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Hello Overclock Community and welcome to my project "Baby Blue".

Those who know and follow me already might think, "hey, i know this project" and you're right. This is my second attempt on this project since i lost my motivation and needed to start it new. The main reason for this is that i messed up a few things because i lacked experience with the tools i used. I then tried to fix all these problems but never was really happy with the results which was a bit depressing. So after a long time i decided to draw the line and begin new. I'm already pretty good with this tools right now but i will choose another way this time.


Idea:

I will keep the idea for this project. For everyone who sees this project for the first time: I want to build a "Breaking Bad" themed ITX system. The name of this build origins from the song played in the last scene of this amazing show (Badfinger - Baby Blue (Breaking Bad Soundtrack) (HQ) 1080p - YouTube). This means i'm going to use different elements from this show in my build. I want the inside of the case look like a lab using metal, a stainless steel Reservoir like the big reaction vessels in the superlab, soft tubing with crystal blue coolant and more. All in all, it will look pretty industrial. On the outside there will be symbols and stuff, things you know when you watched the show, but not made of simple decals or stickers. I want to make it look really cool.


Case:

What really annoyed me on my first attempt was the case. It was the Jonsbo U2, it's a cool case but not for this mod. All the time i thought i had to fit everything inside this little case and eventually forget that this wasn't the goal for this project. Of course i don't want to use external cooling on an ITX build but the U2 was just too tiny. So i decided to get a new one and chose the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX since i really enjoyed working with the ATX version. I just love the design and the features it offers.







For an ITX Case it's really spacious without being to big.



One of the features i really love, the removable radiator mount. I'm going to put the fans for the top radiator inside the top. Saw this a few times now and it seems to work.



Will be really tight but it fits. On the back i used an 140mm case fan from the ATX version. I love the simple look and it does its job.



Hardware:

The hardware i'm using isn't the newest but it is more than enough for 1080p gaming.

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600k
MB: ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming
GPU: ASUS RX480 8GB
RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V
SSD: Crucial MX300 525GB M.2
PSU: Silverstone Strider Gold 550W



I got the board last year from ASUS and going to mod this one to fit the rest, no red allowed in here.



I already installed the RAM modules but i'll take these off again. The black doesn't really fit.





Cooling:

Since the whole build will be watercooled Aquatuning Germany / Alphacool sent me a big package full of stuff.



Unbelievable what's going inside this little build.







Really love the look of the Eiszapfen series, simple and shiny.

Let's head over to the reservoir. This one is from my first attempt and it was custom made. I did the drawing and went to a metalworker. It is made of stainless steel like the big reaction vessels in the superlab. To keep it waterproof i used sealing compund (i hope this is the correct word) and a flange to keep it together.





For the CPU i'll be using the Eisblock XPX and for GPU the GPX from Alphacool.







I chose 2 240mm ST30 full copper radiators, enough to keep it quiet and cool without having a fat radiator blocking the view on the rest of the inside. The fans are NB-eLoops from Alphacool, the color doesn't matter cause you won't see them later.





I will make the cables myself and use the new Eiskamm cable combs.



CAD:

This time i don't want to mess up again so i'm using other methods, methods with which I am more familiar. Since i use CAD for my studies and know some people with a CNC milling machine, why not use this to my advantage. Some people say this has nothing to do with modding, but as long as these ideas and drawings are made by me i think it's still modding, just another kind of it. Of course i'm going to do more than just this but i had to start somewhere. I can guarantee you i have to use my dremel for this project more than once. The pieces will be milled and edged by Gosumodz.

Let's stop talking and take a look at the first pieces i planned. The inside will get a new PSU Cover made of aluminium, this will not replace but only cover the original PSU Cover and will make the inside look way cleaner. The small darker piece is a standalone piece of aluminium, i made it darker for the rendering to make it more visible but i really like it this way, maybe powdercoat it black? We'll see. The chemical formula of Methamphetamine will be backlit later.



The next part is a tray for the reservoir and functions as passthrough for the 24Pin ATX und the front panel connectors. There are also a few combs for tubing and cables which will be mounted to the tray and PSU Cover.



On the front of the case i want to have the "Golden Moth Chemical" Logo, the "yellow bee" that is printed on the Methylamine barrels. As i told you i won't use decals for this, so i designed an inlay consisting of a powder coated aluminium cover and yellow acrylic. This will also be backlit.





I really hope you like my idea and please let me know if you have tips or suggestions for improvement.

