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  1. Been a while since I've posted a project log, so for those who don't know me, or don't remember, Hi, I'm Mosquito, also known as Chris, and I'm a case modding enthusiast A coworker and I were talking about some of the case mods I've done in the past, and as a result wanted to try watercooling his BitFenix Portal case. He thought switching back to the Wraith cooler for the CPU, and doing a custom loop with a 120mm radiator for just the GPU would be all he'd get. I told him I bet I could fit a 240mm radiator in there, so that's what we've decided to go after... It actually took a lot less modding than I thought it might, as we got relatively lucky with the radiator just clearing the GPU block, but we'll get into that more later. First things first, this is the Bit Befnix Portal, for those who are not familiar Something that makes things a little weird, is that the chassis slides out of the main shell, so we had to make sure we allowed that to continue working through all this. This is what the 'stock' build consisted of. ASRock B350 ITX, Ryzen 1600X, and an RX Vega 56. First things first, gotta tear that down. With the case empty this is, roughly speaking, what we intend to make happen. Removing the back fascia gives a pretty compact little chassis. Though with some indexing pins on the bottom, it doesn't sit on the workbench very well! Next up, remove the drive cage. I'm not sure why this wasn't easily removable, as the bottom is mostly held in place by some sliding connections, but never the less there were 6 rivets to drill out After some fiddling around, we realized that it was going to be a lot more work to get the radiator mounted on the outside of the case, so we would have to make fans in front work instead. Next up, we'll have to get it to fit both fans up front, so stay tuned for that, and please ask questions, post comments, and let me know what you think. Forums are about community, whether we all agree or not
  2. So, progress will be slow initially while I'm acquiring parts. I don't have any fancy sponsors; 2 mortgages, 3 kids, and 2 home businesses... my own projects are pretty far down on the budget priority list. My current build was in a worklog a while back; a watercooled Dell XPS 700 case where I completed a very janky BTX conversion and installed a pair of radiators (240+120) using an XSPC D5 dual-bay kit. The components in that build have been upgraded a few times, but the computer at it's core is nearly 6 years old now (using an Intel i5 750), and in dire need of replacement. I've always loved the Phanteks Evolv cases, especially the size and proportions of the mATX variant. When I learned about the Ryzen release, and a subsequent update to the Evolv mATX with tempered glass... I knew it was time. My objectives are the following: Phanteks Evolv mATX Anthracite Tempered Glass white/gray/black theme open up top panel for more airflow + air filter anti-vandal power+reset switches Ryzen 5 1600 (with my existing Raystorm waterblock + updated AM4 hold-down) MSI Mortar Arctic + Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200 in Gray 2x 240mm radiators (existing XSPC EX240 + new XSPC EX240 crossflow) Alphacool Eisbecher D5 150mm Acetal D5 150 tower res/pump combo (re-using my existing D5 vario) Corsair ML PWM fans (details on this later) PC Partpicker: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/HarrisonK/saved/4HF3CJ Google Photos Album: https://goo.gl/photos/q2Nu3kYkBvr4WhJR7 I'm going to retain my existing HIS HD7970+XSPC Razor for now, holding out to make a decision after the AMD Vega release has flushed out and I can make an informed decision on an updated GPU. As alluded to above, this will be a Gray/White/Black theme, with RGB lighting to accent here and there, although I highly doubt I'll be leaving the lights-on under normal operation. I waited until I had number of parts acquired so I could start mocking things up before I posted about my build. This thread will be more for my own benefit than anyone else's... it forces me to take pictures along the way . I had recieved my new watercooling parts 2 weeks ago, and just got the case this past weekend... so it was time to start seeing how things were going to shape up! I'd worked everything out on