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TheOctonaut

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  1. Scratch Build: The Minimalistic Desk of Awesomeness

    Update #4: Stuff on the way! New cables are on the way from ensourced.net. Awesome source for sleeving and custom cables at a reasonable price. As you can see below, these things are amazing! They should be at my house sometime this week! I also have a QNIX QX2710 and the Adafruit Neopixel LEDs that should be here this week. Cannot wait for these to arrive
  2. Scratch Build: The Minimalistic Desk of Awesomeness

    Update #3: Getting There! I have all the components installed and going. I still have a lot to finish and adjustments to make to the desk. As you will see in the pictures, I ended up having the mobo/gpu on a slope. This wasn't intentional but with how I made the desk (more specifically, the I/O panel), this was only way I could do it. I still have to order the acrylic for the window but trying to figure out which route i should go (tempered glass, smoked acrylic, clear, etc). Let me know what you think of the loop. I plan on using pastel white mayhem for water and have ordered sleeving from ensourced.net. I would have made myself, but for the price and quality, it's hard to turn away from ensourced. I highly recommend his stuff. This is my drain/fill port. I can drain by laying it flat, or fill by placing desktop on side. I was going to have separate ports, but this seemed to work better.
  3. Scratch Build: The Minimalistic Desk of Awesomeness

    The reason it went away is because I when I originally sized the inside, I had the reservoir mounted on the floor. Well, with flow, I decided it would be better rested on the side wall at a slight angle. I may eventually still do the side window and build my own reservoir mount from bottom that holds it at angle. Gonna post another update in just a bit. :)
  4. Scratch Build: The Minimalistic Desk of Awesomeness

    :) Kittens always win! Gonna post a bunch of stuff tonight or tomorrow. Desk sexiness and watercooling central.
  5. Scratch Build: The Minimalistic Desk of Awesomeness

    So here's the first update! :) Sorry Cheap, I've have progress but didn't have a chance to finish posting after I got sidetracked last night. All of the screw spots will be filled in with putty. All the seams will be filled in and sanded down as well. gonna seal the MDF with vinyl sealer and then paint it. Going to be using Flexseal for paint, so that the desk has a texture to it.
  6. Scratch Build: The Minimalistic Desk of Awesomeness

    Concept Art: Materials: Frame: MDF Fasteners: Screws Shell: MDF | Frosted White acrylic for lines Window: Clear Acrylic (maybe glass, will decide once built) Plan Using MDF as price point and sturdiness is at a perfect point. Window will still most likely be made using 1/2" acrylic, although, I am wondering how transparent this will be. I've considered smoked acrylic, but afraid that this will not showcase inside enough as well. Tempered glass is last choice, but it's super expensive and harder to work with then acrylic. Index TBA Hope you enjoy this as much as I will!
  7. Welcome to the log for my desk scratch build! I have been tinkering with making cases and have went through multiple different mods and such, but ultimately, am not satisfied. My build is sitting inside a half constructed 750D that I was modifying. I already have a concept in mind for this build, and while it may change some, the finished product will be very close to the current concept. First things first, specs of build are as followed: Motherboard: MSI X99S Plus CPU: i7 5820k RAM: 16gb Crucial Ballistix 2400Mhz (Will upgrade to 32gb as build progresses) Video: XFX R9 290 (Will eventually have two) PSU: EVGA 1000W G2 SSD: Corsair Force 120gb, Sandisk V300 (Will probably change, but plan on making custom enclosures) HDD: WD Black 1tb 7200 RPM Swiftech Apogee HD White Edition Swiftech MCP35X with EK Plexi Top EK X3 400ml Reservoir with White Caps Swiftech Komodo R9 29X Series Block EK XTX 360mm Rad Hardware Labs Black Ice 240mm Corsair SP120 Fans Yate Loon Fans Concept Dimensions L:4' W: 2' H: 7" These dimensions do not include the legs, I have not decided exactly how I want to do these yet. Color Scheme White Gray (different Shades) Black Concept I want a minimal desk with my x99 build inside of it. I don't want, or need a huge desk in my computer room. I plan on getting a 29-32" ultrawide monitor, so the desk doesn't need to have room for a triple monitor setup. I also am not a huge fan of lots of crazy designs and multiple different colors. This build will strive to be as minimal as possible (As far as design, colors) however, functionality will not be :) All Concept art, links, index will be in the post following this one.
  8. Build Log: "The Ghost of Sparta"

    Just some pictures to get something updated. It has rained every single weekend for the past month or I have had to work. If you notice, I got the frame painted and have started the acrylic for the inside. The shiny clear at the bottom will be sanded and painted a light gray and PSU cover and rest will be built atop it. I will have a skecthup in a next few days to show plans for custom tray, psu cover, SSD holder, etc. I love the white. I tried gray, but decided the white looked nicer with the gray being the accent color.
  9. Build Log: "The Ghost of Sparta"

    Chapter Two: The Build Begins With a glimpse into what would become the greatest weapon ever created, our hero set off to find the loot he needed to get started. Searching high and low for the perfect starting point, many pieces of armor were looked at. Our hero knew that not any piece would win the tournament, so he looked for his Excalibur, or more so, his diamond in the rough. After bartering for a new Corsair 750D, the hero felt as though it might not be quite enough. That's when he found it. the one... The Corsair 800D. Although the item was used, our hero knew he could recreate it into the perfect piece of gear. Immediately, the young blacksmith went to work on his new loot. He started out by stripping then 800D of it's guts. He was left with the perfect shell of what would be known as "The Ghost of Sparta." What will our hero do next? Only time will tell... The End. Started off with the 750D, but found a 800D for $85 and it came with four SP120's. This was the original case I wanted to use, but got the 750D in a trade. Glad I found the 800D. The same idea for outside of the case still applies to the 800D, so that plan doesn't change. Got the case completely disassembled. Started painting each piece, haven't got any pictures yet. Going to finish painting and start on the next mod for the case. The motherboard tray!
  10. Final: "CHIMAERA" by Zoyadog

    looking great! giving me inspiration for my 800d build! Best of luck in Intels Kitchen!
  11. Final: "CHIMAERA" by Zoyadog

    I really like what you're doing with this! Awesome job!
  12. Build Log: "The Ghost of Sparta"

    Chapter One: VisionsEvery great hero has one thing in common. visions. A glimpse of what will come to be. In this moment of thought, another heroic virtue emerges, plans. These plans fester inside their creators mind, until one day they are born. With these words, we shine a light on to our hero. A quick handed blacksmith from the city of Thornewood. While not battling melting steel, our hero wages a war against boredom by joining in the cyber war. A war, where no blood is lost, but minds are shattered with the slightest click. A war, where teams of warriors join up to siege the enemies nexus and destroy their stronghold. A war, where only the bravest survive the game and climb the ladders of victory. One lonely day, our hero was traveling home from work when he noticed an announcement. A tournament would be held to crown the greatest knight of the nexus. In this very moment, our hero had a vision. This vision would have him knighted and a member of the diamond table. From this vision, a plan was born. A plan that would create what every knight must have. Armor. After a night, the plan has began shaping into an object. End of Chaper One. So, hopefully this isn't completely retarded! just trying to have a little fun and put a twist on building a custom pc. The following chapters for each section completed will vary in length. Some will be short and sweet! Some will be a tad bit longer! Mostly ones with multiple pictures will be longer. Regarding the image above, this is the plan for redoing the exterior of the case. I am going to paint the outside a matte gray. The front will be remade to be more minimal and have fan cutouts for a 360mm rad. . I was thinking about having the fan cut outs angled, but think straight like that looks better. The symbol on the bottom is the symbol from the spartan shield. I would have it backlit white. I am not sure if this will stay or not, or if I will do something else.
  13. Build Log: "The Ghost of Sparta"

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  14. Build Log: "The Ghost of Sparta"

    The Ghost of Sparta Introduction: I'm new to this forum and it seems like a great place to showcase something we all love, case modding. I've always done small mods to pretty much anything I own and decided it's time to showcase stuff. While the idea of this log is to showcase the build, I have something a little different thrown into the mix. The building fo the case will be somewhat of a story. Don't want to ruin details of it, but it'll have a medieval based theme, hence the ghost of sparta title. System Specs: i5 4670k (would like to go x99 in future, when funds allow it) Asus z87 Pro (may change) Corsair Vengeance LP 8gb ram GPU: Undecided Ultra X3 1000w PSU Corsair 800D Watercooling Equipment: Swiftech Apogee HD white version EK XTX 360mm HWLabs Sr-1 240mm MCP35X with EK Plexi Top EK 400ml Reservoir Primochill rigid tubing with ghost fittings The Plan I love everything spartan or medieval. I wanted a theme that was different yet interest me enough, so I chose the sparta theme. The reason I am calling it the ghost is due to the color scheme. I plan on having a white, light gray, dark gray theme with a possible few hints of red here and there. The sigil or logo for this build will be a simple helmet. It will be something similar to the following image: