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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-20-2013, 10:32 PM - Thread Starter
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So, this foo is building a new system...more likely, rebuilding it in a new case. Most of the components were living happily in my CM 690 II, then…greed, inferiority complexes, and a “cubic pirate” struck…so the transplant was decided, along with the water cooling loop my hot components deserved. So it was meant to be...that big new cube full of fan, heat and 2700 folding threads, my FooBox.

System
• i7 3930K @ 4.7GHz on air - hoping for more
• Thermalright SilverArrow SB-E
• Swiftech H220
• Asus P9X79 Pro
• Samsung Green 30nm 16GB (4x4GB) @ 2400
• EVGA GTX Titan
• Crucial M4 256GB
• WD Black 2TB
• LG iHAS 424
• HLDS GS30N 9.5mm Slot loading DVD-RW
• Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W


Case
• Corsair AIR540

So, it was time for my first custom loop…what the 690 II was promised, but I never got to fulfill for her…

Cooling
• XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
• XSPC Razor GTX Titan GPU Block
• XSPC D5 + D5 v2 Res
• XSPC AX360
• XSPC EX240
• XSPC Black Chrome Compression Fittings
• XSPC White 7/16” Tubing

• XSPC Photon Tube Glass Cylinder Reservoir or EK-MultiOption RES X3 (?)
• Swiftech Helix 120mm PWM x10
• Swiftech PWM Splitter x2
• NZXT FN 140RB


Lights
• XSPC 3mm Twin LED – White – for blocks x2
• Overall case lighting (?)

Scents & Mods
• White Paint – Front and Top case panel mesh (?)
• White Painted PCI slot covers (done)
• White Acrylic, custom MoBo “armor” lightbox
• White Acrylic, bottom lightbox (over HDDs)
• White Acrylic, RAM covers (eek?)
• 9.5mm slot loading optical drive vertically accessible on the top

Color Legend:
Green - Bought / Completed
Orange - Under scrutiny
Red - Abandoned

Progress photos and 3D renderings illustrating intentions will follow up as the thing comes together...
Takes more time than originally planned apparently

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Test Fits

How to fit the pump...vertically...



Or horizontally?...chosen vertically to fill from the fill-port in the res when laid on the side, but either could work.









The front panel has square openings that fit a PWM 4-pin fan connector easily...



But, as soon as a cable has preceded it, it is "done"...the 2nd 4-pin connector aint going in...maybe if there wasn't sleeving? Maybe if you had 3-pin fans?
W/e, as it sits, it won't fit!



Not a huge deal...just remove the pins from the plug, get the cables trough and re-insert them. Be careful replacing them in the right sequence (use a fan you did not take apart as a guide)



Since the sceme was chosen to be black and white, I wanted to add some white to the mix...
Those are the PCI covers, starting up "original black", sanded for some paint traction, and finally painted white...



Checking clearances with the top rad in.
Apparently the AX360 is too wide...with push-pull on the top rad (EX240) I was forced to leave the fan screws out of the top 2 holes in the top fan for the front rad.
The gap between the 2 rads is only 2mm (3/32"). The head of the screw would interfere otherwise.



The rear end is tight too. Here you see the distance from the rear exhaust fan (already replaced with the NZXT FN 140RB).
Fiitting a 120/140mm rear rad with the top 240mm rad in push-pull is probably out of the question - unless we move either the rad or the fan outside of the case ofc.


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Gut that Titan!



Ofc nobody told you that outside the 4 main cooler screws and the bracket retaining one that are philips head, those 15 or so tiny guys are Torx T-6...lucky to have a driver around mad.gif



The King is naked...





Hello gorgeous...





...and dressed again



Teasing its new home...




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Subbed for the XSPC Photon tube reservoir. Dying to see what this res looks like in a 540 as I've been eyeing it as well. Going to be an epic build as you don't see very many XSPC builds.
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the "Armor"

A break from pictures and test-fits, as I am waiting for a few extra 90 deg rotaries to complete the thing...

Lets explain the "Armor" idea...well, I got jealous of all those fancy mods I see all-around...
I also got jealous that my big-fat-X79 mobo has no "armor", the new trend Asus tries to push, not just with its Sabert"ee"th line, but also with the latest ROGs...

So, I was torturing myself with the idea of a custom, laser cut "Armor" for my P9X79 Pro, probably out of translucent white acrylic, to add that "original" touch to an otherwise "straightforward" build.

In its simplest form it will be a "white" element in the background of all components - instead of the busy with caps and small chips PCB. It is a black / white heavy theme after all!

The mobo will be secured on the case with M3 threaded standoffs of appropriate height to keep the upper acrylic face height to 11-13mm, so that it is "flush" or just above the PCIe slots, to clear the GPU or other cards in the future.



A wild idea would also be to sandwich a very thin white acrylic sheet over a back-etched, side-lit clear acrylic sheet, to create a light-box effect over the entire mobo / under the cards and piping. Could look sweat...here is a mockup render of the thing.



In a similar fashion, I might cover the whole bottom panel with a properly cut piece, spanning over and hiding the HDD/SSD cages.

Any input on how to properly execute the "armor" for both the mobo and/or the HDD bays, especially for it being a successful lightbox assembly, is more than welcome:
i.e. suggested lighting type / product and the such.

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That´s a tight fith with the rads!
I´ll send you one idea by PM, check it out!
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Very nice, can't wait to see it.
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