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Envious Mods

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    Anything DIY. Modding is my life as well as building 3D printers.

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  1. SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Thanks buddy I really appreciate it. Sorry for the lack of updates recently but I've had issues with Taptalk not working so now I'm doing it a different way. All the sweet watercooling gear is on its way to the shop so it'll be here soon!
  2. SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Installing the i7 7700k CPU & Be Quiet 240mm AIO: Installing the i7 7700k is pretty straight forward. As mentioned I'm using the Be Quiet 240mm AIO so that I can test and configure the hardware. Z270X-Gaming 9 RGB Sneak Peek: I haven't got the RGB Fusion software setup yet but, I have played with it before. The options for this motherboards RGB LEDs is awesome. Not only can you control each section of the motherboards LEDs individually but you can set them to do different functions. You can have them flash, pulse or cycle different colors. It also let's you select what colors you want them to cycle as well as how long each color shows. Another cool feature is to set the LEDs in real time to tell you CPU Temps or CPU loads as well as other features like fan speed. Once I'm able to install the rest of the software I will post some pics and explain RGB Fusion in more detail. I will also be using CableMod RGB Fusion leds that are RGBW. These cable strips include a set of RGB LEDs and next to them a strip of white LEDs so that you get a true white and not a off-white.
  3. Some led shots for those who enjoy them.
  4. SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Painting New Panels: Painting panels is pretty straightforward for the most part. Everybody seems to have their own way of doing things that works best for them. For these pieces I first started by lightly sanding or roughing them up so that the primer will stick to it better. With the acrylic primer is very important. The reason it is so important is the LED lighting inside the case will show through the clear panels even after they're painted, without the use of primer. So it's important to get a good thick base of primer before your color coat goes on. Doing so will help ensure that you get no bleed through from the LED lighting. For right now I will just leave them in primer which will allow me to wait until I'm done with the rough work. Mocking Up & Testing Hardware: I recently got a Be Quiet 240mm AIO so that I can test all the hardware and configure everything at the start of the build vs when it's finished. This had dome big advantages. It allows me to make sure there's no issues with the hardware and design the build with the configurable leds in mind. I had to also install an OS so that I can configure the fans as well. I will be using a combination of ring plus and Silent Wings 3 fans. The Ring Fans will give me some of the aesthetic look I'm going for while the Silent Wings 3s will do the intake and exhaust work. The Aorus motherboard, graphics cards and SLI Bridge are all configurable and offer multi-zone lighting. This allows me to controller everything through the motherboard and set different leds up in different ways. The ring fans have their own app and can be controlled by my cell phone.
  5. SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Mocking up Skids (bottom): Now that I have the top all mocked up I can do the bottom set. I used the measurements from the top to locate where I should mount the bottom set which assures they will match up. I had to remove both of the stock feet from the MasterCase 5t. They come out really easily after removing a couple bolts and unlock by sliding them. I've been debating on modifying the stock feet so that they can be remounted with the new skids. I will probably wait until I have the skids exactly how I want them before playing around with them. As you can see the bottom skids fit perfectly. There's a decent amount of work into getting them in but it's already paying off. Top Aorus Logo: I knew pretty early on that one wanted to put the Aorus logo in a couple spots on the outside of the case. The one I knew for sure was on the flap towards the back of the case. A buddy of mine was already laser cutting some stuff and offered to cut me a couple Aorus logos if I did the design for it. They turned out perfect. I will more than likely paint it white before mounting it so that it matches the concept art design. Here's what the Aorus Eagle looked like after being cut and mocked up. I also got a chance to paint them white. Below I show the progress of making the acrylic mount for it as well Turning Templates Into Parts: The next task on the agenda is taking all of the templates made and turning them into actual parts for the build. Getting to this stage takes a little bit of work but once you're there goes along pretty easily. I use the templates to trace out cut paths in either acrylics or different metals depending on the use. For this side pieces I will use a combination of both for different reasons. These panels will all be at different angles and mounted in different positions. Typically I'm out most the stuff in one plain we're on this build they will be mounted in all different planes and positions. This will give it a lot more depth as it will be three dimensional versus flat surfaces.
  6. House of the Ryzen Sun [Sponsored]

    I'm in a need for this kit. The things I could do with that bad boy. I hope you put her to work. Great progress! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  7. SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Cutting & Mocking Up Skids (top): It took a lot of measurements and head scratching to figure out how I would mount the top and bottom ones. I decided to take the most challenging one 1st which was the top set. Luckily the two pieces where the skids would mount are at the same angle which made the task a but easier. Now that I have them mocked up, I can fine tune the angle that they come out of the case at. I haven't decided if I want them perfectly flat facing upwards or at a slight angle. I will more than likely wait until the bottom set is on so that I can see it both ways.
