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post #1 of 197 (permalink) Old 05-23-2012, 07:32 PM - Thread Starter
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I chose the name Polaris, because it is the name of the north star, a tiny but very prominent element of the night sky. A star that stands out among the others. On top of that, the theme of this build will be lack with white accents. Anyway, enough talk:

This is what my case looks like except with a mesh front rad mount thumb.gif

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I am embarking on a new mod project, in a much smaller form factor. My previous mod, Red Alert, was my first foray into building and watercooling. All those parts have been sold to fund this build that will be easier to carry back and forth to college. Now that I actually know whats going on (sort of tongue.gif) I am going to try to do even better this time around. I got my hands on a decent (although still point and shoot) camera, so I will be attempting to take better pics. If you loved the quality of pics of that were taken with my droid incredible in my last log, I apologize tongue.gif I will also be moving to the intel camp, which is another new direction for me. The case will be a NAS case, a fractal design array R2, which is not really available anymore now available at Newegg for around $200, but a microcenter sort of near me had 2 in stock for $170. Some of you may know that Hannes, Laine, and even Bill Owen have already had a crack at modding this case, but I assure you my design will be alot different. I will do my best to give my thoughts on products, as well as share any knowledge that I gain. Its more fun to read a log if you learn something thumb.gif

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She boots! biggrin.gif Be sure to comment and subscribe, the more the merrier thumb.gif


How she looks beside me at the moment:
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Nice! Subbed for sure, I'm embarking on a similar project with a slightly different case. This will be interesting to watch.

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Nice! Subbed for sure, I'm embarking on a similar project with a slightly different case. This will be interesting to watch.

Ah yes, I saw you over in the SFF thread, ITX builds are everywhere lately! And thanks for the sub thumb.gif
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Subbed as well - would love to nick a few ideas from you ^_^ (converting a dead shuttle xpc to be watercooled too)
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Subbed. Althought I fancy bigger cases more, this seems interesting thumb.gif
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Subbed as well - would love to nick a few ideas from you ^_^ (converting a dead shuttle xpc to be watercooled too)

Nick away mate, thanks biggrin.gif
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Subbed. Althought I fancy bigger cases more, this seems interesting thumb.gif

Yea, there are some sacrifices to be made, but Im hoping the gains will make it worth it for what I need!
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Subbed as well. I love how the ITX boards have gotten so good lately

I know, even the Z68 ITX boards had a ton of problems. This seems like the first gen where they are actually close to being as fully featured as they larger brethren, and I love it wheee.gif
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Thanks for the subs, some parts have been ordered and should be arriving within the week, this bad boy is starting to come together smile.gif Also, its good to have some modders here that I have seen around already, some with stellar projects already. Lovin the OCN community grouphug.gif
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