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Thank you for dropping by and welcome to the Silentium log! Long story short, this case (for those that don't know) was built in 2008 by a forum member, Syrillian, who is no longer with us. It is all hand cut and hand polished acrylic panels. Originally built for a Q9550, EVGA 780i and 2x GTX280s, the case featured dual 480 rad water loops. After Syrillian's passing, the case ended up in my hands; I had helped Syr modify the original hinges and our staff felt I should have "first dibs" on it being the only other person to actually work on it. Since then, I've slowly rebuilt the broke pieces, added new hardware, and have been getting this case ready to go to Quakecon this year in Dallas. Below you'll see my OP when I first got the case. There's also a table of contents with relevant updates and a current hardware list. Enjoy the chaos!
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I've been trying to make this thread since last week. I still don't really know how to say it. As most, if not all, of you know, Syrillian passed away recently. I know it hit us hard, myself included. Syrillian was a good friend to me (and a lot of you too I know). Well, a few of our staffers and members went to Syr's memorial service. Smasherbasher, Tator Tot, and IEATFISH went with Syr's family and helped clean out his computer stuff, as you probably know from the RIP thread and Smasher's freebie thread. Well, Smasher contacted me to offer me Silentium (original thread here) as I had worked on the hinges for the build and had talked to Syrillian during the log. I very graciously said I would be honored to give this wonderful case a home.

Well, neither of us trusted ye' olde shipping men to carry this thing: Smasher lives in California; I live in Alabama. So, a journey was spawned! Smasher was driving to Ohio for family and I had been tossing around the idea of visiting a friend in Houston this year. So, we planned our journeys around each other. My wife, Underdog1425, and myself drove to Houston; Smasher drove to northern Texas (Oklahoma City?). Then Smasher, Underdog, and I all trekked to Fort Worth where, at a Starbucks, the case was passed along. It was a very poignant moment. I was happy to meet a fellow staffer and see such a beautiful case. However, I wish we could have met for happier circumstances.

Suffice to say the case made it home safe and sound (even after a 30minute talk with a Texas state trooper, who after pulling over an out of state car, couldn't believe that 3 people from Alabama would come to Fort Worth for a PC case
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). Below you'll find the pictures of the case. Some of its pieces had been broken loose from when it was originally moved from Syrillian's house. I had to repair a few pieces. I also plan on bondo'ing these hinges the way Syrillian wanted them. If anyone remembers, I smoothed a set of hinges for him but they ended up being the wrong size and Syr wanted to go ahead and complete the case. I'm glad I now have the opportunity to finally have these the way he wanted them.
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I'll also be getting some equipment for my own PC so I can house it in Silentium (mainly 480 rads or some kind of 480 rad grills to cover the gaping holes in the front). This won't be a fast log or anything, but I wanted to share this case with everyone and let you all have a chance to just talk and have some camaraderie. Thanks everyone.

~Repo, or, as Syr would say "_/\_"
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Where is Repo sitting at for Quakecon this year? B56-1 (link goes to BYOC map)!
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List of updates:

October 29, 2011 - Repairing the HDD and PSU tray
October 29, 2011 - Some pictures of the case in the sun
October 29, 2011 - Removing the door hinges for bondo prep
November 4, 2011 - Finally getting some bondo on the hinges
November 7, 2011 - Second and third coats of filler on the hinges (almost there)
January 7, 2012 - Priming the hinges and finally getting painted!
January 7, 2012 - Installing current 775 hardware into the case and getting everything plumbed in. Pics of everything installed and on my desk!
May 5, 2012 - Purchased replacement reservoirs.
May 3, 2014 - One radiator and CPU block arrive in the mail (on the road to Quakecon 2014!)
May 4, 2014 - Installing the single rad and block into my daily use case, the NZXT Phantom 820. Misc shots of waterblock.
June 19, 2014 - New(ish) parts arrive: lapped i7 930 and Asus motherboard.
June 22, 2014 - Fans, cpu, mobo. Modding the ASUS P6X58 Premium and further lapping on the i7 930. Rest of the water loop is ordered.
June 26, 2014 - Water parts arrive (Supremacy GPU block, Primochill tubing, Bitspower fittings, etc), lapping the GPU waterblock, and starting to install pieces.
June 28, 2014 - Lapping the CPU block and CPU, mounting water blocks to board and gpu, mounting rads to front door, and beginning to plumb the water loop.
July 1, 2014 - Lutro0's sleeving donation arrives! Unboxing some goodies and sleeving a wire or two to see how good the Teleios sleeving looks.
July 2, 2014 - Radiator fans all wired together.
July 6, 2014 - Part 1 of 2: Finished sleeving all the cables, wiring in lights/case accessories, water loop goes in and is leak tested.
July 6, 2014 - Part 2 of 2: Water loop hooked up, filled, and leak tested. And NIGHT shots with lights!
July 11, 2014 - Final update for large items: how the drain system works and a special project made just for the build.
July 13, 2014 - Some HD shots of everything running and bolted down. Mostly finished at this point minus final wiring, mounting the plaque, and prepping for Quakecon.
July 16, 2014 - Officially on the road to Quakecon: packing up the rig and making a cart to carry it!
July 17, 2014 - Finally AT QUAKECON! In line at the registration for the BYOC.
July 23, 2014 - Back from Quakecon and fixing what broke on the ~1100 mile road trip and upgrading PSU and new free goodies from Qcon!
July 24, 2012Zacbrain's pictures of the case from Quakecon. So perty!

