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Hello everybody!

So earlier in the year, AMD approached me asking whether I would be interested in taking part in a themed mod "battle" to help promote the new RX 470. Well I've never even done a themed build before, never mind one in a head to head competition! I'll be competing against Jens Schwalbe of BIRD Customs, so it'll be no mean feat. I will be representing the UK and Jens Germany.

I'd like to thank everybody at AMD involved in setting up this competition, along with all the companies who were willing to sponsor gear for it. So a big hand to Thermaltake, Asus RoG, Gigabyte and Corsair for each providing hardware that will be going into the build.

As you can see, my theme for this build will be Overwatch. Whilst I don't like playing the game itself much, I do like the art style. So without further ado, here are the first photos of the kit going inside!

I'm going to be using Thermaltake's new View 27 chassis for this build. IMO it's a beautiful case, plus the internal layout is very tidy.





Thermaltake also supplied the cooling gear for this rig along with the PSU.



Lots of RGB going into this build, including all the fans and fittings!



Every build deserves an RGB power supply of course haha



Gigabyte have supplied the build with an FX990-Gaming. No RGB unfortunately yet on AMD's boards from them, but this is very pretty anyhow. Love the PCIe slots and the super matte PCB. An FX 8370e will be going into this board.





More RGB goodness in the form of Asus' Strix RX 470. Great cooler on this card, was nice and quiet even under full load. Perhaps not waterblock level, but you can't complain for one at this budget end.



Corsair insisted on sending some Dominator Platinum DDR3 for the build. Perhaps doesn't quite fit in with the other specs (bar watercooling) but like I'd refuse an offer like that, many thanks!



The lightbar kits should really help for fitting the theme too!
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First progress on the mod!


First step of any build, testing the hardware. This case is really so easy to build in. Only took a few minutes to get it like this.


Hardware now extracted, case ready to be worked on


Where we're going we don't need PSU shrouds...


Nor rear IO panels...


Definitely won't be needing these


And not this bit either. This will be sanded smooth later.
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I've been looking at this case since it came out... Can't wait to see what you do with it!
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I've been looking at this case since it came out... Can't wait to see what you do with it!

I'm largely keeping it stock on the outside, the inside won't be that crazy either (so no liquid cooling manifolds etc. haha) because eventually this build will be given away. Would feel bad if the recipient got a cool rig but was powerless to fix anything that might go wrong or not be able to upgrade it haha.

_____

So seemingly a small update but woah it took longer than anticipated. Been so packed over the last few days I haven't been able to put in the time I'd like. Trying to get the front panel all sorted before moving on to the rest of the case.





And yes, it is insulated don't worry
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Loving the lengths you've gone to with that front IO.

J.
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Loving the lengths you've gone to with that front IO.

J.

Thanks Joe! You'll like the finished connector panel in that case, I'll post up some pics tonight
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Yeah so this build is now getting a rather substantial makeover. Well, not that you'd know because I've not shown anything, but the plan has basically completely changed. Say goodbye to "Cheers Luv" and say hello to "I need healing"!

Yes I will now be rocking this build to the tune of weeb-king Genji-san. I had one of those crisis moments where I just about hated everything I was planning on doing, and with that I threw away the old theme. I'm keeping the details for the future work a surprise, but needless to say it should be more interesting than before.




And this will involve removing even more of the original case, fancy that eh?
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So the date for some big stuff is drawing closer. So indeed it is now time to get some of the individual mods done, first up, the GPU!


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Always in for some Maki action!
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Well I'm hoping the next 7 days to be a VERY busy week indeed.

I think it's about time this little build was finished off eh? So how about by starting with one of the major thematic elements of the interior, the glowing katana!

Big shout out to Parvum Systems for helping me get these parts cut. These particular ones could have been done fine by hand, but I added them to the cutting list for simplicity as then I know everything will be done just right. That said, there was a huge amount to do to the pieces afterwards.

It's a perfect cut, but because it was a quick pass it's rough as hell. Lots of work with files and sanding ahead






Sanding and polishing done, now to prime for paintwork


Paint on and now you can see the buffed up aluminium.


And with the blade section attached. This is opal acrylic, so the lights underneath will cause the blade to glow

Okay, I'll fess up, why on earth did I show you a lighting feature... with no lighting? Where's the damn glowing sword!?

Well simply put, I don't have any glowing lights I can use right now tongue.gif They'll be going into the build alright, but I don't have them external atm.
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