paper a while ago, and I knew it was going to be tight with my HD7970, but this really put things into perspective. This is a dead board from a few years back... pretty glad I held onto it now. Taking into account the front radiator and fans, there will be just under 1/2" clearance behind the GPU. Obviously, room for the massive reservoir/pump block was going to be an issue... but here's my (only?) option: I figure that if I drill a new set of holes in the res/pump fan brackets to push it towards the door another 3/16" of an inch or so, using the 140mm fan holes on the MB side, I'll have more than enough clearance for the ram and tube fittings on the CPU block: So far, so good!! Mods up until this point are pretty light... time to plan out some real mods! During my last build, I had picked up some black anti-vandal switches, the power one including and RGB led. I never used them, and being that this case doesn't have a reset switch (which I happen to like having still), I figured this might be a great opportunity to start hacking into my newly procured aluminium So, there appears to be lots of space for me to fit the pair of switches. I'll relocate the current switch/pcb assembly onto the back of the MB tray, and with a bit of black acrylic, to mount the switches into, I should be able to cut a ~2"x3" hole in the top plate. Next up will be to address airflow issues with this case, which are VERY well known. The first will be to add some washers to the front panel mounts to add some space between the air filter and the plate to reduce noise. I can't seem to find a reference picture for this, but it's a fairly well known mod with the Evolv cases at this point. Then I'll look at hacking up some more aluminium to improve airflow from the roof fans. There's two objectives here: focus the intake airflow, and open up the top plate, of which there are two different approaches that have been taken by others over on Overclock.net. (This references the full ATX case, but the idea here is the same for the mATX variant) (This is a mock-up of a tentative solution that ModMyMods plans to produce) (stolen from Overclock.net... sorry, I'll need to dig-up a reference link) While the waterjet cut plate that ModMyMods is planning looks great, the latter is much more realistic for me to pull off at home. What I might try is to do a 45* corner rather than a radius to keep with the aesthetic of the case. I'll use a black metal mesh, with a foam filter material below it. Time to get some masking tape onto the top plate and start drawing! At the very top, I had mentioned that I was going to use Corsair ML fans. While these fans are quite overpriced for what they are... I happen to have a friend working at Corsair. I'll pick up 4x 120mm ML gray/black fans, and a 140mm ML gray/black fan. He's also managed to track down a set of the gray Vengeance LPX ram too, which is going to look really good in this build I think, as well as a RMx 650 PSU so that I can minimize the number of unneeded cables in the case, since my current PSU isn't going to fit, nor is it modular. Hopefully I can place that order next week, and the remaining parts within a month :D
  3. PROLOGUE I recently acquired a Cooler Master HAF XB case from a friend. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. I have several builds currently in the works and I wasn't sure I wanted to take another one on, at this time. However, after having the case in my possession for a few short days, I changed my mind. The more I studied the case, the more ideas came to mind. I knew I wanted to do something different with this case. I also wanted to try some techniques that I haven't used before. I wanted to do a completely different theme then any of the other builds I've done before. I wanted something supernatural. I present to you: With contributions from: - Components - Cooler Master HAF XB Case Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard AMD FX-6300 CPU Powercolor Radeon HD 7970 GPU Crucial Tactical Tracer 8 gb 1600mhz Memory Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1050w PSU Samsung 840 250gb SSD - Cooling - XSPC Raystorm AMD CPU Waterblock XSPC Raystorm 7970 GPU Waterblock 6x Cooler Master JetFlo 120 White Fans Swiftech 8-Way PWM Splitter Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 240mm Radiator Alphacool NexXxoS ST30 Full Copper 360mm Radiator Swiftech MCP-655 Pump Bitspower D5 Mod Pump Top V2 Bitspower D5/MCP655 Mod Kit Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 400 Reservoir PrimoChill Rigid Revolver Compression Fittings PrimoChill Rigid Acrylic Tubing Mayhems Pastel Coolant - Miscellaneous - MNPCTech Billet Machined Aluminum Case Feet Lutro0 Customs Teleios Sleeving Tek by Design Proline Brushed Stainless Steel Fasteners Prologue Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV Chapter V Chapter VI Chapter VII
