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post #1 of 19
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Hey sup guys, new here to the forum and wanted to share my rig with you guys. I previosly did my first custom built pc last year for my birthday. After my Ultra 750Watt PSU died on me a yr later, I decided to upgrade. Since my birthday just passed on Feb. 5th I taught I'll upgrade to something more powerful. I'm going with a Black and Blue color scheme so thats why I chose that name for this project. First up is my case. The Thermaltake Armor +, beautiful case with alot of room for customization. I got tired of the plain silver color it had so I chose to custom paint it. This is the first time I ever painted a case and I think it came out good. Heres the results:




And now after shots:





Well guys let me know what ya think so far. Like I said it's my first time modding my case like that. So forgive the lack of professionalism. Please comment, would love to hear your opinions and stay tuned as theres more coming!!!
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post #2 of 19
How does a project after 6 hours not have any posts or subs?

Ignore professionalism, that comes with practice and experience. Do your best and ask any time you aren't sure. Someone has most likely done what you may be thinking.

See only a few smudges on the paint. Only a small ripple on the MB plate. Looks good.
Edited by Sarec - 2/24/11 at 3:41am
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post #3 of 19
Looks great and like what Sarec said, can only see ripple on the MB plate (which'll get covered anyway)

just be careful about knocking the paint as it might scratch unless you prepared the case surface prior to spraypainting
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post #4 of 19
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Thanks for the replies guys. Yea I was hoping no one see those marks, but like norse said it was gona get covered up so I really didn't bother fixing that area. It would've looked better but I painted it outside in the cold (I live in NYC) since I have kids in the house so it was hard to do inside. Thats what really smudge the paint, was the cold wind. But anyways I got some more pics coming on the way just came back from work so I'll post em up in a bit!
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post #5 of 19
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K guys got some new pics to share wit ya. Hope ya like and comment!

Here is the BenQ LED 3D monitor:
[IMG][/IMG]

Here are the 2 Msi 570's waiting to tear up anything thrown at it



3D Vision



Here I have two WD 1TB HDD. One will be for generic downloading and the second one for my media files. Below those are two Vertex 2 60GB SSD running in RAID 0 for the OS and for gaming!!


And here is just a shot of back of the case.


Well thats all for now, be posting some more up later through the day. Be back in a bit with more pics !!!
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post #6 of 19
Looks good so far.... can't wait until the "blue" part comes in
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post #7 of 19
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Quick update with some more pics:

G.Skill Ripjaws X:





My Intel i5 with the MSI P55 GD80. Lovely combination.


The rest of the pics are from the motherboard with stock air cooler and the ram installed. Using the stock cooler till I get the water cooling system. But the stock cooler does match with mobo and ram don't it?















And heres the combo pic of everything I'll be putting together. But for now thats it.

Be adding some more pics tomorrow as its late already so look out for those. Till then later guys.
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post #8 of 19
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Quick shot with the mobo on the motherboard tray, looking sexy already!






Here she is all setup inside the case:



And heres everything installed and connected. I haven't finished the cable management. Just hooked everything up real quick.



And there she is up and running. I know I only installed one GTX 570, but I just wanted to benchmark using a single GPU to see the performance I would gain when I install the second graphics card. Also still using the stock cooler till I get my water cooling setup.
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post #9 of 19
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Heres another update, everything installed but with stock cooler. Waiting on the water cooling components and when I get em I'll post some more pics. Let me know how its looking so far!


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post #10 of 19
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K guys been gone for a while. Busy with work and all but I'm back with some pics and my water cooling components came in so there all installed. Looking great so please let me know what you guys think!

These are the parts I'll be installing:

XSPC RX360 Extreme Performance Radiator :




Heres the Alphacool HF 38 Cape Cyclone 150:


Feser Tubing UV Blue with Bitspower barbs:


I replaced the original green o-rings on the barbs with uv blue ones:



EK-Supreme HF High Flow-Highest Performance CPU Water Block NK - Blue Plexi/Black :



Heres the cpu block on the motherboard:


Here I have the Ãœber 655 Fully Modded (D5) 12 VDC Water Pump :


And last but not least, three Xigamatek Xtreme Silent fans for the Rad:
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