Great to hear good comments on them. The V2000/A2 Lian Li stuff was always a hit, but I think that was the one thing i sorta did better than anyone. I mean, the coolers were decent, there was a few guys out there (still are) that did great work. But I spent an idiotic amount of time sleeving and LEDing and trying to get specialty parts to get some cool effects that most guys did (and probably still do
) found to be unprofitable and often a waste of time since a lot never did get to modding in a panel to show the cooling section.
But they were a labour of love. I approached those with the mindset that I was building for me every time. Imagining what I'd want based on the colours they were after, and just making the best cooler I could around that.
Never did charge much of anything for the extra work. But the days of that kind of building for people are gone for the most part.
Those clear enclosures where @itor evap/enclosure setups. Handmade by a guy in Argentina. Best evaps ever made. Also the priciest but worth it if you could stump up that kind of cash. He was charging 2-3 times what the other evap kits were, but both that enclosure (carved from a full block of perspex and chemical and heat polished) and the evap (best heat transfer of any evap I tested and I got through almost everyone's) were simply amazing. I think he made me look good as much as I did.
I think you'd be surprised if you can find someone sorta like me closer to you. Some of the old builders still do this for love as much as any money in it (some are just after the profit which is cool too I guess, gotta make a living) and if you can find the right guy that would be into doing one up that's amazing it could be more affordable.
If you're not so much about the cooling (though it's always going to do better than water) and more into the look of things (like some of the waterblocks that are pretty as hell) and more about it being a showpiece, then you can do amazing things for really the same kinda money as the amazing water setups.
Of course the case will cost if you want serious quality, but...
I always wanted to do a 'matched set' and I know the 'Extreme Prometeia' website (gone under
) did that a lot.
You buy a case that's a match for what you have (and/or a pair of new cases that would be a great setup) and have one case chopped down for the phase unit.
Easy to do if it's a case with a top hat design. You know? some have that top panel that's removable?
So you get it chopped to the height that works for whatever phase setup you're after, and you don't even have to go pricey on the finish of the guts.
Just spend it where it counts, on the lineset's braid and heatshrink combo, and if you can get a perspex mount (whether from that same guy, I think he still does them on special request) or have it made locally for whatever evap is best for your cpu. drill and install LED's to make your mobo or whatever.
If you can do modding, you can do a lot of that stuff yourself.
Or just buy some sheet perspex and measure and cut your own plates and install led's. I did that on some too, can probably see the ones I did. At least one there.
I always though that the real 'cool factor' was missing with phase, part of why I loved the V2K's so much.
Well enough babbling
Merry Xmas guys, and thanks again