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post #1 of 383 (permalink) Old 12-16-2011, 01:08 PM - Thread Starter
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wheee.gifwheee.gif Mod of the Month Jan 2012 wheee.gifwheee.gif


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New News about Venom making Top 25 Case Mods in Maximum PC Magazine ! 4/26/2012



PLEASE SEE THIS POST .TONS MORE PHOTOS THERE. (Including Benchmarks)" BUT dont skip the build log or you'll miss the making of it!

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Where i got some of the inspiration from for this Build:(Not my car! Just Love the Vipers)
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NZXT had a little surprise for me Check it out: http://www.facebook.com/nzxtcorp?sk=wall

Great guys at Mnpctech.com added a great article on "Venom" ,Thank you Bill Owen and Crew : Link is here: http://www.mnpctech.com/casemodblog/2012/02/29/nzxt-phantom-venom-pc-mod-is-inspiring/

Not very good at video's but this is the best i could do:Hope you enjoy it.

Added a little Video here:


Some of the Mod's Done:
All Rivets drilled from Case and torn completely apart!
Complete tear down off case drilled out all rivets Cut out HDD cages and tossed them,
Complete Custom Paint all done with HVLP guns in Lacquer base coat /clear coat wet sanded and buffed took over a weak in painting and buffing to get a showroom finish(Glass like).
Made many Custom harnesses from scratch so no wires are showing but the few i want showing.
Custom plates made on the 5.25 bays for mounting the SSD drives and making the wires invisible.SSD wiring was also custom made by me.
Took Antec Veris apart and rewired it to get rid of the ugly huge plugs that came with it.(Soldering involved)
Took power supply apart painted it and sleeved from inside the power supply to the end of every wire with Paracord. Also all psu wires were reworked to fit Venom only.No left over wiring.Bought new Pins and re pinned the wires i shortened from the psu.
Made a rear plate for the 5.25 bays to hold the Reservoir with cutouts for the tubing to come through.Also both plates on the 5.25 cage where made to easily remove for quick access. Bottom of the 5.25 cage has also been modded for the return Tubing to enter and c channel molding was also used there.
Welded tabs with an arc welder to mount the plates to the 5.25 bays and also had to build a really fast hacked Sheet metal break just to be able to make these parts.In process of making a way better one now.
Made a new rear plate from Copper because that was all i had in stock at the moment so i had to work with it.Cut the perfect circle for the Psu Wires to go through with only a dremel.and made other holes for the power switch wires etc. Also the rear plate is covered in the same Vinyl materiel i used one the SSD mount and Res mount plates.A 2 TB WD Black Hard drive IS ALSO mounted the the rear of the back plate.I wanted inside very clean and no Hard drives showing bedside's the SSD's.Custom window Mod including the small window displaying my SSD raid setup.The snake and name in the front is all done in paint with a HVLP detail gun and looks just like a sticker.very hard to tell the difference unless you feel the paint and realize its flat.All fans replaced with Asaka Viper's.Custom feet made to lift the case 2 inches and the bottom of the case cutout for better airflow.Feet also wrapped in Vinyl.LED'S in Fan controller and power switches have been switched from blue to white by me and was a nightmare doing the fan controller.Complete cooling design was done by me with help from members of the water cooling section to make sure it would work and it does.My Res fills from bottom to top so stays completely full and the results were perfect.Bottom and top Rads are both setup in Push/pull config with 9 fans total pushing over 80 cfm each.Venom powers on and off by remote control.Sleeved and modded 2 Cold Cathodes and mounted them up top hidden and made 2 led strips that i cut to length and made the wiring and and sleeved and installed them to add some more lighting to the bottom rad area and front fan area.And there's more then this even.I had to make many of the tools for removing pins pins etc. and i'm sure i'm forgetting stuff but you get the idea.I worked on Venom roughly a month straight many nights with no sleep at all and i have built and tore it back down many times to fix small details.I wanted Venom Clean looking and looking like it was meant to look like it does.I think i accomplished my goal and hope you guys love it and can appreciate the work i put into her.


