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[Build Log] BitFenix Phenomenon mod - Smaller Faster Quieter

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hi guys,
finally, I'm ready to share my new seriuos project.
For a long time I watched many masterpieces here, now the least I can do it is share this build...
(I'm Italian so sorry for my bad english)

This is not a mod focused on appearance,
what I want to get from this work is fit in a
  • small space (= BitFenix Phenom)
  • overclocked hig-end hardware with
  • minimal noise
after mixing these 3 main targets, I added another 2... in order:
  • easy maintenance
  • aesthetic

hardware list:
  • be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580W modded in full modular
  • ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac
  • intel 6700k (target 4.8Ghz daily)
  • G.Skill 16GB DDR4 16GB DDR4 3000MHz
  • Samsung 950PRO SSD M.2 512GB
  • Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 OC (waiting for Vega or 1080ti)

loop/cooling list:
  • black ice Nemsis 240 gtx
  • black ice SR-140
  • laing ddc 1Tplus
  • alphacool reservoir and 13/10 fittings
  • primochill tube
  • EK WB
  • EK-Vardar F3-120 x2 + F2-140
incomplete family photo



Starting with 3D concepts (thanks to Aibohphobia for 3D model of prodigy chassis, yes I learned sketchup for this project... don't worry, my main CAD is solidworks and the next projects will be created there with decent redendering biggrin.gifhttps://grabcad.com/martin.mazzotti-1/projects)


at the end the rear fan is inside

I will not change the Phenom look impact

full-lenght video cards support


soon with cutting

Edited by HardMazz - 7/15/16 at 2:42am
Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
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i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
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post #2 of 12
Thread Starter 
first cuts
grills? no tahnks, I prefer maximum airflow and minimum noise








and finally the laser cut plates


Edited by HardMazz - 7/13/16 at 5:30am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
oh yes
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Clash of the titans

which would you rather have?
considering only performance per noise
Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
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post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
time to improve airflow:
opening holes on the top and front plastic cover to allow maximum aiflow

template for a perfect cut

may not seem like much but if you look this comparison is almost half of a 120 fan



I took advantage of the cutting time to cover everything and paint inlets for the first little aesthetic improvement...
...how BitFenix show us the black mesh / how it really looks

cut and painted



continuing with the aesthetic improvements, I redesigned the i/o front panel...
I wanted something smooth and not too visible .. so this is my idea

original front panel pcb



cut and reduced with only audio jack

assembly





(yes, no usb I use hub for free cables and temporary keys)

the results


Edited by HardMazz - 8/9/16 at 1:19pm
Phenomenon
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
first hardware tests
Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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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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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 #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
working on the 3D printed PSU cover


wait for polishing rolleyes.gif
Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
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post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
some update of the PSU cover

the concept

the real
Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm back guys
the pieces of PSU cover are almost finished
this is still under processing
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this is finished and super smooth wheee.gif
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Also I want to show you the supports of the reservoir that I had to recreate because of space limitations
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Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
Bitfenix Phenom M-ITX HardMazz Mod Razer Deathadder 2013 
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Phenomenon
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 6700k Asrock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Sapphire 290 tri X OC G.Skill Trident Z 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Samsung 950 PRO M.2 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro  be quiet! Straight Power E9 CM 580 
CaseMouse
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