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Babalon (the Great)

Athlon 64 X2 5200+ AM2
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G
XFX GeForce 8800GTX (UNDECIDED)
Corsair 2x1gb XMS2PRO DDR2 800
Seagate 2x320gb SATA, RAID 0
Thermaltake 700w modular
Lian Li PC-V1000BPLUSII

Thermochill PA120.3
Laing D5, variable
Swiftec Micro-Res Danger Den Fillport
D-Tek FuZion CPU block


Concept:

The name Babalon is adopted from a feminine deity from the philosophical beliefs of the Thelema. Babalon aka the Scarlet Woman, Holy Whore, the Lover - What better name for my computer?

This is to be my second official build. My previous project, an A64 3200+ dubbed "Stillborn", didn't consist of much modification beyond some fan-play and PSU housing tweaking. I wanted to push some new ideas with Babalon, specifically with case modification.

I envisioned an inverted case, satin black outside with a white inside. A simplistically modern design, only a Lian for a basis would do. Anything and everything should be UV reactive.

Overall, I wanted everything to look clean, futuristic, balanced and with as many glowing red, orange and yellow hues as I can pull off.


Build:

CHAPTER I

I got a little anxious at the beginning of case modification and didn't take any pre-drilling or notching pics. Here are a few I nabbed from a dealer (guess who ) to get an idea of what I started out with.








(06/07/07)

I started off by stripping everything I could from inside and outside the case.


Next would come the drilling of the screw holes and in/outlet ports for the Thermochill PA120.3 radiator I plan on mounting horizontally on the top of the case.

To properly align the holes, I made a cardboard template from the box my radiator came in. Poke screw holes with a thumbtack, then use a Sharpie to mark through them wherever mounting.

When hunting for a suitable location to place a UV cold cathode, I found it would be optimal to notch out an area along the bottom. This also allowed for me to hide the wires in the HDD compartment.



(06/08/07)

For the inside paint, I chose a quick dry Krylon flat white. After taping moving panel parts and applying a few coats of paint, results.


Sticking with the Krylon, the outside succumbs to satin black. I was very pleasantly surprised how smooth and sexy the job came out with only 1hr painting time and $3.75 invested.




Here you can get a good look at my window modification, in comparison to the original stock photos. I spent a lot of time opening it up and tightening the inside corners.


The radiator will be elevated on top of the case with steel spacers, seen here painted flat white.



(06/09/07)

Time for assembly. Starting with the Thermochill radiator, I begin testing spacer mounting and port clearance.

After lots of frustrating adjustments and zip tie malfunctions, the initial radiator mounting and installation come together.






The pump, a variable Laing D5, gets adjusted to it's new home at the bottom of the optical bay. It has been padded between the bracket and bay, to reduce any vibration noises.


My Swiftec Micro-Res fits neatly alongside the Laing using it's factory mounting brackets.

Since the reservoir is so low in the loop, for filling purposes I may have to extend the fill port to the top of the case using some more Tygon, a fitting for the res and a Danger Den fill port.

In goes the motherboard, for testing optimal tube routing and what-have-you.


Below, you can see where the radiator ports and tubing enter the motherboard compartment. The two slight kinks will most likely be addressed with UV reactive red zip ties, to hold the line open.

STOP. I can probably guess what you are thinking, "Why did you do it like that, sacrificing those 1-2 top PCI slots?". Folks, this is why you shouldn't drink and then try to drill a template. Before you even notice, the whole thing may come out backwards and require unideal improvisation.

My bottom UV cathode fits snug and secure.


I reach a stopping point after some more reassembly and minor installations of the wheels, cathode box, test exhaust fans and Tygon tubing.







(06/10/07)

Backing up and awaiting arrival of:

Antifreeze, red UV
PT Nuke
5 120MM fans (suggestions?)
4 fan filters
1 UV cathode
Zip ties, red UV


Work will resume 06/14 starting with fan, filter and PSU installation.
    
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Nice build man! On the fan Q does sound matter to you if not there are a few choices out there Panaflo is one Silverstone theres alot but most flow at least 100-150 cfm so times that by 5 so should be great hope to see more pics great project!
    
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Nice build man! On the fan Q does sound matter to you if not there are a few choices out there Panaflo is one Silverstone theres alot but most flow at least 100-150 cfm so times that by 5 so should be great hope to see more pics great project!
Thanks. More pics this weekend, I hope.

As far as fans, I'm looking for a good balance of silence and performance. The radiator will probably only be cooling my CPU, so even if they aren't the ultimate in performance, I don't foresee any temp issues. The biggest requirement is they have to be black.
    
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DAMN! The white really sets off the case man! I love it!!!!!!!!!

Looks damn sleek!

How's the paint holding to the aluminum? When I painted my Armor, I started installing the mobo and stuff and the paint would just flake off :-/
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DAMN! The white really sets off the case man! I love it!!!!!!!!!

Looks damn sleek!

How's the paint holding to the aluminum? When I painted my Armor, I started installing the mobo and stuff and the paint would just flake off :-/
I did a once over with 220 grit on the outside and the black is sticking like a champ.

The white inside seems to be sticking well but can scratch off, so I have to be careful when installing components. So far it hasn't been any real sweat... although I'm a little worried about leak testing, hehe.
    
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Looks great, can't wait to see more.
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Cut a tiny piece of tubing and secure a 90* elbow to it so you dont have to rework everything. Problem solved. No more kinks and no more wasted PCI slots.
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Looking really good

Take a look at this work log:

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And can't wait to see more!
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Cut a tiny piece of tubing and secure a 90* elbow to it so you dont have to rework everything. Problem solved. No more kinks and no more wasted PCI slots.
Funny, this fix hadn't even crossed my mind. You my friend, are a genius.
+REP.

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Couldn't you just cut a tiny bit of tubing off and then make it tighter, then you won't have the "loose" bit? Or will that cause kinks
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