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  1. Hi all, back again with another mod project. This one called "Frozen Throne" inspired by the Lich King trailer. More to that in a bit. PARTS LIST: ____________________________________________________________ FX-9590 4.7Ghz Eight Core CPUASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 MotherboardCorsair Hydro H100i CoolerEVGA SuperNOVA NEX750B1 PSU Thermaltake Smart 750W (see why below)8 GB Kingston HyperX Fury MemoryAData Premier Pro SP900 128 GB SSD2x Seagate 1TB 7200 for Raid 1Crossfire Sapphire Dual-X R9 270x GPUAncient Antec broken nasty old caseMany thanks to the good folks at AMD for their contributions to this project. OVERVIEW: ____________________________________________________________ This project is a gaming rig for my son. He's admired the Downtown build and wanted a rig of his own. He's asked to build out a castle design, so we've come up with the details below. INSPIRATION: ____________________________________________________________ We did some digging around at a number of pics online. What really got us going was the moment in the Warcraft Lich King trailer where Arthas stabs his sword into the ice and it cracks. We thought that would make a pretty sexy window for the PC. Video link here. So I threw together some designs in a vector program. And did some research on cracked ice finding this cool image. Then I took a small piece of acrylic just to proof out that I could create the look I wanted. From there we took the case and started doing some design mock ups in cardboard. Walls for the outside. Pillar/towers for the corners. And some barbeque skewers for the gate. Preliminary mockup done. Still fiddling with some 'accoutrements' for the outside. Will paint the gate metallic and replace the drawbridge with chains from a broken necklace or something appropriate. Finally for now have thrown it into photoshop to work through some of the coloring and such. Some texture work for the 'stone work' on the sides. Likely to distress to give it some wear to the look. Front look: Side look: Lots of stuff left to do. Talking about things like: Sigil over top of the front gate.Embedding speakers in the corner pillars.Airflow points.Lighting effects.Gutting the drive cages & painting.Airbrushing blown snow on top.Much left to do, but more parts for the mod are on order. And waiting for the weather to break so I can get into the garage to start tearing down the box and cutting up the MDF and sheet metal for the externals. More coming when the weather and deliveries allow! :D
  2. Introduction Welcome to my first build log here on The ModZoo. This build was started a little over a year ago over on OCN but its really taken off in terms of progress, mistakes, stupid ideas, and everything else PC. The idea of the build was to shove as much as I possibly could into the EVGA Hadron Hydro because case manufacturers really do give too much space in cases aimed at the mITX market. mITX is meant for small and compact builds, but with how case manufacturers make their cases to support 300mm GPU's and tall cpu coolers, I took it as a challenge to shove as much as I can into the build and show them that their versions of an "ITX" case are way off. Some companies are going in the right direction, but still arent hitting the mark. The EVGA Hadron Hydro is one of those types of case. It does really well in the overall dimensions and what should be included in a mITX system but its still a tad bit too big when the mITX market is trying to go as small as possible (Like the N1 case, Dan a4, etc...). So here's the challenge: The System Main Components Case: EVGA Hadron HydroMotherboard: Gigabyte Z97-Gaming5-MXCPU: i5-4690kGPU: 2x R9 Nano'sPSU: Silverstone SFX-600WSSD: 128GB Samsung 850 Pro (*optionally a m.2 ssd later on)Watercooling Components: EK Supremacy Evo Nickel-Plexi CPU block2x EK Nickel-Plexi Full Cover GPU blocksAlphacool DC-LT Pump/Res Combo2x Magicool G2 Slim 240mm radiatorPrimochill Hardline Fittings (Purple anodized)PETG Hardline tubing 1/2'' Goals The main goal of this is show that If i can fit a full watercooled crossfire setup in the case with some modifications than its too large for mITX. Secondary goals are to get a show-piece that I can take with me to LAN's. The system will most likely be sold off after completion, so any questions on the case or measurements will need to be asked before that time as a forewarning.
