What started out as an idea for some cable management and sleeving has turned into a full-blown case mod that will include watercooling and lots of UV orange and blue. This will be my first case mod on the first computer I've ever built. I realize it's ridiculous to try to fit a decent water loop inside any Antec mid-tower, but I think that's part of the reason I want to try it. Most of the tools and techniques involved in this mod I've never used before, so don't expect it to look perfect. It should be a fun project, and I hope to acquire some new tools and learn in the process.
This is my PC when I first built it. Ewww….
This is the work done prior to this build log:
- NZXT cable extensions
- Removed grill from side window and swapped acrylic with a 900 (fan mounts flusher without filter)
- UV Cathodes and UV blue SATA cables
- Painted a couple 120mm fans UV orange.
So at the start, this is what it looked like.
And here's the plan for the rest of the build:
- Paint case interior UV Orange Canceled
- PSU flip with cutout hole on bottom Done
- Bottom-mount 240 rad Done
- Plate/false floor to cover PSU and rad, with cutouts for fans and tubing Done
- Cut/extend cable management holes Done
- Miscellaneous UV sleeving and heatshrink on cables Done
- Much taller standoffs on case bottom Done
- Install CPU/GPU water loop DONE!
- Full window? (future modification)
- XSPC Rasa CPU Block - Purchased on OCN
- BIX 240 rad - Purchased on OCN
- XSPC RASA GPU Block
- BIP 120 rad
- Swiftech MCP355
- XSPC Dual Res/Pump top
- Koolance UV Orange tubing - 6ft.
- Bitspower ½" Barbs x 10
- Quad Block with stop plug for draining loop and connection for PSI gauge
Here is a rough idea of what I'm going for with the bottom cover (1st time using sketchup as well
If I have to hack the case to pieces in the process, so be it!