  4. Greetings from the Dirty South PC Mods shop once again Mad Modding Monkeys This time I am going to be working on a Tribute build to Superman in Classic Colors. First off I would like to thank my Sponsors without their generosity my builds would not be anywhere near as awesome. http://www.icemodz.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Icesleeve https://www.facebook.com/tekbydesign http://www.lepatek.com/eng/ http://www.enermax.com/ Be sure and swing by their respective sites and FB pages to check out all the Killer Gear they have to make your RIG look Beast!!!! Here is a look at the Hardware that is going to be going into our build. CPU - Intel i5 3470 3.2ghz Quad-core /w Bitspower ICE Blue CPU Block Mobo - Biostar TZ77XE4(Custom Painted Blue Heatsinks, and Di-Noc) Ram - G.Skill Ripjaws 2133mhz DDR3 4 x 4Gb /w Bitspower Universal Ram Block kit Blue/Blue SSD - SANDISK 120Gb SATA III SSD PSU - LEPA MaxBron 700Watt 80+ Bronze certified RAD - XSPC 360mm Slim High Performance, Black Ice 360mm X-Flow Rad, XSPC 120mm Pump - XSPC D5 Vario /w Bitspower Mod kit(Blue) & PPC's Custom Pump Top Fittings - Primochill Ghost Compression 1/2" x 3/4" as well as a few Monsoon 3/4" 90-Deg rotary fittings Res - Bitspower 40mm tube Res Tubing - Primochill 1/2" x 3/4" tubing GPU - EVGA GTX 660Ti 2Gb & PNY GTX 660Ti (SLI) Fans - Enermax T.B. Vegas Trio 9 x 120mm, 1 x 180/200mm T.B. Apollish Blue and 1 x 140mm T.B. Apollish Blue(PSU Fan swap) So lets get this Build started. First off we did a live unboxing http://www.twitch.tv/dirtysouthpcmods/b/481331321 Then we Drilled out the Rivets for the I/O Plate & Cut a hole in the bottom of the Case to mount our XSPC 360mm Rad http://www.twitch.tv/dirtysouthpcmods/b/481499486 Here is a look at what it looks like. Perfect Fit!!!!!!!!! Then we painted the Chassis RED We then Painted the Chassis Red The Rad and I/O Plate Yellow Well thats it so far. Need to get some more paint. Be back later. Be sure to check out our weekly Live mod show every Wed 10am-2pm http://www.twitch.tv/dirtysouthpcmods Where was I ahh yes. Marking up the Side panels, and the Top panel for windows. Got them cut out and hung up for paint. Now I'm not going to lie this was a bit late after a long day. So my cuts weren't all that strait. Time to bust out the Grinder with a Flapper Wheel so these will have to re-painted. Currently I am at odds with keeping the Mobo tray and painting it. Or replacing the whole thing with 1/8 clear acrylic.However 1/8" acrylic tends to bow under weight. (That's why I usually use it for Windows.) Just hoping once I get the board on the Acrylic it will stiffen it up. Guess there is only one way to find out huh. Ok where was I ahh yes. Well decided to Paint the Mobo tray. Painted the Front Panel and Xigmatek GPU Coolers Handel and 5.25" bay covers Painted the Mesh Red...Looking good We were going to cut the top and put a window but with the release of a new Product by Enermax we have decided to leave it intact. Paint is done..Just waiting for the last bits to dry. Alright now that the Paint is done. It's time to see about squeezing all this hardware in here. Got the XSPC EX360mm Rad on the bottom topped off with Enermax T.B.Vegas Trio 120mm Fans. The Black Ice 360mm X-Flow Rad is mounted on the front with more Enermax T.B Vegas 120mm Fans. The Primochill CTR 240mm Res. All fitted with Monsoon Right Angle Rotary(3/4"), and Primochill Ghost Compression Fittings(1/2" x 3/4"). Got the Biostar TZ77XE4 Mobo w/ Custom Painted Heatsinks and Di-Noc Mounted to the Mobo Tray. The Bitzpower Blue ICE CPU Block and Ram Block /w Custom Di-Noc Trim. Kitted out with Monsoon Right Angle Rotary 3/4" and Primochill Ghost Compression Fittings 1/2" x 3/4" Mocking up the two GTX 