* If I do end up wiring up the handle, I'll update the modding post and completed build pictures.

To those that read through all my nonsense, I hope you have enjoyed my build and maybe learned something about the case or parts. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or critiques please feel free to post them here.
Edited by madboyv1 - 8/19/16 at 10:45pm
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Nice work on the case
The result is excelent
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Awesome build! Really great work and good pictures too. Good dremel work!
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Thank you very much for your kind words. smile.gif
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