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Hi All
First PC I've built that's worth a build log. I will be turning a Borderlands 2 loot chest into a mini gaming rig for the wife as her 2 or 3rd xbox is drying. I have no set budget for the build but aiming to spend about £400 a month on it till its done. The work will mostly be done on my lunch breaks at work as more tools and I don't get a messy house.

[The Specs]
Processor: Intel Core i5 4440
Motherboard: MSI H87I Socket 1150 H55 Mini-ITX
RAM: Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Low Profile Vengeance Memory
GPU: EVGA GTX 750Ti Superclock 2GB
Storage : Seagate 600 Series 480GB + Seagate 2TB 2.5HDD
Case: Borderlands 2 Loot Chest
Power Supply:Silverstone Strider ST45SF-G

[Watercooling bits]
CPU Cooler: EK-Supremacy - Nickel
GPU Cooler: EK-VGA Supremacy - Nickel
Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 120mm Single Radiator
Pump/Res: EK-DCP 2.2 X-RES (incl. pump)
Here is a photo of my Loot chest.



Here is the loot chest open to show the little space inside.


Few of the bits that have turned up today. I only started ordering bits on Friday

 

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Spent my lunch break taking out the DVD slots inside the case. Will be sanding them down tomorrow.

 

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Me gusta Borderlands.
 

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Any advice on watercooling will be appreciated I have never done it before and kinda being forced into it due to the case.

I have gone with EK block due to seeing them about and they look very nice that's about it.
 

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Subbed Looks like it will turn out great
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On this hour lunch I sanded down the the dvd slots area so not that's not sharp.
I have also cut the holes for the PSU power and exhaust fan.
They will be cleaned up tomorrow lunch and I will work out a mounting method.

Starting to get a real appreciation of the level of work that goes into good looking builds.

 

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Few more bits have turned up.
Was hoping to spend this lunch mounting the radiator but I need to get some shorter screws the radiator came with screws for 25mm fans but I have 12mm fans didn't think to get any.

 

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Subbed - I think you may need a bigger rad though for CPU & GPU, I'd recommend a 360 minimum.
 

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The 750ti uses about 60watt Max also going with a low i5 to bring down the watt. I could fit a 240 to the bottom but would have no space for PSU and pump. So a 360 wouldn't even get close to fitting in.
 

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The 750ti uses about 60watt Max also going with a low i5 to bring down the watt. I could fit a 240 to the bottom but would have no space for PSU and pump. So a 360 wouldn't even get close to fitting in.
Very interested to see what happens.
 

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Very interested to see what happens.
I will measure the case tomorrow so people have an idea of scale.
From the thinkgeek website they have this "Dimensions of Loot Chest: approx. 18" long x 8" deep x 6.25" tall" they are very much measured at the largest points and not the useable space I have.
 

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Today managed to get the PSU mounted.
Also cut screws to length for the radiator.
Pump also turned up and im happy that fits in.
 

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Had a nice bit of progress.
Hole cut for the radiator fan, going to get some dust protectors on them.
Also managed to mount the radiator and pump.

 
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