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  1. ZoPHaR

    Red Hawk

    This build started out as a replacement for my SR-2 build that I parted out last year. During the part out I traded some of the parts for a Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra. The Blackhawk Ultra shares the basic chassis design with the Xigmatek Elysium, and the Enermax Fulmo GT. First off this case is HUGE. Room for 4 5.25" devices, and 10 yes 10 3.5" hard drives. It also has support for up to a 360mm or 420mm radiator in the top out of the box. Which is really nice IMO. Well lets get to it. Current hardware list (subject to change): Motherboard: EVGA P67 FTW CPU: Intel 2600K GPU's: Undecided (originally was going to go with 660TI's) Memory: Undecided PSU: EVGA NEX 1000W platinum or not yet released 1300W GPU blocks: Alphacool CPU Block: Alphacool NexXxoS XP3 Radiators: Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 420mm, and Monsta 280mm Reservoir: Alphacool RePack quad DDC dual 5.25" bay res Pumps: Koolance PMP 400 Fans: Rosewill Hyperborea 140mm (highest static pressure 140mm fan I could find) Cable Extensions: Made by a good friend {uZa}DOA in black widow para-chord I'll start with the original pics and then move into the current state. Stock boring case: All in all not a horrible case. Just too boring for me. For size reference, this is my 1 1/2 year old and 5 year old modeling the case: A shot of the inside holding the E-ATX P67 FTW motherboard. I honestly think that my kids could curl up inside this thing. But I don't think that the inside is "open" enough. So I set out to removed some excess metal. The hardrive bays are ugly and a little overkill for me. I'm not going to be running a server in this chassis so out they come: It was about 16 rivets in total and a couple were a pain to get out because of where they put them. But the final result is a wide open space: Now I know my kids could fit in there. I then set out to figure out what options I had for radiators. Once it's all done There will be enough hardware in here to heat a small house. I already knew that a 420 was the max in the top due to the top panel and the way it fits together. And in stock form a single 140mm could fit on the bottom and the back. And I also knew that there was no way I was running any radiators outside the case. So I did a just for fun test fit and found if I really wanted I could have fit a 560mm rad in the bottom as long as the bottom tank was short: The down side to that was the PSU would go on the top and that would knock me down to a max 140mm rad up there. So a 420mm was going in the top. Then because I removed the front drive cages that opened my up to two 140mm fans. Knowing that I wanted maximum cooling but I was trying to stay close to the depth of the 5.25" drive bays I decided to stack two of the Alphacool XT45 280mm rads. And yes I know that it isn't the most efficient setup, but it let me fit the most rad surface area in the space that I wanted. Here is the pic of the setup: Here is the setup with a 140mm fan on it: And here it is installed in the case: Plenty of room top and bottom. There was going to be a couple of drain ports drilled into the bottom but since I did this Alphacool released the Monsta radiators. Now I'm pretty sure I'll sell these and switch it over to a single Monsta 280mm radiator to cut down on one set of fans and also cut down on a little bit of plumbing. I also got the top 420mm radiator and decided I was going to do a push pull configuration with the fans. But since I went with the 60mm thick UT60 radiator space between the radiator and the fans inside the case was at a premium. See here: So whats a guy to do? well lets put the pull fans on the outside of the case: Problem solved... Or is it? Well that won't work. There are a set of supports for the top panel right where the fans go. So out come my trusty cutters and bam: We have fan clearance: And there is still plenty of room in the 5.25" bays for a fan controller of another small bay device. But not so much on the back of the case.
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