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[Build Log] Cire Perdue (Enthoo Primo rebuild)

So... This will be my second attempt at modifying my build to fit a certain theme, the first one was what I named "Winter Solstice". It was a decent first try, but I always wanted to finish it. At the same time my tastes has changed and I'm doing a different build entirely this time around.

The theme will be Art Deco and copper, two things that I just really think fits remarkable well. So the name of this build will be "Cire Perdue" which comes from the french term for "lost wax" casting. It's a technique that has been used since the height of the bronze age, and has always been really difficult to do while at the same time giving almost perfect castings without any substantial flashing.

Regular hardware:
- Phanteks Enthoo Primo black (will be heavily customized)
- EVGA P2 1000w with custom cabling
- Asus x370 Crosshair Hero VI
- Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400Mhz (Will likely be changed to 4 sticks @ 3600mhz sometime this year)
- EVGA GTX1080Ti Black edition (reference design with DVI)
- Samsung 960 Evo NVME m.2 500gb
- Samsung 860 QVM V-nand SATA 1TB
- Crucial MX100 500gb SATA
- Crucial MX500 500gb SATA
- Western Digital Blue 4TB 3.5"
- AMD Ryzen 1700x (I'm waiting on the release of Zen 3 to see if my mobo will support that, if it doesn't I will be swapping this for the 3950x once the prices go down)

Watercooling hardware:
- 2x Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 480mm
- 16x Corsair ML120
- 1x Swiftech MCP655 with a Byksky D5 top
- Koolance 80mmx240mm Cylindrical reservoir
- Monsoon EV2 Matte black fittings
- Various black fittings in 10mm/13mm
- 8x Phanteks Halos for that sweet RGB... Which I will just use for the perfect light hue
- 2x Phanteks PH-F140SP LED (blue) that came with the case, but will be converted to RGB
- 10mm OD copper pipe
- Watercool HEATKILLER® IV Copper AM4
- Watercool HEATKILLER® IV for TITAN X copper/acrylic with a requested factory delivered black cover instead of silver
- Mayhems UV White 10/13 (just because I couldn't get norprene in 10/13 at reasonable prices)
- EKWB m.2 cooler black

This build has taken me a really freaking long time to do, and while I have had most of the parts for at least a year now I just haven't had the motivation to do anything with them. It's unfortunate, but sometimes life just punches you in the face and everything gets increasingly harder to get the motivation to complete. Anyway, I have recently gotten into this again and I have given myself a goal of doing something every day if the circumstances allow it. So you are likely to see a lot of incremental updates on here from mid february and onwards, some of it will be quite boring and I apologize for that, but every now and then something interesting will be done.

I will update the main post here with some pictures once I am ready to put it all back together for a final test fit. Until then I hope my CAD designs for most of the cover panels will suffice;
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Take your time, sounds awesome.
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So after more than a year and a half with just a tiny bit of work on the build (dismantled and cut the case nearly a year ago now). I have finally realized that I simply can not do what I want by hand with what I have taken to call chronic impatience (if it's not done fast It's not getting done at all), I recently got in contact with a local machine shop to get all the cover plates cut by laser rather than me doing it by using a file and dremmel as was originally the plan. I finished up my designs about 1 hour ago and sent them off for a prize calculation (I hope it will be fine, as the hourly cost is actually quite reasonable), and the first things I wanted to do was to upload some kind of update to this build log.

So... there is nothing yet, but I do have some steps that have been ready to upload for nearly a year now and I will see about getting some in progress pictures up by the end of tomorrow (CEST time zone).

Oh, and just as a quick and dirty teaser:
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I looked for a very long time and could not find the pictures from when I gutted my case. It's unfortunate, but it's relatively uninteresting either way.

I do have some more recent pictures for you all though from test fitting copper tubes in fittings, to me doing my first primer coats on a few pieces and I did some trials on hand cutting masking vinyl for the coats on the block and backplate. Oh and my CAD designs got laser cut in clear acrylic (most will be painted, so it was a cost thing rather than function), and they just came in the mail today all finished cut and looking gorgeous.
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First test fit of the panels today, and there are some issues that will have to be solved.

1. The clearances around the case is so tight that they barely don't fit as it is, so I will have to dig out my dremmel, files and saw to hand fit them to the case.
2. The distance between the front of the case and the motherboard tray was misscalculated, so I'll probably have to make a new panel for there and splice in one for the lower fan grill.

Other than that I'm fairly pleased with the way it looks, though I somehow managed to make a fairly open case look nearly cramped for space.
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I have been steadily working on the build on my off time since my last update, and I figure it's about time I publish some of the progress.

In order:
1. I made a frame to support the reservoir and help with case rigidity (though I don't think that is needed) out of aluminium profiles. you can see it prominently in 3 of the pictures. with the reservoir and one of the cover plates mounted.
2. I started doing the fitting tweaks to my cover plates and the frame.
3. I started gluing together some of the acrylic plates that is going to be fitted together (I don't have access to screw points for every panel, so this seems like a decent enough solution) using Acrifix 1S 0116 which seems to give me a decent bond.
4. Drilled out the necessary mounting holes for my 3.5" HDD (using a phanteks PH-HDDKT_02 HDD cage made for their Evolv line ) and the D5 pump.
5. I painted the statue/figurine that will be placed within the reservoir in the finished build.

All in all it's going slow, but I'm starting to see it all come together. The next step is to finish up fitting the cover plates and then I will do all the tubing and pass-troughs that will not directly connect to the hardware. After that I have a few minor details to work on for the electrical stuff, but then it's off to painting. Nothing fancy, but it's going to be nice to have a unbiform flat black on all the case panels (including my own covers), though I might do gloss or satin for the aluminum plates.
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I have finally gotten into building again and started to prepare the case for the painting. Unfortunately there is quite a bit still missing before I can actually do that. Mostly small bits that need to be fitted perfectly and gaps that need to be filled. I also needed to figure out a way to mount some wheels to the base of the case, which was trickier than I thought due to the necessity of having proper weight distribution. I am still under the impression that it's better to take my time on my prep work rather than having to go back and do stuff after the paint job itself.

Anyway, I figure it's been quite a while since I shared some photos so here is some photos of the following;
- The base of the case had to be prepared for the wheels, which included me having to glue some 4mm acrylic panels together and fit them in the gaps where the wheels are going to be mounted. They were then properly glued in place with a thick epoxy that I also used to fill the gaps where needed.
- Small pieces of acrylic needed to be hand fitted and glued on to my cover panels due to deficiencies in my initial design phase.
- I also gave the corsair 120ML fans some much needed coppery goodness.
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Given just how long it has taken me to get this thing done I figure I have to give myself some concrete goals. So as part of that I will be posting here whenever I do something for my build, even if it might be boring to read (sorry).

So for today I prepared the wheels by cutting the stems so that they can be properly fitted to the base and painted as part of it. Then I finished up a small "brace" that I made for the top panels as I was starting to get somewhat concerned by the amount of weight that would be placed on one of them. The brace alleviates that by redirecting a lot of the weight back on to the case.

Here is some pictures from today's work;
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No real build update today, but I am torn on the paint sceme for the build so I figure I would air my thoughts here. As mentioned earlier the build will be a nice combination of flat black paint and either satin or gloss black paint for the aluminium covers, then there is the copper in it all. Which is where I'm torn. Do I go for a prestine polished look and just clear coat the hell out of every copper surface? or do I go for a more weathered look where the artificial copper is painted to look tarnished (black accents, no turquois/blue) and let the real copper develop a natural tarnish?

I'm leaning towards the latter option, but I still haven't really decided yet. What do you think?
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