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post #1 of 41
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So I've been wanting to do a build now for a long time, I've never really done one before so this will be the first time modding a case. Although, I think the case mod itself is fairly minimal, but I want to show others what you can do to an XL. If you guys have seen Maliks fractal build over at XS it will look similar to his build, probably not as elegant cause he's bauss lol

Originally, I was going to turn the Define XL into an inverted ATX but after talking to some pro modders we have on the forum we came to the conclusion that it would cost too much to do.

So here is the plan I have laid out so far as to modding the case:

Remove:
- All HDD Bays
- Mid plate
- 5.25 Bays

Cut:
- top of the case to fit a 360 radiator
- window mod (maybe full acrylic like in NKH build)

and whatever else I can think of down the road.


Components:

- i5 2500k
- Asus P8P67 WS Revolution
- Zotac GTX 580
- Corsair Dominator GT (currently have regular doms)
- Corsair AX750

- MDPC-X sleeving

Watercooling Parts:





Update: I replaced the EK rads with Magicool Slim Extreme Profile 420 and 280

- Mayhems Dye Ultra Blue
- Biocide

Note: I am well aware of what is going on with EK and their nickel plated waterblocks, as well as using dye in a water loop.


On top of those, I finally got me a dremel weee. So this shall be fun, first aquatuning shipment should come in by this week if not next week. The case should be here this week as well, I will update once I get them.

Future Outlook:

- upgrade to GTX 580 sli
- SSD
- i7 2600k
Edited by phaseshift - 6/17/11 at 6:21pm
post #2 of 41
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Small update, just a few pictures of the components. The Define XL came today, I'll snap pics tomorrow.



















then ext two weeks are going to be soooo exciting!
Edited by phaseshift - 6/17/11 at 6:15pm
post #3 of 41
would really like to see this as i am getting this case and i really wanna learn to make the window mod for it
post #4 of 41
well, this never got updated... so I wouldn't expect much from this worklog
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2 x Crucial M4 64gb sata3 RAID 0 + ST500gb + WD... Asus DVDRW sata Corsair H80 Win7 x64 Professional -genuine- 
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2 x Crucial M4 64gb sata3 RAID 0 + ST500gb + WD... Asus DVDRW sata Corsair H80 Win7 x64 Professional -genuine- 
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Dell 2408wfp Rev. A02 Razer Lycosa CoolerMaster Silent Pro M 700 Lian Li PC-V600F 
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post #5 of 41
yer i noticed after i made the post
post #6 of 41
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Sorry for not updating this thread guys, I finally got enough to fund this build, so here we are. I've updated the first post and the second.

as for today

Update: Modding the Case

I spent a few minutes removing the HDD cage, 5.25 bays and the midplate. The rest of the parts are ordered and should be arriving Monday or Tuesday, it took longer for aquatuning to process my order for some reason but its good because the rest of the parts from performancepcs should come in the same time.

Before:



After:

post #7 of 41
soooo, you got a H60 why? You could have just used the stock cooler while waiting for the loop
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Intel I5-3570K Asus P8Z77-V EVGA GTX 680 2GB 8GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHZ 
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Western digital caviar black 1TB EK Supreme HF copper, pmp400 + XSPC clear top,... Windows 7 64bit dell 23" LCD 
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Western digital caviar black 1TB EK Supreme HF copper, pmp400 + XSPC clear top,... Windows 7 64bit dell 23" LCD 
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post #8 of 41
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nzftw View Post
soooo, you got a H60 why? You could have just used the stock cooler while waiting for the loop
I got it so I can overclock while I was waiting to WC, I didn't want to spend like 70-80 on a DH14 or Ven X so I went to frys and they had it for 50.
post #9 of 41
plus he could keep it if he needs to rma a critical component of his loop, say like a pump, rad or res
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now if i could only find my dye...
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