A big thanks to my sponsors for trusting in me and supporting this project!
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Moved for you, might want to fix your title though tongue.gif
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Moved for you, might want to fix your title though tongue.gif

Thanks, just noticed after posting and was trying to find the "edit thread" button.. biggrin.gif
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Ok guys, finally got a first update for you. My friend John from Gosumodz sent me first pictures of the CNC milled parts.
This is the front cover, i'm going to powdercoat it black once it's here.



Unfortunately the acrylic plate was too thin so John came up with an idea. He milled little pockets for the inlay and divided it into 3 smaller parts.





The tape is only for shipping.
And this is the front view, keep in mind that we had to leave a little gap since the powder coating will create a ~0.1mm thick layer.





Really looking forward to receive the parts and start working on the case itself. smile.gif
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Unfortunately the CNC milled parts didn't arrive yet because there are some problems at the post office..
In the meantime i already prepared the water cooling parts for the next step. The black finish looks cool but won't really fit the theme, so i'm going to change this.
I startet taking apart the GPU block because i have to separate the aluminium parts from the rest.





This is why alphacool blocks also watercool the rest of the card. It might not be the same as a fullcover block from other manufacturers, but it still has contact with the "water part" and not only uses passive cooling for VRM etc.



Since i already assembled the RAM modules a few months ago i'm going to take these apart aswell.





The motherboard heatsinks are also made out of alumnium.



Time to go outside biggrin.gif
To get the black layer off the surface i'm going to put the parts in drain cleaner and leave them for a few minutes. Even though nothing will explode be sure to wear safety gloves and googles due to its high pH. Long clothes also might be a good option.



After a few seconds you can already see something happening.







After a minute the aluminium starts to shine through, but i'll leave it a little longer.





Now i took the bowl and went to the drain. When it starts to foam i take it out and wash it off with water and a brush.





Sometimes some parts of black are still left on the piece, just put it in the drain cleaner a few minutes to make sure it's clean.
I then did the same with the backplate..





..and the RAM modules..





..and of course with the MB heatsinks. The red seems to be another kind of paint, the drain cleaner had no effect on it.



The cool thing is, the laser engraved logos are still visible after this procedure. Unfortunately some parts had these stains which only went away after sanding.
So i tried it with one of the RAM modules and it looks really great. I started sanding with 120 grit, then used some sanding fleece to create the brushed look.
Looks much better, doesn't it?



A big thanks to my friend Matthias from Aquatuning who teached me this procedure!
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Hi guys, just want to let you know that the CNC milled parts finally arrived. I'll be on a trip till saturday, going to update the logs as soon as i'm back.
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I'm back and finally able to work at this mod again. No photos of the cnc milled parts yet but i continued working on the heatsinks and stuff.
Since the red didn't go away with the drain cleaner i started sanding these parts like i did with the RAM heatsink.



After 1-2 hours this is what it looks like.



Definitely worth it.





To prevent the aluminium from oxidation i sprayed a really thin layer of clear varnish on it, this way the heatsinks are still functional.



Some hours later the varnish dried and i put everything back together.





I decided to countersink the holes in the RAM modules, this way it looks much better.





Next step was the Eisblock XPX CPU Cooler.



I had to swap the alphacool logo with the white one from the modding kit and i also wanted to make the cover fit better.



I took it off, started sanding it, gave it the brushed look, painted it with clear varnish and voilà.



I might paint the mounting matt black afterwards, not really sure yet.

To end this update i have some more pics of the GPU block. Next update will contain some shots of the whole hardware in the case as well as the cnc milled parts.





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Sorry for the late update guys, i was pretty busy the last weeks.

Today i want to show you the CNC milled parts from Gosumodz. I already coated them with clear varnish to prevent them from oxidation.
The front cover was powder coated in matt black with a fine texture. The few scratches are only on the clearcoat because i already installed some of the combs via screws, they won't be visible later.



The sharp object is my own designed USB3.0 cable comb. Since you can't take off the connector i had to make a comb that closes when you mount it to the big plate.











With the powder coating the inlay fits perfect!


That's not all i want to show you today. I recently got an amazing addition to my workbench.

Let me present to you:

My new Prusa i3 MK2S 3D Printer! heart.gif



I ordered the kit version which took me 2 days to build.





I also ordered a few spools of filament to work with, especially for this mod



Stay tuned! smile.gif
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Excellent work dude, I'm loving the quality of both your photos and your work so far! The raw aluminum parts look absolutely top notch, haven't seen a lot of people use drain cleaner to strip off paint, but man, the results speak for themselves. Same thing for the USB 3 comb - very unique and clever idea! Do you think you'll be using the Prusa for this project? I love seeing those bad boys in action!
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