  3. Envious Green - In Win 904

    In Win Newsletter featured my build and named it Envious Green: Check it out here http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=dd1affdc-e4de-4602-8e8e-03552f091bf5&c=1abe84c0-3264-11e5-ab8e-d4ae528eb27b&ch=1ac4ed60-3264-11e5-ab8e-d4ae528eb27b Spex: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO Intel i5-4690K @ 4.4Ghz 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP Green DDR3 2x EVGA GTX 980 ACX2.0 SC (SLi) @ 1500Mhz Corsair AX760 PrimoChill Tube Res/pump PETG Tubing MNPCTECH Billet Case Handles MNPCTECH OVERKILL "Sniper" Fan Grill MNPCTECH Diamond Knurl Case Feet ASUS ROG Swift Thanks for watching! Nick Current state:
  4. Table of Contents 01. 2013-APR-27: The SMH10 - Unpacking and Assembly 02. 2013-APR-28: Radiators 03. 2013-APR-29: Making a New Workshop 04. 2013-APR-29: My Old Rig 05. 2013-APR-30: The Raystorm CPU Blocks 06. 2013-JUN-16: PSU & Pump Mount, Making the 24 Pin Cable 07. 2013-JUN-21: Small Cable Progress Update 08. 2013-JUN-21: Cable Lacing Tutorial 09. 2013-JUL-06: What 40~50 Hours of Cabling Will Get You... 10. 2013-JUL-18: Various Smaller Bits 11. 2013-JUL-22: A Copper Face Plate for the Lamptron FC5V2 12. 2013-JUL-25: The Aqua Computer Aqualis Copper Edition 13. 2013-SEP-14: Prototype: The Bitfenix Spectre Pro Copper Edition 14. 2013-SEP-15: Painting the M/B Block Screws 15. 2013-SEP-20: Fan Disassembly: How-To 16. 2013-SEP-22: Quick Status Shot of the Unfinished Rig 17. 2013-SEP-23: The Bitfenix Spectre Pro Copper Edition (cont.) 18. 2013-OCT-01: Colour-Coordinating the Kryographics Titan 19. 2013-OCT-08: Loop Planning 20. 2013-OCT-09: Colour-Coordinating the Raystorms 21. 2013-OCT-13: Deciding on a Backplate, Small M/B Teaser 22. 2013-OCT-13: The EVGA SR-2 Black Edition 23. 2013-OCT-28: Requesting Opinions on Fittings 24. 2013-OCT-29: Colour-Coordinating the RAM Blocks] 25. 2015-SEP-03: Progress! Motherboard Looped Up 26. 2015-SEP-06: Assembled! Current Status Introductory Blabla Yes, yes, the SR-2 is old news by now, I'm well aware of that. However, it was not yet when I started this build in early summer 2011. My health troubles intervened soon after that (again) and put a stop to my plans. Since I really did not want to sell the hardware I had already bought (the SR-2 among it), I decided to stick it out and finish it when my health and funds allowed for it. Originally, this was going to be a scratchbuild, but the nice thing about having such a long delay is that Caselabs have brought out pretty much the perfect case in the meantime. My own box would have been pretty similar in its layout to the SMH10 and also made from Alu. But buying all the raw materials and the tools necessary to do it properly would have probably cost me more than the SMH10, so I just decided to go for that. The Name Hysterical Excess Labouring Independently Of Sanity, aka HELIOS. Because: It's been going on for more than two years. And I am definitely starting to question my sanity . Also: I've been naming my PC's after Greek deities since forever. The first PC I built was an AMD Thunderbird C 1.4 GHz machine back in 2001, which lasted me for a few years, and it was called Helios (I use the name as the PC's host name within our network, for those wondering what practical use it has). It died a fiery death at the hands of a water cooling accident: Using the Eheim 1048 I had been befallen by the rattling pump wheel. Naturally, I wrapped some tape around the axle which solved that problem. Unfortunately, the tape became brittle over time and eventually, a piece of tape broke off and clogged the loop. Killed the flow, cooked the CPU (no overheating protection back then). I'll see if I can get some pics of the damage to the Cuplex and post them later. After that, I took that name out of use, until now. It's time for a revival. Oh, the original HELIOS was name after the A.I. from the original Deus Ex game, but I've always had an interest in Greek mythology, so it was a nice fit. The Inspiration Originally, PrometheusCU. I'm sure many of you are familiar with it, and those who aren't: Go read it, now! I'll wait a few days. Sadly, its creator passed on and never finished it (it did go to a friend of his, but no activity since last summer, at least not in the original thread ). I don't nearly have his set of skills and/or tools, but that doesn't change the inspiration part. Also, B NEGATIVE's SR-2 rig. The Main Hardware As a side note: The computing power of this rig will mostly go to BOINC (I might use it for gaming from time to time, we shall see). If F@H ever get their stuff together with regards to GPU folding on Linux (highly unlikely ), I might switch over to folding again, since I'd been doing that for about 18 months before switching to BOINC due to the GPU problem (and a few other niggles I have with the project's behavior towards its donors). The O/S will most likely be Arch Linux (since I've been using that for about two and a half years now and am quite comfortable with it), or if I feel experimental Gentoo or even FreeBSD. Certainly not Windows. I need my xterm and Z shell and UNIX utilities. If the Aquacomputer's Aquasuite ever gets useable on Linux I might get an Aquaero, but for now the Lamptron controller will do just fine. Anyway: M/B: EVGA SR-2CPU: 2 x Xeon x5680 (not ES, normal retail version, got them for half price on eBay, brand spanking new) RAM: 24 GB of Corsair Dominator 1866GPU: 1 x Geforce Titan (should do well at computing)SSD: Intel 520 120 GBHDD: TBDPSU: Enermax Platimax 1200 W (don't need that much power, but the weaker models aren't fully modular, more reasoning for my decision later on) Case: Caselabs SMH10, reverse