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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 10:32 AM - Thread Starter
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Finished!
This project started as a graduation project, over 2 YEARS AGO!? …
ehm, and has been put aside and ”abandoned” for countless times over the years for various reasons (mostly procrastination), and i decided NO MORE!

So, to start this off, I’d like to say hello to all you lovely people and hope you enjoy! wave2.gif

This build log won’t be as in-depth as I’d like, because of how I’ve been making this project on and off and there’s not much documentation from that time, but I try to do my best to take pictures and explain everything I’ve done to this point and so on, but enough of me babbling, let’s get going!


The parts I’ll be using:

Case: Fractal Design Node 304
MB: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
CPU: Intel i5-3570K
GPU: MSI GTX 780
PSU: Silverstone Strider 550W Gold
RAM: Kingston 2x8Gb 1600Mhz
SSD: Crucial MX512
Fans: 3 x 120mm Silverstone Air Penetrator (AP121)

Watercooling:
EK-XRES 140 DDC pump/reservoir combo
EK GTX Titan/780 Block
EK Supremacy Clean CPU Block
Alphacool NexXxoS Radiators
  • 1x 120mmX30mm
  • 1x 240mmX45mm
EK 16/10mm fittings and Matte black tubing

Progress so far -24.8.2016 (Click to show)
1. The Case
  • Dremeled an hole in the roof and bolted on a 240mm grill,
  • Cut off the front fan mount, because those were only on my way
  • And made an hole to the PSU exhaust grill because that way I can have the PSU against the sidepanel and have little more room inside
  • Drilled holes for fans and the pump
  • Made two aluminum brackets where I'll mount the 240 radiator

2. The Other
  • Shortened the PSU cables (maybe little too much sozo.gif )
  • Also shortened the pump powercable
  • Made a longer powercable for the fancontroller

TO DO!
  • Paint the brackets for the 240mm radiator and mount them
  • Test fit
  • Test fit
  • Rage if something doesn't fit
  • Assemble the rig, fill the loop and leak test it

Some pictures from the build as it is now (24.8) (Click to show)





Update #1 27.8! (Click to show)
Update #1

Finally, got something done!

So i painted the brackets, although I had some problems with the primer not sticking properly, so I sanded them down to bare metal and sprayed multiple thin layers of matte black paint.



Turned out pretty good, IMO.

Now that the bracket are done, I can start test fitting and find out how tight of an fit is it.







Here's MB, Pump/res combo, PSU and graphics card crammed in there, no problems there thumb.gif

Now, the radiators were a little tougher problem, they didn't fit at first because:
  • The VRM board in the MB was too high and was in the way
  • The brackets was in the way so I couldn't raise the 120mm rad
  • And the 240mm rad was too far back and hit the rear rad

So what i did was move the top rad as front as possible and moved the rear fan to push so the radiator didn't hit the MB (forgot to take a picture of the rear rad, but you can kinda see it in the pic #2)







More updates probably sometime next week, when the fan for the PSU arrives.
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ill be watching....curious to see how the fan's and rad work out. nice job on the fan grill up top thumb.gif hoping this inspires me to get my node back out of the closet.

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ill be watching....curious to see how the fan's and rad work out. nice job on the fan grill up top thumb.gif hoping this inspires me to get my node back out of the closet.

Thanks and this sure is fun little case to tinker with thumb.gif
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Update #1

Finally, got something done!

So i painted the brackets, although I had some problems with the primer not sticking properly, so I sanded them down to bare metal and sprayed multiple thin layers of matte black paint.



Turned out pretty good, IMO.

Now that the bracket are done, I can start test fitting and find out how tight of an fit is it.







Here's MB, Pump/res combo, PSU and graphics card crammed in there, no problems there thumb.gif

Now, the radiators were a little tougher problem, they didn't fit at first because:
  • The VRM board in the MB was too high and was in the way
  • The brackets was in the way so I couldn't raise the 120mm rad
  • And the 240mm rad was too far back and hit the rear rad

So what i did was move the top rad as front as possible and moved the rear fan to push so the radiator didn't hit the MB (forgot to take a picture of the rear rad, but you can kinda see it in the pic #2)







More updates probably sometime next week, when the fan for the PSU arrives.
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Finished!

So this has been complete for a while now redface.gif
I've been busy with life and I completely forgot to post an update.





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This build is sleek as hell!

I was considering telling that you actually converted your Node 304 to a Core 500, but Imma just shut up ?
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This build is sleek as hell!

I was considering telling that you actually converted your Node 304 to a Core 500, but Imma just shut up ?

Haha, thanks!

I actually considered the core 500 for a bit, but it's too ugly for me biggrin.gif
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Why didnt you get an SFX PSU? The corsair ones are silent. It wouldn't have required you to have the PSU cord on the outside.

Nice job on the watercooling though!

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Why didnt you get an SFX PSU? The corsair ones are silent. It wouldn't have required you to have the PSU cord on the outside.

Nice job on the watercooling though!

Thanks!

I already had this PSU and didn't feel like spending money on a new one,
but it's started to make some strange noises so i might buy a SFX one
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