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post #51 of 542 (permalink) Old 02-25-2017, 10:12 AM
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Are those GTR?

He has a list of the bits he's bought further up the thread.

Those are SR2 MPs.
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Damn those radiators look good!

Again just to satisfy a curiosity about the design (sorry, can’t help it), why intakes top/front and exhaust though the base? Would it not be more efficient to run it the other way round, with the airflow going upwards though the case, especially if the intention is to run the fans at very low speed? That said I suppose the casters do give a good enough gap to vent, plus dust filters in the base would tend to get dirtier and be more awkward to access for cleaning…


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Damn those radiators look good!

Again just to satisfy a curiosity about the design (sorry, can’t help it), why intakes top/front and exhaust though the base? Would it not be more efficient to run it the other way round, with the airflow going upwards though the case, especially if the intention is to run the fans at very low speed? That said I suppose the casters do give a good enough gap to vent, plus dust filters in the base would tend to get dirtier and be more awkward to access for cleaning…

Thanks! Ask as many questions as you like, as I usually have a logical answer biggrin.gif

The computer once completed will sit under my desk, there is just no room for it on top. I have an "L" shaped desk that wraps around to my left. The computer will sit right beside me on my left side. I have run bottom intake and top exhaust on previous builds, but what happens is the hot exhaust air hits the under side of my desk, and half of that air ends up dumping right on my lap, which I really don't like.

Secondly I have hard wood floors with two long haired cats, this prevents cat hair from being sucked up on the bottom. I also have four 120mm fans installed in the front of my desk that are thermostatically controlled. At a certain temperature they all kick in, and exhaust the air from under my desk.

So intake through the front and top, with exhaust out the bottom and back works the best my situation. I also like the way the fans look in this orientation as well thumb.gif



Devastator
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Secondary Rig
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CPU
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Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
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2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
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Windows 10 Pro
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Asus Maximus Extreme VI
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EVGA GTX 980 ti Classified
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G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 500GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Cooling
EK 420 Rad + EK 280 Rad
Case
Corsair 750D
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17 Pieces at the Powder Coat Shop

Red is my favorite color, and for years I have wanted a red case. Finally that IS going to happen!

I know CaseLabs uses Prismatic Powders for the powder coating on their cases. On the Prismatic web site they have a "Find Applicator" tool, you enter your zip code in and it shows you a map with their approved applicators in your area. I found there were five or six within driving distance of me.

I did some preliminary research several months back, sent a few emails to the shops that had web sites. Only one shop got back to me, and they ended up having horrible yelp reviews. I thought I recognized one of the addresses, and it turns out it was right across the street from a chrome plating shop that I've used several times. I was having some parts chromed last December, and I asked the owner about the shop across the street, and he says "I've sent several people to them, and they make a point of coming over to thank me for the referral". So that's basically how I chose this particular shop.

Prismatic Powders will also send you samples if you'd like. I called and asked for every red color they had, which they sent right away. It is amazing how many different colors they have! I really liked several of the "two coat" colors more than the single colors. The "two coat" process requires first applying a base coat, and then typically a transparent color coat over that. I really liked the Soft Red Candy over aluminum sample I had. So I was planning to go with the Soft Red Candy over a Super Chrome base coat.

I brought all the parts into the shop to show them what I had. I wasn't sure if I was going to be leaving all the parts, or how it was really going to go. So I go into their show room and they have a bunch of different powder coated items on display, and on the wall there is a magazine with a motorcycle on the cover that they had powder coated! Right away I could tell that they did quality work, and you could see that they had nice equipment too.

I didn't ask, but I'm sure I was dealing with the owner. He was very knowledgeable, we looked at all the parts I brought, and I explained how all the threaded parts had to be protected. We looked at several of the color samples I had picked out, and he suggested I consider going with "Illusion Red" with a "Clear Vision" top coat. Of all the samples I had, I did not have this particular one, but he did. The actual color was very close to what I had already picked out.

As he explained, the "Illusion Red" with a "Clear Vision" top coat, would hide any blemishes better, like where the studs are pressed into the metal, or any scuffs. Also the Clear Vision top coat gives it a tougher, more scratch resistant finish. Both colors were very close, so I took his advise and went with the "Illusion Red" with a "Clear Vision" top coat. They will have to strip the old powder coating off first which will be at least half of the work!