ATX layout, obviously in blackOriginally, I was going to use a Koolance 1.7 kW liquid cooled PSU, but it turned out to be incompatible with the SR-2. I'm not kidding, the PSU is fine, as was the M/B last time I powered it on with a different PSU. Somehow, the initial self-check of the SR-2 is not liked at all by the Koolance PSU, so I've had to get a different one. W/C Parts Well, of course it will be under water! . In fact, all my PC's for the last 12 years have had to get wet. CPU blocks: XSPC Raystorm Copper EditionGPU block: Aquacomputer Titan block in copper with the acrylic top.RAM blocks: Alphacool Dominator water blocks in copper with plexi tops. Yes, cooling your RAM with water is absolutely unnecessary. I just like how it looks. M/B block: MIPS SR-2 block in Acetal/CopperPumps: 2 x Aquacomputer D5 without AquabusPump tops: 2 x Alphacool D5 pump tops in AcetalReservoir: Aquacomputer Aqualis ProRadiators: 2 x Hardware Labs SR-1 560 + 1 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 480 (that's the equivalent of ~14.89 120mm single radiators, for those wondering). Fans: For the moment, Bitfenix Spectre Pros in 140 mm and 120 mm, respectively. Some people seem to be having bearing troubles, if that happens, I will probably go for some Noctuas or something else. Fan and Pump Controller: Lamptron FC5v2Flow Meter and Display: Koolance INS-FM17N with the DCB-FM01 as its display. I know flow monitoring isn't really necessary, and the Koolance flow meter doesn't really look good. This is mostly about satisfying my curiosity, and there's enough places in the SMH10 where I can hide the display and the sensor so that it doesn't uglify the build. Fittings: Alphacool shiny copperTubing: 16/12 mm copper tubingSo, for those brave few who have not been deterred by my introductory novella, let's get started :)
  5. Hello everyone! My name is Kristian Ingelstad, AKA MercoMods. This is my facebook page, where i will post most of my work: https://www.facebook.com/MercoMods I am new to posting on forums like this, so please help me if i do something wrong! :) I also never posted any worklogs. I recently finished my newest project, "Trident of Neptune". I appreciate all feedback, positive and negative. It is a simple mod with no custom loop, just a special color theme. Parts list: CPU: i7-4790K Motherboard: Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark S GPU's: 2x GTX 980 Reference design RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133Mhz, got it for 150 dollar! PSU: Corsair Ax1200i (Yes, i know.. Overkill. Had it from when i ran 3x 780 Ti Classified overclocked) Storage: 3x Samsung 840 Pro 256gb, 1x Sandisk Extreme 128gb Case: NZXT H440 Fans: Corsair AF140's and Af120's Cooling: Corsair H110i GT Here are all the parts i used, plus some more! Don't ask why i have 2 mouses there. I don't know! D: The first thing i did after i decided the color scheme, was sleeving the cables. After that, i took pictures of (almost?) all the parts i used, before modding! CPU: i7-4790K Motherboard: Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark S GPU's: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 reference design RAM: 32gb Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133mhz PSU: Corsair Ax1200i (again, please don't kill me for the overkill, i know 750watt is enough, but why buy a new weaker psu when i already have this one? D: ) Storage: 3x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (Forgot to take a picture of the Sandisk Extreme 128gb) Case: NZXT H440 Fans: Corsair Af140 and Corsair Af120 Cooling: Corsair H110i GT PAINTING! I started with the fans. It was pretty easy using Bill Owen's videotutorial on youtube! (thanks!) RAM: Just unscrewed everything, i guess. Sadly, i didn't take too many pictures of the disassembled parts, as i was mostly recording the whole process for a video, which is coming soon. This includes everything from parts to "Trident of Neptune"! Here's the RAM finished! Here are the finished fans! Ignore the minor gray spots on the rubber grommets. This was fixed later! :) Here's the first GPU finished painted! Here's the first SSD! All of the SSD's were painted like this, but i added some acrylic plates on them later. Ignore the minor white spots on the BACKSIDE of the connection. The golden fingers/connectors was untouched, and the SSD works great. However, i should have attached the tape covering the connector better. Here's one of my favorites! The watercooler! Forgot to take a picture of the case alone when it was finished. :( Anyways, here are some pictures of the finished build! Feel free to leave any sort of feedback on it, both constructive criticism and postive feedback is appreciated. Yes i know the rubber rings are ugly. I had to "sacrifice" one side, to get them back inside. However, if you take a look at the last picture, they look great from the inside. :) All the pictures were taken in this small ghetto garage, haha. We used white background for the pictures, but black for the recordings. Here's a sneak peek on the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJHE6GJ9gZM. Due to some problems with Adobe Premiere, i will most likely have to recreate the start of the video, even further delaying it. :/ The "Clear" replacement window for NZXT's new H440 and Razer Edition case is machined from 3/16" cast acrylic. This window offers more durability and visual clarity over the factory Polycarbonate window. These replacement windows are made and sold exclusively by Mnpctech. You just bend tabs to install our custom H440 replacement window in your NZXT H440 and Razer designer H440 Mid tower case and available here, http://mnpctech.com/nzxt-h440-s340-razer-replacement-custom-window-smoked-clear-red-uv-green-blue/ Thanks for reading/watching! Hope you enjoyed it. This is my first big project, hopefully out of many. If you want to get more updates on future projects, be sure to follow me at https://www.facebook.com/MercoMods :) Kristian Ingelstad MercoMods
  6. Project Spy vs Spy Double Stacked Core X9

    Hey hey guys and girls. We have another awesome themed mod coming your way. This one is based off of one of my favorite comic strips growing up as a kid. Spy vs Spy The Following was obtained from the History section of the Spy vs Spy Headquarters. http://www.spyvsspyhq.com/history.html Simple yet meaningful is one way to describe the wordless black and white comic strip that makes up Spy vs. Spy. The cartoon created in 1960 by Antonio Prohías, depicts the antics of two distinctly different yet similar spies who try to get the best of each other with clever yet strange schemes of espionage and deception. Published in Mad magazine since 1961, Prohías began working on Spy vs. Spy in Cuban, but fled to the United States in 1960 just days before Fidel Castro took over the last Cuban free press. When Prohías came to the United States he knew almost no English, but Mad magazine readers and editors quick accepted him and loved his work. Before he got the job at Mad, he worked in Queens at a clothing factory by day and drew by night in his cramped apartment. His earlier works “Erizo,” “Oveja Negra,” “El Hombre Siniestro,” and “Tovarich” would not work in his new country where the idea of communism was not as prevalent or well taken by pleasure readers. In Cuba if you were not a supporter of Castro you were considered a spy, and this is where he got the idea. Prohías considered himself a spy and thus the idea was born. Prohías submitted his rough pencil concept and design sketches to MAD’s editors on normal 8.5 x 11 paper and would latter redraw the entire carton twice the size for reproduction in the magazine. He would go through the comic strip with pain staking detail and make sure all edges and lines were detailed in his dark bold pen and would almost never ink over his pencil drawings. Spy vs. Spy is now a national icon, symbolic of the Cold War representing good and evil and the struggle for equilibrium. Prohías would stealthily sign each of his Spy vs. Spy cartoons under the title panel, in Morse code, which spelled out the words "by prohias." This is one of the most overlooked details in his work. -••• -•-- •--• •-• --- •••• •• •- ••• Antonio Prohías passed away February 24, 1998. His masterpiece concept of the two spies battling it out lives on in the continuing work done by his successor Peter Kuper. This project is sponsored by the good folks at. http://www.thermaltake.com/home.aspx and http://www.evga.com/ Also brought to you by http://www.v1tech.com/ Specs: Case - Thermaltake Core X9 x 2 Motherboard - EVGA Z97 Classified (Gaming System), MSi Z87 Mpower (Server) CPU - Intel i5 4670K (Gaming), Intel G3258 (Server) Ram - 4 x 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaws (8Gb per system) PSU - 1 x 550w DPS G Modular PSU, 1 x 750w DPS G Modular PSU GPU - 2 x ASUS Strix GTX 970 SSD - 2 x 240 Gb Crucial M500 240Gb HDD - 4 x 500 Gb in Raid 0 CPU Block - Pacific W1 x 2 GPU Block - Pacific Strix Water block x 2 Radiator - Pacific RL 480 x 4 Pump - Pacific P1 D5 Pump /w Silent Kit x 3 Reservoir - Pacific T33 x 4 Cables - 2 sets of Red Tt Sleeved Cables LEDs - BSMods 5050 RGB LED 16.5ft Strip /w wireless remote. The whole idea is to put two complete systems in here all cooled with one large liquid cooling system. The first shipment of parts has arrived. 2 x Core X9 Cases, 2 x Commander FX 10 port fan hub, 1 x 550w DPS G Modular PSU and 1 x 750w DPS G Modular PSU. To give you an idea of the size of the double stacked X9. On the left of this pic is the chassis from a Thermaltake A-71 Full Tower. Each Core X9 is 1 inch taller and twice as wide. ]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g15/itsamenicky/IMG_3947_zpsmhdmbtrz.jpg] Here we have One intact X9 and one completely disassembled. The Core X9 has this built in plate that can be removed from the bottom panel so you can install a massive radiator in push/pull. However this is not going to work for what I have planned. For what I want to do the entire floor has to be cut out. Remember kids always use proper safety gear when working with power tools and hazardous chemicals. It doesn't matter how careful you are. Things Happen. * The bottom of the top X9 has been cut out.* * Now after stacking up two empty X9 cases and lifting them both a couple times I quickly realized that once all the hardware and coolant has been added this thing is going to be extremely heavy. Therefore I am going to add casters. Each caster is rated at 150lbs. * Yesss much better. * The rest of the gear from Thermaltake has arrived. * * EVGA sent two gorgeous Z97 FTW boards for our project. * Time to get these bad boys fired up on the test benches. * * Alright Time to get started on the prep work for our paint. * * This is what your case should look like after your preliminary sanding...Do not take it down to the bare metal.....Just take the shine off of it. it should look dusty like its been sitting there for a while. * * Two of the rads are getting prepped for paint. They are going to be painted white. * * Time to get started on cutting the Motherboard mounting plates ready for the Floating Motherboards. * * Remember kids always wear the proper safety gear when working with power tools or hazardous chemicals. We don;t wear safety gear because we are not careful. We wear it for the things we can't control.*(Poopadilly Happens!) * * After the plates have been cut this is all that's left of them. Just enough to hold it in place. Alright time to start shooting some paint. * * I was worried that the additional white would not work well with the light ring...Glad to see I was wrong. It really makes the light pop. * While I waited for the paint to dry I got started on the sleeving. * I have two PSU's to sleeve. This 750w DPS G and another 550w DPS G. * Going to be using some Telios Sleeving from Mainframe Customs(http://mainframecustom.com/) Provided to me by the guys over at Sanctum Sleeving(http://sanctumsleeving.com/) * The double wire didn't quite come out as well as I hoped. Still not too bad. One 24-pin down a hundred more wires to go. I am really liking the new Thermaltake GPU water blocks. Love the Modern Minimalist approach. All but 4 fans have been sleeved. * Getting started with the EVGA Z97 FTW Motherboard. The heat sinks are going to be removed and painted White. *
  7. Intro: This is going to be my third major build. The first was a water cooled AMD powered machine in a 750D with a black and red theme. My second build carried the same theme of black and red into a 900D powered by a 4770k. Being my third build I wanted to pull out all the stops on this build. The build be a custom desk build. I love the crossdesk but the price and availability prevented me from going that route. So I decided that I would build the desk from scratch. Being in the military I decided I wanted to do a military theme build but not one with ACU or Multi-Cam pattern but one that was more focused on the special operations side of the house. Me personally am not in that community but I have a lot of respect for those that are. Parts: - Intel i7 4770k - Asus maximums VI formula - Evga GTX 780 classified - 16gb G.Skill 2133mhz ram - Corsair AX760 - 2x Intel 120gb ssds - Seagate 500gb hard drive - Windows 8.1 Cooling: - 14x Corsair SP120 quite edition - 6x Corsair AF120 quite edition - EK GTX 780 Classified water block - EK Supremacy CPU water block - 2x Swiftech MC655 pumps - 2x XSPC EX480 radiators - 2x XSPC EX360 radiators - Rocket Science Fittings - Copper piping - 2x Reservoirs (undecided on size yet)
  8. I will be calling this project the "Corsair 900D WWII Bomber Military Case Mod" we will be customizing the WWII Memphis Belle Bomber Military Case Mod into something special and added the "T2" touch to this new project. In case you missed it, on Memorial Day Bill Owen posted Corsair 900D WWII Memphis Belle Bomber Military Case Mod Guide to hand off the Dremel to Anthony Reynolds AKA THRASHER2 Corsair 900D WWII Bomber Military Case Mod Hardware Specs Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition Desktop Processor I7-965Corsair TX850M Power Supply or a Huntkey X7 1200W Power Supply with custom Sleeved CablesGigabyte G1 Sniper or ASSASSIN X58 MotherboardCorsair 900D Custom Painted WWll Bomber Case with Custom Grills and BOMB front itemSwiftech Custom Water Cooling solution2X Triple 120mm Radiator custom painted green2X GeForce GTX 780 Video CardsCorsair Vengeance® — 12GB Triple Channel DDR3 Memory Kit (CMZ12GX3M3A2000C10)Swiftech Parts List Qty. 2 - The Komodo™NV-LE (Luxury Edition) Part Number: KOMODO-NV-LE Qty. 1 - The Apogee™ XL Part Number: Apogee-XL Qty. 2 - The MCP35X pump Part Number: MCP35X-BK Qty. 2 - The MCRx20-XP (eXtreme Performance) series Part Number: MCR320-XP Qty. 18 - ½” x ¾” Lok-Seal™ Compression Fitting Part Number: 3-4X1-2-G1-4-CF-BK Qty. 4 - Lok-Seal Quick Disconnect Non Spill Couplings Part Number: QC-NS-BK Qty. 6 - 90° Swivel Elbow Lok-Seal™ adapter Part Number: 90D-SWV-G1-4-MFA-BK Qty. 4 - 90° Dual Swivel Elbow Lok-Seal™ adapter Part Number: 90D-DUAL-SWV-G1-4-MFA-BK Qty. 4 - 45° Swivel Elbow Lok-Seal™ adapter Part Number: 45D-SWV-G1-4-MFA-BK Qty. 4 - 15mm Lok-Seal™ Male/Female extension adapter Part Number: 15MM-G-1-4 MFA-BK Qty. 2 - 4-Way Lok-Seal™ manifold: this 4-way manifold Part Number: 4W-G1-4-TA-BK Qty. 1 mnpctech 480 version of with 4x 120mm "Sniper" grill
  9. Mind you I did not think when I bought this card that I was going to have a issue not finding a FULL water block as EK I thought would have for sure cover that. But as my luck is they don't make a full water block and have no plans to either.... Actually when I purchased it EVGA was selling there Hydro Copper Water Block for $149.99 but was not ready for water cooling it and did not realize that they would in deed take it off there shelf and have no plans of restocking it. So I am in a bind cause now I am ready to do my loop and I really wanted to add this card to my dual/Res loop and my Formula VI CPU and Cross Chill. Okay so what i was thinking about is to do the only thing available other than sell it for a 780 and I am just alittle strapped for that kind of $$$$ right now and I really like my classy 770. It's a great card and can run anything I throw at it... Very happy with it. So a universal water block would be my only choice. Installing the GPU block is pretty straight forward, but I will need to heatsink my ram. I have never did this before so what else on the PCB would need a heatsink. Or maybe I could get some opinions on the best way of doing this would be. I am sure there is other components that would need to a heat sink but not sure what areas need it and don't need it. I have added a PCB Picture of my card so you can see and maybe be able to help and show all the areas that would need a heatsink and or the best way of doing it, or even if it's really worth all the effort... Just wanted to thank you in advance and thanks for your time ......
  10. 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.
  11. Ok, so I have my Hot Sauce build mostly done (it will never fully be done since it's my 'test out this method' build) and I have been in desperate need of a project. I'm a big fan of all things EVGA and when they released the Hadron series I really wanted to work on one. Fast forward to now and I finally decided to get the ball rolling on one. I had a plan in my head (even when I was doing solo cabinetry, my plans never seem to fully go on paper other than scribbled numbers and small sketches) and I got to work gathering measurements and such for: Front mounted Alphacool NexXxus Monsta 120mm Radiator Corsair Air SP120 Fan MNPCTech Overkill ring (black) with round mesh Black Vandal Resistant Power Switch with Orange ring LED EVGA Z97 Stinger i7 4790K Corsair Dominator Platinum (originally Titan Black Hydro Copper) EVGA 980 Hydro Copper (soon to be released) I also knew I wanted to get some orange cast acrylic to make false panels for around the mobo and to hide the PSU. I know a lot of people are going to question my choice to go with a custom loop for CPU and GPU with only one 120mm radiator, but I really wanted to give this a shot with the Monsta series since it's crazy thick. If it proves to be a no-go, I'll pull the Hydro Copper 980 and replace it with an ACX 2.0 980. So, case teardown was first (and most fun) on the list. A lot of unfinished areas, which I knew would need some paint. But I also wanted to remove the drive cage since there will be no optical or HDD. I'm going to start with a single SSD 500 GB and take it from there. Out with the drill. And now even more unpainted areas. I figured since the case has some extremely tight tolerances for rivet heads it would be best to attempt to leave it together while painting the inside. Since that would be a drippy mess if not done perfectly I opted for flat black inside, high gloss outside and high gloss orange accents. If I were to drill those rivets, they would need to be replaced with perfectly flat headed rivets or the panels would not fully seat. Chopped a huge hole in the front so the radiator can sit half in, half out of the front of the case, keeping the size down as much as possible. Also, painted the front orange to sit behind the future orange acrylic panel. The rear panel has a clip that hides the thumb screws for the GPU. Given the tight tolerances of the case, those thumb screws are actually in the back of the case as opposed to inside like a full or mid tower. This begged for some accent painting. Again, trying to nail the smallest details, I made tape strips of screws so I could paint the heads. Finished look here. (Disregard that dog hair. LMAO) By this point my orange Mod Smart Kobra sleeving arrived so I got started on that. I have always cut the sleeving a little longer than necessary and then snipped it with a nose hair scissor once on the wire to avoid melting the ends a bit. Decided to try to melt ends on this build and ended up with ugly lumps under the surface so I'll be redoing it. But for the sake of eye candy this is it. And BAM! An MNPCTech shipment arrived just in time (Thanks again!) for me to get some more paint done before shipping out to Orlando for a family vacation. Orange paint on the mesh and some M3 Screw'd screws I had left over from Hot Sauce to give accent contrast. I also managed to get a first stripe of orange onto the case. I plan to carry a few thinner stripes as well, but needed this to fully cure first. Color scheme is coming along nicely. But sadly, I had to walk away from it for a week to go be a kid with my nephews in Disney and Universal. I'm back home now, got parts on order, sleeving to finish and acrylic to bend and snap. I got smacked by pneumonia which worsened on the return flight so I might be MIA for a day or two, but should have another update within a week. Let me know what you guys think and if you have a sweet name for this little monster, I'd appreciate it.
  12. Original title was: Unusual Unboxing | Cooler Master Cosmos II Mod | Surprise Alert I guess I really tricked a lot of people believing this was an unboxing thread, so I decided to change this title so people know this is a case mod build not a traditional unboxing, even when this is not traditional at all. A huge box, says the UPS guy. There was also a bigger box on the outside, keep that in mind. I am not tall, but this case is. Protective film removed Something seems missing.... Can you tell? Wait! What!? WTH is that? So.......... it is this side? Not bad after all. Fan cable routing. shot through PCI slot. H100 is temporary. I know it's still messy.
  13. ----------------- It's time again for another build and the Corsair 900D case looks like a nice challenge. My last build (QuakeCon 800D) was a pleasure to create and I am proud of what I was able to accomplish. I love the quality of the Corsair Obsidian series and the 900D is their premiere flagship case. I am looking forward to modding the case and powdercoating the exterior surfaces to suite my theme. The theme I decided to go with is based on my favorite graphics card company - NVIDIA. The color scheme will be their company colors of green and black. There will be an illuminated claw logo inside the case just below the 5.25" bays. ----------------- Now let's get started with the components... Main Components:Case: Corsair Obsidian 900DCPU: Intel i7 4930K Ivy Bridge-EMotherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Black EditionMemory: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133Mhz (8x4GB)GPU: 2 x EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked in SLISSD1: 240GB ASUS RAIDR ExpressSSD2: 360GB Corsair Force GS SATA IIISSD3: 360GB Corsair Force GS SATA IIIPSU: Corsair AX1200 Modular Watercooling Components:CPU Block: EK Supremacy Clean - AcetalMotherboard Block: EK-FB Kit ASUS R4BE - AcetalGPU Block: 2 x EK-FC780 GTX Ti - AcetalGPU Backplate: 2 x EK-FC780 GTX Ti Backplate - BlackPump: EK D5 X-Top Pump Top w/D5 VarioRadiators: 2 x EK Coolstream 480 PE Quad 120mmReservoir: Aqualis Pro w/LED Holder - Nano CoatedTubing (Lower): EK-ZMT 3/8" ID x 5/8" ODFittings (Lower): Assorted Bitspower G1/4 Compression, 3/8" ID x 5/8" ODTubing (Upper): Primochill 1/2" OD Rigid PETG - ClearFittings (Upper): 20 x Primochill Rigid Revolver Compression Miscellaneous Components:RGB Controller: NZXT HueFan Controller: ASUS Front BaseFan - Radiator: 14 x Corsair SP120 High Performance 120mmFan - Front: 2 x Corsair AF120 Quiet Edition 120mmFan - Rear: Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition 140mmPWM Splitters: 2 x Swiftech 8-Way PWM SplitterSleeving: MDPC Toxic Green and Black ----------------- I will keep this build log updated as the assembly commences and it starts to take shape. ----------------- UPDATE: This build was built for the Classic Case Mod contest at QuakeCon 2014 and it won 1st place!
  14. Well, my full tower watercooled build has stalled out a bit. In the mean time I wasn't going to do anything else, but the other day I saw a Lian Li PC-Q07B on newegg as the shell shocker for $30 and figured the family could use a new machine. And a SFF build would be perfect. So I picked up the case. It got here a few days later and let me tell you going from a full tower to an ITX chassis is crazy. the lack of space is quite a challenge, but it's one that I look forward to overcoming. Here are a couple of quick pics of the case. Now, some of you may notice the lack of places to put a fan on the top, side, and front. Thats because this case was really meant for silent or near silent system's with passive cooling. The side panel you see with the holes is actually meant for the intake fan on the PSU. Well I think we need to change that. Because for some reason that I'm not sure about my family needs something a little more powerful than passive cooling can support. So I think I need to add some fans. So the plans call for a 120mm fan on the front, top, and a 120mmx12mm fan on the bottom to cool a GPU. This is where I want to give a quick shout out to MNPCTECH. They have some of the coolest and very high quality modding parts. Most of you have seen a couple of their recent builds on here that are currently ongoing (Rebel Alliance, and FrozenCPU Tech Station) and the quality of the parts is as good as the work they do on their builds. Thanks again Bill for doing what you do, and for the help. Here's the care package that I ordered from them. Got a pair of 120mm Nautilus fan grills for the top and front. A set of micro case feet. A set of the most comfortable safety glasses I've ever worn (safety first when cutting on stuff). And a bag of rotary tool cutting discs. Went ahead and did a quick test fit of the largest PSU that the chassis supports at 140mm long To make sure a 120mm fan would fit. Had to borrow one from my brother since I don't have any laying around. Here's a standard ATX PSU installed in the chassis. And a quick test fit to verify the fan will clear. Went ahead and taped the front, top and bottom of the case of so that in the next couple days I can get the holes marked and cut/drilled. Top: Front: Also removed the bottom hard drive brackets to fit the 120mm x 12mm fan in the bottom: Didn't have time to do mark or cut things last night. Hoping to get to them by the end of the weekend and atleast be able to power up the fans and see how things work. Front and top fans by the way are Prolimatech 120mm red LED fans. Here's a couple pic's outside of the case. And with a grill installed: Also got the main piece of hardware for this build yesterday. Got a quick teaser. Ok I'm no good at keeping secrets. Hoping to make progress soon. Thanks for looking.
  15. CoolerMaster Gladiator (Sentry)

    here's a little back ground on me. Ive been building systems for 18 years started with PII and early amd (still have my first K2 cpu on shelf) systems. All have been custom for myself and others. Typically these days i build gaming and media production systems. i've built a few hackintoshes as well as some hackbooks. mods typically been paint and windows along with some overclocking and the usuals. All that being said...hello everyone. Now without further time wasting...the first of my current builds. It will be my daily driver for video and audio edits at home. This project will be a hodgepodge of new and old parts. for the record i just completed this and am reposting from my other log The List: SUPERMICRO MBD-X7DAL-E-O w/modded pcie slot (purchased, modded and test fitted) Dual E5410 cpu's possible 5472 upgrade later or bsel oc bsel mod soon (installed) 16gb ram (installed) GTX 470 video card w/ DD gtx470 waterblock (done an waiting) CoolerMaster gladiator 600 Case painted white outside. Black inside (modded and painted) Custom CoolerMaster HD cage installed (done) Dual alphacool water blocks (done & Modded) xspc rs240 (test fitted) Swiftech MCP120-QP (test fitted) Swiftech radiator bracket (installed) EK Combo Reservoir for EK-DCP 4.0 (test fitted) Phobya DC12-400 pump (order soon) MCW30 (might not be possible) home depot tubing for now. masterklear White Tubing (order soon) monsoon fittings (installing) Custom Clear Window (soon) 1 128gb sdd (order soon) 3xwestern digital red hd's use with coolermaster fan cooled hd cage (order soon) 1 bluray drive (order soon) 3corsair sp120(soon) white led fans(wip) 750watt seasonic x750 (arrived!)
  16. Hardware Overview Finally I talked one of my friends into building a custom computer, so I ended up with a table full of hardwares. I tried to talk to him in to black & red, or black & white color scheme, but he is a huge New Orleans Saints fan. So color choices are limited for a lot of hardwares. Looks good. A lot of people do this type of shot. This SSD was on sale, and that is the main reason to choose it. It is so good value I even bought one for my wife's build, which was posted here before. Not a lot of accessories, only a SATA data cable which was never used. I remember XLR8 text in gold on some of PNY's graphic cards, so I was expecting the same here. It turned out to be a warm grey. Very popular choice. I suggested i5 for gaming, which is the purpose of this build, but he preferred i7. Can you read the SN? Stock cooler not in shot. Guess what this is. Household LED strip actually. It is cheap, a lot of lights, remote control to change color, cannot ask for any more. I originally recommended stock cooler and get the shroud gold plated or powder coated. He thought it would be too much trouble for me to go through for his build, so we switch to this ACX version. With protective film. Without it. Wish it was gold. Details determain design. 780 Ti is way over his budget. Again, details determain design. Quite standard right? Gold motherboard is very rare to find. I remember a gold one on Z77 platform from another brand. Is it gonna match? This is definately yellow. That's not golden, missing orange tone. Yellow again. If it was gold heat spreader, how will the performance be? Surfacing coating vs bare metal, difference is quite minimal actually. It is listed as marigold, and with this picture: Side by side, this is how it looks. Our plan is to disassemble it and use it internally. I have done this to 4 of my external drives in the past 5 years, all of them are still working fine. We are willing to take the risk. Will be naked soon. He demans a blu-ray writer. To be honest, I don't see the reason for it. Simply ugly. After I painted this, I saw this, but it was too late to return the ugly one. We were thingking about Cooler Master Eisberg 120 switching to gold tubes, but H80i was on sale and has LED. THE selling point. Reason for H80i over H100i is RV01 doesn't support 240 mount. This was purchased over 1 year ago when it was on sale. Great deal, great PSU, and it is gold. Modular sockets for future awesomeness. GOLD!! Main character. He was almost certain with NZXT Phantom 530, and I sent him a link. He then switched.
  17. BackDraft Evo... BackDraft is a concept I’ve been toying with for some time (12 months plus), the basic brief is for a high air flow water/hybrid cooled rig for general use, video encoding, gaming and to satisfy my passion for overclocking and benchmarking; as both the CPU and GPU will be overclocked a heavy emphasis will be on cooling but I also want for it to be nigh on silent and energy efficient. As the name suggests it will be a project that evolves in stages. 2 of the principle components - An EVGA Z68 FTW Motherboard :wub: My performance lapped 2600K :D And here is some more of the pre build stockpile just after Christmas
  18. EVGA has released specs and pics of it's HADRON m-ITX chassis. 2 versions are available, one designed with air cooling in mind and another with watercooling in mind. Sleek look, extremely compact size!At only 12in/305mm height, and 6.6in/169mm width, the EVGA Hadron is one of the smallest chassis available for the enthusiast! mini ITX Form FactorSupports all mini ITX form factor motherboards. Integrated 500W Gold Rated Power Supply w/ 40A on +12V RailEnthusiast power supply capable of powering today’s fastest graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX TITAN! Supports most full size enthusiast graphics cards! (Up to 267mm, double slot)Top to bottom support for today’s latest graphics cards. 2 x 2.5/3.5in Drive BaysSupports up to two hard drives. Whether you use them for a RAID 0, or storage, the choice is yours! Can support either full size 3.5in drives or smaller 2.5in. Supports slim slot load optical driveIntegrated support for a slim slot load optical drive (not included). Slot is built into chassis. 2 x USB 3.0 PortsSupporting up to 2 devices of the latest USB 3.0 Superspeed protocol. HD Audio In/OutIntegrated HD Audio out/headphone and Audio In/mic. 2 x 120mm Exhaust FansIncluded large fans have the capability to move air, and operate silently! 3 Year WarrantyAward winning EVGA Support backed by a full 3 Year Warranty So what does everyone think? Anyone else's mind read it as Hardon? I had to read it like 4 times before I said it right :blush:
  19. I felt like I had to post this, because I'm getting tired of seeing so many companies in the industry cut corners to save costs, while their asking prices remain high and don't reflect the quality you're getting. I've seen this in so many different companies that avoid putting lips on edges in their cases, s*** quality hard drive cages, poor quality control, and other little things all over to cut costs. I realize the economy is tough, but that shouldn't stop companies from caring about the quality of the products they put out. People will buy your products if they aren't feces. Another example I've run into recently, is Swiftech making waterblocks for EVGA. They call it their HydroCopper line. They charge top dollar for them, and the quality and quality control is terrible. This is one of the big reasons I'm having cheapskate make blocks for my 680's rather than buy the hydrocoppers. Exhibit A.
  20. The EVGA Z68 FTW

    I'd like you to meet the EVGA Z68 FTW, the basis for my new build :D/> The reason I wanted the Z68 is basically I'm running a 2600K which will hit 5.2GHz with little effort and see no reason whatsoever to upgrade to a 3770K; my 2600K batters a 3770K whilst producing less heat and owing to the memory controller cap of the 2600K going for the Z77 would yield no actual benefit other than a couple of extra SATA 3 ports. Anyways back to the board (bare in mind THIS board is my dream board) and never having owned an EVGA board... All I can say is I'M IN LOVE!!! B) It's an absolute beast!!! :wub: