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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 06:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Ok well to start this off, I was not happy with choices of cases allowing atleast 10x120 worth of rad in my budget that was not insanely large. So i settled on using 2 Fractal define S cases. Plan is simple, gut one of the cases, rivet them together. Make a custom rear rad panel, and will need to make a custom window. Theme will be Black, silver, purple.

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Parts list so far:
Fractal define S x2
corsair rmx 850
Ryzen 1700
Msi x370 Titanium
2x8gb gskill trident Z 3200 cl14
WD 500gb M.2 ssd
intel 730 ssd
Bitspower 150 reservoir
Monsoon fittings (purple)
2x 360 swiftech QP
1x 240 swiftech QP
i have 2 spare st 120's but will wait for gpu loop upgrade to just add another 240 or 360
Primochill 3/8x1/2 PETG
Fury nano w/ek block. (yes i know need to upgrade... waiting for vega to split to dual loop with new gpu's)
Swiftech mcp 355 with xspc top.
Heatkiller 3.0 w/modded mount (will change to ek monoblock in 3-4 weeks)
Gelid silent 1000rpm fans x8
Primochill UV purple coolant.

So ... here we go.


Removed the motherboard panel


Time to cut out the rear panel


New rear panel to match the front


Using 1/8" aluminum to fill the gap due to the overhang of the top panel. Rivets drilled to match both sides.


In place and ready


Time to retire that phenom (yes i still use one frown.gif ) That seat is out of a mazda rx8 i had sitting around among my piles of rotary parts.


Getting ready to rivet the new rear panel in place


Bam one piece. Cant believe how rigid the case is now.


A rough look at what it will look like (unfinished, just used the extra window panel on the opposite side)




Some parts arrived




Time to make it look seamless. Used JB stick to fill the gap.


So i did a quick run over with satin black. Still have some scratches showing on the seam due to roughing in the filler. Looks like i need to go back over it with finer sandpaper.


So this is where i am at so far. The weather is making it take forever to get this paint cured so i can continue. The rest of the parts will be here over the next few days. As for the size of this case. Originally i had planned to get the thermaltake tower 900. This is ~1.5" wider and longer, BUT is 11" shorter. This case will now hold 5x360mm rads, and the plan is to run a 360mm+240mm per loop. When vega drops I will get a second pump+res and another 240 or 360 and run dual loops with whichever gpu's look like the best deal (1080ti/vega)
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Well i believe i have everything now. Just need to finish a final coat of paint on the case.
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Woah that's really nice! Can't wait to see more!


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Woah that's really nice! Can't wait to see more!

Thanks! The weather has benn really slowing my progress. It is starting to make me angry lol. I have all the pieces now and it is waiting on the case. Hopefully some more updates soon.
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The last coat went on yesterday. Today we start building.
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Not finished yet, but think i figured out where everything is going atleast. Modified my hk 3.0 to am4 mounts.... was really easy.updating this via phone is more difficult lol.



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Well thats as far as i went today. Time for some plumbing tomorrow.
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I really really love your idea, I might just try to find a second white Define R4 and do this too.


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I really really love your idea, I might just try to find a second white Define R4 and do this too.

Thanks! It is seriously cost effective compared to a case of equivelant specs.
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Still more work to go. Just finished leak testing and getting windows installed.
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