I had to get to this point of the build in order to figure out exactly what flex-bay parts I need. Here's what I am planning to use:
1 - single solid cover
3 - double solid covers
2 - 280 radiator mount grills
1 - HDD mount 3 bay grill
1- power switch with USB port cover plate
1 - Aquaero cover plate

The case only comes with two single and two double bay covers, so I picked up one more single and one more double from Titan Rig. I am also having these four flex bay parts powder coated in case I decide to change the front down the road.
2 - extra single solid covers
1 - 140mm fan mount
1 - power switch cover plate without any holes for the USB ports

To round out the 17 pieces are the outer panels, the top, front and both side panels.




Parts packaged up and ready to go, along with my favorite samples.



I wasn't able to find any pictures of the Illusion Red, at least that I am able to show you here. If you would like to see a few pictures of the color, here is a link to the Prismatic Powders web site Illusion Red with Clear Vision top coat

He said it would take about three weeks to complete. I am so excited! Can't wait to see what it looks like!

I also explained that I was doing a build log here on OCN, and asked him if he could take some pictures of the parts during the process. He said he would, so hopefully I'll have some cool pictures to share with you thumb.gif



Devastator
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Secondary Rig
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CPU
i9-7900X
Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
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EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
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Hard Drive
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Power Supply
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Cooling
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Fantastic story - but, I have to ask ... excited much?

Looking forward to your pics.

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Another order comes in - Fittings - Tubing - Aqua Computer


The box was bulging in the middle, but everything was ok! Here's the next order:



Let's get the popcorn out of there and see what we have.



You know I needed a couple more fans biggrin.gif



16mm tubing and Dark Side RGB strips.



Now I have a bending kit.



More Aqua Computer goodies



Bags of fittings and Farbwerk to LED strip cables



More fittings thumb.gif



I planned the best I could on the fittings, but you just know there will be other fittings I need that I did not foresee.



Devastator
(14 items)
Secondary Rig
(13 items)
CPU
i9-7900X
Motherboard
Asus Rampage Extreme VI
GPU
2x EVGA 2080Ti XC Gaming
RAM
G.Skill TridentZ Royal 32GB 3600 16-16-16-36
Hard Drive
Intel Optane SSD 480GB
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB
Hard Drive
2x Seagate Iron Wolf Pro 12TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
Cooling
Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 Radiators 4x 560mm + 2x 280mm
Cooling
Aquacomputer Aquaero XT + Aquaero LT
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer D5s with custom chrome plated Bitspower mod kits
Cooling
2x Aquacomputer Aqualis 880ml Reservoirs with Nano Coating & Aquabus Interface
Case
CaseLabs THW10 with Custom Powder Coating
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro
CPU
Intel Core i7-4790K
Motherboard
Asus Maximus Extreme VI
GPU
EVGA GTX 980 ti Classified
RAM
G.SKILL Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 2400
Hard Drive
Samsung 850 Pro 500GB
Hard Drive
Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2
Cooling
EK 420 Rad + EK 280 Rad
Case
Corsair 750D
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Monitor
Acer XB271HU
Keyboard
Microsofte Natural Ergonomic 4000
Mouse
Logitech G502
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I'll tell you what, it's not half hard to get those Koolance QD3 disconnects in black here in the UK. I've managed to order the male connectors (one from C&C Central) and two from Ebay (I need three male for my solution).

But black female QD3's are nowhere to be found unless you want to pay stupid prices.
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I'll tell you what, it's not half hard to get those Koolance QD3 disconnects in black here in the UK. I've managed to order the male connectors (one from C&C Central) and two from Ebay (I need three male for my solution).

But black female QD3's are nowhere to be found unless you want to pay stupid prices.

Im in the UK too. I ended up importing my QD fittings directly from Koolance.

As I am using them between a rad and pass through, hidden out of sight, I opted for QD4's for less flow restriction. I use them to drain my system and also have a ball valve elsewhere to help.

They are very useful. When setting up my loop I also used the QD fittings to connect a house filter amd ran the pumps for 24 hours on their max setting. Worked a charm.
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