Hardware list
  • FX8320 @ 5.1ghz
  • ASUS 990fx Sabertooth v1
  • ASUS R9 270X
  • Crucial 64gb SSD
  • 4gb G.Skill Ripjaw 1600
  • Corsair TX750 psu
Watercooling list
  • 2x XSPC EK480 radiators
  • EK Supremacy cpu block
  • EK Supremacy uni-gpu block
  • MCP355 pump with XSPC acrylic res-top
  • EK150 multi option res
  • Primo-chill Advanced LRT tubing

I decided to post some pics from across the thread here at the bottom for new lookers wanting to quickly glance through and see what's been going on. If any of these pics interest you, check the update list above to see the whole thing.
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As I said, some of the parts were broken: the HDD rack, the PSU mount, one of the motherboard CCFL light ends, and the bottom piece of the optical bay piece. I glued the misc parts back where the should be and set out to reassemble the HDD cage. This thing is masterful. I had to go back over and over Syrillian's images to see how he had it put together, lol.

This was how it arrived to me (ignore my kitty mousepad, it's a long story from a LAN party
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Here is it starting to come together. Syr used acorn nuts but until I order some, I went to Lowes and bought some generic nuts. I'll end up ordering a few things as there are various bolts missing here and there. I'll also require the use of some of you to help me identify the specific types as I've only used regular motherboard screws on most of my things, lol. Anyway, here it is.
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And this is it assembled and glued back onto the base. (I need to purchase some threaded rod because as you'll notice there were only four included/left with the case and this rack is built for six.)
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There was also the PSU tray. Below is the picture of it broken. I simply glued it back together. I don't have an after pic, sorry!
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*Complete pic post coming right after this one*
 

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Below are the pictures of the case as it stands (no pun intended
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This thing is HEAVY. I hate to think what it weighed with two 480 rads worth of water in it.
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And I see now about the trouble of taking pics of this case! The acrylic is highly reflective.
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The top panel. :drooling:
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The interior. As you can see there are wires askew and stuff. Two of the CCFL power inverters were missing and I had to get some spares Underdog had.
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The motherboard half with HDD rack and pump stand.
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The PSU side with PSU rack and pump stand.
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The beautiful carbon fiber motherboard tray.
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How the tray slides in. This is such a work of art. If I had ever built a mounting system like this AND the back panel for it, they'd never (ever) line up as well as this does. The man was a true craftsman.
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The mobo light.
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The vandal switch, fan controllers, and 230mm ceiling fan as I call it.
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The back panel.
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Here are the two trays half way out. They're so elegant and simple.
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And here they are taken out.
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The trap door for the res (which I need to buy, the original one is missing). Does anyone know what brand/size Syrillian used?
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That's all for the complete shots. Next I'll begin the updates on the hinges.
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After I'm done with the hinges, I can start buying tubing to retrofit my rig into it and getting the misc things I need.
 

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I was wondering what happened to that thing... nice to hear the minute details being done to perfect it.
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Not much to show on the hinges right now. Pretty much I just took them off today and will buy some bondo for them. Here they are taken off.
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And the front door without them.
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I'm so tickled at Syr's attention to detail. If you look back at the first pic, you'll see some of the bolts are cut short. That's because on the top of the case only two of the bolts would go through because there's a support bar where the third bolt is. So Syr cut one bolt short and glued it in place. I NEVER noticed in his log! They look completely functional! Lol, old nooblet is still surprising me...
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That's all I have to show right now. If you'd like a picture of something, let me know and I'll see what I can do. I'll keep you all posted!

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i am soooo subbed
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Syr would have loved for you to fix this up completely
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
You're welcome Jobo! I'm glad I can!
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I was wondering what happened to that thing... nice to hear the minute details being done to perfect it.
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Yea, Smasher and Fish picked it up amongst other things. I'm really glad his gear went out to members and people who will appreciate them. I was afraid his family would just see them as "computer things" and donate them to the goodwill or something, haha.
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Syr would have loved for you to fix this up completely
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Agreed, I know he really wanted these hinges smooth. We were crushed when he got the ones I made and found out he had order the wrong size, lol. I went back through that entire log the week before I went to Texas and had so many laughs at our antics. Fun times!
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The trap door for the res (which I need to buy, the original one is missing). Does anyone know what brand/size Syrillian used?
I'm quoting this in case anybody reads over it.
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Ooh subbed again, Silentium is absolutely my favourite build log on the forum. It's great to see the case in good hands
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Definitely in my top list of greatest logs ever as well Coffee! I'm absolutely blown away by his work here. It's all in the little things man. For example, on the PCI slot covers, the screws on them have rubber washers under them! Just simply a beautiful piece of art.
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Great way to keep his memory. Sub'd for sure
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this is what made that d00d special
.it was his thing.ow! i just got something in my eye..

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Repo, he used an EK 150 reservoir, says so in the OP and here too.

I figured I'd read over it, lol. Thank you sir! Now, does anyone have one they'd like to give me?
(good ol' Repo, always looking for the freebies!
) But really, thanks, I'll keep an eye out for one then.
 

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In case anyone was wondering, this is why I wanted repo to have it. I knew he'd know what to do. It would have sat idle in my closet as it did for the 2 and a half month visit it had at my house.
 

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Beautiful case


I'm sure I remember reading a couple of pages on the hinges alone in the build log, a lot of hours must have gone into the whole thing!
 

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I just finished reading the original build log (actually just the build log parts, that thing was loooooooo-o-oooong
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) and the amount of thought and work put into that case is incredible. And as you have pointed out more than once, the attention to detail is incredible. Too bad I wasnt around a year or so ago
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