260's(Thanks Angel Cruz for the sweet deal on the second card) With Xigmatek GPU Coolers(Before they were painted Blue) Whoaaaa thats a REALLY Tight fit. There is about 2mm to spare so the fans work fine. Alright now to address the stock screws. The solution Tek By Design "Proline" Button Head Fasteners(Polished) Thank you for your generous contribution to our build. Some of what will be posted next was covered in this weeks live show. http://www.twitch.tv/dirtysouthpcmods/c/3414063 Alright time to get started Modding our PSU, but first lets take a closer look at the inside. As you can see this PSU is Oozing with Quality Components Ok so first up is a Fan Swap on way to custom sleeving and paint. Stock Black Fan has got to know. Going to replace it with an Enermax T.B.Apollish 140mm in Blue Its already looking good. Just wait till I turn it on. Bazinga Now I gotta take it apart and Prep it for Paint. Well while I wait for the weather to clear up I'm going to get started on the sleeving process. Thank you Mundi from ICEMODZ for all your support. A look at all the awesome stuff from ICEMODZ. Thank you Mundi Ok so lets get started. First up the easy one Molex Next up Sata Cable. Now the Real work starts the 8 and 24-pin connectors Ok guys thats it so far Still waiting on the weather to clear up so I can paint the PSU. Right so the weather is still crappy so I'm still working on sleeving. And I'm out of Red Sleeving have to wait for more to come in. Alright While I'm waiting for the rest of my sleeving to come in Lets get busy with the rest of the PSU and a GPU upgrade instead of using 2 x GTX 260 I will be using 1 x GTX 660 Ti Tearing it apart Getting ready for its Wrapping And our 660 Ti is going to get the same treatment. Ok had a change of heart on the front panel. We ended up taking a couple pieces of clear acrylic and covered the back side with Red Vinyl. We then took some Blue Vinyl and cut out the sponsor logos with the vinyl cutter and put that on the front side of the Acrylic panel. Then we attached it to the front of the panel with 3M double sided tape. We then put one of our ICEMODZ.com Red LED's behind it and you get this effect. We did the same thing with the 3.5" hot swap bay. but with Yellow and there you have it. and of course after I have already painted the Mobo plate we got a wild hair and decided to go ahead and make a new one out of Plexi. We also decided to cut the Top panel and put a clear window on it. with a 200mm hole for our 180/200mm Enermax T.B.Apollish Fan (Blue) Look'n good Now to see about dealing with what can only be described as a Skittles Bag after it has been blown to pieces. Alright thats all I have at this time. Need to order a new Res as the Primochill CTR I already have sitting is wayyy too large. And I haven't Decided what I want to do with the GPU's yetI didn't like the Blue vinyl wrap so I ripped it off.
  5. This was my first real case project (I already assembled some configurations) but this time it was a big work :D *********************************************** Before presenting the mod, a small reminder of the evolution of the configuration ... ************************************************* Case XILENCE Interceptor Pro MB MSI Big Bang XPower II CPU INTEL i7-3930k PSU COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold 1200W + COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold 800W RAM G.SKILL Ares 2133MHz (8x4Go) Graphic cards HIS HD7970 IceQ-X² (x3) SSD OCZ Vector 256 Go (x3) + Intel 520Series 180Go HDD Seagate Barracuda 2To + Seagate Barracuda 1To Réservoirs KOOLANCE RP-452X2 + 2X Phobya Balancer 150 Pumps + tops ALPHACOOL VPP655-T12 KOOLANCE COV-RP450 (Rev 2.0) Radiators 1X PHOBYA 480 G-Changer + 2X PHOBYA 360 G-Changer Waterblock CPU XSPC Raystorm Waterblocks GPU 3X SWIFTECH Komodo HD7900 + Crossfire 3X Bridge Fittings MONSOON Pipe TYGON R3603 13/19 Coolant EK Water Blocks EK-EKOOLANT UV Blue & EK Water Blocks EK-EKOOLANT Blood Red Rhéobus NZXT Sentry LXE + BITFENIX Recon Fans BeQuiet Swadow Wings 120mm PWM Sleeving VEDAYSHOP Vinyl ROYAL COVERING Films Titane noir brossé & Carbone 3D noir maille large PSU Cover Plexi Setting up a plexi glass on the side door ************************************************ Sleeve used: UV blue, UV red and black from VedayShop: Graphics cards HIS HD7970 IceQ-X² Mr ZAM and the "Team BABOUK"