Well as many of you know i now Sold Requiem Revamp (My Sig Rig) and am going all out on my new one.I ordered tons of stuff already and have most of it so i will be posting as i go.First i need to make sure everything works before Voiding warranties with painting,Sleeving, and chopping stuff up smile.gif

If you like my new build please nominate it for build of the month.If you think it deserves it that it.
Finally gave it a name and i want to save the Bumblebee theme for my sons Pc. So since all my Fans are Vipers and they kick arse.I am naming this Rig "VENOM" Not to mention the Rig does have a nasty Bite to it smile.gif

REVAMP! Changing the tubing to Black with the yellow Coils.Waiting on the mail!


Please Remember they don't make a Yellow Phantom.

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The Motherboard (Beastly!) AsRock Fatal1ty Professional Z68 Gen3 Board!

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Testing Parts before voiding warranties smile.gif

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Before i start here are some photos of a Stock un Modded Phantom (also they don't make yellow Phantoms) I added these shots so you guys can get an idea of how much Modding was actually done to Venom:

This 1 Photo is my Phantom when i started just out of the box.the rest are just showing random shots of a white Phantom with Blue Lights.I also changed all the Led's on the power buttons and Fan controller to white,which was a nightmare.

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Ok now Let's get Modding!


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Some Quick runs on the 2700k no real tuning it in yet but easily stable at 5ghz ram at 2133 on 8 threads.Only 1 Rad in at the moment just couldn't help giving here a run before tearing it back down again.To start modding.
So far she looks like shes going to be a beast!

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Bummer 1 point off. Damn scoring makes no sense.( I know useless scoring but still nice to have solid 7.9's)
Kinda crazy that an i7-2700k @ 5ghz cant achieve top windows score.
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Sorry took so long to post some new stuff (Had a little drama going on) Anyway ill start will what else i ordered and then show you where i am at with it:

EK-MultiOption RES X2 - 250 Advanced - Liquid Cooling Reservoir (8 Total Ports); 10 " Long
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x 2 Bitspower G1/4 Thread 90-Degree Rotary 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting x1Bitspower Ultimate G 1/4 Thread 1/2" ID x 3/4" OD Compression Fitting:
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x10 Akasa Viper 120mm PWM Fan w/ Hydro Dynamic Bearings (83.63 CFM) and 1 Akasa Viper 120mm PWM Fan w/ Hydro Dynamic Bearings (110.61 CFM)
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15 feet C-Strip Rubber Fan/Window Molding:
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Plus 100 feet of each color Para cord shown below:
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And heres where i am at with her at the moment:
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And this is before the clear coat, wet sanding and buffing:
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Just sitting in place but remember theres no clear coat yet and that makes a huge difference!
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Keep watching Much more to Come soon!! Also let me know what you think so far.Tons of work ahead of me.


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Sub ...looking nice so far

Thanks it was so hard finding yellow Fans that push good CFM and they cost me a pretty penny to frown.gif Tubing is now the issue now sure what i am going to do for that.I even have my friend that works with sprinklers for the Fire Dept. Looking for some 1/2ID x 3/4" OD solid yellow tubing.I really dont want to run a coolant but if its the only choice i will run a deep yellow coolant through it.If i can find a Hardware safe one.Not sure what i am doing about Pumps yet .Im going to try what i got planned and if that dont work im going to get a new pump after Xmas.

Again thanks for the reply it makes all the hard work worth it.I only do it hoping that someone one here likes it because in my town people think a computer is just a computer.They have no idea. wink.gif


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Matching paint, paracord, and fans thumb.gifthumb.gif

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Looking good, looks awesome bright yellow btw (kinda digging the flat yellow), you should call it the magic school bus biggrin.gif Subbed thumb.gif

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Looking good, looks awesome bright yellow btw (kinda digging the flat yellow), you should call it the magic school bus biggrin.gif Subbed thumb.gif

I like the flat also but it would scratch so easy.Its a Lacquer base coat.So its sorta like primer at this stage.The color should be a little lighter when i shoot the clear.I still need to wet sand the yellow before spraying the clear anyway.


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