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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-15-2011, 08:43 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok so i have taken on a project and i thought it would be cool to do a build log.

I want to create an Alien (As in the movie) inspired HAF-X. I have been planning this build for over 6 months so it should be a really fun one.

-SPECS-

CPU- AMD Phenom II x 4 975
MOBO- Asus Sabertooth 990FX
GFX- (UNDECIDED)
RAM- Corsair Vengence 1600mhz (2x2g)
HD- Saegate Barracuda (160g)
CASE- Coolermaster HAF-X
PSU- XFX 650w XXX Edition

-COOLING-

KIT- XSPC Rasa RS240 Kit
RAD- Extra XSPC RS120 Rad
FITTINGS- Ek Compression, XSPC Compression, Enzotech 45's,
HOSE- Primochill (UV Green)
ORGANISM KILLER- Silver Kill Coil
FANS- Gelid Wing 12 120mm x 4, Bitfenix 120mm, Stock CM Fans

I have so many lights and stuff sitting around I won't type it all out got to keep some surprises.

Will be working on this build for the next month or so Hopefully you all enjoy the Build Log.
UPDATES
Just got a shiny new camera so taking pics is gonna be a lot easier.

Ok so I got my case a few days ago and was so excited to start I didn't even take photos of it stock:)CoolerMasterHAFX.jpg

But we all know how they look stock so here is one stripped .(My girlfriend was pretty horrified to see me pull this out of the box and just start tearing it up for painting and modding.)StrippedHAF-X.jpg

After I tore the case done i prepped it all up for painting with a bit of a sand and scuff.PartstobeSanded.jpg

Then on to primer so far Iv only got done the primer on the metal parts (2 coats). These pics are of the 1st coat. MetalPrimed2.jpg
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Heres a couple other panels I'm working on.
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I also built a DIY spray booth just for this job.(Truth be told I got sick of cat hair on everything I paint.) It's just an old psu with some 120mm fans hooked up works fairly well.SprayBox.jpgSprayBooth2.jpg


I got bored while I was waiting for the paint to dry and after a quick search on the ever helpful OCN forums I decided to stealth my DVD . Here is the guide I used. Thanks to Mithrandir8 For making it.

Mithrandir8's Haf Stealth Guide[/B

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That's it for now will add some more Paint pics when I'm done with the paint then on to some sleeving!!! (and waiting for parts in the mail.)


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Ok so I have been flat out this week got HEAPS done all over the show. Been painting working on the window mod, Sleeving + Lots and lots of parts have arrived. So let's get to the pics....

Super sexy motherboard and some more watercooling stuff that has shown up.
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So here is some more painting photos I finally got some color on the plastic parts . As of this moment paint is done (Except for 1 HDD tray.)
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All that's left to do with these is Cut and polish which will be done late next week ounce everything has cured nicely.

So waiting for paint to cure is no fun at all luckily my 550 paracord (Lime green of course) showed up yesterday so I made a good start on sleeving still waiting on the heat shrink, so these are only half sleeved got everything done bar my CCFL's and fans which are all still in the mail.

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My sweet handmade (I'm not paying 15 dollars for a pin remover) Molex tool works great all it is , is a screwdriver + a steady Dremel.
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Here are all the parts I sleeved so far.
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Hopefully my heatshrink shows up soon so I can get some better photos of all this Sleeving mayhem .Although It will be nice not to have to sleeve for a few days cause my fingers are really sore.

I also have started making some custom nameplates. They don't look like much at the moment but they will have a nice metal finish maybe some blood splatter havent decided yet.
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The other major work iv got done this week is chop out the side 200mm fan Since we are watercooling this panel was pretty unneeded + it look heaps better when you can see all that hard work inside. Still waiting on my acrylic to show up so it's just a chop out for now.

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Cutting this out was a total head game these panels are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to replace in Australia so failure wasn't an option ended up coming out great. Amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it.

Ok so that's it for this weeks updates hopefully more presents show up in the mail this week and I will add a Lil more progress to the build log.

I'm at about the halfway point with this build and am starting to get very excited and anxious to see how it's all going to look when put together.


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OK ..... I have been flat out on top of day to day living I got the flu which never helps anyone but iv tried to soldier on none the less. Got quite a bit of stuff done over the last 2 weeks and the project has finally had parts put back into it.Which as anyone who has done any kind of modding its nice seeing it go in instead of coming out.

So down to the fun my acrylic FINALLY showed up a month after ordering it, good thing I wasn't in a hurry. The place I got it from also refused to cut it to my template so I received my square plastic and cut it to size.
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Then it was a as easy as a couple holes in the acrylic pop the clips back through add a bit of u-channel and we have a full side window panel for my Haf-X.
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Also got my handmade nameplates where finished this week and they came up better than I had hoped.I used 3m Dinoc brushed aluminum film , Some red model airplane paint for the blood splatter (Tamiya Paint Gloss Red Enamel.) and A.C. Ryan Blackmagic 2 UV green paint. Which isn't the nicest thing to work with but glows like fallout.
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A while ago I got an idea to carbon fiber a few bits and pieces and my film finally showed up so I have done the duct and a few case highlights and also finished up some sleeving.
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I added some green leds into the top 230mm fans.
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I wanted my rad mounted flush with the case so i needed a way to mount a 120mm fan onto the outside back of the case I am waiting on some black screws so this is only half on at the moment but this is what I decided on.
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Also added some green grommets onto all my fittings.
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So the other big overhaul this week is i got some of my painting done. Polished lovely and installed I still have all the plastic parts to finish but there are a few shots of some finished paint and some stuff installed enjoy.
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So as of now I'm only waiting for some Molex plugs my graphics card, CPU, fans, switches and some other minor stuff we should be all done in the next fortnight. Getting up to the exciting part of the build and really looking forward to the end result.


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FINISHING IT ALL UP

So like always it's been a while between posts.... But it's finally all done and I'm really happy with the end results. So first il show you what I had to finish up.

This is a danger tape sort of design I decided on for my "active" HDD tray it came up pretty nice in the end. Was a lot of taping involved .
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Also decided to make a Plate for my badges.
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Now this is another idea I have been toying with since the start of this build and wasn't really sure if the software was going to work and if it was gonna fit in the space I had intended for it. It's just a 4x20 LCD screen I picked up off Ebay for $15 . I loved the idea of being able to display my stats on the inside and this does it all . Was a really tight fit and the software took some tweaking for win 7 but I like it.
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Then we finally get up to some more installing and some leak testing/bleeding. As are most people fist time water cooling those first few pours of water into the res feel really unnatural, but after a few hours of leak testing I'm confident I got a nice sealed up system. I'm really loving the temps I'm getting on H2O it's great.
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Read on to the next post for final results....


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FINISHED...FOR NOW

Ok so everything is hooked up loop is filled and bled only thing to do is boot it all up... 1st boot perfect except for a really loud ticking I panicked and turned it all off. Turns out it was nothing major just one of my temp probes hitting a fan . A bit more thermal tape and we try again perfect second boot nearly silent. I'm sure you all know that feeling off a perfect boot after a long build is awesome.

Pre-Boot
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2nd Boot
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More detailed shots.
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ALL DONE
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This build has been great fun and I would like to thank everyone on OCN that has helped me out throughout the duration of it. Especially the sabertooth 990fx thread and the Haf club thread . If anyone has any questions about anything feel free to send me a pm.


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Yay! a 990fx build
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This would be interesting, maybe I can steal some ideas to put into my own build
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Look up what I did on photo booth.
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