  6. Hey guys whats up I'm Nick other wise known as Dirty South PC Mods. Going to be working on a build for my Gamer Girl that likes Spiders. First off I would like to thank my Sponsors. http://www.bsmods.com/ http://www.icemodz.com/ Thank you for your support :D Ok so lets get this build started. Ok here is our Motherboard an ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 1155. The heat sinks didn't really go with my overall theme so we are going to paint them Pink. First I taped the Contact Points of the Heatsinks. Then we shot them with Etching Primer And then with Krylon Floresent Pink. There we go much better. Here is a look at the UV color change effect. the Pink turns Bright Orange :D Used a double sided male coupler between the Phobya 400 Pump and the Primochill CTR Like so Prepping the Fans for there Pink Doom :P Since you can't use regular spray paint on Plastic We first used Krylon Fusion in white as a primer and will be shooting the Pink over that for all the Plastic parts. The Phobya 400 Pumps is going to get the same treatment. This is the case we will be using in our build. a CoolerMaster HAF 922..We are going to be cutting a full window, Trimming the 5.25" Drive cage down from 5 slots to 2, Removing the HDD cage. And paint the Motherboard Tray, whats left of the 5.25 Drive cage, I/O plate and front panel mesh Pink. Alright and I'm back and shes Naked!!!! Time to pop some Rivets Ok we removed the IO/Expansion slot plate, Motherboard Plate, HDD cage(went in the trash) and 5.25" drive cage Some White Primer on the IO/Expansion Plate First Coat of Primer on the Mobo plate Measuring up for the Side Panel Window cut. Always use an Awl or old screwdriver thats been stripped to mark your drill holes to keep your drill from walking We wanted rounded corners so we are going to use a drill for the corners Ok most use a Dremel or a Jigsaw. I prefer my 90,000 RPM air powered cut off wheel Same this was use to trim down the 5.25" drive bat from 5 to 2 slots Let The Pinking Begin Pops shooting the second coat of Pink Alright the first set of Icemodz cables are here Here is a Link to the Unboxing Video we did for them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfUj9sFNxs0 Man thats a bright Pink. Alright so I ordered some Pink Di-noc and some Mirrored Pink Film for the CPU Block and the Lamptron FC-2 Fan Controller we will be using Here is the Water Block will be using for the CPU its an older OCZ Hydroflow from about 2009 Wrapped the Chrome Portion of the CPU Block in the Pink Mirrored Vinyl Got the Case riveted back together and the ASRock Z77 Board with our OCZ Block on there not too shaby!! Got a first Radiator Installed the XSPC 240mm Rad in the Front where the HDD cage Had formerly been. The Primochill 120 CTR UV Pink Res and Phobya pump in there Ok not to crazy about the Pink Mirrored Vinyl going to try the Pink Di-Noc And now for the Lamptron FC-2 There Optical DRive is receiving the same treatment And I don't like it going to tear it off and paint them to match the rest of the front panel There much better Found a cool Halloween decoration with Spiders on it and made it fit in the case. also just got the Primochill Advanced LRT Tubing UV Pink Wrapped the PSU in Pink Di-Noc to Match the CPU Got the BSMODS 5050 RGB LED Strip installed This thing is awesome I highly suggest going to the site and getting a set http://www.bsmods.com/Mod_Shop.php Also here is a short unboxing and demo video of the Product in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4yVHRXeiHE Ok we got her all tubed up going to be adding a second 240mm crossflow Rad to the top later Ok was thinking of sleeving these Front Panel Wires But I got a better Idea. I found some UV Pink 18g wire so I am going to change out all the FP wires to this wire Here is a look at the color change effect in the Black Light. Got the 120Gb Kingston SSD Mounted behind the Mobo plate. This is our Video Card EVGA GTX 550Ti. Going to be custom Painting it and the New Xigmatek PSU with a Spider Web Design Xigmatek 700 watt PSU I picked up from PPC's on clearance for $25 Got the New Icemodz Custom Cables and UV LED Lights in there check out his site he does awesome work. http://www.icemodz.com/ Also here is another video of the unboxing and Demo of the lights Outside as well as Inside the case. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp4nYBbLdI0 Well thats it for now guys I'll install the Newly painted PSU when I get the second Rad, GPU Block and Flow Indicator in. Feel Free to stop by the Dirty South PC Mods Facebook Group page and Terror-Byte Gaming Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/DirtySouthPCmods/ https://www.facebook.com/TerrorBytegaming BS MODS Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/bsmods Icemodz Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/Icemodz/ As well as our Youtube Channel for awesome Unboxings, Reviews, Game footage and more!!!! http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLECU0qhXsLMkSb_q See you soon :)
  7. Hi guys i'm looking for compression fittings for EK-Tube ZMT, i want tygon but, in Mexico only sell EK, Swiftech and XSPC with official reseller. My cousin will go to USA the next month and he return in plane, then, he can buy only the fittings. Which do you recommend or think is the best option for $7 or under per fitting? Fittings size (3/8-5/8).
  8. Hello boys and girls, I am back with another build log. This time I will be using a Corsair C70 in Gunmetal Black. The idea is to create a nice clean fully water cooled system and to use the space inside the C70 as efficiently as possible. Most of the components that will be going into the system I already have. One item that am am on the hunt for is a motherboard. My two favorites right now are the Sabertooth Z77 board and the MSI Z77 MPower board. The build specs are as follows: CPU, i5-3570K GPU, GTX 670 Power, AX650 Mem, Mushkin Blackline Ridgeback 8GB Storage, Undecided but I do have a Force 3 60GB SSD I can use Motherboard, MSI Z77 MPOWER Water cooling: XSPC Raystorm CPU block XSPC Razer GTX 680 GPU Block XSPC EX240 or EX360 XSPC RX240 Bitspower Z-Multi 150 reservoir XSPC DDC Pump Top Swiftec Pump Bitspower fittings. As for any mods that I will be doing, not sure on everything yet but I will be replacing the window panel and I will be using custom made paracord extension cables. I would also like to try and use hard piping for the water loop. I will be editing this post with pics and updates. Here are the first pics of the case fresh out of the box. Playing with the special effect :)/> Got myself some dark grey paracord from the local army surplus store. This is the first time I have ever used paracord for sleeving, Previously I used the inexpensive plastic sleeving from Frys. The paracord is so much nicer imo. :)/> All finished with the sleeving. I wanted to do a black stripe down the middle of the cables but the army surplus store was all out of black. I am not very patient so I just went ahead with all grey. :rolleyes:/> Here are the home made tools I used to remove the pins from the plastic connectors. Update #1 I got the system together in order to plan my water loop and to allow the system to continue being useful while I wait for a new motherboard. The bottom rad mounts in the C70 where not ideal when using a thick rad so I had to improvise. Luckily the perforation on the floor of the C70 allow perfect spacing to offset the rad. I had to move the rad forward and to the outside. Still there is a tight fit. I mounted the res to the upper hard drive cage using some motherboard standoffs. Here is a shot of the full system together using the Asus Maximus IV Gene Z/Gen 3 I have decided on the MSI Z77 MPOWER motherboard which I will modify a little to get rid of the yellow accents. Here is the stock board right out of the box. And here is the modified board with brushed metal decals over the yellow accents. Update 2/3/2013 I am testing out some ideas to make the rads look better without stripping them down and painting them. Update:2/8/2013 Here are the tools I used to fit the tubing. Working on the tubing, This was my very first time doing anuthing like this, I made a few mistakes in measuring, sure glad I bought more then I needed, also the bender is not very good for this job. I was not able to make multi angle bends with it and had to change my tubing layout a little. Finished the tube cutting and fitting Tubing painted black and I am finally leak testing the system.
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