  8. SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Thanks Mos and me too! Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  9. SyNAPSE Case Mod by Envious Mods (Cooler Master 5t)

    Making Templates: The concept art shows the basic path I will be taking with this build. I've since added a few features that will really take this build to the next level. I started out by taking some of the designs done in the concept art CAD design and made a full scale mock up templates. This helps assure everything will fit as intended. Usually I use hard stock paper as many of you may know. This time I wanted something a little more rigid so I bought some trifold boards from the dollar store. It's a type of cardboard but different then the type of cardboard you may be used to. It works great for mocking up shrouds. I decided to make the full shroud in 3 separate pieces. Breaking the shroud up helps with installation and future maintenance. The top horizontal piece will be mounted a lot closer to the side of the case which will give it a lot more depth.
  10. The Concept: Addition To The Design: How It Came To be I came up with this idea a while back but didn't know how or when I would implement it. As time passed the idea went into my book along with all my other crazy ideas. After looking at some Be Quiet products on their site I came across the Silent Base 800. The bottom “skids” or feet were perfect! Exactly what I had been looking for. After exploring the idea further and taking some more looks at the Cooler Master MasterCase 5t; I realized it was the perfect candidate. My idea was to make it look like the MasterCase 5t and the Cosmos had a love child and named it, “SyNAPSE.” it couldn't have come together any better. Combining those designs cues with the ones found on the hardware and I have a complete build that is something I would want to own but doesn't exist. It will be an uphill challenge as mounting brackets will have to be custom made and more than likely 3D printed. Less than a week ago I saw the Cosmos 700 prototype and they ventured from the round skids or feet for ones that were more like the ones I will be using. This made the SyNAPSE build even better. Behind SyNAPSE: I've named this build SyNAPSE as it will bridge the gap between organic and mechanical. Sharing a lot of design styling from Gundam and other off shoots. The SyNAPSE case mod will be heavily inspired by Gundam. All of the popular movies and games we see on a daily basis were born from the original, "Mobile Suit Gundam." This dates back to the early 70s and has been a mainstay in Asia ever since. Gundam consists of the futuristic mech robots that have been adapted into a lot of different platforms. It has evolved into an extremely popular line of games, tv shows and movies. I want to go back to the roots of Gundam and adapt it to current day perspectives while focusing on the designs found throughout the hardware being used in the build. The combination will make this build one of the most cohesive builds I've ever done. Every detail from the hardware will be carried over into the rest of the build. CPU: Intel Kaby Lake i7 7700k Motherboard: Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 GPUs: SLI Aorus GTX 1070 X 2 SLI Bridge: Aorus RGB Memory: HyperX Savage DDR4 16gb Storage: HyperX Predator M.2 - HyperX Savage SSD PSU: Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11 (1,000 watt) Cables: Modular custom sleeved CableMod cables (red, black & silver) Fans: Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 (high speed) 3 X 120mm CPU Block: Alphacool Eisblock XPX (clear) GPU Blocks: (TBD) Pump: (TBD) Radiators: (TBD) Reservoir: (TBD) SLI connector: (TBD) Tubing: (TBD) Coolant: Mayhems Fittings: Alphacool Flow Meter: (TBD) PWM Cables: (TBD) LEDs: (TBD) Top & Bottom Feet: Be Quiet Silent Base 800 Other Cables: CableMod sleeved PSU cable, ethernet cable, SATA cables and others Thumbscrews: CableMod anodized (red) LED Strips: CableMod RGB/W dual wide angle LEDs that work with Gigabytes RGB Fusion controllers.
