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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. Sponsored by: So, turns out I really enjoyed modding my Antec 902, but annoyingly the way my living room is set out and the fact the window is on the right hand side of the case, no one can actually see the work I did without leaning over the side of the Sofa/Desk to able to view inside it Step up the Thermaltake Core X9 Now Purchased :clap: For this I will be gutting the main components out of my sig rig: Intel i7 4790K Asus Maximus VII Ranger EVGA 970GTX SC ACX 2.0 SoundBlaster Z Gskill Ripjaw X 4 x 4GB Samsung XP941 256GB PCIE SSD Corsair 620w Asus ROG Front Panel EK-DDC 3.2 PWM X-RES 140 Alphacool UT60 240mm radiator For the moment everything is purely in planning phase, at this time I am considering the following: Watercooling to be Pastel Red for CPU Loop and Pastel White for the GPU Loop The following components form my "planned" watercooling shopping list: Chipset waterblock for Motherboard - EK-MOSFET ASUS M7G - Acetal+Nickelhttp://www.ekwb.com/news/521/19/EK-i...-water-blocks/ CPU Waterblock - EK-Supremacy EVO - Nickel (CSQ)http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ek-su...el-water-block GPU Block - Bitspower VG-NGTX970ESACX Acrylichttp://www.bitspower.com/html/produc...3453&kind2=109 360mm Radiator - Alphacool 35273 NexXxoS XT60 Radiator 360 White Edition x2http://www.scan.co.uk/products/alphacool-nexxxos-ut60-full-copper-360mm-white-special-edition Purchased Reservoir + Combo - EK-DDC 3.2 PWM X-RES 140, Water Cooling Pump (This matches the one I currently have)http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ek-dd...r-cooling-pump Purchased Monsoon White Fittings - ModMyToys 19/13mm (ID 1/2 - 3/4) Compression Fitting - Six Pack - White + Red Carbon (For the white loop)http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/Mo...bon_37248.html Fans, open to advice here, I want 3x white LED for the white loop and 2x red for the red loop White - Enermax T.B.Vegas 120mm Single Fan White LEDs - Purchasedhttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/120mm...ister-bearings Extras: White caps - Monsoon x5http://www.scan.co.uk/products/monso...lug-g1-4-white Tubing - Primochill Advanced - Purchasedhttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...30&subcat=2579 Coolant - Mayhems Pastal Redhttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/1l-ma...el-red-coolant Coolant - Mayhems Ice Whitehttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/1l-ma...-white-coolant Fan Controller - BitFenix Recon - Whitehttp://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/accessories/recon/ Additional Comment: been planning this a little more after i came up with an idea whilst playing Wildstar. Im thinking of a small section using some 3g fake grass with a small anime figurine inside the case using the 2x reservoirs as a back drop http://www.artificial-grass-online.co.uk/thirsk-artific... and something along the lines of http://kotaku.com/5871156/the-tekken-figure-of-your-pin... I've finally made my mind up on a few things, and whilst I don't have the Thermaltake case yet (delays from supplier) I have actually managed to get started. I've decided to keep the RoG Front Base for the Asus Ranger Motherboard. Now as the case is going to be sprayed white, I figured I should make the front base as white as possible: First thing I need to do was get the knob off (no puns!) what a pain in the rear this was, but eventually it came off allowing me to fully strip down the electrics from the case/cover: Once that was stripped I went out and picked the brightest white I could find which is useable on both plastics and metal. Once the screen was masked up I got to work with the primer: I've finished applying the top coat now, i'm going to let it dry over night, check for runs and hopefully remove the tape tomorrow evening, by which time I should know if the case is in stock at Scan :) Got the RoG Front Base fully painted and re-assembled: So today the Thermaltake case arrived and oh boy, its big! I took a picture of it here on my desk in between an Antec 902 and a Zalman case, both are mid towers, but it does show the scale of the Core X9. Heres a few pictures of the case before I stripped it down for painting: Top view with cover removed and rad/fan mounts still fitted: Motherboard tray: PSU Area (one of two!) Front lower and drive cages, I won't be using these in my mod unless I need 6TB in the future : ) And here is the stripped frame, when they said this was modular they weren't joking! I have started painting the internal parts of the case and the front mesh, I really under estimated how much paint I would need to do this, however heres some progress: Front fully painted :D PSU Blank/Grill selection of other parts: Transferred the 200mm Red Fan from my Antec 902 mod to use in the front of this one. Here's some pics of things so far: UPDATE 15th Feb 2015 So I finally got around to finishing the painting today, I had the roof and side panel to paint and a few imperfections to address. So now I can say that the case is fully painted, now need to work out where I want to placed the 2x 360mm radiators and whether or not to go push or pull with the fans:
  3. Case: Modded Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus V Gene CPU: Intel i7 3770K GPU: nVidia GTX 970 SLI (still need to acquire) RAM: 4 x 4GB Corsair Dominator GTs 2133Mhz SSD: undecided HDD: undecided PSU: Corsair AX860 Cables: Icemodz custom sleeved white and green cables Radiators: Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper Monsta 240mm, Alphacool NexXxoS Full Copper ST30 360mm Fans: 7 x Gelid Wing Green Pump: Swiftech MCP35X with Koolance casing and heatsink Reservoir: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150 Full Acrylic Fittings: Primochill Rigid Ghost Green fittings, various Bitspower matte black extensions and angle fittings Tubing: Primochill Rigid Clear CPU Block: EK-Supremacy CSQ Polished Nickel Plexi GPU Block: 2 x EK-FC670 CSQ Nickel Acetal (reusing old blocks that will fit on some GTX 970 reference cards) RAM Block: EK-RAM Monarch X4 CSQ Polished Nickel Plexi Motherboard Block: EK-MOSFET ASUS M5G Acetal SLI Bridge: EK-FC Bridge CSQ Polished Dual Parallel Coolant: Mayhems UV Emerald Green Lighting: DarkSide UV LED strips Other: nVidia Claw SLI Bridge, Aquaero 5LT USB fan controller SPONSOR Hey guys! My name is Alex, I'm from Gold Coast, Australia and I just joined the forum. I would like to welcome you to my new build log and what will be my second mod project. Hope you guys enjoy the project and pop by and say hi This build is more of an upgrade of my system in a Fractal Design ARC Mini R2 in which I will be keeping most of the components as well as adding new ones and a lot of modding work to the case and other bits :P Here is the build before disassembly and before a pretty major event happened ... Now back to the pretty major event that went down with the build. One Saturday morning a few weeks back now, while I was still enjoying my sleep my partner wakes me up telling me there is a burning smell coming from the system, me thinking she's just making fun of me as she sometimes does, I choose to ignore her :hehe: . However as she kept insisting and telling me that it's no joke I got up and went to the other room where the system was just to be greeted by this awful smell of burnt plastic and a couple of seconds later realising that the DDC pump had burned out. The CPU was rocking 105C according to Real Temp but was still running fine. Not sure how long it's been like that, it was running the whole night as we stream movies to our bedroom from it and before I went to sleep it was fine. I immediately turned it off by just a normal shut down and there went my day as I decided to just dismantle the thing there and then. The aftermath is shown in the following pics as I went ahead and took everything apart, cleaned it and installed the system on my desk to test everything. Fortunately everything was fine minus a burned out DDC pump . The little guy has been pumping my liquid pretty much 24 hours straight for the past two years and a bit and it decided it's had enough of the Queensland heat. Just when I was about to mount a heat sink on it along with the upgrade of the system . And let's start straight with the dirty stuff As you can see the little guys burned out pretty good, I doubt I can salvage it with a new PCB from that DIYINHK site that still sell them If I'm guessing right the fluid must have been boiling around the CPU area that caused the tube to fog up as well as deform a little bit to the touch. My partner may have woken me up just in time to save it. Not sure if the system would have shut itself off after a while or if the acrylic tube would of just melted but I think I'm lucky nothing further happened. Here's the empty case and by the looks of things something funny happened to the label on that Corsair Force GT SSD. And everything out on the table to be cleaned and inspected You may also spot the new side panel that I have been working on the few days prior, finished it the night before. Here's a better look at the side panel The plan was to have more molecules but I managed to mess up the left side of it so decided to just make the window bigger. Still think it came out pretty good in the end, minus a few painting mess ups due to an unexpected storm that occurred as the paint was drying. These are the molecule shapes I used as I am not good at drawing things A better look at the finished side panel as well as the very last pic of the system running The side panel was fully crafted by me using a Dremel rotary tool, a jig saw and lots of filing I was also playing around with this new Aquaero 5LT controller the night before. Installed the optional heatsink but didn't get to test it out. The modding begins !!! First I cut a small hole in the floor which I will use as a drain from the bottom outlet of the Alphacool Monsta 240mm rad that will be going in the front of the case. Did a cut on the MB tray as well. I will be making a shroud for the bottom so I cut the bottom right corner of the MB tray as to better help with cable management at the back. I made a small mistake here and started cutting higher that I wanted to. However it doesn't make a difference as I will be putting some white acrylic around the MB that will cover everything. I then got the case ready for painting In this last pic you can see how the brushed aluminum aspect of the front panel looks after painting. Some parts will be going green while other will stay white. The plan is to have the inside of the case white and the outside shell green like the side panel. Hopefully it will look good like I'm imagining it. Here is the frame of the case assembled once the paint dried. That's it for now. Stay tuned for more. Cheers, Alex
  4. Project Alpha I've been a pc enthusiast for just about a year or so. Building a gaming rig was only my goal at that time. But as time/months passed by, my love for PC grew. That is the time when i was hooked up to modding. This will be my first ever PC Mod. Right now, i'm in a foreign land and it is hard for me to grab all tools and materials to do modding since im still not familiar in this country. Anyways, I will stop this nonsense and proceed with my build log. Below is the list of parts/hardwares to be used in this build. (This is my first time to build a Liquid Cooled PC and Im really excited ) Some of the parts/hardware are to follow since this will be a Long Term Project. Specs: Case: Bitfenix Phenom ITX (Thanks Bitfenix for the free case) - ✓ CPU: I5 4670K will OC to 4.5 if possible - ✓ MoBo: Asus Z97i - Plus - ✓ RAM: Dominator Platinum 2400mhz - 2 x 8gb - ✓ GPU: GTX 760 - ✓ (waiting for GTX980 and block) HDD: WD 500gb (planning to grab a NAS so no need for 1tb.) - ✓ SSD: to follow, still undecided PSU: Corsair AX760 - ✓ Monitor: DELL - U2414H led - ✓ Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker - ✓ Mouse: Razer Mouse (undecided) MousePad: RAZER GOLIATHUS FRAGGED Speaker: (undecided) Water Cooling: CPU Block: EK Supremacy CPU Block Nickel Plexy - ✓ GPU Block: EK FC670/760 - ✓ Rad: Black Ice GT Stealth 240 XFlow Rad - ✓ Pump: EK DCP 4.0 Pump - ✓ Reservoir: D65 x L170mm RES - ✓ Fittings: Compression Fitting - ✓ Fittings: 45 Degree Adapter - ✓ Fittings: 90 Degree Adapter - ✓ Flex Tube: Primochill Advanced LRT Tube - ✓ Coolant: Mayhem Pastel Green MODS and Misc: Fans 1: CM JetFlo 120 2pcs - ✓ Fans 2: CM XtraFlo 12CM 2pcs - ✓ Fan Controller: Sentry LXE GPU Back plate: Custom made - ✓ Led Lights: White, Green Led - ✓ Sleeving: Nex-Gen Sleeves (White, Black, Green) - ✓ My arsenal random shots. tools.... prepin the case. selfie before modding starts. LOL starting to dismantle the case. done removing the mobo tray. random shot preping the mobo tray for some trimming. excuse the photo. i don't have a place to work on(i live in a condo).... soooo... if there's a will, there's a way. trimming..... motherboard tray/psu shroud. another selfie. hahahahha drilling holes for the stand offs. random shots....
  5. 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).
  6. Hello everyone, this is going to be an extension of the Phanteks Enthoo Primo review that I did. Apart from just being a review, the Enthoo as of now has become my personal computer that I use everyday for playing games, typing reviews, watching porn and other random activities. I would also try and answer any questions that you guys might have on the case. So feel free to send me your questions. Link to the review - Clicky Click Here This is how the build looks at the moment. well not exactly the same, I have started modding the front panel to allow for more air flow. Link to Mnpctech 240 Slotted Acrylic Radiator grill Here is how it looks at the moment: Take off the highlighted screws (I don't have photoshop or any advanced imaging tools on my work PC so please bare with me) Once that is done, take off the 4 screws that holds the front plate to the front panel. Once the screws are off, this is what you are left with: I got the MNPCTECH slotted 240mm grill in and what do you know its a perfect fit. The color and size are a perfect match. Next step is to screw in the grill, and button down the front. Next up we will look at something to do for the top panel.
  7. EK-FB KIT GA Z87X-OC water block is designed for Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC motherboard. Its a two-piece water-block which directly cools the Intel Z87 chipset and motherboard’s VRM and MOSFETs. Both water-blocks feature high-flow design which allows them to be used with weaker pumps. EK-FB GA Z87X-OC Force water block is designed for Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC Force motherboard which is the flagship motherboard in the OC series. Its a full-cover single water block which directly cools the VRM and MOSFETs along with Intel Z87 PCH. It also features a high-flow design resulting in better water flow with weaker water pumps. EK-FB KIT GA Z87X-OC comes with a copper base while the top is made of quality POM acetal material while EK-FB GA Z87X-OC Force comes in two models. One of the models has a copper base with acetal TOP while the other one featurs a nickel plated electrolytic copper base. The water blocks are sealed using quality rubber gaskets and the nickel plated brass is pre-installed with screw-in standoffs resulting in easy installation without any issues.
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