  11. Some more pics from the last photo shoot!
  12. Thank you Bill! I appreciate it. I have some more pics to post of the build as well. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  13. I will be adding more final photos as they are gone through. There's so much detail work in this build that it warrants a lot of pictures. First I'd like to thank the sponsors and all of you! Without your continued support and enthusiasm, these detailed case mods wouldn't be possible. I'm truly lucky to have such a great group of people who love these mods as much as I do. Big thanks to Be Quiet, EVGA, ModMyMods, OCZ, CableMod, Alphacool and MNPCTECH for providing a canvas for me to create these mods. Quality hardware, accessories and watercooling allow me to push these mods to the next level. Hardware Specs: • Motherboard: EVGA Z170 Classified K • CPU: Intel I7 6700K • GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 SC • Ram: EVGA 16gb Superclocked DDR4 • OCZ Vector 180 (480gb) SSD • OCZ RD400 NVM M.2 PCIE SSD • Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11 PSU (1,200 watt) • 4 X Be Quiet PureWings 3 – 140mm fans and 2 X 120mm fans • CableMod B-series ModFlex modular sleeved cable set (Black) • MNPCTech Billet aluminum cable combs (3 X 24-pin & 7 X 8-pin) Water-cooling: ModMyMods & Aquatuning • Alphacool Eisblock XPX CPU block (silver) • Alphacool 250mm tube reservoir • Alphacool UT60 420mm radiator (special edition white) • Alphacool Single GPX SLI connector • Alphacool GTX 1070 GPU block • Alphacool Eispump VP755 (version 2) x2 w/acetal blocks • Alphacool brass (chrome) hardline tubing 13mm • Alphacool bulkhead fittings • Alphacool assorted adaptors including check valves and pressure release valves • Alphacool Aurora reservoir RGB LED ring • Alphacool Dual 45 degree rotatable fittings Final Photos:
  14. Pro Modder Tip: Leak Testing I get a lot of questions about leak testing builds. Here's a few tips I use. The main one is either disconnecting the entire system from the power supply or using an external power supply to power the pump. For me this is a must. If the worst case scenario happens I can dry out the hardware that got wet and then it will be OK. It will more than lilely ruin your hardware if water gets on it while it has power going to it. Front Lexan & Acrylic Fan Surround: I've worked on these two pieces on and off since I first started the IKONiK build. I keep going back and fourth on wether I should use them or not. I already modded the front so it looks sweet either way. I decided to do the little bit of fitment left on them. Now I'll paint them to match the case. The front acrylic piece will be painted black to match the rest of the case and the thick lexan piece will be left clear. The lexan goes behind the acrylic cover panel. I hand sanded and filed these to match the intake ducts on the Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 fans. I did this because of the performance increase but it was largely due to the aesthetic appeal of the intake ducts. They are one of a kind and required a ton of time in forming the thick lexan so that they perfectly matched. I will have them all together after paint so you can see the grand vision. This is what they look like mocked up before paint and I'll show you what they looked like finished in the final photos. Leak Testing: Now that I have everything in place I can move forward with detailing and leak testing the build. I always start by running everything off of a external power supply as mentioned in the tip section. I also used distilled water to leak test as this is a copper and brass system. Some people use paper towels under the fittings and connections incase of a leak but, I prefer shop towels. They are similar to a regular paper towel but they don't release fibers and have the ability to absorb a lot more water. Once I've determined that there isn't any leaks with the system off I went ahead and turned on the pumps. When I get the coolant in I'll deturmine the best setting for the pumps. Since I'm running two pumps I should be able to run them at a bit lower speed while still keeping the pressure at a good level. The 2nd pump runs as a redundancy incase one of the pumps dies; the other can pick up the load until I can replace it. Plus it looks awesome. The next time you get to see the build it will have some awesome Mayhems coolant and it'll be completely detailed. Final photos will take a little while to do but I'm excited to finally see the IKONiK build completed.
  15. Leak Test Prep: Checking Wiring I took some time to go through all the wiring and make sure everything was hooked up correctly. There is not a lot of fancy lights on this build but I did install a few extra lights that are in various locations and they can be toggled on or off. Double checking everything at this stage will save me on a potential nightmare after leak testing. There was one of the white Alphacool Eislich light I forgot to plug in but other than that it was all perfect. Checking Tubing & Fittings Before I leak test I want to pull each piece of hardline off so I can inspect, adjust if needed, clean and reinstall. This allows to do any fine tuning before leak testing and it also lessons the chance of getting a leak. This is especially important when using a new type of tube that I'm not as familiar with. This process has done me well and I've only ever had 1 tiny leak due to a fitting that was a little loose. Once I'm ready to put the tube back on it clean it with water that can be purchased at the store for very cheap. I've already cleaned out the radiator really well before final install so the loop should be pretty clean except for the tubes. I try to be systematic about removing the tubes for this process; starting at the bottom and working my way up. This also gives me an opportunity to tighten all the passthrough fittings and stop caps. I also made sure to check the ball valves to assure myself that they are all closed. Leak testing coming soon.